The Relaxing Getaway, Complete With Stressful Bookends

And not the the cute, holding-up-0books bookends. Anyway. Late Season Camping My husband and I missed the camping season this summer because we were in a play. We said we’d go camping on the coast when it was done, and that time has come a calling. In theory, this sounds fantastic: two days on the beach, low-maintenance living (no blow dryers!), good food cooked over a fire, hot cocoa and deep conversations as the stars light up the sky. . . In reality, these two days of heaven are brought into being by several days of preparation and unpacking. Camping actually requires a lot of packing, because you have to plan all of your meals and clothes for every type of weather. There are a lot of details that can make or break a trip, such as remembering the extra batteries for your head lamp. Then once you’re home, there’s sorting everything out, washing clothes and bedding, and putting it all back in storage. I love camping, but at the moment it is doing more harm than good. Thankfully I noticed this before I turned into a cranky Debbie Downer. Time for some reconfiguration. What is my goal? What is the purpose of this trip? The purpose is to get out of town, out in nature, and spend a lot of time chilling. It is a time to let go of cares and worries, to get a little messy without getting up tight about it. Is there anything I can do to bring those qualities into my prep/return home? Hmmm. I can’t get out of town, but I can...

Mad Love Monday #32

A collection of all of the random things I loved on the internet in the previous week, and why you might love them, too. Or at least crush on them. It was extremely comforting to find out that a biggified blogger started out the same way I have, just blogging about what’s on my mind and getting used to the blogging culture. It really takes the pressure off and I encourage others to read about why this is a great way to start blogging. Jo Van Every has me thinking about “What if the default was No?” when asked to do something and other ways to use opposites to strategize. In this guest post by Darcy Prince at Inspired Home Office, working on projects is compared to going on dates in a fun new way to approach the process. It reminded me that I told my website awhile ago that we would have regular dates once a week but I’ve been blowing it off ever since. Oops. . .looks like flowers and chocolates are in order. * * * Have a madly marvelous...

Gluten is For the Birds

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about my new experiment with going gluten-free and how I was afraid of being a whiny, annoying hypochondriac. This week I started to wonder if maybe I was less of an abnormally ill person and more of a canary in a coal mine. What if? What if I’m actually advanced and in 100 years everybody will be following a diet like mine? What if in 100 years people regard processed foods, gluten, and animal products the way we do. . .well, not cigarettes. I don’t think those forms of food are as lethal as tobacco. Perhaps more like alcohol–something that in small amounts is okay and even beneficial, but if it were all or most of what we consumed, is not good news. There is already a lot of talk about the SAD (Standard American Diet) and how it’s causing everything from asthma to obesity. Defining “Good for you” It’s easy to see how too much sugar or fat or even meat is bad for you, but too much whole grain bread? Or chicken? Or broccoli? Okay, so broccoli is only a concern for those of us with thyroid issues, but that’s actually quite a lot of people. I look back at what I grew up eating and while it was pretty nutritionally sound according to the FDA, there’s a lot of it I wouldn’t touch now. Things like lunchmeat, hot pockets, instant mashed potatoes, bagels, roast beef, etc. While I don’t think my diet caused any of my health issues, I know changing my diet for the better has helped them....