Yes, it's cold, but the best action for anxiety is to move. Get bundled up, get out the door. Move! They say walking is the best exercise for pregnant women, I think its great for babies to grandparents and everyone in between. When I was pregnant with Josey Bean, I walked during my lunch break everyday (thanks to Yak Tracks/Boots). Working that routine back in this week to help stay happy and present during the school day.
While walking, I remembered on of my favorite figures Robert Schumann, who was not only a composer, but a music critic. When working on Papillons for my senior recital in college, Barbara Blegen advised that his music would be an old friend. Her words struck a gong in my belly. Schumann had his obsessions, musical/alphabetical formulas and invented many characters in his music, like Florian. My fingers are ready for a romp around these notes. "His abilities at times, fell short of his ambitions, but he brought enthusiasm and rare poetic genius to everything he attempted. His entire being was music, informed by dream and fantasy." (from NPR's Life and Music of Robert Schumann)
Playing music is part of that regular rooting I need to do, like cleaning the bathroom or going for a run. Some things just make us feel better. Having spent so many years practicing everyday, I miss that. Working on a piece on the piano. Repeating a phrase over and over until my eyes welled. Falling in love with music. This time of year makes me think of my beloved piano teacher Cinda even more than usual. I so loved dueting carols with her, and the angels she'd make her students. I'm visiting the poem she inspired this summer. Reminding us to Play, Play, Play.
Now, a seemingly-random roundup.
I don't know about you, but my skin is feeling this cold, dry weather! I've told you about BijaBody before. Well, esthetician/owner Melissa just launched a beautiful new website and I can't wait to see where she goes with this business, I fell in love with her blog & products a few years ago. Her newest blog-post:
Level Up Cold Weather Skin Care
Find yourself doing some BijaBody shopping this winter? Remember you can always save 10% with code PeaceRocks at checkout!
Striving for gluten-free and light-on-sugar over these holidays (although they tell me Christmas time is No Time to Diet) I know that the treats will be rolling in shortly, and to say no with this pregnancy hunger I've been having, I need to remember how much better I feel when I eat well!
#1 = healthy snacks that JJ likes, too.- Balsamic Honey Roasted Almonds from Dig this Chick tomorrow. Dig was recently recognized in Babble's Top 100 Bloggers for good reason. Her writing is sincere and inspirational and her recipes are simple and have a lot of room for experimentation.
- PB on celery and carrots.
- Rice Crackers + Hummus + Cucumbers.
#2 = nourishing meals.-Against All Grain's Crock Pot Mexican Chicken Soup looks easy and healthy enough. I'll probably work out some sort of variation of this soon.
-This Green Split Pea Soup sounds experiment-able, too!
#3 = citrus!
We are fending off colds here, and thankfully, the Citrus Truck (our annual Music Fundraiser) arrives Monday. Yay for oranges & grapefruit!
Cup of Jo puts together some beautiful collections, perfect for getting in the spirit. You can find all her past gift-guides here. In the 2013 collection, she's released: For Hilarious Dads, For Beautiful Moms, For Sisters & Friends so far.
Looking for something for the Mountain Man in your Life? 2013 What's in Marc's Backpack? While you're there, consider donating to his effort to raise funds for Camp Mak-a-Dream. Marc has jumped in all of the lakes in Glacier National Park. Talk about persistence and adventure!
Speaking of gifts that give back: Holiday Gift Guide for Toddlers: Gifts that Give Back.
We're looking forward to a week of Decking the Halls!
Errands, Christmas shopping at Missoula's amazing Made Fair, AND finding our first tree!
More Festivities coming! Hope you're enjoying your weekend!