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Last week my firstborn got her driver’s license.

The Motor Vehicles office is about 45 minutes from our house, and the whole process took a couple of hours. I whiled away the time running various romantic errands.  Bank deposit. Look for a new dish-drain.  Get the oil changed.  Run down the to-do items for our pared-down but still impending holiday.  The oil change (“do you want us to change the air filter?  grease your sparkplugs? file your jamlocks? overwhelm you with add-ons, upcharges and options for only 39.99 more?”) came with a coupon for a free car wash (“do you want to upgrade to the Executive Sparkle Package by scanning your barcode, keying in your ATM pin number and texting us a picture of your left ear?  press 1 for yes!”) and while I sat in the car as it was splashed and jostled, I enjoyed the curious sense of peace that comes from your inner and outer circumstances lining up perfectly, even if those circumstances are not actually peaceful.

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It’s hard to take one step without considering the kind of holiday other parents nearby, and not so nearby, are moving through.

We had a lovely dinner with friends the other night, just the sort of thing we were too busy to do, and even more so the sort of thing I feel blessed to have said yes to.

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This gorgeous salad became our offering to a meal of great splendor.  Other than swap in toasted pecans for the hazelnuts, I changed nothing. It’s fabulously tasty, and lush with opportunities to admire and appreciate the bounty before you as you prepare it.

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I’ve been keeping the blender busy with this amazing sauce.

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I roasted the peppers (but I think jarred would still give you something fine), and used a slice of preserved lemon in place of the salt, and eliminated the dried chiles as it had just the right heat for me without it.  My newly-licensed driver made the labels.

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The soundtrack to my thinking this week is right here for you.

Wind Up Bird Song (For Japan

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Wishing you a peaceful holiday!

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