Bits And Pieces Of My Week

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We went for a walk on Sunday afternoon.  It was 56 degrees.  I know I keep mentioning the temperature but that is just so unusual.  Of course, last Sunday we had a wind chill of 30 below zero so I guess we should enjoy the warmth when we get it.  My daughter brought her scooter and she had so much fun.  Ten-year-old children are easy to please.  She also likes appearing on my blog so here she is in all her glory.



a girl and her scooter

a girl and her scooter

The rest of my family is not so crazy about appearing here which is why you rarely see pictures of them.  I think my daughter just likes the attention...She also has designated herself my official proofreader and critic.  She regularly asks if I have a blog post that I need someone to check over.  I must say, I appreciate having such an enthusiastic audience.  Of course, I might have a larger enthusiastic audience if I told people in my real life that this blog exist but honestly, that isn't going to happen any time soon.  That is probably because a lot of people already think I am a bit odd for reading so much and if I tell them that I also write about the books I read and post my thoughts online, well, then they will really think I am crazy.  That or they just won't care, and I am not sure which would be worse.

But anyway, back to my week.  This week I had the tragedy of discovering that chocolate contributes to the migraines I get.  I had suspected so for a long time but had been living in denial.  Wouldn't you?  Ten weeks ago I quit eating chocolate and I didn't get a migraine for that whole time.  This week I started eating chocolate again and promptly had the migraines return.  That seems pretty definitive to me.  Can we just have a moment of silence to mourn the end of a beautiful friendship?  Chocolate and I have been in a close relationship for years.  This is very sad.  What do you replace chocolate with?  I don't like most other candy.  I do like caramel, that has possibilities, but it just won't be the same.  I have already given up wheat because my doctor thought it would help control my migraines.  What is going to be left?  I am going to end up eating a diet of fruits and vegetables which will be very healthy but not too useful at soothing those hormonal cravings.

I went to visit an old friend this week and she baked me almond flour jam thumbprint cookies.  That is a true friend.  We have been friends for almost 20 years but about 7 years ago my family and I moved from being in the same town as her to being about an hour away.  That hour makes such a difference.  We do our best but I hadn't seen her in over six months.  It was so nice to catch up and chat like mad and eat cookies.  It is wonderful when friendships stand the test of time and distance.  We don't see each other often but when we do it is as if no time has passed since the last time we were together.

My reading this week has not really been blog worthy.  It has been a lot of rereading.  I started the week with a bad cold and just kept pulling old, familiar books off the shelf.  Right now I am rereading To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis.  I mentioned it in my last post and immediately had the urge to read it again.  It is so much fun.  I did read Family Roundabout by Richmal Crompton and need to write a review of it. In fact, that is what this post was supposed to be but somehow I ended up babbling on about walks and migraines and chocolate.

Now I really want some chocolate.  I guess I will go eat an orange.  A chocolate orange would be better....




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  1. Oh dear, not chocolate! I get bad headaches, not full migraines, if I drink red wine, and doesn't it have some ingredient in common with chocolate? Is it all kinds of chocolate? I'm fond of caramel myself, and sometimes I even prefer it to chocolate.

    It's lovely to reconnect with friends come on when you can pick up the threads as if you'd seen each other yesterday.

    I envy you your enthusiastic editor :)

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    1. Hmmm, I never thought that it might not be all kinds of chocolate. That might be something I need to look into. I just bought caramel swirl ice cream so obviously I am managing to console myself for the lack of chocolate in my life!

      My daughter is definitely enthusiastic. She thinks everything we do is fodder for my blog and is always telling me to take pictures and use them. Usually, pictures that have her in them!

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  2. Cute kid you got there. I totally get your worries about telling people "in real life" about your blog. There are 4 possible ways they could respond, only 1 of which is great.

    They could just not care, which is a bit disappointing but not really a big deal I guess. They could think you're a total weirdo, which is embarrassing. They could be REALLY into it in a borderline annoying way -- one family member I told used to treat my comments section like Facebook, with random anecdotes and links to totally unrelated videos on almost every post. Or the ideal reaction would be that they could check out your blog and maybe say a nice thing or two or even talk with you about a particular book. But I'm too afraid to risk the other stuff in hope of that last reaction these days, haha!

    Anyway, I'm sorry about your chocolate problem. And orange is not really a good substitute. My friend has a similar problem and has learned to tell whether she's craving chocolate because she needs something sweet or because she needs something savory. Sweets = caramel or cinnamon candy or dried fruit like cherries or dates, and savory = cheese. She says the chocolate cravings never really go away, though.... :-(

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    1. Exactly, I think most people would just think my blog was strange. And in a way, it is freeing to know that it is only strangers who are reading what I write. I don't feel as strong a need to edit my opinions, if that makes any sense. Not that I write anything controversial, but people who know you will try to fit what you write into their image of you. Or maybe I just over-analyze things!

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