Hopefully, we will be sailing gluten-free through our new adventure!
Learning to sail and being gluten-free made me a little nervous. Especially, since I would be stuck on a boat with other people eating all kinds of food for several days!
Be brave, learn new things, get out of my comfort zone, go on adventures, all things I want to do but we actually took steps to do them and I am proud of us!
Why are we sailing?
Some days I feel like I’m wonder woman and can conquer anything, and other days I don’t feel that same confidence. This past weekend I was brave. It did help that I had my adoring husband by my side to make me feel secure, but I defiantly had to learn this (even though we studied together) and be able to perform on my own.
We decided to be brave and take the first step towards our dream of sailing gluten-free off into the sunset. We took our ASA 101 sailing classes! There were over 300 new terms we had to learn, sailed Man overboard (MOB) drills, learned the points of sail, among lots of other things!
I had to be brave and drive the boat. Drive being the operative word. There was a tiller and sails. No wheel to turn and go the direction you want. Pray for wind, and that I can remember the tiller works in the opposite direction of where I want to go!
Now to practice practice practice!
We have a few years until we are empty nesters, which is crazy to even say, so we thought we would start learning how to sail and practice our skills while our girls finish high school and go onto university. I don’t know if we will ever sail off into the sunset, but it’s going to be fun to learn new things!
Another great moment that occurred this weekend, was that our oldest daughter decided to attend Arizona State University in the fall! I am so proud of her and excited to see what life has to hold for her. Also super happy that she will be close to home. 🙂
While on our sailing date weekend, we went out to eat on Friday night with our oldest daughter and my Sister in law Jessi. Our daughter and her Aunt were going to a play so we took them out to Pei Wei before it started. I am happy to report that Pei Wei passed the Nima test the first time around! Yay Pei Wei!
Saturday’s gluten free breakfast on the way to sailing:
The next morning, we got Starbucks and tried their new Gluten-free breakfast sandwich. I did not Nima test it because I have seen others test it on Instagram so I felt safe eating it without retesting. The good news is the tests were right! I didn’t get sick. Great job Starbucks for figuring out how to prepackage food and keep it safe with no cross-contamination! I will be enjoying these when traveling over a sketchy breakfast buffet! *An update* Sadly, Starbucks discontinued them.
Sailing Gluten Free on a Saturday Date Night:
I packed our food for the boat days but we did go out to PF Changs on Saturday night for a date. Our food was wonderful and so was the wine. PF Changs passed with the Nima 2 out of 3 dishes that we ordered. Insert Meatloaf song….. 2 out of 3 ain’t bad…lol! I was very happy to have the Nima with me as sailing on a small sailboat with 4 guys and myself and a hand pump potty would have been no fun. That would have been the end of date night and Funday Sunday sailing. Sailing gluten-free through the weekend thanks to Nima!
So far, I am still loving my Nima sensor. I am thankful for the stress it releases knowing the food we order is gluten-free every time that smile shows up. It hasn’t changed the way I order food, as I still give the restaurant the same spiel about having a gluten allergy and not a preference. I know Celiac isn’t an allergy, but it’s easier to explain. But I know that when the food is tested and a smile shows up that I won’t have to worry about ruining date night or having to figure out hand pump potties.
I Hope you are sailing through your week gluten-free as well!
Best Wishes for Gluten-Free Dishes!