I cannot quite believe it is May starting
today yesterday a week ago. I started writing this post on May 1, because I wanted to start something new this month – or rather I meant to on the last day of April, but close enough – part of why I like to journal and blog is that I like the idea of having a retrospective of what I do and cook and enjoy in my life outside of my job, seeing as my job is 1. not bloggable material and 2. takes up a large amount of time, all of which is generally accounted for with billing records (read: it is very easy for me to look at my time entries to see what I have done in a given month).
There is no easy reference tool to capture my life outside of work, and I want to change that. Sure, journaling and blogging means that some months I have a better retrospective than others to look back to, but overall, not enough for my liking. So I decided to start a monthly recap but, unlike the lists and goals posts I wrote a few times last year, this is more about memories than goals. Who knows, maybe eventually this will become a weekly series here?
Actually, that is so getting ahead of myself considering that I am at week overdue in this post. At any rate, here was my April 2011.
Fun, Family & Friends
My husband’s birthday was in early April- it was stormy and cold and, well, April-ish, but we did have a fun lunch at Mitsitam (review from another visit here), spent the whole day together, toasted his birthday with his (regular) and hers (gluten-free, vegan from Red Velvet) cupcakes, and went out to dinner at Estadio. A quick note on Estadio – there is a gluten-free menu, but two dishes on it turned out to have gluten when I inquired. Also two of the gluten-free vegan dishes I ordered arrived covered in cheese, as though I had ordered their vegetarian counterparts. Bottom line – they still need some work with the gluten-free vegan thing.
It was a lovely day, despite the ugly weather and problematic Estadio menu (bonus: I did not get glutened) and I even got a nap in that day. I also wore bright pink to make up for the ugly weather (I am studying the menu at Estadio there):
A couple of days later, I also visited my parents in Switzerland. While I am kicking myself for not having made it to la Fete de La Tulipe, I did enjoy lots of time with my parents, meeting another blogger,Jenn of Jenn Cuisine (who has stunning tulip pictures, incidentally, which set off the kicking myself).
It was a very restorative vacation. I spent time with my parents, met up with Jenn,I made a fun chocolate fruit tart and a delicious new chocolate drink. Oh, and I slept.a.lot. And stared at Lake Geneva. It was fantastic.
I got back to Washington, DC refreshed. In the second half of the month, work was busy, but I saw the tail-end of the Smithsonian’s Orchid exhibit and had a fun double date with my husband and our friends Christina and Mark. We went to Rasika, which was completely gluten-free-friendly and had numerous vegan dishes. A return trip is in order.
And at the end of the month, I also had lunch with the witty and wonderful Katie of Quick Cook Rice.
The first two weeks of the month I did not once go to the gym or yoga – or do anything on my own other than walk – I was ok with that approach for my time in Switzerland, but that was only a week of those two weeks, while the other week was consumed by work, and this was on the heels of a sedentary month of March, also known as the month where I took 3 days off from work, total, in the entire month. They were for the joyous occasions of a friend’s bridal shower and wedding festivities, but March was a month where my approach to catching up on yoga and working out on the weekends was not an option since I was working all.the.time.
I decided to take a new approach to the remaining two weeks of April, including something I rarely do, i.e. work out or practice yoga in the early morning. I would say, it has been so far, so good. Well, except for the green juice stains on my yoga mat. Oh well.
Cooking & Food
In April, based on a quick lunchbox survey, I was particularly obsessed with these recipes from other bloggers:
- Vanilla-Spinach Parfait
- A no-oil version of Mama Peas’ Mmmm sauce
- Carrot Pulp Bread (made with duck eggs and coconut oil instead of chicken eggs and butter) – I loved this, but need to find a way to veganize it as that was too many eggs for me
- Pumpkin Cranberry Muffin from Simply . . . Gluten-free Desserts, which I reviewed here
- Pumpkin Chia Pudding
- Raw Vegan Walnut Cheddar Cheese
- Miso Tahini dressing (which I discovered when adopting Delectably Free)
I also bought this pan, or really, two pans – I had been eyeing it/them since last year, but this ode to said pot from early March is what pushed me over the edge.
It took me 6 weeks to actually make the purchase, but I love it. See, it does this too:
I heart it.
I also heart-ed April – the good bits at least. Fortunately, there were many of those.