Category: rambling

A “food philosophy?” Are you kidding me?

Okay, this question (Day 9 – what’s your food philosophy?) is just stupid. A philosophy about food? Really?

Okay, okay … I’ll expand on what I personally mean by stupid and why this irritates me. First of all, it bugs me that we as a culture are so obsessed with food that we have to have philosophies about it. It’s food. It’s important, but not that important. How about my philosophy on civil rights in the current age? My philosophy on gender bias in toys and education and the way we as parents talk to or about our children? My philosophy on Christian missions and the changes I’ve seen and hope to continue to see?

Here’s my food philosophy:

  • Eat healthfully and mindfully.
  • Avoid pre-packaged and processed foods when possible, but don’t become a slave (held captive) to food and food planning.
  • Enjoy what you eat, eat what you enjoy.
  • Eat with people you love, and enjoy the time with them.

I’ll rein back in now that I’ve had my soapbox moment. There are people who have food philosophies that are meaningful, thought-out carefully, based on their personal ethics, etc. I respect that. I just think we’ve generally started putting too much emphasis on food in ways that really don’t matter.

Also: paleo brownies? Are you kidding me? There were not brownies in the Paleolithic era. Argh.

Life in 5 Years

Day 8: How do you envision your life in five years?

It better be in the same house, first off. I’m over the packing and moving and unpacking business, so unless there’s some really incredible offer to get us out of it, we’re not going anywhere. Hopefully it would be an incredible offer and not a horrible circumstance.

Seth will be 10 years old, which makes my heart stutter a little bit. I can see us going around to whatever activity or activities he’s settled into that make him feel good – art, music, gymnastics, martial arts … I’m not sure that I really see him as a sports player. It’s not that I don’t think he can, it’s more that I don’t think he’d really be interested in team sports. He’s a lot like me in the independent thing (aka “lone wolf”), so maybe I’m projecting. We’ll watch and see! I see him getting more into school-related things like science and math.

Nora will be 8. I’m sure her inner diva will be in full force. I’m hoping that she’s in dance or gymnastics and loving it, and I hope she’s enjoying school too. It will be very interesting to see what she gravitates to or enjoys … I could see her getting into art classes and dance in a big way. I’ve wondered if she’ll end up in gymnastics and cheerleading. I know, I know, but let’s be real. We’re in Texas, she’ll be tiny, and she has no fear about stunts.

And Jude. My tiny baby boy will be starting kindergarten, and I don’t know how I’ll handle that! We haven’t decided yet if he’s our last baby, but if he is then I expect to be a full-on mess. That means the chapter of babies, toddlers, and preschoolers will officially close in five years, and I’ll be sad! I know every age and stage has its fun, but I love the baby and little kid stage so much. (Except for the temper tantrums. And potty training.)

As for Will and me … We’ll have been married almost 12 years. Hopefully we met our tenth anniversary goal of running a half marathon in Hawaii or some other exotic location! I hope his business has reached the point that he can have a few employees. One of his goals is to be able to offer apprenticeship or employment to people who need help getting back on their feet, and I really hope we get his business to that stage. I’ll likely still be at my current work place, probably doing something very similar to what I’m doing now. I’m hoping that by that time I’ve added quilting to my crafty catalogue… And that we’re able to travel more freely on our kids’ summer vacations! Actually, that’s probably what we should do in five years: one last hurrah before Jude starts school! Disney World, anyone?

Day 7 – Pick a time period

Oops … I lagged a bit in the July Challenge answers! Let’s blame it on a wonderful vacation. 🙂

Question 7: If you could live in any time period, what would it be and why?

I’m going to be the first to admit that I would find it very, VERY hard to live without my modern conveniences … running water, electricity, air conditioners, modern medicine, the right to vote …

If I were going to live in an idealized time period, I’d probably pick turn of the century – 19th to 20th, that is. Great things and discoveries were happening then, women’s rights were coming to the surface in a new way, and there was enough medical knowledge that I could start to believe I might actually survive the turn of the century. Of course, I’d have to live through the First World War and probably the second. Ugh.

Seriously, I don’t know that there’s really an ideal time period. I’m kind of happy with where I am now. I’d love to bring back some of the slower ways of life or even the fashion of other time periods, but for me this current time is a pretty good one.

Day 6: 15 Minutes of Celebrity

I don’t know why I’m a little embarrassed about answering the day 6 question: which celeb would I choose to spend 15 minutes with. Maybe because I’m embarrassed to seem like a fangirl? Maybe because I’m not very highbrow intellectual? Anyway …

I’d choose Jennifer Garner or Angelina Jolie … I want the mom scoop. They are both moms of several kids, and they seem to be focused on making their partnerships work, and they are professional women who have been upfront about choices they make on an ongoing basis related to family and career. I think they’d be fascinating to talk to!

And if they’re not available, I totally want to get some one-on-one quick instruction/enlightenment from Alton Brown.

I guess my choices are telling of my stage in life!

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