I am a huge fan of the feature film from 2005 Pride & Prejudice. Jane Austen is awesome. I am a fan of British film in general actually. One of my all time favorite films just happens to be My Fair Lady which is actually an American film set in Edwardian London. I sat and watched this film for the first time in awe in the eighth grade. I fell instantly in love with it and all things British.
Anyway, back to Pride & Prejudice.
Mrs. Darcy says something at the end of the American version of the film that really resonates with me.
…completely, and perfectly, and incandescently happy.
What this means to me? To positively glow in bliss and passion. Fully…and without abandon. This is something that I strive for on a daily basis. I do not always make it. That’s the beauty of it though. I DO make it on occasion. It is a glorious feeling when I do. An enchanting site to witness as well.
I have been inspired lately by something that I am not too comfortable in admitting just yet. It’s a rekindling actually. This inspiration has been present since 2007 for me.
Truly and utterly decadent. Hmm…and that’s all I’m going to say about that.
I‘ve been hearing about Meridian Park since before I moved here to DC. I finally was able to visit this beautiful park, also known as Malcolm X park, this past Sunday afternoon. What accompanied my trip were a large number of percussionist banging away in a drum circle. A very delectable treat!
My body movement class meets every Sunday early afternoon. We decided to go on a field trip to experience the drum circle. I was, of course, excited since I LOVE drums. Plus since I’ve heard so much about the park my excitement was amplified.
The trip did not disappoint. The drums were on FIRE! I felt every beat. My body responded in kind. It was a wonderful experience that I originally thought occurred once a year. You can imagine my surprise and utter pleasure when I found that it’s a weekly event! Chyeah!!!
I see more Sunday class field trips to the park packed with blankets, hydration, and food for satisfying noshment. It’s going to be a great summer!
I mentioned in a previous post that I really do not do well with buying food in bulk. My meaning of bulk is anything past one day. Anything past one meal may be more accurate. I say this because of the state of my fridge at the moment. Poor unopened bag of arugula!
I’m trying something new this coming Friday. It’s a service called Blue Apron that I saw on CNBC’s Squack Breakthrough segment on two occasions. After checking out their site for most of the afternoon I took the plunge and signed up.
Blue Apron has an assortment of recipes put together by their food gurus. You choose how many meals you’d like for a week. Based on your dietary needs they customize a menu for you that week. Whatever meals are chosen for you will be delivered to your door in an awesome box with ALL needed ingredients needed to prepare and cook. Seriously! All you will need are pots and pans. A stove will help as well.
This particular option sounds like a perfect fit for me. Every week I will get three unique meals delivered to me. No need to go to the grocery store. Everything is picked and assembled for me. The other great thing about this is that I will be trying something new with each meal. No falling into a rut. Most importantly I will actually eat healthy options more often instead of the first unhealthy thing I find at a convenience store or restaurant. This option could also save me some money.
If this works out I may increase the number of meals I get per week. I’ll keep it at three to test out the service and see how it fits in with my current lifestyle. We’ll gauge how the benefits weigh in as time goes by as well. In the meantime I still need to think about the other meals of the day. UGH!
I found myself clicking through a few of my old blog posts. I do this every now and then with my journals as well. It gives great insight into where my head was at at the time of the writing. I can see how much I have grown. In the case of this post I noticed a pattern very familiar to me. I didn’t like it.
Back in August of 2012 I signed up to a new dance studio. The two dances that appealed to me the most were their offerings of Brazilian Samba and Bellydance. I only took these classes during two occasions: during an introductory week that August and with an unlimited month pass sometime in April 2013. My OMFG moment is this…I could be a fairly awesome Samba and Belly dancer if I kept it up after I started. IT’S BEEN ALMOST TWO YEARS!!!
The same can be said about numerous other activities that I start and never really hang on to past a month or so. It’s not that they are no longer appealing. Well, if I was honest with myself, some of the activities kind of lose their luster with me. Others fall to the wayside due to Life circumstances. During my 2012 it was mostly money or the lack thereof. Unemployment does that to you. My 2013 was me catching up financially. That places me in a pretty good place now in 2014.
In the case of these various dance classes, they never lost their appeal. There are just SO MANY. I see myself getting back into them soon. It’s going to take some clever scheduling and a boost of motivation on my part. I don’t want to be sitting here reflecting on how I could be an awesome dancer or artist or WHATEVER in the next two years. That would be just WRONG!
It’s time to break this awful pattern. Let’s do this!
This past Monday evening I moseyed on over to my local grocery store when I got off of work. With my handy dandy list conveniently stored in the calendar event on my phone, an event that I desperately needed to remember, I proudly scoured the outside perimeter for my items. The only isle item was my huge canister of coffee. I draw the line somewhere peeps. I had two nicely filled bags of fruits, veggies, some dairy, and my caffeine. As soon as I got home I prepared to put everything away…after I threw away everything that went bad previously.
I have this interesting little problem. Well, not a problem per say. More of a lapse in memory, I guess. Anyway, it’s never a good thing for me to buy a ton of groceries at once. Buying in bulk has never really worked for me. I tend to forget what I bought. What’s worse is when I actually do some meal planning for the week I’m not in the mood to cook it much less eat it. Things come up. Moods change. Tastes are finicky like that.
Needless to say that the majority of the stuff that I purchase actually goes bad. The poor, poor victims this time around were a small package of sweet peppers, a big tub of baby spinach, cherry tomatoes, and some blackberries. I ate some of it. I just got tired of it and forgot that it all was in my fridge. Oh yeah, and a couple of swallows of milk. Go figure.
I kind of did the same thing on Monday. The items that I bought are the ingredients for my Nutribullet smoothies in the mornings (which competes with my coffee…and loses most mornings). Spinach and arugula greens, tomatoes, and cucumbers for my salads and select smoothies. A few other items to go with food that I bought previously but still haven’t touched such as my quinoa, black beans and frozen veggies. It’s a good thing they keep well.
I’m looking at ways to get a quick prep and cook meal at least three of my evenings so I can stop wasting food. Yup, this means a grocery run on these evenings. Preferably something that I can make while I’m working out. This way I can chow down when I’m good and sweaty. Seriously, wasting food is bad. Especially healthy food that is damn tasty. This needs to be fixed.
Let the trial and error begin.