Eating, Reading, Listening, Loving

Hi all! Time for another episode of ERLL!! Are you ready?? Let’s do it!

Eating: I have found it. The thing I want to eat for the rest of my life. I feel so fortunate to be alive in the same era as this food! I give you…

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DARK. CHOCOLATE. HUMMUS. This is the stuff of my dreams. It almost tastes like brownie batter, if you’re into that sort of thing, which I am. It is delicious with apples, bananas, strawberries, and any other sturdy fruit that won’t fall apart when hit with a wall of hummus (lookin’ at you, raspberries). I found it at 2 local grocery stores, so I imagine it would be fairly easy to find at any grocery store. YOU ARE WELCOME.

Reading: Currently not reading any particular book right now, except for The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, which I’ve read before but since it is my newest favorite book ever, I like to keep it by my bedside and read it when I get the urge. Book Club is next week, so I’ll have a new book to tell you about next time.

Listening: Honestly, I can’t think of anything that I’ve been listening to that I haven’t told you about before. I watched part of a documentary about country music last night, so afterwards while I was working in the yard, I listened to some 90s country. On purpose. I used to be a kinda/sorta country music fan until 2013 when all the songs on country radio became about trucks, drinking, and girls in short shorts. I haven’t listened since.

Loving: I’ve been using this company for several months now and I can’t believe I haven’t mentioned it before. I’m sure you’ve all seen the Grove Collaborative ads on social media…well I decided to give it a try mostly because I hate buying cleaning supplies, so I thought it would be a little more pleasant to have them delivered. And it is! Here’s what I love about Grove: I can change my order every month to fit what I need, there is no minimum to purchase, all of the products I’ve tried smell really good, and they write a nice little thank you note on the outside of each box (I don’t know why that gives me a warm fuzzy each time, but it does). The only things I’ve tried that I didn’t love were the wood furniture cleaner and the Method and Mrs. Meyers dishwasher pods (I did however really like the Seventh Generation dishwasher pods). So I feel pretty confident in recommending them to you, and yes, some of what they sell can be found at Target or other stores, but like I said, I hate buying cleaning products, so for me, this is a good way to ensure I have what I need, when I need it. If you want to try it here’s a link to get started (if you decide to make a purchase, this link will get you a 5 piece gift set and I’ll get a $10 credit – this isn’t an affiliate link, it’s available to everyone once you sign up). I should probably mention, they sell a whole lot more than just cleaning supplies – everything from candles to skin care, stuff for your babies and your fur babies, and even sunscreen and bug spray. I really do love it.

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My first shipment from way back in March. 

 

That wraps up my ERLL for this time. Hope you enjoyed it!

 

 

Eating, Reading, Listening, Loving

Hi All,

Welcome to another edition of ERLL! Let’s jump right in, shall we?

Eating: Since two of my kids have moved out in the last six months, how we eat dinner has changed. I used to fix a big family meal most nights which required planning and thawing and cooking and cleaning up and putting away, but now since there are only three of us (and one of us is picky and typically makes her own dinner) dinner is a much more laid-back low-ley affair. A lot of times, we’ll just have sandwiches for dinner, or a quick pasta dish, or a salad, and if my husband isn’t home, sometimes the youngest and I will just have cereal for dinner. It’s such a difference from just less than a year ago, but it’s nice not constantly having that “what am I going to cook for dinner” worry.

Reading: I just finished The Story of Arthur Truluv by Elizabeth Berg. I LOVED this book. It’s a quick read that covers all the emotions, but mostly it’s just a sweet story. This is one of my book club picks, and since it was such an easy read, I still have time to read it again, which is something I always say I’d like to do but never seem to find time. This time I think I’ll actually be able to do it before our next meeting. (Side note: do you read on an e-reader or do you prefer actual physical books? Since my tablet bit the dust, I’ve been getting my books from the library because I don’t like reading books on my phone, and I have found that I actually enjoy that more. I’d still like a new Kindle though – maybe for Christmas. 🙂 )

Listening: Another podcast for you: Criminal. I look forward to this podcast every week because the host’s voice is just so soothing to me. Phoebe Judge has a distinctive way of speaking and as soon as I hear that velvety lilt, I exhale and sink in to the story. I also love the different views they take on what it means to be a “criminal” – sometimes it’s exactly what you think when you hear that word but other times, it’s more subtle – and it’s always interesting to me.

Loving: Yoga. I’ve been trying to do a little bit of yoga every morning because it just feels good to stretch my body and I’m also building a little bit of strength at the same time. I’ve been following SarahBeth yoga on the Youtubes and I love that she says “your daily practice is your best practice” – no matter how little time you have, even just five minutes of yoga every day is good. When I’m pressed for time, I try to do at least ten minutes, but I always end up wishing I had time for more. But something is better than nothing, right?

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What are you eating, reading, listening, and loving this week? Share below ’cause I wanna know!

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!