This week our house settled in for a slow down when Chris and I both ended up with colds. We settled ourselves in bed with our new buddy Netflix, lots of blankets, and chocolate (it really is the cure). I always find it amusing that Chris and I have very different ways of dealing with being sick. He likes to hibernate and sleep, no outside contact, just the computer for company. I like to sweat it out, take big naps, drink plenty of water and pound down a few kilos of vegetables. I guess opposites attract and our methods combined mean we are both feeling much healthier quickly. I am grateful that we had the opportunity to rest and hibernate and that our co-workers were so understanding. So, here it is, my slowed down Nourished Life Gratitude List 2015 – Week Twenty:
Monday: I have a secret love of reading about neuroplasticity. A strange love for sure, but since I first learned of the concept in university it has been an interest of mine. Today I was grateful to start a new book by Dr. Norman Doidge who wrote one of my favourite books (The Brain that Changes Itself). There’s so much to learn in this world, and my access to learning is one of the things I am most grateful for.
Tuesday: Tonight when I got home from work I headed out into the cool night air for a slow run. I was grateful for my own little night song: the water in the bay was black as the sky above and the stars burned milky white. It was a beautiful way to wind down on Tuesday night.
Wednesday: Tonight I was grateful for some time to practice photographing food with my new photography toys. I’m still learning how to make the most of all the great new tools my family got me for my birthday, but I am always grateful for a challenge and there’s nothing better than learning a new skill.
Thursday: Chris and I were both under the weather tonight so I was grateful that we just laid in bed all afternoon and had an amazing nap. I think sleep is definitely key to getting better quickly.
Friday: Today there was no getting out of bed. I am grateful that my work was understanding and I could have a day off to sleep off my cold. I was grateful for a day in bed with a few episodes of Nashville and some serious snoozing.
Saturday: Today was filled with soul-nourishing moments. I started the morning with a breakfast date with my Mum and then dropped Chris off at an all-day buck’s party extravaganza, and then I had the whole day to myself in the kitchen. I tested out two new cupcake recipes, and then made a big pot of this spicy soup for dinner. I was grateful for a cloudy day of pottering around and trying out some delicious new recipes (I’ll be sharing my exciting project with you all soon).
Sunday: Today I had a big sleep in. Chris and I laid in bed and talked for an hour before we finally rolled out of bed and enjoyed a slow breakfast while watching some truly awful reality television (Flipping Ships anyone?). I was grateful for a slow start to the day with my Christopher.