This girl turned 9 last week, and I couldn’t think of any better birthday for my Harry Potter obsessed gal than a trip to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter right smack in the middle of Universal Florida. Yes, we do live within spitting distance of Universal Studios in Hollywood, but they don’t have the Potter. Yes, it was slightly embarrassing when people asked where we were from and we had to tell them we lived next door to Universal in LA but chose to spend loads of money flying across the country and staying at a hotel and getting our wizard on. But you know what? Who cares! It was this much fun –
Also, the night we were there Olivia Freaking Newton-John was in concert and she totally nailed our favorite Xanadu songs. I might have just flown to Orlando to see that lady rock it out. And taking my daughter to her first real concert where we both knew all the words to the songs? Ummmm-azing.
What’s always not so amazing when I travel is the getting sick factor on account of not knowing my arse from a gluten filled airport meal. Luckily, I had some guides in the form of GFOrlando and Eating Out Without so I knew I’d be able to swill Butterbeer, if I so chose. I did so choose. So did she – Continue reading
I started writing this last week, and have had trouble finishing. I know it’s just a blog post, but this is hard, you guys. XO, GIMB
I’m starting to feel the effects of the Xanax I popped as I sit by my mom’s side in her very calm, warm, peaceful room at hospice. Which is why I can write/type/whatever it is I’m doing right now. This was not my first choice of activities in 2015, but here I am. And here she is. And there she goes.
I’ve written here before about my mom more than once. Her unexplained decline, my “a-ha” moment of gluten ataxia, and how her brain damage has progressed to a depressing, and now deadly, point. So I feel I should finish the story and let you all know the ending. I guess you know the ending, actually, since it’s everyone’s ending.
Happy 2015, gluten haters! I do hope this year is like, one thousand times better than 2014, but hey, let’s see.
One thing happened that worries me about my cockamamie optimism, and that was a letter from a new reader who has a pretty serious issue post-celiac diagnosis. You know, other than that, “Oh hells, I’ve got celiac,” thing. An issue that I’ve never had, but I’m guessing some of you have, if not exactly on this level. This whole, “Don’t we need good people protecting us” level. On a “Oh, hey, this seems like a HUGE mistake” level. Let me just quote this man who has bravely served the U.S. of A.:
Oh hi, I didn’t see you there. Were you watching me crap my pants? Most likely you were, because that’s my “thing” these days. Happy Holidays, suckers!
You guys, I love the holidays. I have no cynical-child-of-the-90s guilt about unabashedly loving the holiday season. Not even ironically. Not a year goes by that I don’t down my weight in Christmas cookies, before, or after the celiac thing. Fudge is my best friend. Except these days, there’s a different kind of fudge dominating my days.
Happy freaking holidays, everybody! It’s time for the gifts. While I’m banking on a vacation package to somewhere awesome, I think getting a gluten-free delicious food box would also be pretty darn sweet. Well, two of you lucky people are going to GET THIS.
G-Free Foodie has partnered with Love With Food and she’s curating the gluten-free monthly subscription boxes! I love K.C. and she’s got an amazing eye for delicious food. So personally I’m pretty darned excited to get gluten-free chocolate, cake mixes, and whatever else she deems amazing every month. Love With Food are not only giving away two boxes of yum, but offering discounts for you guys as well until December 30th. 50% discounts, you guys. 50%! Do you want to know more about Love With Food and the magnificent box curated by G-Free Foodie? Of course you do.
– Members will receive 8-12 Gluten Free snacks, mixes and treats every month, plus a newsletter and more. Continue reading
I don’t know about you guys, but I’ve started the official eating season off with a bang. I’ll be putting my vegan’ness on a part-time schedule, as there is much dairy and meat to be had. Much. Gluten-free mac and cheese, I’m talking to you.
I discovered even more goodness last Friday when the family decided to be adventurous and head outside of our neighborhood. Hey, it’s LA. It’s not easy to explore. I mean, unless you have a car. Which we do. Nevermind. Let’s just say I left my neighborhood and found some things.