It’s officially less than two weeks before I leave for COSTA RICAAA! I’m so excited. I’m extra excited because I only have 7 more days of work before Thanksgiving, and we get that Thursday and Friday off. Which means I won’t have to go to work for almost 3 full weeks, which is nuts. I’m really hoping our little vacay will help shorten the winter a bit, too. Even though we’ve been ridiculously fortunate this year here in Minnesota and we haven’t seen any snow yet (it was even 60 degrees a few days ago, what?), the short days and freezing mornings are already getting me down. So escaping to Central America for a few weeks is totally welcome. And when we return, it’ll only be like a week till Christmas, and the holidays always go fast. I’m also returning to Singapore in February, so that will feel soo gooooood. Even though it’s for work, it will be like 90 degrees there so I’m not even dreading the 25 hours of travel to/from there. Ok that’s a lie, I’m still totally dreading that. Actually the last time I flew to Singapore, the awkward height of the seats (I’m short and my feet barely touch the floor) and some weird twisted-up positions I was putting myself in ended up totally effing up my right knee. Then I ran a few times in Singapore and did the same weird shit on the plane ride home, and my knee was totally out of commission for months afterwards. Which sucked because we went out to RMNP a few weeks after, and every approach/descent and hike we did literally left me in tears. I even used a trekking pole for our last few walk-offs which is saying something, because I’m a firm believe that trekking poles make you look like a total idiot. I wasn’t able to run or do CrossFit for a few months either, which lead to me gaining a few pounds and totally losing my sh*t because climbers are always worrying about our weight. I had just started climbing trad too, and was convincing myself I needed to keep those 2 pounds off so I could afford to carry 2 pounds of gear on my harness. So if any of you lovely readers are short or have experience with long international travel, do you have any tips or tricks to prevent me from mangling myself this time? Cause that would be great.
I just made this grain-free granola the other day and it is seriously so good. I love granola so much, and really missed it when I went paleo, and so I was pretty stoked to discover grain-free granola. But it’s sooo expensive! Like absurdly expensive. Like $7 for a little bag at the co-op. Not cool. And I eat it probably 5/7 mornings per week, plus it’s my go-to crag food, so my granola expenses really add up. This weekend I realized I had run out of granola again, but I had a ton of different nuts in my pantry, so I decided I was going to try to make my own granola. I had low expectations for my first try, so I was psyched when I tried this and it was actually delicious.
Oh, one last thing, what the heck are activated nuts? I’ve seen recipes lately calling for “activated almonds” and I’m just so confused. How does one activate a nut? Can they like deactivate one day?