We gonna be adultin’ now!

You may be wondering: Why the radio silence this week? Where’s my allergy-free menu? I NEED A PICTURE OF THE CATS! Or, just feeling a general lack of whatever presence you like to experience from this blog.

And you might be wondering. . . . .  WHY!?

So here’s your answer:

We bought ourselves a house!

And so we ‘gon be real adultin’ now.
Moving this week means:

  1. Packing
  2. Renting a moving truck
  3. Packing some more
  4. Giving away a lot of stuff
  5. Throwing away a lot of stuff
  6. Bribing our friends into carrying all our stuff
  7. Wondering ‘why the hell do we have this stuff?’ 
  8. And uh… Probably some more packing

The good news is though… by this time next week, we’ll be OFFICIALLY free of our apartment-life and starting to get used to living the house-life (and the commute-life).

Something about buying a house makes me feel reminiscent and thoughtful, so bear with me while we stroll down that road for a minute.

Here’s something you should know about me: buying a house is STRANGE to me. It feels like a huge commitment to me–bigger than getting married or wanting to have children.

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Jen Gets a Job!

Meghan always thinks that I will never write a post. So here I am.

I got a new job! My DREAM job. Substance abuse, mental health and children’s recreational therapy. A free standing facility dedicated just to that. I cannot wait to start.

And we move next weekend, and it’s her birthday, and she has no idea what’s coming her way!

Jen

This Week in Allergy-Free Eats

Yes, we are allergy-free! Thanks for asking. 🙂

Approximately 10 months ago, Jen was diagnosed with a chronic, immune system disease called Eosinophilic Esophagitis.

What is Eosinophilic Esophagitis?

Also called EoE, it is basically that in reaction to certain foods or other allergens, the immune system attacks the esophagus and builds up a type of white blood cells (called eosinophils) in the lining there.

The eosinophils produce a protein that causes inflammation. This can lead to scarring, along with a narrowing and a formation of excessive fibrous tissue in the lining of your esophagus. All this can make it difficult to swallow or cause food to get stuck. No good!

There isn’t a cure for this–but through eliminating certain foods from your diet, and endoscopy testing with biopsies… you can eventually find out what you’re actually allergic to–and then avoid that.

It’s more commonly diagnosed in children than in adults, but it’s slowly becoming more recognizable in adults who were previously diagnosed with some other upper Gastrointestinal disorder.

Here’s more information from The Mayo Clinic on EoE:
Diseases and Conditions: Eosinophilic Esophagitis

So after 27 years of having no idea she had food allergies… Surprise!

Where We’re At:

As a family, we have eliminated certain foods from our diet at home and don’t eat out hardly as much as we used to (which, I think has actually been a positive side-effect for our personal nutrition).

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