December 7, 2017
Hello, world, those who read this. Today is another day, nothing out of the ordinary. Just put a load in at the laundromat across the street, poured myself another cup of tea, and turned on some tunes. Ever since living in Ireland, I still drink 2-6 cups of black tea a day. Excessive? Maybe. But hey, it’s the little thing that adds warmth to my day (literally and figuratively).
There really is no coherent structure to this post, but rather just the thoughts floating around inside my mind (I never claimed that my writing was perfect). A few nights ago, I made some homemade vegan chocolate chip cookies, which turned out surprisingly well. While I would not say that these are healthy in any way, they are indeed delicious. You can taste the coconut oil in them, so if you don’t like coconut, don’t use this recipe (that’s all I’ve got to say). But, no one be fooled, I am making these cookies again within the next couple of days. It’s the holiday season, December demands cookies! (Recipe I used this time around: bakerbynature choco chip cookies). (Update: I made these cookies again the next day).
The past few days I’ve also attempted to start a bullet journal. I don’t really know what started this craze, I don’t think craze is even the correct word to use in this situation, but it sounded like a fun way to help organize my mind a bit more. I watched one youtube video (no exaggeration) of someone making their bullet journal for December and I was committed. I’m not very gifted when it comes to fine art and drawing, but I enjoy it. I honestly don’t know if I will use it beyond one month, but hey, worth a shot. The hope is that it will help me become more self-accountable: do my daily yoga routine, make sure I write, read, say a few daily gratitudes, etc. (update: after a week it is turning out to be a success!)
In other news, I found a local, natural pharmacy (about a seven minute walk away) that has the hippie / organic / vegan B-12 supplement I prefer. I take a plant-based derived daily multi-vitamin supplement from Whole Foods, and even though there is B-12 in the multi-vitamin, it is the synthetic form cyanocobalamin. Which I’m assuming is better than not taking any B-12 at all, but since it is synthetic a consumer runs the risk of it not being absorbed due to the body not recognizing it, blah, blah, blah. Plus there isn’t a large enough amount of B-12 in the supplement, so even if my body did absorb it, it wouldn’t be enough with having a vegan diet. (I know it’s not the most interesting thing to be discussing. I’m ranting). So, to be safe I take an organic sublingual methylcobalamin B-12 by the company Garden of Life (…have I lost you yet?)
Oh, the things I’ve learned in the past sixteen months of being vegan. I realize no one probably cares, unless they are also vegan, but oh well.
While I was out running some errands earlier this afternoon, I decided to go on a longer walk around the neighborhood. Christmas decorations and lights are popping up, and it makes my heart so warm! I purchased a matcha almond milk latte and headed over to the cemetery. Cemeteries fill every inch of my body with emotion, it’s hard to explain the mixture of feelings that arise, but I personally enjoy walking through cemeteries (as strange as it can be). Afterwards, I simply went and sat on a bench, under a leafless tree in the park. I saw all the kids getting let out of school and chatting to their friends as they moseyed down the street. I listened to part of a podcast. Calming.
December 10, 2017
We are getting so close to Christmas. So excited. But also, I still need to make some presents. I need to get on that…
Today is Sunday, the baby is teething, so it’s been a few relaxed days. More bed, cuddle, movie time than usual. He is currently napping, hence the reason I have time to write. Just drinking tea, listening to tunes, sitting by the window, (all daily occurrences for me). Oh, and eating a cookie, because Christmas.
I don’t think there is really much to report, but I just felt like putting some writing out into the world. Tomorrow’s a day off of work. Not sure what I plan on doing yet, but thinking a visit to a museum may occur. Overall, I am doing good, happy. I will be doing some traveling over the next couple of months, which I am stoked for, but I don’t want to reveal anything until it is official. Until the plane tickets are purchased.
Traveling for work, traveling for pleasure.
I am happy right now.