Some phases of life are notably difficult. According to my therapist (and apparently a lot of research that I haven't had the energy to explore lately) a lot of people have more difficult lives based almost entirely on attachment as a child. Which, frankly, sucks, because I have always been one to "make things work."
In all honesty, I did everything I could to get out of moving in PE when I was a kid. I hated exercising, I hated moving my body. In my defense--I had a lot of shame around it because, you know, the environment I was in or whatever. But the people who were pushing me to love it (my teachers) by moving weren't getting anywhere any time soon.
It's spring here in Texas, for sure. Everything in our little garden is sprouting, and Woodford is starting to willingly spend more and more time in the backyard.
We've been inspired by the warmer weather to cook cooler and simpler meals and to go for about twice as many walks as we have this winter. What are you inspired to change in life because of spring?
We never watched basketball. But for some reason, on March 11, 2020, we turned to the Thunder game. I was cooking dinner and had my ear on the pre-game conversation, chopping and excited to be simply experiencing a basketball game a week after moving in together and the night before I was supposed to leave to go to the beach with a friend. I was a little uneasy about the coronavirus, but decided that after the very stressful past year that I would give my brain a break for a few days while watching dolphins with my friend and finally processing, breathing, and moving forward after having felt stuck.
I used to wonder how people made freezers work for them. Women I knew had extra freezers in their garage, and I always wondered--why? Well, a few months into this pandemic I figured out why--because the freezer is an amazing tool for doing less work and spending less money, once you know how to use it.
Sometimes I hit a window of eating a ton of celery. That window is usually followed by two giant stalks in my fridge that I planned on eating and am then trying to quickly do something with before I waste it. Here's what I do when I need to use up celery and might not be in the mood for it:
This week on the podcast, I'm talking all about eating well and enjoying food. I've had some extremely lean years where my meals were made up of food from friends' gardens and the grace of God, so I completely get the need to cut grocery costs. Meal planning has been a huge part of my adult life, and while I let it go for a year or so, I'm back at it with some new revelations.
My sister in law and I have been talking about a trip to Paris for a little while. We have a plan even—a full agenda, and a title for our trip: Centuries and Cellars. The basic premise of this trip is to explore the history of Paris and the surrounding areas by visiting different historically relevant sites (centuries) and drinking a lot of wine (cellars). This trip was postponed due to the pandemic—so imagine my absolute joy when I picked up V.E. Schwab’s buzz worthy novel about a French woman who is cursed to live a life of immortality while captivating nobody’s memory. So much France, so many centuries!
Spoiler alert: this not-a-puppy-person is now a puppy person.
The unattractive option was a delicious, very correct choice.
Taylor Vogel was a public school teacher, and isn't any more. She is the creator and host of the podcast, Now That I'm Not Your Teacher.
Now That I'm Not Your Teacher is a podcast that helps you tackle the responsibilities of adulthood with the support and structure of a (former) teacher's guidance.