I believe I can chalk up my extended absences here to a variety of reasons. Experts tell me I’m not supposed to address it but I’ve decided to ignore them because these days, it seems everyone is an expert on how to blog. To some extent, mentioning it does feel a bit like having to explain to a teacher why my homework isn’t done. And sadly, I no longer have a dog, but if I did she wouldn’t have eaten my homework so I cannot use that excuse. Excuse as in please excuse me for my absence here.
Let’s chalk it up to the following:
- Not wanting to look at, be around, or discuss food that isn’t in the realm of possibility for me right now — even in moderation. If I want to enjoy recipes clicking about the web, then ogling cheese seductively oozing from a simple grilled sandwich on white bread will not work — I don’t care how fantastic the quality of the cheese or bread is. Nor will stuffed cookies or cupcakes, or recipes drowning in fat. Sorry. This isn’t to mean I will never enjoy these indulgences again, but that I’m working hard to understand I cannot have them whenever I want. And I’m succeeding with great progress so don’t want to spoil that.
- Avoiding sitting on the ginormous ball I roll up to the Mac when I write or edit photos. Regardless of whether I take numerous opportunities to do strength exercises on said ball throughout the time I’m on it (no, there will never be photos), I have been trying to stay physically active with projects around the house — and goodness knows, there are plenty. Closets, the garage, a kitchen cupboard reorganization, keeping up with the deadheading on the patio plants. Busy. Well, except for this week. I’ve been keeping that ball warm and procrastinating. I can be very good at it.
- Getting caught up in what seems to be the mode of the food blogging day. Everybody has a list of what to do and not to to if you have a food blog. It tires me to no end having to think of doing this as one might approach a job. I just can’t wrap my head around it and it annoys me so I have to step away from the Mac in search of a bit of balance. This usually involves absentmindedly reviewing why I started this blog while sweeping my old cat Precious’ fur balls into a neat pile for the third time in a day. And then I snap out of it.
- I’m just now figuring out I’m retired. Honestly, if you could wake up every day and think as I do that you might do just about anything you’d like, would you sit in front of a computer? I did for years until I realized it was perfectly fine to enjoy life and so that’s what I’ve been doing. (see the first two items above) It’s not glamorous by any stretch of the imagination, but I look forward to it every day.
- Walking. Lots and lots of it. I try to average an hour or more a day four times a week and although I’ve logged quite a few miles, I’m constantly fighting with myself to get out there. I’m not obsessed, but processing what’s important to me at this point in my life (being mentally and physically healthy as I age) takes time and thought. It’s a pity that all my rumination doesn’t burn calories.
- Preparing less complicated, healthy food. Trust me, I love a decadent recipe with eight-thousand steps. I do. But for the last five months, I’ve been thinking less is more — just to reboot my system. I will always be someone who indulges in an amazing recipe with all the right ingredients, but for now, I’m restraining myself. This adds up to not much to post on the blog, but I’ll get there. I will. Maybe. But I’m thinking posting a hummus recipe and shooting it with my usual bowl of sliced cucumbers isn’t going to work. Editing photos and writing the post would take longer than making the hummus!
The good news is we do enjoy dessert, although not nearly as much as we used to. I’ve given it some thought and would say we average about once a month and the occasion is usually connected to a dinner party or informal get together. I think that’s good because I’ll never give up eating dessert. Considering what kind of dessert, how much, and how often is more the idea. With that in mind, we enjoyed these Chocolate Ganache Whiskey Tortes on the evening of the Academy Awards when one of my older sons was visiting.
If you love chocolate and only need a little bit to satisfy a sweet tooth, this is a perfect dessert.