Groundhog Day

Tomorrow is the day that will determine if winter will be over soon or last another six weeks. Not that it’s been much of a winter so far. Of course, I’d still prefer it warm up rather than stay cold and miserable.

Tomorrow is also the Super Bowl. I’ve never been a big fan of football, but it is the 100th season for the NFL. It’s also the first time a team with a female coach has been to the Super Bowl.

Now, I wouldn’t consider myself a feminist by today’s standards. After all, I don’t wish for the elimination of all men on the planet. However, it is a pretty impressive first for women as far as job equality goes. And that is something to be proud of.

So, whether you’re waiting for Punxsutawney Phil’s prediction, the clash between Kansas City and San Francisco, or both – it should be an interesting day all around.

I hope everyone enjoys the beginning of February.

Poetry Month Wrap-Up

Thirty-one days of writing poems has come and gone. It wasn’t easy, but it was definitely worthwhile. I feel like I’ve accomplished something. A feat that hasn’t happened in a long time.

I’m pretty happy with what I wrote. I know that not all the poems are publish-worthy, at least not yet, but they’re all mine. I created each and every one of them and that’s something to be proud of.

It’s now November, which means that it’s NaNoWriMo time. However, after exerting so much energy over the last month just to get one poem written each day, I think I’m going to have to skip it this year.

Still, now that I’ve begun writing, I’m going to try to keep it up. Although, maybe at a lower frequency.

Have a great weekend everybody!

A Month of Poetry

April is national poetry month. So, October is kind of like its half-birthday. In that vein, I plan to write a poem a day for each of the thirty-one days in October. In order to hold myself accountable, I will post each day’s poem before midnight of that day.

Now, these poems won’t be polished, by any means. In fact, some of them may be complete garbage. But that doesn’t mean they’re not worthwhile to write. That’s the creative process after all. It’s been a long time since I’ve had the motivation to write with any sort of regularity and I need to rectify that.

So, starting Tuesday, I will be putting pen to paper (or fingers to keys rather) every day, for thirty-one days. I hope you won’t judge me too harshly as I undertake this journey. I might just find something on my way.

What that is, we shall find out, together.

Have a great weekend everyone!

I Love Lists

When it comes to creating lists, I’m a pro. I can whip up a list for cleaning, shopping, even budgeting in no time flat. My problem comes with the follow through. Specifically, when it comes to sticking to a rigid cleaning schedule.

I have tried the clean-everything-at-once method and the clean-a-little-bit-everyday method, in various forms. Neither has worked particularly well for me. Of course, each time, I was using someone else’s pre-made list. Working on their timeline and with their priorities.

This time, I have done a lot of reading and web searching and come up with my own version. I made the master list, then broke it up into manageable chunks with like items bundled together. Finally, I created the timeline based on my own priorities and abilities.

It’s still new and I haven’t gotten into the full swing of things yet, but I’m quite hopeful. I’ve managed to do most of the items on my list without feeling overwhelmed or guilty for not doing it all perfectly. I see that as progress. And any progress is good.

In the spirit of accomplishment, I hope everyone has a successful weekend!

Remembering the Fallen

It’s Memorial Day weekend. Time for cookouts, family, and honoring those that have fallen fighting for our freedom. It’s important to remember that the freedoms we enjoy every day are not free. They are earned by the blood, sweat, and tears of the men and women of the United States military. It’s easy to take what we have for granted, to become complacent about the source of our liberties. That’s why it’s so vital that, at least a few times a year, we take a moment and give thanks to those that fight for our rights.

I’m proud to be a veteran. In fact, the military is a deep part of my family history – my father is a veteran, my husband is a veteran, and my brother and brother-in-law are currently serving. So, to all those that take up the mantle, I say Thank You.

I hope everyone has a fun and safe weekend!

Happy Easter!

Tomorrow holds a great deal of meaning to many people. For me, it’s more about it being my parents’ anniversary. In fact, it’s their 40th anniversary. Quite an accomplishment, especially in today’s world. Most people view marriage as something of a temporary nature. More like dating than an actual commitment.

I hold a different view.

Perhaps it’s old fashioned, but I believe that marriage is meant to last a lifetime. Marriage is hard work. I know from experience. I have been married for almost 17 years myself and it hasn’t been one long walk in the park. But even when times get hard, for whatever reason, I have never seen it as an excuse to just give up. And, luckily for me, neither has my husband. We both have the same view on taking vows. We take our vows to each other seriously, just as we took our vows to our country seriously.

I appreciate that being with someone else, anyone else, can have its trials and tribulations. All I’m saying is that it shouldn’t be so easy to throw away what should be a lifelong commitment.

That was a little preachy, I know. I just have strong opinions when it comes to the state of matrimony.

I hope everyone has a Happy Easter and, to my parents, Happy 40th Anniversary. We all love and respect you so much!!

Beverage Update

Back in January, I wrote about changing my drinking habits. I was attempting to switch from mostly sugary beverages to mostly water-type beverages with little to no sugar.

I am happy to announce that it has been a huge success. I haven’t had an actual soda in well over a month. Instead, I drink mostly naturally flavored carbonated water, along with some coffee, tea, and, of course, plain water.

It has been immensely liberating to not rely so heavily on overly processed drinks. In fact, I have even started drinking plain seltzer water, in the form of Perrier, and it is delicious. I never liked the taste of plain carbonated water before; I thought it was disgusting.

How my taste buds have changed! And in such a short time too. I am very happy with my progress and am researching dietary changes, which will be my next healthy project.

May you all enjoy your health and happiness to its fullest extent!

Shakshuka

Also known as Eggs in Purgatory, this dish is a wonderful melding of tomatoes, spices, and eggs. I’ve been wanting to make this for quite some time, but never managed to get around to it.

I am so glad I finally made it! Talk about delicious.

I used a recipe I found online and adapted it to fit my tastes. I sautéed some celery and sweet peppers in avocado oil, then added some spices – paprika, cumin, and chili powder. After it was all cooked down I added a can of crushed tomatoes. Once it was fully incorporated, I made wells for my four eggs, put on the lid, and simmered it all for about seven minutes. The final product looked pretty darn good, especially after I sprinkled some parsley on top for some added color and flavor.

You can use bread to help sop up the sauce, but I never got around to that. I ate it just as it was, and relished every bite.

I plan on making this again, soon. It is generally considered a breakfast food, which is how I ate it, but it can be enjoyed any time of day. I intend to eat what’s left over some rice for dinner. I expect it will be just as satisfying as the first time.

I hope everyone has a delightful week!

See you next Saturday.

Six Month Milestone

Monday (in 2 days) marks six months that I have been at my current job. Which means a pay increase. Woot Woot!

Hooray for gainful employment!

It may not sound like a long time, but it’s still a milestone that I have every intention of celebrating. Consistency and commitment are essential tools to have at one’s disposal.

I am delighted to have both.

Of course, it’s only my part-time job since I don’t get paid for doing my full-time job anymore (even though I still do it). But that’s a story for another time.

Either way, the bills gotta get paid, so I shall continue at my part-time job for the foreseeable future.

Hope everyone is having a good day!

Shifting Beverages

The biggest problem with trying to make changes is doing too much all at once. This is especially true at the new year. I’ve fallen into this trap many times myself. So, I decided to do things a bit different this year.

I’m making changes slowly and one at a time. I know, super radical, but it seems to be working.

I started tracking my caloric intake and realized that a lot of my calories were coming from what I drank. Needless to say, I figured that would be a good place to start adjusting my habits. My drinks went from a lot of sugary, calorie laden soda, juice, and sweet tea to mostly water in various forms.

I never used to like sparkling water that didn’t have a lot of added sugar. Of course, I never really gave it a chance either. That changed recently and I have a new appreciation for unsweetened drinks. In fact, I find them quite refreshing.

I’m hoping I can snowball this one change into more in the near future. I look forward to sharing my wellness journey with you each week.

Stay happy!