Cooking, Cards, and Colored Eggs

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First off, I hope you all had a great holiday weekend and got to spend time relaxing with your family and friends. Even though it has only been 4 days, I feel like it has been forever since I have posted. Communicating my thoughts and what is going on in my world to all of you has become a big part of my life, and it felt really weird to not sit down and recollect, reflect, and write the last few days. I guess that goes to show how much I take joy in what I do and in the connection between me and my readers, and I hope that you enjoy this bond as well. That being said, I had a great time during my little hiatus from www.scottdrotar.com, and I am now refreshed, recharged, and reloaded with new and exciting stories to share with you over the coming weeks. Here is a rundown of what I have been up to the last few days.

Thursday morning I gave my Roll Models talk, “Confessions of a Homecare Client: The Complexities of Trust in the Caregiver-Client Relationship,” to the Kansas City Regional Home Care Association (KCRHCA). They were a great audience with a good energy, and they asked some interesting, thought provoking questions. Except for the fact that I ran a little short on time, I feel like this was the best talk I have given so far, especially in terms of my delivery of the material. They seemed very interested in what I was saying and my message, and I hope that they try to implement the tools and techniques I shared with them to improve the care they provide their clients. I thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to speak to them and pursue my mission of helping others, and I hope that they found the experience enjoyable as well.

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Stephanie and I celebrating Easter together.

After speaking and taking a quick nap, I greeted my sister, Stephanie, who flew in from New York City for the Easter weekend. We spent the evening catching each other up on what is going on in our lives, while we cooked up some chicken enchiladas (they were superb). There was a lot to talk about between her getting ready to graduate from law school and everything I have been doing with Roll Models, so it was great to just have some one-on-one, sibling bonding time. I am really proud of her as law school is a big deal, and I could tell how impressed she was in my speaking endeavors. She also had some good ideas for future projects and improvements for the website and Roll Models, but you will have to wait to hear about them because I want it to be a surprise. After eating way too much and getting caught up on each other’s lives, it was time to pick up Anthony, my sister’s boyfriend, from the airport. I was really excited that he was able to come out too, since we had only met once in the 3 years he and Stephanie have been together.

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Anthony and I cooking up a storm and trading our secret recipes.

Friday was a marathon day of cooking and conversation. Anthony is from an Italian family and makes some of the best marinara sauce you will ever taste, and for good reason, he guards his recipe. Likewise, I have an amazing Kansas City style barbecue rub recipe that I don’t share with anyone. So, we agreed to swap secrets, but since we both cook more by smell, feel, and taste instead of measuring, the only way to teach each other our recipes was to just let the other watch us make it. We started cooking around noon on Friday, and we didn’t stop until after 8pm that night. This was perfect though, because it gave Stephanie, Anthony, and I a lot of time to talk and laugh while we cooked. I feel like I got to know Anthony much better, and we had a really good time hanging out, especially since we share some of the same guilty pleasures like WWE and terrible, old movies. Since my ribs had to par boil for a while still, that night we gorged ourselves on his phenomenal sauce and homemade garlic, cheese bread.

After our stomachs went back to normal size, and while the ribs continued to boil to a nice tender consistency, we carried out the Drotar family tradition of coloring Easter eggs. This was a lot of fun, and we made some beautiful, creative designs. It is always nice to enjoy an activity that takes you back to your childhood and reminds you of all of the wonderful, family memories you have that are tied to that tradition. I love that I still can get that childlike feeling of excitement over something like dipping eggs in colored water. Additionally, my nurse that night was from Kenya, and he had never colored eggs before, so it was fun to watch him take part in this for the first time. He was so excited to show his kids the eggs he had made. After the long day of food and fun, we all crashed for the night after getting the ribs in the fridge.

Scott Drotar Easter Eggs
Look, it’s a bunny on the egg. We have mad egg coloring skills.

Saturday morning we all slept in after the fun, but busy day of cooking on Friday. Now it was my turn to show Anthony my barbecue rib rub recipe. I passed along my secret concoction, and we put the ribs in the oven. After another bout of binge eating on ribs, sweet potato fries, and fresh asparagus, we all just crashed for a while to enjoy the food coma we had induced. Once we could move again, Anthony and I both had an urge to go play cards, so the 3 of us and my nurse went to the casino to gamble for a while. Even though we didn’t win any money, we all had a really good time together, and it was fun getting to go out and do something we usually don’t do. Plus, like cooking, gambling is a social activity so I got to spend more time getting to know Anthony better.

Anthony flew back to New York Sunday morning, so that gave Stephanie and I another day of brother-sister bonding time. After being out at the casino so late the night before, we were happy to just spend the day lounging around, eating on the smorgasbord of leftovers from the previous 3 days, and watching a movie from Redbox. That brings us up to now. Stephanie is at the outlet mall shopping for jeans, because prices are so much better here than in New York. I am enjoying some alone, quiet time, while I am writing this for the website. Tonight, we will relax together and watch the movie. I cannot imagine a better end to our visit.

Scott Drotar Easter Dinner
Our delicious Easter Eve dinner consisting of my killer barbecue ribs, sweet potato fries, fresh asparagus, and corn on the cob.

That is how I have been spending my time away from the website. As you can see, I had a lot of fun, spent time with family, and got some exciting, new experiences. I don’t think I could have asked for a better vacation or holiday weekend. In addition to realizing what a big part of my life this blog has become, I was also reminded of the importance of taking time off just for you. It is ok to take a break, smell the roses, and stop to live a little. What is the point of working hard to make a great life for yourself if you never take the time to enjoy it? Make sure you take a few days for yourself every now and then to recharge your batteries, reconnect with your family and friends, and remember what is important to you. You don’t want to forget why you devote all of the time and effort you do into your life. Because you can’t enjoy your happy, successful life, if you don’t take the time to actually live it.

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