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And So…

March 29th, 2013

Today (in total, day 9) is the official end of our cleanse. Be it in part due to the vastly improved weather or other signs of spring – sunshine for days straight, flowers blooming, slackline up – I am feeling positively wonderful. Having consumed only whole foods and juices for the last week, we have successfully weaned ourselves off the sugar, salt, and fat rampant in processed foods. Though I will admit that my mind keeps wandering back to a certain bag of potato chips lurking in my pantry…

As I mentioned previously, this detox period has made me poignantly aware of what I am feeding my body. Don’t misunderstand me, I would describe myself as something of a hedonist (remember this Anthony Bourdain quote?), and firm believer that one of the greatest joys in life is good food. Sometimes our bodies just need a reminder of what that actually … Continue reading

Then We Warmed Our House

August 16th, 2012

It was a perfect day for a housewarming. Perhaps to foreshadow our own imminent feasting, it began with the rustle and crunch of the local band of squirrels massacring our filberts.

The afternoon came on sunny and hot as any I’ve known, with just the right amount of breeze to keep the air fresh as only the Pacific Northwest can be.

Old friends, new friends, family, they all came and went throughout the afternoon and evening.

A huge steak of fresh, seared tuna, homemade burgers with all the fixings, jerk chicken, teriyaki chicken, vegetarian frankfurters, salads of every description, grilled peaches, grilled veggies, and everything in between were thoroughly enjoyed.

Bocce ball was played, slacklines were walked, beverages were consumed, and the Perseid meteor shower even made for late night entertainment.

And what’s a party without a little champagne.

A successful warming if I do say so myself. Thank you … Continue reading

Asia Part I: Vietnam and Sparklers

January 9th, 2012 2 Comments

Hello from the world of the living! As the crush of events has become so massive as to preclude any kind of coherently enjoyable discourse (both in the telling and the reading), my next few posts will consist primarily of photos. Jacob and I made it back safe but far from sound, with a nasty stomach bug that for me lasted 9 days (4 in transit from Cambodia to Seattle, including boats, taxis, buses, planes, and 1 cancelled flight from Tokyo to Seattle necessitating New Year’s Eve in an airport hotel), during which I lost a whopping 7 pounds (every one of which I could ill afford), and required 2 types of antibiotics to knock out.

Crushing illness notwithstanding, it was an absolutely unforgettable trip. And should memory fail us, there’s always the 1,882 photographs I took. Ya know, for posterity’s sake. There was one very special event in particular … Continue reading