Been a while since I wrote anything truly personal. I’ve been so caught up with opportunities, deadlines and various life commitments that I haven’t taken the time to sit down, look back, and make sense of everything going on around me.
We’re in the last days of August and summer slipped through our fingers. Any day now, we’ll see our mailboxes stuffed with Halloween and Christmas flyers as we dive headfirst into the dreaded months that make us go “‘ber”. Maybe I’m only speaking for myself (it is my blog, after all), but I feel like many of us entered 2014 striving to make it awesome, but the world looked upon us, responding with a resounding “blah”.
It’s not all bad, though — while things feel very “business as usual”, a lot has happened in 2014, and the summer’s no exception.
So making like it’s my first day back to school and I’m catching my friends up on everything they missed these last few months, here’s my report on everything I did this summer — the ups, the downs and everything in between in a piece I call “Not Quite Sure What I Did Last Summer”.
Some of us are lucky (like myself) and eventually grow out of the childhood dust allergies that plague us whenever we enter homes with infrequent cleaning schedules — and then you have Palmers like my Dad, who have sneezing fits when he mows the lawn (which he does every Friday like clockwork).
Back in the day, allergies were just a way of life. You suffered through blurry eyes and stuffy noses. You dreaded the coming summer, knowing that you’d spend your days hanky in hand. You couldn’t enjoy your time like everyone else as you struggled to breathe.
We’ve come a long way since then with solutions like REACTINE®, designed to give quick relief from the allergy symptoms that ail us!
With a kid in the picture, I’m not spending like I used to. Restaurant lunches with friends and coworkers replaced by lunches carried to work in my reusable bag, and if you’re like me, you’re constantly on that hustle, eating at your desk more often than taking the time to make sure that what you’re eating is what your body needs.
While I’m a creature of habit and enjoy the sandwiches, puddings and fruits my wife lovingly packs, ensuring I don’t need to hit the office microwave or refrigerator to crush my efficiency (and let’s face it, they’re both disgusting), Maple Leaf Foods wanted to know whether I’d be interested in trying a snack of an entirely different nature.
I’ve come a long way since my culinary inclinations as a kid, where I’d come home from school to a Miracle Whip Sandwich, my snack of choice. A little older now, my palate’s developed with my various foodiesque life experiences, and for my next #DIYSandwich, I was long overdue in proving I could put something appetizing together without anyone holding my hand.
The Internet’s awash with a plethora of recipes, and without a clear idea of where to start for my next sandwich-making session, I went to my social network to see what they had in mind!