Apologies I haven’t posted in a while. It’s been a tough past few weeks. I am taking a blogging break the next two weeks to study for my US medical licensing exam.
Longtime blog readers will know that B and I have been long distance for >5 years now. This past year B had applied to transfer his residency to Yale (even redoing his intern year). After his application, we had been eagerly waiting for results, eager to finally live together. We had gotten great feedback from the program’s residents and were very hopeful he would be accepted.
Unfortunately, it didn’t work out.
We had a new apartment and a puppy lined up – those, along with our dreams of finally living married life together – vanished instantly.
And while life goes on, and not much would differ from the status quo (life was the same as the day before the news – us living in separate states), it hard hard to contain my disappointment.
Additionally, I had lost my apartment lease since I had to wait til Match to know whether to renew my current studio. Despite me having 3 months left my lease, and imploring the management to wait just 2 weeks for the Match results to see if I needed to stay, they rented my apartment out the very next day. Suddenly homeless for the next year, I had to scramble for housing.
Without B and I living together next year, I couldn’t care for a dog, let alone a puppy on my own. Sadly, I had to tell the breeder that given the circumstances, we were no longer able to get a dog anymore. Giving up getting a dog was the most painful part, but a single second year resident schedule with frequent 28 hour calls is not conducive for a happy dog.
Finally, I’m culminating these lovely few weeks with taking Part 3 of my United States Medical Licensing Examination – two 8 hour tests. Studying has been difficult, needless to say.
B accepted everything well, but I did not because, as he pointed out, I was not used to having things not go as planned. It was true. I had been so ready to live together. I went through the stages of grief in perfect order – denial, anger, bargaining, depression.
I still wait impatiently for the last stage – acceptance.
Maple Poached Figs and Granola Parfait recipe by me.
Maple Poached Figs and Granola Parfait
6-8 fresh figs, sliced
4 Tbs cup honey
4 Tbs pure maple syrup
1-2 figs, quartered to garnish
Heat honey and maple syrup in a small saute pan over medium heat for about 1 min. Reduce heat to medium-low. Add sliced figs; cover, and simmer until figs are just tender, (depending on your fig size and amount). Gently transfer figs to a plate with a slotted spoon.
In a parfait glass alternate yogurt with poached figs and granola. Drizzle maple syrup on top. Granish with a quarter of fresh fig. Enjoy!