On Cereal (37)

Does anyone else go through major breakfast phases?  I used to be an Eggo waffle girl all the way, but then I transitioned to bagels in high school to get me through the hour-long commute.  When I started packing bagels for lunch in college, I switched to cereal, and let me tell you, I’ve never looked back.  Not sure how long this phase will last, but right now I’m just loving cereal.

I have two favorites: Crispix and Rice Krispies.  As much as the spelling annoys me, they’re both amazing alone and with my favorite cereal topping, blueberries.  For a while I was enjoying cereal a bit too much and sorta forgot about other food, but then I scaled back to a bowl at breakfast and a small bowl before bed.

It’s the perfect way to begin and end the day!

Until tomorrow,

Eliz

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On Heavy Eyelids (36)

I’ve been exhausted since around nine, and I’m finally heading to bed.  Today was a great day for many reasons, and I’m making an effort to begin remembering the great days on days that aren’t quite so awesome.  I’m thankful that I don’t encounter bad days all too often, especially in the summer — however, sometimes I think it would really help for me to keep a mental archive of fantastic days/moments so that I can access that happiness on days that aren’t as positive.

Not sure if it’ll work, but it’s worth a try.

Until tomorrow,

Eliz

On Ping Pong and House Tours (34)

Even though most of my memories of my grandparents’ old house were accumulated when I was no older than six, I can shut my eyes and easily find my way around their house, through the backyard, and onto the back porch.  I can see the blue screen door swinging in the top-of-the-hill breeze, the cream sheets covering ornate sofas, and the spiral staircase down to the basement, stocked full of spare tennis ball cans, soap, and towels.  The ping pong table was tucked away in the adjacent room, crammed next to a treadmill and spare boxes.  There, I learned the ins and outs of ping pong, which I then translated to and from the tennis court, starting at the age of four.

I return to these house tours – memories stitched together over birthday cakes and brisket – in times of need: when I can’t fall asleep, when I need a quick escape.  I still see glimmers of that old basement when I play ping pong and tennis – two games I’ve carried over from childhood with enthusiasm, plus a few memories to go along for the ride.

Until tomorrow,

Eliz

 

 

On Links from the Archive, Part 1 (33)

Thought it would be fun to share an old favorite, a Prep Talk by Carly Heitlinger.  I think she provides a lot of insight about trust; some of her points are simple, some a bit more complex, but on occasion it’s important (for me, at least) to read about such a key aspect of life from someone else’s perspective.

Anyone who knows what I read also knows that I really admire Carly’s hard work and dedication, so I’m always a fan of showing off her work when I have a chance.

Anyway, enjoy!  It’s a quick – but important – read.

Until tomorrow,

Eliz

On Rough Days and Warm Cookies (32)

I used to look at food as my #1 enemy, and on some days I still feel that way.  I guess it’s slightly built into having food allergies, but that’s okay with me.

Having that perspective allows me to appreciate food that I’m able to eat, and over the past few years I’ve found a lot of great food that I look forward to eating on an everyday basis — a big change from the dread that used to cloud my vision.

Today was a rough day, but I’ve also recently learned to love baking, so I threw together a quick chocolate chip cookie recipe that made my day just a little bit better.

Seven years ago I would have laughed at the idea of food actually helping me in any way, and today I realized how far I’ve come.

Until tomorrow,

Eliz

On Counting Down (31)

I’ve always marked the Fourth of July as the middle of the summer, the day that symbolizes the march to the beginning of the school year.  However, I seriously try to appreciate every day, and that mentality never aligned with the ugh-almost-school post-Fourth countdown.  This year, I resolved to change my negative mindset about the Fourth of July, and it’s definitely been a success.

Maybe it’s due to truly enjoying my job, maybe it’s because this school year was more enjoyable than the last…who knows.  However, I’m definitely looking at each day – whether pre-Fourth or post-Fourth – as a new opportunity to have a great summer day, and I hope the mentality change sticks.

Happy Fourth of July!

Until tomorrow,

Eliz