"Writing is not necessarily something to be ashamed of. but do it in private
and wash your hands afterwards." --Robert Heinlein.

We've moved!

For the next two years (Summer 2014-Summer 2016) I'll be blogging our family's adventures in China at www.chinesemileposts.wordpress.com

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Lazy Runner

I am not a runner. But if I'm going to do any form of exercise to be fit, running would be my first choice. The year before we moved to China we joined our neighborhood YMCA and with an indoor track, I could run year round. I was working up to running a 5K, which I never ran, but I could run/walk most of the 5K distance and I could run a mile straight without stopping/walking. This was a huge accomplishment. Every Friday in high school PE we ran laps and I'm pretty sure I never ran any part of one lap.
Then we moved to China. The air was bad. The weather was either hot and humid or cold and frigid. There was a track, but we lived on the campus and as foreigners, everyone would have known I was the loser who couldn't run. So I never got around to running. Fast forward two years and I go for a mile run with my 12 year old because he needs to record times and show improvement for a Boy Scout requirement. Ugh... all that work 3 years ago is wasted. I just ran like a 12 minute mile and my body is never going to recover! And now I have to work back up to running a mile without stopping. And being able to walk/run a 5K.

And I really need to because on top of being totally out of shape, returning to America has also been really bad for my weight. Before leaving China, I got really sick... like lost 8 lbs in a week sick. Yay for being skinny. It was the lowest my weight has been in years! Except then I returned to America and all the glorious foods here (dairy products alone!) and quickly gained that 8 lbs and an accompanying 8 or 9 more. This might not seem like much, and I'm not trying to be inconsiderate to people with real weight concerns... but this is the most I've ever weighed (non-pregnant) in my life! Everyone can relate to that right, no matter what the number is.

So I went from eating healthy meals but lots of treats and running 3 miles most days, to eating... in China, and never running, but walking a ton, to a pretty sedentary lifestyle. But I'm in Florida... I should be able to run outside all winter. Right?

So running and yoga... this is my new life and I need to accept it.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Isn't it ironic, don't you think?

I find it hugely amusing that 21 years ago, I was working myself up into a feminist frenzy over the youth activity at church for the young women. We were learning how to make pies. I don't know if a leader actually said, "so we could find a husband" or if a sweet leader just jokingly said, "boys like girls who know how to cook" or something of the sort to try to convince us teenage girls to show up. No matter what she said, I refused to attend that activity. Why should I learn to make pies to impress a boy!?!

Yet just a couple years later, as a college student, I did just that (but not with pies). I loved baking. I made cookies and brownies galore. None necessarily for boys, but I'm sure they were there and I wasn't *not* trying to charm them with my baking. I know for a fact a specifically made a cheesecake for a boy I was dating because he begged me to once he found out I could. And I probably wanted to impress him. And I know I made cinnamon rolls hoping to win the attention of some of the boys who lived in the house next door to mine.

What happened to that feminist teenager?!

She wasn't really a feminist. At least not in the modern sense of the word. Maybe back then, 1995/6, she was a little bit of a feminist. But somewhere along the line she realized that the modern definition of feminism is not that same as being feminine and having pride in it. And that's what she is. Proud that being female ISN'T the same as being male. It is uniquely different. I am uniquely different. That doesn't mean I'm less. That means what it mean... different but equal.

So now, I found myself a couple decades later teamed up with my 14 year old daughter learning to make pies for a project in the same youth program. A project I suggested to her and she embraced with enthusiasm.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

On Writing

I used to have so many ideas for stories, but as life, adulthood, parenting, family, etc. have all gotten in the way, even when I have an idea, I don't have time to flesh out the idea. I realized something this week. I was a horrible student (well, I knew that). But it was when I was a student that I had time (or used the time) to daydream the stories I would write. I'd sit in class or church or wherever I was, and daydream about the idea I had, and when I got a chance, write it down. I don't have time to daydream anymore! I'm a responsible adult, so even when I'm in a boring meeting, I realize I shouldn't be daydreaming, I should be paying attention. Sometimes I conscientiously make an effort to daydream out a story idea so I can sit down and type it up, I usually end up falling asleep. I'd be horrible at meditation! I'm too sleepy a person. Maybe I need to start attending boring meetings that are unimportant so I can daydream through them... and then write.

Update: An hour after I wrote this post, I came across this interview with Neil Gaiman telling people that if they want to be a writer, they need to get bored. Obviously, he said it all better than I did, but it's sort of the same idea! http://lifehacker.com/if-you-want-to-be-a-writer-neil-gaiman-says-you-should-1788961635?utm_content=buffer2c7dc&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Monday, November 14, 2016

This should be my every day "To Do" list

Wake at 7
Breakfasts/lunch prep
scriptures and prayers
blogging (family)
blogging (finish China blog)
blogging (fun)
Blurb book
personal scripture study
help kids with various school lessons (repeat, repeat, repeat)
prep ebay sale stuff
prep garage sale stuff
unpack/organize boxes
reading with Squidgems
preschool with Squidgems
healthy dinner
fun reading
scriptures and prayers
Go to bed on time

Plus millions of other things that I'm forgetting about. And millions of other things that I'm wasting my time on instead of doing the stuff I should be doing.

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