My dearest friends, I am currently at the bottom of a paper-lined well scrabbling to complete my final assessment pieces for this year. Of course the Thoroughly Nourished Life kitchen kicks into over drive when I am in a stress quagmire so there has been plenty of eating going on to keep me (mostly healthily) fuelled on these final academic pursuits for 2012. I look forward to sharing some of these culinary adventures with you, and many more over the long summer days, but for now I am taking a few moments over breakfast to share with you some of the things I am most grateful for at the moment.
- A huge thanks to my dear friend Cait the artiest runner chick I know and one of the most motivating bloggers out here in the web world. I won a Road ID during her September Miles Madness competition. Now Mum, Dad, and Jess don’t have to worry so much when I head out on a solo run. A thank you to Road ID as well for sponsoring September Miles Madness, and for my gorgeous new arm bling!
- Also, thanks to Cait I now have my own ‘Run Your Fortune’ shirt. I had to have one of these as soon as I saw them on Cait’s blog. I truly believe, as Cait writes, that we have to ‘dare to dream our fortune and run for it.’ I promise a longer post on these wonderfully motivating shirts very soon, where I will also share what fortune I will emblazon across my shirt. (P.S. You should go and check out her wonderful blog.)
- Perfect summer tomatoes right at the beginning of summer are one of the biggest blessings of living in the sub-tropics. I was the very lucky recipient of some gorgeous heirloom tomatoes. As soon as I saw these beauties I knew they were bound for the perfect study supper – roasted tomato soup. My garden has also been producing a gorgeous crop of cherry tomatoes. I like to sneak out in the middle of the day and pluck a few off for a little sun-soaked snack – they really are like eating sunshine.
- When I am in need of distraction (like I ever really need any help in this area) I have been reading Molly Wizenberg’s gorgeous ‘A homemade life: stories from my kitchen table‘ and leafing through the inspiring Candice Kumai’s ‘Pretty delicious‘ and ‘Cook yourself sexy‘.
- I have been grateful that I have been able to balance out much of my sitting and staring at the computer screen, and a few peanut butter and cracker feasts, with some wonderful runs. I am currently in the eleventh week before my next half marathon so things are getting serious. Thanks to my inspiring runner buddies: Kate, Cait, Jenelle, and Julia.
- The simplest things make me grateful when I am studying: my little sister cutting up oranges for dessert for me every night, my Mum putting the kettle on in the mornings, my Dad cheering me on when I am finishing up a run, or Molly’s constant presence by my side whether I am on the computer or the treadmill.
- Extremely grateful for a study-reprieve visit from my darling Casey. Only a fortnight until our weekend getaway!
Well, I am off to stop procrastinating (at least for the next hour) and get some of my assignment written. I promise great tables of summer feast worthy food coming your way soon, as well as the future fortune I am running for, and the start of achieving my summer goal list.
Tell me, dearest ones, what are you grateful for at the moment? Do you have a mantra that keeps you going?