Thursday, June 16, 2005

good day

More or less.

I think my taste buds are coming back. The roast chicken at dinner tonight tasted like chicken. I noticed that my sense of smell is working fine, and it is just totally weird when I taste something and the taste doesn't match the smell at all! Mostly, I'm getting just... nothing. Not an altered taste, but no sense of certain tastes at all.

I seriously hope this is temporary, because I am going to have a hell of a time being any kind of a food writer if my sense of taste is gone. If this is permanent, I will cry.

We shopped today, and I finally did get some laundry going, nothing much else. But I came home and prepped the chicken and put on the stock to simmer, and dinner was recognizable to anyone as just that, dinner. Usually I do rather unusual (that is, lame) things around the vegetable department, for dinner -- sliced apples make a frequent appearance as a "vegetable." Hey, they're good for you! The kids eat them, too. Sometimes it's hard coming up with a protein and two side dishes every single day. Last night we had quesadillas. Our "vegetables": salsa and chopped avocado. Works for me. (heh)

I feel the time running through my fingers but can't get twisted about it. Stuff will get done, or it won't. There's nothing really pressing pending, besides packing, and that's for next week.


ChaiTime said...


You've been through so much physically (medically) that I'm surprised you are up and around and productive at all at this point. You're probably doing much more than you should. The loss of the sense of smell would be disturbing to me too. I've heard that our sense of taste is inextricably linked to smell. Here's hoping you get the smell back and soon! :D

Sheik Yerbootie said...

Hell - most food writers can't taste anything anyway - they are more worried about appearance than taste.

What ever happened to that Princeton job?

Joan said...

I'm happy that I still have a sense of smell, that gives me hope that the damage to my taste buds will eventually recover. But I am going to have to use old recipes for my next couple of columns, because there is no way I can develop new recipes like this.

The Princeton job got sidelined first for last year's summer vacation, then by my cancer diagnosis, and then by my post-op recovery (I was having problems with voice stamina.) They have basically said I can come in whenever I'm ready, but they only do training 2 or 3 times a year. I'm hoping I can start at the beginning of 2006 if my scan at the end of this year comes back clean. I really don't think it would be right to start a new job knowing that more cancer treatments were possible.