The Friday Feedback Forum

December 31st, 2010 - filed under: Furthermore » Feedback

Oh, There’s No Place Like Home For The Holidays . . .

Oi there! It’s Friday again, how did that happen? Somehow this week totally got away from me. Amidst holidays and travel and family and general adventuring, I’ve been a busy busy Bonzai. I finally made it back to Portland laaaate late Wednesday night. After a week away the very first thing I did when I got home (after getting the baby settled of course) was fix myself a little 2am snack . . . a bowl of homemade sauerkraut and a bottle of diy kombucha. Ha, because I am a FREAK GEEK! Seriously though, my body was craving the probiotic power after all the crazy grub I’ve been ingesting. Back to basics!

Just a note – If you’ve sent me an email or asked a question on the site, I’m going to be playing catch-up very soon. I haven’t forgotten you dears!

And now the Love List, which is simply overflowing these days :
1) Ero San’s new baby boy! Congratulations friend, I am so happy for you. And on behalf of the entire Bonzai community I can say with great confidence, we are all sending mega love rays to Mexico, on the wings of a thousand baby kisses!
2) Coconut oil as body butter. Um, what. took. me. so. long!?
3) Getting my speaking assignment for Vida Vegan Con. OH YEAH GUYS, I’M SPEAKING AT VIDA VEGAN CON!

[honorable mentions = coming home to my dearest husband/absence makes the heart grow fonder, Portland tap water omg it's un-fluoridated and delicious and I'll never take it for granted again, being financially irresponsible, soy matcha frappes (no sugar!), taking a vacation from your vacation!]

Okay, now it’s your turn! Lay it on me!

As usual, the Feedback Forum will remain here at the top of the page all weekend, so if you’ve got an idea or a question or you just want to introduce yourself and say ‘Oi!’, you can stop back by any time.

Beautiful blessings carrying you into the new year!

  • RK

    1. Good friends to welcome the new year in with.
    2. Coconut mojitos…..Amazing!
    3. My husband waking up with the kids so I could sleep in. Love him!

  • Lenn

    Sounds like you guys had a great holiday, and I’m so going to have to try that coconut oil thing! I’ve yet to find any homemade/organic lotion or moisturizer that isn’t either drying or so greasy I feel like I took a bath in crisco.

    1. Little Spock plush doll I found at the thrift store so now my Capt. Kirk one has a friend.
    2. My grandma’s German chocolate cake she made for the holidays.
    3. Toe socks.

  • windycityvegan {Monika}

    1. My New Year’s Day baby turns 4 tomorrow!

    2. Baking my way through my new gluten-free cookbook (we’re going almost entirely gf in 2011 – *gulp*)

    3. Making red velvet cupcakes for N’s neighborhood celebration tomorrow, and the coconut layer cake to end all coconut layer cakes ( for her family birthday brunch on Sunday.

  • Ginger Baker

    Coconut oil is the schizzle for body and hair! Enjoy your discovery. :-)

    1. Mushroom dumplings with peanut dipping sauce.

    2. Feeding the squirrels at my window.

    3. Computer! Through some wonderful friends, I now have a working secondhand computer.

  • Kim

    I love reading your blog, Sayward! I’m not vegan (or even vegetarian) but I’m a food-lover, farmer’s market lover and Mom to a little guy about the same age as Waits! Your enthusiasm, energy and optimism are contagious and I wish you a blessed and happy new year.

    My love list for closing out 2010 and welcoming 2011…
    1. My family – my son celebrating his first birthday today, my husband, extended family and even my incredible in-laws.
    2. Delicious and abundant holiday foods (and the 5 pounds they’ve added to my body!).
    3. Thinking that 2010 was my best year so far, and knowing that 2011 is going to be even better.

    Happy New Year, Bonzai!

  • Ms. Polkadot

    I second the coconut oil! It’s so awesome for so many things. Love list:

    1. relaxing today after work!
    2. mint chocolate chip cookies
    3. reading a good book while stretching

  • Mandie

    First, I want to second Kim in thanking you for your enthusiasm and optimisim. You always give me something to look forward to (no pressure!) On to my love list…

    1. My husband. Every day I realize that I TOTALLY stepped in shit finding him. Even luckier that he persued me, because I wasn’t looking at the time.
    2. My optimism. Comes in handy.
    3. Gin and tonics! WHOOOO!

  • erosan

    @Sayward: Awww, my baby is in your love list! that is awesome!

    My love list looks almost exactly like my last week’s list:
    1. My baby
    2. My girlfriend
    3. Great friends

    @Kim: you are not alone, BA is multi-ethnic, multi-cultural and multi-dietarian. I fall in the same category as you do, omni but food lover who loves this community.

  • Farmingtheburbs

    1. My too healthy and loved little boys
    2. Skype for melting some of the miles over the holidays
    C. Finally getting a snow storm out here in dry Denver

  • Minna

    Yes, coconut oil, yes! I’ve been using that stuff in baking, as body butter, make-up remover, burn reliever, massage oil etc. <3 it!

    1. My new tiny apartment straight in downtown (woohoo!) and knowing how awesome it's going to be when I'm fully settled in!
    2. 2011, a magical year, which is all about positive and productive energy, hard working and achieving goals.
    3. *Love* in its beautiful various forms.

    Happy-happy new year, everyone!

  • sj

    Love list!
    1. Ringing in the new year with my family of choice.
    2. Being OUT of my roach infested studio and into a house practically on campus!
    3. My amazing bf and how far we’ve come together. I love spending my life with my best friend!

    I have a thought! I’ve wondered, esp after your gala*darling interview, if you’d be willing to divulge a little more explicitly HOW you make money off of this! I want to know how on earth you’ve made this life for yourself where you do what you love AND you make money from it too! It seems too good to be true! But at the same time I understand if it’s too… personal? I know money can be a touchy issue with ppl, and some ppl feel it’s too private of a topic to be discussed. But I guess just know you’ve sparked my interest and I LOVE reading EVERY single post of yours! :-) My life has been enriched through your blog, and really, through your life!

  • Tara

    @Sayward- I actually discovered using coconut oil and lotion earlier this week as well. Flippin’ amazing, right? It’s so wonderful that after all this time of looking for the perfect skin moisturizer it was hiding right underneath my nose.

    Love list:
    1. Having the chance to catch up with great friends, some who traveled great distances for the holidays, and enjoy the awesome food at FUD!
    2. Hearing my little one’s heartbeat for the very first time at our midwife’s. (Still can’t believe he or she is actually in there just growing and changing with every day that passes. It’s pretty much the raddest thing ever!)
    3. The homemade baby blanket that was crafted by my loving aunt. What a great Christmas present!

  • Tara

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  • Kelly H.

    1. These love lists
    2. Knowing that I can start over tomorrow.
    3. An EXTREMELY patient beau.

  • Sayward

    @ Lenn – The coconut oil is a bit greasy but in a really unique way, it doesn’t squick me out in the same way as EVERY other greasy body butter I’ve ever used. I can put clothes on over it and they don’t get all clingy and weird. Hard to explain, but yes – it’s awesome!

    @ Monika – Happy (belated – sorry!) Birthday Nina!!!

    @ Kim and Mandie – Thank you, and happy new year to you too!

    @ erosan – Of course! I am just so happy for you! =D

    @ Minna – Yes, Happy New Year! Sounds like it’s going to be a great one for you!

    @ sj – Not too personal at all. I actually do no make money off of Bonzai right now, mostly because I’m still determined not to take advertisers. I do Bonzai because I love it, and though I’m open to it becoming a source of income (that would sure help me and ultimately, really help the site grow), it’s not my primary purpose here at all. I have another job, which is more related to my degree, entirely online. So I’m mama, Bonzai blogger, and part-time employee. It’s a lot to juggle!

    Hope that helps! Did you have a more specific question?