Monday, February 13, 2012

this week I am

This week:

Has been pretty busy on my end. But good. Very good.

I tried out a new restaurant in my old neighbourhood... it amazes me how gentrification has taken over and now this once cheap dive area is all hip and swank. And we're not talking hipster cool, no, we're talking full fledged yuppie, high end gourmet restos and antiques, and so forth.

But in between it all, you still find the seedier areas, which makes it an odd blend to hang out in. I still go because it is part of my old stomping grounds and for the amazing little gems that have been there for years. Of course, the swank pizzeria I visited on Monday, wasn't an old haunt... but you know, fresh, local, organic foodie pizza... you can't really say no to that!

Anyone who says that you can't tell the difference between organic and fresh goods... needs to eat a local peach, in season, from the farm around the corner and a California peach shipped in across the country.... or a strawberry. You'll know what I'm talking about when I say that the pizza was delish!

Anyways, enough of the food talk.

On a mundane, muggle level the other news of the week, tangentially related to food still, is that I've started working with a nutritionist and a trainer to lose the extra weight I put on after hurting my knee a year ago. I'm so thankful that I'm finally in a place where I can actually get back in shape. It was a long 1 1/2 year. I had tried to do yoga, which I still will in time, but first I think that I want to focus on getting the extra weight off. So yay for new projects that embrace this year's word: balance. I knew that this year I really wanted to find more balance between my crafts, spirituality, health, and time for friends and family. I tend to be an all or nothing kind of girl and it's been a lot of nothing on the fitness end of things for far too long!

On a spiritual level I've been trying to take the time to express gratitude (through prayer, I guess, to the gods) and I have to say that while I haven't done it daily, when I do do it, it's amazing. I just think of it as a  conversation with the God and Goddess to say, hey, this has been pretty awesome this week, or day, or in general, so Thanks a lot. I noticed and appreciated it. And honestly, it makes me feel more connected to them and more like they are present in my every day life, which rocks!

Highly recommend it as a practice.

Ok, that's it for today!


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