there are certain city things this indiana girl will never get used to.
i went up to my family’s lake house this weekend, which is smaller than my hometown. every time i get off the highway, i pull over, put the roof of my car down and take the first deep breath in what always feels like a way too long time.
no one is honking or giving me the middle finger, or begging me for money. it’s just peace and quiet. for me, life literally slows.down.
it’s rural. you drive by cornfields, pass one stop sign towns. drive by the amish on every street and over railroads without crossbars.
it always takes me a day to adjust back to the city. the things i’ll never understand. the things that are literally dumbfounding to me. and i wanna hear yours.
the fact that dogs pee and #2 on the sidewalk. gross.
the fact that people then hose down sidewalks in the morning.
the smell that occurs when you turn the corner at clark and division from said dirtiness.
match/hinge/tinder/(insert dating site). i know it’s everywhere but the fact that it’s so normal. you can find a guy on tinder, then walk across the street to benchmark and bam – meet your knight in shining armor.
the sheer amount of time i spend waiting for an elevator.
that people think it’s ok to get in a car with a stranger with a pink mustache on the front. yes, i do this too. but i dont know why.
that i can get food from a restaurant delivered to my house.
rats. mice. i was walking down the sidewalk yesterday and a mouse was running by. and the weirdest part was no one else was freaking out. no one else was jumping and squirming and about to ask a stranger for a piggyback ride.
how sadly unaffected you become seeing homeless people. my mom came into town and literally was welling up with tears when she passed them. i barely noticed them. not something i’m proud of.
how alert i am when i’m walking alone at night. how my friend taught me to hold keys in between my fingers when i walk just in case. how i tried taking a shortcut one morning from the doctor in a good part of town and within a couple blocks ended up in a “keys between the fingers” kind of place.
dogs in stollers. period.
i could go on. and on and on. but this watermelon and feta orzo salad is the bombbb and you need to make it now. it’s from southern living – but i changed up the dressing a bit.
it’s the lightest, freshest pasta i’ve ever had. for realz. so good.
- 1 cup orzo pasta
- 1/2 cup lemon-shallot vinaigrette (recipe below)
- 3 cups seeded and diced watermelon
- 4 cups firmly packed watercress (baby arugula works too)
- 4 ounces crumbled feta cheese
- lemon shallot vinaigrette:
- 3 tbl lemon juice
- 2 tsp minced shallots
- 1 1/2 dijon mustard
- 1 1/4 tsp white wine vinegar
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
- salt and pepper to taste
- prepare orzo according to package directions.
- toss together hot pasta and Lemon-Shallot Vinaigrette in a large bowl.
- cover and chill pasta mixture 3 to 24 hours in fridge
- toss together watermelon, watercress, feta cheese, and pasta mixture just before serving
- add salt, extra lemon juice and pepper to taste.
- in a blender or food processor combine lemon juice, shallots, vinegar and garlic. puree until smooth.
- turn machine to low, add olive oil.
- pour vinaigrette into a bowl and season with salt and pepper.