Oh my goodness!
There’s another one.
Since Marcel the Shell with Shoes On pretty much made my day on Thursday, I felt it was only right that I should share this with you.
I give you Marcel the Shell with Shoes On, Two.
What do you do to make yourself feel better when every part of your being is telling you that crying is the more logical choice?
I’d love to know what makes you smile? Better yet, what makes you belly laugh or cry happy tears?
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Let’s get silly!
This morning I got up before the sun and headed to a 6 AM hot yoga class.
It’s not the first time I’ve gone, though.
I wrote about *that* here.
It’s not easy.
There are a million reasons why it is challenging for anyone who goes and at least a million more reasons why it is hard for me in particular.
One of these days I’ll figure out a way to articulate exactly what it’s like for me in a class, but today is not that day.
Today, I just wanted to give you a bit of a peek into the inner workings of my brain.
So yoga is challenging and hot yoga is extra challenging.
Hot yoga for an hour in silence when you are me?
This morning, when I was *juuuusst* about to give up, this little character popped into my head and I had to stop myself from laughing out loud.
I quickly (and quietly!) regained my composure and was able to finish my class.
I mean, if Marcel can do the things he does, who am I to give up just because I am sweating from my lips?
My lips. *shudders*
A guest never forgets the host who has treated him kindly.
Today, I have the exciting honour of being a guest blogger at Mommy Miracles, where Laura O’Rourke is featuring a series on marriage called “Writing Vows“.
I would be doubly honoured if you took the time to read my post here.
And while I can’t be 100% certain, I am pretty sure this is what happened when Laura asked people to write for Mommy Miracles.
Who would ever dream of saying no?
It’s all in there.
All I have to do is get it out.
But, oh! The getting it out!
It’s so much more difficult than it should be.
I have done everything short of yelling, “Oh! I’ll never get it out! Never! Never! NEVER!”
I feel just like this guy.
If only I had a Kermit.
I simply cannot get this song out of my head.
I am sharing the original.
The Donnie Darko version (Michael Andrews & Gary Jules) is amazing, but it made me cry so I am going with Curt & Roland.
Tears for Fears, indeed.
Less blog post, more self indulgence.
There it is in all it’s 1990s angsty glory.
4 Non Blondes.
Top hat. Goggles. Dreads.
You know what?
It’s still relevant.
It’s still interesting.
It still moves me.
It’s still an excellent selection for car singing.
How do I know?
Well, since you asked…
I had to go out to return a movie to the video store tonight and while I was leaving that video store this song came on the radio and since I was already living in the past – what with the video returning and all – I decided to turn it up (loud) and sing.
Every single word.
Coincidentally enough, the song is the perfect length for a drive from the video store. I mean really. It took me from door to door.
Bonus: I live on a hill and when Linda Perry sings,
“Twenty-five years and my life is still
Trying to get up that great big hill of hope
For a destination
I *totally* was.
Okay, so maybe it wasn’t literally a “hill of hope”, but maybe it was.
Who’s to say? It’s a mystery, really.
Back to the song.
I still love it.
Last night I made the most scrumptious supper!
It had all the components of an ideal summer meal.
It was fast.
It was flavourful.
It was inexpensive.
It was easy to prepare.
It had lots of veggies.
It wasn’t too carb-y.
It had good protein.
It was nice and light (even though it was hot).
Thing 1 and Thing 2 loved it.
Everyone loved it!
Clean up was a snap.
It was delicious!
I feel like this one meal has set my week on a positive path and since my path of late has been littered with potato chip crumbs and donair sauce, I have decided it needs to be shared, just in case any of you are also finding the summer to be a little harder than expected on the healthy living front.
So without further ado, I present to you, the power of the veggie pack!
Broccoli, onion, baby cut carrots, teeny tiny potatoes. Oh you just know this is going to be good!
Add a glug of EVOO and a bit of freshly cracked black pepper and a scant pinch of salt. Toss.
Get a big enough length of heavy duty aluminum foil. I put it into a 9 x 13 pan. No mess. No fuss.
Turn the veggies out onto the foil.
Gaze lovingly at the beauty of this bounty! LOOK at it! Can’t you just feel yourself getting healthier?
Take the ends of the foil (the long ones that are leftover!) and fold them twice to make a seal.
Then match the open end on one side and fold the foil twice to form another seal.
Do the same on the other end. I also tend to fold the corners in on a little angle. No leaking!
BBQ Chicken on the left. Veggie pack on the right. (Ignore the dirty oven. We are cookin’ here!) (At 375 degrees, to be exact, for about 30-40 minutes.)
About 10 minutes before the timer goes off remove the foil from the chicken.
These are air chilled chicken thighs dressed with Stubb’s Original BBQ sauce. Yum!
Use caution when you open the Veggie Pack. Can you see the steam?
Hot and delicious!
I hope you can see the steaminess!
Healthy *can* be delicious.
This certainly was!
Just like that *snaps* my mind was made up.
I will make better choices.
I will exercise more.
I will fuel my brain and body with nutritiously dense whole foods.
One good choice was all it took.
Just like that.
How do you stay on track when it comes to your health? Are you a strict, never-leave-the-straight-and-narrow kind of person or are you that rare human who has really found a way to balance all the things? Have you found a way to have your cake and eat it, too? (Oh my goodness! If you have, you had better be sharing *that* information!)
I guess my approach is to have more forward moving positives than backsliding negatives each and every day. That’s it.
Tomorrow? Tomorrow I am going back to hot yoga.
Yeah. I can’t believe it either.