Tuesday, March 21, 2017

writer's block

I haven't jumped on to post lately, but not for any real reason.  Perhaps I've been inspired by my own social media break to do more inward thinking and less outward broadcasting.  I have thought about whether or not I should continue to blog, a question I have considered as numerous intervals in the past.  I do feel that as the kids get older, I will be sharing less of them for privacy reasons.  But I still have motivations to express myself and -- well -- talk about me.  I like the outlet for self-expression, and I like writing my way through problems -- often the answer becomes clear to me by the end of my own post, but the feedback is still welcome and valuable.  I also enjoy sharing my experiences as a full-time (or close to full-time) working mother.  I don't feel that the demographic of WOH-parents are proportionally represented on the blogosphere and I do like to be part of that conversation.

So, yeah.  Guess I'm not going anywhere anytime soon.  

Goings-on as of late:

Running:  I am still doing it, though not training for anything right now.  And I've noticed some pyriformis pain creeping up on me so . . .yeah.  I think maybe not cross-training (at ALL!) for the past 3 months has taken its toll, and replacing my sneakers with probably 1000 miles on them should help too.  You'd think I'd know better about all this but . . . when you're injury free, it's so easy to forget about injury prevention!

Technology & Distraction:  Getting off of IG for the past month was a good move.  I was too addicted.  The more I get away from scrolling, the better I feel.  I'm a moderator when it comes to food but I may be an abstainer when it comes to other things.  Like . . .addictive apps.

Speaking of food:  I really really tried to go more plant-based.  I greatly respect those of you who are vegan or vegetarian for sustainability reasons.  But my n=1 experiment failed, I had stomach pain and bloating and gained like 3-4 lbs in just a month.  I just didn't find beans/tofu/grains to be satiating for me, leading to a) more snacking b) more sugar and most of all c) MORE (too many) CARBS.  I really think it is better for the earth to consume less meat, but I don't think I'm ready to turn 'less' into 'zero'.  I'm back to my moderator ways although we're planning in ~2 vegetarian or vegan dinners weekly (which we also take as leftovers for lunch).  And I plan on working on optimizing the sources of our animal products (currently we buy organic / Whole Foods, but I need to find out of there are better local options, or if perhaps ordering frozen from a reputable source might make more sense).  

Books/media:  Currently in the middle of Hillbilly Elegy and The Paris Architect (for book club).  I watched all of Season 2 of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and Josh and I are enjoying Big Little Lies.  One of my favorite bands released a new album (Real Estate - "In Mind") and I have enjoyed the coverage of SXSW.  Honestly, since lowering my social media consumption and scroll-time I've had a lot more time for other things, and it's been great.  It's amazing how I have to FORCE myself not to double-device (scroll while watching TV - gross) but when I focus my full attention on things it's so much better.

I'm on call but up to day 5/7 and not too stressed out, so that's good too!  

*  I've been off Instagram since Mar 1 and my FB account remains deactivated since Feb of 2016.   I don't use other forms of social media unless you count blogs.  I do want to go back to Instagram eventually but . . not yet.






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