Where has the month of April gone? This past month has to be one of the craziest months for me in a very long while. I’ve missed my routine of checking in with you on a regular weekly basis, and I’ve done my share of eating on the run!
First, my son, Sean, returned home from living abroad! I’m so happy to have him home visiting before he starts school at Portland State University. The photos and stories he’s been sharing of his phenomenal adventure of 4 months in India and 3 months in Cambodia is to put it mildly REMARKABLE! I’m so proud of this young man, I can’t even put it into words.
I spent a couple of weekends in Portland with my daughter, Kirsten, who’s been job searching the past few months. Proud mom wants to shout out CONGRATS to her for being patient and waiting to find the perfect position at the University of Portland. She starts May 1!
The entire month of April was filled with attending a Vegan Mainstream Professional Boot Camp, a Plant-Based Fusion Cooking Class, visiting family in Southern Oregon and Northern California AND auditioning and being cast into the next production at The Cottage Theatre. I’m thrilled to be playing the role of Charlotte Hay in Moon Over Buffalo which opens June 13. We started rehearsals – in fact, we’ve finished blocking all of the scenes. This madcap comedy is a true farce in every sense of the definition with all the shenanigans of face-paced action and dialogue, as the characters are frantically trying to resolve some personal and professional conflicts – all while running in and out of doors and on and off the stage. And OMG I have a sword fight scene on stage! Learning to sword fight … at my age ???!!! … has to be one of the most exciting things I’ve experienced on stage so far! I am having so much fun and I’m so excited to be working with such a great coach, Tony Rust, who happens to be playing my swashbuckling husband, George. I’m grateful to be so healthy and in shape to do this part because it’s definitely a nonstop runaround show! So, if only to come see me sword fight in a period costume from Cyrano, come see Moon Over Buffalo!
Needless to say, we’ve done our share of preparing some wonderful home cooked meals this past month. Sean has especially appreciated getting back to his Vegan eating routine. He’s devouring copious fresh vegetables, fruits and whole grain foods that he sorely missed while living abroad in two third world countries that unfortunately don’t have the variety or abundance of fresh produce or, in his case, the means to store it properly on an island off the coast of Cambodia.
And, we’ve done our share of eating out – what with welcome home and new job celebrations, Easter, traveling down the I-5 – literally the entire length of Oregon – from Cottage Grove to Longview, WA and then from Cottage Grove to Yreka, CA.
On Easter Sunday, I had the wonderful opportunity to have brunch at the Blossoming Lotus in Portland which serves serves organic, freshly made, vegan fusion world cuisine. Their selections are delicious and vibrant healthy dishes that are a celebration of international gourmet vegan cuisine. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE … the next time you visit Portland, do yourself the pleasure of experiencing this wonderful restaurant. Their freshly made vegan food is absolutely superb. Their atmosphere is fun and inviting and the staff make you feel quite special.
So, with all of this “eating on the run” and “eating on the road” what do you think I’ve discovered? Watch for Part II and find out what’s hidden in your food.