Wednesday, February 02, 2011
I made the pumpkin black bean soup from my previous blog post. Verrrrrry good! Perfect thick, rib-coating soup for a February dinner. So filling! And the depth of flavour is terrific.
Thanks so much to everyone for returning to my page! It feels great to know you still remember me and still care how I'm doing. The gist of my absence is that I gained weight, became depressed - more due to my thesis than to the weight gain but we know these things are all connected - and had a hard time pulling out of it. Working on making a comeback now, which includes dedicated work on my thesis, almost daily exercise (which is making a HUGE difference in my mood), and a renewed focus on healthy eating and limiting alcohol.
Some wedding planning has been happening, but it still feels like August is a long way away and that we have lots of time. That's probably not true and I should take everyone's advice and get more accomplished early, but then I remind them that I have a thesis outstanding that needs priority attention. Still, by dribs and drabs we are making headway. Pam, we chose to have the event in BC. It's home to us now and we couldn't imagine having it anywhere else. Check out the location at www.bodegaridge.com on Galiano Island, then tell me you would have it anywhere else!
I've been still reading blogs and spinning that Spark wheel regularly, and recording my exercise. At some point I'd like to start tracking food again, too. I remember that being all consuming (ha!) last time though so for now I'm kind of putting it off until more time magically appears in my day, week, and year. For now it's really good to be back enough to feel confident to write this catch up blog. And of course it feels wonderful to be accepted still as part of the community. You guys are great!
Tuesday, February 01, 2011
I'm not dead yet but I sure am busy doing lots of things that aren't on Spark. Ah well. Since my world revolves around food, here are a few recipes I will be making soon. Which means I can't vouch for them, but I can tell you I salivate for them!
Meatless chickpea meatballs and spaghetti
Pumpkin and black bean soup (sub veggie broth for meat broth and add smoked paprika, omit ham)
Let me know if you try either of these before I get a chance to! Much love to all my Spark friends who are not forgotten!
Friday, August 13, 2010
One year from today we're getting married!
Yep, it's true.
Wednesday, June 02, 2010
Yep, I missed the trail half marathon on Sunday in order to work on the article. But, that's ok. Actually submitting the article is a big breakthrough for me. I've been fretting and biting my nails and running and fretting and writing little snatches here and there and over reading and fretting - it is definitely time to sh*t or get off the pot, as one kind Sparker put it, and I finally did! My PhD thesis will consist of a number of articles that have passed the rigours of academic peer review in journals and anthologies, stapled together and book ended by a comprehensive introduction and conclusion. And this, my friends, is the first article I've actually submitted. I worked on campus for 12 hours Saturday and Sunday each, and at home about the same amount of time Friday and Monday, submitting it finally Monday evening. To celebrate, of course we went out to dinner at a Belgian pub - mmmm beer! And you know what? I would do it again!
So, it's a big hairy positive deal, and sacrificing the race for it was a smart move. But I'm still sad about the race. It would have been awesome and muddy! Thankfully there's another in a couple weeks that I'm already registered for, and barring injury, you'd better believe I'm going to run it!
Thanks for your support this past weekend guys! I know we all say it a lot but that never makes it less true that this community is THE BEST!
Saturday, May 29, 2010
Hi hi hi! Too busy these days! Too busy agonizing over an article that is due Monday for a special issue of an academic journal. Good, right? Well agonizing is the only term that applies because it is totally destroying me emotionally to the point where I CAN'T WRITE so the DAMN THING ISN'T WRITTEN. Just have a massive block that is built on fear of failure, fear of not being good enough, not being smart enough, not having done enough research, being full of sh*t, etc, etc. But it's due Monday, folks. It's now or never.
Know what else is due Monday? Recovery from a trail half marathon I'm supposed to run Sunday. Yes, tomorrow, while the paper is still busy being agonizing. What to do??? I have admitted that I'm willing to skip the race if the paper needs more attention but I really would like to run the race, REALLY REALLY. So, my running the race depends on the amount of work I can accomplish today without compromising pre-race sleep too much. If I can balance many hours of solid work (that means WRITING) today with a decent amount of sleep in time to be at the race start at 6:45am, then I can afford the full 8 hours it will take to shuttle to the race start, run, drive home, recover (shower, eat, etc) then have a few more hours of Sunday to polish the paper. Ok, now that I write it out this sounds ludicrous. But it's still worth trying.
Gotta go! Thanks for bearing with me! I do realize that I'm not blogging much and when I do it's usually to complain about something or to whine about a race dilemma. Sorry guys, wish I could be a more positively engaged Sparker, but this thesis has got to get done and the sooner the better. My Sparkness suffers for it. Love you all! Much support!
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