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September 30, 2011 @ 11:37 am

Catching Up

Oh, there have been SO many things I’ve wanted to blog about lately, but life is still kind of sped-up for me right now.  I’ll continue to be busy-busy-busy for at least the next couple months.  Not that busy-busy-busy is bad, mind you.  It’s just . . . well . . . very busy.

So, to do a quick catch-up (or maybe not so quick, depending on how you look at it), here is some of the “what’s new” in my life:

  • SS and I got married last Friday.  Ok, in New Jersey, it’s called Civil Union (as if anyone would want to enter into a lawful Un-civil Union . . . ok, no, I know that the word “Civil” is used differently here . . . but still).  Anyway, it was a quiet little ceremony at the County Clerk’s office, followed by brunch with my new father-in-law and a friend of ours, and then later, we had dinner with six other friends at one of our favorite restaurants.  It was a great day, being married is great, and the bigger ceremony is coming up in Florida this Fall.
  • I’m learning about wine making.  This past Spring, I got to help SS and her (now our) friends in the wine group bottle several cases of wine, and the last two weekends, I got to help with (first) the crush and then a week later, the press.  It’s a lot of fun, and the people are so much fun to be around.
  • I attended my first Philadelphia Vendemmia this past Sunday.  What a fun day!  I really enjoyed the feeling of community.
  • I didn’t win the essay contest for the Tempur-Pedic bed, but then SS found another blogger who was running a contest for the same bed.  This one was a video contest, and SS and I both entered.  Her video is one of the finalists, and now Tempur-Pedic will decide the winner.  It’s very exciting.  I’ll let you know if her video wins!
  • The blogger running the video contest is also a vlogger (video blogger), which is a term I hadn’t heard until All My Children had a story line where one of the characters became a vlogger.  I edited  both SS’s and my video entry, while learning how to edit a video for the first time.  It was so much fun, and even though I still have a whole lot to learn in order to do it well, I’ve been considering the idea of doing a little vlogging myself.  I’m still in the process of going back through some of my earlier posts and password protecting the ones that are very personal, so that I can feel more comfortable to more-or-less “come out” and blog/vlog with my real name.  I’ve given my blog link to a few people I’ve met in real life, to share some of the info and links I have on gluten free stuff and ADD, and it would be great, I think, to feel comfortable about continuing to do that.  So . . . opinions, please . . . would you be interested in seeing some short vlog videos included here occasionally?
  • I’ve been contacted by two people in the last week, offering to share some helpful information with my readers.  One will be as a guest blogger (regarding gluten-free baking) and the other will be sharing an article (about anxiety).  I’m excited about this, and as I start to move from “busy-busy-busy” to simply “busy”, I really want to put more quality time into this blog.
  • I have several saved drafts and links and notes for some reviews I want to write about restaurants we’ve tried (or regularly visit) with gluten-free menu items.  This is one of the many things I want to do with that quality blog-time.
  • The beading thing has really taken off!  I’ve made several sets of jewelry now, and I am absolutely loving it.  I’ve shown my jewelry to a few people and have received some very encouraging reactions.  A jewelry store in Philadelphia has shown interest in maybe selling some of the sets for me, and I’ve been invited to show them at a party next Spring.  I’ve been planning to re-start an old gift business I used to have, and that will start falling into place in the next few months.  I’m going to sell my jewelry on the web site, also.
  • I made a major decision . . . not to participate in NaNoWriMo this year.  I know, it sounds crazy, doesn’t it?  SS and I have the Florida trip and ceremony during that time, and I’ll have some work stuff happening that will require some extra focus during that month, also, and I just think it would be too much to take on.  NaNoWriMo has become such a part of my Fall, and it will feel weird to not be a part of it, but I will definitely participate again starting in 2012, and I’ll probably spend at least a little bit of time on the forums, encouraging others.  That’s something; I usually don’t spend much time on the forums when I’m busy writing.
  • Work is keeping me busy, as is the planning for the Florida ceremony, and over the last several months, I’ve seen several new doctors and have learned a lot, which I will blog about in future posts.  It’s all good.
  • And right now, I’m on a work deadline, so I must publish this and get back to work.  More soon . . .

12 Comments

  1. Comment by taureanw:

    Congratz on the MARRIAGE!!! 🙂

    • Comment by lifeischange:

      Thank you so much, taureanw. 🙂 Hey, I just skimmed your blog and it looks like one I really want to read . . . now all I need is the ability to stop time so I can keep up with all the blog reading and writing I want to do! lol

  2. Comment by sanityisknocking:

    Congrats on getting married 🙂 How exciting. You life seems to be full of wonderful things – I’m so happy for you!

  3. Comment by Tracey Cope - Life Coach & Math Tutor - Oxford PA:

    Congrats on the marriage… My spouse and I recently celebrated seven years, but I think we’re going to get married again because I’ve lost so much weight in the last 4 months, I’m almost a totally different person now… You see, a personal trainer friend of mine helped a buddy lose 90 lbs and he gained a lot better control over his blood sugar. After seeing what it did for him, i had to try it. The basic premise was that I was highly toxic from all the stuff I grew up with, the food I was eating, and the cigarette smoke my folks filled the house with. So I’m hosting a seminar all about nutritional cleansing, and the toxins in our lives and how we can deal with them effectively. This information has changed my life. The seminar is going to be held this Tuesday, October 4th, 2011 at the Embassy Suites hotel in Newark DE across from the Bob Carpenter Center. You can call me to RSVP (Phone number on my website) or register at the door, but try to be there by 6:45 to make sure you get a seat. Here is a link to more details and photos of my progress using this toxicity and cleansing information… http://bit.ly/p1Agx4 – I’m so excited about this because it’s how I broke through my weight-loss wall, and dropped 33 pounds and 5 inches in my waist this summer. Are you doing anything cool for a honeymoon? I hope you’ll join us on Tuesday. Congrats on the Marriage.!!

    –Tracey–

    • Comment by lifeischange:

      Thank you, Tracey. I am SOOO sorry; for some reason, I never saw your comment until today. I don’t know how that happened. I hope your seminar went well, and I apologize for not seeing your comment until almost two weeks after the seminar date. Will there be other seminars?

      We don’t have an actual “honeymoon” planned, but we are going to Florida where I am from, next month, and having a ceremony with family and friends. It’s going to be a lot of fun.

  4. Comment by Kerro:

    Congratulations! I’m so happy for you both! 🙂

  5. Comment by kate1975:

    Congratulations to you both. I am so happy for you. Your wonderful love story just added another chapter. Great!

    Yes I would be interested in watching any vlogging you post. Glad that you are going from busy busy busy to busy.

    Did you ever get a test done for your vitamin d level? I found a lot of improvement when I did and started taking the right doses of vit d and calcium. Good and healing thoughts to you.

    Kate

    • Comment by lifeischange:

      Hi Kate,

      Thank you for the congratulations, and also for being interested in seeing my vlogs. I have three in the works but none are finished yet. LOL! Coming soon!

      I actually did have the test for the Vitamin D level, and found out that I am on the high end of the normal range. My doctor is a little concerned that it could become too high, so he had me make a couple changes to my supplements and will re-test. I did some reading and found that low magnesium can cause Vitamin D levels to go too high, and magnesium is one of the levels he wants to test, so that may be what he is looking for as the culprit. I have a whole blog post I’m going to write about that, too . . . it’s on my list of things to do. lol.

      Slow and steady wins the race, they say, right? So that is how I am attacking my “to do” list.

      The funny thing is that SS found out her Vitamin D levels are low, so she is working on getting that to where it should be.

      • Comment by kate1975:

        Hi,

        That is interesting about the vit d levels. I did not know that. Yeah, about SS’s vitamin d level, a lot of people have low vit d levels.

        Looking forward to reading and watching more. Good and healing thoughts to you and your household.

        Kate

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