Remember my friend Valerie who had a baby at the end of 2011? I get to visit her and her son again this weekend! I am so excited. Too bad there is a winter storm warning across Southern California, but I am determined to get there, rain or shine.
Here’s a picture of us plus our other friend from high school from my first visit when Baby was only two weeks old:
I got to see him again at eight weeks old (I wrote about it here):
So far he seems to be a lot like his parents: laid-back, inquisitive and very sweet. It’s only been two weeks since I’ve last seen Baby, but I’m looking forward to seeing how he has changed.
I spent some time yesterday packing up some food in anticipation of this trip. I made a version of my Lentil & Brown Rice Salad (recipe is here), but I quickly realized I didn’t have any more lentils in my pantry. So, I substituted some leftover black and garbanzo beans instead:
I tried to use as many vegetables as possible including cucumber, bell pepper, onion, cilantro, mint and avocado:
All mixed up with the rice:
I’m bringing some of this with me and the rest is staying home with Alan. Something tells me that he might be eating a lot of this considering he doesn’t cook!
The weather has been so nice these past several days that it seems weird that rain is coming. I managed to get outside yesterday for about an hour to do a hike:
It felt so good to get some sun and fresh air!
I like this picture of me because I think it represents how I feel: strong, energetic and active. By the way, have you checked out my “before” and “after” pictures? You can see them in my “About Carrie” tab found here. I mentioned this on Twitter, but my outer transformation has been one thing since I became a healthy vegan, but the inside transformation has been profound. Not to mention the incredible improvement of some my health issues, but I credit my newfound balance, mental clarity and consciousness to this new way of eating and living my life. Have you experienced this connection between diet and how you feel on the inside?
I will attempt to blog from the road tomorrow, it worked pretty well the last time I tried it. Happy Friday!