Jan. 9th, 2015


Jan. 9th, 2015 09:34 am
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Today's xkcd:

[livejournal.com profile] pointoforigin mentioned in a post the book Glad No Matter What. She ([livejournal.com profile] pointoforigin) says: "One of the things she talks about is living in the middle: not trying to make everything--or everyone--all good or all bad, but weaving the happiness and the sadness together into a center that will carry you." That's just a lovely concept and akin to what I've been trying to do with anger--not let it consume or control me. Using it to motivate me, but not direct me--if that distinction makes sense to you. Nice, eh?

Letting go of that constant low simmer of rage has been surprisingly easy, actually. It's nice. I feel like that's a sign I was ready to let go of it. I've heard the adage that you can't start or quit something until you're ready--emotionally, physically, mentally--and I think that's correct. Until we're ready for change, we won't change. And we all have to come to change in our own time.

Yesterday I received such a nice compliment from someone. He stopped by to drop off something at the house and I invited him in for a bowl of the chicken soup I'd just made. [livejournal.com profile] mckitterick was out with friends and I don't so much enjoy eating alone. He made a little moaning noise and his eyes rolled back when he took the first spoonful. It was just chicken soup, but apparently I cook everything well? Except roasted turkeys fuck you roasted turkeys. Anyway, he really liked it, and as we were eating, he commented on my outfit. He said if he was a woman, he'd want to have my fashion sense and dress like I do.

I'm so glad today's Friday. This has been a long week. I'm also glad that I made myself move every day this week because I slept in this morning (until 7:08!) and tonight we have company for dinner, so I won't have a chance to move when I get home from work. Since I missed a day last week, I had only one off day this week and looks like today is it! Whew! I might still try to get just a few push-ups and lunges in, perhaps while I'm at work today, just to keep those muscles awake and alert for tomorrow's boxing session.

Last Night's Chicken Soup
1/2 red onion, diced
2 stalks celery, diced
2 carrots, diced
2 c cooked and shredded chicken breast
3 c chicken broth
1 t Italian Herb Mix
1 t dried parsley
1 t dried thyme
1/2 t granulated garlic
2 T coconut milk
coconut oil
salt to taste

Melt the coconut oil (about 1 T) in soup pot. When hot, add onions. Allow to caramelize slightly. Add carrots and celery. Cook about five more minutes. Add spices, herbs, and broth. Simmer on low ten to fifteen minutes, until vegetables are soft. Add chicken and heat until warmed through. Remove from heat. Stir in coconut milk and salt.


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