I debated with myself for days about doing this post. I try really hard not to complain a lot, although I’ve been told I have plenty to complain about. But I thought if I could write about my experience, maybe other folks won’t feel like they are going through this alone, and I’ll feel better getting some stuff off my chest.
I love skincare. I don’t think that’s a secret to anyone who has read this blog for a decent amount of time. As I get older, I am far more concerned with spending my time – and money – on taking care of my skin first, and then putting something pretty and fun on it later. And for some time now, I have tossed around the idea of doing a chemical peel.
This is a story of the emotion of nostalgia, and how we “remember” things in our own minds, even if sometimes it’s not completely accurate. Oh, and it’s also about granola bars. I won’t say I’m a huge fan of them, but they can be pretty handy if you’re needing a quick snack on the go. My point about the nostalgia is that when I saw that Sunbelt had come out with a few limited edition flavors, I was immediately transported back to junior high (yes, that’s how old I am) and high school, as Sunbelt was the brand of granola bars you could purchase in our school’s cafeteria. Back then the only flavor that would do was original chocolate chip, and was it ever tasty. So for the sake of childhood memories, I grabbed a couple of boxes to see if they were everything I remembered.
Alright everyone, things could get a little ugly in this one. We’re going to talk about feet this week, and I cannot tell you how much I am having to muster my courage to do it. I am not a lover of feet. While I’m not completely repulsed by them, I certainly would not pay the dues for the fan club. I don’t even get pedicures because the thought of a stranger touching my feet (who isn’t a medical professional) gives me the willies. I have always done my own foot care and I’m completely content with that, thank you very much. I recently picked up a newer product from K-Beauty gurus TonyMoly that could potentially upgrade your at-home pedi game.
This summer has been a big fruit and vegetable season for me. Not only do I just genuinely love everything we experience in my area during the summer, but it has also been something I’ve been very mindful of in the maintenance of my health during my cancer treatments. I was recently gifted with a sizeable batch of fresh peaches (full transparency; I have no idea what kind of peaches they are. Just go get you some, preferably from a farmer’s market if you can.) and was rolling around in my head what to do with them exactly. Yes, there’s always the time-honored tradition of cobblers, but you know…it’s been done. And I could grill some up and maybe throw them on top a salad, but darn it, I just wanted to make some dessert. So I fell back on my favorite stand by, cake. I love making them and I definitely love eating them. And as I have been on a bit of a “Treat Yo’ Self” tear lately, I started with my basic go-to cake recipe and did some tweaking.
For about the last year or so, I have periodically shared my personal experience with breast cancer here on the blog, both from a dietary perspective and through other facets that were involved, such as my appearance. And I am currently still recovering and receiving follow-up chemotherapy as part of my treatment. I responded very well to all the treatments and surgery I had, and was on the path to returning to a semi-normal life.