It’s been raining steadily here for about four days and it’s starting to wear on all of us a bit. There’s lots of things to go and do for indoor play, but outdoor play has been very limited. When my little guy was starting to melt down after a bout of play on the deck, I knew it was time for the 4pm smoothie.
Do you know about the 4pm smoothie? It can work miracles. Months ago, I noticed that about 4pm, my sweet little boy would turn into a raving lunatic. He melted over nothing or was intentionally naughty. It took me a while to figure out that he was in need of a bit of a blood sugar boost. And so began the 4pm smoothie. This ritual comes and goes as we need it. Some days, he’ll ask for crackers or fruit, but some days, the suggestion of smoothie making will stop him in his tracks and make him run for his Tower.
Today, we threw together an easy one. I used a partial can of coconut milk from the fridge, some frozen pineapple, and two frozen bananas*. On top of that, I added ~2 cup water to help it have a more drinkable consistency. It tastes reminiscent of a pina colada. (If you don’t like banana or coconut or pineapple, then steer clear of this one as all of the flavors are very present.) One more thing… This delicious beverage is both vegan and dairy-free! It’s a twofer!
*I generally buy an extra bunch of bananas, peel, cut in half, and freeze in a plastic bag. Freezing the bananas give it a more ice cream-like consistency.
Rainy Monday Smoothie
- 4 bananas, frozen
- 1-2 cups frozen pineapple
- 1 can coconut milk (make up for any partial cans with water)
- 1-2 cups water, or as needed for desired consistency.
Put ingredients in blender and blend until smooth. Enjoy.
Makes 5-6 (8oz) cups.
An unexpected break, but I’m back!
I pulled away from social media over the holidays and continued the trend through January and February. The increase in overall mental health is amazing. I log on to Facebook and Twitter a few times a month to check in on a few friends I don’t see in other avenues of communication, but that’s about it. I also keep myself sheltered from news channels and parenting magazines. I am still active on Plurk, but not as much as I was. My Instagram usage has increased because I have it cut down to a few choice people, whose pictures make me happy.
This has resulted in a few things:
- I spend less time looking at my phone. I still do (often), but I’m not glued to it, stuck in the endless scroll.
- I am less burdened by the negativity and unhappiness of others. I can focus more on putting good out into the world, than being pulled down by the bad of it.
- I’m getting more done.
- I’m making more real life friends. It’s scary and hard (and a lot like dating), but I’m doing my best.
I know social media has a different role for everyone. But if you’re feeling anxious and stressed out every time you tap that app, maybe take a week off. Like any addictive substance, you need a tolerance break from social media once in a while to bring your usage back down to manageable levels.
That being said, I am going to try being more active in this space. I feel like this blog is part of a past chapter in my life, but I’m going to adapt it. There will still be yarn content, but that is no longer the main focus in my life. I do hope you enjoy how it grows and changes.
Thanks for sticking around.
Last night at Grant Park:
This morning at Blue Lake Park:
Trying to get in a bit more summer fun before August zooms away…
I’ve gotten back to skating in the last month or two, managing to go about every week or so. There are two rinks here, both a bit of a drive. Gresham Skate World is an older rink, probably built in the 70s or 80s and it has that weird stone coating on the outside that all rinks of that era seem to have. Inside, the rink is lime green with that dark roller rink carpet and the little snack bar with hot dogs and the like. It’s a nice little rink with decent prices (especially with their summer 10 for $10 punch card) and lots of sessions. It is reminiscent of my now defunct hometown rink, Roller Odyssey. The other rink is at Oaks Amusement Park. It’s a little pricier, but the cost fits the experience. The rink is hand-pieced hardwood from the early 1900s and has a Wurlitzer pipe organ suspended above the rink, which was installed in the 50s. I happened to attend on a night with organ music, which is a unique experience. There were people skating waltzes and little kids just trying to keep their feet under them. On the sidelines, an older gentleman swayed and bobbed with songs remembered from his youth. Everyone, no matter age or background, was having a great time.
All this is to say that the other day, I had my skates out. I had ordered new insoles for them and was putting them in. Rex got really interested in my skates and even tried to wear them. I took his interest and ran with it. We packed up and rushed down to the Gresham rink, where they had clip-on skates in his size (they don’t make roller skates small enough for him yet). He made it over halfway around the big rink, holding my hands, and only fell once. He’s almost fearless on carpet. Needless to say, I ordered him his own set of clip on skates when we got home. If my boy wants to skate, I’ll make it happen.
For over 20 minutes, he wandered around the house in skates like it was no big deal. He can get up off the floor on his own and doesn’t seem to care if he falls. He’s wearing the Fisher Price Grow-With-Me 123 Skates. They’re currently in the “Stage 1” position which locks the front wheels, allowing him to walk instead of roll. As he gets more confident, we’ll change to the different stages. As his feet grow, you can lengthen the skates to accommodate shoe sizes up to a toddler 12. At that point, he’ll be more than big enough for regular skates.
On a side note, I’m looking into new skates. I love my Riedell R3s, but my feet grew enough with pregnancy that they’re just too snug. Because they’re not a real leather, I doubt I can have them stretched. I changed the way they’re laced, which gave me a bit more room in the toes, but it’s just not enough. I’m considering a different style of Riedell, but I haven’t decided yet. Anyone have a favorite wide skate boot that they’d recommend?
We got back home yesterday and today I’m hunkered down inside. It’s nearly a triple digit temperature day and I’m just not up for it. In fact, I was in my jammies until after lunch and Rex has spent most of the day naked or nearly so*. I’m in the process of uploading pictures and sorting through them. I’ll try not to bore you with too many vacation photos, but fair warning, a few are coming.
*Rex showed an interest in his little potty today, so he went nude for a bit.
Rex has mastered the word “no”. He uses it at every opportunity. My formerly compliant child has turned into an opinionated two-year-old and I’m having trouble coping. We’re working on Mama taking lots of deep breaths and Rex saying “yes”. It’s a process for sure. In the meantime, he’s making up for his new, uncooperative attitude by being extra cute.
We took Rex to a Mr. Hoo show in the Woodlawn neighborhood this morning. Afterwards, we wandered down the street and hit up a little coffee shop. I was surprised to see a Jack Rose on the cocktail menu. It was too early for cocktails, but the coffee was quite good.
On our way out of the Woodlawn neighborhood, I saw some cool graffiti. I love the little space ship.
Also, how the heck is it August?
Happy birthday, America! Thanks for giving us the freedom to play with fire.
Hope everyone had a safe and happy holiday!