Thursday, November 25, 2010

A Mental Health Holiday

Token photo of a pre-pied pumpkin ... ok, it's not your standard pie pumpkin

It is rare, in this day and age, to really take the time to sit down and reflect. And while I feel like I am constantly thinking about the environment, hunger, poverty - did I mention the environment? - those big issues can often be overwhelming in one's everyday life. And so, recovering from a cough and a strained neck (yoga is not for the faint-hearted...), I spent today appreciating little things - who knew that catching up on news, watching Harry Potter, and cleaning one's room could be so enjoyable?

Besides spending half an afternoon playing around in the kitchen, I skyped my parents and sister on the other side of the country! This made me thankful for technology's ability to connect people, and even more thankful to have three people who will always be supportive and caring. I can't believe how lucky I am.

Sadly, I am not in much of a writing mood tonight, so I will leave you with a recipe and an article.

This veggie pot pie was going to be my evening meal. Sadly, I have not been feeling, so am avoiding gluten at the moment and failed to make gf crust. Plus, quinoa serves as the backbone for the filling and is currently absent from my kitchen!

I enjoyed reading this blogpost on NPR immensely, as it captures how I feel about Thanksgiving very nicely. Forever more, I may think of Thanksgiving as "an equal opportunity gratitude fest."

Tomorrow, I'm taking the day off, but I'll be back on Saturday for this month's Daring Bakers Challenge! (yes, it's been a few months...)

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