This is a long overdue post that I have been meaning to write to just update you on the craziness of what is going on around here.
So many of you have been emailing and DM’ing to ask why you are no longer receiving my emails in your inbox, and why there has not been any new content for the last couple of months, and to just make sure I am ok (THANK YOU!!!) – so I thought I would just fill you guys in for anyone who is curious or worried (I swear I am ok! Everything is good, just really, really hectic.)
The last year has been a bit of a roller coaster. If you have not seen this somewhere in my posts/IG feed or Instastories in the last 9 months, our little Coco is going to be on a show on the Disney Channel. It’s a new Disney show called Gabby Duran and the Unsittables, and it films outside of Vancouver, British Columbia and you can expect to see it (I think!) in September of 2019. You can be assured I will let you know when I have details of the season starting!
And while this is tremendously exciting for Coco and for our family as we get to see her realize her dreams, there are some realities that are undeniably difficult. The biggest, of course, is that Coco and I have been living away from Pete and Pia the majority of the time since the end of last September.
Our days look roughly like this: Coco films and goes to school on set Monday-Friday, and our days are often long and unpredictable. Sometimes we get picked up at 6:15 for work and sometimes she goes in later and works until midnight. It’s a bit of an adventure every day! You guys would not believe how hard these little kids work, it’s pretty amazing their capacity to adapt and thrive, and I am constantly surprised and impressed by them. We are very, very fortunate in that the cast and crew and Coco’s teacher are some of the greatest people ever, and this truly becomes your second family.
In my time here I have picked up some errr… interesting habits. I’ve become addicted to the app Wordscapes, have become a very heavy coffee drinker, I eat too many Lily’s chocolate chips before bed and have completely stopped exercising (it is going to hurt getting back in the saddle when I get home full time!) I have been cooking very little since we eat on set most of the time (The catering team is AMAZING accommodating about cooking for food allergies, and I can’t believe how many other people have dietary restrictions!) I tend to eat really healthfully 90% of the time here and then I will have long afternoon and just go off the rails and eat handfuls of gummy candy at the Craft Services table (which is a constant battle to stay away from!) Coco and I also do jigsaw puzzles and watch quite a few weird Australian shows on Netflix and try to copy their accents- we are real party animals. I feel I have to mention that it’s genuinely freezing all the time, because it seems to be such a big part of my life, lol! I mostly wear wool sweaters, hat and gloves and scarf, multiple coats and snow or rain boots with wool socks every single day- In fact, all of my glamour has basically gone out the window. I even recently chopped off all of my hair into a short bob to keep things easier (although I am loving the change too.)
We drive home to Seattle (120 miles) most Friday evenings (or late nights) and then stay at home in Seattle until Sunday afternoon. Then, like clockwork, we head back to Canada and do laundry and grocery shop and generally try to prepare for the week.
Pia comes up whenever she can get a few days away from school and sometimes my parents swap out with me. My mother in law and my sister have both done stints too, so that I could spend time with Pia or go on work trips. Essentially, it truly takes a village and we are really cashing in on any offered help from our tribe at this point!
Ha! If that was not enough for you, I still have a very fulltime job outside of this blog that I will be excited to share with you soon. It’s something that Pete and I with a team have been working on for the last 2 years, and we are almost ready to share it with the world. It’s big. It’s a labor of love, and we can’t wait to show the world.
So, I guess, this rambling description of what things look like right now boils down to the fact that I just have not had time to create new content! I know that I have not taken a break from here in the entire 13 years this blog has existed, but I am hoping you guys will understand- with the precious little time I have that is not spent at work (mine or Coco’s) I need to spend the time with my family. But with just a few weeks left, I can see the light at the end of the tunnel and I will tell you that I very much look forward to getting back in the kitchen and doing what I love, which is cooking, baking and creating special one-of-a-kind content just for you guys!
If you will be so kind as to be patient with me for just a few weeks longer, things should get back to some kind of normal around here very shortly! In fact, I have a few new recipes for you I am working on!
I also have some new features coming to the web site any day- like a highly functioning recipe search index that actually works (YAYYY!!!!)
Please let me know what else you would like to see as I get back to work around here-
-Are you looking for specific recipes? Allergy Free Versions of your favorites?
-Keto? Paleo? Vegan? Baking? Easy Weeknight Dinners?
-Do you want more lifestyle content? Fashion? Beauty routines?
-Stage-mom commentary? (You can check my instastories or Coco’s IG for some peeks!)
-Q and A’s, Favorite Lists, Cocktails?
-Please let me know so that I can create content just for you, because at the end of the day that is what I really want to be able to do!
-If you have questions, are curious about more, or just have comments- please, please leave them below or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org- I would love to hear from you!
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