Yesterday, I ventured into new culinary territory. My lil-miss was at a pool party, so my husband and I chose to get some pizza. We went to Amici’s East Coast Pizzeria. Being from NY, I am picky about my pizza. Hands down, Vincinis Pizza is the best pizza in Solano County.
While I LOVE pizza at Vincinis, their gluten-free crust lacks a bit. Amici’s has the best gluten-free crust in the area. They also offer vegan cheese. There is a pretty steep price-tag for a gluten-free pizza. There is no extra charge for substituting the Daiya vegan cheese.
The menu only showcases one true vegan pizza but several gluten-free options. I wish the vegan pizza had say an option to pick three toppings, with a gluten-free crust, for “X” amount. We ended up paying $32 just for my pizza. I’m sorry, but not every vegan or plant-based diet is in love with spinach. It NEVER belongs on a pizza! That’s my opinion of course, but salads are salads and pizza has no lettuce-like toppings.
The gluten-free crust is crispy, foldable and has good flavor. The pizza sauce is also vegan. The vegan cheese was creamier and melted well. I admit, I was apprehensive about ordering this pizza.
My first bite reinforced I can primarily consume vegan dishes, even while eating out. I didn’t miss “real” pizza at all. I will definitely return for another vegan pizza. However, strictly due to the price, the visits will be farther between because I can’t justify that cost for pizza on a regular basis.
It does prompt me to work on a homemade vegan crust. This plant-based, vegan and sometimes raw diet is still new to me. It makes it easier when I do eat out, to find restaurants who cater to dietary needs. Yes, I could just have gluten-free, but the vegan(ish) lifestyle is geared toward my cancer recovery. It’s not always easy to stick to the acceptable food, but when I do, I can feel a positive difference. I also can’t complain about a 10-pound weight loss (in just three weeks).
In the infamous words of Andrew Zimmer, “If it looks good; eat it.”
Tomorrow I meet a new oncologist. I had to call to confirm my appointment, as I hadn’t received a reminder call. The woman laughed it off that she hadn’t sent out any reminders. That’s all well and good, however, I’m traveling 30 minutes out of my way and losing a half a day’s work, so I don’t have the luxury to hope everything is still on schedule.
I have been re-reading my previous oncologist’s visit comments. They still have not fixed the part where my sister died of breast cancer at 37; not 47. They have only been told three times now. They make me seem like a bitch for refusing IV chemo because it’s the treatment they would have preferred. My original oncologist said outright they could not confirm I did or didn’t still have cancer. They were going to treat me as if I did; just in case. Silly me for wanting a definitive answer and to have a somewhat normal life with such vague information from a “professional”.
They villianized me for refusing tests that exposed me to additional radiation without a legitimate cause. I also had stated that tests need to be coordinated that required IVs. My veins rolls and collapse, but they don’t consider that when they schedule tests.
I am not holding out much hope for tomorrow’s visit. We will have to go through all the questions that have been already answered and are in my file. It’s too much to ask for doctor’s to read before meeting a new patient. Wasting time is the preferred interaction method.
I know she will order more blood work. Let’s hope my veins cooperate. Who knows if she will order the CT scan that I believe should have been done already. A point my previous oncologist and I did not see eye to eye on.
My anxiety is messing with my sleep again. I just need this appointment to be over. Then I get to wait to see if my levels are elevated (which would indicate the cancer is still there). Waiting games suck; moreso when your very existence is on the line.
In an effort to reduce stress in my life (for a variety of reasons), I have been looking for a new job and I found one! I have been praying for a new position. I had been at my previous position for over five years. While it’s not the longest time, in today’s job market, it’s still considerable.
I left a company that had HUGE turnover (seasonal workers ‘n all) and went to a company where there is just me and another lady in the office. The entire company has less than 20 employees. Talk about a difference!
I do have to learn an entirely new industry, but so far it’s not too bad. Seems I have the most technological information here. My boss just learned to check his own emails within the past year. Yea, I said “wow” too. I’m so used to chaos, reporting to three or four managers, keeping all their stuff straight and keeping up on my own work.
The chaos of my Human Resources (HR) job is now behind me. Now, I’m an office coordinator/dispatcher. I still drink coffee, take notes and take all the new information in stride.
The best part of this job is I believe it’s an answered prayer. My first day, my co-worker and I were speaking. She’s a believer in Christ as well. She told me she believes that she doesn’t follow religion, but a relationship with Him! That’ what I, and the church I attend, believe. This position is truly a blessing.
I have put on my HR hat already and assisted with a disability claim. I’m reviewing their job applications for compliance and ordered some necessary documentation for the office. I will eventually be putting a benefits program in place for the owner (one of the reasons I was hired).
My commute is 15-minutes shorter; each way. My hours have changed, but that’s ok. I am home two hours later every morning. The furbabies love the new relaxed schedule. A bonus is I am spending a third less on gas every week too! This may not been the exact job I was looking for, however, He knew what I needed and led me to my new employer. For that I am grateful!
My 12-year old daughter came to me the other night and asked if she could become a vegetarian. I was not as surprised as my husband, because I have been watching her eating habits (and I buy her food).
After asking her reasoning for wanting to, discussing the foods she would be giving up and making sure she would increase certain foods, to which she consented to, I agreed. I was a vegetarian for a decade, at one point, so I would be able to help her make sound dietary decisions.
Her dad is less than a happy camper. I blame it on his carnivorous side. He gave me grief the entire time we were dating and even after we were married, about not eating meat. He forgets, I would make dual meals; for him and myself. He is also worried she will be picked on when she doesn’t eat the same foods her friends eat. I give her friends more credit than he apparently is. This is his only baby girl and I think he’s not ready for her to grow up and make more decisions on her own.
That being said, I also took her new endeavor as a way to add it to her homeschool life. It’s great for nutrition, label-reading, discussions on ingredients, proper food combining, recipe research and essays. I give her so much credit and am so proud of her. She is taking this seriously. I often get calls/texts at work telling me about a new website she’s been to regarding being a vegetarian. She’s excited to share what she’s found.
I have told her how proud I am of her. I loved being a veg-head. I reiterated several times, that in this dietary journey, if she’s not willing to eat the proper foods, I will not allow her to be a full vegetarian. I have expanded my dietary palate, over the years, which will provide additional knowledge for my daughter.
While I doubt I will ever go back to being 100% vegetarian, I welcome this change to bring more vegetarian dishes to our table (same meat dishes for the hubby) and see how she does. Who knows, she may choose to stick with this; only time will tell.
I’ve gone and done it. I’ve started my own wedding planning business. I attempted this several years ago, but now the timing is right.
LME Weddings & Events has taken shape and I’m in the process of building my business. At the moment, I’m still working my “day job”, but the goal is to have a profitable business within the next three years.
Yes, I’m tired of working for someone else. It’s not even that as much as it is, while I’m good at what I do, I’m not happy doing it. Work is currently and ends to a means. Why not be in business and see happiness in yourself as well as your clients? Right?
So, that’s what I did.
LME Weddings is still a work in progress; as far as the website goes. I also have a Facebook presence. Advertising is advertising and the more I get the word out, the sooner my business will grow.
With returning to homeschooling next year, I want to be home with my daughter. While I may have to work for someone else during her junior high years, the plan is to be home while she completes high school. I’m excited to finally see a dream, that’s been years in the making, taking shape and having life breathed into it.
If you’re in the Solano, Yolo or Sacramento areas, let me know how I can help you with you wedding/event planning details!
I normally don’t add verbiage to my Quote of the Day. However, this one was inspired by a new friend “across the pond”.
“Each day holds a surprise. But only if we expect it can we see, hear, or feel it when it comes to us. Let’s not be afraid to receive each day’s surprise, whether it comes to us as sorrow or as joy It will open a new place in our hearts, a place where we can welcome new friends and celebrate more fully our shared humanity.” (Henri Nouwen)