This post was inspired by a blogging adventure called Scattered Life Collective by Cynthia Lee. It’s a great series and I hope that you will check out the rest of the participants and perhaps even join us!
current time: 2:52 PM on Friday, July 25th
on the menu: Hunan Tofu at the Asian Bistro – yum! In general, mostly vegan dishes these days and trying to get rid of most of the sugar in my diet as well.
out the window: GREEN. Summer is in full swing and I love it! Right this moment, I am sitting at the library against a huge window. It’s a bit cloudy outside but still pretty nice out. I am contemplating heading home on my bike. I am trying to get some exercise every day so I rode my bike to the library. I brought my rain coat just in case because it rain liked crazy last night and cooled everything off. It also greened everything up again. Not that anything had a chance to get brown! It’s been pretty wet this summer, overall.
reading: Last time I wrote on here, my plan had been to not read anything but I Ching and Tao books all year. Over the months, that commitment has fallen to the wayside. Do I want to pick it up again? It certainly hasn’t helped me to stay focused on the Tao. If anything, I am further away from my Tao studies than ever! I have a very robust rebellious streak that I have been dealing with my whole life. I should know better. So what have I been reading? All kinds of stuff, but mostly teacher books and I went through a temporary jaunt through some programming books. That didn’t last because I soon realized that taking up yet ANOTHER hobby would not be a good idea right now. My trusty husband and guide, Eric, suggested that perhaps it might be better to stay focused on completing my Tao Te Ching book rather than adding another topic of study. So I stopped reading books on programming and he started reading them. I had one on reserve at the library that I am picking up today and decided to just check it out anyways since Eric will probably want to read it. I am glad that he is studying programming, though. He will be good at it and when I DO decide to study it for real, he can help me.
pandora: I discovered a new artist yesterday at my hot yoga class. Ritmo & Compas. The best way I know to describe it is Latin Guitar? Good stuff.
audible: Teaching books, mostly. Right now, I am the tech person at the school but I am getting ready to start doing some substitute teaching in the Fall to bone up my classroom skills. I am a bit rusty with my teaching! I also haven’t taught in school since the smart boards were invented so I have a lot to learn on the technology front. I am super psyched to try and I feel ready now.
watching: TV is a bit boring lately. Eric and I have been getting through Master Chef and Hell’s Kitchen. We are also watching a series called The Glades, which we like. I like to unwind with some TV at night, but there hasn’t been anything very exciting to watch. We need some more good shows. Maybe a good anime?
playing: I finished my Duolingo Spanish game. This was a big accomplishment because it took me over a year to get there! Now I am trying to figure out how to get fluent in Spanish. The school system that I am thinking of teaching in has quite a few Spanish immersion elementary schools and learning to teach in Spanish would be challenging but a great preparation for possibly living in Puerto Rico when we retire. So I found this new game called Anki, which is a flash card game that helps you learn stuff. You can share flashcard sets so I found a couple of sets on the most common words in Spanish. I know most of them, but it would be good to practice them. They also suggest, for getting fluent, to say everything you are thinking in Spanish. So I am trying to remember to say the Spanish equivalent in my head when I find myself speaking. That is easier said than done! I keep forgetting. Another thing they suggest for fluency is to have a Spanish radio station playing in the background. This I could do. I will keep you posted.
good things: here’s a list:
- riding my bike. I have been trying to ride my bike a lot more. It feels so good to get out and ride! For the past several years, I haven’t done much riding. My goal is to exercise in some way at least once a day. This could even be as simple as doing housework (which I really NEED to do!)
- no work Fridays. Since January, I have had my Fridays off and I so love it! It is a day when I get to focus on my writing (which I do most of the time) and I get “caught up” with my life. I wish everyone could do part-time work! The world would be a lot less stressed out!
- summer. Gotta love summer! I love having this windows open when I sleep. This is big for me. It’s been a pretty mild summer (not too hot) so we’ve been able to do that a lot. Some nights it’s been even too cold!
- camping. Next week, my daughter and I are going camping with my Mom on the North Shore. If you are a Minnesotan, chances are you know what I am talking about! If anything will make you fall in love with MN, it is the North Shore.
around and about:
- Speaking of things I love (good things), I came across Naomi Wittlin’s post today about “What Makes You Happy?” What a wonderful thing, to think about what makes you happy. It’s a great mood swinger.
- Thinking about re-arranging your living room or adding on an extension? The Homestyler.com website lets you do it for free online! I was considering doing some renovations, but then Eric and I talked about it and decided not to do it. We really want to pay off our mortgage and stay focused on that. But still, it is a great little site for planning a room or figuring out how things will fit when you rearrange your furniture.
- I love tiny houses. I came across this catalog this week by the Tumbleweed Cabin Company. So cool. So as I was bringing out the trash today, I was thinking – this is two garbage bags of crap. How would I ever fit me & Eric into a tiny house? Ever since envisioning this tiny house idea, I have been thinking of what sort of sacrifices one would need to make to fit into a 200 or so square foot house? As it is, we live in under 800 square feet and we feel a bit cramped at times. Still, I could lose at least HALF my stuff without much suffering. I was hoping to do some of that this summer, but it got away on me. Hmm. Maybe that is a good goal for the weekend… clear out some of my clutter!
- We went camping last weekend and I discovered a really yummy vegan treat. I crumbled some “Italian sausage” seitan in a pan with mushrooms, garlic and onions (all sautéed in vegan butter). Then I took that mixture and some Daiya cheddar (which melts pretty well) in a PIE IRON on the campfire inside some bread, buttered on the outsides with vegan butter. Oh, and let’s not forget the jalapeño inside too! (The star of the show!) It was super delicious! You can really mix any old thing inside of a PIE IRON and it’s delicious. Oh, all except dark chocolate and peanut butter, which was just kinda gross.
Well, that’s my list. Tell me about YOUR week! What was fabulous?