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.

egg in a nest!

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.

egg in a nest!

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 egg
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.


  1. Chills, Jacqui. AGAIN. Here's to a bright new year ahead, filled with new things and potential and excitement. I am so excited we'll get to go through it with you here!

  2. Wow, how exciting to be starting all those firsts! Good Luck with everything and thanks for sharing!

  3. Is it silly for me to say I admire your attitude? Congratulations on your new job, and on your breakfast... it's one of my favorites :)

  4. i LOVE my eggs like this. it makes for such beautiful presentation.

    good luck with your new job! :)

  5. You have quite a lovely year to look forward to and your approach to it all is perfect. Cheers to you, Jacqui!

  6. shanna - yes, cheers! i can't believe all the new beginnings that have already occurred since starting this blog. can't wait to share all the excitement with you in the months to come!

    antonietta - thank you! i know, it's almost overwhelming. but mostly just exciting.

    adrienne - no, not silly at all -- thank you! and that egg in a nest...might become my new favorite, too. :)

    angry asian - ha! the presentation is almost the best part. second only to the runny egg yolk, of course. thanks!

    jennifer - thank you! it's going to be a busy, busy year. i'm thrilled.

  7. "With a cookie cutter or the rim of a small drinking glass" right, like you have a cookie cutter--we all know that drinking glass tip was for you! ;P

    Anyway, how exciting! And I get to say I'll have the same firsts this year too--minus the new job that is. Hooray for us!

  8. jenny - hey, i put "cookie cutter" for people like you, who have bins full of dinosaur and other random cookie shapes. hehe you can make a brontosaurus in a nest! or something. anyway, yes, hooray!

  9. Hi, Jacqui
    I don't think I've written yet to congratulate you on your new job. I'm so happy for you. And speaking of happy, I'm so happy for me that you've been spending so much time with film. I'm loving your work. Good luck on your first day!

  10. jess - thanks so much! and film...oh, film. i have so much to learn, and i'm loving the journey.

  11. My babygirl calls them "Birdies in a Nest". That is her special Saturday morning breakfast!


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