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Monday, September 17, 2007

a year in review

It has been a whole year since I posted - always at the back of my mind but never quite getting onto the screen. It was a busy, busy year and when push came to shove blogging was an indulgence I didn't have time for. I didn't read many blogs either - each day was a quick check of e-mail, a look at the news and then on my way. And so, I thought I'd do a year in review...

In the last year I've been to Mexico:















Twice!


















The second trip we had FIVE teenage girls with us (counting ours...). People thought we were crazy but they were so fun:















I saw one daughter off to junior prom:




















and the other to the senior ball:




















I saw my daughter graduate from high school in June:


















We saw lots of things that California has to offer -

Wine tasting in Sonoma with our best friends:












Hanging out in Santa Barbara:



















And also got to see the opening game for my Ducks this year!



















These are some of the highlights. Sadly, the most memorable happening of the year was the sudden passing of my older sister. She'd had a history of brain aneurysms and suffered a brain hemorrhage on July 25, and passed away two days later. It was a grueling two days in intensive care with many decisions to be made.
and in the midst of all these things - yes, there has been cooking! My cooking has changed a little to accommodate all the preferences in our family. I donated "Vegetarian Dinners Around the World" at a school auction (6 full dinners to be delivered every other month for a year) and that will be my next food post.
So there you have it - a quick look at the past year. I'll try to post more often :-)

8 comments:

Shawn Powers said...

I'm very sorry to hear about your sister. It is great to hear from you, however. I'm glad you've had a bunch of good things happen this past year as well!

kristi said...

Nancy,
hey girl! good to see you posting.
So soorry about your sister.
I wanted to tell you that me and my husband are going vegetarian. I read this book called Skinny Bitch and it changed how I look at food.
Now, your going to have to put some more recipes up..they always look so good!!
I'm going to try some of the ones you have on your site. I'll let you know how I make out.
love kristi

AA said...

Hi Nancy!

It's good to hear from you, and I am so happy for your wonderful times with your family, but so sorry to hear about your sister. A sister is a very special person, and my heart goes out to you and your family.

I can't wait to read more of your recipes. I just made my own spin on your soyrizo and green olive enchiladas -- again -- for the umpteenth time! We are not veg, but I keep sneaking more and more veggie meals in, and this one is one I can get in without the guys even NOTICING.

I will be digging through your recipe archives, and looking forward to new recipes too. And if you are ever in the area -- anywhere close by -- you give me a jingle, OK?

GeekyGal a.k.a. Ann ;^)

Jody from VegChic said...

Hey there,

Yours was one of the first blogs I found when I as a vegetarian and often checked it as I made the switch to vegan.

Commenters here led me to other blogs. ...Then you disappeared.

I often checked back and was sad to see no more posts.

Great to see you are back to posting. I look forward to your photos and getting new ideas.

Sounds like a 12 months. Sorry about your sister. It looks like you were blessed with so much family time the rest of the year.

Julie said...

Hi Nancy!!

I'm so glad you are back to posting. I've missed your blog oh so much. It sounds like you've had a great year, although I send my condolences to you about the passing of your sister.

I have started a new blog at: http://kindkitchen.wordpress.com/

Come check it out :)

vegan blog tracker said...

Will we be getting a six month update sometime soon? :-)

bazu said...

Just like Jody, I remember yours as one of the first veg blogs I got to know, and I hope you come back to posting soon. I know that life often gets in the way, though...I'm very sorry about the passing of your sister.

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