Yeah… it’s September now. Does anyone know what happened to August? I swear I left it right here, and then I turned around and it was gone. I bet one of the dogs dragged it into the yard and chewed it up. Those dogs… that’s why we can’t have nice things.
We spent a weekend in Temecula, then a weekend in Vegas for my mom’s birthday. Went flightlining along a ridge in the desert (so fun!) and I got all dressed up to see Nora Jones and was fed overpriced, underwhelming food court pizza because the “brewpub” I was taken had closed their kitchen capabilities two years ago and all the good restaurants had an hour-long wait.
I had the best intentions to finally put up the photos of our New York trip, seeing as how it’s been a year since we were there, but – get this – it takes time to sit down, transfer pictures off the memory card, and then put together a post. And I have not had time to sit.
We’re vacationing in New Zealand in a couple of weeks, a trip I’m excited about. If all goes well, we’ll cram wine, beer, food, hiking, culture, caving, tubing, and hopefully more food into a(nother) whirlwind trip. Seriously. If we could just win that lottery and not have to worry about billable hours and paychecks, we could spend as much time as we wanted overseas. Of course, I’d probably miss the pups. Definitely the kittens.
My parents are generously watching our kittens while we’re gone; we dropped them off during our Vegas weekend and we’ll pick them up after we get home. I’m hoping they get used to the many, many cats and dogs running around there. They seemed a little overwhelmed when we left.
Faced with a two-week countdown to what could be a gluttonous trip (wine, cheese, ice cream, beer, meat!), I figured it would be a perfect time to also life-check that crazy Primal diet I keep reading about. I know it’s pretty restrictive if you follow the rules, but we’re mainly just staying away from grains (did you know Primal considers corn a grain?), alcohol, and sugar. Milk in the coffee, honey here and there, fruit – all accepted by me. I’ve been playing with almond flour and coconut flour and I think almond flour makes a substantial baked good but coconut flour gives you something more baked-goody, although moisture-suckingly dry. In a week, I’ve lost 5 pounds, which I suspect is water weight, or something close to it. There’s no way I could lose 5 pounds of anything substantial. One more week to see what happens and the end result as soon as I stick a piece of bread in my mouth.
As a parting gift, I offer you this kitty “glamour shot” pose: