Grub – Maybe because it’s Summer Time, and maybe because I live in Georgia where if the humidity doesn’t bother you the heat and humidity combination will make you question everything you thought you knew about the melting point of human flesh, I am super into ice cream this week. Two favorites are Ben & Jerry’s Urban Bourbon (delightfully indulgent) and Halo Top’s Mint Chip (light and guilt-free). The Halo Top could use more chips, but I just add some Ghirardelli baking chips and I’m good to go.
Straight Outta Pandora – artist I’m super into is BORNS. I heard the song “Dug My Heart” and it was all she wrote. Check it out here. Their music has a very… mystical quality to it. It’s 80s but it’s also modern. “American Money” is mesmerizing. Another band on my list this week is Young the Giant. Listen to “Something to Believe In” and get back to me with opinions and suggestions.
Globetrotting – Found a great deal for flights to Rome, Italy. I think it was posted by Conde Nast Traveler magazine, but don’t quote me on that. Trying to get my bro and sister-in-law on board. I’d love to be there this winter! We’ve been to the Colosseum once before but unfortunately Gladiator hadn’t come out yet, so I’ve not had the opportunity to stand inside it and scream, “Are you not entertained?” So. Life goals.
Body – My focus right now is on sleep, rest, self-care, and hydration. I notice a real difference in myself when I drink lots of water and when I get lots of quality sleep. On the fitness end, I’m spending tons of time outside, touching nature and breathing fresh air. Highly recommend this to all my fitfam/gymrat friends.
Heart and Soul – Psychometry has been on my mind this week. The following is from Wikipedia:
(from Greek: ψυχή, psukhē, “spirit, soul” and μέτρον, metron, “measure”), also known as token-object reading, or psychoscopy, is a form of extrasensory perception characterized by the claimed ability to make relevant associations from an object of unknown history by making physical contact with that object.
I don’t know if I believe a person could pick up an antique and discern things about its previous owners, but I do wholeheartedly believe that all things are energy. (Notice I didn’t say all things “have” energy.) Living things like people, plants, and animals as well as non-living things are all made of energy. Some people call this vibration. I refer to raising vibration a lot, because I believe positive things in life vibrate at a higher level than negative things, so the goal is to always raise or keep high vibration, so that you’re always energetically on the same wavelength (so to speak) with those things that are most desirable for you. For more information on attracting, check out Agnes Vivarelli on YouTube. Her videos are about vibration, manifestation, and radiating love.
What Dreams May Come – The only dream I had this week was a nightmare, so I’m not going to post about it. Hope to have a better dream story next week.
Photographing – Trail runs, nature, animals, moving away from selfies and people photos. Also, painted rocks, both hidden and found. Haven’t heard of the rock-painting phenomenon? Get Involved in Your Community!
Slow and steady wins the race.
Big and Small Screen – I have only seen a couple episodes of Criminal Minds this week, but they were good ones. The relationship between Derek and Penelope is everything. I watch this, totally enjoying their back-and-forth dialogue, and half-hoping for a hookup. Also watching SDCC footage here and there. Love the new Justice League trailer, especially Jason Momoa as Aquaman (you can follow him on Instagram ) and Ezra Miller (also on Instagram) as Flash, who my son is most exicted about. Momoa has been my main guy for a while, I’m so excited to see a spirit like his succeeding in Hollywood. Miller is a talented actor and I’m curious to see where he’ll go. Flash also seems to have all the funny lines, but maybe that’s just the trailer. Oh, and you can see the Justice League trailer from ComicCon 2017 right over here.
Between the Pages – This week I read Shakespeare’s “The Merry Wives of Windsor” for the first time. A self-professed Shakespeare lover/buff/geek, I am ashamed that I haven’t read everything he’s written. I’m not into the comedies as much and the language (and therefore the humor) can be difficult for me to digest, but I got through it. I also went to SparkNotes.com and read the synopsis. It’s a helpful website as it also gives context, informing the reader of what was going on in England at that time.
Tech – My only news here is that I finally played Pokemon GO. It was underwhelming, but thankfully I didn’t walk off any cliffs.
Most of my ‘best’ dishes happen by accident. I love feeling like a mad scientist in the kitchen – creating, substituting, and usually not measuring or following any specific recipe. I call it ‘guerrilla baking’ in jest, but in truth it’s the most freeing way for me to cook. Tonight I made something in between pancakes and crepes, using applesauce instead of vegetable oil (blech) and Ghirardelli semi-sweet morsels.
My husband sent me a “Good News!” text, and once I heard what the good news, I decided to celebrate. Hence, cooking with chocolate. What makes a heart (or tummy) happier on a cold winter’s night than something buttery, gooey, and chocolatey? I certainly can’t think of anything.
So I put a pat of Plugra Unsalted butter (my favorite, hands-down) and got to work. These are the result. They are not as thin as crepes, not as fluffy as pancakes, just the right ‘in-between’ of sweet and savory, with melted chocolate in the middle. They may not be pretty, but my taste buds are not complaining. I don’t have a recipe, though if I did I might not share it, as I like to keep my Franken-Dishes to myself.*
These ARE vegetarian – they ARE NOT vegan but could easily be modified. (Which I may do for myself tomorrow!)
*Alright, boys and girls – after several requests I’m going to post a ‘rough’ version of the non-recipe:
1/2 C milk or non-dairy milk
1/2 C all purpose flour
dash of baking powder
pinch of salt
pinch of cinnamon
1 Tbsp sugar
1 Tbsp applesauce (or vegetable oil)
1 Tbsp butter or margarine (you really want to use butter here)
1 large egg
Any chocolate you like. Dark chocolate will give a more bitter taste, so if you want sweet go with milk or semi-sweet chocolate. You could also add vanilla (I was out).
Preheat a pan or skillet and drop a small ‘pat’ of butter. (Just a LITTLE bit is fine – this adds flavor and thins out the batter a little.) Mix wet ingredients in a bowl. (Egg, butter, applesauce). Whisk together, then add dry ingredients. Mix well (mixer not needed, just do it by hand.) Pour batter in pan as you like – I started small to ‘test’ then got bigger. Makes 4-6 PanCrepes.
So much has happened. So much to say. Where to begin? Apologies if this reads like a “random thoughts” post. It sort-of is one.
There have been at least 4 separate occasions in the past 2 weeks that I told myself to put my “ass in chair” and get some writing done. Did it happen? No. Life keeps getting in the way. It’s a shame, too, because I have so much to write about. Funny things, serious things, cooking things. Mmm… food… there’s always something more that can be said about food… but I digress.
After my last post – “I Jumped”, my son fell ill. It’s not abnormal for a child who is new to daycare to catch things, so at first we weren’t alarmed. Only when he stopped eating did my internal alarm go off. He complained incessantly of tummy aches, and that’s not something he’s ever said before. We took him to the pediatrician, who said nothing was wrong, and lectured me on “good eating”. We took him to the peds ER, who said he was constipated and sent us home with some laxatives. We took him BACK to the pediatrician, who said it’s the flu (even though flu and strep tests were negative) and told us to give him tylenol and liquids. Finally, after 2 weeks of this, my son was 10 lbs down and too weak to walk. Frustrated and crying, I picked him up from my husband and went back to the Peds ER. (The pediatrician, tired of seeing us, refused to see us so the ER was the only option.) He was immediately admitted after triage, which scared me. They started IV fluids and took us to our room, where we’d live for the next week. Turns out my sweet boy had bronchitis, a raging infection in both ears, and was severely dehydrated. Our hospital stay took a toll on me, but he was a real trooper, watching SpongeBob and making jokes. Thank God for my husband and family, who visited and brought us contraband snacks. It goes without saying, I was and still am pissed at the doctors – numerous doctors – who examined my son and sent us home, each time sewing a seed of doubt in my mind. Am I going crazy? He seems really “off”. Lesson learned, my Mommy Instinct is RIGHT ON THE MONEY and I will not doubt it again and I will not take no for an answer in the future.
In happier news, Thanksgiving was rad. We spent the day in Atlanta in my Uncle’s castle. He calls it a house, but I swear, all it’s missing is a moat. Gorgeous abode. The food was good and the company was even better. Took pictures, chatted, ate, laughed, listened to stories and dreamed about the future. So grateful for experiences like these and for our loved ones.
I looked at microfilm for the first time yesterday! I’m in what feels like a never-ending search for my husband’s biological father, so we went to the local library last night to search through records. I spent an hour looking for birth records in the local paper. I found nothing and left frustrated. It wasn’t until about midnight last night that I realized I’d been looking at the wrong year. On the one hand, damnit, I am tired. On the other hand, hope renewed! I can go back and look and possibly FIND something next time!
I was accused of something at work that I know I didn’t do. Today I was vindicated. Yes, I’m still leaving, but I had prepared to fight. We don’t mess around with this girl’s integrity and reputation, mkay? Happily all was resolved to our mutual satisfaction.
Went to my first comic convention with my brother. It was TOO much fun. Got to meet some guys from the Walking Dead. I don’t watch the show but apparently it’s a big thing. I am a nerd at heart, and a super huge sci-fi/trekkie girl, so I was in my element. We are now committed to going to Dragon Con in Atlanta next year and it can’t get here soon enough! I need ideas for costumes though – there are 4 of us.
FRINGE is one of the best shows I’ve ever had the pleasure of watching. Engages my mind while entertaining me. I am a little bit obsessed.
Christmas shopping is just about done. I have a few small things to get, but for the most part, I am done and it’s all wrapped. This is the earliest I’ve ever been done, the most I’ve ever spent, and the most FUN I’ve ever had doing it. (Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals were a bust. Deals? I see no deals!?!) Anyway, I enjoy the spirit of Christmas and I can’t wait to see everyone around the tree. We spend Christmas at my brother’s house, usually beginning with a great big breakfast buffet (everyone brings something) and culminating with naps. This year I’m bringing chocolate covered bacon. Oh, yeah. I don’t say EPIC a lot but man oh man, this Christmas morning is going to be one for the record books. So excited!
Running, my love, I’m so happy to be reunited with you. Let’s go farther, faster, stronger in 2014.
Paul Walker. I didn’t like him as an actor. I mean, not that I’d seen anything besides the movie where Jessica Alba’s butt is so famously not part of her body while snorkeling for treasure, and the F&F films. HOWEVER I am sad about his passing, like many people. Some are annoyed that it’s getting so much press, saying that people die every day, soldiers and firefighters and the like, and aren’t so “virally” recognized. Yep, that’s true. The thing is, Paul Walker’s impact isn’t about him being an actor, and him being an actor doesn’t diminish his nobility. By all accounts he was a good person with a big heart. I think the reason people have responded en masse to his passing is because of that, and because he is someone we can all relate to and felt connected to. Kinda reminiscent of Heath Ledger’s passing. For me, at least.
I made sugar cookies that I saw in “Bon Appetite” magazine. I’d already been inspired by “Julie and Julia”, having watched it in the hospital one night. Thank God for free movies, because those recliners are the antithesis of comfort. There was no sleep. Til Brooklyn and beyond, I’m not even kidding. The movie was way better than I expected. I adore Stanley Tucci, he always gives a good performance and I was mesmerized by the love story there, and by Julia Child’s life, struggles, tenacity, warmth. I think I love her a little. And more than that, I really felt like I could identify with her as a person, a woman, a cook, a dreamer, a lover of France. Anyway… The cookies… I used pearl dust for the first time and was so proud, I tweeted the magazine to show them. Who knows if they saw it or cared, but I was over the moon. Here’s a photo:
On the way to a meeting today I heard “Here I go Again” by Whitesnake. I laughed because it felt like a “God wink”. Going in to the job to say goodbye to everyone and I hear THIS song? Yeah. SO not a coincidence. But it gets funnier/eerier. On the way out of saying goodbye I hear “Home Sweet Home” by Motley Crue. Two things to note here: One, I listen to awesome music. Two, I do believe I was hearing a message that I’m on my perfect life path RIGHT NOW. Lately I am open enough to recognize and receive love and abundance. This fills my heart with joy and excitement!
Painting furniture today, and finally, finally putting my hands to these keys again. Feels good. My dream is to live in a big warm home with my hubs and kids, and write for a living, and be home to cook and create and go on vacations whenever we like. I give you my word, I am on my way!