mamagotcha: (flower)
I'm seeing some lovely end-of-year posts from friends here on LJ, so I'm going to do the same... as well as resolve to come back and post here more often. G+ just hasn't caught on with the people I want to connect with, FB is too oriented towards small bites (taste great but less filling), and I really need to be able to sit down and produce longer, more thoughtful pieces. I do have a WordPress food blog, and I might someday export this LJ to WP, but for now here I am and so here's where I'll post.

Christmas )

Arts & Letters )

Ear )

Wellness )

The Family )

Sabbatical )

Yikes, that's a lot. I think I'll wrap it up for now. (Maybe if I wrote more than once a month, I wouldn't have to do these huge novels. I'll work on it!)

Here's hoping you and those close to your heart have a warm and wonderful 2013 ahead of you!
mamagotcha: (otter)
I had the opportunity to attend not one, not two, but three awesome events this weekend:

Foxvale Fox Hunt and Ayreton Investiture... this was my first SCA event, where I learned the basics of kumihimo (something I've heard about but never tried), was given a token from the Midrealm royalty (!!), and enjoyed a delicious feast full of a wide range of entertainment. It was all the best parts of a Renaissance faire, without the annoying commercial aspect!

LTH Forum annual picnic (Bill and I are actually featured in one of the photos!)... Bill made a double batch of garlic/rosemary focaccia, and I did a batch of Dorie Greenspan's World Peace cookies. My offering was meh, but he totally nailed his. We tried maybe a hundred different and amazing dishes, and Linc got to collect a ton of candy from the piƱata.

Brain,Child Magazine event in Chicago... met Jennifer Niesslein, the woman who co-founded the magazine I desperately wish I'd thought of years ago. Hearing those writers speak definitely inspired me to want to write more again...

Sadly, I'm squarely in the middle of the worst phase of the pre-period depression (that's been getting worse as I progress through perimenopause, despite a bushel of supplements). The brain fog is also really thick, and I'm having a hard time getting out of the house to even get to a park day with Linc (had to jettison the plans for a bike ride... prepping a picnic lunch and getting the bikes ready and loaded was just more than my stupid head could handle).

I had given up on the anti-candida diet, but [livejournal.com profile] keyne mentioned that on a similar diet, she'd lost her brain fog... and I definitely horked down a substantial amount of foccacia yesterday (you would have, too, if you had been within 100 feet of it). I'm wondering if that feast yesterday is fueling the incredibly thick mud that seems to have filled my head today...

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