Yes, it’s a new month complete with a new tropical storm (hi, Bertha). Kids are heading back to school, tax-free shopping weekend sales are starting, and the thought of a quiet house between 8 and 3 pm is making parents giddy.
Sorry, kids. Well, no, not really.
To me, the start of a new month is time to reflect on the gains of the previous month and set new targets for the current month. Notice I said gains? It’s my way of focusing on the positive. In July I increased resistance, speed, and strength. I hit a smaller size. I wanted to shop for clothing instead of just grabbing whatever I thought would fit. It sunk in that I need to eat if I’m going to succeed. No more drastic cuts to calorie intake. For August I want to increase my aquatic therapy sessions. I want to wear a certain top and have it look good. I want to improve on July’s fitness targets. See, all positive and also realistic and attainable. It took years to fall apart and it takes time to fully recover, heal, and thrive.
What are your August targets? You can reach them. I’ll be right here, cheering you on.
Hi. I’m Sherrie and on occasion I really like my booze. Vodka is my usual first choice, but rum, wine, and a good pint work equally well. Hubby and I were fooling around one Saturday afternoon and decided to stop by Charleston’s first distillery since Prohibition for a tour. We went for the tour and left with a bottle.
Striped Pig Distillery opened earlier this year with plans for a grand opening shortly. The beautiful facility is open to the public (21 and up) from 3-7 pm Wednesday though Friday and noon-5 for tours and tastings. We were warmly greeted by Todd and our tour started.
How gorgeous is this still?
Reclaimed wood and lots of light are everywhere. Ingredients are in plain sight, too. Local non-GMO corn and molasses from Savannah are right there for us to see. We learned how finely they mill the grains, how long each batch takes, and how excited they are about their products. After a little ooh-ing and ahh-ing, we moved on to the bar for the main event.
Love the focal point! A local artist whipped it up.
Neat bar table, eh?
We tried the Striped Vodka, Striped Shine, and Striped Rum. We started with my beloved vodka. I liked the flavor and warmth. Striped shine is straight-up moonshine, but with a cleaner taste than expected. It burned so good. Rum is something I usually mix, but I easily drink Striped Pig’s Striped Rum straight up. It is the best rum I’ve had to date.
After all was said and done, we decided we had to have a bottle of limited edition rum. Sorry if 43 is your lucky number because that one is ours.
Swing by and pick up your favoite spirit from 10-7 pm Monday through Friday and noon until 5 on Saturday. Remember, the tour schedule is different from the store hours during the week. Shoppers have t-shirts, barware, and spirits to choose from. I see booze as holiday gifts this year.
Follow Striped Pig Distillery on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for daily updates on events like their packing party. We’re sorry we missed that one.
Your friendly neighborhood Sherrie has a cookbook problem. I know it and own it. I read them like novels and can tear through one in a couple of days. I also have a money problem, so I pick most of my books up from the library, Mr. K’s (used and new, but always cheap), and free Kindle books (for reading on my Kindle app). I’ve wanted to hold books more than reading text on a screen lately, so I’ve hit the library practically every week. Here’s a sample of what I’ve gone through in August alone.
I first heard of Angelica Home Kitchen thanks to an early 90’s copy of Vegetarian Times. Back then I was playing with the idea of he veggie life and loved the idea of a all veg restaurant. Good book, great recipes.
This one needs no intro. I checked it out for more ideas on healthy whole food vegan goodness. I like it, but don’t think I need to add this one to the permanent collection.
Between the abundance of rain, a bad spine summer, and crazy schedules, our garden is a sad, bare wasteland. Except for mint and huge tomato plants which may or may not bear fruit. Microgreens, baby vegetables, and sprouts, oh my!
And, you know, I cannot leave anything these two touch unread. And hubby is a pie addict. Vegan versions of his beloved blueberry, pecan, and key lime pies will be mastered! At some point.
I cannot leave the room without this guy following. If I close a door, he waits patiently for me to open it. He literally lean against me when I lose my balance and keeps me upright on wonky days. On painful days (like the past few days), he snuggles when I need it and just watches to make sure I’m ok.
Or maybe I’m giving him too much credit. He’s a goofy ball of love. Good boy, Victor.
Let me start by saying that I am exhausted, in a lot of pain, and wide awake. This one may ramble a bit. Short and rambly – my new style? Nah. Maybe. We’ll see.
Sometimes I really miss my dad. Father’s Day is almost here and it’s one of those times. My brother is celebrating his second and hubby is celebrating his 15th (technically 14th, but R was born two weeks later. I count it). My brother, husband, and kids didn’t get to meet dad, so it’s weird in a way to have them celebrate him.
He’d be beaming at the mention of his grandkids. I know this because he beamed with us. When we didn’t work his last nerve that is. There are many pictures of all all smiling together. Real smiles, not the family portrait smiles. And baby bro looks so much like him that it blows me away.
I envy those who still have their dads. By ‘have’ I mean have a good relationship with him as adults. Believe me, I know you can have someone in your life but no really have them. But that’s a whole other series of posts.
Miss you, dad. I’d like to think that on some level you know how I’m doing. I think about what it would be like if you were sill here. You would like hubby. And the kids. You’d like our house. You’d be blown away by baby bro – his brilliance, sense of humor, and the resemblance. And you’d be totally wrapped around baby girl’s finger. She is something else.
Happy Father’s Day, Dad, Hubby, and Baby Bro. You all rock.
‘Ello. I’m still feeling the love after last night’s Supernatural Saturday. Not a Whovian or into Orphan Black? Give them a watch. Trust me.
What else is happening? Well, turns out I’m not the only one in my family with back issues. Dad had some and had to wear a hard core back brace on occasion. Thanks, dad. Cardiovascular issues and spinal issues. But seriously, I wish you were still her so I could hassle you a little.
The spine is still kinda crumbly, but I’m going to work with instead of against them. Can’t lift or jump or run right now? That’s ok, doc. Low impact cardio? Sweet! Shaun T, Tai Cheng, Pilates, yoga, walking, and body weight resistance to the rescue! I won’t overdo it. I’ll star with 2-3 days of more than walking and add more as I get stronger.
Shaun T and low impact don’t seem to go together, right? But before Insanity, there was Hip Hop Abs and Rockin’ Body. Besides, I love dancing. I spent many, many nights (weeknights and weekends) dancing and still have random afternoon dance breaks. And, you know, he is very nice to look at and listen to. I mean inspirational. I meat hot. I mean motivating. Actually, he’s all of the above.
Interested in Rockin’ Body or Hip Hop Abs? ‘They’re on sale for $19.95 each right now.
So, do you want to share random chatter with me? Food, drink, fitness, dance, other? Give me a shout.
I’ll hit the big 44 on March 30 and am celebrating the milestone by kicking up the wellness a notch. Care to join me? You don’t have to buy anything. You just have to commit to 30 days of something better for you health. Cleaner eating, regular exercise, mediation, less coffee – you decide. Me, I’ll be eating cleaner (vegetarian, good fats, lots of produce and good protein) and starting Chalean Extreme (strength training for increased strength and fat burning). These are my goals, my plan for the month (and beyond). What are yours?
The goal is to push beyond where I am now. I am my own competition. Well, and hubby in a way. We challenge each other to move toward our goals and sort of compete to see if my home workouts or his gym workouts are better. I know home workouts are better for me, period. The hermit in me would rather get my sweat on without the potential audience. The dogs watch, but they get bored and move on. I’m sure people are focused on their own workouts at the gym, but in my mind, they’re peeking over at the limping big girl, wondering why she’s bothering.
I know. It’s my messed up way of thinking. I’m working on it.
But for March, it’ll be a better focus on better eating, lifting heavy four days a week, and at least one cardio workout on a fifth. For cardio, I’ll mix it it between my favs. Why Chalean Extreme? Shorter workouts (which my aching back will appreciate), lots of lifting (which I love), and less cardio (not my favorite thing). I lift now, but I don’t think I’m lifting enough or following the most effective routine. So I’m turning to an expert.
So, what do you say – wanna kick it up with me in March? Join me here, G+, or on Facebook. How will you challenge yourself?