Oh Summer. I could write so many love letters to you. You’re going to be great.
June was busy. We spent the beginning of it packing up our old apartment, then moving, and then unpacking our things into our new space. We moved thinking that we would be in Montreal for 5 years, but found out 1 week before we moved that my contract wasn’t being extended. In science so much of our work is based around funding. The answer to many of your questions will inevitably be “YES! Of course, we just need to apply for funding…I’ll get back to you in 6 months”. If you work in a lab with lots of money, this isn’t a problem for you, but if you work in a lab that doesn’t have so much money, getting a grant is everything. And everyone that works for that lab depends on it. That’s why you see so many grad students, like my husband. They don’t get paid as much as professionals, and often bring their own funding to the projects they work on.
Anyway, to make a long story short. My boss didn’t get the funding he needed to hire me for 5 years, meaning my contract is finished next year (maybe in January or maybe in June) and Paul and I need to move again.
The silver lining? Paul is finishing his PhD this December and is currently looking for a Postdoc. So really, we’re in a good position to switch places again. The timing isn’t so bad. And we’re the strange kind of couple that can just go with the flow.
Food-wise, I spent my time using up what we had in the cupboards. My favorite recipe that I made would have to be my Sundried Tomato and Olive Pizza Bread.
But for dessert you should definitely try this Lemon Rhubarb Bundt Cake too.
I also baked and cooked a little from other food bloggers as well. Below are the recipes I made and loved:
Raw Veggie Collard Wraps by Edible Perspective
Blueberry Muffins with Almond Crumb Topping by Oh Lady Cakes
Fried Pickles by She Wears Many Hats
Extra Fluffy Blueberry Almond Pancakes by Sweet Peas and Saffron
Food Blog Discoveries!
(1) Renée Kemps. Renée posts the most gorgeous recipes and since discovering her I’ve pinned every single one! I’m currently crushing on her twisted cinnamon rolls. They are everything I want mornings to be about.
(2) Happy Hearted Kitchen. I love the photography on this blog. Not only does Jodi post awesome whole food recipes, but she highlights some snippets of her life in the French Alps. Her writing is beautiful and it’s recipes like this Roasted Spring Leeks + Toasty Farro with Pesto that keep me coming back.
Other June Stuff?
I went to see Shania Twain!! Performing her last concert ever. Omg…so much emotion.
T.V. and Movies:
-Season 3 of Orange is the New Black was incredible.
-Season 2 of True Detective. I fell asleep during the second episode. I’m really hoping it picks up soon.
-Season 1 of Masters of Sex. Love, love, love.
-Season 1 of The Good Wife. I hopped on this train waaaay too late.
-If I could describe the movie Jurassic World in two words, it would simply be “too much”. Whoa fight scenes, whoa dinosaurs everywhere, whoa…just whoa.
–Inside Out was the cutest movie I’ve seen all year.
Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls by David Sedaris. This book was a delight. Funny and broken up into little stories that I read before bed. I really adored it.
A Small Indiscretion by Jan Ellison. An interesting read and really well written. The narrator is complex, flawed, and relatable as well, which I appreciated, but at the end of it I still thought “meh”.
When We Were Animals by Joshua Gaylord. I just started this book! Very excited to dig in.
Well, that’s it! Pass me a margarita!