Because I couldn’t sleep last night (fie upon you, insomnia), I decided to counteract my inevitably surly mood — said surly mood always rolls up like a Panzer tank on PCP when I don’t get enough sleep — with my daily trip to the gym and a list of things that are eminently lovable, or at least enjoyable. Besides, it’s a de-facto Monday for those of us who had yesterday off, so we all need something to smile about. So without further ado…happy things!
1) Rooibos Chai. (Side note: my spell check tried to correct “rooibos” into “Boo-Boo.” You fail, spell check. Please do not redneckognize America’s #1 TV star.) Cooler weather has arrived, which means it’s time to bust out the chai! There are times when my stomach doesn’t do well with traditional black tea chai, so I was thrilled when a friend sent me a box of Numi Rooibos Chai as part of a care package. (Emma, you rock!) This stuff is amazing. It’s delicious, warming, and caffeine free – which, of course, makes it the perfect option for a late afternoon tea hankering in autumn. I’d tell you to imagine me sipping a mug of it while sitting in an overstuffed chair and watching gorgeous leaves fall from trees outside my window, but the reality is that I usually sip it while sitting in my windowless office and staring at my computer. Close enough though, right?
2) Listening to awesome podcasts while running or at the gym. I often get tired of my workout playlist, even though I add new songs to it pretty frequently. I mean, I love all the songs on there, but this playlist goes back over 10 years – so there are times when I just. Can’t. Listen. Any. More. Knowing that my playlist was driving me slowly insane, I decided to rekindle my relationship with podcasts. Egads, people, is there ever some awesome stuff out there. I’ve been laughing my way through workouts with NPR’s Wait Wait, Don’t Tell Me and have been getting all edumakated and inspired by the Creative Wellness podcast by Melanie St. Ours and The Good Life Project podcast by Jonathan Brown. It’s amazing how much faster the minutes go by when I’m not saying “Uuuuuuuugh, you again?” at whatever song has started playing for the bajillionth time.
3) Nature’s Path Gluten-Free Granola. I have an abiding, deep love of granola, and while I’ve successfully made my own from time to time, the fact remains that I’m a) pressed for time, and b) lazy. Between grocery shopping, cleaning, washing clothes, and pre-chopping piles of veggies during the weekend, it just doesn’t leave much time for much else. There are a few other kinds of GF granola on the market, but Nature’s Path is, thus far at least, hands down the best one I’ve tasted. To quote Fat Bastard (one of the best characters of all time, IMHO — he gets quoted a lot in our house), “Get in mah belly!”
4) Mind Over Medicine, by Lissa Rankin. I picked this up a couple of months ago, and I love it. She discusses some of the key issues we covered during the course of my training at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, one of which is the idea that health is more than just diet and exercise. Career, relationships, a sense of community, and a sense of meaning or purpose are critical factors in health and wellness; similarly, the lack of those things can also contribute to illness. Considering all the time we spend being careful about eating veggies and hitting the gym, it’s worth taking the time to look at health from a holistic perspective – and I mean holistic in the sense of looking at the whole of our lives, not just the sum of its parts. I love how Dr. Rankin presents these ideas!
5) Random Interwebz humor. This Tumblr page, Brides Throwing Cats, has had me in stitches more than once. (I want to put a disclaimer on this before I’m accused of finding humor in animal cruelty: THE WHOLE THING IS PHOTOSHOPPED. No cats were actually thrown!) Also, Hyperbole and a Half has a new post up, and basically everything she does makes me laugh so hard I pull a muscle.
So, with that, I’m going to drag my sorry self to the office. Tell me, though: what kind of stuff have you guys been lovin’ on lately?