I am a wife to my love, a 2nd year law student.
I am going to graduate school for medical anthropology.
I am a daughter of God and a Catholic.
I am a Former Jesuit Volunteer.
I am a knitter, a baker, and an occasional biker.
Does that help? Good. Now a few other important “about me” items.
Why the name, Blueberries for Me?
Because I loved this book as a child. And I loved blueberry picking. My mom and sisters and I used to go up to this blueberry farm in West Virginia and pick endless amounts of juicy goodness.
For a while, blueberries fell away from being such a central part of my life as they were those Julys of my childhood. Until this past year, in October of 2010, when I was diagnosed with interstitial cystitis. (More below). I’m on a pretty restrictive diet – blueberries, pears and apples are the only fruits I can eat. So instead of whining about my loss of clementines, I am trying to think of this as an eternal blueberry summer.
What is Interstitial Cystitis?
It’s stupid, that’s what it is.
Okay, but really, it’s a chronic bladder disorder. You can read more about it here.
I’ve been diagnosed recently and so I am very much trying to figure out life with IC. Right now, I’m on a no-fun diet, no coffee, no beer (or alcohol at all, but man I loved me some beer), no spicy foods, no (or very little if you are a cheater like me) chocolate, etc. Basically nothing acidic. It’s harder than it sounds. But I CAN have lots and lots of vegetables, breads, white chocolate, and meat. So hurrah! I won’t starve.
IC is painful and I’m learning to navigate that pain, one day at a time.
What is the Jesuit Volunteer Corps?
Awesome, that’s what it is.
I am an “FJV” – a Former Jesuit Volunteer. The Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest, according to their website is this:
“Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest engages women and men in a transforming experience of full-time volunteer service. Jesuit Volunteers serve for a year or more in solidarity with persons living on the margins of society and with vulnerable places in the Pacific Northwest.”
There are four central values: spirituality, simplicity, social justice, and community. I still try to live these values today.
My husband is also an FJV. That’s how we met. Go us! I did two years, he did one. My first year I worked at a daycare in Spokane, WA. My second year I worked at a homeless shelter in Missoula. I imported the posts from my old JVC blog (spocrazy.blogspot.com). You can read them in my archives if you are interested!