Category Archives: relaxation

Up in the air


Feeling anxious and extra tired today. Flitting from one thing to another. I just don’t like it when too many things are up in the air. It’s as if life is in suspension. Wish I could just relax and be with every moment, instead of worrying steadily for most of the past four months.

I did try to manage it: I worked out. I gave myself an opportunity to read a book and nap (couldn’t nap—unusual for me), took a bath and read, etc. Got a good book finished, but still feel out of sorts.

We’ll see what tomorrow brings.

What’s on your weekend menu?


What this vegan ate {and drank} today:

  • A couple of mugs of Earl Grey tea with soy or almond milk
  • Cereal with a bit of soy yogurt and some soy or almond milk {I forget which}. This was to tide me over while making:
  • Tofu breakfast scramble with curly kale and tempeh bacon
  • Chocolate peanut butter banana smoothie blended with So Delicious Mocha Fudge ice cream
  • French bread pizza with Daiya non-dairy cheese, jalapeno sauce, and orange peppers
  • A few bites of chocolate cake
  • Glass of red wine
  • Near midnight, some leftover BBQ soy curls and quinoa rice mix {I’d been craving these for about an hour and finally gave in}
Weirdly heavy on the soy today, but don’t worry, I eat a good variety and have days with none.

Want to know what else vegans eat {and drink}? Peruse the entries in today’s Virtual Vegan Potluck.

My new favorite evening activity: Words with Friends via Fire + kids + Big Bang Theory marathon


My new favorite evening activity: Piling kids on the bed and playing Words with Friends via Kindle Fire with hubby and kids, while having a Big Bang Theory marathon.

A loaf or a swirl


It’s been a long weekend full of family step-drama, and subsequent planning for this winter and spring. These next few weeks will be bumpy, but I’m confident that it will turn out for the best. I’ll share more when final decisions have been made. So, I’m exhausted and going to bed early. I want to get some good work in early in the week.

#reverb11 (via

“Do you have any rituals that you use to calm and center yourself when you are tired, frustrated or angry? What are they? If you don’t have any rituals for yourself, take a few minutes and think about what kind of rituals could you allow yourself to enjoy and describe them.

After all these years, still the best way for me to totally disconnect is to take a long hot bath with a good book. No electronics. No distractions. Usually Nevermore or Isis comes to hang out (Nevermore as a loaf, Isis as a swirl).

A spa day (family style)


My red-headed step-child set up a “spa” in the girls room tonight. She gave any family member who signed up pedicures, manicures, hair styling, massages, and chocolate. So cute. We had to write an evaluation when we were done—that’s it. Nice family night. This is the kind of thing there just isn’t generally time for on short weekend visits during the year.