The best thing I did in the entire month of October was stuff a bottle full of habanero peppers and smashed garlic cloves, cover it all with olive oil, and let it sit on the window sill.
The rest of the month was a mixture of saddening, angering, demoralizing, painful occurrences. We had (in no particular order) a death in the family, a job loss, an ambiguous medical diagnosis...and then at the very end of the month it snowed. In Virginia. Maybe it was just a weird month. I suppose there were bright spots, too. I mean, I know there were, but I also had four colds over the course of the month, so the chances of something lovely happening at the same time as I had a cold was high, if not guaranteed. I want a do-over.
I think it was the aforementioned chili oil that finally cured me of my colds, though. After a month of wallowing and getting nothing done and feeling stuffy and achy and out of control, I picked myself up, went in the kitchen, grated myself two gigantic carrots, doused them with the chili oil, a clove of crushed garlic, the juice of a lemon, and some chopped fresh ginger and plenty of salt. I ate my carrots, cleaned all the dishes, swept the kitchen floor, and looked forward to a new month.