All About Balance

Today is Monday, so it was back to work.  Overall, it wasn’t a bad day, just starting to realize how much stuff I have to get done in so little amount of time.  I get fleeting moments of feeling overwhelmed, but they usually don’t last very long.  I know that if I focus, I’ll be okay.
With summer ending, I’m also thinking about how much life in general costs (back to school expenses are never fun).  This happens to me a couple of times a year (like right after Christmas, summer time, when D gets sick, etc), and I try to think of ways to downsize my life.  Today my head was filled with thoughts like that which get me both excited about the possibilities…and depressed!  Oh well.  It is in the vein that I think it’s funny about my pictures below.  D is still feeling poopy, so I took the kids to tae kwon do, and did my scheduled 40 minute run in the REALLY nice neighborhood while they were in class.  I took a couple pictures of the mcmansions I ran past.  It’s funny because when I run in really nice neighborhoods like this (which I enjoy immensely), I usually think things like “that would be cool to live in”, and “hey look, a gazebo”, or sometimes “good grief, how would I keep a house that big clean”?  Today was different.  Today I thought, “wow, there are no kids playing in this neighborhood” and “I bet it’s like a museum inside…I’d be afraid to touch everything”, and “ugh, I’d have to pay for housekeepers and gardeners just to keep it looking nice”, which goes in the face of everything I was thinking about today with trying to think of ways to reduce the excess in my life. 
I had normal black drip coffee this morning.  D laughed at me that I was slumming it with my java since I’ve been drinking espresso pretty much every morning since April when I got my new espresso machine.  I thought it was funny, and told him I was feeling especially lazy (since he always makes the normal coffee).  My breakfast was leftover slow roasted onions and tomatoes over couscous – my dinner from last night.  I snacked on some low fat crackers and fruit the rest of the day.  My lunch was admittedly unbalanced.  It was the leftover basmati rice (I made a batch to use with the peppers for dinner) with soy sauce. I was in a hurry!  I made a coconut-rice-pineapple stuffed bell pepper meal in the slow cooker for my dinner.  It was surprisingly bland – until I dumped a ton of hot sauce on it.  Then it was quite tasty!  I think this is the first recipe from my slow cooker vegetarian book that I didn’t love.  It’s a bummer too, because I was going to take a stuffed pepper each to H and M since they gave me those peppers from their gardens.  I’ll have to make them something else instead! 
I made a healthy shrimp recipe for D and the kids for their dinner tonight.  I had everything on hand except the spinach, so I just made it without.  I served it over couscous, and everyone seemed to really enjoy it. 
The kids finished off the tofu eggless salad last night, so I’ll have to make another batch this week.  I have plenty of other leftovers, and while my family (other than me) is absolutely pathetic about eating them, they’re going to have to get used to it!  I think we’re too wasteful with food, and they can start contributing by eating leftovers the next day.  D is especially bad at this (example….just a few minutes ago, he decided he was hungry and made himself a sandwich….while I have leftover dinner from today, chicken and rice leftovers from the other day, and pasta leftovers too!  All of which will be thrown away in the next day….wasted).  The kids will eat them if I remind them that they’re there.  Otherwise they tend to forget too. 
Well, that’s pretty much it.  It’s been a pretty uneventful day, so I don’t have a ton to talk about!  My run was good, and I was only a little sore.  Most of the aches were worked out in the first 1/4 mile, so that was good.  My book is almost over, and I’m looking forward to book 6 already!

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I am a 45 yo busy career single mom and doctoral student attempting to find her inner athlete, be a gluten-free(ish) vegan, and find a way to balance it all without going crazy! I love to cook, read, run, box, do yoga, dance, travel, and learn as many new things as I can - which often gets me in trouble.... I am passionate about life in general, and if I didn't write about it, I'd probably implode.

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