Today we made new friends who sent us home with a freshly laid egg from a hen that lives in their backyard. We also trotted home with a brown bag that held a paper plate all covered in foil, with slices of grilled eggplant (picked from the same backyard this same morning), tucked carefully inside so as to stay piping hot. Needless to say, when we got home the first thing we did was unwrap our treasure and dig in. Afterward, still feeling a bit hungry, we fried the egg and put it on a slice of stale Challah (homemade several days ago for Rosh Hashanah), and savored each and every bite — and sopping up the little pool of dribbling yolk with more bread. A morning — and meal — like that will get you thinking. Mainly, I begin to feel grateful for all of the tiny bits of inspiration in my life lately.
For last month, when I read Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café. That book was fun, and so refreshing to read. It taught me something about perspective as it shifted points of view, settings, cultures, and time periods. It reminded me about living, loving, aging, and what it’s like to do so as a woman.
For yoga, and finally getting back to the gym. I’ve been hesitant about writing about my recommitment to exercise as well as to yoga, because staying on course can be very challenging for me at times. I’m a bit superstitious in that I worry if I write or think too much about it, I may begin to develop ridiculous expectations. Right now I’m taking each day as it comes, and I’m trying to carve out time on the mat and at the gym because it feels right, and feels strengthening. I will say that for days when I am exhausted, I love popping in one DVD that I have, I think the title is Yoga for Stress Relief and Relaxation. The pace of the practice is extremely slow and incorporates breath work like deep Ujjayi breathing and alternate nostril breathing. There are a lot of variations on seated forward folds and twists, as well as an awesome pose for cranial massage.
For the Winter Garden farmer’s market, where we bought a basketful of organic and local produce such as: broccolini, golden beets, kale, burgundy okra, cilantro, basil, Swiss chard, and garlic. It is there where we also sat under the sun listening to a classical guitarist playing Paco de Lucia, and sipped on freshly blended smoothies that tasted of turmeric, cinnamon, banana, and coconut (and nibbled on fresh flax crackers).
For Dandelion Communitea Café, where though I have a tendency to eat until my stomach hurts, I can find a tongue tingling hot vegan tempeh chili with “cheese” sauce, as well as vegan nachos, brownies, nut butter and fluff sandwiches to dip in chocolate, and an entire kids selection where I can build my two year old daughter a bowl that includes power foods like quinoa, chickpeas, broccoli, and apples (with green goddess dressing on top).
I could go on, and yet I feel like I should end here. Have an inspiring week — and please, let me know what has been fueling you physically and creatively as of late?