Thursday, May 3, 2012

ADDN Morphs... FlipSide and VeggieKate are Born!

After much time, stress, tears, joys, and triumphs, I have gotten mostly settled in to Saipan!

And ADDN is being laid to rest.  But not the heart of what lies there.

I have too many things that excite me, too much to learn, and too much to share!  So my life and journeys are now split among two different blogs.  And I hope you'll check them out!

I will of course continue my love of studying natural health.  But I didn't know how to focus it.  Just keep writing willy-nilly articles on whatever topic strikes my fancy?  Or try to catalog and organize for easier searching?  Do I want to try to focus more on recipe creations and then start picking a few for a cook book?  And if so, should it be all produce-pushing as this site has done, or general health?  Should it be for foods common in the mainlands, or for those geared towards Saipan's availability?  With the open doors I have seen in Saipan for writing, speaking, and teaching, do I want to start creating lesson plans?  Making cooking shows or a recipe column?  

Why not all of it??  So, to keep a nice basic umbrella website that can help incorporate any and all potential nutrition-related fun I get to help with, I just went with a basic site name: was born!  ...though VK still needs a nice logo - but we're working on that :)

And that's all well and good for health - but what about a convenient way to keep friends and family updated on non-food topics?  The flight, the views, the people, the betel nut, the roaches...   So, I wanted to keep a travel blog.  One of my best friends in Seattle also thought it'd be fun to share the amazing photography she find on her travels and hikes.  So we joined forces.  And that just started to morph into an outdoor adventure blog, with an encouragement on physical activity to help lead towards health.

We describe it thus:

Two best friends, a world apart.
Jen, in Seattle, Washington is an avid outdoors adventurer, with a deep love of nature and photography.
Kate, on the other side of the world in Saipan, shares the love of active living, with a focus on natural health and nutrition.
What better way to achieve emotional and physical health than to get into the great outdoors, find activities you love, and Flip your own self image!

So all our travel fun and some outdoorsie inspiration and excitement can be found through FlipSide Adventures at!

I hope you'll join us on our new adventures - both in Saipan, and on the Flip Side!

Adios!  (That's also Goodbye in Chamorro) :)

Tuesday, December 20, 2011


Hello hello, dear friends and family!!

I am making an announcement to the world!  ...or to the close group of readers here, at least ;-)

I am moving!  I have been offered a job as Clinical Dietitian/Food Service Manager at the local hospital on that beautiful Jurassic Park -esque island, Saipan!  (Though I hope to do more than white-coat mentality work, and continue to study the wonderful healing properties of foods and lifestyles.)

I don't know how much I will get to post here - not that I have been busy on the blog as of late anyway... But we will be in a flurry of activity for the next 7 weeks until my last day of work here in Ohio; then a mere two weeks after that, we'll be flying (and hopefully NOT frying!) around the globe, and setting up the next chapter in our life.

I know that I want to keep researching and sharing health information; but I don't think much of that will be happening on this site anymore.  It's time to expand!  A simple blog is not what I'm aiming for.

For now, I'll continue updating on, but I am envisioning a greater site in the future - perhaps something that will have a running journal of our adventures in the new culture, pictures of the place, and maybe unique recipes that would be fun for you to try here in the Mainlands, but that I could also start to share with those living in Saipan.  Who knows!  Some sort of conglomeration will be fun, though.

I thank you all for your reading, support, and comments, and hope that you'll continue sharing the adventures on the other blog and whatever site may come next!  I will be sure to share that link here if and when it is created.

Until then, may you continue to explore health, explore life, and explore your own self.  You will find great things there :)


For now!  But new beginnings are ahead!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Kitteh Picture

A cute picture I enjoyed :)  My cats have nibbled on kale before, but that's about it!
  Though, I have had a cat before that loved brussle sprouts...

Have a happy Wednesday!