Of Sound Mind and Body

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When it comes to this body, it proves me wrong every time, with surpasses and overpasses. Underpasses and near misses.

Another flu, another cold, another stomach virus, and I wake up feeling physically perfect. Emotionally and mentally? I’m a hothouse of crossed and twisted wires – beeping and going off at all different points of my body. “Warning. Warning.”

No broken bones and no strains or sprains or tears or pulls. In fact, I’ve never even been to an emergency room or hospital, other than to give birth twice. No broken bones and no strains or sprains or tears or pulls, but I did walk into Urgent Care when Scarlet was eight-months-old to get two measly stitches on my ring finger above the ring. I lost a battle with an avocado. Otherwise, I’m not squeamish or prone to motion sickness. I can be dehydrated for days without symptoms.

(Don’t ask me why I know that)

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Sometimes, often. Nothing bothers this body. I know this body.

When it comes to this body, the strength – the seemingly unbeatable strength – is only matched and met by one thing. The mind. The heart. And the dark and sinister places that have taken root and spread. Silent for years, or wrapping around and around and cutting off air supply and heart supply and and head supply. I can drink pineapple juice that expired eight years ago (it was an accident on Christmas Eve), and barely blink, but don’t ask me to let go of my kids at kindergarten drop-off – or ever, really – because I will drop to my knees. I will fall to my knees. This body can’t save me now. It doesn’t know how.

The signals and the wires have all gotten crossed again, wrapping and trapping and choking.

When it comes to this body, I know this body, and nothing you say is truer than my truth. I know that no dairy, gluten, sugar, fat can give even one tiny symptom, the way an emotional trigger can, but when those things all get together, it’s not pleasant. I know two sips into a cup of coffee when it’s not decaf, because it sets a course through my body quite like stress. And I know that a cup of coffee a day – the way I like it – makes me gain weight, but two bowls of ice cream a day don’t. And I also know not to eat two bowls of ice cream a day. I know that stress raises blood sugar and that pizza doesn’t.

When it comes to this body, I know I can still be surprised.

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By good cholesterol and low blood pressure. By another flu and cold and stomach virus passing me by, even after sharing drinks and sharing kisses and sharing being alive. And by being alive well past the last age my father ever got to be, when I thought it was written in stone in my body, the way it was in his. Inscribed. Signed, sealed, delivered. When it comes to this body, I’ll believe you when you tell me nothing is wrong. I can feel it in courses and rushes. Light and love and air and health. That doesn’t mean that I don’t have to take the time to rewrite the history I thought was served and certain.

When it comes to this body, I’m more wild and more adaptable and more hearty than you’ll ever know. Until I know it.

This is me linking up, as one of my favorite things to do, with Finish The Sentence Friday. This week’s topic is “When it comes to this body…” (5 minute freewriting) And there’s still time to write yours. Come link up with your spin: HERE.

What would you say?

5 Cozy Winter Date Night Ideas

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I’m someone who tends to remember things by date, and I remember a date night we went on a year ago this weekend!

My mom and/or sister always comes for a weekend around Valentine’s Day or President’s Day and then we always take that opportunity to go on a real date. We have plenty of sitters around but there’s something about knowing the kids are happily and safely in relatives’ hands. Sometimes they take the kids out to a kid-friendly restaurant and/or movie, and then we have an at-home date. Sometimes the kids stay at their local grandparents’ house for a night or two. With my family coming this weekend and with the kids going to their other grandparents’ house next weekend, I have cozy winter dates on the brain.

It’s the time of year to hunker down and get close. I have been embracing all the coziest elements to better enjoy the colder and darker times. This means more bubble baths and reading by the fireplace. This means wrapping myself in my favorite grey cashmere blanket and watching winter movies. And this means still getting out there and enjoying the love and light of the season. I have told you before that I’m a soup fiend. I think about soup every day of fall and winter, and even a little bit of spring too. You also already know I love Idahoan® Steakhouse® Soups. I also incorporate them into date time.

It's that time of year when you need to have some cozy date ideas to close out winter! We LOVE Idahoan® Steakhouse® Soups and how warm and cozy they make us feel. #ad #CLVR #IdahoanSoups

It's that time of year when you need to have some cozy date ideas to close out winter! We LOVE Idahoan® Steakhouse® Soups and how warm and cozy they make us feel. #ad #CLVR #IdahoanSoups

Sometimes you have to get creative, which I did with Cassidy yesterday, and he did with me. It was so much fun to have surprises all day long to find. He put special socks from one of my favorite movies in my sock drawer to find. He came home with chocolates and flowers, and put fun toys, games, and other presents all over my desk to find. The really funny one was that he put Valentine toilet paper in our new bathroom. Hilarious! For him, I thought about all the things that make the best Cassidy day/night and incorporated them into the house. I’m talking appetizers, a full dinner (even wine), snacks for late night TV, bath bombs, and a card on his pillow. It was such fun. And it reminded me to keep that magic going this winter.

Here are five of my favorite winter dates.

1 – Pop popcorn on the stove, add a sweet treat as well, and have a themed movie marathon. Coming up with the themes is fun. You can even find enough movies for a Valentine’s Day movie marathon. Or movies with snow in them.

2 – Choose a movie theater and go, and just see the first movie about to play, as long as it’s not sold out.

3 – Go to a Trivia Night at a local bar or club. We have local ones with movie themes, and there are at least three places in town that do weekly general trivia nights, and they all do them at different nights of the week for courtesy.

4 – Breakfast together! If you’re really enterprising, first a hotel night and then breakfast! The BEST.

5 – Have a cozy dinner night indoors and make soup the biggest part of your meal. Yes. Soup is amazing and versatile. It makes you feel warm, it tastes delicious, and there’s even something romantic about it. Sharing soup. YUM.

Idahoan Steakhouse Soups are quick and easy to make, and they cause the house to smell delightfully delicious for hours on end. That’s why I share it with Cassidy, because he is my SOUP-er significant other. Get it? Anyway, why do I share my Idahoan Steakhouse Soups with Cassidy? It’s because they give you the flavorful, slow-cooked taste of restaurant-quality soup at home, but in 5 minutes! There’s 4 varieties: Loaded Potato, Creamy Potato, Cheddar Broccoli and Cheddar Potato.

Otherwise known as my four favorite soup flavors!

It's that time of year when you need to have some cozy date ideas to close out winter! We LOVE Idahoan® Steakhouse® Soups and how warm and cozy they make us feel. #ad #CLVR #IdahoanSoups

I also love that they bring together REAL, red Idaho® potatoes with flavorful seasonings and rich cheeses. This brings a creamy taste in every spoonful. All you have to do is add water, and then you get that creamy goodness.

You can find out more about Idahoan Steakhouse Soups by following them at @IdahoanFoods, and checking out their website.

What’s your favorite soup variety?

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.