We have been traveling so much it has been difficult to find time to blog. After visiting Savannah, Georgia, we then visited Washington DC and then Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Traveling gets you out of your routine. You nap when you can. Eat different foods. Become disoriented. Get behind on emails. Feel guilty about the house projects not getting done. That’s probably just me. Somewhere between Washington DC and Myrtle Beach, Baby B got two more top teeth (making 4 total on the top). He is 13 months and has 5 teeth now. The first two nights were not pretty. He had a mild fever and couldn’t sleep. He’s better now and back to his usually perky self. It was unseasonably wet and cool at the beach, which seems to be the forecast everywhere but California. Despite the cool weather, we let Baby B try out the beach. He loved it! He would have preferred to go swimming but we only got his feet wet. At the beach he saw a helicopter. Now he points out all the helicopters in our books we read. In addition to our home collection, I usually borrow about 5 or 6 books from the library. These books are reserved for reading when he’s in the high chair during meals and therefore can’t destroy the books. He will usually like about 1 of the 6 that I borrow and I can never tell which one it will be. It never fails that one of the them will make him laugh and he’ll keep pointing to it for me to read. When not in the high chair, he’s learned to back into me and plop down on my lap when he wants to read a book or share something that I’m eating. This morning he kept grabbing “The Hungry Caterpillar” which is funny because I didn’t think that he liked it. Goes to show it’s worth it to try lots of different books. Another favorite activity recently is watering the plants and the lawn. He always points to the hose and loves to hold it while we water. He thinks it’s funny when we spray the dogs, who jump and bark at the water.
During our road trip, I listened to Geneen Roth’s “Women Food and God: An Unexpected Path to Almost Everything” on CD. This book came out in 2010 and was on the New York Times Best Seller list. Although my husband rolled his eyes when he read the title and then proceeded to insert his earphones, I found the book very interesting. I’m pretty picky with books. I’d give this one 3 1/2 maybe 4 stars out of 5. I did not agree with everything but it was an interesting take on issues that we talk about ALL the time. Actually, I think we should talk about God more but we think about spirituality alot and talk about food even more. Diets have plagued my life, like most women I think. Roth recommended forgetting about diets and figuring out is really going on inside yourself that is making you want to binge. It’s more important to understand why you are eating out of control then to find another diet. Your plate, she argues, is a window to your soul. My husband made several comments such as: I had a Chinese food last night – what does that mean? I had chicken salad for lunch – what does my soul look like now? My response: I don’t know – read the book! Men might not get it. I know that when I became pregnant two summers ago I someone decided to eat whatever I wanted. I used to be vegetarian. In fact, I was a vegetarian for over 10 years! Since I was carrying a baby, I decided to give him whatever he wanted. The result was that I finally felt full and the more I ate the better I felt. I have continued this eating style and have lost almost all the baby weight. I eat when I’m hungry and I don’t skimp. The result is that I don’t crave junk food because I don’t try to starve myself. I still eat healthy food but that’s because it makes me feel good – not as a means of depriving myself. My husband commented that I’m just eating like a man. Although men can have weight issues too, this proved to me that diets don’t work. This is a very simplified synopsis of Roth’s book. Her book provided a very deep analysis about the connection between food and how we live our lives. I recommend you check it out.