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Lately: Part II

Well, here I go again. This time I have let a year and a half go by without contributing to what I thought was going to take off and be my “career”.

Since September 2013, A LOT has happened in the Petry household. I’ll recap the year and a half, with the hopes of catching my “readers” up (ha!) and then try to keep posting regularly to keep this thing going.

September 2013-April 2014: Another hockey season in Edmonton. Did not go so hot. Were out of playoffs by Christmas, I think. Rough go.

May 2014: Jeff went to Belarus to play for Team USA again in the World Championships. I stayed back to start the process of renovations to our house in Michigan. We only have 4 short months in the Mitten, so we had to maximize our time as best we could. That meant me forgoing cheerleader role in Belarus.

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June 2014: Renovations STILL going. My thoughts were “when are these people going to get out of my house and when is this mess going to be cleaned up!?” (It was all worth it.) Nellie turned 1…terrible I still haven’t dedicated a single post to just her. What a bad puppy mama I am! 😉

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Birthday Girl

Most importantly, Jeffrey Nicholas Petry officially graduated from Michigan State University! #proudwifey

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My college GRAD!

July 2014: Our home renos were completed in the nick of time for our first big Fourth of July bash at the Petry Casa!!!! My family came up from Texas, and we had ourselves a good ole time. I have to say July 4th is top 3 on my favorite holiday list! And, July 6th Jefferson and I celebrated our 2nd wedding anniversary!

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Cruisers for our anniversary            

August 2014:  Jeff’s Cali family came to visit. We hosted our first annual wine tasting party (quite the success I must say)! Enjoyed every last bit of summer!

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September 2014: Made a quick trip down to Texas for one of my best friends’ wedding! Jeff jetted off back to Edmonton for training camp. And, I along with my mommy dearest, and Nellie were left to complete the dreaded 30 whatever hour drive to the great white north. All is good though because shortly after we arrived in Edmonton, Mom and I treated ourselves to a weekend at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel in the Canadian Rockies. Wow! What an amazing place.

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Mr. and Mrs. Dinerstein

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The bride and her maids                

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Lake Louise

October 2014: Hockey season began! High hopes and much anticipation were the vibes we started another Oiler season with….

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November 2014: Traveled to Boston and NYC to see friends and also catch a couple of Oiler’s games. I had been to Boston before, but my 24 hours there solidified how much I love that city! And NYC, that was just a blast going with a bunch of my highschool friends and college roommate to Madison Square Garden to cheer on Jeff and the Oilers.

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Mrs. Krug and Me

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And somehow we ended up on the ice at MSG

December 2014: Covert trip to Cali to pick up a Christmas gift for Jeff. (That was my excuse to escape to my favorite place.) Two days before Christmas found out the best surprise EVER…more on that later!

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Covert calls for disguises while shopping 😉

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The special gift for Mr. P

January 2015: Last minute decision to go to Dallas for the Cotton Bowl! My alma mater vs. the rest of my family’s alma mater….I couldn’t miss it! Sparty on! Right, Blake!?

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Michigan State vs. Baylor

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All Star break came around, and Jeff and I decided to go to Vegas for the break! I was a little hesitant on the decision, but Vegas can be for everyone….you make it what you want! Regardless, it was a much needed break.

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February 2015: Pretty uneventful month…just enjoyed Edmonton because I kind of had anticipated it being our last month there with the trade deadline looming March 2nd.

March 2015: Jeff was traded to the Montreal Canadiens at 6:45am the morning of March 2nd. And from that moment on, my life as been a little bit nuts! All good, just lots going on with him being on a flight 3 hours later, me packing up our house in Edmonton, figuring out the logistics of everything, and getting settled/ learning how to city live with our 78lbs four legged child. Birthday month (yes, I generally like to let all my loved ones know we celebrate my birthday all March long) has been quite eventful so far!

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So, here we are living in a lovely apartment in Old Montreal for the next couple of months. I would say an experience to remember! Things happen so fast and change can take time to get used to, but I think I can speak for Jeff and I that we are both excited about this experience and being part of the Montreal Canadiens organization! And playoff hockey….I don’t even know what to expect, but I can sure say I am excited for it!

Go Habs Go!

My Next Adventure

Alright, so it might not be my next adventure, but it’s one I have in the works and plan to begin in the Fall of 2013.

Let me give you a little background info…

Last week I was in Dallas visiting my mom’s family…Jeff conveniently had a game there as well. 🙂

Anywho, on Thursday my aunt, my mom, and I went to try this new restaurant for lunch called Le Jus. I was anxious to try it after my aunt said it would be right up my alley.

This place was like no other place I have been to. It was like a cafe along with a clothing store, Number One, in it too. Very different concept. But I loved it!

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Not only did I love the whole feel to the place, but the food was phenomenal. And get this, everything in there was good for you.

The second we sat down, we were greeted by the most knowledgeable, passionate waitress I have ever had. She informed us that everything they served was all organic and followed the Paleo diet. You did not have to worry about anything in the cafe containing grain, cheese, wheat….whatever other kind of  processed crap you can think of (which yes, I do agree tastes good, but is full of chemicals and wreaks havoc on our bodies). I was fired up by this! I have been to healthier/”green” restaurants, but not one where absolutely everything was “safe” to eat. They also served fresh juices…double bonus!

After getting the run down on the whole foundation of Le Jus, the next big thing running through my mind was “let’s see if this actually tastes good!” Because you know everyone thinks that healthy food tastes like bird food. (I am secretly on a quest to show people that healthy can be yummy!)

Let me tell you, this place was UNREAL! We were not let down.

We started with the fresh made guacamole, served with almond flour crackers (not pictured) and apple slices that were soaked in jalapeño juice. Sounds crazy, but it was off the charts delicious.

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Apple slices and guac, weird right? No, delicious!

Mom and my aunt both got the egg salad salad (not pictured) , and I went with the chicken salad. All three of our plates were licked clean.

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To top it off, they let us sample 3 of their yummy juices. All of them were SO yummy!

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Pear Ginger on the left was da bomb.com

During all of our “oohing and ah-ing” over our delicious and fresh lunch this trendy woman walked by and asked us how everything was, and I basically couldn’t shut up. She then proceeded to tell us she was the chef/creator of all the food at Le Jus.

That was it, I wanted to know all of her secrets and kept rambling of how amazing this place was. The word vomit just kept flowing. (At this point I probably should have shut up, but I didn’t.)

I had never heard of this type of restaurant, and it excited me so much that there are people out there that truly care about the ingredients people put into their bodies enough to create a restaurant that is free of all the crap, and is yet still delicious. All I kept saying was that there needs to be more of these places!!!

After a series of compliments exchanged (she was way too sweet to me!), she asked what I had studied in college…at this point in the convo I had convinced myself I had made a huge mistake in not going with my initial major, Nutrition/Dietetics. I told her the whole schpeel on how I started in Dietetics/ Nutrition, but then graduated with a Communications degree and a minor in Health Promotion.

Thinking her response was going to be something along the lines of, “Ohh, yeah….should have stuck with that.” She said, “Good! I’m glad you didn’t waste your time with that!” My thoughts…”WHAT!? Waste my time?” Now I was confused.

She began to explain how colleges teach the modern American diet, and how it really is so bad for our health. The whole food pyramid crud on 6 or whatever the recommended amount of servings of grains you should have a day is BOGUS. That’s right, bogus. I won’t go into it all now, but the whole processed food infused world we live in is truly a major cause in the health issues people suffer from today. It’s actually scary, but I won’t get too into it now. Bottom line is, there is SO much false information out there, it is time for truth to come out, and for people to start eating real food.

Back to the master food creator of Le Jus, Dana Card. She ended up telling me all about the Nutrition program she went to and got certified in, and told me this is where it’s at. This is the real deal. She said, and I quote, “It’s hard as hell, like as hard as med school! But, it will change your life!” That was it, at that moment I made up my mind and I already had myself mentally signed up to do it.

The program is called Nutritional Therapy Association, and you can read all about it here. It is basically a holistic nutrition program that promotes healing and reverse the effects of our modern American diet.  I left Le Jus with the most invigorating feeling, like I could change the world. (Okay, maybe that was the green drink speaking.) But, I seriously felt so connected to this lady’s passion and left there feeling inspired.

My thoughts are that if I can even just affect the tiniest group of people (maybe just my family and closest friends) with what I learn through this program, I will feel like I have conquered the world! Any little success against this world that is filled with the  excess sugar, grains, etc. is a HUGE success in my book. So, I’m going to do it.

The best part about the whole thing is that it is a distance program! That’s right, a distance program! That means my dilemma is over about not being able to do anything while in Canada in terms of achieving some of my own goals and dreams. This program is a 9 month program all done long distance via conference calls/ online learning along with a few weekends of workshops in a designated city. So doable, especially for our special living situation at this time in our lives.

Needless to say, I am beyond excited for this next adventure! I’m actually kind of bummed that I missed the February deadline, but come September 2013 I will be raring to go! The question after I complete the program will be what to do with this certification, but I will cross that bridge when I get to it. Just gotta start somewhere! So here goes!

And, if you are ever in the Dallas area, I highly recommend Le Jus for a refreshing lunch, and a jump start for you’re inner health nut! You will leave there feeling like a new person.