I had no idea I was capable of staying away from the blog for so long! It has been tough on me, but I have been SO busy. I know you all know I’m a teacher by now, and, true, spring time at a school is a hectic time of year, but nope! That’s not what has kept me away. So what? What on earth could the big news be?!
We’re moving!!! John has been accepted to an amazing program in Boston, Massachusetts to become a Web Developer (he’s always been my tech genius, but it appears I’ll have to share him even more now!) He is over the moon, as am I, that we have this opportunity that will be so great for our family, but it has its challenges. I am so sad to be leaving my fabulous school, my fantastic students, and all of the great friends we have made here these past few years! John will be heading to Boston before my school year has even ended and I will be meeting him there come the summer time! Needless-to-say, we have been very, very busy preparing for this.
This said, we aren’t moving to Massachusetts. Well, we are, but probably not in the long run! John’s program will be over by the end of the summer and then we will be moving again. Here’s the best part – we have no idea where we’ll be going! This is a year of adventure for us. He goes to Boston, I go to Boston, then we are left to figure out where we’re going next from there…and that could literally be ANYWHERE.
I bet you think I’m probably stressed out of my mind having no idea where or when we’re moving, but I’m really ok. I certainly was stressed out of my mind at some point, but I think I’ve progressed nicely through the 5 stages of uprooting one’s entire existence. 1) Denial – I found out and didn’t really believe it was true until after I had told my students about it. 2) Panic – the stress ALMOST ate me alive. Somehow, I survived. I was so stressed, I got absolutely nothing done. Well, until… 3) Organizational Overload – I made a home binder. Next, I made a warranties/manuals binder. After that, I made an emergency binder. Lastly, I went through all of the closets and drawers in the house to find donations (a.k.a. things I refuse to move). I ended up with 5 medium packing boxes (and by medium, I mean large enough for me to fit inside) worth of donations, plus about 10 huge items that don’t fit in boxes. 4) Burn out – I read about 20 books in 1 month and barely spoke…even to John. Finally, I have reached 5) Acceptance – I am now calm and feel this will all work out for the best. I am slowly working through what needs to be done, but at a pace that I won’t cause myself to revisit stage 4.
All this said, I’m sorry to have been away for so long! I will probably become more and more regular with my posts now that I have most of my mental sanity back!
Teriyaki Shrimp Udon is one of those works of genius that come out of nowhere, but will never be forgotten! The key? Probably a toss up between the minced garlic and the minced fresh ginger – both FANTASTIC! I would eat this meal for an entire week straight for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Don’t believe me? It seriously might happen once John heads to Boston and I have no help with the left overs! I will need meals like this during that time!
- 10 oz. udon noodles
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 tbsp fresh minced ginger
- 2 carrots, grated (I used my OXO Mandoline Slicer.)
- 1/2 cup teriyaki sauce (your favorite is best!)
- 1 lb. shrimp, peeled
- 1 bunch bok choy, chopped
- Cook udon according to package instructions.
- Marinade shrimp in teriyaki, minced garlic, and minced ginger for 5 minutes. In the mean time, prep carrots and bok choy.
- Combine shrimp marinade, carrots, and boy choy in a large pot or wok. Cook just until shrimp are pink and opaque, then remove from heat. Toss udon with shrimp and vegetables and serve immediately.
- Enjoy the delicious easiness that is Teriyaki Shrimp Udon!