I don’t think there’s anything we under-appreciate more than our parents, specifically our mothers. I think it’s human nature. Our mothers do everything for us: cook, clean, drive us places, help with homework, a shoulder to cry on, everything. It’s amazing, and how often do we thank them? Rarely, if ever. Maybe on mother’s day or on their birthday, but by and large we just take them for granted.
In case I haven’t said it in awhile, I love you, mom.
I didn’t realize this until I moved to university. For the first time I was on my own, and I suddenly realized what that meant. No mom to help me with anything. That’s fine, I survived and even thrived, but I learned right then and there just how amazing she was all those years.
I missed her in many ways, but I think the biggest loss, the biggest regret, was giving up her cooking. By the Goddess I missed her cooking. Continue reading →
Some things in life you want to savour, and others you just want to get out of the way. No one wants a trip to the dentist to last a minute longer than necessary, whereas a back rub could last forever and no one would complain. If anything, no massage lasts long enough. Hmm, I just realized I haven’t had a massage in a while…
Note to self: get a massage.
Anyway, some things are worth slowing down for. I think we all understand this, but sometimes we have trouble living in. Take food. A well-prepared meal is delicious and nutritious, and you want to savour the flavour… and yet it’s so delicious that you want to eat it as fast as possible. These two things don’t mix very well, and most people tend to either over-eat or eat too quickly, getting bloated after.
You are what you eat. We’ve all heard this a thousand times, even as we often ignore it. We all make poor diet choices, and we know full damn well that our sugary drinks and cookies aren’t good for us. That’s okay. I’m not hear to rant on or diet shame anyone. It is what it is. I want to focus on that phrase, though: you are what you eat.
… Am I now a cannibal?
If you eat junk food, you are going to feel like junk. I think we can all confirm this at one time or another in our lives. This means that if you don’t eat bad food, you won’t feel bad. That seems obvious, and it’s true, but we focus on this far too much. There’s a world of difference between ‘not feeling bad’ and ‘feeling good’. A huge difference.
I know, because for the last two weeks or so I’ve been living it, and it’s eye-opening. Continue reading →
I currently hate lunch with a passion. Stupid lunch.
Allow me to set the table. I teach martial arts, a part of a team of instructors at my dojo. It’s a pretty awesome job, as far as jobs go, as it combines my love of teaching with my obsession of staying fit. It’s often the most fun I have on any given day, and I generally only need to work the evenings, so from after-school until right before bedtime, or what the average person considers bedtime. That’s great. Continue reading →
We all have bad habits. Some people chew their nails, some people text while driving, some people shoot up heroin. I’m sure the list is endless. Some habits are worse than others, but today I’ll discuss perhaps my worst one. Well, right now it certainly feels like the worst one: eating near my computer.
If my computer didn’t want food near it, why is it on a desk? Checkmate, atheists.
Basically, my computer table doubles as my dining room. If I eat alone, which is pretty much always the case, I eat at my computer. I likely couldn’t tell you what my dining room looks like right now. I’m never in it. I will make something in the kitchen, offering it downstairs and eat it in front of my computer. Continue reading →
I learned something following Thanksgiving this week. I refer of course to Canadian Thanksgiving, which is obviously the best Thanksgiving. It makes far more sense to have this holiday in October than November. For one, the weather is far more agreeable. It rarely snows in the beginning of October, but that becomes a very real threat come November. Also, you have more daylight. It gets dark in November by 5pm. It’s colder, it’s darker, you can’t enjoy your day off near as well as if it were in October.
It’s great, eh?
The best argument, though, for having Thanksgiving in October is Christmas. Think about it: Christmas is the biggest North American holiday. People generally get multiple days off work, sometimes entire weeks. You spend time with family, often travelling a great deal of distance if necessary, and one of the biggest events would be the Christmas dinner. It’s a massive feast, often turkey but it can be anything. What do you do on Thanksgiving? You have a massive feast with family, often turkey. Continue reading →