Carrying Things You Can’t Put Down


This morning started with coffee in bed (so nice on a Monday!) and then a green (ish) smoothie.  I needed to blend and go, so used my Tribest instead of my Vitamix.  I totally love it, and recently bought the big 24 ounce blender cup (my smoothies tend to be really big).  I also picked up the special travel case since I have a ton of trips this year and can’t travel well without it!  I didn’t leave enough room for the greens, so there’s less spinach than I usually prefer, but it was still tasty!

banana, strawberry, spinach, cocoa
banana, strawberry, spinach, cocoa

Lunch was some fresh spring rolls and tofu curry.  It’s been a long time since I ate Thai!

And speaking of….I paid for it.  I haven’t had any appetite the rest of the day, so instead I did cooking to prepare for tomorrow.

I made some baked falafel and a soy yogurt sauce.  I plan to put this on a BAS for lunch at work tomorrow.

baked falafel looks like cookies, but one bite and you'll know they're not!
baked falafel looks like cookies, but one bite and you’ll know they’re not!
used my homemade soy yogurt and added mint, cucumber, red onion, and lime juice.  Great topper for the falafel, and will go nicely as a dressing on the greens.
used my homemade soy yogurt and added mint, cucumber, red onion, and lime juice. Great topper for the falafel, and will go nicely as a dressing on the greens.

I’ve also started keeping a bag in my freezer of leftover veggie remnants.  The onion ends and peels, the green parts of cauliflower heads, fennel bulb portions, beet greens – and anything that is nearing the end of it’s useful life that I know I’m not going to have time to eat.  The point?  To put them in a slow cooker or pressure cooker with water to start making homemade veggie broth.  I can’t believe I didn’t start doing this sooner.  Though, if it doesn’t actually work, I may start composting for the garden I swear I’m actually going to do this year 🙂


Today was just some gentle yoga at home and a walk with Sammie.  It was (per my training calendar) a rest day, but I needed some light movement.

We all have stress in our lives for one reason or another.  We all carry it in different ways.  Some have stomach issues, some get closed off emotionally, and some lash out.  For me, I physically store it in my very upper shoulders and neck, and I spent today with a constant and painful reminder of where I keep it.  It’s the biggest reason D and I have committed to monthly massages (and frankly, he massages my shoulders every day) and one of the reasons why I crave yoga.

So for now, I’m trying to figure out how to put down something I can’t carry in my arms.   It makes it annoyingly difficult.


This morning was really nice and peaceful.  Due to the MLK holiday the kids had off school.  That mean D and I could still wake up early, but take our time.  For me personally, that meant enjoying coffee in bed while reading the news on my iPad while he took a shower.

My eldest got another college acceptance letter this weekend!  She’s applied to three (the last one, just finishing a week ago), and has so far heard from two.  I asked her today which she was leaning towards, and was surprised by her answer.  It’s those glimmers of adult thought that shine through your nutty teenagers that makes you feel you’re doing something right.

My daughter is an artist.  She goes to a very highly ranked specialty art school, and has known what she wants to do for a very long time.  Crazy to me (who still works on trying to figure out what I want to be when I “grow up” some days!), but she’s never wavered in her focus.  She’s been approached and has applied to very elite art universities – and has been accepted to one so far, and surprised me by having her highest choice be the #1 rated public art program in the country.  This isn’t an art-only university like the others, it’s a very nice full-offering university.  Her reasoning?  Art colleges are wonderful – but not diversified enough in academic offerings.  She’s smart too, not just an artist, and wants to take math and science classes and study business and marketing because it’s not enough that she makes great art – but she needs to sell it and herself too.

I was surprised to find this school’s art program rated even higher than one of her art universities – and it’s MUCH closer to home.  So while no final decision has been made (we gave her the target of April to decide), I think she’s leaning this way.  I’m proud of her not only because she’s making decisions that will impact her whole life – but she’s making them rationally.  She may be a pain in the ass 17 yr. old sometimes, but she’s growing up in many different ways.

So another happy day in my clan, and hope yours has been too!

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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.

2 thoughts on “Carrying Things You Can’t Put Down

    1. I definitely feel that yoga is sometimes the perfect answer to what my body is asking.

      And yes…I think she’s approaching her college decision very well. Almost shocking 😉

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