Carnival Season is in Full Swing

Twelfth Night (January 6th) marked the end of Yuletide and the start of Carnival season. That means it’s now acceptable to eat king cake! So far, I’ve had four: a classic from two places, a Bavarian cream-filled, and an apple cheesecake one. So far, my favorite is still the classic cinnamon with a healthy balanceContinue reading “Carnival Season is in Full Swing”

Jumpin’ January! I’m late!

I had a slow start to 2023. Last month, I received a letter from the Secretary of State, informing me that my appeal has ended, concluding that the UK Home Office was wrong to deny my application. I sent my passport back to New York that very day. I haven’t heard anything since then. InContinue reading “Jumpin’ January! I’m late!”

My Weight Loss Journey

I lost fifty pounds between January and June of this year. I just recently got a new doctor, who was SO EXCITED when I told her that my main weight loss strategy was counting calories. She said, “THANK you! You should be my poster child for ‘calories in, calories out!’” At first, this response madeContinue reading “My Weight Loss Journey”

Falling for Autumn

Thursday is the first day of autumn, the autumnal equinox, one of two days in the year when the lengths of day and night are in balance. I enjoy the longer stretches of night in the dark half of the year – partly due to my sunshine allergy but largely because I find it beautifulContinue reading “Falling for Autumn”

June’s Over? Julying

July is Disability Pride Month, celebrating the prohibition of discrimination against people with disabilities. There are and have been many important and beloved people with disabilities in my life. No one should be treated as second-class citizens, and – especially during the pandemic – their marginalization has really become more and more evident to me.Continue reading “June’s Over? Julying”

Don’t Sweat It

During the two weeks my husband was here, I got to play tourist in the city. We had po’boys, jambalaya, chicken and sausage gumbo, red beans and rice, fried catfish, bread pudding, Popeye’s chicken, doberge cake, Abita Amber, and many more delicious things. Yes, eating is a major part of enjoying Louisiana. We also ateContinue reading “Don’t Sweat It”

Food for Thought

We’re about three weeks away from my fiancé and future father-in-law arriving. I’ll take them around the New Orleans area to see fun things and eat good food. My fiancé and I will marry during this visit. I would have followed them back home, but my visa has been delayed. I’ll have to wait toContinue reading “Food for Thought”

Chugging Along

While the visa news certainly took the wind from my sails, I took a day to feel my anger and grief (and take an extra long bath), and now I’m feeling all right. I’m still unhappy with the situation, but embracing the bad feelings rather than bottling them up helped me get on with myContinue reading “Chugging Along”

If you go into the woods today…

The first of May, also known as Mayday or Beltane, is a day a romance and life. It’s the midpoint between the spring equinox and summer solstice, and flowers are in full bloom. Dance the maypole with a group, go a-maying with your sweetheart, or have a nice bath and remember to love yourself. TwoContinue reading “If you go into the woods today…”

Grouchy Noises

I had a rough week. Head cold then ate some stuff that really didn’t agree with me, and my workout yesterday has absolutely destroyed me even though I only did my normal cardio routine. My muscles hurt. Very bizarre. I have accomplished almost all the tasks I needed to do in March and April. TheContinue reading “Grouchy Noises”