I can’t believe the last time I posted here was in September. Writing a blog post here has been on my to-do list for the past 4 months, but life has been crazy. As I mentioned last summer, Chris and I had been thinking about moving back to the Chicago area and in September, we put our house in North Carolina on the market and moved into a rental house in Illinois. I anticipated taking a month off during the chaos of the move, and then about a week after moving here, I found out I was pregnant. And… then I needed more time off. A lot of it. Because I had all-day morning sickness and food aversions that were so bad, I could hardly function as a human being, let alone function as a human being who makes, tests, writes about and photographs food for a living.
I mentioned all of this in my year-end round-up post over on Oh My Veggies, but I didn’t get too into it because I don’t consider it a personal blog at this point. But that first trimester and first half of the second trimester were really, really rough. And it didn’t help that well-meaning people would ask me how the baby could thrive if I was only eating pretzels and plain popcorn. I felt like a failure, I worried myself sick — even though my midwife reassured me that as long as I was taking my prenatal vitamin, I just needed to focus on eating whatever I could keep down during the first trimester and everything would be fine — and I compared myself to other food bloggers who seemed to enjoy pregnancy and eat all the right things and do it all perfectly. And then here I was, lying in bed with a bucket next to me, with Chris trying to cajole me into eating a handful of pretzels for dinner.
I’m not 100% back to normal and since I’m halfway through the pregnancy at this point, I’m anticipating that I’ll probably have some lingering food aversions and nausea for the whole 9 months. But I’m pretty much elated that my list of food aversions is now much, much smaller than the list of foods I want to eat and I’m excited to start developing recipes for Oh My Veggies again. They probably won’t involve kale though. At least for a while.
So while all that was going on, we were also dealing with selling our house in North Carolina and buying a new one here. Our old house closed in November and we put in an offer on a house here that same month, which we closed on near the end of December. It’s an old Tudor and it needs some TLC, but it’s the kind of house I dreamed about living in when I was growing up — not a big house, not a perfect house, but a house with charm and character and history.
We’re still living in the rental house and we’ll probably be here for another month while we have work done in the new house — we’re gutting the kitchen and one of the bathrooms and then there are all kinds of less-glamorous things that need to be done, like updating the electrical, replastering and painting walls, refinishing the hardwood floors, etc. Since the house is older, the kitchen is small, oddly shaped, and cut off from the rest of the house. We can remedy some of those things, but not all of them, but such are the quirks of owning an old house. (And no, I don’t plan on writing about the kitchen reno on Oh My Veggies, but I might post about it here.)
All of these big changes and life events and, of course, impending parenthood have had me reevaluating the huge chunk of time I spend on Oh My Veggies. When I wrote this post, I thought it was completely normal, but looking back, I feel a little bit embarrassed. It’s not normal. But that’s totally how I built my business! When I finished one project, I took on two more; when I reached a goal, I didn’t take the time to celebrate because I was too busy getting started on the next one. That kind of drive is awesome for starting a business, but not really helpful for that whole work/life balance thing.
Last year I was all about growing Oh My Veggies into a food website and making it a legit business. I did that! So 2015 is going to be about putting it in a position where it can continue to grow and evolve, while getting to a place where my involvement allows me to spend time on things other than work. Things like the baby that’s going to be here in 4 1/2 months! Also, according to this magazine I found at Whole Foods, 2015 is about donkeys.