Life Updates from Miss Scrambled Egg

Life Updates from Miss Scrambled Egg

Hello There,

I cannot believe that a year has passed without a new recipe. I do have to apologize for the lack of activity on Miss Scrambled Egg. While I realize that I’ve been away for such a long time, I do want to catch up with all of you today.

 

Last spring, I completed my first year of teaching high school English, which was indeed an accomplishment. Previously, I was teaching remedial reading classes within the same school, but last year marked my first full-time teaching job. I taught six classes of varied levels and subjects, but maintained a positive attitude throughout the year and managed to abundantly learn from my colleagues as well as my students.

 

As I transitioned into the summer, I got a new tattoo on my left arm. Naturally, I had to get something related to trees/leaves. The gingko tree is one of the oldest trees in the world (and my best friend’s favorite), the catalpa tree is strange and unique (my personal favorite), and the tulip tree grows tall and straight. The idea was to have a tattoo that reflected the past, present and future. I still love it almost a year later. Soon after the new tattoo, Joshua and I went to visit our friends and family in Tampa. We went to a ton of breweries and delicious restaurants!

 

 

I wish that I had had more time to bake and experiment with new recipes last summer, but unfortunately after our vacation, there were many difficult transitions being made. The first transition was a positive, but nerve-wracking one. For those of you who know me, you understand that I have trouble with change. I don’t like it one bit, so in order to help myself, I slowly transition to the next phase in my life.

 

I was in the process of gradually moving in the Joshua, my boyfriend, in July. By then, most of my clothing, baking supplies, movies, and books were stored within his house. He kindly offered up one of the rooms in his home for my office space and it has truly developed into a serene space to work on my lesson plans, listen to my vinyl records, and relax.

 

 

As I was in the process of moving and getting ready for the 2016-2017 school year, I received a phone call from my stepmother saying that my dad’s mother needed surgery. The call was urgent because at this point, we didn’t know whether my grandmother (GG) would survive this very invasive surgery. My sister drove five hours from Maine with her boyfriend to say goodbye and be with my dad, stepmom, and stepsisters.

 

Well, the good news was that my grandmother did survive the surgery, but there were several complications as she had been undergoing Chemotherapy and her immune system was weak. She persevered through a week in the ICU surrounded by family, her favorite John Wayne blanket, and a wonderful hospital staff. Joshua and I had planned a brief vacation at the beginning of August to go to Maine, so she urged us to go. Unfortunately, while we were on our trip, my grandmother got worse and passed away. I truly believe that she wanted us to see her in good spirits before she passed. We came back home a day later to make funeral arrangements and be with family.

 

We had the daunting task after the funeral of cleaning out my grandmother’s apartment. Because she had suddenly left to go to the hospital, her home was in disarray.

 

My family laughed and cried as we sorted through all of her belongings, recalling memories and groaning when we noticed yet another suitcase subscription from her coin collection. She had SO many coins. At one point, I said aloud, “She must’ve been a damn pirate with all of these coins!” We still bring that up and laugh about it over a year later.

 

There was no transition time between mourning my grandmother’s death and starting the new school year, so I realized that I needed to take a step away from blogging to focus on my career and my new home. I cannot tell you how support Joshua has been and how many times he’s lifted me up despite the sadness or anxiety that tends to weigh down on me.

 

This year was one of success and sadness, heartbreak and hard work, but I’m ready to get back to my online community and share some delicious treats with you. Although my grandmother is no longer here, she is one of the main reasons why I love cooking and baking so much. Here’s to a new year of recipes, love, laughter, and transition.

 

Sincerely,
Erin – Miss Scrambled Egg

 

 

Written by Miss Scrambled Egg

Erin is the author of Miss Scrambled Egg. She is a barista, teacher, and blogger. She is slightly overwhelmed by the sight of carrot cake and Bernese Mountain Dogs.
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