Happy Monday! Yup…It’s school vacation and I’m three days late on this blog! Actually, I wrote most of it on time, then ran out of time and didn’t get it out. So, I’m thinking I may need to change the day I write and post my blog. Why? Well, I typically start writing on Thursday night, then finish off and post on Friday morning. But….end of the week is not only hectic, but on Thursday nights, I just want to sit and relax! Remember I’ve talked about that sit relax thing I wanted to work on this year? IT HASN’T HAPPENED YET!!! So, I need to find the time. And Thursday nights are a night that will work for me. So, it’ll be finding a new day to cook my blog meal and a new day to write. Or…I may start trying to write a little daily while stuff is fresh in my mind and so I’m not writing all at once. The bottom line is…sometimes things have to give a little. And sometimes we actually get more done when we take the time to rest and regroup.
Ok…want to know what’s irritating me right now???? OMG! My keyboard “space bar” won’t space when I hit it! So, my words keep running into each other and I keep having backspace and pound on my space bar! Do you know how much I had to backspace to write this sentence? It’s driving me bananas! I really don’t like the keyboard on this new MacBook I got. I’m actually a really good and fast typer. So good, I didn’t have to take my final in typing class in high school (like…20 years ago) because I already had an A+. But, this damn keyboard is killing my typing skills because the keys stick! Ugh…ok…breathe. Moving on.
So, want to know what I’ve spent the last week doing? I’ve spent the entire last week unsubscribing to all the junk emails I get. I’m so sick of walking away from my phone for an hour then coming back to 40 junk emails!!! Will it work? Will they really take me off?? We will see. I’m still getting all the emails so far. Why does it have to take 10 days to remove me from your list? It shouldn’t be that hard! Stop the madness! I’m not sure what my daughter put her email on, but she’s all of a sudden getting 90 random junk emails a day!!! From places she doesn’t even know! It’s so frustrating. She may actually have to change her email. Ugh ? Stay tuned next week on how this turns out (btw…it took me 10x backspacing finish this sentence. Actually, make it 15)
Ok, wow…that’s 2 negative paragraphs in a row. Time to get positive! So, this week I got to…OMG…I’m going to throw my lap top across the room. I got to talk to my animal intuitive friend. We had a 45 minute chat, so I won’t get into it all, but I learned a ton from her! This time, I had her connect with Zoe, then she tapped into Jasper a bit at the end. First…Zoe’s love for me is very special (obviously 😉 ). She thinks I’m awesome…LOL! Zoe sees a lot that others don’t see. Almost like she’s constantly looking through a magnifying glass. She stops and explores everything around her. Here’s a few things Zoe thinks about me….She says I’ve become better at making some time for myself, but there’s still a lot of balance I have to work on. She says I give a lot more than most people. It’s important for me to continue my growth, but I need to start using my intuition more. She says to throw away the tools I think I need and just “feel”…everything will happen organically. I find this so interesting because I’m constantly talking about how I do things based on how I feel. The bottom line is…now that I’ve slowed down (a bit), it’s time to really explore what’s inside…creativity and writing were words used…sharing my wisdom was also used. How cool is that???
Aside from connecting with Zoe about me, I was able to ask some specific questions about Zoe. Like…why does she get so upset when people hug? Like, if Scott and I hug or even if the kids hug or a friend is over and we hug, Zoe starts barking and jumping on us. Turns out, she’s not upset (we thought she was getting angry). Zoe loves love and affection! When she sees it, she gets a bit of a jolt and is very impacted by the sharing of love. Her jumping and barking is celebration!…like a party! She just wants to be involved in the love. How awesome is that????
We later brought Japer into session to talk about the relationship between the two of them. First off, they do truly love each other and appreciate one another. But…Japer knows that Zoe’s mission in my life is much higher than his. Japer thinks Zoe has a big ego…LOL (I can tell she does)! But, because he loves her so much, he lets her get away with it 85% of the time. The other 15% Jasper ignores her as to not feed her ego. Zoe values Japer’s place in the family and knows he plays an important role but she also thinks he acts childish…LOL! Japer does feel like the younger sibling who has big shoes to fill. This made me feel kind of sad for Japer but I was reassured that Jasper knows how much he is loved by us. Both of them know how much we love them…but there’s definitely some sibling rivalry that goes on.
Anyways, I do LOVE these sessions. And I’m so blessed to be able to do them as often as I do. I walked away from this one with this piece of advice from my intuitive….I need to tap into my wisdom more through my writing. Apparently, I have so much more to share with the world!! <3
So, this week my crossfit peeps and I decided to take our rest day and try something new, so we tried Aerial Yoga! It was soooooo fun! First of all, spending a full hour just stretching felt amazing. Using the silk, I was really able to get such a better stretch than regular yoga. It was challenging, but super fun. I mean…how can it not be fun to fly? A few times, I had to come up because I was not used to being upside down that long. I started to feel pressure in my sinuses, which has been happening since I had my wisdom teeth out, but hasn’t been as bad. Apparently having the blood rush to your head every so often is a good thing…lol! Our instructor kept it pretty simple for us since it was a first for all of us. But, I’d totally love to try it again at some point and would love to learn more of the acrobatic movements. This is something I’ve been wanting to try for so long so I’m psyched I finally got the opportunity!
Ok…last thing before we get to food. This week began the 2017 Crossfit Opens. The next 5 weeks every Friday, I’ll be doing some crazy ass workout to see where I rank in the world of Crossfit. Can I be honest? I hate this time of year. It stresses me out and makes me anxious. I go to class on Fridays feeling sick to my stomach. So you might be asking…why do you do that to yourself? Well…one reason may be that my coaches wouldn’t be too happy if I didn’t (and I love them, so I do it). The other reason? Because deep down inside I know I’ll push myself to really see where I am. Every year I tell myself I’m not going to sign up because I know…I know once I sign up, I have to actually try…I put a little pressure on myself. But, in the end…every year…I’m always glad I did it. So, here I am again. My 5th crossfit opens is starting. The fun part? You never know what will happen! Last year, I got my first bar muscle ups during an opens workout and not only got one, but got like 12! I never felt so good. So again…you never know what each year will bring. Wish me luck! I’ve got week 1 in the books and feel good about how I did. And hey…I’m still here writing this, so the good news is I survived!
Now onto food! I have to admit. I had no recipes planned for the blog this week…OOPS! Not sure how that happened. Actually, I do. I didn’t pre-plan my menu for this week. Ran out of time and I knew I didn’t have time last weekend to prep, so last Friday I just went grocery shopping with no list. Sometimes this happens. It’s life. So, I got a bunch of stuff and just planned to wing it for the week and keep it simple. Problem with doing that is that I NEED to plan ahead if I’m going to try something for the blog. So, Wednesday came and I needed to plan dinner and realized it was almost Friday and I didn’t have a recipe to try. Well, thank goodness for my hubby because he came up with the idea. We had chicken in the freezer and he’s been mentioning wanting me to come up with a Tzatziki recipe and I happen to have plain dairy free yogurt on hand. So…I went with it. And I was very happy with the results! I ended up throwing some kalamata olives on top to serve and also blistered tomatoes since I had a bunch of grape tomatoes in the fridge. I didn’t add these to the recipe, but blistered tomatoes is simple. Here we go….throw some olive oil in a saute pan (maybe 2 tbsp) on medium low, then throw in your tomatoes. Sprinkle some salt, pepper and either garlic or onion powder. I added some balsamic vinegar, too, but you don’t have to. Then just cook them up until they become soft, but not mushy. Then just throw those on top of the chicken too! What made this meal easy, is we just threw the chicken in a saute pan and cooked it up. Quick and simple.
This greek marinade is just a good marinade in general. You can also use it to grill chicken breasts or use it on fish or beef. Enjoy and let me know if you made it!
PS…I think I backspaced 1,000 times to write this blog (insert angry face)