2011 is Not Starting Out So Great.

This post is a few days later than I had hoped.  Quite frankly 2011 is starting off fairly crappy.  My dad has been ill and I got a call from my mom that they were taking him to the ER on New Year’s Eve and soon found out that he was critically anemic and had a GI bleed.  So I flew to California on the next flight in the morning and have been down hanging out at the hospital while he received a veritable shit-ton of blood and got stabilized.

Not fun.

But anyway. Do you make resolutions? Goals? Lists of dreams? I sort of do. Not really resolutions per se, but more like a greater consciousness of things I’d like to focus on.

On my list:

  1. Get my father’s health sorted out.  Ok, I realize I don’t have any real control over his health. But it is something I’m going to do whatever I need to do to get managed.  My dad is an awesome guy and he is having some bizarre health concerns that are really puzzling the doctors. He is getting great medical care but still no answers and it is a total pisser.   His GI bleed was a surprise to everyone (and, in my opinion, shouldn’t have been, so I’m pretty peeved.) I probably won’t blog about it but it is at the top of my list of things I’m doing.

    Edie Falco as Nurse Jackie grow and resist

    I'm planning on being a bit like Nurse Jackie when she is giving the doctors a dose of confident power. Minus the drug problems and awful marriage. I'm going to kick some nursing ass like her.

  2. Heal my back. I have a herniated disc. It is mild in the sense that I don’t have any nerve/leg symptoms, but it is incredibly limiting.  As in I can’t bend over.  Hence, I can’t do my job.  I also can’t bike, can’t garden, can’t tie my shoes, do yoga or help the Babylady get dressed or pick her up.   It seriously, seriously sucks.  I’ve had back pain off/on in severity over the past 5 years or so, but dramatically worse this year and since September. I’ve tend to be stoic about it and have a high pain tolerance, but I am over it. Done. I need it better.  And when it is better I need to compete again. I need a half or full marathon. I need to long distance cycle.  I need a triathlon. This is seriously driving me mad.

    low_back_pain_3 grow and resist


  3. Charcutepalooza! Read about it at Mrs. Wheelbarrow’s Kitchen and Yummy Mummy.   I’ve been intrigued with curing meat.  Mostly to learn something new that I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t do otherwise.  Smoking, curing and/or salting meat in a new way monthly.

    Pig_Cuts grow and resist

    i like this picture of the pig from ifood.tv ! First month is actually duck prosciutto!

  4. Can Jam II.  Woot, the tigress is doing it again.  Not sure when it will start but I am very excited!  This year I will make a jelly!  Julia sent me the most amazing jar of Apple Apricot Almond Jelly and the set on it thrills me. It is perfect!

    carrot relish grow and resist

    Carrot Relish was my favorite thing canned last year!

  5. Write more.

    I'll do more writing, including more blogging

  6. Garden:  Continue to increase year round productivity.  Acquire more chickens for eggs. Plant parking strip with native plants and pollinator/habitat plants.  Continue planting hillside for erosion protection and wildlife habitat.  Put in a swing for the Babylady. Commit to seed saving, something I have been lazy about in past.

    grow and resist

    sunflowers. more sunflowers.

  7. Cooking: Continue making our food.  Currently we make nearly all food from scratch except crackers and pasta.  I got a new pasta maker for christmas so I plan on doing that.  So easy and so tasty!  Kaela at Local Kitchen just did a great round-up that included a whole wheat pasta recipe.  I also might take on some old relics from my grandma’s cookbook. Isn’t it awesome?

    grandma's cookbook grow and resist

    Grandma's cookbook

So, stay tuned in 2011.   More canning, food preservation, social justice, parenting, gardening, chickens, cooking, cocktails and fun coming your way!

Also, I have some great book giveaways coming up soon!

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16 Responses to 2011 is Not Starting Out So Great.

  1. Traveling Mommy says:

    Folks, I don’t know what I would have done if Meg and her brother, Doug, hadn’t been here with me the last couple of days. Believe me, Meg is going to find out some answers. You are awesome!

  2. Jennifer says:

    I, like you, don’t really make resolutions, but do try to select a few key areas to focus more time in an effort to make permanent, healthy, life enhancing changes. I’ve been struggling with GI issues for YEARS and have been told by dr’s to consider a gluten free diet (repeatedly, by different docs). So, this year I am going to do more research and stop himm-ing and haaa-ing about this. I him and ha because I love beer, scones, bread, pasta and all things gluten. When I say love, I mean LOVE. However it makes no sense to me to continue dealing with GI ‘stuff’ with meds when I could modify my diet for a ‘cure’. However, if I am to make a positive change, I must have more data. For example: cull GOOD gluten free recipes, and develop skills in gluten free cooking and food preparation that are tasty and nourishing. So, #1 for me in 2011: get data.

    Thanks for your year of fabulous blogging…so looking forward to what comes next. Your work is so inspiring….thanks for being a great source of knowledge, positive change and resistance in our world.

  3. Jennifer- thanks! I think gluten free is a great idea and pretty much everyone who does it feels dramatically better. If you need resources let me know!

  4. Julia says:

    Happy New Year! Great list of very important things. Feeling better, both for you and your father is SO important. I wish you the best on sorting them both out. And the jelly, too. Making jelly this year is also important!

  5. Tengrain says:

    Meg –

    I’m sorry to hear about your dad and your back. I cannot offer anything but support (oops, was that a pun?)

    But, as for charcuterie, I’ve been doing it for a few years, taken classes, etc. It is very satisfying. I highly recommend the Michael Ruhlman Book Charcuterie – check it out of the library to see if you like it. He is a great writer, he demystifies it, and somehow he simplifies it into a very few steps. He doesn’t dumb it down, either.

    I hope you and your family all recover this year, and I’m looking forward to Can Jam 2, as well.



  6. Katie says:

    You might not remember me but my daughter Isadora and I did Mommy & Me activities with you guys waaaayy back when the kiddos were very little. I decided this year to challenge myself to go homemade in as many aspects of our lives as possible. A couple of the other mamas from that group referred me to your blog as a great resource for me. It’s very inspiring for me to see the lifestyle to which my little experiment may someday lead!

  7. So sorry to hear about your back. I suffered for YEARS with a badly herniated disk and completely and utterly cured myself with yoga – three times a week – and acupuncture. I hope you can find some relief. And — delighted you’re joining the Charcutepalooza!

    • Thanks! I can’t wait to do yoga again! It’s been a few years…a few years spent doing all-things-bad-for-my-back… but I can’t wait. As soon as I can bend I’ll be back!
      I’m so excited about charcutepalooza I can hardly stand it! My duck won’t be complete because of flying out of town suddenly to be with my dad, but I’m back home on Friday night and those duck breasts are in the salt on sat. am!

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