Tea

“You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.” ― C.S. Lewis “I say let the world go to hell, but I should always have my tea.” ― Fyodor Dostoevsky, Notes from Underground “There is something in the nature of tea that leads us into a world of quiet…

Family Food Time

Traveling during COVID is not something that’s highly recommended.  In fact, the opposite is suggested.  But those highly advised conditions kind of go out the window when you get the phone call that your Grandpa who lives in Ottawa, Ontario (Canada) has just passed away. So, we packed our bags and we drove the 9…

Sour Cream and Onion

You grab a bag of sour cream and onion potato chips off the shelf in the store, knowing full well this is not a “necessary” purchase during the time of COVID.  But you can’t resist, you’re stressed, and potato chips are you weakness. So in the cart they go, regret the farthest thing from your…

Meat and Potatoes: a creative twist!

Welcome to Self-Isolation with Suz.  Today, I’m deciding to distract myself with making a fun and time consuming (we’ve all got lots of it) version of that all-American standard: meat and potatoes. In the freezer, my mother had some pork chops that needed consuming.  So I thawed those out and decided what better way to…

Good Friday in the midst of COVID

It’s empty.  Well, not entirely empty.  I’m standing in my church sanctuary at Tenth Presbyterian and it’s Good Friday.  There will be no choral service this evening.  Choir hasn’t met for almost a whole month.  And I haven’t seen my choir family since Christmas when I came home from Florida. My pastor is here.  My…

How Do We Endure the Waiting?

This summer, a lot of things hit me in a way that only God could have coordinated. This summer, I went to Europe for the first time ever.  In the small northern town of Arona, Italy (right on Laggo Maggiore), I had one of the most profound musical experiences of my life thus far.  First…

Is butter a carb?

Yes, butter has carbs in it. What doesn’t? So have no fear Regina, you’ll be fine on your all carb diet. This evening I spent dinner with my mom and roomie and my dad was out of town. So you know that means shrimp! Pretty sure I’ve blogged about my shrimp escapades with my mother…

Pie in the sky

It’s been an interesting start to the week for me. Sunday felt like a very long day-and I had a lot to do, but it was also the 8 year anniversary of my Grammie’s passing. I missed her very strongly this year. 2018 has been a good, but challenging year for me. And I know…

Wake me up when September begins

This summer has felt like a very long one, and for good reason. I was fortunate enough to do two summer opera programs, both involving my main guy, Mozart. I learned a lot at both places, and I grew (I think!) vocally. During this time, I also moved into a new place with one of…