Yesterday, I went to a class at the Latino Collection and Resource Center about the power of autohistorías via embroidery by my dear comadre Bonnie, my amazing friend Sarah, and one of my favorite poets/writers, Laurie Ann Guerrero. I got to sit with Rebel and Agosto while we learned, did an activity about using our power in mantras/affirmations and learned how to embroider!
In my free time, I haven’t stopped stitching since & have looked up new techniques to try. Hopefully I’ll get better at it, but right now I’m really enjoying being present, focusing on one task, and allowing my mind to slow down and be deliberate.
I chose “un día a la vez” because it’s a line from a song I remember my abuela singing a lot growing up. Taking things one day at a time is a mindset I’m trying to center so I worry less and enjoy my life as it’s happening. My therapist told me depression is rooted in the past and anxiety is worrying about the future, and I’ve seen how that appears in my life sometimes.
As someone who enjoys planning (yes, a bullet journal post is coming soon) and likes to daydream into the future, I often find myself worrying about things that aren’t real yet to the point it’s unhealthy. Practicing embroidery has helped me already begin to slow down and focus, while everything else melts away.
I’m excited to continue practicing and can’t wait to hang my first creation, “un día a la vez,” as a reminder to take time to be deliberate, present, and allow myself time to be a work in progress.
Today as I walked to my car - full and very happy - I said a prayer for The Original Donut Shop. I prayed they would always be able to retain their authenticity of cooking Puro San Anto Tex-Mex food the way it was intended: with lots of (cheddar, not American, gracias!) cheese, grease, and love. I prayed they'd always be on Fredericksburg Road in their small building where the traffic builds up for them only. I prayed they never change for anyone or anything. They are an institution I've been frequenting for several years.
Today marks the 3rd time I've been able to dine-in: the Original is only open from 7 am - 2 pm every day and are ca$h only. I usually wait in their right-hand drive-thru lane on the weekend for both breakfast tacos and donuts/other breakfast pastries. You won't find any better in one location in the city, I promise. The only other times I was able to dine-in, I had their menudo and carne guisada with cheese to relieve a hangover. #protip
To my delighted surprise, the Original also has a few lunch plate specials with unlimited soda refills for only $5.50! I noticed one man had a large bowl of the fideo loco, which can be ordered from their regular menu. I got the Mexican Plate: a cheese enchilada, a bean and cheese chalupa, rice and beans, and 2 flour tortillas. To complete my tray, the señora placed a cup of their salsa in between the plates.
If heaven exists, there will be an Original Donut Shop waiting for me, full of viejitas speaking Spanish, while the smell of beans and tortillas permeates the air.
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