Join me on my adventures as I try to live a healthier, more relaxed and more spiritual life. In this blog, I narrate my attempts my to do this using healthy recipes, talk about growing my own vegetables, and how I alleviate stress through quilting and positive affirmations. I also talk about those people around me (my family and friends) who make me the person I am.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

After Vacation Funk

Today I am experiencing that 'After Vacation Slump' or 'Funk' that you have when you've come home after a really great vacation.  One of those states you get into when you realize that the fun, carefree period is over and the time to start in on the mountain of laundry has begun.  When it hits you that real life has started again, and you no longer have time to do things such as picking up shells on the beach or ponder the direction of your life while watching the waves roll in.  Instead, it's back to deadlines and school, responsibilities and menial labor.

My family and I just returned from a week long trip to the New England area.  This is one of our favorite places to be, having lived in Boston for three years.  One of my greatest heartaches was the day that we had to move several hundred miles away.  During our trip, we tried to cram as many visits to our favorites haunts as we possibly could; this included visits to various beachs on the Atlantic Ocean.

What is it about the ocean that can make us forget all of the worries and anxieties of day to day life?  Maybe it's not the same for everybody, but the sight and sound of the water just makes everything melt away for me.  I could sit and watch the waves all day.  My favorite beaches are the rocky beaches of Maine...despite the ice cold of the water, there is nothing like it.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Celebrating the Single Parents and the Helpful Husbands of the World!

So again, I've been away from the blogging world for several weeks....almost a month in fact.  It's been a hectic time trying to finish up a lot of projects and spend quality time with my son.  During this time, I've gained a real appreciation for what a single parent goes through on a day to day basis.  I complain (well, 'whine' is how my husband puts it) about how difficult it is trying to juggle a job, being a full-time graduate student, and being a mother, all the while having a partner who is able to pick up a lot of the slack when it comes to raising our child.  I wouldn't even begin to be able to accomplish everything that I need to without my husband.  So this Mother's Day, I'm celebrating all the single parents who manage to keep it all together without having the extensive support system that I enjoy (and fully utilize) every day. I don't know how you do it, but you deserve recognition. At the same time, I am applauding all of the husbands who are willing to do whatever they can to support their wives and allow them to try to reach their goals.  Everything you do is greatly appreciated....and will be rewarded. ;)