It’s hard to believe I started this blog a year ago this week. At the time, I was feeling exhausted and run down, and it wasn’t for several months later that I figured out the reason for that. I assumed my schedule was to blame, and I wanted something totally separate from my day-to-day that would not only give me a creative outlet, but would force me to continue to learn and to connect with others….
I spent half of this last long weekend coaching at a swim meet in a pool facility that is notorious for its horrible air quality. While you may be thinking, “Wow, that seems like a problem for athletes that cherish the chance to take a breath,” you would be right. Right. But the crux of it all is that the poor air quality hits you hours after you have left the building, leaving you sneezy, stuffy, headachy, and downright no good for a day or two. Swimmers, coaches—this place doesn’t discriminate. The after-effects hit me hard….
The temps have been frigid here as of late, making the post-holiday return to work a little more difficult. Slow motion almost. Like those dreams you have when you’re being chased but you just. can’t. move. Instead, you want to run back to bed under piles of blankets until things have warmed again or until the sleep has thawed from your face.
I have been on a winter citrus kick and went a little crazy this week when our local grocery store was stocked with kumquats. This vibrant little fruit is packed full of antioxidants, vitamins A & C, and fiber. And they are so cute!…
A buckle, you say. Or maybe it was the whiskey part that caught your eye. Either way, I’m with you. While in Napa Valley this summer, I picked up a berry-themed cookbook from a used bookstore that was filled with traditional rustic desserts: slumps, crisps, grunts, cobblers, and buckles. All meant to be simple, comforting, and full of seasonal fruit….
Scones. To me they scream, “Come on, sit down, take a break, have some tea.” My school year schedule is back to full warp speed. Coaching, work, orchestra rehearsals, swim meets. These days my favorite ritual to decompress is finding new podcasts and listening while baking. Hearing stories about what makes people tick; their passions, their struggles, their loves, and everything in between, is grounding and inspirational. Human beings are pretty incredible, aren’t they?
I have always had a strange love/hate relationship with bananas. I really want to like them for all the practical reasons – they’re healthy, portable, and low maintenance. But every time I buy them, the optimism I had in the grocery store about eating a banana all on its own quickly dwindles and they sit on my counter and go uneaten. It’s weird, I know. We drove down to southern Missouri this last weekend for a lake trip with friends (I always forget how beautiful the Ozark region of Missouri is!). Prior to the trip, I bought bananas, forgot to pack them in the car, and knew without a doubt I would not want to eat them when we returned….