I can't believe I've spent this many years without Spaghetti Squash! Last week, I bought one on a whim thinking I could use up some meat sauce I made the week before. I also found a recipe that just added turkey bacon, garlic and parmesan cheese to the squash so I thought ... why not? I cut it open, cleaned out the seeds, put a little butter, salt and pepper on the squash, put them cut-side down on a jellyroll pan and let them bake for 45 minutes. Then came the test ... would this be easy or would it just be a mess and I'd end up ordering pizza? With delivery coupons in arms reach, I took out the squash, turned them over and grabbed a fork. It said to run the fork over the flesh and it would just come off the skin and look exactly like spaghetti. Okay sister friend ... I've had enough Pinterest fails in the last 18 months to know most things aren't as easy as they say. So here we go .... AH! It's SO easy. You barely even have to touch the squash with the fork and it indeed comes off looking like spaghetti. I was surprised at how tasteless the squash is so it really just acts as a texture and will take on any taste you put with it sort of like tofu. It was amazing with the sauce and the turkey bacon. I can finally have 'pasta' at night again! Because of the carbs, I haven't done that in years. So I encourage you to grab a spaghetti squash, or any other healthy food you've had your eye on to try but haven't for some reason or another ... and go for it!
The events that happened last week in Washington D.C. just make me so sad. And I'll resist my temptation to crawl up onto my podium, stand up tall and begin to preach. But here's this woman who's suffering from SEVERE Postpartum Depression and I'm dumbfounded that it went this far. Her sister has said she was working with her doctors to ease off on her medications, so that could've easily been the trigger. I won't pretend that I was there, but from what I've read, the fact that she's dead is WRONG. Now ... I'm married to a veteran, so he and I have had some discussions about this and he sees it from a very different viewpoint than I do. I think she was a danger, but at no time a threat. The fact that a one year-old baby was in the backseat and no one knew it tells me that they acted WAY too quickly. I'm not understanding why the goal was to kill her rather than to stop her. And if you disagree with that statement, that's okay. All the details of this very odd event aside, it's a reminder that mental illness is still something we don't take seriously enough. My GOD ... one minute this woman is having a baby and the next she's got serious mental health issues ... it can be that simple. I hope the death of that little girl's mommy won't be in vain and that mental health awareness will be brought to the forefront of discussions and finally taken seriously.
The last couple weeks I've been able to meet up with some of my most favorite people. It's so hard to figure out a day and time to escape, but man I'm learning that it's so worth it. I met one girlfriend for coffee and we talked for a couple of hours. I met another girlfriend for dinner and four hours later we were getting into our cars. I traveled to Chicago to stay overnight with one of my oldest and dearest friends. These are things that fill up your soul, and in the middle of a crazy day, an insane week, a month where many things went wrong ... sometimes that's when we need our girlfriends the most even though it's the hardest to try and crawl out of your chaos. I consider myself so lucky to have so many amazing women in my life, and when we're finally able to 'pencil each other in' on our calendars, it's like a reminder of who I am. I love being a mom, wife, daughter, sister, employee, friend ... but sometimes I just need to be Lanette. If you're feeling overloaded and stressed, text a girlfriend and set a date. You'll be so glad you did.