Even I can’t believe how long it’s been since I posted. Meanwhile, my fellow bloggers pals are writing laps around me. But that’s okay. We gotta be free to be you and me, and lately it’s all about me being super busy.
The good news is that my busy-ness was in large part about being on vacation and away from computers! Wooohoo! The Man and I took our spring vacation out to Malheur to look at birds. We saw ten new species, including the amazing and majestic Swainson’s hawk, which we had wanted to see for a long time. We also discovered that there are quite a few hikes available on or near the refuge, which we had somehow missed the other times we had been there.
The more good news about this is that I’m feeling a LOT better lately. I have been riding my bike, lifting weights at the gym, and just generally being fantastically active. I actually feel “normal,” which is something I haven’t felt in a few years. Currently my only symptom is the swelling hands thing and occasional muscle soreness. I haven’t had any reactions to foods lately either, although I’m still sticking to the SCD, generally speaking.
I’m truly grateful for this reprieve. My monkey mind keeps thinking the shoe will drop and I’ll have to pay for this normalcy later, but my enlightened mind tells me that I can’t predict the future and enjoying each day is what’s important. So I’m trying to do that.
In food news, I’m praising the goddess of summer. It’s not summer yet, of course, but it’s been 80F in Portland for the past ten days in a row, so it feels like summer. My market had a sale on galia melons and I went a little crazy with those. I’ll post a little drinky-poo recipe soon. I’m looking forward to being sick of melons and strawberries a few weeks from now.
Oh yeah, and it was also my birthday earlier this week, so I got busy with that too. It was a Significant Birthday and we celebrated by going to Carafe, one of my favorite French restaurants in town and one that participates in the local gluten-free restaurant thingy. After that we went to see Un Baiser, S’il Vous Plait, a great French film. Did I mention I’ve embarked on learning French? Mais, oui! Hence, the francophilean birthday this year.
That’s all the big news and the super-busy update stuff. I’ll actually get back to the food now in my next posts, I promise.