Living gluten free isn’t hard

I couldn’t just leave you with my Angry Celiac post. It’s Celiac Awareness Month after all.

I was diagnosed with celiac disease five years ago. My life has changed quite a bit since then.

Before my diagnosis, I was sick all. the. time. Like, I couldn’t make plans because I’d never know when my symptoms would strike. For nearly a year, I “lived” like this. I struggled – wondering “Is this just normal? Does everyone live like this? Am I just being weak?”

I was in denial and suffering. Eventually, I faced that fear and got my diagnosis.

photo of new grist on the balcony
March 2, 2013 | New Grist – gluten free beer | Ramallah, Palestine

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2014: Year in Review

(Yeah, we’re doing this again.)

January: Susan Bones came home to me.

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January 2, 2014 | Washington, DC | Janeway

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Delectable

Tomatoes
May 1, 2012 | Bearskin

For dinner tonight, Tank made pesto and served it with fresh mozzarella and tomatoes on a gluten free baguette. While it was incredibly delicious, can these tomatoes really compete with those beauties?

So here I sit. Pining for (a) tomato season and (b) Palestinian tomatoes, which seemed to be perpetually in season and flavorful.

I miss Palestinian tomatoes.

2013: Year in Review

Because it was so much fun a last year

January:  Spending New Years in the Golan, hiking Masada, and staying in this most amazing of places in the Negev desert (home of the HBDP) — all during Jenelle’s visit.

Negev
January 5, 2013 | Negev Desert, Israel

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We Have To Go Back

beach mirrorgram
September 1, 2013

I spent Labor Day weekend in and around Virginia Beach — but only one measly day on the beach itself and about 16 hours in traffic.

Ummm, where did the summer go?

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Berlin

My trip to Germany culminated with a few days in Berlin. Here we met up with Aaron, drank lots of beer and wine, and visited museums and other historical sites — all the while the gents ate tons of bratwurst.

The four of us in front of the Brandenburg Gate
March 23, 2013

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