five on friday

Friday, March 8, 2013

Five things I’m loving (or not so much: see number 5) this Friday:

1) My new Le Creuset dutch oven: It’s embarrassing to tell you much I coveted this particular item. I’ve had it on my wish list for years now. Unfortunately, people are unlikely to buy me a $250-$275 piece of cookware, no matter how much they love me. HOWEVER, last week, I found several on clearance at Marshall’s for something like 80% off. So I snagged this blue one right here, and I am really more excited about it than I should probably be. I’ve made a beef roast and french onion chicken in it so far…Beef Bourguignon awaits…

2) Date night: Last Friday night was date night. It was spectacularly lovely. We don’t go out that often – on purpose, actually, because we would prefer to do something nice less often rather than Chipotle more often. We went to our local small-ish city that is trying its best to bring in some downtown life. It was First Friday, which is a more spectacular event in larger cities, but we enjoyed our small-town life. The local shops (all 4 of them) went all out with a small art show, glass blowing demonstrations, free drinks and hor d'oeuvres, a make-and-take printing press demo, and a true speakeasy in the back of one of the shops. It was tiny, fun, and we enjoyed ourselves immensely. Check out your local town – do they have a first friday event? It might be more fun than you think.

3) The 17-Day Diet: My dad’s heart issues combined with our terrible eating habits that have progressively gotten worse over a few stressful months led us to try something new. The first part of this diet is really just a detox, but the principles in it are definitely just healthy eating habits that everyone should have. You will not find any disagreement in the medical and scientific world regarding this type of eating: your diet should mostly be lean meat and vegetables. (Or just vegetables and some protein substitutes if you’re a vegetarian.) Few carbs. Few sugars. Little dairy. Very few fatty meats. You’re not prohibited from anything, just encouraged to change your diet to a more healthy one. I feel so much better since we’ve been doing this. It allows for some ‘cheats’, and that’s what I always look for in a diet. If there is no joy in your food, then you’re doing it wrong. Also, my heartburn went away. My Tums budget thanks me.

4) Zion - Hillsong United: This is the best worship album I’ve heard in a very, very long time. I was a bit concerned prior to the release because a big part of Hillsong United’s appeal is their live album setting. The energy, the community aspect of those recordings is invaluable. This album far surpassed my expectations. There are really unique, intimate moments that wouldn’t have been attained with a live recording. It’s a beautiful recording, and my children seem to be just as in love with it as I am.

5) Yes: In keeping with my word of the year, I said yes to something that I never thought I would. I leave today to do a huge thing (at least for me), and I am really  kind of terrified. Sick to the stomach scared. But I think I was supposed to say yes, and I did, and I’m going, and…and…we’ll see. Pray for me, and I’ll let you know how it goes.

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