I do. I love it. I've taken it on trips with me because I miss it when I am gone. I had heard of the vita-mix for years, but saw the price and assumed no blender could be worth that.
Then... my husband surprised me with one for the holidays several years ago. Oh. My. Gosh.
It is awesome. It is a gift from very powerful powers that can power through anything. It makes healthy soups. It makes healthy smoothies. I can grind grains to make my own flour. It makes amazing frozen margaritas with entire citrus fruits. (I consider them health food booze.)
I will kiss my vita-mix if I don't think anyone is looking.
It is crazy hot here now, and all the kids and I want to do is to eat icey treats. My close personal best friend who doesn't know I exist is "chocolate covered katie". Her blog has taught me how to make smoothies that taste like ice cream. Today, we had the mint chocolate chip one. I make it with fresh mint instead of the extract, but it is basically bananas and spinach, and my kids can't get enough of it. MY KIDS ARE EATING HUGE SERVINGS OF SPINACH AND THEY DON'T FREAKING KNOW IT!
Here is a link to her smoothie recipes. chocolatecoveredkatie.co
This woman rocks my world. The carrot cake one is mind blowing, and with a vita-mix, you don't even have to cook your carrots. (Signal the sounds of angels singing...)
So that is where I am now, eating awesome frozen treats that are good for me. A month ago, though, I was arriving in Edinburgh!
I won't talk about the flight over. It was basically horrific. The auxiliary power was out, they couldn't cool the plane, and we sat on the runway for 2 hours before taking the 7 hour flight. It was cramped and I was panic attack mama. We survived.
Oops. I talked about it. Sorry.
Then we saw Edinburgh. I'm not lying, I think I love this town almost as much as I love my vita-mix. You can't trip without stumbling on amazing gothic architecture. You can't look up without seeing soaring turrets and gorgeous spires. You can't bump into a person without them being kind to you. It is lovely.
We stayed right in the heart of tourist central, in a 3rd floor walkup apartment with a view of Edinburgh Castle. It was beautiful, and living there toned my heiney. Nice.
Our first day, my oldest was fighting strep throat (she was diagnosed less than an hour before we got on the plane). She came out with us anyway, as we checked out all that was to be seen on the royal mile. (It is the stretch between Edinburgh Castle on one end and Parliament and Holyrood on the other end). Holyrood is the Scottish residence of the queen every summer. It is a bit touristy on this road, but it is spectacular.
We visited parliament, and then went to Holyrood, where there was a cool tour of the palace, and then a huge collection of art (the Queen’s Gallery) that has been amassed over the reigns of several English monarchs. It was awesome. One of the best parts (and something that seemed to be particular to Holyrood) was that there was an audio tour especially for kids. My younger daughter took that recording with her, and loved it. She was asked to find all sorts of things in each room, and was told kid-friendly facts. After each room or artifact, she recounted to me what she learned. She was so proud! I was sort of bummed that I took the "grown-up" tour. It was way more boring.
Here are the girls and I in front of Holyrood:
Here is me, setting up a tour for another day, standing in one of the boxes for the Queen's guard. Since she doesn't show up until July, I didn't have to boot a guard out of this one:
This is one of the many things I loved about Edinburgh, every third step, there is a photo op. I had no idea at the time what the cool structures in the background were, but it is so foreign to me to just take two steps and then go, "oh! another castle!" Here are the girls and I taking our third step...
Last photo of the day is a funny one. I generally get ticked off at my husband if he takes "heiny shots" because I never like what I look like from behind. This photo is my older daughter and I walking back up the Royal Mile toward our apartment. You can see the beautiful crown top of St. Giles' Cathedral on the left, and my heiny, front and center. I actually love this photo because it marks the first time I didn't get upset when I saw a picture of me from this angle. Yay sparkpeople for helping me save my marriage! No more fighting over heiny shots!
So, that was day one. Tune in tomorrow for day two. I only posted 4 pics out of over fifty. You should all thank me for my ruthless editing!