Sitting in a chair gingerly and determined to empty out the multitude
of items which have been ping ponging around my mind for quite some time.
I am sitting carefully because an old injury flared up this week.
Let’s just say that someone finally unlocked the last Zumba routine
on the family Wii.
Let’s also say that this brought so much joy to this person, they decided they
Does that date me?
Okay I pretended that I had Shakira’s hips.
I don’t often wish to be in my 20’s but today I would just ask for my joints back.
The other side effect of Zumba is I now hear a soundtrack in my mind when I am
awake and when I sleep.
It’s all in Spanish.
Zumba might be a cheaper solution than Rosetta Stone.
Don’t ever believe that writing isn’t sometimes painful 🙂
Thinking about how a salad cured me of my phobia of quinoa.
I have had this “issue” with quinoa over the years.
I knew all the arguments about it being a healthy grain and full of protein.
Super nutrition in a serving of quinoa, but I could not get over what
it looked like.
It was the case of quinoa’s appearance resembled something unpleasant from
Nothing horrible in the least but nonetheless, the mere sight of white quinoa gave
me the creeps.
Until this salad entered the picture and I have put that vision behind me.
I used red quinoa and this helped tremendously.
I know, this sounds so silly but it was a roadblock.
Ever been in that place?
Here is the recipe for an incredibly delicious salad or
as I like to call it my healthy fear busting salad...heh heh.
Thinking about PB2.
Have you heard of it?
It is 100% natural peanuts which are ground and pressed, taking the majority
of the oil out, resulting in a fine powder.
PB2 has all the great peanut butter taste with a fraction of the calories and fat.
You can add water to make a peanut butter consistency or as a dressing like in the
I have put it in my smoothies and it works wonderfully.
I believe there is a chocolate peanut butter flavored version as well.
Thinking about the theme of most of the fiction I read last year.
I read more fiction which was my hope and plan.
I read a lot of traditionally YA (young adult) books and
books dealing with illness.
I wonder if it is important to read about topics which narrow and broaden
From my vantage point, I am inhabited with young people.
My direct line of sight and in my periphery has people who are
dealing with illness in all its many forms and intricacies.
It is easy to shy away from reading about hard topics but in this
case, they proved helpful to step into these characters lives and
to be better informed about those around me who are struggling in
all its various forms.
and Tell the Wolves, I’m Home for expanding my mind within their pages so my
encouragement can be more expansive and effective.
That’s my prayer.
I also read The End of Your Life Book Club.
A book where you know the end of the story.
In fact, we all know the end of our stories.
This book is precious.
A son and his mother read and re-read books and have
Books had always been their best way of communicating
and talking about life.
I think this is a clarion call for all of us.
Find what someone you love loves and do it with them.
It just may take your relationship to a whole new and blessed
Thinking about the fact that I want to laugh more this year.
For no reason and for great reasons.
I have intended to mention this book for ages.
I read Where’d You Go, Bernadette? this past summer in 2 days maybe 3.
It was my favorite fiction read of last year.
It was beyond laugh out loud funny.
There is some language if I recall but the
story is so original and for those of us residing
in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with all our quirks
it will ring brilliantly true.
Speaking of laughing, I told my brother about this book
as he travels each week for work and he is always looking
for good airplane reading material.
I finally decided to send him the book a la Barnes and Noble.
I didn’t hear a word from my brother except one text message
saying we needed to talk about the book I sent him.
We celebrated Thanksgiving with my brother’s family and at end of the
evening, he again said that he needed to talk to me about that book I had
sent him, very seriously I might add.
I was a bit worried when he brought out the Barnes and Noble package
delivered to his doorstep.
I looked at the invoice.
Then I pulled the book from the box and it was a copy of
Perhaps Barnes and Noble felt that my brother needed to read
a much longer book and a classic.
Now that is laugh worthy.
Bring on the laughs,
the healthy foods
to connect with the people in our lives
who need us simply to remain by their sides.
Hold the people in your lives as you would grip the
pages of your favorite novel.
Settle in long enough for their voice to whisper to you
I imagine many of the best stories will never
be inked on paper.
Have you read anything laugh worthy?
I would love to know because now you know,
I wanna laugh.