In January, I did a lot of travelling, which I totally wasn’t expecting. I went to Toronto for 2 days for a photoshoot. I had to set my alarm for the ungodly hour of 5:15AM to catch a train. It was rough, but I made it. Then just a week later, I found myself again setting my alarm, this time for an even more ridiculous hour. 4:45AM to be exact (with backup alarms at 5AM, 5:15AM, 5:30AM, and 5:45AM!). Funny how 5:15AM seems like sleeping in when compared to 4:45AM. I had a food styling gig in Ottawa for live television and I decided that driving to Ottawa from Montreal the day of filming was a good idea. Needless to say, I was behind schedule before I’d even gotten into my car. And, when I packed the car full of food at 5AM, I did something “super smart:” I put the bag with the open bottle of soy sauce on the back seat. So smart! There were a lot of bags and bins to go in the car very early in the morning. I lost track of the bag with the open bottles of liquids. The one bag that HAD to go on the floor of the car. See, with the budget in mind, I had purchased the smallest bottle of soy sauce I could for the tv segments. It was the kind of bottle that, once opened, never closed. You know, the bottle with the two holes in the cap so that the soy sauce flows extra cleanly when tilted. Because why wouldn’t I have picked the bottle that had a 110% chance of leaking all over my car when I had to take it on a two-plus-hour journey? Needless to say, I spent the two hour drive that started before 6AM wondering if I was smelling soy sauce because the bottle was leaking or just because I had opened it the day before. I also spent a good portion of the trip trying to remember exactly where in the car the bag with the soy sauce bottle was. Was the bag somewhere smart, like on the floor or in the trunk? Or did I put the bag somewhere really stupid, like directly on the back seat? When I parked in the lot of CTV studios, I quickly discovered that I had indeed been groggy enough at 5AM to place an open bottle of soy sauce on the plush fabric seat and it had toppled over before I even started the car that morning, as open bottles of soy sauce do when place on smooshy car seats. Now my back seat is saturated with soy sauce. I suppose there are worse things. Could have been a bottle of fish sauce! I drove my dog to the vet for a checkup and she spent most of the drive licking the fabric in the back seat. At least one of us got to benefit from this smelly situation.
My soy sauce story does seem rather pointless when so much is happening around the globe, but I think our plates are filled with sad news and strong opinions, so I’m not going to bombard you with more. Below is a February 2017 desktop calendar, free for you to download. It’s filled with hearts because I think we could all use a little love given how scary the world seems at the moment. Simply click the size of the image you need below and the image will open in a new tab. Then download that image by right clicking on it to save it to your computer. Find the file in your folder of Downloads and right click on the image title to set the image as your wallpaper/desktop image.
By the way, the recipe that accompanies this picture is not yet on the blog. If you’d like it, let me know in the comments and I will make sure to post it in February!