You Wouldn’t Believe It

You wouldn’t believe some of the news I’ve had in the past week.   I really could not even make this stuff up.

I’ve had a couple life bombs dropped on me.  And no, I’m not pregnant.

I’m not going to blog about it until a few things are finalized.  Remember Blogging 105 and that some mystery and privacy are ok and just common sense sometimes?  Well, I am taking my own advice on things for now.

For inquiring minds and not to alarm anyone, I am fine, my family is fine, things in general will be fine, and they seem to be working out, but I’ve been in major scramble and stress mode the past week.  And that’s not going to change for awhile.  Good thing I have never shied away from hard work or a challenge because life is about to get really crazy.

In an effort to keep things light and sunny on this holiday weekend, here are other things you wouldn’t believe:

1. I miss the Bravo Orange County Housewives

I finally watched all of my DVR saved stash of episodes from when we were in Aruba in May, but now that I’m done with those episodes, I’m in OC HW withdrawals!  The OC ladies are my faves, followed by Beverley Hills, and then NYC/NJ/ATL/Miami are all tied my ‘like’ scale.

2. I have no parties that I am going to over the Fourth of July long holiday weekend.  And I am more than okay with that!  I have my hands full with other things anyway.

Good thing I have Red, White, and Blue Food, among other things, to keep me busy over the Holiday weekend.

3.  You wouldn’t believe that I sometimes wear these boots at night here.  In June. And now, it’s July!  

I hate having cold feet and anything below 60F, I deem cold.  And yes, this former Minneapolis girl has turned into a mega weather wimp.

4. You wouldn’t believe the and insanity that is going to be the next 3 weeks or so of my life.  I am still in shock.  Deep breath.

5. You wouldn’t believe that I eat a huge bowl of popcorn with chocolate, coconut oil, nooch, and other toppings


a dessert like a Magic Eight Bar every single night very late.  Way past a midnight snack.

Or a White Chocolate Blondie with Peanut Butter Frosting in the wee hours

And I go directly to bed and sleep like a baby.  For the next 5 hours.  And then it’s time to get up and start my day and the next 19 hours ahead of me.

And no, I don’t worry about “eating late”, weight gain or any food rules about what or when I “should” eat. <–All nonsense to me anyway.

You may not believe it, but I do think fatty carbs, i.e. desserts, help me sleep and help me wake up feeling great.  To each her own.

6. You may not believe that I wish I could use my minky lined camera strap as a blanket.  It’s so soft.  I wish I could!

7. You may not believe that the Mixed Berry Clafoutis is almost gone.    Then again, it was really good and easy.  I enjoyed hearing what your favorite fancy-tasting-but-easy-to-make recipes are.

Fill in the Blanks:

You wouldn’t believe it, but__________.


You can’t even make this up, but_________.

Happy 4th of July Weekend to everyone celebrating and Happy Canada Day/Weekend to my friends to the north!

P.S.  Enter my Shaklee Giveaway if you haven’t already.  It ends with my first post of the day Sunday.


82 comments on “You Wouldn’t Believe It”

  1. I hope things look up for you soon. You have such a positive attitude!

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  3. Wow, 5 hours of sleep! Yikes, I need at least 7 to get me through a day. I hope everything calms down soon!

    You wouldn’t believe it but I just made a MAJOR life decision…one that comes along with about a million other decisions!

  4. I hope whatever you’re going through passes smoothly. Although you just got back from vacation, it seems you deserve another one :-)

  5. I love your purple boots and your camera strap. They are beautiful!! I too eat late at nigt. I wish I didnt , but I’m one of those eat junk food and watch tv. I was raised that way and I’ve never stopped. However, it’s never affected my weight. I believe a calorie is a calorie like you said. I hope the whirlwhind you ar about to face turns out for the best! You are a def a Superwoman! You always seem so positive!! Anyways, you wouldn’t believe that I eat half a gallon of ice cream in 3(sometimes 2) days!! Have a awesome 4th with Skylar!! She is precious!! :)

  6. Hey hun – hope everything turns out ok for you!! *sending positive vibes* :)

    I love to hate to love the RHOC ladies…I can’t believe grown ass women act like them…but I can’t look away!

  7. Averie, I really hope everything is ok!! I often find myself saying, “ohhhh, life!” Because it’s honestly how I feel most of the time – life throws you crap and you gotta deal with it. If it helps, you’re a inspiration to me!! You seem to have a lot figured out and planned out. :D

  8. I’m praying everything works out for you!

    Life can truly throw us for a loop sometimes, but we can make it through. :)

  9. Averie I hope things are okay – and whatever it is I know you can handle it and you can put things into perspective. You focus on the positive and that’s what gets you through (and why we all love you!) :D

    you know my email, if there’s anything I can do, even just a friendly chat! XO

  10. Well I hope your life bomb is a good one and either way I wish you all the luck and strength in the world in dealing with it! :) Keep on keepin on and everything will turn out well in the end! You wouldn’t believe it but… I’m still in my pyjamas… no joke… its 5:04pm! Oh and I love the real housewives too! :)

  11. The suspense is killing me…at least you said everyone is fine! Sounds like you’re moving again or something else major.

  12. I hope everything is ok and hand in there! You always handle things with such grace and you have so much support out there!

  13. Awww! I hope everything works out for you, and I am sure it will because I know you are such a strong person! And I am sure all of your tasty treats will power you up for each day ;) Just take one day at time.

    Hang in there! Lot of love.

  14. Hey love! Im hoping you are ok, love ya and thinking of you! Sending good karma!

    I am ALWAYS cold! lol! It is summer here, and I still rock my sweats at night, love the boots!

    Hope you have a relaxing day today even with the chaos you have going on! xoxo <3

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  16. Sorry things are a little chaotic for you and your family right now. I know you are such a strong person and have already handled so much, so well in your life, and I’m certain you’ll make it through whatever is thrown at you now. :) I’m always hear if you need to vent or talk!

    I’m such a weather wimp. Living in WI my entire life has not changed that fact one bit. Those boots are ADORABLE and I’d totally wear them in the summer too!

  17. I understand wanting to protect your privacy. I hope you and your family are all okay. I’m thinking about you.

    Most people are surprised to find out that I also watch the housewives. The OC ones are my fave, too. So much drama.

  18. I hope all is well, averie! I hope that these changes turn into something positive…even if that’s not the expected end result. Take deep breaths!
    Be well,

  19. I’m sure everything will work out fine for you and your family! Hope to read about your ‘life changes’ soon.
    I can’t believe that you can function on 5 hours of sleep! I’m having a hard time if I get less than 7 hours for a few days in a row.
    I also can’t believe how much paperwork is involved if you want to get married in Germany! Especially if your fiance was born in South Korea. Argh!!
    Happy 4th of July to you guys!

    • “I can’t believe that you can function on 5 hours of sleep! I’m having a hard time if I get less than 7 hours for a few days in a row.”–

      i used to feel the same about others.
      then i became a FT working mother with a FT blog, FT house, FT everything else…and realized that 5 hrs was about what I was going to get :)

  20. I really love your blog, really.

    Good luck with things you have going on.

    I think you should order a minky lined blanket from etsy ;)

  21. Sending you calm vibes to get through it all! :)

    I miss the glitzy, glammy OC housewives too; glad someone else is also admitting it!

  22. Hope all is well. I have a sense of what might be underway, given your comment on my DC relocation post, but in any case I’m thinking of you!

  23. Sounds like you’re staying calm in the face of challenges. Good for you. Rooting for you!

    You wouldn’t believe that I will probably put away an entire watermelon before the weekend is out. By myself (mostly). And no, it’s not a personal melon. It’s the real deal: a fairly good-sized round one.

  24. I DO believe that you will take any chance to wear those boots, mmm! And I hope you do get some down-time with boots and your popcorn the next three weeks…like everyone here I have all the faith in the world that you’ll tackle it just fine, but it’s never fun to be overstretched, especially when things happen at the same time. So here’s to some periods of R&R for you, however short :-).

    Maybe I am inspired by your expression “life bombs” or maybe it’s something else, but I just want to tell you somethng I think I’ve half said before – but it bears repeating if that’s the case. I have been and I am still pretty ill, but I think finally I am getting better – it has never been life threatening, but it has been with me on and off for ten years, and it has been mainly food related. As I am getting better (fingers crossed – I still can’t believe it. Maybe that’s my clue from your post?) I am feeling angry. Angry about this fate, about ten years of youth being “gone”, and especially angry with doctors, and I was trying to switch that feeling into gratitude – surely I have lot to be grateful for as well? – and it occurred to me I didn’t know who to thank. Not the doctors – especially not the doctors, phooey – not my family (unfortunately), not really my boyfriend (I understand. It’s been a long time) and not really my friends (partly my own fault since I’ve been removing myself from a lot of people over the years). I am definitely not bitter, but it just occurred to me over the last weeks that I have no-one to thank but myself. Except – not someone in particular, but something in particular helped over the last crucial year or so. Bloggers. Online ressources. It’s not like I discovered the internet a year ago, but I didn’t get turned on to blogs until I came across yours. Your blog was if not the, then one of the very first blogs that made me aware of all the people out there who love food (like me), want to have a life beside cooking and eating (like me) and who are some of them a little or a lot food “challenged” like me, but who manages with bravado – like I’ve learned. So I’m sending you a huge thank you for “unlocking” this world of online blogging for me – I know you did it inadvertently, but you did it with all the spirit that I know will help you these next three weeks as well: your joy for life, for food, and your resolve to nourish yourself wisely, with whatever food you enjoy & love but with an eye to how it is going to affect your well-being in the longer term as well, and your courage to choose and stick with the food “path” that suits your body, no matter what food choices are dictated by other people.

    AND if I can just be really particular here: I’ve switched to a nut-free diet (sob…), and if it lasts for the rest of my life I will forever be grateful that I tasted your raw cheesecake BEFORE that. It is right up there ind fond-food-memory-heaven with pre-GF croissants, haha :-)

  25. Sending you ‘strong woman’ vibes, which you pick up and mega-amplify because you’re already mega-strong woman! I think you are a past-mistress of the ‘mystery’ and I can’t even tell whether these events are ‘good’ or ‘bad’–just that they’re going to make you super-busy. I’m wondering whether you got signed up to be a star of some show or something! I hope whatever it is, you enjoy it and everything goes well.

    Input/output more important than timing or even quality/type of calories for weight management: I so agree with you, with just the caveat/reservation that if hormones (especially thyroid) are out of whack, then the whole ‘input/output’ thing ends up out of whack too. Your body can suddenly end up blowing through way more or less calories than you’re used to. So there’s a few foods that can (for some people) affect hormones, and they’d be ones to watch out for, and otherwise, strictly from weight management, I’m with you 100%.

    You wouldn’t believe it, but my husband’s kids are older than me! (Ok, maybe you knew that already, but it’s a pretty good one!)

    • yes i always post my own experiences and now write caveats on everything i ever post to my site b/c no two people are alike and my thoughts are just based on…well, my thoughts. and experiences. but they arent universal. But if I dont cover, and caveat myself, there are ALWAYS exceptions, nuances, etc for other people, i.e. specialty situations, hormone disruption, etc.

      Glad you agree with the overall sentiment, though. :)

      I did know phil had older kids, but not older than you. that’s crazy.

      mystery is my middle name.

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