Monday, October 15, 2012

A Gluten and (relatively) Anxiety Free Vacation: or How I SurvivedWilliamsburg. Part 1.

We recently made a huge step in getting back to our "normal" lifestyle.  We went on VACATION!  I know... I know... our inability to vacation over the past few years is TOTALLY a first world problem.  I get it.  I'm still really excited at the possibilities this has opened up for us.

For our first adventure we decided not to stray too far from home.  After dosing myself with Dramamine and Xanax we made the two and half hour pilgrimage to Williamsburg where our very generous brother and sister (in-laws can be so totally awesome) set us up with their time share.  Having access to a full kitchen got  rid of sooooo much anxiety.  We still had to be careful of things we hadn't had to worry about in a while (don't use the toaster, make sure everything is very clean, or lined before cooking) but I cannot imagine trying to travel any other way for more than a couple of days.

I handled the car portion of the journey by traveling with a pillow in my lap.  This wonderful suggestion came from my grandmother, who also suffers from fibromyalgia, and was very helpful.  We also stopped about halfway through the trip so everyone could get out and move around a bit.  I can see frequent stops being really key to car travel with fibro.

I was so excited to get settled in and to shop at Trader Joe's!  Yes.  I went into the grocery store!  And I wasn't overwhelmed by tons of super high aisles, five different types of flooring, and way too many choices (I know... these first world problems really get in my way).  Everyone had a great first day.  The girls were excited to share a room and I got to watch FoodNetowork.

Phase one of operation vacation had been completed.
Trader Joe's Sparkling
Lemonade in a fancy glass.

Monday, October 1, 2012

A recipe. I know right?!

Tonight we experimented a little with dinner.  We sliced up some eggplant ran it through an egg wash and coated it in grated Parmesan and Asiago mixed with a bit of garlic powder.  Fried until crispy and served with GF spaghetti with Trader Joe's Vodka Sauce.  Delicious.

I will post about all of our vacation adventures soon.
Happy Autumn!