July 15th, 2010
Today Dave asked me what I was going to do after work. My response was quick because it is so familiar:
Run. Eat. Blog. Sleep.
I lead a rather simple life, and nothing really interesting happens. This amazes me because I have a blog and people other than my mom and the lurkers from my past read it.
Sometimes interesting things happen, sometimes exciting things happen, sometimes sad things happen, but usually it’s just a day in the life of the mediocre and nothing worth reporting. But I guess that it’s those days that make life most special. I think that it’s the everyday that allows us to step back and really appreciate the little things in life. If everyday was marked by one exciting event after another, they would lose their excitement or their significance.
For awhile I was waiting for “the next big” thing to happen, but the next big thing didn’t. Not that I was waiting for the world to change, I was just waiting for something and in that waiting period I overlooked some of the most precious moments in my life. I realized that I didn’t want to look back on my life someday and find that I missed it waiting for something that I neither knew nor had guarantee of.
I’ve learned my mistake now, thankfully. Granted, I’m not perfect, but there is so much to enjoy in the seemingly mundane. So I’m going to take this time to share with you the beauty I found in my “everyday” today.
Run: I ran with Ashley! Dave and I met her and Dan at the trail. I love my new friend! She makes the hot, humid miles fly by…even though I have to stop to wipe the dripping sweat off of my body halfway into the run. We had talked before about running in sports bras, but neither of us wanted to be considered “that girl”. Not that there’s anything wrong with it, but comparatively speaking, Ashley and I are more modest than other women our age. Today we ditched our tanks a mile in and one guy stopped and said to his wife, “Hold on, honey, I’m running with those girls.” No, really. He did. We were freaked, but laughed…there are certainly some characters out on that trail! The top of the list is still the unicyclist, though.
Eat: I’m getting more and more comfortable in the kitchen and just throwing ingredients together. I never really used recipes (or followed them) and now I’m not regretting it. I have had some zucchini in the fridge and a ton of garlic that needs to be used, but Dave was dead set on fried eggs. Well, I took zucchini, tomatoes, fresh garlic, oregano, salt and pepper and cooked it briefly. Then I topped my fried egg/mozzarella wrap. Friends, this was soooo good and so easy. I even had to stop eating and snap a picture.
The numbers? Well, I don’t measure much but I’ll estimate:
- ~1/2 cup zucchini diced
- ~1/2 cup fresh tomato diced
- ~1/2 clove garlic, minced
- oregano, salt and pepper to taste
Cook all ingredients in a frying pan until softened. Serve over a fried egg and mozzarella cheese. YUM! A simple meal can be so tasty and nourishing!
Blog: Well, this is harder because I’m in the process of it right now. But I just love the community. If “next big thing” came up when I wanted it to, I probably never would have started blogging. But God has His plans and I am so content that I have the time and desire to blog and build relationships and reach out to people! You all make this worth it. Thank you!
Sleep: Oh, friends, I love to sleep. It is one of my favorite things. I wake up every morning and think, “Gee, I can’t wait to get in bed tonight”—but not in a bad way. I just love that we have been blessed with sleep. It is a time that we can recharge and wake up refreshed for the next day. Could you imagine if we lacked sleep? If we didn’t have that time? It’s a great blessing and gift that we have been given—don’t take it for granted!