Lunch

Pumpkin Soup

It’s that time of year again. Yes, time for pumpkin soup. I had some for lunch today, I did not make it myself – I bought it from the caf at work. It was pretty good for a non-homemade soup, I must say. I could taste a bit of salt in it, but it was not unpalatable, and when I added some freshly ground pepper in to the mix, it was balanced out fairly well.

But more on lunch in a moment.

First some catching up to do. Yes, I realize it has been a few days since my last post. Friday was crazy busy between work, commuting, doctors appointments and a drive out to NY to see AFM. It was a long, long day – but well worth the reward of excellent company, seeing my favorite person, and having an amazing home cooked meal of pasta, sauce and meatballs. It was one of the best dinners I have eaten in a while. I am sorry that I did not think to snap a photo – I was starving by the time I arrived at my weekend destination  – it was sometime after 8pm.

The weekend was a lot of fun, more on that later. We had surf and turf on Saturday night with some fresh goodies from the farmers market. On Sunday night we had Dutch ribs that AFM cooked for over four hours and they were amazing. I was spoiled.

I had a marathon day on Monday. I left NY at 6:20 AM and drove straight to work in Boston. I had to stop twice (once for food and gas at 7:30 AM and once at 9 AM to use the facilities – thank goodness for rest stops on the Mass Pike.) I got to work at 10AM. The next time I do this Monday morning traveling I will pack the car the night before, saving myself ten minutes and I will have a full tank of gas before I hit the road (as in, fill the tank on Sunday rather than in the middle of the trip on Monday) which will save myself a little more time. My goal is to be able to get to work by 9:30 AM on Monday. I will let you know if it ever happens.

Fast forward to Tuesday.

I woke up at 5:35 and got ready for work. There is still hardly any food in the house, so I took a granola bar and an apple with me on the train. I somehow managed to get on the 6:16 train to Boston this morning – thanks to my mom for giving me a ride to the station.  I read my nook for a while on the train, and eventually closed my eyes for about twenty minutes.

There was a breakfast meeting at work this morning. At 8:15 I had a mini croissant and some fresh fruit. The melon was so – so, but the strawberries and pineapple were AMAZING. After the breakfast meeting our director mentioned that there was a ton of food left, and begged us to take some back to our offices. So I got some more fruit and a normal sized (thank you for not being over sized!) blueberry muffin with an amazing crumble on top. I ate the fruit when I got back to my desk at 9:15 and ate the muffin at 10.

That brings us to my lunch break.

Pumpkin soup and an apple. I do not know about you, but I love the food that the autumn season brings to New England. Apple pie, butter nut squash ravioli (or butter nut squash anything for that matter – including soup!), roast chicken, risotto, mac & cheese,  chili, and so on. What is your favorite autumn dish?

Here is what lunch looked like:

Nothing much to write home about – but I am writing about it anyway. I was oddly comforted by this meal. It was sort of perfect.

I am really looking forward to dinner tonight – a friend is staying with me, and I think we are going to Red Stripe for dinner out. I have a good feeling that I will be ordering the grilled cheese. I will write about our experience after. Stay tuned and have a great Tuesday!

PS: A note about books. Over the weekend I finished The Leftovers and now I am reading the Human Stain. What are you reading these days? Do you recommend it? Let me know by emailing me or leaving a comment below. I am always looking for new ideas on what to read next!

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