In case you were concerned, like my mother was, about why this blog has been so quiet lately, I have a lame but entirely honest excuse — life got crazy.
At first, in mid-February, I became so bogged down in planning my birthday party (yes, I know that sounds ridiculous but it’s my favorite holiday and I take it seriously) that I had no time for cooking projects, let alone photographing and writing about them. I was too immersed in making this year’s birthday extravaganza as awesome as possible. (Not to brag, but I totally succeeded.)
My theme, The Drunker Games, was a play on the Hunger Games and involved 14 adults, a city park, oranges in nylons and other strange and unusual field day games. There was one true winner, lots of beer and plenty of laughs.
Then came my actual birthday, which I celebrated by taking a trip to the Oregon coast with my husband. Immediately following that was a long weekend in Seattle with a co-worker, which involved a lot of eating under the guise of work/sales calls (18 restaurants capped by an all-you-can-eat crab dinner).
And then it was March….I don’t even remember March. I had to look through my pictures to try to figure out what I did.
Apparently it was a whirlwind of weekend hikes and wine trips inspired by the incredible sunny weather. I didn’t do much cooking but I did do a lot of living.
And then somehow it became April…
I spent the first weekend at my alma mater, Humboldt State University, with two girls I worked with on the college newspaper, The Lumberjack. While we keep in touch via Facebook, it had been more than 7 years since we had all gotten together.
We rented a bungalow for two nights in the nearby coastal town of Trinidad, but spent most of our time away from it. We went to four beaches, two breweries, one winery, a college dive bar and Redwood Park. It was an epic adventure and we have a half-filled quote book to prove it.
And while that trip was a great chance to reconnect, somewhere in there it dawned on me that it had been two months since I had been on WordPress. I knew I needed to get my act together. Also, really, my mom called me to ask what was going on. “I have friends asking,” she said.
What can I say — a little adoration was all it took to get me back in the saddle, back on the computer and (fingers crossed) back on your screen.
And while work has been really nuts the past few weeks – so crazy that I’ve been too exhausted to cook and have been eating terribly – I do have some photos to share. Some even involve pretty food! Hopefully they will suffice as an apology for my absence.
And apologize I must, because while I’ve missed having time to cook and write, I’ve also missed having time to read all the blogs I enjoy so much. So prepare yourselves, because I’m back!