I do like a good bit of food…

I’ve been thinking a lot about food recently. I’ve been on a bit of a health kick (too many squishy bits, not enough muscle or fitness), which has led me to think about the food I eat as well as starting to do more exercise (mostly in the form of ‘running’ and yoga). I’m not that good at running yet, but the yoga and the eating, I’m totally down with.

So food. I cut wheat out of my diet a few years ago. It just doesn’t agree with me. When I cut it out, I lost weight pretty quickly because wheat = carbs. But over the years, I’ve discovered that cheese, chocolate, steak and chips don’t have wheat in EVER, so I’ve been eating a bit too much of them.

And recently that thing happened where you’re having too much life and not enough cooking. I ate toast and chips and Holy Cow and easy-quick pasta. But then I got better. I cooked some dinners. I took leftovers into work for lunch. I kept track of what I was eating. It was good. Along with the exercise, I lost some weight. One person noticed. That was nice.

Right now, on the edge of autumn and thinking about delicious things I want to cook/eat, I’m enjoying these things:

Lunch today is tuna salad. Yum.

September 17, 2012. Tags: , , , , , , . Food projects. Leave a comment.

August and everything after

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So I had a go at taking part in Susannah Conway‘s August Break. It felt like a good way to get back into blogging and sharing ideas (and maybe some non-ideas, too).

I started off pretty well but quickly learned two things: I want better photos for The Jenny Project and I want to post things that are meaningful and not so random. Good things to learn!

Sadly, I got distracted halfway through by some sad news. One of my friends from school passed away and I was suddenly in the throes of grief. It’s not that I had nothing to say, I just didn’t know how to say anything about it at the time, and I wasn’t sure if it was the right thing to do.

I decided that I don’t want to write about the specifics here, but it would be exceptionally uncharacteristic of me not to mention it at all. So I’ll say this: I had forgotten how energy-sapping grief actually is, and how grief is all one thing: you start grieving for one person and you find yourself grieving for everything ever lost.

Somehow, it seemed appropriate to be in the middle of something organised by one of the best writers about grief I’ve ever encountered, and I’m sure fellow readers of Susannah‘s blog will agree.

PS I borrowed the little crown photo from here. I’m working on my own.

PPS ‘August and everything after’ is the first of Counting Crows’ albums and one of my most listened to.

September 14, 2012. Tags: , , , , , , , . Jenny project. Leave a comment.

Beginnings and ends

“This is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.” – Winston Churchill

September 12, 2012. Tags: , , , , , . Jenny project, life, writing project. Leave a comment.

Summer sky

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At the end of a long day (in which I seem to have injured my foot), it’s so good to be on the Heath with summer sky, sushi and good company.

August 17, 2012. Tags: , , . Jenny project, life. Leave a comment.

Hearts and how they open and close

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I have so many brilliant friends who have huge, unique, fantastic potential to love and be loved, but haven’t found the opportunity to let it out yet. Have I found it? Does anyone ever find it?

I’m in a cycle of want-to-open-up followed swiftly holy-shit-this-is-terrifying. My capacity to love is constant, but my ability to let others in and accept the world as it is waxes and wanes regularly – often within a single 24 hour period.

As often happens, I’m reminded of Brene Brown’s eye-opening talk on vulnerability. She talks about the excruciating pain that we experience when we open up to being happy as well as being sad.

August 16, 2012. Tags: , , , , , , . Jenny project, life, Thought projects. Leave a comment.

Scooter Caffe

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Lovely sunny evening for a drink at the Scooter Caffe on Lower Marsh St.

August 15, 2012. Tags: , , . Jenny project, life. Leave a comment.

Wonderful Wilderness

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Just got back from an amazing Wilderness festival. My head and heart are reeling from such a beautiful place… More soon.

August 13, 2012. Tags: , , , , . Jenny project, life. Leave a comment.

Plan B

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August 9, 2012. Tags: , , , , , . Jenny project, life. Leave a comment.

Finding it

I don’t have a picture for today’s August Break post, but I do have a quote:

For the meaning of life differs from man to man, from day to day and from hour to hour. What matters, therefore, is not the meaning of life in general but rather the specific meaning of a person’s life at a given moment. Viktor E. Frankl

I know I’m not the only person to wonder what makes up the meaning and purpose of life, but I’m very pleased that others have found the same place I have: that we can find our own meaning. At the moment, the process of finding my meaning is my purpose.

August 8, 2012. Tags: , , , . Jenny project, life, Thought projects. Leave a comment.

I thought I had no expectations

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It’s funny how I imagine that I have no expectations and then life turns around and shows me that I did. I expected today to be dramatic and painful, but for it to be over after that. Instead, the process is dragged out, my patience is tested and I’m forced to reconsider and look more closely at how I spend my time taking the next steps. What do I feel today?

August 7, 2012. Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

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