Despite the fact that the Dust Bunnies are basically building their own version of Fort Knox on the living room floor, for some reason I feel the need to do a bit of admin on this side to get things in order.
1. I’m moving all of my cooking chat to Fridays. I love cooking. I love sharing what’s going on in our kitchen with y’all. But I don’t want to turn this into a food blog (any more than I want to turn it into a healthy living or a style blog…I think we can all agree that my area of expertise is Living Life) and lately, I seem to be slapping WAY too many pictures of this dinner or that up.
Since Marcus and I rarely (if ever) cook on Fridays, that seems like the perfect time to do a run-down of the week’s kitchen-capades. Obviously if we’re going to a festively-themed potluck or something of that nature, it might warrant an entirely separate post. But we’ll see how that goes.
On the other side of the coin, is there anything you want to see more of?
2. In the next few weeks (it could be sooner, it could be later), expect a post on how Marcus and I do our grocery budgeting/shopping. I’ve gotten more than a few questions and comments section about that and I’m more than happy to share. Please take note, we do not buy in bulk, and besides the fact that the stores we do the majority of our shopping at don’t “do” coupons, I lack the energy, patience OR organization to engage in Couponing.
So please accept my apologies, but I will NOT be able to educate you in those Dark Arts.
3. I think I reached my I ate Oatmeal for breakfast INSERT PICTURE OF BOWL HERE – saturation point today. Skinny Runner’s post perfectly encapsulates my feelings on why I’m not a food blogger and Tina’s latest post on Carrots ‘n Cake (while I appreciate her belated honesty) illustrates why I believe that healthy living blogging can be, for some, an extremely dangerous dance. When someone chooses to share 90% of what they’re eating or embracing for a fitness routine, it’s FAR too easy to believe that it’s the entire picture (or play fill-in-the-blanks with the last 10%), regardless of what disclaimers you slap on it.
Or, to put it bluntly, I don’t read your blog to read about someone that you aren’t.
Through my comments and my clicks, I will continue to support healthy living bloggers who I believe are being true to themselves and their readers. The wonderful part about both of these communities is that there are so many women who are working every day to make healthy, lasting, real lifestyle changes. A few PERFECT examples as of late would be Ann’s letter to herself last week and Tina’s unapologetic post about the reality of her post-partum exercise routine. They were both so immediate and so honest. I was just floored, really
Given that my stance is as such and today is apparently one giant Honesty Box (thank you Facebook for so many applications that we really NEVER needed), my disclaimer of the day is that you should really avoid shopping for a smaller pair of work pants the day before That Time Of Month. You’re only setting yourself up for failure. And I will not be diving into that bag on the floor of my closet until next week.
4. There was a moment this weekend in which I had a total FACEPALM moment. Ems (one of my bridesmaids) and I were doing the wine tasting-thing and she was talking with another girl about the semester she spent abroad in Scotland at St. Andrews. And then I experienced a moment that was kind of straight-out of A Beautiful Mind where I realized she had been at the University at the same time as William and Kate. At which point she informed me that she actually had run into Prince William at the Tesco. How she could have overlooked a detail SO critical to the very foundation of our friendship was beyond both of us. There was lots of shrieking involved.
What’s your perspective on accountability in the healthy living community?
I’ll be the first to tell you that blogging is based off of a few snapshots in one person’s life on any given day.
But I do believe that when you’re posting more than once a day with explicit details about your meals and workouts, you do have a certain amount of obligation to your readers as a role model. That’s how we as a community are able to establish what things like real, normal and predictable outcomes are.
Have you ever had a Why didn’t you tell me this sooner?-moment with one of your friends?