Starting today every Sunday evening is going to be chili night.  Adam loves chili and I have a ton of recipes I’ve been meaning to try out.  Tonight though, because he was so awesome and held down the fort while I spent the week in Macon collecting data for my thesis, I made his favorite.  Adapted from Cooking Light’s 5 ingredient 15 minutes cookbook, this is beef and black bean chili.
1 pound 96% lean ground beef 
2 15 oz cans black beans
1 15 oz can tomato sauce 
1 can Trader Joe’s salsa (thin container, red top, just their basic one)
2 tbs tomato paste
1 tbs chili powder
1. Brown beef on medium-high heat
2. Drain 1 can of black beans and mash.  Drain other can too, but don’t mash.
3. Once beef is browned add remaining ingredients.  Mix and cook over medium heat for 10 minutes, then let simmer on lowest heat setting until ready to serve (the longer it sits the better it gets).
Easy peasy and super delicious.

Starting today every Sunday evening is going to be chili night.  Adam loves chili and I have a ton of recipes I’ve been meaning to try out.  Tonight though, because he was so awesome and held down the fort while I spent the week in Macon collecting data for my thesis, I made his favorite.  Adapted from Cooking Light’s 5 ingredient 15 minutes cookbook, this is beef and black bean chili.

1 pound 96% lean ground beef 

2 15 oz cans black beans

1 15 oz can tomato sauce 

1 can Trader Joe’s salsa (thin container, red top, just their basic one)

2 tbs tomato paste

1 tbs chili powder

1. Brown beef on medium-high heat

2. Drain 1 can of black beans and mash.  Drain other can too, but don’t mash.

3. Once beef is browned add remaining ingredients.  Mix and cook over medium heat for 10 minutes, then let simmer on lowest heat setting until ready to serve (the longer it sits the better it gets).

Easy peasy and super delicious.


Wednesdays I’m on campus until seven, which is unfortunately Henry’s bedtime, so I usually come in right when he’s dozing off on his last bottle for the day.  Well today, he got really excited and happy and smiley!  How could you not be happy when you come home to that little face????

Wednesdays I’m on campus until seven, which is unfortunately Henry’s bedtime, so I usually come in right when he’s dozing off on his last bottle for the day.  Well today, he got really excited and happy and smiley!  How could you not be happy when you come home to that little face????


This is an old picture, so I hope it counts.  This is my dad holding Henry on Christmas.  My dad left a really hilarious voice mail message on my phone and that’s what made me happiest today.  

This is an old picture, so I hope it counts.  This is my dad holding Henry on Christmas.  My dad left a really hilarious voice mail message on my phone and that’s what made me happiest today.  


Cookies.  Simple, classic, chocolate chip, store bought, nothing fancy.  It’s one of those days and this is what makes me happy.

Cookies.  Simple, classic, chocolate chip, store bought, nothing fancy.  It’s one of those days and this is what makes me happy.


And with those groceries he bought yesterday, Adam decided to try his hand at making a bulk batch of homemade salsa.  It’s not done yet but he estimates it will make 6-8 cans of fresh salsa.  This is the middle of the process.  His salsa is delicious and makes me happy!

And with those groceries he bought yesterday, Adam decided to try his hand at making a bulk batch of homemade salsa.  It’s not done yet but he estimates it will make 6-8 cans of fresh salsa.  This is the middle of the process.  His salsa is delicious and makes me happy!


Adam did the grocery shopping today while I went down to Macon to do some more research.  This helps me out a ton and makes me really, really happy.  

Adam did the grocery shopping today while I went down to Macon to do some more research.  This helps me out a ton and makes me really, really happy.  


These are pictures of my husband’s garden.  The first is the entire garden.  He built it himself out of some random things and an Ikea utility shelf.  The top, uncovered shelf, is full of his bonsai stuff.  When we lived in Delhi, the Lodi Garden had a bonsai tree gallery and when we moved back to the states he started with the large bonsai you see in the back.  When I got pregnant with Henry, he decided to start doing some gardening, mostly various peppers, some tomatoes, and kale.  He has a community plot a block away, but between icemageddons and polar vortexes it’s been down for the season so most of his plants live indoors with us for the time being.  Every evening he takes about an hour or so to take care of his plants and it’s something that makes him really happy.  So by extension, that makes me happy.  Also, I get to reap the benefits of his green thumb by the delicious salsas and burgers he makes with his harvests.


Fuzzy socks!  My mother in law (hereafter known as Chris) is a very generous and thoughtful lady and when we lived in New York would send us tons of socks and these became a staple of my lounging wardrobe (which consists of a few pairs of old leggings, some of Adam’s old t-shirts, and a pair of sweat pants).  My feet get cold, they keep them warm.  They come in happy bright colors and they make me happy.

Fuzzy socks!  My mother in law (hereafter known as Chris) is a very generous and thoughtful lady and when we lived in New York would send us tons of socks and these became a staple of my lounging wardrobe (which consists of a few pairs of old leggings, some of Adam’s old t-shirts, and a pair of sweat pants).  My feet get cold, they keep them warm.  They come in happy bright colors and they make me happy.


This is me with a grand total of five non-consecutive hours of sleep after a day of running around campus!  Not to brag, but I’m happy today because I feel a lot more confident/better about school and I managed to take a really good ID picture.  I’ve decided to revert my thinking about this semester and see it as the academic/domestic equivalent of excavation season.  Lack of sleep and physically demanding but an amazing life-changing adventure nonetheless!
Disclaimer: It says “debit” but I don’t actually use this as an active debit card.  So if you hack me based off the numbers in the picture you will be sorely disappointed.

This is me with a grand total of five non-consecutive hours of sleep after a day of running around campus!  Not to brag, but I’m happy today because I feel a lot more confident/better about school and I managed to take a really good ID picture.  I’ve decided to revert my thinking about this semester and see it as the academic/domestic equivalent of excavation season.  Lack of sleep and physically demanding but an amazing life-changing adventure nonetheless!

Disclaimer: It says “debit” but I don’t actually use this as an active debit card.  So if you hack me based off the numbers in the picture you will be sorely disappointed.


This is where I am doing my master’s research.  I am really happy that after years of trying I finally got into a graduate program in anthropology.  I’m also really happy and thankful that they have funded my degree for four semesters.  Some days I get bogged down and worried I’m not going to finish, but today I got through 60 sherds and feel really good and excited about my project.  

This is where I am doing my master’s research.  I am really happy that after years of trying I finally got into a graduate program in anthropology.  I’m also really happy and thankful that they have funded my degree for four semesters.  Some days I get bogged down and worried I’m not going to finish, but today I got through 60 sherds and feel really good and excited about my project.