Wednesday is usually my hump day at work, but since I had a long weekend, it’s my Monday. Woohoo! What kind of office worker shouts for joy over a Monday? The kind who knows Friday is just two days away.
The long weekend came just in time, too. After months without a vacation, I had forgotten what it was like to have time to not only check off the items on my to-do list but to actually rest. One full night of sleep, and I was ready to take on the holiday weekend.
As much as I love to cook, I decided on a hiatus from recipe experiments over the weekend and took to the great outdoors instead. Not hard to find a pretty place to walk around in in these parts. If you’ve ever visited Denver, you know it has much to be proud of (diverse food, great beer, walkable neighborhoods), but its incredible outdoor recreation is one of the few reasons I can tolerate living so far from the coast. Seriously, if there weren’t endless biking, hiking, and running trails in the city or gigantic mountains to the west to explore, no way would I have lasted this long in a landlocked state.
Fortunately, there are trails and mountains. Cameron and I went on a great run through Waterton Canyon, a recreational area southwest of Denver. On Sunday, we drove north to Boulder and hiked the Gregory Canyon Trail with our furry friend, Charlotte, and then spent the rest of the morning roaming around Boulder Creek nabbing free samples from food vendors at the annual Boulder Creek Festival. Any fun that was had in your neck of the woods? I’d love to hear about your foolproof ways to welcome in summer.
I’ll be back later this week with new recipes. In the meantime, I’d like to keep the thank you’s going for all the great blog award nominations I’ve been receiving this spring. Next up, the Sisterhood of the World Award.
A big thank you to Fae from Fae’s Twist and Tango for nominating me for this award. Fae’s blog features some of the tastiest international cuisine I’ve found on WordPress. I’m particularly taken with her informative posts focusing on Japanese recipes. I love Japanese food, but beyond miso soup and the occasional leap into vegetarian sushi, I haven’t had much luck preparing the cuisine in my kitchen. She makes the recipes not only look possible for a novice like me; she also gives me a better understanding of Japanese culinary culture and history. Thank you, Fae, for bringing me a little closer to a country I’ve only seen from the airport window as I waited out a layover.
Below you’ll find my attempt to fulfill the nomination duties and share the award with other bloggers I follow. For this award, I chose women who inspire me to “do” rather than “be”. So often girls are raised to “be”. If you were a girl who was told you needed to “smile more,” “look nice,” or “be pleasant,” you know what it’s like to be made culturally appropriate for a world where women are seen as body before brain. The bloggers I’ve chosen may be babes, but I’m far more inspired by their ability to go out in the world and live well, sharing their insights and adventures on this little golf ball of a planet we call home.
If you’re one of the blogs I’ve nominated below and would like to share the award with others, here are the rules:
1. Visit and thank the blogger who nominated you.
2. Acknowledge that blogger on your blog and a link back.
3. Answer 10 questions given. (I’ll answer the ones below, but feel free to write your own questions!)
4. Nominate up to 12 bloggers for Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award, provide a link to their blogs in your post, and notify them on their blogs.
5. Copy and paste the award somewhere on your blog.
1. What is your favorite color? — Earth as seen from space (I guess that’s more of a palette….)
2. Your favorite animal? — I can’t pick just one, but I do love the long-limbed and remarkably dextrous orangutan.
3. Your favorite non-alcoholic drink? — limeade
4. You prefer Facebook or Twitter? — Neither; I prefer written letters sent via mail.
5. Your favorite pattern? — I like what fractals can come up with.
6. Do you prefer getting or giving presents? — I prefer both. Sorry if that makes me selfish.
7. Your favorite number? — 3
8. Your favorite day of the week? — Saturday
9. Your favorite flower? — Not fair! Fine, I love heliconias.
10. What is your passion? — Reading. Writing. Traveling.
And the nominations are….(drum roll, please)
1. Artwork Works (My dear friend Ellie never ceases to amaze me on how art can make a difference in the world.
2. Curiouser and Curiouser (My dear friend Anna’s curiosity about the world helps me remember that joy and magic can be found everywhere. I just need to be open to seeing it.)
3. Savory Salty Sweet (Bring on the amazing cakes!)
4. Italicious (My college friend Virginia lives in Italy with her family and shares all sorts of interesting Italian recipes I’ve never heard of.)
5. Chef Mimi Blog (Mimi is a prolific food blogger that makes me want to eat my way around the world.)
6. The Victorianachronists (Their blog tag, “Smart is the new sexy.” says it all.)
7. Lilly Sue’s Bites and Brews (Lilly Sue might drink a cocktail, but her true love is craft beer. Her blog takes you around for tastes of the best beer in Colorado and beyond.)
8. Find a Girl Who Reads (She rocks out to Bruce Springsteen and loves to read. ‘Nuf said.)
9. The Vegan Wannabe (Making vegan food accessible through easy-to-follow recipes)
10. If Women Ruled (an excellent book/culture blog examining/speculating on female-driven society)
11. Tamarind and Thyme (Food. Travel. Writing. She does them all so well.)
12. Susie Lindau’s Wild Ride (Colorado writer and adventurer whose sense of humor keeps me going when I need motivation to keep following my dream of becoming a published writer.)