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Many good things

Lots of good things on this Friday off work.

  1. My sis has a cool interview on Carfree American today
  2. Got to see [personal profile] roseambr
  3. Had lunch at New Cascadia Bakery, a gluten-free bakery and café that let [personal profile] roseambr and me eat pizza and a brownie and a little strawberry galette, all delicious, with no unfortunate side effects--AND I brought home a half-loaf of a seedy bread that is actually breadlike \o/
  4. We bought one-dollar annuals at the nursery
  5. I picked out my new front door (a little home improvement project that's coming up)
  6. I rode to the lovely and gracious home of serenity_valley and str8ontilmornin for a delightful home made dinner of potato soup and a gorgeous salad, and conversation about transportation, fandom, and the strange phenomenon of Twilight (complete with four-volume synopsis highlighting the story's many...inexplicable plot elements) plus orange-essence cheesecake by str8ontilmornin (so, so delicious)
  7. On the ride home, after dark, just as I was feeling a little exposed out in the busy streets, I caught up with the Bowie vs Prince bike ride (loud stereos, colored lights, lots of hooting) and rode almost all the way home with them
  8. Chapter 33 of Restraint is almost done.


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Jun. 26th, 2010 07:36 am (UTC)
Oh, I'm sending Mr. R that link! Terrific!

All part of my on-going campaign to get out of Jersey....
Jun. 26th, 2010 07:38 am (UTC)
I didn't know you were on a get out of Jersey campaign! So, which link? Carfree? Bakery? Bowie-vs-Prince night ride?

They're all good. Portland is fun.
Jun. 26th, 2010 07:47 am (UTC)
Bowie-vs-Prince ride! Bikes are his weakness! *rubs little paws together*

My girlfriend's been trying to get me to move out there for a while. But I'm reluctant to move so far way from the children. Though something tells me BG would have little problem with following us. ;)
Jun. 26th, 2010 07:56 am (UTC)
Well, if you decide to come and check it out, I am totally here to show you around!
Jun. 26th, 2010 09:23 pm (UTC)
Hey, what a super day!

I'm going wheat free today, and so far have eaten two rice bowl-type thingies. Breakfast: fried egg w corn. Dinner will be salmon and more rice.

Fresh homemade bread is one of my favourite things and i've been OD'ing on it.
Jun. 26th, 2010 09:39 pm (UTC)
The wheat-free/gluten-free world has advanced enormously since the last time I tried it, about four years ago. My motivation isn't as keen as my friend 's: she's got all the symptoms of celiac sprue. Before she went gluten-free, she had constant stomach problems that were growing worse and worse. Since, she has none at all, and enjoys a new level of health and wellbeing, but if she eats even a little gluten, she gets extremely ill.

Me, I can actually eat a little wheat without serious adverse effects, but I've found that avoiding gluten altogether has given me relief from joint pain, acid reflux, and sinus problems, and I like it. I can have a half-pint of beer from time to time, and if I accidentally get a bite of, say, breading or a crouton, I don't get sick (my friend does), but I'm pretty motivated not to let bread and pasta slip back into my life.

The health practitioner who first recommended wheatlessness to me said it takes four months for the cilia of the intestinal lining to get un-glued and begin functioning again as nutrient-uptake devices. It seems to be true.
Jun. 28th, 2010 02:24 am (UTC)
What a terrific day! You sure earned it, too, after the string of days you had last week.

Loved having you over for dinner. I always do. I look forward to it so much, I hope we can try to do it more. I'm a work widow on Friday nights, so...you know. ;)

My only regret is that I had about fifty things I wanted to converse about, and we ended up talking about Twilight, of all things! :) Oh well, it was still fun and hilarious and illuminating, as all conversations with you are. So perhaps not a regret...just a reason to visit more.

Thanks for sharing Helen's interview, btw. She looks wonderful and sounds so happy. Go her for being such a positive advocate for real changes. How she juggles it all is unfathomable, but she's an inspiration!
Jun. 28th, 2010 05:01 am (UTC)
I'm getting a few overdue things done here at my house that will make me feel a little better about having people over, so next time, I'll invite you over my way!

The Twilight conversation was a hoot, and I feel much better educated about a pop-culture phenomenon than I did before.

I don't know how Helen does it either. She's a whirlwind. I couldn't possibly keep up with her. She amazes me constantly.
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