Thursday, October 15, 2009
Last day. First egg in a nest.
Today was my last day working at a job that I've held for the past year and a half. My last day. I spent a lot of time thinking about that -- about how it was my last time turning on that computer, or sitting at that desk, or dodging commuters on my walk to the train station. I suppose I was trying to get the depth and meaning of it all into my head and realize that that part of my life is over. That my everyday is about to change, and that I'm taking a giant step forward.
But to be quite honest, thinking all of those "last time" thoughts got kind of old after a while. Maybe because it's not until the first time that the change really starts to digest. When I drive up to my new office on Monday morning, and walk inside to sit at my new desk and new computer and new responsibilities, that's when it'll hit me. Holy crap, I'll think. This is it. A new beginning.
I like that idea, really -- instead of dwelling on the last of anything, to focus on the many beginnings that are ahead. In the next year, I will start a new job, meet a new niece, gain a new brother-in-law, and marry the man I love. Wow. That's the first time I've actually listed them all off like that. It's going to be an exciting year.
And of course, as always, there are the little things in between. They may not change my life the way getting married or starting a new job might, but they're what keep me sane when the excitement of it all might turn to stress. When adjusting to a new commute might get tough or when choosing the right wedding invitation becomes way too involved than it should, I can always count on the simple things to keep me going. As simple as flipping over an egg for breakfast and squealing at the perfection of it all.
This was the first time I made an egg in a nest, or a toad in a hole, or whatever those crazy kids call it nowadays. The first time. One of many firsts to come.
Egg in a Nest
1 slice of bread
With a cookie cutter or the rim of a small drinking glass, cut a hole into the middle of the slice of bread. Melt a pat of butter in a frying pan on medium heat, and place the bread in the pan. Crack an egg into the hole and wait for the egg to set, about 2 minutes or so, depending on how runny you like the egg yolk (I love runny egg yolk). Season with salt and pepper, then flip the bread and egg and wait for the other side to set. Serve on a pretty plate, take a picture or two, and dig in.