Perhaps it is not the expectations of others that cause Type-A personality-Virgos such as myself to head into a tail-spin of frenzy with "all the things that need to be done" ... but it is, in fact, ourselves!?!?! The horror of this self-discovery sent me into another tail-spin of one-sided conversation as DH sat patiently on a kitchen chair letting me ramble on ... bless him, I mean really, who would sign-on for this kind of French-Canadian talking-insanity? Even the cat left the room ...
As I paused, to catch my breath (I was getting a bit dizzy from talking non-stop and not getting enough oxygen to the brain) ... I then thought ... on some level, isn't it exciting to BE busy? Isn't it exciting to have new challenges, new adventures and new opportunities? Isn't life about LIVING and being active and being out-and-about experiencing new things!?!?!?
Dear reader, this is a glimpse into the whirlwind that is my pea-brain. It explains why my hair is curly. And why I stopped growing at 4'10" ... I simply had to stop growing, because I had too many other things to do (surely it has nothing to do with the fact that my parents are Lilliputians). It also explains why I will ALWAYS have a to-do-list. Why I will always try and cram 32 hours into a 24 hour day. Why I HAVE to go to yoga at least once a week in a attempt to calm (if only for a few hours) my brain.
Where am I going with this train of thought? Ah yes, this blog. It has been causing me stress that I keep moving "update blog" to the bottom of my to-do-list. So with the final days of ski season (err, "winter") behind us, and sneaky daffodils peaking thru the dark soil under our crab apple tree, I am reminded that Spring brings rejuvenation, a chance to 'start again' and in some strange way, it feels like a new year is beginning.
So with that in mind, dear readers, I present you with "the ShortStack-Foodie-mega-update" ... where to begin ... where to begin ...
#1. Well, a month or so ago, I joined the Food Bloggers of Canada. Foodie-nerds unite, this group is so chock-a-block full of amazing resources, listings of foodie events and all-around wicked-good bloggers, I am humbled that they let me join them ... it's kind of like being allowed to sit at the "cool kids" table in high school ... only better 'cause you don't have to go to Algebra after lunch ...
#2 - My March Vegan food buddy hailed from BC (originally from Waterloo where I went to University) - Chris, from the blog "And Mommy Makes 3" sent me some kick-a** vegan treats, complete with a recipe for Raw Granola (knowing how much I ADORE granola and dabble in creating soon to be world famous "Granole!" this was a REAL treat!!!) The package arrived in my mailbox on a cold and rainy day, and it was (at the risk of sounding like someone out of a Disney film), an absolute ray of sunshine! If you need a ray of sunshine or are toying with all-things-vegan, I really cannot stress enough how much fun MeShell's penpal program is ... no, she doesn't pay me to brag about her ... I do it for free ... in a totally unsolicited manner ... am I gushing? I'm totally gushing, but it's totally great ... totally ... check it out ... http://meshell.ca/blog/
|Imagine ... if you can ... the feeling of opening your stocking on Christmas|
morning ... now imagine that Santa is a vegan ... it's kind of like that ...
|GRAWnola recipe along with snacks! Zucchini sticks got me thru an entire|
day at a Client event ... where I was too busy to sit down and actually EAT
anything - all hail Chris for sending me these highly addictive treats!
|The woman behind the package-o-treats :) Thanks again Chris!|
|Hiking at High Falls Gorge - that's me! That's me!|
|Whiteface - in all her glory ... I think ski hills are women ... given their EXTREME beauty!|
#4 - My April Vegan food buddy hails from Toronto. Gabby. Her name is as fabulous as her blog "Veggie Nook" and she SERIOUSLY went above and beyond. I'm not sure how our Postal Carrier managed to CARRY the package of yumminess, it was BURSTING at the seams! The chocolate "treat bar" barely made it out of the envelope before it fell gracefully into my mouth ... ya', I say "gracefully" when in reality I devoured it like the way a wild-cat devours an antelope ... except with a little less 'meat' involved. AH-mazing. The package was complete with a lovely hand written note and my desk at the office is now filled with vegan snacks to help stave off hunger ... I occasionally skip lunch in favor of working on Client projects ... I know, I know, I'm such a try-hard ...
|I SEE PRANA = my belly is happy already!|
|Please note the Sweets of the Earth Chocolate Chewy Nut Bar - *double swoon* - so damned good!|
|Emails are great ... but handwritten notes still seem to mean so much "more".|
Thanks Gabby - you brought SUCH a smile to my face ... which was a nice
addition to the raw chocolate bar that also covered my face ...
I could go on and on ... yikes, I've forgotten to mention the Paris-themed-weekend-retreat we co-hosted in mid-April, the fundraising we're doing for our Weekend to End Women's Cancers Team and recipes of any sort ... I didn't even rave about my amazing lunch at Red Canoe in downtown Burlington ... bust out the to-do-list, I've got some additions! :)
As I said, it's been a busy month-and-a-bit, but for those of you who have managed to read to the bitter-end of this post may be experiencing eye strain! And I need a fresh cup of coffee ... so until my next post - make sure you're living life to the fullest ... or at least make sure your bellies are full ... either way, stay happy friends :)