Sitting at my desk and intently focused on wrapping up some writing yesterday, I peeked up and noticed sherbet-hued clouds streaking across the entire sky from east to west. I immediately grabbed my camera and started snapping, attempting to capture one of the most magnificent sunsets I’ve ever seen… from my bedroom window. From three stories up with my torso hanging above the sidewalk, I...
Uh, somehow I’ve managed to take over 700 pictures during the holidays this year. 700! Dani has been here and we’ve had the pleasure of getting in some good holiday quality time on my couch while also traipsing around Northern California and seeing some sights. Highlights include Tahoe, Hanukkah, Christmas, Carmel, Big Sur, Cambria, Alcatraz, and a New Years Eve Bike Ride through San...
The CEO of my company shared this list of “12 Things Happy People Do Differently” from a neat blog this with the staff after 2012′s first week in Curl World. I had to repost because I think that the whole list is chock full of good lessons, motivations, and inspirations to kick off the year. It’s a good read for those on a quest for self-betterment and a great ‘job well-done’ pat on the back for those who are perfectly content in their little bubbles of eternal joy (and I know you’re out there too!).
How convenient that there’s 12 items on the list and 12 months in the year. I like kicking things off with gratitude at the beginning because it makes you aware of, appreciate, and acknowledge where you stand RIGHT NOW. Personally, I’ve been on a kick of expressing gratitude towards others for the things -tangible and not- that they bring into my life, rather than ruminating upon it in my head or the pages of a journal. It’s a lovely thing to spread around. We’ll revisit numero dos in Feb, but for now, take a peek at the list and get on the happy wagon!
Express gratitude. – When you appreciate what you have, what you have appreciates in value. Kinda cool right? So basically, being grateful for the goodness that is already evident in your life will bring you a deeper sense of happiness. And that’s without having to go out and buy anything. It makes sense. We’re gonna have a hard time ever being happy if we aren’t thankful for what we already have.
I woke up to a particularly difficult phone call from my dear friend Bubba this morning. It went something like this.
Bubba: We’re running to the top of Twin Peaks today.
Me: No we’re not.
Bubba: Yes we are.
Me: Not a f***ing chance dude.
Bubba: It’s happening. We’re running to the top of Twin Peaks.
Me: That’s so aggressive.
Bubba: Precisely. We’re going.
This same back-and-forth continued on in this same fashion for about the next hour during which I came up with about every excuse in the book to get out of the run and Bubz stayed steadfast in his decision that Operation Twin Peaks was happening.
You see, it’s not that I’m against running, well actually I totally am. I never liked it. From my days in lower school when we used to have to do Presidential Fitness testing (I walked). To upper school when I decided to join the track team….as a thrower. The only time I actually enjoyed running was when I played lacrosse, I guess because there was a goal involved, literally. But that was ten years ago (eek!) and I’ve pursued many other fitness options since then, many of which I never thought I would take seriously and enjoy such as cycling, swimming, and dance. For the past year I’ve been in and out of order due to a torn meniscus, which became a totally valid and legitimate excuse excuse for avoiding running. Until it was brought to my attention that running might actually be a good thing for my knee. Curiosity killed the cat, so I took myself out for a little jog around the neighborhood park and to my surprise, my knee felt totally a-ok. And even better: ***I*** felt fantastic afterwards. And that was just yesterday, so the fact that my amigo wanted me to haul my ass up to the top of an urban mountain was just a joke. I didn’t want to traumatize my body into hating this renaissance I’m currently dipping my toes into. Slowly, but surely is the name of my running game.
I made up every excuse as to why I couldn’t run to the top of Twin Peaks. But, excuses are weak and no match for the barrage of aggressive persuasion I was enduring. We compromised on an interval walk the flats/run the hills. It’s only Day Two after all! After a bit of huffing and puffing and complaining and questioning of the amount of Bulleit I consumed last night we made it to the top of Twin Peaks. On a gloriously sunny Saturday, there is nothing like the view from the top of Twin Peaks: Golden Gate Bridge, Bay Bridge, Ocean, Richmond Bridge, and most importantly— the hill that we just made it to the top of. #countit
Other than the fact that it’s difficult to do, I really have no reason to dislike running I’ve discovered. I’m now thinking that if I channel all of the energy I could spend avoiding running into actually getting better at it, then I can probably find joy in the activity. I mean, if I can teach myself to like olives (hello, castelveltranos!), there is hope that I can get on board with running!
“THE BEET IS THE MOST INTENSE of vegetables.The radish, admittedly, is more feverish, but the fire of the radish is a cold fire, the fire of discontent not of passion. Tomatoes are lusty enough, yet there runs through tomatoes an undercurrent of frivolity. Beets are deadly serious.
-Jitterbug Perfume (opening lines might I add!)
It hit as soon as I woke up yesterday morning: IT’S TIME TO BORSCHT. I think my internal clock has developed an alarm that beets rather than beeps because come January, I am ready to get in the kitchen and make up a pot of the hearty, beet stew. With little (zero?) resistance to the urge, I made my annual pilgrimage to the market to grab all the necessary supplies to concoct a pot of the stuff.
You know how a casserole is a delicious mish-mash of a bunch of things that all come together to create sensory delight? Well that's kind of like my life. So here it is served up in a dish of blog! Enjoy!