I’m not going to lie. I’ve been very tempted to give up this food blog all together. This has been a pretty craptastic year for me (are you supposed to say crap on a blog about food?) The week after my last “real” entry, I was rushed via ambulance to the hospital with bilateral pulmonary embolisms (blood clots in both my lungs) and was told that I almost died. I spent a week at UCLA Medical Center (on the same floor that I work on—oh, the irony). While it was nice to have my co-workers walk down the hall to come visit me, it was a little humbling to have them see me all in my hospital gown sucking on oxygen via face mask.
While I don’t have many lingering physical effects from my ordeal (in fact, no one can even figure out exactly why it happened), there definitely has been an adjustment. I’m now on blood thinners–probably for life. So if you don’t see many green, leafy vegetables on this food blog from here on out—this is my excuse. I can’t eat them (they conteract the blood thinners—too much vitamin K). And I also have to get my blood drawn way too frequently—and sometimes have to give myself shots of heparin.
And did I mention that I’m still having to deal with a lot of back issues from the major back surgery I had last year? Oh—and in January I went back to graduate school for a second Master’s degree…..in Nashville….and I live in Los Angeles. So yeah….there’s that too. Plus my full-time job (well, 2 days a week–which is full time at my job!)
With all the things that were going on in my life—the food blog was kind of left at the wayside. But recently I was reviewing my old entries….and I really decided that I wanted to start again! My graduate school is finishing next week, my health is on the upswing and I’m back to having MUCH more free time. So I hope I can keep it up! Not sure if there is anyone still out there reading it, but maybe eventually. I can’t promise that I will always have great pictures (although I did get a new DSLR camera for my birthday…in February…..and I’m still not entirely sure how to use it), but I will give it my best shot (pun intended).
And just so you don’t feel too sorry for me—or think I am too much of a complainer. I did have some really great things happen this year. I spent a week in Mexico with some awesome family members and I spent 2 weeks in the Dominican Republic on a medical missions trip with friends. I also accompanied my husband and a bunch of high school/college students on a rebuilding trip to Galveston, Texas following the hurricane. Oh—and I ate my birthday dinner next to Charlize Theron at Craft in L.A!
I will leave you with a few pictures from the last few months, so you can catch up. And I hope to be back with some great new recipes very soon.
One of my first pictures with my new camera—at Palos Verdes Lighthouse on my birthday.
My husband and I at Griffith Park Observatory In Mexico for Aaron’s cousin’s wedding
In the Dominican Republic working with Haitian refugees