All Conference and Senior night!!!

Today was our Mid-State All Conference at our home course along with Senior night. The conditions were perfect today and our team was excited to be celebrating our seniors after the meet and everyone was quite relaxed pre-race.

I had a great race and a new PR of 20:20 dropping almost 13 seconds from last weeks PR on our home course (20:31) which has always been slow for me.  My previous best course time was 21:34 from last years All Conference race and so I was very excited to have dropped 1:34. I came in 4th overall and was happy to be the 2nd DSA girl back, our fast freshman came in 1st and 2 Carrboro girls followed behind her . I was really happy with the outcome, and I really enjoyed my race!  Our girls team came 2nd overall for All Conference and our boys won which was great. As a team we won the Sportsmanship award for both girls and boys, so that was nice and pretty much sums us up as a team. It’s been a great season for our team and hopefully will continue next Saturday at regionals and moving forward to States.

I was so pleased to be an All Conference winner for the 3rd consecutive year.

start of race
Start of race
setting a pace
Setting a pace


end of race
Heading to the finish line

Senior night was a lot fun; we had dinner prepared for us my some great parents- gluten free options galore with the tacos and chicken fillings. We listened to speeches, retold stories of our four years running together, watched the slide show of hundreds of photos which parents had taken over the years, and gave out various gifts. It was a great end to our regular season and my senior year running at DSA.

We are looking forward to regionals next Saturday and as a girls team are up to the challenge of chasing the few points that we are behind on the virtual meets set by NC Milesplit.




Sunday morning Flapjacks

We don’t often find Flapjacks here in NC, so it’s always nice when my Mum makes them. They are lovely and sweet and kind of healthy with the oats thrown in. Thought I would share the recipe – very quick and easy.

  • 4oz light brown sugar
  • 6oz butter
  • 1 dessertspoon of golden syrup
  • 6oz gluten free quaker oats (the healthy part)

In a saucepan melt the sugar, butter and golden syrup together. Turn off the heat and stir in the oats. Pour the mixture into a 8inch square 1.5inch deep tin.  Cook for 35 – 40 mins at gas 2 or 300°f in the middle of the oven until golden brown. Cool in tin for 10 mins then cut into squares.



Ahoy! I’m off to sea.

Late last summer I applied for a volunteer position for the Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust. They were looking for volunteers to work on board the sailing boat ‘Silurian’, which sails from the Isle of Mull off the Scottish coast to monitor the whales, dolphins and porpoises in the Outer Hebrides.

Fast forward to October and  I was nominated through a teacher at school for the Governors School program. I knew this was a great opportunity and privilege but spent the remaining part of my day at school thinking about how I would work in my cross country running over the summer and building our team if I was away at Governors School for 5 -6 weeks of the summer, plus I was still holding out to hear from the Hebridean Trust.

When I got home from school that evening I was extremely excited to receive an acceptance email into the teen volunteer program and immediately knew I wanted to have the opportunity to volunteer in the area of marine biology over Governors School.

I will be heading to the Isle of Mull in July. During our 8 days at sea we will conduct monitoring via visual sightings and acoustic surveillance around the Hebridean Islands. As a volunteer I will be living and working onboard the sailing boat for the duration of the volunteer period. With a team of 8-10 other high school students and 2 members of the Whale and Dolphin Trust we will work, cook, clean and monitor the ocean – I am looking forward to the whole experience. This will be my first time at sea!

The Sailing boat Silurian.

One of my main concerns when I applied for the opportunity was ‘what would I eat’! I emailed the coordinator and explained that I had Celiac Disease and they were very helpful and knowledgable about my situation.  They will be able to provide the sailing boat with non gluten food items, and I will be careful during the week when we are in the galley cooking and eating together. I am looking forward to seeing what gluten free goodies the UK has to offer.

I am so looking forward to this once in a lifetime opportunity!

I will be able to share my story in August with you.





Quick lunch out for Celiacs… do they exist?

I recently earned my off-campus lunch pass – awesome…not! In theory it would be great to take sometime out from your usual lunch meal and take a break from campus, but I’ve found it particularly frustrating to just simply “go off campus”. I have to remind myself that I HAVE to look at every menu in a restaurant before hand and most times a quick look simply takes too long… I have to research….sigh!




January Favorites!

Tea and biscuits anyone?

My Mum came home with these very moreish biscuits the other day. My favorites are the Vanilla sandwich cremes as they come in individually wrapped two packs – perfect for my lunch box. We purchased them in our local Harris Teeter, retailing around $3.50 a pack. They are so good that I am needing to ration myself as the other week I went through 4 packets.img_1021

Cosmic Appreciation Post!

There is a hidden gem in Downtown 9th street, a place that can only be reached by taking a flight of stairs and going through a series of doors (that lead to other local stores on the street)! Cosmic is a restaurant that serves authentic Mexican food, a personal favorite of mine.

Usually I ask for no cross contact with the flour tortillas and other products, of which they accommodate for including a note to the chef. I order the corn products to avoid gluten consumption.

Always a reasonable price for a teenager just looking for a great and fast meal.

Cosmic serves food to- go or for in restaurant eating. If you are interested (I would definitely recommend it!) here is the link to the menu:

My fave order: Two chicken tacos with rice, beans, salsa, and cheese.

This has been a quick appreciative post of a local restaurant, because after all it is ‘support local stores Saturday’!



Harris Teeter… what is going on?

The Gluten free section in my Harris Teeter.

I went into Harris Teeter this morning and noticed the store has moved a lot of products around. Nothing was in its usual place. Gluten free products are now gathered together on their own aisle…! I am so excited for this to be finished, it will allow easy access to all the goodies that are gluten free without having to go up and down each isle in search of the GF shelf labels. Great job Harris Teeter.

Skin Testing for Allergies… you guessed it!

After getting blood drawn last month and having it allergy tested for my EoE, I had to go back to the hospital for a physical skin prick allergy test.  The doctors needed confirmation that although the blood tests stated I was allergic to eggs, soy, peanuts and of course wheat they needed to know if I would have a physical skin reaction and if those foods were causing my Eosinophilic Esophagitis.

A skin prick test is done by prickers that contain a little bit of the liquid allergen. The allergens are numbered on a patients back, and if the area becomes inflamed it means that the patient is allergic.

The after math of the skin test, while waiting for the inflammation to occur (you have to wait 15 minutes to analyze the results) felt like 10,000 stinging ants running around my back. It was SO itchy I didn’t know what to do with myself. My mum sat fanning my back to try and ease the itchiness which lasted about 20 mins after the test.

I was tested for peanut, soy, egg white, wheat (LOL), milk, and pecans. I learned that I am allergic to peanuts, soy, eggs and wheat (I already knew that though).

The photo above shows 1. Eggs 2. Milk 3. Wheat 4. Soybean 5. Peanut 6. Pecan 7. Saline and 8. Histamine.

I will go back to the hospital in the next month or so to discuss a spray for my throat. The Dr.’s did say that these allergies are only bothering my throat with inflammation- I am Asymptomatic with these foods however, need to stay away from them as they are damaging my Esophagus.