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You may have noticed I took yesterday off from blogging because, in case you were living under a rock, Seattle played Denver in the Super Bowl. I’m a Seattle native, born and raised, and I was busy playing with friends, cooking and having a blast! AND WE WON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! GO HAWKS!!!!!

You’ll get Whole30 posts again starting tomorrow, but here’s a few pictures from the awesome house party I was lucky enough to be invited to by my friends.

Ice Cream Sundae buffet brought by another party goer. The smell of all the sugar was enough to put me in a momentary trance...

Ice Cream Sundae buffet brought by another party goer. The smell of all the sugar was enough to put me in a momentary trance…

And here comes the gallon of ice cream. I don't even have a sweet tooth, but I almost broke you guys.

And here comes the gallon of ice cream. I don’t even have a sweet tooth, but I almost broke you guys.

Being on the Whole30 during this game was really hard. I came prepared with my own guacamole and sweet potato chips, along with sparkling water and limes so I would be full and happy. But then, Shaun, the host with the most, made this insane batch of blue cheese stuffed sliders with caramelized onions on pretzel buns. YOU GUYS, it was ridiculous. Everything smelled so good, and I unabashedly sat next to more than one friend while they ate theirs and took in all the smells and kept asking “is it as good as it looks/smells?” I’m sure they thought I was STRAIGHT. UP. CRAZY.

There were quite a few folks who had questions for me, “Why are you doing this? What have you learned so far? Can you eat this or that? What do you miss? What will you stick with? What will you add back in? How do you feel? Is it worth it?” I was happy to answer all the questions, because:

  1. It makes me think about what I’m doing, how I feel about restricting my ingredients, what this would be like if I had to do it for health reasons, etc.
  2. I like having dialogue about food.
  3. I get excited when people outside the food industry want to talk about these things with me.

However, I also felt a little badly about discussing it, because:

  1. I felt like I was monopolizing the conversation sometimes.
  2. I don’t want anyone to think I’m obsessed with food, because that would be an incorrect depiction of who I am (I have tons of other interests and hobbies).
  3. As I’ve mentioned before, I don’t like to be the “oh I don’t do this or that,” or “I can’t eat this, do you have any XYZ instead?” It makes me uncomfortable and I’d rather be the person accommodating others than asking for accommodations on my behalf.
  4. I don’t want to be annoying and felt like maybe I was. That’s not the kind of impression I like to make with new or dear friends.

Of course, that’s just my perspective and I’m hyper-aware of it, so maybe no one else noticed. Hard to say.

And here is one of my two custom shirts I made to wear on game day, showing pride for my favorite player, Doug Baldwin #89.

Copyright 2014 Siiri Sampson. All rights reserved.

Copyright 2014 Siiri Sampson. All rights reserved.

Of course I made it in jest, and got some hilarious comments and questions from people around the city. There were even a couple people that asked me “are you really dating him?” No, of course not. He’s just an awesome athlete and I’m thoroughly impressed with his capabilities, so I have a small crush and like to have a sense of humor about it all. And I learned that when you take a picture of yourself in Seahawks gear, it’s called a “12fie” (pronounced “twelfthie”) instead of a “selfie.” Who knew?! Thanks, friends who are younger than me, for keeping me in the know.

Back to daily posts tomorrow, and I’ll make sure I talk about the guacamole that I made when that day comes up. I would’ve taken a picture of it and all the other Super Bowl food, but I didn’t even have my phone/camera with me till the end of the game really. I was just having too much fun!

GO HAWKS! Congratulations to the under dog, so happy for our team, and proud to be from Seattle!

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