So what’s the biggest thing I’ve learned while on a wheat-free diet?

I’m about halfway through a month of trying the wheat-free diet. I was compelled to try it out in camaraderie with the guy, and thought that summer, with its fresh veggies and outdoor grilling, would be the perfect time to give it a shot.

So what are some of the big things I’ve discovered since? Well, this isn’t going to surprise anyone, but…

I miss bread

…I really do. And cookies. And cereal. I miss all the things bread products allow you to eat- jams, honey, cheese, sandwich stuff. Although, I’m still eating plenty of those things now.

But what do I like? I like eating a whole plate of fresh fruit and vegetables. I like taking a bit more time to prepare meat for my meals rather than settling for a grilled cheese sandwich. I like that, when I eat out, I feel justified in just ordering the steak.

I have until about September 9th to go, and who knows if I’ll keep it up past that point, but for now I’m enjoying the challenge.


Manic Monday

Hello! And Happy Monday!

You know how summer always seems to be jam-packed with fun? Well, this summer has had that going on, plus a whole lot more. I’m happy to report that, after an amazing weekend with friends from out of town and seeing two amazing people tie the knot, I’m seeing a lot of clear schedules in my future. Which, to me, is a good thing.

I need a lot of down time. I need hours to myself, thinking and creating and reading. I need to have peace and quiet in order to feel prepared for the times that are loud and chaotic. And I’ve been missing this crucial time lately- and really missing my blog!

So I’m back. My busy-ness* will come and go (as it always does), but I’m committing myself to this blog.


And with that, here are some fun links to make you think:


*I originally wrote “my business” and couldn’t figure out for the longest time why that looked so wrong. Busy-ness. Oh yeah, that’s not actually a real word.

What I’ve been reading lately

Hello! I’m back. I’m ready to be blogging girl again. Where have I been? Oh, lots of places, but mostly just clearing my head and getting a break.

It was amazing. But more will come on that later!

Books on hold from the library come all at the same time!

Books on hold from the library come all at the same time!

Today I want to do a quick rundown on my reading challenge. Last night, I had book club and was reminded not only of how much I love to read, but also how much I love to share about reading.

So, here’s how that old list is going, 15 books in 15 weeks:

  1. Will Grayson Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan
  2. When Everything Changed: The Amazing Journey of American Women from 1960 to the Present by Gail Collins
  3. Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach
  4. Even Cowgirls Get the Blues by Tom Robbins
  5. Maus II A Survivor’s Tale: And Here My Troubles Began by Art Spiegelman
  6. Someday, Someday Maybe by Lauren Graham
  7. Life and Death are Wearing Me Out by Mo Yan
  8. The God of Animals: A Novel by Aryn Kyle
  9. Packing for Mars by Mary Roach
  10. A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan

So…any suggestion of what to read next??? I’m looking!