This time of year brings about so many good things and this year is no different. I’ve been looking forward to election night for a while. I hope everyone went to vote today. I did! Frankie did!
This morning, I woke up with more sinus issues. I got my flu shot yesterday, but I doubt that has anything to do with my aching bones and pressure in my head. I’m tired and feeling worn down. I’ve been hitting the weights and running a LOT lately, so I probably need an extra rest day. I crashed hard on the couch when I finally got home this afternoon so my body is trying to tell me something. I’ve learned to listen when it speaks.
Change is hard. People like me who thrive on structure and predictability have a hard time with the simplest of changes. Whether it’s wearing my hair a different way (ahem…such as down like in the pic) or starting a new running route, or changes from admin at work, I have a hard time. I have a comfort zone and I’m usually perfectly happy in that cage. But, change is also good. Like a good soaking rain that washes away the dust, change can be cleansing to the mind and soul. Accepting change is all about a leap of faith. If I want to walk on water, I have to get out of the boat. And I’ve been working on that. I’m grateful for the slow results. I’m reminded of the comparison to a potter. The transformation from a lump of dull clay to a beautiful piece of art worthy of use and display is astounding. There is a lot of pounding. A lot of heat. A lot of starting over again. But it’s all worth it in the end. That’s change I can believe in. The change within myself.
For tonight’s election results, I wanted something different. How about local acorn squash with apple sausage stuffing and roasted pork loin?
I love my time in the kitchen. I love preparing fresh real food that will nourish my body. Fresh squash with crisp celery and apple. Seasoned pork loin that melts in my mouth. The smells of fall. The feel of the knife in my hand. It is true that we eat with our eyes first. Instead of going through the motions, I really noticed my dinner prep tonight. The first bite of perfectly cooked pork made me smile. Stephen’s reaction made me smile huge.
This voter is sleepy. Time to exercise my right to sleep.