Word of the Day: Continue

An antonym of the work continue is to lay off. Well that’s what happened to me, after 19 years at the same job I was abruptly laid off. No warning just laid off on a Thursday morning. I got in my car and went home in tears. What do I do? I have always worked, ever since I was in high school I have had a job.

As the days pass by I realize that this is a little more difficult than I would have expected. don’t get me wrong, it is wonderful to be able to sleep late, and catch up on all of the things that need to be done in the house. The difficulty came to me when I realized that I have defined so much of myself by the job I had. When we meet someone for the first time the first question we usually ask is , “What do you do?” Well, what do I do?? that is what I am trying to figure out.

Corn & Barley Salad

2 C cooked barley
3 ears cooked fresh corn cut from the cob or 2+ C frozen, thawed, drained.
1/2 C scallions, thinly sliced and chopped
1 large tomatoe chopped
1-2, 4 in. fresh hot chilies, seeded and minced

Cook barley and cool, add the corn, scallions, tomatoe and chili pepper and toss well.

Drizzle the salad with the following dressing:

1/3 C olive oil
3 T balsamic vinegar
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 squirt of mustard
salt and papper to taste
whisk all of the ingredients together