Eating, Reading, Listening, Loving

Hey all!

Hope everyone had a nice long weekend – we took a couple of days over the long weekend to go camping (RV, this girl doesn’t do tents) and our campsite had no cell service – it was nice to completely disconnect for awhile! We also kayaked and hiked and just had a generally nice relaxing time (except for that surprise thunderstorm that popped up at 4 a.m. – rain is SUPER LOUD in a camper!!).

I’m going to try something new for the fall – I have a rough posting schedule planned out and one of the things I’d like to do is a regular post called “Eating, Reading, Listening, Loving” wherein I tell you what I am currently…wait for it…eating, reading, listening, and loving at the moment! So here goes:

Eating: Herb Chicken Mediterranean pizza from Papa Murphy’s. Yeah, probably not the healthiest thing on the planet, but damn it is GOOD. Olive oil and garlic for the sauce, spinach, roasted red peppers, and herbed chicken toppings, baked on thin crust. Actually, it’s probably not terrible health-wise, at least I hope it’s not because I ate this for three meals in a row over the weekend.

Reading: I just finished reading Rough Beauty by Karen Auvinen. Auvinen is a poet and a university professor and you can tell that in this memoir. This is her story about living in the mountains of Colorado and it’s also a love story – between her and her husky dog Elvis. I enjoyed this book, but I think I’d like to re-read it this winter when I can take my time and really appreciate how descriptive Auvinen can be with her words. If you enjoyed Cheryl Strayed’s Wild, then you will probably like this book as well.

Listening: I just discovered a podcast call “Sincerely, X” by the Ted Talk people. The stories are told anonymously – usually because the people telling them are embarrassed about what happened, but instead of just giving us a voyeuristic peek into someone’s mistakes, this podcast offers solutions and great ideas to turn the unfortunate circumstances into something good and helpful. For instance, one woman tells of how she has a kind of “freak-out” in public but one man knows how to calm her down and talk to her – her solution is to suggest that the public be educated on how to handle situations like these. We have CPR training for heart emergencies, why not have a training to help people who are having mental emergencies? It’s good stuff and I’ve only just started listening so I’m excited to hear what else is on tap.

Loving: I have never been what you would call an “outdoorsy” kind of girl, but lately I really love being outside in nature. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed kayaking – I’ve never done it before and I really loved it. So much so that I really want to go do that again – soon. We also went on an hour-long hike and although it was hot and I was sweating like crazy, it was beautiful and peaceful and I got lots of pictures. THAT is the kind of fitness I like – if I could do those things everyday, I’d be fit as a fiddle in no time.

So that’s it. Is there anything you are eating, reading, listening, and loving that I need to know about? Share in the comments below!

  One thought on “Eating, Reading, Listening, Loving

  1. Vickie
    September 3, 2019 at 10:49 am

    If you crave the flavors of the chicken pizza, you can probably recreate it in the form of a bowl. Because as I read, it sounded really good to me (minus the crust which would get my GI).

    We kayak several times a summer. Love it. This is a great family activity with older kids and their friends.

    I can still do it with my hands (arthritis), but I wear supportive half gloves (made for weight lifters) that really help. I wear a life jacket no matter how mild the river. If I go in, I do not want my head under, nor risk losing my glasses.

    We do sit ON (not in) and we do singles. The only time we do a double is if we have a child with us and then they go with the strongest guy.

  2. September 3, 2019 at 1:31 pm

    Jill this is such a great idea! Currently I am listening to a podcast called 22 Hours: An American Nightmare, which is a true crime story and while it’s horribly awful (yes it deserves two descriptives, it’s that bad), it’s fascinating and is making me think that my family needs an “unsafe” sentence that sounds innocuous but would convey that one of us is in danger without revealing why we are saying it.

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