A Short Walk Down the Meal Kit Delivery Path

Wow, I was so far behind on this trend. I used to get groceries delivered once in awhile, but I had no idea you could get entire meals delivered. (By the way, you still have to cook them. When I told a friend I had signed up for a meal kit delivery, she imagined Meals on Wheels.)

As we hear about most things anymore, I learned about meal kit delivery on social media back in August. A "friend" in the same line of work as I am in was investigating meal planning options. She was tired of cooking and eating the same old thing day after day and initiated a conversation about fresh ideas. She mentioned that she signed up for a meal kit delivery membership and then turned around and canceled it hours later (opting instead for another idea). I was intrigued by the conversation, so I began researching these meal kit companies.

Holy smokes, so many of them out there! Plated, HelloFresh, Blue Apron, PeachDish, etc, etc, etc...

After a couple hours of reading reviews and researching com…

Who Knew Healthier Eating Could Be So Much Fun?!

I decided about a month ago to make some diet changes. I had pretty much stopped cooking. I basically only used my stove to make a grilled cheese sandwich a couple times a week. Living alone, it had just gotten easier to either eat out or pick up carryout. I am not a fast food eater, so I figured my restaurant choices were healthy enough. However, I was waiting until I was hungry to decide what to eat and was then making choices based on cravings, as in "What am I in the mood for?"

Pizza? Tacos? A gyro? Asian food? Yes, those were my mainstays. And not bad choices, really. But misled by my growling stomach, I would go into my favorite places and order way too much...
a medium pizza with sausage, mushroom, green pepper or black olive (I'd demolish half and then eat the rest the next day.)two steak tacos with all the toppings, red rice, sometimes guacamole and chips (at least twice a week)gyro... I am talking a very generous overflowing monster of a gyro and sometimes a Gre…

Mindful Monday

Happy Monday!

So, yeah, I've skipped a couple of Mindful Mondays here. Oops. I've been transitioning back into day job work mode. And also trying to focus more on those goals/intentions that I keep posting...

I still haven't gotten up to 20-miles a week with my running, but I am getting some running in each week and building back that base that I let slip away. I want to keep working toward that goal. I am now up to six miles on my long run and have signed up for a race. Yikes. It's been ages since I ran in an event.

I am back out on my bike(s). And, damn, that feels good. I have 188 bike miles in so far for the month. I will be writing more about the bike adventures. :)

In my last Mindful Monday post, I also said that I want to get back out to the local yoga studios. I did take that step. I bought a ten-class pass at a local studio but have made it in there only once so far. I also bought a three-class pass at a yoga friend's studio further north and made …

The Pink Ukulele Lessons: Weeks 2-5

I love, love, love the ukulele.

I am now five weeks into my lessons and getting pretty obsessed with all things uke. I've already bought a second uke (a concert uke) and am following all kinds of uke sites and researching uke players and events. So. Much. Fun.

Here's a little video I made way back in week one to post to Facebook to see whether my friends could identify the song I was working on. Excuse the way I look without makeup and with helmet head as I had just gotten back from a morning bike ride.

Here in week five, I am getting better at moving more smoothly between chords. Strumming is a bit challenging for me. I have the urge to strum to the lyrics. Coordinating the strumming with the chords with the lyrics is a musical juggling act.

I really look forward to my lesson each week. It is only 30 minutes long and goes so fast. I am working on about five different songs at this point and will post a new video soon. I've progressed quite a bit since this first video. Su…

The Pink Ukulele Lessons: Week 1

Oh my gosh, I just could not wait for today to get here to begin my ukulele lessons. Remember the story about the pink ukulele and how I said I would give it 15 lessons before giving up? Today was Week 1, my very first lesson! And I loved it. 

My teacher's name is Jon, and I felt very comfortable with him. The first thing he did was show me how to hold the ukulele. For some strange reason, I was holding the neck with my right hand and strumming with my left. I'm right handed. I don't know why I did that. But it made for a good laugh to start things off, and I warned him that I was going to be a challenging student as I really have no musical knowledge.

Then Jon took me out to the showroom to pick out a music book. So many possibilities! Looking at all the books (and songs!) for ukulele made me even more eager to learn how to play one. Wow, I could learn how to play some Adele?! I settled on a four chord book, and then Jon took me back into the lesson room to show me how to…

Mindful Monday

Good Mindful Monday to you!

I really love Monday mornings. They have become my time to slow down and regroup from the weekend and to take a look at and plan the week ahead. As I savor my Monday morning cup of coffee, I think about the previous week and what I want to do more of and what I want to do less of. Spending a year in yoga teacher training changed me a lot, and I have become much better at identifying what brings me joy and what no longer serves me. Sometimes we continue to do things simply because it was once a big part of our lives. Routine habits. Day after day. I think of a snow globe that sits on a shelf day after day without notice, without ever being shaken. We need to shake ourselves up sometimes and see the wonder in a new pattern of "falling snowflakes." I don't want to live the same 24 hours over and over for the rest of my life.

Whew, that's a lot of deep thinking for a Monday morning, isn't it?! Let's move on. :)

Time for a second cup!

Me and My Pink Ukulele

While walking along Main Street in Grand Junction, I spotted a pink ukulele in the window of Hart Music. I thought it was the cutest thing, of course, and it took me back to, oh, about 20 years ago when I got the urge to take up the guitar. I bought a guitar and started lessons, but I didn't stay with it very long... maybe a couple months or so. I think all I learned to play was Jingle Bells... a very, very slow version of Jingle Bells.

The guitar sits in a corner of a spare bedroom and hasn't been taken out of the case in years.

But the ukulele... I started thinking maybe because it is a much smaller instrument it might be easier to handle, and now that my kids are grown and my yoga teacher training is completed and I've reignited my creativity fire (that second chakra!) and I've slowed down at many levels to simply enjoy life a bit more... that maybe this would be the perfect time to learn to play an instrument.

I kept thinking about that pink ukulele. I went back to…