Back at it

The past few months have been a whirlwind of life. Career shifts, a Kindergarten graduation and a new and exciting project for my family that has hovered over our waking hours since last fall. I caught myself telling someone recently that I’m “about to come up for air” or maybe I was “about to see the light at the end of the tunnel.” Some terribly overused analogy for “I’ve been so busy, but I swear I’m getting my act together soon!”

The entire exchange stuck with me like a pit in my stomach. I don’t want to be that person anymore. You know the one. You ask her how she’s been and the response is heavy with stuff. And her stuff is really no different than yours or mine or your neighbors’ and none of it’s more important. So there’s that.

In light of all that, here are a few things that have been keeping me so busy lately. I’m writing at All Parenting each month. Since California seems to be experiencing what feels like a lifelong heatwave I’ve been brewing up my favorite ginger-mint-lemon elixir on a daily basis. So good over ice (even better with a splash of vodka.) I shared my version of Fig & Olive’s signature salad. It’s the perfect summer meal.  I had the anti-stranger danger talk with Emerson with some guidance from The Mother Company. Can’t recommend their products enough.

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Last month, I spent seven blissful days on Kauai with three of my closest girlfriends. We hiked, kayaked, swam with turtles and generally relaxed in honor of our 40th birthdays. It was nothing short of spectacular. Kind of like this sunrise over Hanalai. What is it about a good sunrise that feels so life-affirming? I think it’s the overwhelming sense of hope and potential in the start of a new day. This one, snapped on our way to hike the famed Na Pali coast trail will go down in history as one of the best for me.

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A while back I made a return visit to the Angriest Trainer podcast. This time Anna Vocino and I went one-on-one talking clean personal care products and, of course, the benefits of avoiding sugars and grains in our daily life. It was such fun. I’d love it if you would give it a listen. I’m also loving Anna’s gluten-free blog as a reliable resource for delicious grain and sugar-free recipes. The mexican chocolate pot de creme is next on my must-make list.

And while we’re on the subject of food choices I have to share my favorite weekly dinner item – zucchini noodles. They are a fantastic vessel for sauces of all sorts. We’ve reinstated pasta night at our house and rotate marinara, pesto and olive oil with mushrooms and olives for variety. I can officially say that I do not miss traditional pasta. Seriously, get a veggie spiralizer and change your life for the better. No more carb hangovers in the morning. Also, Against All Grain is another super resource for healthy recipes.

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And finally, the big event that has been hovering over my family’s life like a constant companion is Techmanity. My husband’s baby, his brainchild, passion project, life’s work. It’s big and I’m so excited to be part of it and watch it unfold into the great event it is meant to be. Music, culture and technology will converge in San Jose on October 1 & 2. Speakers are being added every day and Weezer (among other amazing bands) will be playing. It would mean the world to me if you would check it out and consider giving us some Twitter or Facebook love. The first year of any event like this is an uphill battle and we appreciate all the feedback and support.

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