Wednesday, October 24, 2012

All Quiet on the Mid-Western Front...


which means things have been pretty chaotic on my end and I needed to pull away for a bit.

Honestly, things haven't been all bad.  There have been a lot of ups, a lot of downs and a lot of housekeeping too.

The good news is that I have restored some much needed balance to my life, the bad news is I'm so far behind in blogging!!!

So here's just a quick overview of what I've been up to lately.

Let's see, let's see...  The first major thing I did was complete the Bold Challenge for my application to the Bold Academy.  I ended up designing a dress from start to finish.  Take a look!  and yes that's really me!  All of me, face and all, without those silly Groucho Marx glasses.


I spent a weekend in New York with two of my best friends in the entire world!  Enjoyed some amazing dinners, caught up with an old high school friend, shopped at Mood Designer Fabrics - where the Project Runway people shop!  Rode in a Pedicab - this definitely broke the budget!  It was about 5 times more expensive than a regular taxi!  AY!  Let's see, we walked all over and saw Time Square and Rockefeller Center - the ice skating rink was already open! Then we finished the weekend off with some shopping in SoHo and Nolita where I got Sig. O a swanky hat from a little boutique.

Part of NYC from across the pond
My friend and I at Mood

Then I spent some time in the glass studio working with Sig. O's dad.  I blew my first glass vessel, EVER!  I don't have a picture of it, but it's pretty impressive if I do say so myself.  ;)  It's a "bubble" bowl.  It literally looks like a bubble that has a depression in the top of it to make it a bowl.  I've also been practicing ornaments.  Guess what everyone's getting for Christmas, again...  Just kidding.  But seriously, someone will have to take some of these off my hands soon!

I even attended the best conferences I have ever been to in the ENTIRE WORLD!  The Minneapolis-St. Paul She's Geeky conference for women in technology.  Let me tell you, their website cannot do the program justice.  It's something you have to experience, because the conference comes together right before your own eyes.  I am terribly shy and I found myself leading two sessions!  What a positive, creative, uplifting and enriching environment.  This is a MUST attend event for any geeky girl.
Me talkin' shop.  Photo Credit to another Andie!!

Inspiration struck and I cleaned out my fridge.  It was really disappointing to see all the veggies that I had to throw out from my CSA share...  I just hate seeing food go to waste, especially wonderful, local, organic produce.  I recommitted to my pledge of healthy eating and cooked up a storm!  My fridge is now full of individually portioned meals, ready to go.  Yum.

I even baked a 20-pound pumpkin... and then had a little meltdown on trying to figure out how to use it!  I portioned roughly two pound sections and tossed most of them into the freezer.  This pumpkin was really sweet, so I actually ate some plain as a side.  I also made a delicious pumpkin and roasted red pepper soup, maple walnut pumpkin pies, and a gluten free pumpkin bread.  I'm not sure what I'm going to do with the remaining 16 pounds, but I definitely think I'm going to designate myself as the local pumpkin pie supplier this Thanksgiving.

I'm not sure if this is actually a "pie" pumpkin,
but the baking directions only warned against trying to eat a jack-o-lantern...

Another big change was having to go completely Gluten Free.  I had tried in the past, but it was too hard to plan ahead for me and Sig. O.  This time I got him on board with the help of my doctors and it's been going really well.  It also helped that I kicked off the GF with my trip to NYC.  You think that would be hard, but the first night we were treated to an amazing four course, GF dinner by my friend's boyfriend.

Speaking of doctors.  For the past few months I have been receiving treatment from an amazing group of doctors.  While I'm getting a lot of help in some areas, we've run out of known options in the others.  Thankfully my doctors are collaborating with others in their field and it looks like they have some great ideas they would like to try.

But in the mean time...  the physical and emotional stress has nearly cost me my job.  I am doing everything I can to keep my head above water at work, but it's just not enough right now.  I disclosed my medical condition with my employer and they're willing to work with me.  I am grateful to have such a great work place, but I'm trying to embrace the uncertainty of having to live off of approximately half of my salary.

A little scared for the change, but excited for all the possible opportunities this will bring me.  I'm living a BOLD life.  



  1. I am so amazed you have time to fit everything in!!! and I love that you have your hand in so many things! Let's meet again soon! d

  2. Thanks, it does get a little hairy sometimes! Speaking of hands, isn't that red nail polish with the PCB great? lol. I kept trying to imagine how the guys from the U would have reacted if I showed up to lab with flashy nails!