Here on a Friday…and with faves?
It can’t be!
Recently, you’ve noticed that I’ve been doing more “what’s up lately” posts. That was because I didn’t necessarily have any faves to share, just some conversations that invited you to take a peek into my life.
While I don’t have tons of “faves” this week, I do have a few to share.
I hadn’t made any meals for a while that
took effort required prep. This week I decided to make eggplant parmesan.
I had a recipe that my father-in-law gave me ages ago.
The recipe technically originated with my husband’s college roommate who was an Italian guy from New York.
I was extremely pleased with the tasty outcome.
Sadly, I woke up in the night in pain around the diaphragm region of my digestive system. It wasn’t the type of pain that any medicine I know can fix, so I just suffered through. Possible suspects are mozzarella cheese or eggplant (nightshade). I don’t think it was the parmesan cheese or the tomatoes because I eat those more often. Then again, maybe it wasn’t either because I ate some leftovers at lunch and think I was fine.
I will be making it again. However, if I have a repeat scenario, then I will truly need to determine if one of those foods need to be removed from my diet.
Do you eat eggplant? If so, what’s your favorite dish that includes it?
If you missed it on Instagram, my mother’s birthday was Wednesday. Last year, I wrote about the genealogy portion of our first trip to Scotland . The year before that I wrote her a poem. This year I shared this photo of us at the Quiraing on the Isle of Skye in Scotland along with how much she teaches me about personal growth. It also reminded me that I still have so many photos and tales to share from our UK journey.
I’ve been working a little more on editing my photos, but still haven’t fully settled back into my routines. I would like to make more forward progress on learning Lightroom and need to move it to “priority” status.
I told you in my last “what’s up lately” post that I’d been working on Pinterest and old posts. Well, I finally decided to get Grammarly. I know some of you are thinking “hallelujah!” Actually, as I’m going through old posts (and I still have tons to go), there aren’t that many errors, but there are definitely some that slipped passed me.
It’s a massive pet peeve of mine when they slip past me too. I catch most errors in books that I read and wonder how a bestseller made it through the editor with an error. Now I know. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I publicly and sincerely apologize to all those editors I’ve judged in my mind.
I’m also cleaning up some of the SEO because when I started this blog I had no knowledge about the inner working of the internet. I only knew how to spill my thoughts through my fingertips onto a keyboard. I’ve learned a lot since then, but I still don’t get that much traffic. Some days I’m okay with that. Other days I wonder if it’s me. Some days I think I don’t have a clue about marketing. Other days I think it’s because I don’t self-host.
Do you self-host? Do you have a way that you market your blog?
While I was going through some old posts I came across the one about reading challenge that I did.
In it, I shared a 2018 reading challenge that I was going to participate in. To be honest, I kind of forgot about it. I have done lots of reading since then, it’s just that most didn’t qualify for the topics. I’ve decided to renew my efforts and finish it out before the end of the year.
In case you’ve forgotten about the challenge, here it is along with my reading so far.
A classic you’ve been meaning to read–Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen A book recommended by someone with great tasteThe Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood A book in translation–The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry A book nominated for an award in 2018– The Power by Naomi Alderman (after The Alchemist)
- A book of poetry, a play, or an essay collection
A book you can read in a day–The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
- A book that’s more than 500 pages – Women Who Run With the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estés Ph.D.
- A book by a favorite author
- A book recommended by a librarian or indie bookseller
A banned book– The Color Purple by Alice Walker A memoir, biography, or work of creative nonfiction– The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls A book by an author of a different race, ethnicity, or religion other than your own.– The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho (next up)
I’m currently finishing Women Who Run With the Wolves which was recommended to me. Have you read it?
The Alchemist has been on my list for quite some time. I stumbled across Paulo Coelho once while looking for quotes. I almost bought a book of his poetry while at Shakespeare and Company in Paris.
Have you read anything good lately?
As I mentioned before, I’m settling back into my Pilates classes. Somebody mentioned to me that they needed to take something like that to relax (or something similar with the implication of it being mellow). And it probably is compared to the workouts they do.
However, I don’t find anything mellow about the class.
It is not cardio and so perhaps that is what lends to the perceived “mellow”.
For me, Pilates has transformed my entire body. Am I where I want to be? No. But I’m a heck of a lot stronger than I’ve ever been. And when I’m doing arm work, with my little three pound weights focusing on form and quality of movement, in front of the mirror, I am in awe of the muscle definition that wasn’t there just two years ago.
And it feels nice to be in awe and admire something about my body because I constantly fight with my own body image issues.
I do need to add in more cardio. I stopped running when I got busy…and I don’t love running. Sorry to all you runners out there, but I just don’t. However, I do like hiking. The rain appears to be finally leaving (at least for now) so I’m hoping to get out and hike over the weekend. We have also discussed going kayaking on the lake. Or taking the paddleboard if the water isn’t too cold.
What is your favorite form of exercise?
No matter what we end up doing over the weekend, I’m sure it’ll be fun because I’ll be spending time with my husband.
September is a big month for birthdays in our family and today is his.
Last year I shared a post about Houseboats of Amsterdam as his gift. He’s still trying to convince me to live on a boat at some point. Most recently it was a sailboat! We’ve owned a small sailboat before, but we didn’t go far offshore. I told him that we should probably take a sailing cruise first to make sure I don’t get seasick!
How about you? Do you like boating? Sailing? Cruises?
How do you plan to spend your weekend?
I hope it’s filled with lots of laughter and fresh air.
And even though I’ve shared this quote recently, in light of my upcoming reading of Coelho, I share it again.
Plus, I absolutely love its message.
Sometimes I get confused on this journey and try to be what I think everyone thinks I should be, but there is great freedom in becoming who you were always meant to be.
Let your light shine!