LONG AND WINDING RANT ... FEEL FREE TO SKIP ....
I'm back and ready to blog. You see I went a short hiatus because life got pretty hectic — but in a great way! As many of you know, I have been working and living in Pittsburgh for a few months now. Which has been wonderful. Robert, Rasco and I have been happy and loving our new home.
|I mean look at him, he loves it here!|
WRITING FOR HELLO GIGGLES ... KEEP SCROLLING FOR THE SHORT VERSION ...
I also got a new writing gig as contributor at Hello Giggles — so far I've written about Rasco, of course, cupcakes and movies. It's been really fun.
Robert and I also recently returned from Europe — Paris, Antwerp, Amsterdam and Cologne to be exact. Paris is now one of my absolute favorite cities. We had a lovely, lovely vacation. Writing and blogging and responsibility were miles and miles away.
|Robert snapped this of me at the Eiffel Tower.|
WENT TO EUROPE ... KEEP SCROLLING IF YOU WANT THE GIST.
But now I am back at it. And happy to be home. Going forward, you will see the same traditions and food roots you always have over here at TOCB. But, I will be focusing more on life's little celebrations and the food that accompanies them. Nothing you haven't seen before with my TV recipes and dog birthday parties ;). Some more lifestyle and travel writing may sneak in as well. I have some Europe stories and recipes to share and I will be in New York for the better half of June for a summer institute at Columbia.
I would also like to take a beat and say that after 2013 proved to be the worst year of my life, it has been really nice to slow down and appreciate 2014 and its positive adventures. I also have a newfound gratitude for happiness. After going through some really rough stuff, I know that times will inevitably be just as bad or worse again. But, that is no reason to be unhappy in the present.
When things are going well and you get the opportunity for fulfilling work, travel and education, take a moment to count yourself lucky. Even if you are lucky just for the moment. I'm not sure what the future holds but I have gratitude for May 2014 and happy months ahead.
Thanks for bearing with my non-linear and long welcome back.
IN A NUTSHELL ...
- More writing gigs outside of the blog
- Went to Europe
- Doing a short summer institute at Columbia
- Get ready for the old stuff + travel stories this summer