|a picture of D and me all gussied up at his company's holiday party this year|
I started the year by ending [my allergen-free bakery] Cinnamon. That's quite a way to begin a year, isn't it? It was a relief to close the business, but also a very difficult thing to do. I'll never regret the fact that I founded and ran my own bakery, but I'm very content to keep that all in the past and focus on a (hopefully, more profitable) future in dietetics, instead.
As I delved more into studying all the time, I started spending a lot of time in front of my computer, making tasty, yet healthy snacks a must. As a result, I jumped on the trendy bandwagon and made some tasty avocado chocolate pudding.
We got snowed in! It was the snowpocalypse to end all snowpocalypses. It was fun to be stranded in the new house with D, sending Betsy out to enjoy the snow and warming up inside in front of the fireplace. I love snow days in the Pacific Northwest. I met D in the Arctic Blast of '08, so snow storms will always hold a warm place in my heart.
Because it continued to be so cold outside, I crafted a delicious soup out of cauliflower and leeks and roasted potatoes. It warmed the soul, the body, and didn't last long in our soup bowls!
D and I spent a part of my spring break in eastern Washington, in Spokane. It was so fun to see old friends and to re-explore my college. Spokane has become a much better city than I remember, and I wouldn't be surprised to see myself visiting again in the near future, especially now that it's a mere 4-hour drive away.
I shared a review of a delicious packaged gluten-free bread mix that's on the market from Luce's. It was crunchy (in a good way), had a great texture, and fulfilled my dreams of gluten-free sourdough.
I shared a glimpse into my new garden. My, what a garden. As I'm looking at the pictures now, I'm remembering just how awesome our yard in Portland is, and I'm feeling a little jealous of our current tenants. Oh well, we're living a good life here in the Seattle area also, and we luckily found a place to rent that already had garden plots (albeit, not quite as nicely constructed), so don't be surprised if you see a "2015 garden" post coming up next spring.
I created a list of my favorite gluten-free and vegan ice cream recipes for the summer. I'm so cold in this basement as I write this that I can't really fathom eating ice cream anytime soon, but I'm sure when the weather warms up just a bit I'll be putting my trusty ice cream maker back into the freezer so I can produce homemade ice cream anytime I want.
I was too busy with school and a quick vacation to the beach with friends to write anything! However, I'm pretty sure I was spending all my free time outside, because we were fortunate to have an amazingly sunny and warm summer in Portland.
I didn't really have anything new to report, but I was excited about finishing up one whole year of classes and one half of my prerequisites. As I look back over the past year, I think I'm most proud of the fact that I've gotten a 4.0 in all my classes; if I were really ambitious, I could apply to a number of medical programs, such as nursing, physician's assistant, and, with one more year of physics, even being a doctor! It's thrilling to be doing so well in school, especially in subjects that I always thought were hard and uninteresting. And now I'm thriving! It's extremely gratifying, to say the least, that all my hard work (and absence from this blog and basically all forms of a social life) are really paying off. Let's just hope that the school I want to attend feels the same way I do!
D and I visited San Diego. I fell in love with the city - its people, its beaches, its sunshine, and its food. I would go back and live there in a heartbeat, except for the fact that it's not a great place to find a job in D's industry (plus, it's rumored to be really expensive). Oh well, one can dream, right?
D got an amazing job offer and we decided to move up to the Seattle area! It was a whirlwind couple of weeks, as we debated whether or not this was something we wanted to do, all while trying to live as if it simultaneously was and was NOT going to happen. I sometimes still can't believe we're here, because with our lives being so digital, it's easy to stay in touch with loved ones, making it seem like they're just a few miles away. Plus, Portland is a mere 173 miles away, and is easily traveled to via plane (45 minutes), train (4 hours) and car (2.75 hours with no traffic). Now that we're settled, I've found that I really like it here and really wouldn't mind staying for a while. If I get into the program and school that I want, I'll need to be here at least two more years, then after that, with the company D works for and my dietetics credentials, we will be able to live nearly anywhere!
This fall I took three classes: Anatomy and Physiology, Nutrition, and Chemistry 2 (the second of a 3-quarter series). I made the mistake of slacking off just a tiny bit the first week (a mere three days after we got here), and I played catch up for the next four weeks or so. It was awful. Thus, there was no blogging in October. I also took a quick trip down to Portland to see my sister and nieces that live in Kentucky, so any chance of writing a post just went out of the window. It was a long month.
I blinked and somehow it was my birthday, and I turned 31! It all happened so quickly, but I've always found that once the summer is over, the fall seems to fly right on by, and this year was no exception. Back in the day (read: before I ran a business and then began attending school), D and I would take birthday trips because his birthday is four days after mine. However, now that we're responsible adults (read: I have way too much homework), we settle for nice walks on the lake, a lovely dinner out, and a weekend spent studying for a bone practical. Hooray, student life!
We also had visitors in November, and it was lovely; D's parents came up the weekend after his birthday, and my mother came up for her birthday, which was also Thanksgiving Day. It was so nice to have some familiar faces in our house.
It's already December! How does each year seem to go by so quickly? Anyway, I'm over it, and now I'm just concentrating on my final five prerequisite classes (the second half of Anatomy and Physiology, Microbiology, the third Chemistry in the 3-quarter series, Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry), applying to my first choice program, and exploring even more of this wonderful new city. Also, I started making a list of all the things I love about the city so far.
Let's hope for an even more amazing, exciting and challenging 2015! Happy New Year!