Wednesday, July 25, 2007

New Beginnings

So, I've decided to start another blog. It's taken me a long time to even want to share what I've been through, the bulk of it while still writing on this blog.

I never wrote about my battle with Rheumatoid Arthritis on this blog because it was something I didn't want to share. I didn't want people to feel sorry for me, and I didn't want to drag it into this part of my life.

For all intensive purposes, my blog friends knew me as someone without R.A., whereas my family and friends knew me as someone who struggled with it.

Good news is, the struggling is mostly a thing of the past. I have come SO far from where I was. Not being able to do everyday things that most people take for granted. Like combing my hair, or just walking down the block.

I could go on and on, but I won't...Instead, I'll direct you here.

This new blog will be about how becomming a Gluten-Free Vegan has changed my life. It will be about great food, and recipies, and maybe not so great food that I'll take the liberty of trying and reviewing...Like the package of Road's End Organic's Dairy Free, Gluten-free "Penne & Chreese" (No, that wasn't a typo...it's really "Chreese."Although I can't really say it's "not so great" since it's just sitting in my cupbord...I haven't actually tried it yet, I guess I'm just waiting for the right time!) And on foods that maybe have historically been given a bad rap...(GSR...you know EXACTLY what I'm talking about...You and your anti-beet bantor. Actually, I have a GREAT recipe for a home-made salad dressing that goes famously with a fresh herb salad with red onions, walnuts, carmelized pears and beets. And you MUST try it!)

Anyway, I want to be able to help people realize that as a vegan you CAN have really great food (without the dairy and meat and the processed foods that as American's we all grew up with) without sacrificing taste or nutrition.

I will still be posting about everyday life on Swank or Skank, but I can imagine most of my time will be focused on "The Healing Plate."

So, let's raise our glasses and toast to a great new beginning!

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Poison Rocks the Hiz-Ouse

Wednesday night I went to the Poison concert with some girlfriends at the Myth in Maplewood. Yes, I realize that it is no longer 1989, I don't pin my jeans anymore and my hairspray use has since declined dramatically. But I have to tell you something, the concert was AWESOME.

Standing there amongst the crowded masses of drunk people, I remembered just how important music is in my life. Music is a time machine that can transport you back to the carefree days of your youth. Those songs that I sang along with and incidentally knew every single word to, brought me back to when I was a kid. It was nice to feel that way again...A sense of carefree happiness.

It's amazing to realize that they have been entertaining for 21 years! TWENTY ONE YEARS! It also dates me, which is not so amazing. More depressing than anything actually.

Eh, C'est la vie!

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Jenni's "How To."

How To Lose 10 Lbs of Water Weight In Under 35 Minutes:

It's simple. Just get up at 7:00 in the morning and run three-and-a-half miles when it's 80 degrees and 79% humidity.

(Alternate titles; "How To Sweat Off Any Residual Makeup On Your Face", "How To Feel Like You're Going To Pass Out Upon Entering The Air Conditioning Of Your Home," and "How To Rapidly Achieve Heat Stroke."

Monday, July 16, 2007

Mad Skills

I realized something on Friday night while Danika, Sandra, Josh and I were at the Chatterbox in Minneapolis.

I have mad Pictionary skills.

Mad to the point that people were actually fighting to be my partner...O.K., well maybe not fighting, but you get the point. I'm THAT good at Pictionary.

Case in point. I will give you one hint at this truly ingenious picture that I drew of an "Action" after not only one, but THREE sangria's.

Hint: It's NOT a "chicken kiss", however if you did guess "chicken kiss" you get a bonus point for being highly creative in that you are aware that real chickens don't have lips, and that you genuinely believe that if they did, that same chicken would actually kiss you instead of try to peck out your eyeballs.

Friday, July 13, 2007

The Top 10 Things I Learned at the Cabin July 2007 (Plus Bonus Top Ten Glossary!)

So, I've been waiting to post this because I have this awesome picture of the "pet chicken" that is mentioned on the list, but I may just have to post that at a later date since there is an issue getting the pictures off my digital camera that is much to complicated to explain. SO, without further adieu, I give you the infamous;

"Top Ten Things I Learned at the Cabin 2007."

10. Walking into a bar and interrupting a conversation between a group of people by standing directly in front of their table, saying “Hi”, and then staring at them is weird. Don’t do it.

9. Every golf game should begin with a Bloody Mary.

8. Apparently it is not strange for people in Northern Wisconsin to have chickens as pets and name them “Dinner.”

7. If you think you lost your wedding ring in the lake, the chances of finding said ring are slim to none. Yes, even with snorkeling equipment.

6. When someone finds your wedding ring sitting in your chair after searching for it for an hour IN THE LAKE it’s O.K. to swim half way across the lake in an attempt to hide your embarrassment.

5. Singing Girl Scout songs around the campfire is fun. (Shut up Josh, IT IS fun.)

4. If you fall and skin your knee at 11:30 at night chances are you won’t remember it until 10:00 the next morning.

3.Neil Diamond’s Greatest Hits is possibly the best CD EVER. Ever.

2. Making a GIGANTIC margarita at 11:00 PM. is possibly the worse idea EVER. Ever.

1. And the number one thing I learned at the Cabin in 2007…..

The joy of spending time with good friends in the wilderness makes every day problems seem utterly insignificant.

Bonus! Top Ten Things I Learned at the Cabin Glossary!

July 2005
July 2006

I was finally able to get my pictures off my camera! The following picture was taken in a grocery store parking lot after discovering a chicken in a cage in this woman's car. She more than happily took the bird out of it's cage to introduce me to their family pet "Dinner." I had to take a picture since I didn't think anyone would believe me otherwise!

It's 9:15 am...Time to get our drink on Bloody Mary Style at the golf course.

Ahhhh..Sorry 'bout that...yep...it's in the chair.

"Got a story doot-doot-doot-doot...About Jaws doot-doot-doot-doot..."