So what’s new?

Now that I’ve finished recapping my birthday cruise, I can get back to life and regular (I hope) blogging.

Let’s see… What’s been going on?


The brief hiatus in posting the cruise recaps was because I met up with my parents and sister in Boston on Sunday for a few days of touring together. Boston Family Trip We did a historical hop on hop off trolley ride (a time and a half), the New England Aquarium, a whale watching trip, Fenway Park, part of the Freedom Trail, dinner with a friend at Casa Romano (YUM!!!), The Old North Church and Paul Revere’s House, and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. It was a busy time, but good to be together!


Summer living…

Other than this trip and the cruise, most of my summer has been Taekwondo. I’ve gone to an actual sparring class (I got bruised, but not killed – they were told they were not allowed to kill me. HA!) and done more than a few “two-a-days”. Tuesday evening I’ll be testing for my Red Stripe (aka High Blue) Belt!!

I watched the Olympics – as much as I could anyway. I know that most of the experienced people at the dojang thought the TKD was “boring” but for me, since it’s all new, I enjoyed watching it. I was even able to pick out some specific kicks and watch how elite-level people spar.

I watched ONE of the conventions. 😛 The other, just seeing the lowlights on the news was enough.

I’ve also seen some theatre – in particular “On Your Feet! The Story of Emilio and Gloria Estefan” which is amazing! I should do a separate entry just on that! 🙂

I saw “Troilus and Cressida” at Shakespeare in the Park – meh, I didn’t really get why they had to go so hyper-masculine and run around with assault weapons, etc. But it was free.

I continue to lose the “Hamilton” lottery every time I enter. I could paper my apartment – and yours too – with all the “Try again” emails if I printed them off. But that would be very boring wall paper and a huge waste of trees, so I don’t print them off.

I did a lot of reading on the cruise. I’m almost done with Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan Novels series (on the last book now).

And like the rest of the universe it seems, I read “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” – I really enjoyed it. And now I want to go to London and see it!

I should have done some more cleaning – but I can focus on that next week. Last week of freedom before school starts back! Ugh!


Being gluten-free…

And I’ve been adjusting to eating gluten-free! The first part of June I went back to my doctor for a check about blood pressure (seems to be responding to the water pill combined with exercise and watching diet), and I asked her about maybe trying gluten-free to see if that helps with the belly fat that seems to want to hang on. She looked at me, and it was like a lightbulb appeared over her head.

“Have you ever been tested for a wheat allergy?”

Well, actually when I was tested for peanuts which came up negative even though I know I react to them (not seriously at this point…my allergist would prefer that I carry an Epi-Pen, but we all know the price issues with those, so I stick to Benadryl carried with me in case of accidental ingestion), I showed as positive for wheat – but I never got anything I’d think of as a reaction to it.

“Uh, your air flow that has remained lower than I’d like even though you’re not wheezing anymore? THAT could well be the ‘reaction’ so yes. I want you gluten-free.”

Three weeks before Italy!!!! Though in actuality they are lightyears ahead of us in dealing with gluten allergies and sensitivities. (Maybe you caught that picture in my Rome entry about the restaurant that had their whole menu available gluten-free? Yeah…this is why that was a big deal to me.)

So I’ve been gluten-free since mid-June. Not sure if it’s doing anything weight-wise (I will admit I’ve been pretty bad about my eating outside of “no gluten”, so I’m not saying it won’t help when I’m back on a normal schedule), but I did notice the other day in the dojang I am not getting as winded as I used to – even just before this discovery/revelation. Like, all of a sudden – which is weird to attribute to “you’ve been working out more” because it should have happened earlier if that was the only reason.

Almost makes me wonder how running would go now if I picked that back up as a regular thing. Almost. Not enough to make me start again.  😛


Travel planning…

And I’ve been doing some trip planning. I’m taking my parents on the Disney Magic in February! I’ll spend 2.5 days in Miami before the cruise exploring that city. They’re flying down the day before the cruise (I think) and we’ll board on Feb 22. We go to Castaway Cay, Key West, and have a sea day! So excited to explore a new-to-us Disney ship (first time on one of the Classics) and spend some time with my parents!

I’m going home for a long weekend 9/30. We’re out that Monday and Tuesday for Rosh Hashanah, so might as well take advantage of the time!

And I’ve got one other thing – one very exciting thing – planned. But that is definitely another entry all together!


So yeah… That’s about all with my life right now I think.

You’re all caught up! 🙂 And I promise I’ll try my best to be better about regular – and more “normal” – entries!!


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