Hi. It’s been a while?
Here’s a quick update:
- I finished my required coursework for my graduate program in May. This was followed by an 8-hour written comprehensive exam on said coursework a couple of weeks later. Which I am happy to report, I passed!
- A week after that, I started my six-month practicum (internship) at the City of Baltimore. I am working in the Department of Planning in the Office of Sustainability in the Food Access group. In essence, we coordinate at the policy level (primarily city government) to alleviate and prevent food deserts in Baltimore. Some work is done around state and federal policy but it all plays out in how we can get more healthy food to more people. My team has been described as a “power house” and I’m trying to keep up and help when I can.
- Scott and I celebrated our first year in Baltimore. Well, we didn’t officially celebrate, but we did notice its passing and enjoy our first round of city seconds — the 2nd Artscape we attended, the 2nd Baltimore Improv Festival, and the 2nd summer where I find out I have never known what it is to be sweaty before a Mid Atlantic summer.
So, from the hectic school year to getting settled in my practicum, I have not really felt like writing here. A not-insignificant part of this is that I am not exactly sure what this blog should be. As you’ll likely remember, I started this blog to chronicle my journey through a very restricted diet, one which was gluten, soy, corn and dairy free. A lot of my mental space went to reading labels, planning meals, and navigating the world outside of my allergen-free kitchen. I kept this diet for about eight years and it worked for me. I wrote a few months back about a visit to the physician on campus who recommended I try adding foods back into my diet to see what happened.
Scott and I were both curious and skeptical about how this experiment would play out. Much to our surprise (and relief), my body was able to tolerate these foods and I have enjoyed an unrestricted diet for the first time in years (possibly ever). This lifted some stress from my already challenging school year and has allowed me to think about other things aside from obsessing about my food. I’ve enjoyed eating out, drinking beer, and generally spending less time worried about everything that goes in my mouth.
So, I don’t know what this blog will become. It might die a quiet death on the interwebs. I’ve been thinking about some other content that might be fun here. If nothing else, it’s been a really nice venue to share my thoughts over the last few years. And people have told me they’d read what I write, so I might just do that.