1. Order uniforms for the Princess for school next year. This is my first time with a child in a uniform school. How much do we order? Five of everything?
2. Order books for aforementioned child. So much for the fun of the back to school and going to the bookstore to get a stack of new books. We've already ordered most of her eBooks and downloaded them onto her iPad. Now I have to order the workbooks that she will need for next year.
3. Read the books that the Princess has on her summer reading list. There are only three, and I know that if I am familiar with them, it will be a help during the inevitable August meltdown before her summer reading journal is due.
4. Check out the local art center where the youngest will be taking art classes after camp this summer. We started off small, one six week class, but if he likes it, he may take more classes during the school year or next summer. They have adult classes, too, so you never know. . .
5. See the Princess performing after three weeks at a summer ballet intensive. It's going to be her longest time away from home, and it's going to be a lot of work, so I'm excited and nervous to discover how she and her dancing will have changed during those three weeks.
7. Meeting Pj in person! We've know each other for many years via blogs and the internet, but it looks like we will get to meet in person this summer.
8. Going to my first ever ComicCon, with the youngest. He says he might wear a cape. That ups the ante on whatever I decide to wear, doesn't it?
9. Checking out the upcoming The Science Behind Pixar exhibit at the Museum of Science. We will be taking the boys while the Princess is away at dance.
10. Start another Whole 30 on July 1st. This is a big, nationwide Whole 30, so join along! I will talk a little bit more about my Whole 30 experience below.
So, on May 4th, I started the Whole30. Coincidentally, Melissa Hartwig, one of the authors of the Whole30, stopped by at a local cross fit gym on her book tour for the book. Even more coincidentally, Melissa Joulwan of The Clothes Make the Girl (whose Chocolate Chili is the one and only reason why I survived on the Whole 30) was also speaking with her. EVEN MORE COINCIDENTALLY, I bumped into Teresa there. I was still in the beginning of my Whole 30 experience and was feeling a tiny bit crappy, crappy enough that I almost stayed home. (Okay, my introverted tendencies may have also played a big part in this.) But I am SO glad that I went. I had an awesome time on all levels.
I'm not going to go into the Whole30 in too much detail. There's a ton of stuff about it online and there's so much stuff that you could even do the Whole30 without buying either the Whole 30 or the prior book by the Hartwigs, It Starts With Food. Suffice it to say that it's 30 days of not eating stuff that's probably not great for you (dairy, grains, legumes, sugar, etc). It's got a lot in common with paleo eating, except it doesn't go for all the weird fake food you can make while you are doing paleo - it's about eating whole foods, not making bastardized versions of comfort foods with paleo ingredients. You can have caffeine and unsweetened (i.e., baking) chocolate, and potatoes - what's not to like about the Whole 30? Well, from experience, I can say all those eggs and all that meat.
Did the Whole 30 work for me? I would have to say yes. I definitely look and feel better. For the first time in my entire life, my manicurist tells me I have such nice strong nails. I thought she was being sarcastic at first, because I am known for having terrible, weak nails. The dark circles under my eyes have gone (though severe allergies can bring them back). Lots of people noticed that I was thinner, and I am - I lost 12 (I think) pounds on the Whole30. And that it awesome in itself, because no amount of changing my diet or my exercise over the past few years has made one tiny bit of difference in that. It's possible I have a thyroid issue, but my doctor, after being all excited about it, never followed up. Right now, I don't even care about that. I've taken control and I'm making things happen.
Technically, I could leave the Whole30 now. That's easier said than done. Every time I have reintroduced something, I've gotten sick. I had a baked potato with butter and sour cream with my dinner on Friday night and I spent the next 44 hours sick, with sleep my only relief from the pain. I had been hoping to work my way up to eating some grains, particularly flour, as I have a birthday coming up and, dammit, I wanted to have my cake and eat it, too. But right now it looks like birthday excitement is going to be some gluten and wheat free granola with unsweetened coconut milk. I live on the wild side!
As crappy as my reintroduction to other foods has been, I'm still sticking with my plan to do another Whole30 starting July 1st. Anyone want to join me?