When I was writing regularly on this website I used to tell you about recipes I've tried out, books I've read, television shows I was watching - and in general tell you all sorts of terribly exciting facts about my life. Sadly this has not been happening lately.
I'm not sure if I'm burnt out from blogging or if I'm starting to feel as if there really isn't much to say... Nonetheless there are times like now when inspiration does strike and lucky enough to let my fingers dance over the keyboard.
I thought that since we're in the last month of the year and most of us are getting rather frantic about the impending holidays and all of the action that this so-called relaxing time brings, that it was appropriate to tell you about the stuff and things I'm into these days. (Hold on tight - you never know what you're going to learn about me - heck I'm shocked to learn some of these things.)
- Remission. I might be jinxing myself here but I'm pretty stoked to say that I'm in a full remission. I've been healthy for a while now. I can eat whatever I want (well with the exception of corn and black beans). I feel good and my energy levels are coming back at a good rate. I'm only on two medications now. Of course such is the reality of ulcerative colitis that this remission could come crashing down tomorrow - I could wake up and be in a flare. I just never know. But for now I'm in a remission and for this I'm extremely grateful.
- Vegan. I've been toying with becoming a vegan for sometime now. While I'm not a "full vegan" - I'm pretty darn close. My gastro doctor still wants me to eat eggs and fish - so I'm doing this. But the bulk of the food that goes into my mouth is in vegetable, fruit, nut, seed or grain format. I like this - I feel better on less meat. I do this for health reasons but the more I learn about factory farms, I'm horrified with the treatment of the animals that we eat - and this is just another reason for me to eat less meat and more green stuff. Along the way I've discovered lots of great recipes and had more hits than misses in my little suburban kitchen. Just this evening I made a raw paté with sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, red onion, red pepper, tahini, and lemon juice. Delicious particularly when plopped into mega large romaine leaves.
- Cyclocross. This has not been a normal cyclocross season for me. I didn't travel to any races (okay I did travel to many small towns around Ottawa) - rather I raced in the local Eastern Ontario Cyclocross Series. I had a blast. I wasn't anywhere close to the front of the race but I still got to race other women and push myself. Racing in my local series has reminded me how awesome this sport is. I may not be racing in Belgium or lining up for the next World Cup - but I still had a super fun season.
- Reading. I'm really tring to make more time to read. This of course goes hand-in-hand with spending less time on the computer.... I'm currently reading Anil's Ghost - fantastic book. I heard that Kate Atkinson has a new novel coming out so I'm hoping this will be the next book on my list. If not then I think Behind the Beautiful Forevers will be my next read - I listened to Shelagh Rogers interview Katherine Boo and I really would like to read this book.
- Snow. In years past if you asked me my opinion on snow, you would likely hear something like "I don't like snow. I'd like to live somewhere where I never have to see snow again". Well, I'm commited to embracing winter in snowy Canada. This means I'm in favour of snow. I'm stoked to get out for some skate skiing and snowshoe running this winter. Of course, I'd like someone else to take care of the shoveling...
- Netflix. I love Netflix. When living in a house with a television that doesn't really work like a television - Netflix becomes a useful website/service. Thanks to Netflix I can watch silly shows like Drop Dead Diva, documentaries like Hungry For Change, movies like The Interpreter and generally be a couch potato. I also watch Netflix when pedaling away on the bike in the basement - helps pass the time to watch - especially when I can stare at Hugh Grant in one of my fave films (Love Actually, About a Boy, Notting Hill, etc.).
Okay, so this about sums it up. As you can see nothing to groundbreaking here... Of course it goes without saying that my favourite guy (a.k.a. Marc) ranks at the top of this list as does the Murphster (who knew a cat could snore so loudly).
And just because I know he reads this website and likely knows more about his big sister than he is comfortable knowing:
Happy Birthday Gregory! Have a great day on Tuesday. Enjoy some Nesquik or other equally sweet and chocolatey delight. Keep on keeping on. I'm proud of you. Love your big sister.