It took me more than I expected to write this post, as I tried to take it easy and just enjoy everything around me, but it turned out to be full of adventures and unexpected events.
Firstly, my daughter decided she wants to play with the crutches. She has them for 2 years ago when she falls during ski holiday and damaged the left knee. Last year she falls again, during same holiday time, and damaged the right knee. So now she decided we take with us the crutches during our next ski holiday…just in case she needs them. And now she practices 🙂
This week she tried to miss the swimming class as her foot “hurts” and at the ballet class she stayed on the side all class for the same “reason”. Today will move the crutches in the cellar, for any reason she finds now, she does not need them at ALL!
Then, during last week I sent an email to all my Gmail contacts without knowing it. And the best part of it was that I realized what I have done only 3 days later after the email was out.
I am using a personal Gmail account for almost 14 years now and since last summer I use a second account, for business purposes. I can call myself quite Gmail savvy and do not have issues finding the way on my account.
For a certain reason which last week seemed to be a very important one, I have decided to import all my Gmail contacts to an external database. Only that when I clicked the import button, another application I am using to send the newsletters to my readers, took those imported contacts and send to all a welcome email. This was the part I did not know what happened.
So I continue happily through the day and I was very surprised to find the second morning in my business mailbox few messages like out of office replies from people I have not spoken with for ages. That seemed strange and my first thought was that someone hacked my mail account, so I changed the password and set up 2 steps log in process (a pain…). Anyway, I went to bed convinced that some hacker tried to send emails on my behalf by using my email address. Silly me 🙂
Another day passes and I am sitting at the table having lunch with my family on a Saturday. And suddenly hit me! Oh no…oh no…no…that is not possible…oh my…what I do now….and is a long list of short (not so nice) words which came into my mind at the moment I realized that it can be a HIGH probability that I actually sent a welcome email from Top the Cake to ALL my EVER Gmail contacts. All my ever Gmail contacts are and not limited to a few hundred people (almost to one thousand) like friends, family members, parents from my daughter school, my daughter teachers, colleagues from work, my daughter pediatrician, every recruiter I ever speak with across this planet, the CEO of one of my previous employer…who else?! practically everyone I ever sent an email to from my personal Gmail account.
Personally, I tend to block when I find myself in a stressful situation and happened same that Saturday. What to do next?! Obvious I have to apologize everyone for spamming them…but how? How can I write them again after this? What really put me back on track was the fact that most probably my email was sitting in their spam folder or they just ignored it as they knew I would not send them an email like that.
My challenge was that not everyone knows me well enough to know recognize that part of me.
I start writing an apologize email to everyone who received the previous message. Took me almost 2 days to clean the contacts database and put everything in order as before. After my second email, people started to reply back and ask me more about my blog 🙂 thank you all for your nice words! And some others asked me to send them more emails in the future.
To calm down, I started to bake. I needed something to keep my mind busy but easy to make, so surely have a dessert later in the evening. Most of the time I remember recipes by heart, but I was too nervous to go through this by my self. So I started to measure and mix ingredients, and of course, I did not take notes of what I was doing (I really have to work on this part!) and prepared a gluten-free banana bread. I bake this cake before but after the experience on that Saturday, now I was really satisfied with the result. Next day I tried again, and I did remember what I did previously on Saturday…yay! 🙂
So all ended well by the end, but I learned important stuff from this experience: friends are friends and business is business. Sorry guys, I really did not mean to spam you, was a regrettable technical error.
This is my recipe for refined sugar-free and gluten-free nutty banana bread.
170g ripe bananas (2 medium bananas) plus 1 banana for topping
35g maple syrup
100g almond butter
65g millet flour
2 eggs M size
100g dark chocolate chopped
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp vanilla
1 pinch of salt
1 pinch of nutmeg
Preheat the oven to 170 degrees and grease a 16*26cm baking form and line it with baking paper.
Mix the almond butter with the maple syrup, add the eggs, flour, and bananas. Mix all together with the dried ingredients. At the end add the chopped chocolate chips.
Cut into log halves the banana and lay it on top the cake. Brush the bananas with vegetable oil.
Bake for approx 35-40 min.
Let cool down on a cooling rack. You can now brush the banana halves with more maple syrup.