A do over.
A chance to go back in time and do what didn't get done the first time.
There are times in life that I would love to have a chance to go back in time and do things differently.
But life doesn't work that way does it?
I can't go back to the mid-1980's and relive those awkward junior high years.
I can't take back the crazy perm, the bangs that were teased to stand up straight, the tinted glasses (man, that was such a thing back then) and the plastic jelly shoes.
I can't un-wear some of those cra-azy plaid skirts that I favored back then.
No do-overs there. Life was just so stinking awkward in those days.
If I could go back, I would try to be less sensitive to the drama that encompasses the world of junior high peer-to-peer interactions. I would spend less time crying - with the understanding that in 10 years almost every single one of those people would no longer intersect my Universe. The bullies, the cliques - they just wouldn't matter.
If I could go back, I would have tried to be a better friend to those friends I did have - with the realization that if we kept a united front, some of the other "stuff" would be less permeating.
Oh, and if I could go back, I would totally make sure that my junior high self backed away from the blue eye-shadow. Seriously... Who ever thought that frosted blue eye shadow on a girl with braces and eye glasses with a brown lens tint was a good idea. I would SO stop that from happening...
It was make-up week on the French Fridays with Dorie project this week - giving each of us a chance to go back and catch up on a recipe that we may have missed over the past few years. This left me with the choice of 1) something I had made before, but have yet to document (Gerard's mustard tart) or 2) the lone back recipe that I hadn't made yet (the Vietnamese chicken soup).
Of course, I went for the chicken soup - because making soup in August TOTALLY makes sense, right?
Once I warmed up (no pun intended) to the thought of making soup in August, I read through the ingredients and realized that this one had some real potential.
Chicken poached in a coconut milk/ broth mixture? Ginger, dried chili, lime & cilantro? Noodles (I used lo-mein nooodles) tossed in at the end?
This soup ended up being a total winner in our house - even fussy Mr. "I don't like soup" went back for seconds and the girls have already requested a re-make.
In other news, this is the week that we ship everyone off to school. It's been a whirlwind of activity. I thought that sending one kid off was crazy - trying to get two kids ready to go in two different directions has brought that craziness up to a whole new level.
I am pretty sure that everyone around me should be questioning my level of sanity right now.
This post participates in French Fridays with Dorie.The French Friday's group originally posted this soup October, 14 2010 - the LYL for that week can be found here. It was fun to go back through the posting for that week and check out what faces changed and which ones stayed the same. Patty of Patty's Food posted a version of this for Food Revolution Day - and Liz over at That Skinny Chick Can Bake posted a version for FRD as well.