Howdy, friends! Pardon my delay today. I had a busy morning. In fact, I don’t think I’ll be able to stop by this space until Saturday afternoon for the next month or two. I have a new work commitment on Saturday mornings and I’m trying to get my errands done early in the day to avoid the worst of the Texas heat.
I have lots to share with you today! I’m pretty excited. First of all, look at this beautiful pink mineral salt I found at Brazos Natural Foods this morning. I think it’s gorgeous.
I tried to capture its sparkle for you, but I’m afraid I got more bag glare than sparkle. I like the darker speckles in this salt. They give it some personality. And for the record, when I tasted this salt off the end of my finger, it tasted salty. Which is good to know.
On Wednesday, we got a teaser of a rainstorm. It consisted of little more than a few spittles of rain. I ran through it on my way to the gym, and in hindsight I wished I’d walked as slowly as possible, to savor the cooling wetness. When it rains here, it often brings some temporary relief from the heat, which feels amazing and makes me think I might make it through my first Texas summer. Right now I think that question is up in the air, but I’m trying. The clouds made for a subtle, lovely sunset that I couldn’t resist photographing, just to remind myself that there is always beauty around if you just look for it.
I have a big announcement to share with you. I wasn’t sure if I was going to let other people know about this, but I decided that I could share this news with you, dear reader. I have started writing a second blog. It’s called Feels Like Flying, and it’s a journal of my running adventures. I post short summaries of my work-outs: what I did, how it felt, what my goals are, and random discussion about things like Food Network and the weather (always an important topic for an outdoor-loving athlete). I don’t take myself too seriously on this blog because exercise, for me, is a way of escaping the stress of the day and reconnecting to my physical self. I spend so much time living in my head that it’s essential for me to do things that help me remember that I’m a whole person, not just my brain.
A few of my favorite posts from Feels Like Flying are:
* A Starting Line (my first post!)
In other news, did you all see Shauna and Danny’s amazing video about their new book, Gluten-Free Girl and the Chef: A Love Story? Wow. That’s about all I can say. It’s beautiful and inspiring, a tribute to good food and family and love. Please watch it—I think you’ll enjoy it.
In other food bloggery news, my friend Laurie is back in the saddle, with eight new posts this month after being on hiatus since April. Welcome back, Laurie! Her post about braiding garlic is so fun and funny—do check it out.
Finally, I loved this Salon piece featuring a beautiful video encouraging all of us to enjoy the time we spend alone, with just ourselves for company. I’m a firm believer in alone time, though I realize that not everyone is as much of a hermit as I am. Still, the video and its poetry are so sweet and inspiring that I can’t help but smile whenever I watch and listen to them.
I hope your day is going well, my dears, and you make time to laugh and dance before the day is through. See you tomorrow.