August 21st, 2006

Stewart Not Your Monkey


So I've decided that I want to get involved with the SCA.

I've looked into it a bit before, but it was some wonderful discussion (and pictures!) during my week with ladysmith that really piqued my interest. I've just spent way too many hours pouring over their website, and I discussed it with Josh - who's actually interested in checking it out with me!

I am, sadly, extremely ignorant in...well, in probably every subject explored in the SCA. LOL I've always wanted to learn, though, and (at least for me) there's no better way to learn than by doing! So I've borrowed more of my mom's Universal History of the World books and am trying to learn more about history & medieval cultures. My web-surfing shows that I live in the Kingdom of Atlantia, specifically the Barony of Hawkwood. There are meetings every Sunday at the park near my mom's house & our church, where we spend just about every Sunday anyway, so we're going to see about dropping by soon and checking things out.

I have no clue where to go from there. I do know that I would LOVE to learn how to sword fight. I've always wanted to learn. Josh wants to, too. I'm particularly interested in (ideas snagged from this interest list): archery, bardic arts, brewing & vintning, book binding, candlemaking, combat, cooking, herbalism, jewelry work, needlework (I've always wanted to learn, but it's nowhere near a passion), performance arts, persona development (I'm a major character-driven RPGer, so I can see this becoming a bit of an obsessive passion), and pottery. I see a whole bunch of stuff Josh has wanted to learn about, too.

I'm really hoping that this is something I'll be able to pursue. It looks like it would be tons of fun, and would give us an opportunity to explore a LOT of things that have interested me for a good long time. I may even be able to make some new friends (I hope). We'll see how it goes.
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Health Buddies Update

It's been a while since we checked in! How is everyone doing?

For those who are new to the f-list (and there's several -- everyone wave and say hi), I started a Health Buddies project among my friends here in this post. We currently have a dozen folks who have signed up to encourage & support each other on our mutual quest to get healthy. Feel free to sign up there if you want to be added, and check out the journals of those who are particpating.

For a while I was holding steady at 150 pounds - 20 pounds away from my weight goal, but 49 pounds lost since having baby Ivy! After coming back from my Florida trip, I seem to be holding steady at 152. I've gained back a couple pounds, but I'm not worried because I'm eating more healthy foods!

My buddy ladysmith and her husband are health-conscious shoppers. Honestly, their pantry put me to shame! I was very inspired by the natural/organic/whole wheat ingredients they used. She even cooked me tofu that I actually enjoyed. So when I came home, I sat down and had a long talk with Josh about my goals and concerns. Getting the kids to eat a variety of foods - let alone healthy foods - has been a challenge. And sometimes when I do cook more healthy foods, Josh snerks and 'finds something for himself'. So of course Eden expects the same thing when she doesn't care for what I've cooked. I explained to him that I was concerned about our kids eating habits and health, and that I felt it was very important that we lead by example. I know how dedicated he is to exercise, but I pointed out that it's not doing much good if we're not using healthy fuel to facilitate that.

So my wonderfully supportive Beloved has agreed to expand our eating horizons. He even tried some of the tofu stirfry I made (which Ivy LOVED and would not stop eating). I've started doing a lot of shopping at Amazing Savings, which is a discount organic store. The health food stores around here are *outrageous*, which is why I never shopped there. I know it's worth it to keep my family healthy, but when you're on a budget, it's tough call between eating organic and eating all month. ~LOL~ Anyway, I heard about this discount store, which is out-of-the-way but totally worth the drive. I've switched to mostly organic & whole grain snacks for the kids and am slowly introducing new foods like tofu & tempeh, vegi chips, etc. and even found a chocolate soy milk that Josh & the kids love (8th Continent).

I don't know a lot about healthy foods, sad to say, or how to cook them. I've always had my 'standard' recipes that get switched up between frozen dinners & pizza. I really want to grow as both a cook and a consumer. I've joined a few new communities that I hope will help out. I'll be checking out the archives of one of my favorites, food_porn, and I joined up at eatingnaturally, naturalfamily, and bodyforlife (I started Body-for-Life before but never committed to it; I'm contemplating trying it out again in the future).

I've also checked out SavingDinner, which I learned about through FlyLady. There are sample menus & grocery lists that you can print out, so I've printed *ALL* of the sample menus and plan to try each one. If I find a good one for us, I may save up and buy a subscription. She has several choices for menus - Regular, Low-Carb, Body Clutter, Frugal, Crock Cooker, Vegetarian, & Heart Healthy. That's six weeks of new recipes to try! (Body Clutter is the same menu as Low-Carb, but with day-time meal & snack suggestions).

We're also getting out more. We went hiking/berry picking over the weekend, which the kids LOVED. Baby-steps, though, since poor Eden isn't used to climbing all over the mountain (and she had new shoes & got a big blister! Bless her heart. I had to carry her back out). We're going to try to get out hiking, walking, or biking at least once a week while the weather holds.

So that's where we are right now. How are you doing?
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Yes, my &#*$^@# sink is shiny! (lol)

Ok, they say third time's a charm...

Now that I'm home and somewhat settled in, I'm BACK on the FLY-wagon. For the love of my sanity, someone please help me make sure I stay there!

I have very definitive goals (besides just staying on the damn wagon this time):

  • We want to have a birthday cook-out for Ivy on Saturday, September 2. I'm hoping that my dad, sister, brother, etc. can come up. I want my house to be Company Ready.

  • My church is doing the 4T Prosperity program again this September. I want to take it. I've taken it a few times before, and it *always* helps me. I'm hoping that it will help me solidify my doula business a bit more. The only problem - I don't know where my workbook & cassettes are. They're supposed to be somewhere around here ... I need to find them in time to sign up. *fingers crossed*

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    I may even do an evening routine, if I get back to being motivated. I hope to at least stay caught up with the daily missions through the email group and going through the daily baby-steps in the welcome letter.

    I MUST stick with it this time! Lord knows, this family needs routine. And Ivy's all too quick to get into, well, everything.
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