Nothing wasted here…

I have posted some of the things that I see in the grocery stores here but haven’t put these photos up yet.

When I see this stuff, I can’t help but wonder what American chicken processing plants do with all these parts? Are they wasted? It seems a shame if they are edible to be wasting food…but I just cannot see most Americans eating them. The feet I think happens in the south but the other parts, I don’t think so.

Please chime in if you have eaten any of these delicate bits of chickens. I’d love to know how, when and where. I am a good food taster (lambs brain was probably the weirdest one) so I would try these if offered. But, I’d have to be literally starving to fix them at home.

And I’d be curious to know about strange foods that people have tasted. I had camel milk squirted straight from the camel into my mouth, that one made for some funny photos! And octopus with ink sauce was a tough one for me to get down. But I am pretty flexible about giving things a try.

One of the only things that I have encountered that I just couldn’t do was the fresh cows blood and warm milk combo that the Masai people in Tanzania offered to us. I get queasy just thinking about it. They milked a cow into a dried gourd and then shot an arrow into an artery in the cows neck (cow doesn’t die, I’m still not sure how they figured this trick out) and let the blood stream into the gourd with the milk. They give it a shake and a swirl and drink it down. No one in our group was up for trying it.

The hearts are bite size 🙈

40 years young

I’m sitting here, a few hours away from turning 40, and I’m boggled that I could possibly have spent 40 years on earth already! For the most part it went in a blink. And while I’m not overly thrilled to have to say that I’m 40, I’m ever so fortunate to say that I am thrilled with the life that I have created for myself.

I have a challenging career that I truly enjoy and that pays well. I have friends all over the world (well, living on four different continents but hailing from five) whom I actually get to see fairly regularly. I travel for 4-5 months out of the year to fabulous locations that many can only dream of.

I live in a country that is going through an exciting time, changing and growing very quickly, and I get to make an impact in the lives of not only my clients in the kingdom, but also in the professionals who I am training in the science of ABA.

I’m struggling more to maintain my body where I want it to be, but I am healthy and strong and I still love to play and move. I have to watch what I eat a little bit more, but I still rarely turn down chocolate.

My family is healthy and, while I miss them, I see them about 3 times a year. Not enough but I value the time more because it is limited. My nephews bring me great joy and I can’t wait until they can get on a plane and come travel with Auntie Sage. I want to share the world with them.

Tiny Nals (the littlest dog) is my faithful companion on this around the sun tour. She is faithful and provides unconditional love.

To be able to honestly say that I am living the dream is a gift. I look forward to every day and I enjoy almost every minute. Few people can say the same. I don’t know where I will end up, and I have moved beyond trying to plan it out. I am living in the moment and trusting that the path will be clear. As long as I continue to work hard, and follow my dreams, I know that this will be true. I won’t settle, and I won’t compromise.

I’m looking forward to the next 60 years! I have so many things yet to enjoy!