I love writing my recipe posts but from time to time it’s nice to branch out and write something a little different. Maybe share a bit of what’s on my mind, my heart. So pull up a chair, we’ll chat about the ins and outs of daily life. Let’s grab coffee, shall we?
- We should start with Noe because honestly she’s a pretty consuming part of my life. She “graduated” from her first year of day care today. It’s obviously not a monumental step in the grand scheme of her schooling but this was her first time in organized child care and we were a little nervous going into last September. How would she fare? Would she like it? Would it be worth the money? Yes, yes and yes. Oh my goodness. I know all kids are different but she’s thrived at school.
- Speaking of school, I credit it 100% with potty training our child. She’s pretty much there (with the occasional accident of course and a diaper at night, just in case). It was peer pressure at its finest, she watched the other kids and suddenly one day she simply decided it was her turn.
- Just in case you thought it was all child rearing roses over here, she’s also in a slapping and hair pulling phase. We’re trying to figure out how to discipline her when she acts out without raising our voices but she doesn’t really understand time outs and thinks it’s funny when we tell her to sit by herself. Any ideas mom and dad friends? Oh and she climbs all over and into everything, yes, this is her trying to get to the real Baa Baa Black sheep.
- I’ve been secretly meditating for a few months. I say secretly only because I didn’t mention it to anyone seeing as I’ve tried and failed several times in the past. The whole thing started with an issue in my jaw a few months back. I woke up one morning and couldn’t open my mouth more than an inch. It was kind of terrifying. I clench at night and thought that maybe relaxing before bed would help. I’m not sure if it’s the meditation or simply time, but my jaw feels better. Maybe I’ll do a more detailed post on what’s worked for me and how I’ve managed to stick with it longer than I ever have in the past but here’s the gist of my practice…I promise myself I only have to do it for 3 minutes. I get really comfy and I do it at night. It’s working out really well for me.
Going Zero Waste:
- Last night I couldn’t fall asleep right away, I don’t know maybe it may have been the coffee I was still sipping at 2pm! What did I think about? Dragging all of our trash, recycling and compost for the week onto a blanket and sorting through it to see how we can get better about wasting less. All this zero food waste stuff has me thinking about zero waste as well. Our lives are so packaged. It’s going to take some work but I think I can make a big dent in how much packaging we consume just by being a little bit more aware. Chip bags, takeout containers, boxes from my new running shoes, empty shampoo bottles, random plastic crap that Noe manages to bring home. It doesn’t just disappear after we put it in the trash. The whole process seems daunting but doable.
- For example, if I don’t have my reusable coffee cup with me, I shouldn’t buy coffee. It’s tough because as a grown adult, it feels like if I want coffee I should be able to get it whenever I want. But, maybe policing myself is the first step in making more conscious decisions. And really, how hard is it to remember to bring my coffee cup with me?
- I found this company that will send you shampoo and conditioner in non-plastic bottles. When you reorder, they send you a box with your new stuff that you then reuse to send your old bottles back to them. They wash and sterilize the bottles then reuse everything so there’s no waste. So excited to try them out.
Workouts and such:
- My back is still bothering me and I had another flare up about a month ago after lifting Noe weirdly into the stroller. I’m realizing the first step to finally healing my back is to stop picking her up, easier said than done. But, I am trying to let her climb into the stroller and car seat by herself now that she can. It’s a serious act in patience though. Have you ever waited for a 2 year old to make their way into a stroller, partly funny, partly infuriating. Anyway, that means I’m still off yoga. I have only been to 3 classes since the middle of January, sigh.
- That leaves me running and swimming. I can’t believe how long it took me to realize the joys of swimming. I wish I’d started years ago. It’s an awesome workout and also incredibly relaxing. For all you die hard runners, give it a try.
- It’s actually suppose to warm up here in the next few days. I have to say I’ve been a little jealous of all the warm weather Instagram photos of kid’s in pools and at the beach. Berkeley’s weather is pretty amazing most the time. 60 degrees in December is awesome, 60 degrees in June just feels mean.
Alright, my little update is done. I hope you’re enjoying your week and if you normally read my blog and don’t comment, tell me something that’s going on with you? It seriously feels like I’m writing into a vacuum sometimes.