What I’m eating, listening to, laughing at, sweating through and loving on this week’s Me Likey Monday.
We haven’t done this in a while, so I may be a little rusty. But we’ll get through it together.
1. Bored of these limits, let me get, it let me get it like: Usually the music selection is the last entry on MLM, but Beck’s new album deserves top billing! I have owned Beck Colors for approximately 77 hours and have played it in it’s entirety a total of 6.4 times. My favorite song right now – it changes with each listen – is Wow. I first heard it a few months ago when Beck opened for U2 at Arrowhead Stadium. You read that right. Mr. Beck Hansen, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer and collaborator with names such as Wilco, Lady Gaga, Childish Gambino, Sia (who you already KNOW I’m obsessed with), and David Bowie, OPENED a show. Bananas. Anyway, listen up to this ear candy.
2. Baby food: Saturday, Em Em Dub and Lil Kathy came over to help me with some much-needed backyard cleanup to prepare for fall planting. What would have taken about 6 hours alone we finished up in 2! It was great to have the help and company, and we collected a beautiful last harvest of veggies. There’s even jicama in there! I made an omelette this morning with the tomatoes and peppers, and it warms my heart to think I’m fueling my body with these little darlings that I created with my own sweat, love and hands. I’m eating my own baby!…but, like, way less creepy and weird than it sounds.
3. Humblebrag: I have been listening the crap out of some podcasts lately. My current fave is Terrible, Thanks for Asking, a funny/sad/uncomfortable podcast about talking honestly about our pain, our awkwardness, and our humanness, (which is not an actual word). A recent episode that interviews Parks & Rec executive producer Harris Wittles’ mother and sister about his addictions, heroine overdose and death has stuck with me lately. Harris was a funny and brilliant writer (coining the term, ‘humblebrag’), and had just landed his dream acting job alongside Aziz Ansari in “Master of None.” His mom and sister are emotional, equally as funny and smart, and tell the story of their lost loved one with grace and warmth. It’s a must listen.
4. Grease the hips: My back pain is still around, so I’ve been very diligent with my stretches. I can tell immediately when I’m falling behind – it’s harder to stay asleep, hurts in the morning, etc. Tight hips are a MAJOR culprit for back pain, so the Rear-Foot-Elevated Hip Flexor Dynamic Stretch is a go-to. Ian from Campbell Fitness has a great step-by-step of this easy stretch for back pain.
Do you have to roll out of bed? Do long car rides bother you or is the knot on your shoe starting to work its way from the center to the side of your shoe? If so, pay attention. This isn't a cure all, but this stretch alone helps alleviate my back problems and tight hips. Almost everyone spends all day long sitting at work, hip flexors get tight and hamstrings get elongated. Not a great combo. The rear foot elevated stretch. 5 seconds into the stretch, 2 seconds off and relaxed, repeat 5-6 x each leg. *advanced stretch flex the glute of elevated leg before moving forward, or vertically raise the arm on the side of the elevated leg. (On the left is starting position, on the right is moved into stretch) #greasethehips #ittakesfiveminutes #movewhileyoucan #mobility
5. Costume party: Real talk. I tried a Pumpkin-Spiced Latte once in 2004 and I didn’t love it. Phew, that felt good. Now before you freak out, I still love all things fall like bonfires, scarves, football, candy corn and paying someone to rake my leaves. AND, I even love carving pumpkins, Lil Kathy’s pumpkin pie and these Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Tortilla Chips. They are made with real pumpkin purée and pumpkin seeds, nutmeg and cinnamon. If TortillaTown had a costume party, everyone would come dressed as this dope chip.
6. Evergreen: I was
sharing my feelings of anxiety complaining to a friend, and he said he too was in a season of not feeling excited. A mentor gave him some verses to spend time with through the lens of the Lord as the Shepard (Psalm 23, John 10, 1 Peter 5) and the Lord as the Source (Psalm 1, Jeremiah 17, John 15), and he passed them to me. For me, “spending time” in the Word can mean little more than lying in bed on my belly, crying wet tears into my grandpa’s Bible and reading the verses out loud over and over and over until something connects and my mind stops wandering. Right away, Jeremiah 17:7-8 was like a warm blanket around my heart.
“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord. He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit.”
I have a tattoo of an evergreen tree that stretches along my side from armpit to waist to remind me that no matter the weather or wind, my roots grow deep and my body stands tall and strong. Because I am fed from Christ’s everlasting spring. What a blessing these promises, and that friend, are to me during this time of unrest. I hope they bring you comfort, too. And hear me: it’s okay to not feel “fine”, but you don’t have to feel it alone. No matter WHAT you are feeling right now, you are NEVER, EVER alone. Text a friend, call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline, email me! xoxo.
7. He’s a good dog: I currently do not want to be a dog owner because happy hour, but if I did I would own a Vizsla because they are beautiful and fast. And focused. I mean, look at this good boy. Give him the steak. He deserves it.
If at first you don't succeed, try again 🐶🥓 #naughtypup • • • @dogsofinstaworld @dogsofinstagram @vizslasofinstagram @vizslapuppygram @vizslaoftheday2 @seamusobrien @puppytoday @puppiesforall @camprunapup @puppiesofinstagram #vizsla #vizslapuppy #vizslalove #vizslalove #vizsladog #vizslasofinstagram #vizslagram #vizslasrule #vizslapup
What are your favorite things about fall?
To the question, “How are you?”, who is the person you can honestly answer, “Terrible, thanks for asking”? (Also, I have no idea how to punctuate this sentence.)