Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Well Hello

It’s, uh, been a while. Anyone still out there? Is this thing on? Bueller? (Sorry.)

So I haven’t written here in more than a year. That feels strange. I started this blog back in 2005, when I barely knew what blogs were, and ever since then it’s been a constant companion, a small but semi-permanent recording of my life in real time, patches and pieces and recipes and photos, never regularly updated but always present. Always something to return to.

And so here I am! Returning! The last year and a bit has been wild. I moved to the Hudson Valley for a job. A phenomenal but an intense job. It consumed me and all my hours and most of my life. I loved it. But now I’m returning to Boston for another job, one that I’m likewise wildly excited about. I missed Boston, and am happy to be coming home.

What else. I wrote a bit. I read as much as I could. I edited a lot. I made new friends and reconnected with old. I spent a lot of time flying to Texas, trying to make a long distance relationship work. I cooked only a little, but drank, well, like a journalist. I ran on trails in the woods, early in the fog-ridden mornings, and discovered that if I forced myself to both sign up and pay for the evening hot yoga class before noon, I might actually attend. I survived a breakup, mainly by watching Jane Austin-inspired movies on my laptop over and over for a month.

Many weekends I took the Amtrak from my tiny upstate town to NYC, hurtling along the Hudson River to attend parties and book readings and dinners with my brother, Ben, perched at the bar of one funky restaurant or another downtown. Sometimes I went to the city just for the particular thrill that comes with being anonymous.

When I finished my last day of work, I went to Maine for a week by myself. I wanted the scent of the ocean and the sound of crickets at night to rid my brain of the static built up over the last year.

After four days alone, I was happy to spend time with my friends Steph and Kathy, both who live nearby. On that Thursday night Steph and I shared some of the best deviled eggs I’ve tasted at The Black Birch in Kittery. On that Friday night, Kathy cooked. We drank rosé and walked around her sweeping garden, all tomatoes and potatoes and asparagus fronds. She grilled a huge pan of paella and we ate it in the yard as the sun went down. Later that night we listened to a New Orleans-style brass band in a one-room theater space in town, and I sat in the back and tapped my foot and watched an older, white-haired man dance magnificently in the center of the room, alone.


Jacqui said...

Hello! Welcome back. Sounds like your time away was time well spent. I've been meaning to get back into blogging, too, after a whole summer of not writing or taking pictures. It's nice that it's always there, that there are no rules about coming and going, and that no matter how empty it might seem upon return, there's always at least someone there, listening.

isabelle said...

Ah, great stuff. I discovered your blog very recently and left a comment very recently on your last post (2013) and must have sensed that you would pick up blogging again soon. Coincidentally, my latest post is on madeleines :-)

isabelle said...

p.s. you realise, I hope, that the second 'very recently' was meant to be left out :-/
All the best there x

Anonymous said...

Yay! I checked this link on a whim and hope that this might be the first of more regular postings! Love your blog and your book.

Bruce said...

Glad to see you back at your blog! Twitter can be amusing, but there needs to be place for longer pieces of writing.

Linda said...

Good to see you back here.

nicole said...

Hello! I am so glad to see/read this. I am glad you're moving back to Boston - somehow I had a feeling you really missed it ... hope the new/old life treats you very well. Also: xoxo

nicole said...

Hello! I am so glad to see/read this. I am glad you're moving back to Boston - somehow I had a feeling you really missed it ... hope the new/old life treats you very well. Also: xoxo

Steph said...

I'm still dreaming about those deviled eggs ... we'll get more soon! So glad you're back :)

Hannah said...

MOLLY!!!! I have checked your blog every week or two since you left it, and imagine how thrilled I was tonight to click over out of habit and find not one but TWO posts from you! You dear lovely writer, your words are as evocative as ever, and it sounds like the past year has been many many many things, and still happening as we type. I am so glad to read your words. Welcome back :)

Sam @ The Second Lunch said...

Welcome back! And welcome back to Boston! What's your new project at ATK? I'll have to head over to Black Birch to try it – between that and Anneke Jans, and a few others I'm still surprised at how different the dining scene is in Kittery compared to my childhood begging for the Warren's salad bar.

fromkansas said...

I hoe you keep writing. I loved your book and your blog has a very special voice. I have missed it.

Elise Meyer said...

Hi Molly! I came across a link to your blog via kosher Camembert, it was so nice to remember you. Hope all is well with you. That blueberry cake is one of my favorites too. All the best, Elise Meyer

Zak said...

Hi Molly, heard your story on NPR sometime back and then saw this, made me think of you.

I am also a foodie, one who had Julia Child in my kitchen when I was young. I have a blog too:

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