Winter is... over? ish?

Oh hey there!  Remember me?  You might be wondering where I ran off to.  Truth be told, it has been a crazy winter.  

We've been house hunting in a completely out-of-control market, which eats up a shocking amount of time.  Also, holidays (need I say more?).  And finally (and most whiningly), it's been a very rainy winter - in fact, the wettest winter on record, even in notoriously rainy Seattle.  These things, combined with the severe lack of daylight, have made my window of pleasant and safe urban foraging somewhat narrow (hear the whining?). 

wtf Seattle. (source: seattleweatherblog.com)

wtf Seattle. (source: seattleweatherblog.com)

There are literally not enough hours in the day.

There are literally not enough hours in the day.

I like to think that in the event of a zombie apocalypse, I could maybe find enough food to survive without having to resort to Twinkies as a mainstay of my diet.  But right now, in the non-zombie apocalypse, we have a lovely nearby grocery store that meets all my needs and allows me to stay warm and dry.  So for now, I prefer doing my foraging when there is daylight to keep the creeps away, and preferably when I'm not getting soaked to the bone.  Luckily, spring is rapidly approaching on the west coast - don't believe me?  Check this out:

Notice that everything is soaking wet, because - you got it - it was raining.

Notice that everything is soaking wet, because - you got it - it was raining.

Whaaaaat!  It's only the end of February.  How exciting. 

So what the heck have I been doing this winter?  Running quite a bit.  Eating a lot.  But I've also been doing boatloads of planning, prepping, and studying for the upcoming spring and summer - the best seasons for foraging and gardening!!  It's gonna be a great 2016!

To start, check out this super amazeballs homemade birthday gift I got from the hubby:

I also got a brand-spankin' new camera that I've been testing out, which should really up the ante on my photo quality.  And for my cooking, I got a sweet new apron from my sister for Christmas from a free trade organization.  Let the cooking begin!

Lastly, I had a blog post all prepped talking about my plans for our community garden plot for this summer, but instead: BIG NEWS!  We bought a house.  This means the following: we won't be using the community garden plot anymore (womp womp).  But I can make my own garden on our rooftop, which is going to ROCK (yayyyy!).  So you'll just have to wait on an update on that situation, because we are in the process of moving at this very moment.

Bring it on, 2016!

A soggy trail and the sun peeking out between the clouds and the mountaintops.  I suppose winter in Seattle isn't all bad.

A soggy trail and the sun peeking out between the clouds and the mountaintops.  I suppose winter in Seattle isn't all bad.