Quests

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As life has gotten bigger and wilder in the last few weeks, my mind has become full of untamed beasts, all clamoring for my undivided attention. I have spent the last few days trying to wrestle each of these beasts into cages, to no avail. They will be wild. So, rather than a trip to the zoo, how about a little safari through life in its natural habitat? Here we go.

There is no denying it, I have gained more weight than I am comfortable with this winter, so I am trying something new. Mark Bittman just came out with a book, VB6, which recounts his commitment to eating vegan every day before 6 PM, to lose weight and get healthier. He lost a lot of weight, and has kept most of it off. I have been eating this way for about 3 weeks now. It’s really not that difficult, and it immediately eliminated the biggest culprits of my daytime bingeing, namely butter, eggs, and cheese. I can’t tell whether I’ve lost weight (don’t want to know the number just yet, so haven’t stepped on a scale), but I feel more energetic and clear-headed during the day, and not at all self-deprived. I suspect those who have chosen a vegan lifestyle for ethical reasons find this a bit co-opting on Bittman’s part, but this is something I feel I could really do for the rest of my life with very little effort, and still eat bacon. So I’m going with it for a while. I’ll let you know how it goes.

I am entering a recipe contest on Food52. I adapted a recipe in Joy of Cooking to use up some egg yolks and cream of coconut I had left over after making a Coconut Layer Cake for some friends. It’s delicious, and the theme of the contest is coconut, so here it is, my big moment. ;) I’ll let you know how it goes.

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Mother’s Day was spectacularly geeky. Well played, Family. Well played.

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The Stanley Cup playoffs have begun, and the Bruins, in their singular way, have made it through the first round, having given us one gigantic heart attack to do so. (If you are a Maple Leafs fan, I am truly sorry for your loss. We Bruins fans have been there.) Yes, I am excited enough to elaborately paint a beer bottle every time the Bruins win. Don’t judge me.

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The garden is celebrating the most beautiful spring we have had in years. So much is sprouting and growing and blooming with wild abandon, and only a tiny bit of poison ivy has popped up, to add some (I suppose) necessary temperance to the party, reminding us to be ever vigilant to troubles, and catch them when they’re small. However, when the garden grows, that means it needs tending, and working that into the day has been a challenge.

Speaking of growing, and blooming, and tending a garden of another sort, The Boy has been my biggest passion/preoccupation this year, and as we approach the end of the “school” year, I continue to be amazed at how much he has grown, in so many ways. This is my view of him as he stands in front of me:

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clearly he has growing mastered. Watching him learn about his passions, himself, and his world, has been my greatest reward.

In my search for all things that will aid The Boy in learning and growing, I have embraced video gaming. It’s truly an activity that can take up a lot of time, and yet, I have found that by faith-leaping into that activity, I have learned important lessons about The Boy, and life in general. The most valuable one, the one I want to share with you, is this:

Life is full of quests.

Quests are made up of many small achievements, which culminate in great reward.

Some achievements are easy to accomplish, with very little use of time or resources.

Some achievements are more complicated, and require the assistance of others.

Assisting others in their achievements is rewarding in itself.

Some achievements are relevant to the quest you’ve chosen, and some are not. Don’t waste time and resources worrying about the irrelevant ones.

Quests cannot be finished in one sitting, one day, one week, or even one month, and that is okay, because you have time, and along the way there might be a parade and jugglers! Yes, I’ve been playing Coasterville. Don’t judge me.

So, sorry for the radio silence, but now you know what’s what.

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Begin a quest, and I’ll see you soon on the Road.

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2 comments

  1. I love your writing in this post. You have such a wonderful voice. My Jessica is growing in leaps and bounds as well. I like the idea of taking a picture of her from my eye level from time to time.

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