Shiny Objects

Why yes, I am easily distracted by shiny things and food.

Why yes, I am easily distracted by shiny things and food.

Healthy food, that is.

I’m usually a pretty healthy eater, with some splurging on the weekends, but this summer with my travel, I haven’t kept up as well as I would’ve liked.

When my family visited, it was even harder to eat healthy. My 21-year-old nephew from Belgium loves just about every kind of American junk food. Thankfully I don’t love potato chips (much) and Dorito-like snacks but the bags of chocolate chip cookies and brownies were sooooooo tempting.

Sometimes it’s a challenge to eat healthy when I’m traveling because I’m not making my own meals. And sometimes I think, “oh you’re on vacation, relax and eat what you want.” So I did. Yes, I indulged in potato chips—even though I just said I don’t like them (much). For some reason, being on a boat makes me want salty snacks. I ate more cheese than I normally do, and I snarfed fresh bread and homemade pasta. Carbs galore for me! And I enjoyed every minute of it.

Surprisingly I didn’t feel gross or bloated like I do if I eat bread back home. But I definitely missed my fresh fruit and variety of veggies. We had some nice salads here and there, which definitely satisfied my veggie craving. Still it seemed like I couldn’t get enough of them.

I’ve been craving broccoli, kale, spinach, and fresh berries. On the way home from my trip, I practically knocked down anyone in my way when I discovered one of my favorite juice places in the Copenhagen airport. Best green juice ever!

How do you maintain your eating habits or eat fairly healthy when traveling? Is it a challenge for you or does your routine stay the same?

After all my vacation eating, I’m ready to get back on track. Can’t wait to go to the farmer’s market this weekend and stock up.

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I’ve been reading . . . Pachinko by Min Jin Lee, Best Worst American by Juan Martinez, Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf, The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory, and News of the World by Paulette Jiles.

I finished Pachinko, which I really liked, Our Souls at Night, which was sweet, The Wedding Date, which was meh, and News of the World, which I liked with some caveats.

I’ve been watching . . . The Bold Type and Riverdale.

A friend recommended The Bold Type, and I love it. It’s fun, sort of light yet has substance, and tackles current issues in a thoughtful way. The show focuses on three millennials who work at a fashion magazine. And rather than tear each other down, the women build each other up. Crazy, right? Crazy good that is. There’s even an over 40 successful woman on the show who is positive and inspiring. Gasp! So refreshing to see women supporting each other, people doing the right thing, AND interesting storylines.

Riverdale is a teen drama based on those old Archie comics. The show features the same characters: Archie, Veronica, Betty, Jughead, and even Pop and his diner. But other than the character names, that’s where the similarities between TV show and comics end. The show is essentially a dark soap opera, which is usually not my type of show but I am hooked.

I’ve been listening to . . . Grace Potter and the Nocturnals.

One night on my recent vacation, I lay down on the front deck of our boat and looked up at the stars. I saw a gazillion stars—it was incredible. There is nothing I can write that can capture the beauty of a night sky full of stars.

Gazing at the stars, all peaceful and quiet, this Grace Potter song kept running through my mind. Ever since then, I’ve been listening to the band’s albums. So many great songs, and I love Grace Potter’s voice. Some favorite songs include “Colors,” “Stop the Bus,” and “Tiny Light.”


Have a wonderful weekend!



(Photograph by Elizabeth Stark.

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