lately i’ve been…

06Jul15

I write a lot of science-heavy posts, and heavy posts in general. I thought I’d lighten things a bit… and answer some prompts I’ve read on a few other people’s blogs. Join in, in the comments, if you want to play! šŸ™‚

Lately I’ve been making…
I’ve been really into a variation of this Triple Berry Cheesecake Soft Serve. I think the texture comes out more like a smoothie bowl–maybe because I add spinach to it. But it’s become a great evening snack when I want something sweet.

Lately I’ve been cooking…
Eh, not much of anything. We’ve had a heat wave, much like the rest of the country! Food has involved a lot of quick scrambled eggs with salsa (that’s one of my go-to’s) and hummus with spinach on a whole wheat wrap. No wonder I’m low on iron…

Lately I’ve been drinking…
Coffee and water. Kind of boring. Predictable, I guess. šŸ™‚

Lately I’ve been reading…
Lots of travel blogs to prep for our trip to the Balkans in two weeks! TWO WEEKS??? So not ready. I’m also finishing reading the script for the play I’m producing with our local theater. Working my way, also, through a novel that… just not digging. I can’t even remember the author’s name, ha!

Lately I’ve been wanting…
Aside from better health (a given, eh?) I have to say… this is a hard one. I place little value in things. More time with the people I care about, who spend too much time working. (Oh, and more items donated for the MS fundraising auction. I guess that’s a “thing” I’d want.)

Lately I’ve been looking…
At travel photos. Already planning future trips! Wait, wasn’t I not ready for this one? I’m an incurable travel addict.

Lately I’ve been playing…
Yoga videos. Helps me focus, eases my symptoms. I also found a great local studio through the recommendation of a coworker! They do about 2/3 hot yoga classes (I avoid–heat being kryptonite for MS) but their yin yoga instructor is wonderful. I digress…

Lately I’ve been wasting…
Don’t all of us with chronic disease feel like we’re ticking timebombs? I mean, couldn’t the “other shoe drop” any time? Any “wasted” time feels… like a waste. I pack my days with meaning. Sometimes obsessively, unfortunately.

Lately I’ve been wishing…
There were an alternative universe where all illness had a cure. Can we all say AMEN to that?

Lately I’ve been enjoying…
Not having a 20-mile traffic-fest commute into work (yes, even at 6:15 am!) for the summer. Working from home, while solitary, has its benefits!

Lately I’ve been waiting…
Anticipating seeing a new region of the world!

Lately I’ve been liking…
Blueberries and cherries. Patriotic snacks! Locally grown here in Washington.
And, last week, I mixed frozen cherries and coconut whipped cream. YUM.

Lately I’ve been wondering…
Last year, we traveled through the US South and fell in love with the Outer Banks (NC) beaches. I’m wondering if they will ever be shark-free again. šŸ˜¦

Lately I’ve been loving…
What else can I say? The most supportive person in my life, no matter what happens… my husband, my best friend. šŸ™‚

Lately I’ve been hoping…
That every aspect of this trip goes as planned! OK, that never happens… but that the glitches we encounter are minor ones. šŸ™‚

Lately I’ve been needing…
More time for meditation that I haven’t allowed myself. More red meat (low iron) that I have not been craving.

Lately I’ve been wearing..
I’m mostly a convenience-type gal. Sad to say that this Pilates instructor wears flip-flops too often because they’re easy! (For lengthy walks, I have some nice Dansko sandals, and that’s what I wear when I teach class on warmer days.) Lots of shorts recently! When I volunteer at the theater, though, always a casual dress. I try to dress up a little when the opportunity arises!

Lately I’ve been following…
The Blonde Gypsy, a travel blogger who considers herself a “connoisseur of the Balkans”, and Yomadic, who visits and photographs lesser-known areas of the world.

Lately I’ve been noticing…
That I’m wearing makeup more often (just eye makeup) before I leave the house. I used to reserve that for special occasions… I’m feeling over 40? Oh, and I’ve noticed quite a few more gray hairs. But you know–I’ll take the grays over more health issues any day!

Lately I’ve been knowing…
That, unfortunately, even as an almost-41 year old with MS and a few other chronic issues, my physical endurance can still beat the pants off of many of my students half my age. (But I thought I was invincible when I was 20, right?)

Lately I’ve been thinking…
As always. What’s the next step? I always love to make progress in life. I’m teaching more of the e-learning classes on campus, so I’m “progressing” in that sense. I’ve been running more again, but I hate to set a running goal for myself, as that often leads to disappointment. I’m also thinking that holding auctions as a one-man show might not work in the future… so I’m trying to think of future alternatives.

Lately I’ve been feeling…
Overall happy, but uncertain. How will my body hold up for every goal I’d like to accomplish in the future? Maybe I need to think about this excellent post a little more often.

Lately I’ve been bookmarking…
I made these dairy-free Mexican Pots de Creme for a gathering last week. Whoa. Yes. Amazing. Friend minimizes sugar, I minimize dairy. Great stuff with coconut whipped cream.

And that’s it! Boy, that was long. But maybe you know a little more about me… anyone else? You don’t have to answer them all…

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