The Best News

by Holly on April 19, 2010

in breakfast,giving back,lunch

No, Jake Gyllenhaal didn’t propose a lifetime of eternal, undying love to me…yet.

And no, the Travel Channel still hasn’t called about hosting that show. Damn you Samantha “I-get-paid-to-travel-the-world-and-attempt-to-be-funny” Brown.

So, what could this exciting bit of news be?

Well, I made a new killer recipe for starters…

But that still wasn’t the best news. And I would share this delectable egg dish with you, but it’s part of a top secret project I’m contributing on. Nobody likes a tattle.

But trust me when I say, everybody loves some spinach, sundried tomato and goat cheese.

Winner.

I bought some delicious, crunchy red grapes!

Nope. Not the best news ever.

Could it have been a delicious tupperware concoction of Saturday’s leftovers of the brown rice, braised cabbage and honey sesame tofu variety?

No, no and no. In fact, I realized cabbage (ahem, Brassica oleracea Linne) gives me horrendous stomach pains, nausea and the acid reflux of a 55-year-old, 300-pound man who just downed 12 chili dogs, a 1-liter of Coke and several whipped cream cherry pies at a cutthroat eating contest.

Why was I in so much pain post-run on Saturday? The cabbage. Why did I want to keel over on the dirty carpeting of my office several times today? The cabbage. Needless to say, I don’t think that’s a coincidence, so I’m laying off that cruciferous vegetable for awhile.

These both made me feel better…

…and that was good news, but definitely not the BEST news.

Brett + I ran NINE MILES tonight, setting a new distance PR for him!  While I am so proud of this amazing feat no doubt, it’s still not the best news ever.

Neither was this smoothie…

1/2 cup organic skim milk
1/2 cup frozen raspberries
1/2 banana
1 T vanilla brown rice protein powder

And neither is me posting this picture for the entire World Wide Web to see.  I pray no creepers read my blog and use that as their new desktop background, more for their sake than my own.

Sometimes, I seriously wonder what goes through my head.

While an impromptu trip to Whole Foods with my girl Ilsa certainly brightened my evening, along with buying an overpriced copy of Food + Wine’s new Travel Issue, kombucha (mango, per this gal’s advice), Larabar and bag of Newman’s spelt pretzels (zee best!)…

It still wasn’t it.

However, Whole Foods was where I received my BEST news.

Are you ready to find out what it is?

Huh?

Are you sure?

Do you want me to stop asking you pointless, redundant questions?

Well, do ya?

The Best News is this…

OUR WELL IN CAMBODIA IS OFFICIALLY UNDER CONSTRUCTION (!!!)

For any new readers or to refresh your memory, instead of asking for gifts for Christmas last year,  I asked for donations to help build a clean water drinking well in Cambodia.  After having the amazing chance to travel there, I saw first-hand just how many people lack basic access to this necessity (2/3 of Cambodians to be exact).

I hoped to raise $1000 (which covered the cost of everything) – thinking I would perhaps get around $500 in donations and take care of the rest myself. Between family, friends and Everythingtarian readers, we raised $1,145 for the materials, construction and labor of a new clean water drinking well.

And here it is.

While it isn’t finished, and I don’t have specific details on everything yet…it truly IS the best news.

{ 20 comments }

Susan April 20, 2010 at 3:59 pm

You’re right. That IS the best news :D <– gigantic smile now on my face.

Now if you don't mind, I have t go change my desktop background…

BroccoliHut April 20, 2010 at 5:18 pm

Wow, there’s a LOT of good news in this post, but I couldn’t agree with you more on your selection of the BEST news:) So exciting!

Jenny April 20, 2010 at 5:24 pm

ohhhhh Holly bear – this is wonderful, just wonderful! Congrats!!!!!!!!! How do you feel? Accomplished? Prideful? Like a huge effin’ inspiration? you should.

p.s. gimme dat egg recipe, ahora!
p.p.s. Jakie poo better snag you up before I do!

LOVE YOU SO MUCH!

Melissa April 20, 2010 at 6:56 pm

YAY for quality H2O!!!!!! : )

Katie April 20, 2010 at 7:28 pm

Truly, truly, that is the besssssssssssssst news!!! Ahh, I just screamed and scared my cat. You are so cool – I admire you. :-)

Also, sorry about the roasted cabbage! You know what gives me tummy aches like that? Every vegetable on earth. No joke. Maybe not spinach, maybe not mushrooms – but all the others. Beano is my close friend, and when beano doesn’t work – downward dog and child’s pose do. However, it’s NO fun. I don’t blame you for laying off. :-(

Faith April 20, 2010 at 8:02 pm

Wow, that’s amazing! Congrats, Holly! Just think of all the people you’ve helped…you’re such an inspiration!!

mammaeverythingtarian April 20, 2010 at 8:46 pm

SHE GOT OT FROM HER MAMMA — SHE GOT HER FROM HER MAMMA !!!!!!!!

Molly April 20, 2010 at 9:06 pm

THAT IS AWESOME NEWS! Woot woot to all that hard work on funding, etc.. BIG SMILES!

Love all the fruit action lady!

Kelsey April 20, 2010 at 10:05 pm

jsut found ur blog and im IN LOVE! i think ur posts are great. haha great comment about creepers and using ur pic as a desktop background. wow that would be crazy huh! im fairly new to blogging but love it. and im so happy to have found urs. xo

Special K April 21, 2010 at 12:40 am

Woman of strength, who you are, makes this world bigger, smaller, known. Thank you….
Now! I need some humor! What TV show should I get a whole season of?

Alison April 21, 2010 at 6:43 am

awesome!!!!!

Danielle (Coffee Run) April 21, 2010 at 9:29 am

Ahh congrats- that IS exciting!! And inspirational :)

And congrats on the 9 miles!

Kristin @ Iowa Girl Eats April 21, 2010 at 10:32 am

Yeeeeeaahhh!!!! That IS the best news – I am so excited for them, you – and everyone that donated! :D

Detective Lara April 21, 2010 at 11:13 am

Holly! You are so amazing and inspirational. 9 miles AND a well in Cambodia? Are you Angelina Jolie reincarnate?

I’m commenting as the detective to say thanks for supporting the new blog and commenting earlier. It really means a lot :) You rock.

Cindy April 21, 2010 at 11:56 am

awwww CONGRATULATIONS Holly and what a great project ~

good for you~

hope you have a great day! this put a big ole smile on my face!

sophia April 21, 2010 at 3:10 pm

OH WOW!!!! that is FANTASTIC, holly! AHH! I’m so proud of you…and you must be SO proud of yourself, and your dear readers!

Danica April 21, 2010 at 5:38 pm

Ummm, I think I NEED to have your breakfast…do share the recipe.

YEAHHHHH for the well being built – it’s so cool to know we all could contribute to help such an AMAZING cause…that IS The best news!

Andrea@WellnessNotes April 21, 2010 at 5:54 pm

Awesome news indeed!!! :)

Gabriela (froyolover) April 21, 2010 at 9:09 pm

Awwww!
That was beautiful, girl!
Those are definetely the best news :)
Have a great night!
Brazilian XOXO´s,
Gabriela

Jessica April 22, 2010 at 12:37 am

Okay 1, I am SO FREAKING EXCITED AND PROUD OF YOU!!!!!!!! That really is the best news–you’re such a great lady, look at what all your hard work has brought!
And 2, I was totally about to set my mac desktop to that lovely pic until you suggested otherwise ;) YOU’RE ADORABLE! I loveeee your curls. You rock ’em like no otha! And I know curls–all my bro’s and pops get to sport that ferocity too.
But 3, ICK sorry about the cabbage! Damn girl, THAZ WHACK! Glad you’re feeling great again though!
PS (aka numero 4), I want that puffy egg-iness in ma belly! I’m guessing some type of recipe book is in the works….?!?! eeeeee! LOVE YOU!

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