Thursday, December 2, 2010

Kate Middleton and Soup Fit for a Queen

Two days running, I have found myself thinking about Kate Middleton whilst showering. That right there is a testament to the compromised state of my mental well-being, seeing as how I do my very best thinking in the shower.

I'm really not the Monarchy-Obsessed type. I only watched eight straight hours of footage from Princess Diana's accident. It's just that I can't stop wondering what Kate's life feels like right now. How do you know for sure that you're ready for what you're signing up for, when what you're signing up for happens to include neighboring tabloids at the check-out lane, one proclaiming you a "Perfect Princess", the other dealing out tawdry stories about "your life" without even bothering to wear a poker face?

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And what about those ridiculous hats she will now be expected to don with regularity? Of course, in the end, I would have worn Mother Goose on my head for ten days straight if that's what it took to make Cory mine, but I wasn't already burdened with thoughts of private security detail, a lifetime of widespread scrutiny, permanent forfeiture of public sweatpants, potentially dysfunctional in-laws, nannies for my someday-babies, head-to-toe Oscar de la Renta, and a gaudy castle that is probably buttoned up to the chin in Victorian wallpaper when what I want is whitewashed Scandanavian. Not to mention the hauntingly-documented life and death of my late Mother-in-Law.

She must really be fond of Will.

Something you should know about me is that I am an eternal-optimist when it comes to the vast majority of celebrity couples. I do not know why. But as such, I am almost always sucker-punched by celeb break-ups. I worried about Eva Longoria over my turkey dinner. I had flashbacks from a previous Thanksgiving when I actually prayed for Jessica Simpson. All of that to say - I think Kate and Will have a real chance at marital happiness. Why the heck shouldn't they? I want that for everyone. It's a thing that I believe in.

It will not come easily to them, but when does that ever happen? They will have to keep their claws sharpened for the fight. I hope they have faith to bookend their shared life, holding them tightly together.

I think one important key to her potential marital success and overall happiness is the ability to maintain a measure of normalcy, at least when she is in her own home. I hope the powers that be will allow Kate to serve her own soup and wash up the bowls when it's gone.

And speaking of soup, I discovered another long-lost soulmate last week. Her name is Italian Pasta & Bean Soup.*

Our first date showed potential, but the second time-around, with the addition of chopped fresh spinach, our fate was sealed forever.

As for you, Kate, if you ever find yourself in Indiana, come on over. Sweatpants are on the house and I'll let you serve me my dinner. You know you want to.


*I added the chopped zuchini on my own. Throw it in at the very end so it doesn't overcook. I also stirred in two hearty shakes of Italian Seasoning in lieu of the fresh parsley. And I probably doubled the garlic, cause that's just what I do.

37 comments:

  1. You are the master. I've said it before, and will say it again. You can have my eyes well with tears in one post {see last post} and laughing in the next. I love your ability to take on celebs {see Taylor Swift post} and that you prayed for Jessica Simpson is beyond endearing. I have a friend who prays for Jennifer Anniston on a regular basis.

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  2. I think she is a doll! And I love the hats. I wonder if she takes them seriously.

    I worry about those people too... you know, the rich and famous ones. Especially Jennifer Aniston!

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  3. This reminds me of our Taylor Swift conversation. We girls just have to stick togetha ; )

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  4. I am so throwing a royal hoo-haw and inviting over all my middle-aged friends who still enjoy a good love story with a handsome prince and hopes for happily-ever-after. Wanna come? I'd let you make soup.

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  5. i'm smitten with her. she's just darling. but her hat looks like it's melting off of her head. can you even imagine the life that's coming for her?

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  6. That is the prettiest soup I have ever seen, I think. I need to try it! YUM! I have been having stuffed pepper soup all week long. I am with you about Kate, I have been intrigued too. She's so pretty and looks normal and cool. I'm just not sure of what I think of Will -- not sure what to make of him. ps. Can you do a post on Julian Assange? I am finding him highly fascinating and sorta hot. I'm not sure what to make of him. I'm sorta rooting for him? Is that completely wrong? I don't know what it is...the entire hoopla just intrigues me to no end. This is my Thursday confession.

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  7. I have to say...I'm a little Windsor-obsessed myself. (My engagement ring is actually based on the sapphire and diamond boulder dangling from Kate's left hand) And I can vividly recall setting my alarm for some unearthly hour to get and watch Charles and Di's nuptials. And you get bet your sweet bippy that my dvr will be set for Wills and Kate...this time around I'm getting my sleep.

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  8. Love the royals and love your blog.

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  9. I am with you on the deep thoughts in the shower--and finding myself sometimes worrying about those I've only read about or seen on tv in there. And I have the same wedding date as Will's parentsn(not sure MY prince realizes it, by hey--the church was available!) and too, have seen the wedding many, many, many times. I'm sure I'll be dvr'ing the next wedding as well. Hooked, I am. And praying for them? Can't hurt, can it?? ;)

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  10. I was obsessed with Princess Diana. I watched her get married as a wee one. Read all the tabloids, cried and denied when she died. Couldn't believe it. Still don't know if she's really dead. I think she got sick of it all and just took off. I think that Billionaire guy that owns that private island has her hidden there:) I'd have to think long and hard before I married into that craziness. It's a life changer!

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  11. We share a brain, of this I am sure. First "The Man in the Moon" and now kate. At the grocery store today I had such similar thoughts, starting with "I wonder if she really loves him" and ending with "Do you think she feels just like Diana felt when she married Charles" and then I threw in a "I could seriously get jazzed about writing fiction about a royal couple."

    And then I saw my ridiculous grocery bill and knew I needed to become a street beggar instead of a writer just to feed my blasted hungry kids.

    :)

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  12. I love this post! I am totally obsessed with Kate Middleton too. And that soup looks delicious!!

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  13. I recently posted about Kate Middleton, too. I can't image what she's going through right now.

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  14. I am obsessed with Kate too. I am also obsessed with hats. Coincidentally I am also obsessed with soups. So basically you just wrote the perfect post in my opinion. Jolly good, jolly good.

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  15. Your kindness, compassion and deep maternal instinct are ever so evident in this post.

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  16. Wow, my head is in the same space as yours.
    I too worry for them and hope that they will be happy. I wonder if they will have tv dinners and time to be together without the cacophony of the outside world.

    I do hope that she gets to furnish their home. I recall Diana was able to decorate their apartments in Kensington Palace and their home at Highgrove. Oh yes, Womens' Weekly (Aus magazine) told me so!

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  17. And here I thought we had really bonded over What Child Is This ;)
    I am very cynical of celebrity relationships,but I do hope this royal relationship stands the test of time. Very difficult circumstances as you mentioned...I think Kate and Will do need some prayers.
    And, I LOVE her hats! As rediculous as they are (I admit it) I still love them. I have been known to wear similar type head pieces to work and constantly wish it was a requirement here to wear hats to weddings, a la England, but alas....someday!
    A hat-tip to you. Still friend I hope :)

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  18. I'm a royalist too! So excited that there is to be a royal wedding next year!

    That soup look sooooo good, and it's vegetarian! Love it! Might just have to give it a wee go.

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  19. Alas, I will never be a royal because as you so smartly put it forfeiture of public sweat pants...well thats a deal breaker isn't it. Also, nice segway into soup. ;)

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  20. Oh don't worry, I'm always sad when a celeb couple breaks up. I think THIS time it'll be different...

    And ps. the movie "The Breakup" makes me even sadder!

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  21. Yum! That looks sooo good! I am just about ready for soup. Not sure how the family will feel about it. I'm kind of partial to pea soup with ham.....yummmmmmmm!

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  22. That you can wax eloquent over what is usually tabloid fodder speaks to your brilliance!

    I still mourn the break-up of Nick & Jessica and I really am not a fan of either to tell you the truth. And Reese & Ryan?!? Don't get me started!

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  23. And here I thought I was the only one with fabulous ideas and thoughts whilst in the shower! :)

    Obviously I haven't been to the dentist recently to read up on the "People" magazine... cuz I'm a little behind on what's going on in celebrityville.

    The soup looks fantastic and I LOVE the new blog header photo.

    Chris

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  24. I seriously got goosebumps when I heard the words "royal wedding" and no, I'm not obsessive over monarchy, either! I just think it's so cool! Maybe because we don't get to be princesses in America! ;-) I love Kate Middleton, she seems so down to earth and beautiful. She looks like she stepped out of a Ralph Lauren ad!
    ~michelle~

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  25. Pasta y fagioli (pasta & bean) soup is a fav of mine. Try using teeny tiny star pastini-the kids will love it. I sautee onion & garlic, add canned Italian stewed diced tomatoes, cannellini beans, chicken broth, pastini, fresh basil.
    A sprinkle of shredded parm at serving time.
    I freeze portions in ziplock bags for easy reheat.
    Serve with bruschetta.

    Andrea in Calif

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  26. All I can think about is this "What would we all look like in that mini hat?" When you're a princess you can pull it off, but a flower girl and a junk queen?

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  27. I have prayed for Jessica Simpson too... and I find myself wondering all of the same things about Kate Middleton! I'm already blocking my calendar off the week of April 29. ;) I absolutely love your posts-- they speak to my heart and make me laugh all at the same time.

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  28. Soup looks delish.
    Was totally obsessed with Diana.
    Giddy over new monthly blog header pics to look forward to. Loved November's, love this one.

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  29. I had to get cable when living in DC just so I could watch Princess Di's funeral. Sick and wrong!! The soup looks yummy!

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  30. LOL! You must be a long lost 'twin' sister of mine...with the same 'frame of mind'! Seriously! The soup looks deelish! Gotta try it!
    ~Holly

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  31. I definitely do all of my best thinking in the shower too. I'll probably laugh as I'm taking my next shower, because you'll have me thinking of Kate and her silly hats!
    p.s. Your last post...so, so good. :)

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  32. My mom thinks she has a Bond with Princess Di - they married in the same year & I was born the same year as her oldest son. My mom is nuts ;) I think Kate will have to have a secret anonymous blog - then she can rant and rave about the randomness that you know is in her life and head like all of ours without anyone knowing, although someone would crack it - they always do and ruin the fun :)

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  33. You said that perfectly. Honestly. I agree with every single thing that you said about Kate! I am also a total believer and hoper for celebrity marriages, which my parents and siblings make fun of all the day long. But I really do wish them well - I think they CAN do it, but it will be hard! It takes a lot of guts!

    thank you for putting my exact thoughts into words. How kind and convenient! : )

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  34. I'm gonna have to try that soup, Mrs. Flowerpatch Lady! I think Hubs here is beginning to think that I do not know how to make anything else these days BUT soup! lol It is just that the weather turned cold and nothing does warming us up better than soup. I smile and tell him that at least I am serving up variety and always try to have him some homemade bread or homemade crackers to go with the hot liquid stuff! ;-) Will let you know what he thinks when I make THIS soup!

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  35. Making this soup tonight. Always on the lookout for meatless meals. Most the meat here smells like shrimp...barf.

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  36. Shannan, I've been offline for most of the week so I am catching up and earlier today I saw your soup and went to the grocery store with that and (almost) only that on my mind. My stomach is growling and I can't wait to make it! You the woman!

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  37. Hahahaha! Sitting here cracking up imagining Mother Goose on your head and marveling over that entire paragraph containing the phrase "buttoned up to the chin in Victorian wallpaper." You are so good.

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