WritersButt – Thank You and a Field Trip!
Before I get into this week’s post, which is a day late, (I’m sorry), I want to say something from my heart. Thank you all to infinity for your support, love and enthusiasm about my news last week. I can’t describe how loved I’ve felt seeing all the comments here on my blog, on Twitter (@GingerCalem), and on Facebook. You all seriously amazed me. Thank you, thank you!
Ok, that said … remember a few weeks ago when I gave you all permission to ‘cheat’ on your nutrition, only y’all know I prefer indulge to cheat, but let’s not split hairs. Well today, we’re going on a field trip. Or rather, I want you all to plan one and get out and do something fun. This is along the lines of what I blogged about in April, when I gave you an eviction notice to get our of your comfort zone.
I’m guessing most of you reading this blog are busy, like really busy with crazy schedules. You have deadlines. You have jobs. You have kids demanding all sorts of ridiculous things from you, like food and clean underwear. But you have to have some fun. It’s crucial to the little kid in you.
As children, every day is a new adventure. Ever notice how kids turn the most ordinary things into fun discoveries? Often they’re the ones begging to go and ‘do something’. They feed off the magic of fun. As adults, many of us have forgotten this and we need to be reminded how much our soul needs this outlet to explore and play.
My husband and I have recently taken up SUP boarding. Here’s a great video that shows a bit about the origins and how much fun it can be and see why it appeals to the writersbutt in me!
I’m an outdoors girl and I also crave exposure to bodies of water, especially the lake. SUP boarding fits the bill for me when we’re not waterskiing. Outdoors in the sunshine, fresh air, having fun on the lake, yep, that’s Ginger’s kind of fun. In addition to that, it feeds my writer’s soul. The beauty of the water and the warmth of the sun calm me. While the physical activity challenges me and taps into those endorphins we talked about ages ago. This combination never fails to put me into a super creative state. My thoughts wander, clinging onto the most amazing things that would never have had room to expand if I hadn’t given them the right environment.
I don’t know about you, but often I sit and look at my laptop, or a notebook, and I can’t pull out a decent sentence, much less a chapter. My brain is too pressured to produce. Then I feel guilty for not writing enough or writing well enough, so I force myself to stay there and browbeat my muse to get her act together.
Can any of you relate to this? I know I’m not alone. So come on, let’s get out of here, break our muses out of jail and go on an adventure!
One year my husband and I were in Washington, DC and we rented Segways. Oh my gosh, we had a blast. It was a 3 hour tour, on Segways of course, of all the different monuments and sights around our nation’s capitol, including the White House. All the sights were really cool, and I enjoyed it, but I have to admit, the best part was zipping around on the Segways. You guys have to try them out. They look hard but they’re intuitive and a blast to ride. Most major cities offer tours. See if there’s one near you. I’ve always wanted to try zip-lining and para-sailing, so those are on my list. The other night my daughter Delaney said she wanted to be underwater and hang out with the fish. Guess she’ll be trying out scuba diving some day.
If you go field trips already, tell us where you go and what you do. I’d love some new ideas!
I haven’t given you a recipe in a while so I’ll share this one we had the other night for my birthday. We had fish tacos for dinner – YUM! Often I make this fresh pepper and bean salad to go along with it.
Ingredients, which you can alter to your tastes:
~ 3 bell peppers. I mix yellow, orange and red
~ some spicy pepper, like anaheim, poblano, jalapeno
~ 2 cans black beans, fully drained and rinsed (important so salad doesn’t look dirty)
~ corn (I normally don’t add corn but my mom had some fresh on hand)
~ large avocado
~splash of vinegar
~Extra virgin olive oil
~kosher salt and cracked pepper
~juice of a lime – you can add some zest too for added zing
Mix and enjoy. Note: This salad gets better as it sits a bit and the ingredients really soak up the seasonings. I rarely eat beans so this is a treat for me occasionally, and it was my birthday after all!
Now, I’d give you the recipe for my “secret sauce” that goes with the fish tacos but my kids tell me I couldn’t continue to call it secret. I’ll see if I can convince them. If not, I’ll tell you but you can’t let them know! ~grin~
Keep up with your 100oz of water, especially now that it’s getting hot in many areas of the country.
This week let’s have some fun and do ‘jump squats’ every time you visit the restroom. That’s a ‘potty squat’ with a vertical jump, then right back into your squat, repeat 10 times. That’ll ratchet up the heartbeat a bit!
Enjoy the week!