My Saturday Mishap & Simple Sauteed Cabbage With Balsamic Vinegar

On Saturday, I almost fainted in the jewelry store.

Two hours prior, I had been driving to Cash Wise in Moorhead, a local mecca of organic produce and bulk grains.  My car was desperately thirsty for gas, and I found myself on a dusty road near a dusty gas station.

Upon closer inspection, what seemed like a normal gas station was actually unattended.  And this gas pump was like none I had ever utilized.  After scanning my credit card, I am instructed to “lift the lever.”

The antiquated gas machine starts to churn and make unsettling noises.  On second thought, wouldn’t any noises coming from a gas pump be unsettling?  So I stand at this gas pump that God and time forgot and silently freak out.

I turn the lever down.  Silence.  Flip the lever up, and more noise.  So I stick the pump into my car and fill my tank.

When I try to gently press the lever down, it resists and continues to make more rushing, humming noises.


I press on it again and it does not release.  I start to sweat and release obscene phrases of curse words only meant for unattended gas stations.  I push a little firmer and the lever finally goes down and the noises stop.

I leap into my car and begin to drive away from this forsaken, lonely gas pump.


My car jolts as I drive down a steep curb that I did not notice in my haste to run away.

I slam on my breaks and try to navigate my back wheels over the curb.  The car jolts again.  My car seems to be mostly OK and I vow to get it checked the following weekend.  Then, I continue on to Cash Wise and don’t give any of this much thought.

It Only Gets Better From Here
A couple of hours later, Jake and I return to Fargo’s Royal Jewelers to re-size my engagement ring band.

In the car, I notice my back hurts when I lean against the car seat.  Upon further inspection, we notice vertebrae-sized and shaped bruises along my spine and become concerned.  We continue into the jewelry store as we contemplate a visit to Urgent Care.

Of the jewelry stores we visited, we preferred Royal Jewelers.  It’s a family-owned and operated store and their staff exuded a kind professionalism.  When we visited another family-owned jeweler, the saleswoman proceeded to violently open-mouth cough on us for the duration of our appointment.  After her 12th coughing fit, she finally muttered “Can’t seem to kick this,” and continued to hack on us.  All we could think was “Great!  Now, neither can we!”

We make ourselves comfortable at Royal Jewelers until I notice how freakishly bright and sparkly everything appears.  It’s all too bright.  My hearing starts to fade and my vision tunnels.  I keel over and try to put my head between my knees before I crash into a glass display case.

Jake runs from store to grab his car.

By the time he returns, the Royal Jewelers staff and in-house EMT has me stabilized and I sip a glass of water.

Long story short, the doctor gave me a clean bill of health this week and I feel fine.

Despite the chaos, I finished Catching Fire during a mere, few hours of bed rest and even wrote an article on homemade lahmucan, a spicy Turkish pizza.

Therefore, I’ve been laying low.  Jake was a wonderful nurse and provided nourishment in the best way that he knew how.  By ordering Papa John’s pizza.

This week, we have enjoyed this simple non-recipe recipe for sauteed cabbage that follows below.  I received this handmade bowl when I attended The Fargo-Moorhead League’s Politics On The Plains event where I participated in a conversation with other community members and young politicians running for office.

My beautiful square bowl was created by The Fargo Project Team that is giving the community an opportunity to provide feedback about how to use Rabanus Park, formerly designed as a storm water detention basin.  I heard that Ethnobotonist, Linda Different Cloud has a vision of planting medicinal herbs for the community to gather.  Then, I got really excited.

A workshop will be held Sunday, April 29th at 12:30 PM at Rabanus Park.

Simplest Sauteed Cabbage Drizzled With Balsamic Vinegar
Reduce some balsamic vinegar in a small pot over medium heat.  When the vinegar bubbles, turn down the heat to gently reduce into a thick, sweet syrup, stirring occasionally.

Shred green cabbage.

Preheat a pan with olive oil and/or butter over medium-high heat.

When the oil sizzles, add the cabbage.  Season with some miso paste, black pepper, and your choice of hot pepper.

Quickly saute the cabbage edges are frizzled, but the vegetable still retains a textural bite.

Taste and adjust for seasoning.

Drizzle the reduced balsamic vinegar onto the cabbage and serve.

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