Have you ever thought that you might be just scratching the surface when it comes to the possibilities? Okay, I know its corny, but seriously, we live in America where, at least today, so far, there are so many opportunities and possibilities.
I know, boring, no pictures. Well, maybe I can dig up a few to entertain and lure you into spending a few minutes to read, all one or two of you. hehe
Its been a while. Balance….an interesting concept. You see I struggle with it. I feel selfish spending time writing talking and doing this blogging thing. Not only that, living with particular culinary preferences, caloric intakes, all buzz words for, “I don’t like that,” or possibly just “too many carbs.” Ah yes, the dreaded carb excuse for not living your life to the fullest (just an opinion). I have to admit that it thrills me, to just for a moment, tempt my husband with something totally delicious that I have made. Watching him enjoy and swoon while tasting a delicious morsel is so fun. Three years ago he lost a significant amount of weight. He continues to maintain with lots of exercise and some culinary trade offs. Just trading good stuff for what? A few crackers from the pantry or out of a box of cereal? Ah Shucks people! Seriously, he is pretty diligent about his food for the most part. I admire and respect. I am very blessed with a different metabolism, or set of genes I guess. Whichever, I’m pretty fortunate to only have to deal with a handful of pounds from time to time.
The Hit List
What do you do with a stress fracture? Well, you get off the couch and “jump” in the pool? Not so much jump, but maybe if your friend teaches water aerobics (why, Oh Academia, is aerobics spelled A-”E”-ROBICS?) you might consider burning some of those calories moving around in the water. Or, I suppose if you like sitting on a spinning bike, which makes me sore, you could burn some calories that way too.
All that was brought on while training and running a 1/2 marathon in Nashville in late April, the Rock and Roll Marathon. Wow, I have never run that far. Don’t laugh all you running geeks. I know, you think I’m a baby but it was a thrill and I can’t wait to do it again. I ran it with my daughter and a neighbor, who, by the way was the catalyst for this whole adventure. I love her for that. Anyway, it was the thrill of a lifetime, and we both have already registered for next year. I could chatter on and on but I won’t bore you.
Here we are a week later on a birthday present to Mexico. Our other, “wanna-be” home away from home. How lucky am I to get to go to Playa del Carmen with my sweet husband for my birthday? I got to begin my post race recoop in Mexico. Yes, Way! Weather was beautiful, and “look” no spring breakers. We were previously there with the fam for spring break. How cool. We rarely ever travel without the kids. This was a real grown-ups trip. Just the twos of us. Great food, the sun and the sand. Who knew second quarter bonus could be so nice? he he
Another bit of excitement in my otherwise “normal” life. I began a part-time position in a grocery store bakery. Currently, baking smaller batches from scratch. Let’s just say there is a difference in the bakery and baked from home with tender loving care. I guess I just underestimated the different methods of production. My husband has always been complimentary and reinforced the difference in a home baked item versus from a bakery, any bakery. ”Amy,” he would say, “you don’t realize how much better it is baked from home.” So see, Dorie is right on the money. From Her Home to ours. I am so thrilled to share what I have learned over the years from wonderful bakers and authors like Dorie. I now am able to share it with my community on a limited basis through my workplace. We are cooking up some other ideas to market to the shoppers that we hope they love. Its been fun so far and I am hopeful that it continues to be a good trade off for them and for me. There is some chatter of some classes to be taught and some customer service to the shoppers. A total foodie thing, I guess. he he I’m pretty excited…. work and fun. How great is that?
Graduation time comes and I usually get to make desserts for a party of two. This year, I had the pleasure of catering the entire menu for a friend whose daughter is graduating high school. My daughter and my son Corbin, the photographer person in my life helped me, along with a great friend from the gym, Liz. Yep, one of my gym rat friends. Neat huh? Well, that has kept me busy.
So, my friends…. my list of excuses for not blogging.
Then there is summer…. and blogging and working. Journaling like this on the net is kind of scary to me. Is it to you? However, what makes me think anyone cares anyway, right? Chattering to the abyss. All one of us. Still I marvel at how much insight and sharing actually one can read on the net/blogs.
Are you bored yet? Surely, by now you’ve thought to yourself “What is the point of all of this chatter?’ that is if you have made it this far. Here it is….. I am a sometimes baker/blogger with the Tuesdays With Dorie baking group. I have remained in the group for sometime. Without all the fanfare and just trying to keep the nose on my face a little above the water. If you know what I mean. Now with all the new activity, like a job, which I haven’t had in a lot of years, I am going to actually be one of those people who picks a recipe. This month, or actually the month of June. I will actually get to be a busy body visiting as many blogs as humanly possible thanking them for baking along with me whilst I have my ownself, baked and blogged about a selected recipe from the book, Baking From My Home to Yours, by Dorie Greenspan.
Thank you for reading, if you have. I’ve enjoyed the therapy. That’s what it is, right?
Please visit me again.