Winter gardening, prunes at Disneyland, & I’m teaching in Utah this month

It doesn’t happen often that I’m home for 3.5 weeks. I have three local classes to teach before leaving for Malaga, Spain Jan. 22 to study at the Budwig Clinic.


This past week, I did not take one single photo of my trip to Vegas for outlet shopping, then Disneyland with my kids. The only photos were the one I took with GSG reader Leah from Boston, who came and got me for a photo shoot from a gas station, ha that was funny, and some readers at a California Whole Foods Market. So unless they send those, I don’t have a darn thing to show for the past week.

While I was gone, Utah reader Dr. Michelle Jorgenson emailed me that her boys made $1,500 selling my cookie mixes in the neighborhood (recipe and idea in Ch. 11 of 12 Steps–your kids can do it, too) and that her December greens garden is going crazy! See the attached photos–I’m so inspired!

Emma and I are the only ones in our family afraid of nothing at theme parks. My youngest son won’t do stuff where the bottom drops out, you go really fast, or you do flips in the air. Cade and Libby are braver, but not that brave. So Emma and I stand in line, by ourselves, for Tower of Terror at California Adventure, and the XCelerator at Knott’s Berry Farm. That’s 205 feet straight up, at 82 mph, then you flip upside down and accelerate nearly straight down. The ride lurches to a stop. We look at each other, yawn, and say:

“That wasn’t scary.”

Our biggest challenge was entering the 90-minute-long line, where to break up the boredom, we challenged each other to a competitive game of “Toxic Mud Pits.” You cannot let your feet touch the concrete (swirling whirlpool of hot poison mud), through hundreds of feet of serpentine metal dividers. If you do, you die. Or you lose. Or something like that. Hundreds of people standing in line either helped us, by removing their backsides from the barriers, or refusing to move. (“That’s okay, we can work around you!” we’d say.)

Another convo:

Emma:   Mom, we are the ONLY weird family eating prunes in roller coaster lines at Disneyland.

Me:   I know. I don’t care. I don’t like to do stupid stuff just because everyone else is doing it.

(I said this as I stood in a 60-minute line to get into a little box and hurtle down two tracks for 90 seconds at high speed with a lot of screaming people. The irony was not lost.)

I have lots of cool stuff coming up. A series on my CANCER research in California and Mexico last month. A series with Melinda Hughes on women’s hormone issues, and using bio-identicals. Lots more cool announcements. More classes in U.S. cities. A GreenSmoothieGirl certification program. My biggest-update-ever, 400-page, 12 Steps to Whole Foods manual with tons of photos and more recipes and information, on high gloss. Readers’ Favorites recipe books, Vol. 1 and 2, coming out.

Stay tuned! I am excited for 2012!