Welcome. Come on in, pull up a chair and sit right down. It has been a crazy couple of weeks around here!
First, the upstairs AC unit went out and is still not fixed. Don’t worry, it’s only the kids that are suffering. Kidding. I’m kidding. They are not suffering. They might be a little warm at night, but luckily it is not sweltering here in Texas, YET. Plus, that’s what top sheets are made for and sleeping in your underwear. I mean, really, I grew up in a house that did not have central AC and I lived. They will live, but I gotta figure that out. I don’t wish this problem on anyone. It is a nightmare. Every company that’s looks at it recommends something different, and I don’t really know that much about it. Nothing like a crash course in Manual J calculations, determining if the copper tubing if the right size and deciding whether or not to re-duct the whole upstairs. Like I said, it’s a nightmare.
In addition to that craziness, the hubs got a new job. Which is very YAY! YAY! YAY! because he is very excited about it (and I am really happy for him), but it has a fairly big downside. He has a horrendous commute and doesn’t get home until around 8pm, which has flung me into single parent mode. A place I do not relish being. I bow to all the single parents out there who do it day in and day out with no relief. You amaze me! Along with his new job, however, came a week-long trip to sunny California (San Jose, to be exact! the lucky dog.). So last week, while I was here in Texas dealing with broken AC, an ant infestation (don’t ask!) and a dog that decided to swim in the horse pond every night and come home covered in mud, he was jogging in Cali, eating real food (his hotel was an extended stay so he had a kitchen!) and soaking up lots of vitamin D. To be fair, it wasn’t all fun and games for him, he did have to work everyday but still, he was in California! The high was like 60, I think. Not right.
I wanted to give you an idea of why I haven’t been around. I have been living in crazytown, yes, but I have also been reading a LOT. There is some really good stuff going on right now in the “paleosphere”. I think anytime you get into something and see it working for you, it can be very easy to put the blinders on and start preaching, judging, or criticizing and, while the intentions behind it all are probably good, the outcome can be really bad. I think doing this can lead to people feeling alienated and, if people are feeling alienated, they are not going to get the message. I think this has got to be the main goal: getting the message out that eating real food is better for you. Period. I am trying to stay very open (read: taking my blinders off) to the idea that no one really knows what is the absolute best combination of things to eat. There is still much to be learned, but I think we are on the right track. Personally, I have no plans of going back to my old ways of eating because I can tell you (without a doubt!) that eating real food is the way to go, but how far should you take it? I think it is a very important question with a very personal answer.
Like the wonderful woman at The Paleo Periodical, I will warn you…this is a time suck. Big time. It is totally worth it, but don’t make any plans if you are going to read it all. One page, or comment, will lead you to another and that will lead you to another. It’s awesome stuff, just be prepared. Get a glass of water and some carrots. You might need a snack!
Now, get on it.
Start here, then go here(read the comments), after that go here and end up here (series of 5). and feel free to go anywhere in between that you are lead. I know, it’s a lot of going, but I can promise you it will be worth it. Except maybe you will come out with more questions than answers. That is ok. Never stop seeking.
And just in case any of you are wondering, yes I am still cooking. Every day, twice a day. Food to follow.