Peanut lost another tooth today, the upper front right. He told me to write it down so that we can go back to check in case he forgets exactly when he had this tooth taken out. It’s his 5th one.
Mr. O was constantly on the phone and Zoom meetings from 7:30 a.m. until he logged off and checked out at 5:30 p.m. Today was not a good day for him. Before, when he worked in the office and I didn’t get to see the kind of stress he gets daily working in a high-energy and fast-paced environment. I feel helpless now that I see daily of how much and how hard he works. He crashed right after dinner in his armchair and is now immobile, watching Different Strokes with the boys.
I tried to keep the kids occupied and keep their voices down throughout the day so they won’t disturb his work. Our small apartment isn’t an ideal home office as well as a home classroom. The containment isn’t helping the boys much as they need to burn energy.
I made three meals today with one extra dessert. For the morning I made French crepes and turkey bacon. Crab and shrimp fried rice for lunch, and beef meatballs in marinara sauce and penne pasta for dinner. For dessert after dinner I made a nostalgic one to bring back some childhood memory — sweet black bean soup with coconut cream — chè đậu đen.
On a scale of 10, this chè is probably up there on the top at 10 for nostalgic values. My mom used to make this chè for a living as our livelihood depended on the volume of sale she sold at the end of the day. She soaked the dried beans for 24 hours and woke up at 4 a.m. everyday to set up the wood fire stove and started preparing to cook it in a big cauldron of about 40 liters or so.
So I made it today and had a chance to tell the boys of my nostalgic moment that connected through food.