Sunday Night Check-In: Strawberries, Friends and Mississippi


Today was a good day. I think the worse of the sugar and coffee withdrawal is over. I am very grateful. My energy feels level, and I didn’t have a slump at all even after I stuffed myself at a Mexican meal this afternoon.

I met my parents at the Farmer’s Market Saturday morning, and we had breakfast and shopped a little bit for some local produce. I was shocked to see strawberries this early, but I guess it is almost February. I thought of all the snow falling around the couIMG_5146ntry, and here I was standing in front of a stand of strawberries. I ended up buying a couple of pints, and they were very yummy. In fact, after I post here, I think I’ll have a bowl.

I met my sister at the movie theater yesterday to see Brooklyn and then we ate lunch at Albasha, a Greek and Lebanese restaurant. I got my favorite comfort food, meat moussaka. It was delicious as always.

Yesterday evening was pretty quiet. I took another epsom salt bath, participated in a conference call planning our next ladies’ backpacking trip and then did a little reading before bed. I really enjoyed being at home and not doing very much. I baked some salmon,  cooked some kale with bacon and baked some sweet potatoes.


This morning I met some of the members of the Badass Backpacking Group for a hike at Percy Quin State Park. The weather was cold for Louisiana, and we bundled up for the hike. The trail was fairly muddy but not impassable. It was a bit technically challenging as several bridges were washed out or non-existent, but we figured out a way to get through each one without anyone getting wet. The hike was supposed to be about 8 miles, but it ended up being about 3.5 miles before we decided to hike around the park and the lake to get back to the car. There were some beautiful views, and we had a good time chatting and talking about future hikes.

My friends Russell and Pam met us at a Mexican restaurant in McComb MS for a late lunch. Pam ordered this dip with avocado and sour cream. It was absolutely amazing, and I could probably have eaten just that for my lunch. Russell chatted up my friends and everyone got to know each other. He even offered to gather up some horses and take The Badass Backpackers on a trail ride when the weather gets a little warmer. It sounds like a great badass thing to do, although I’m not sure how Ashok will ride a horse. It was really fun to have two of my worlds collide at lunch, and everyone get along famously. I always worry when I get two groups of people together about how it will go. But there was certainly no need to worry today.


I got home, washed my hair and chatted with my friend Autumn in Michigan for about an hour. I’m still full from my dinner but know I need a snack before I got to beIMG_5148d tonight. I’ve had some great food this weekend. This morning I made a salmon, avocado and spinach omelet for breakfast with grilled cinnamon-raisin Ezekiel bread. If I keep eating this well, I don’t think I’ll miss sugar very much. My tastebuds seem to already be adapting, and I didn’t even need stevia in my chai this morning. I liked the savory, spicy flavor just fine.

Autumn was telling me about her usual post-holiday slump, and I told her that the holiday season is not even over here yet. It continues from Thanksgiving to Christmas to Mardi Gras. There is no break. The Carnival season is ramping up and will only get busier the next two weeks. It sort of eliminates that holiday let-down for me.

Have a good week! 



5 Comments on “Sunday Night Check-In: Strawberries, Friends and Mississippi

  1. I can’t get over the strawberries!! For us this time of year, they seem like something from another world.

    Isn’t Ezekiel bread just fabulous?? I like the seedy traditional kind with cashew butter, which is so absolutely luxurious. 🙂

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