A Little Bit of This, A Little Bit of That…
March 15, 2010 § 2 Comments
I finally added more links to my blogroll the other day, and, looking at it now, I see that it may appear that this here blog is a little schizophrenic. I mean, ”purewellnessamy” sounds like the name of a wellness blog. Which it is. And so far most of my posts (3 out of a whopping 4) have been about wellness. I linked to quite a few food-related and wellness-professional sites that I rely on to keep me and my family well-fed and well-informed. But I also linked to various other types of blogs that may confuse some of you who come here to read about wellness and nutrition stuff only. I’ve noticed in my own blog-browsing life that certain genres of blogs link exclusively to blogs of the same genre.
But here’s the thing: in addition to having a wellness business and a huge interest in health and nutrition, I also–surprise!–have a life and I’m interested in many, many other things. I read about these things at the blogs I linked to and they are things that I may write about here in addition to wellness info. Here are some shout-outs (does anyone say that anymore?) to some of my favorite reads:
I linked to many so-called “mommy blogs” because I. am. a. mom. However, they are so much more than ”mommy” blogs — these women can WRITE. And they are FUNNY. And they are so OPEN and TRANSPARENT with their lives that I feel like we are friends. But, we are not friends; they have no idea who I am. It’s a completely one-sided relationship and I am okay with that! I started reading them even before I had Peter. They don’t know it, but they helped me through some hard times and I’m eternally grateful for their wisdom and humor. One of my fears about starting a blog is that I may unintentionally copy their writing styles, as they are so engrained in my brain. Like, right then I was going to write “so engrained in mah brain,” but that has Amalah written all over it. I suppose it’s inevitable that there will be some similarities, but remember: imitation is the best form of flattery. Or something like that. I am very sure that I will be writing some more mom-focused posts.
I also linked to an entertainment gossip blog. Reading entertainment gossip is one of my vices, in addition to red wine and dark chocolate. If I have all three at once it’s borderline obscene. I look forward to going to the hair salon not so that my grays will be gone at the end of two hours, but because I have two uninterrupted hours to read Us Weekly, In Touch, and People. The Superficial is my daily gossip indulgence. I doubt that I’ll devote any posts to gossip, but I provided the link as a gift to the readers who share my vice. You’re welcome.
I’ve linked so far to one gardening site–You Grow Girl– but there will be more links soon. My husband and I have big plans for our vegetable garden. It’s just a matter of putting those plans into action. We’re big talkers the two of us, but we’re a little slow on the action part. I procrastinate because I’m a cautious kind of person. I want to get our soil tested to make sure the NPK levels are good and to be certain that there aren’t any heavy metals lurking in it. That makes sense, right? Right?? We want to eat healthy home-grown vegetables, but they won’t be all that healthy if they’re filled with lead. Right??? Now, my husband here, he is not cautious. He’s generally laid-back, but when he decides that he wants to do something he becomes fre-freakin’-netic and just DOES IT without any planning or forethought. [Um, in case you're reading this Pete, hi and I love you xoxo]. So where was I going with this? Oh yes, gardening. We like it and are going to learn more about it, hence more links and possibly some posts to come in the future.
Gardening relates to the local food/slow food links. I simply believe that eating local foods is a good thing to do. It just makes sense to me. As I mentioned in my previous post, “Animal, Vegetable, Miracle,” by Barbara Kingsolver made a huge impression on me and pretty much changed my life. This year I am trying in earnest to buy as much local food as possible. We plan to buy a big freezer for the basement to store all of the fruit that Peter and I are going to pick this summer. I want to freeze enough blueberries to get us through next winter. It’s a weird little goal, but it’s something that I’m aiming for, nonetheless. I am 100% sure that I’ll write about local foods in the coming months.
I have one travel site link – Camels and Chocolate. Kristin is living my dream life, so I live vicariously through her blog posts. I love to travel and plan to do much more of it. In fact, we plan to live very frugally around the home in order to put our money towards travel. I want Peter to experience the big wide world as soon as possible. It’s funny, I thought traveling would be best when I was younger so I could party and whatnot, but now that I’m older I think the opposite. How much could I enjoy Greece being hungover every day? Now, we are so excited to bring Peter places, eat different foods, and explore other cultures with him. One of our trips will be to Lapa Rios in Costa Rica. We stayed there for part of our honeymoon and just loved it. It’s where I fell more in love with, not only my husband, but with avocados. Yes, the freshest damn avocados you’ll ever eat are at Lapa Rios. Seriously. If we travel, I’m sure that you’ll hear all about it. If I have my way, we may be going to Tuscany in October…
I also linked to an interior design site – The Old Painted Cottage - because her house is so pretty and I adore pretty things. I’m going for a beachy-cottagey look in our house–so appropriate for central Massachusetts–but I don’t have mad decorating skillz. I have great ideas, I know what I like when I see it, but it all gets lost in the execution. I don’t have a crafty bone in my body. And I don’t have the money to pay someone to be crafty for me. So, I just do the best I can. It’s safe to say that I won’t be writing any decorating posts, but I may link to some more talented designers.
So, there you go. I read about Wellness/nutrition, motherhood, entertainment gossip, gardening, local food, travel and home decorating on other blogs and I may write posts myself on any of those subjects. They are… what shall I call them besides “interests”? How about “spokes”? Sure, why not. They are seven “spokes” on my life wheel. How poetic. The axle of my wheel is my family. There are other spokes, too: yoga, reading, writing, and spirituality, which I may write about or find blogs to link to at some point. All these things help me roll through life on a relatively even, happy keel. If I were only interested in wellness and nutrition– just one spoke– I’d be a little wobbly. I need all of my other interests to keep me well and balanced.
And that is what purewellnessamy is. A little bit of this and a little bit of that and something about a wheel…