I can’t believe it’s been over a year since I posted here. I don’t even know where to begin. Everything has been such a swirl of work and travel and new adventures that I almost forgot I had this outlet for a while. Not totally forgot, but just enough to push it away for another month, or 3, then again and again.
I know this blog is really just a dumping ground of personal things for me to read at a later date. Maybe a few people that are interested in photos or adventures, and I’m sure google misleads a few of you here as well that get sucked in for god knows why, so here’s what I’ve been up to.
The most exciting is A White Plate. I finally decided to categorize all of my recipe ideas and attempts in one place, without the pressure to include a snappy post or too much personal information. Me and a few friends set out to create a site filled with food we loved that people always asked for the recipe. However, I don’t think we had any idea how much time our current jobs and commitments took, because that site too isnt receiving the love I want to give it. But I still think about it often, including a list of recipes I need to get up. Every month when the hosting bill comes in it’s an easily justified expense for something I love, which is food and sharing it. The site may transition into something a little different as I decide on its direction, but it will still be full of things I eat.
I traveled a TON in the last 16 months. Mexico again, California again, New York of course, Miami, Richmond as always, but there were some fun new adventures along the way. We did an amazing road trip from Salt Lake City, through the Grand Tetons of Yellowstone, up through the main park, through Wyoming, the Rocky Mountain National Forest in Colorado, and then around through Moab for some of the most breathtaking scenery I’ve laid eyes on. It’s too much to sum up in a paragraph, so Ill save the details and photos for a post of its own. (Next year? ha!)
When looking at my last post, I can see I was under a huge weight from the IRS. Glad to say its been remedied, and our relationship continues to work along the best it can. A great accountant really helped (and made me hate my previous accountant and the huge bill that she ended up giving me). I set up a regular company to work under and funnel any income, which allows to me to carry my own health insurance and a myriad of other wonderful things. I introduce you to Big Oak PR. Still consulting for Ilya full time, but this is now serving as my official umbrella.
Personally, things are another whirlwind, but good. My dad is selling his home w/ my ex stepmom, so he’s living with us for the last few months. It’s been nice reconnecting with him. He’s been working third shift at a factory, so we really just pass each other during the day when I’m home. With all of the traveling it’s been great having him here to show the animals some extra love.
My grandma recently moved in with my mom, which means I’ve been left with the chore of cleaning out her home. She’s a hoarder, in the worst sense of the word. She could easily best some of the people on tv. We’ve been in there 3 days now, 2 full driveways of trash, and we’re just about 1/2 way through the….kitchen. One day at a time on that one. On the up side, I found some really awesome baby photos of me I didn’t know existed.
And to end on a positive note, WE’RE GETTING A PUPPY! As soon as we have her Ill be uploading pics here, so be sure to follow! She’s a cream Shiba Inu and we’re bringing her home on November 15. It took me a super long time to get over Daphne, and then Cecil followed much too soon. But Ecco is lonely, and possibly starting to think he’s a cat, so it’s time to bring another hound into the house. We can’t wait to meet her!
Until next time…
Peace & Carrots,