I woke up with a headache. I slept well, but spent the night dreaming fear dreams...dreams that I was getting sick before a race, dreams that I had too much work and wasn't able to do it, dreams that someone didn't like me anymore.
I hate those. So I lay in bed deciding which side of it to get up on—the side with the cranky dreams that would come with me the rest of the day, or the side without them. Keep in mind because of the tiny-ness of my apartment, I only can get out of the bed on one side.
But you get the metaphor! Or do you? You see around here in Elana-land, it's not all about food and triathlon. Mixing it up keeps things interesting, and it also keeps the gremlins away.
Sometimes, when I really want to branch out, I have to do something silly. Something so far removed from cooking or racing or even thinking about those things. Once, I went to Duane Reade and bought a pack of plastic dinosaurs.
They were on the clearance rack. Just staring at me. I had gone in for saline solution and instead was eyeing a cylindrical pack of multi-colored, miniature, plastic dinos. They had Stegosaurus, Pterodactyl, T-Rex, Brontosaurus, and even some I couldn't name.
I brought them up to the check out counter. What followed was a very LOUD price check on the plastic dinosaurs that alerted the entire store to the fact that a 37 year old woman SANS child was buying them. Hi, everyone, look at me! I'm nutty!
But buy them I did. And I escaped the odd looks of my fellow Duane Reade shoppers, only to enlist more bizarre looks from street passers-by as I strategically placed the figures along Columbus Avenue and commenced taking pictures of them. This delighted me so much that I took more photos, texting them around to my friends and family members.
Here are some of the results:
When I took this last one, I actually had people stopping on the street to watch me as I attempted to balance the little guys in the links of this pull-down fence.
The point here is that there wasn't one. I did this just for sh*ts and giggles. I didn't have the intention even to post them on this blog. Just to do it. And sometimes I need to do that kind of thing. It helps me lighten things up a bit.
But getting back to bed...In addition to the headache, I also woke up hungry (BIG surprise). So I made myself a Fear Dream Banishing/Creative Day Inducing Summer Cantaloupe and Nectarine Smoothie. Here's the recipe:
5 chunks of frozen cantaloupe (this was a fresh cantaloupe that I chopped up and froze, but you can use unfrozen)
half a fresh summer nectarine
1 cup almond milk
1 scoop protein powder
1/2 tsp ground cardamom (my new favorite spice)
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tbsp chia seeds
1 tsp coconut oil (it's good for ya)
NOTE: If you didn't freeze your cantaloupe, add some ice cubes for a frothy, chilly smoothie!
Blend it all together post-haste and drink up! I use a Nutri-Bullet, but you can use a normal blender.