The camping edition:
- When camping, I need four things handy at all times: Kleenex, lip goop, my pocket knife, and a lighter. The last two are crucial camping items for anyone. The first two are just my oddities.
- When camping, there are two things I don’t want to hear. The first is the time. People always seem to be asking, “What time is it?” I’m out there to escape such things as time. Really, who cares? It’s beside the point. The second is music. I’d much rather listen to nature while camping.
- I always sleep really poorly when I camp. Despite an expensive, plush Therm-a-Rest mattress and bringing my pillows, I can’t ever seem to get comfortable. Unless I’m taking an afternoon nap during a rain storm. Than I’m passed out cold. It’s weird.
- I can spend HOURS in complete silence watching a camp fire. To me, it’s pure contentment to spend an evening in the woods by a fire.
- I miss my Jeep and the places it took me. Camping as far away from other people as possible is the best way to camp.
Posted by Annie Brokaw on July 24, 2014
- A weekend away in the woods! It was SO much cooler up there than down here and I was glad to escape the heat and spend some time out in nature.
- Having my niece Farrah as my shadow for most of the weekend. She’s a sweet little person and I just adore her. She’s at that great age where she’s starting to really interact and communicate. It’s so great!
- Jamaican jerk chicken cooked over the campfire. My sister really goes all out on the camp cooking and I really appreciate that.
- Mosquitos. Gosh, I just love those little suckers. They’re so cute and pleasant to be around. (Okay, I’m lying. But I’m hoping to employ the powers of reverse psychology in hopes they leave me alone next time. I got CHEWED out there, people.)
- The sound of water rushing by all weekend long. Yes, that meant more mosquitoes, but I’ll chose camping near water any day over not.
* After I posted this, a friend pointed out my typo in the title! I’m leaving it.
Posted by Annie Brokaw on July 21, 2014
My younger siblings have a knack for driving me insane. It’s always been this way. It’s a favorite past-time of theirs. It’s our dynamic. Logan is especially good at this, but Mallory can definitely hold her own. Case and point:
(This conversation happened via text. My sister is trying to convince me to leave work early for a camping trip, which I don’t really want to do):
Mallory: Leave work early, dude
Me: I might be able to leave a bit early, but not super early
Mallory: Leave at 2:00
Me: It would be more like 4:00, little mama
Mallory: No. Tell them you’re sick.
Me: They know I’m planning on camping – it’s too obvious.
Mallory: Call-in in the a.m.
Mallory: Do it
Me: Argh! Mallory! I’ll see what I can do about leaving early, but not the whole day!
Mallory: Do it
Mallory: Do it
Me: Oh. My. God.
Mallory: Do it
Me: We’re all bringing wood, right?
Me: I hope we get a close spot
Mallory: Chill out mama bear…leave early. Do it
Me: Me leaving early will have no bearing on the spot we get
Mallory: It will effect the level of stress of your drive. Do it
Me: Stop. I’ll do my best!
Mallory: Do it…sorry. Logan’s possessed me.
Have a lovely weekend, peeps!
Posted by Annie Brokaw on July 18, 2014
The “kinda awesome” edition:
- There are days when I leave my house at 8:30 a.m. knowing I won’t make it back before 11 p.m. I leave with my purse, food bag, laptop bag, workout bag, and clothes for dancing. Days like that will require three outfit changes, a mid-day shower after working out, and four meals outside of my house. I leave feeling like a bag lady who lives in her car. It’s kinda awesome.
- Somewhere over the past eight months I’ve stop letting emotions factor in when making decisions about food. I almost always make the healthy choice and cheat meals are generally planned instead of an occurrence of happenstance based on emotion. It’s kinda awesome.
- I’m finding things I’m really good at in CrossFit. Yes, I once professed I would NEVER do CrossFit. (Reason #432 why “never” is a bad word choice.) Anyway, I’m really enjoying it and feeling very empowered. It’s kinda awesome.
- It’s been raining here everyday for a few months now. Things are lush and green. The state isn’t on fire like it has been over the past few summers. The temperatures have been cooler than in recent years. It’s kinda awesome.
- While this year is flying by, it means the workweek is also flying by so it feels like there’s less time in between busy weekends. It’s kinda awesome.
Posted by Annie Brokaw on July 17, 2014
I can’t believe it’s been almost two years since I moved out of my place with the ex-manfriend and embarked on the craziness that is my current life. It’s been a weird, but awesome, two years.
What got me thinking about all of this is getting ready to re-sign my lease at my little place for another year. That simple act got me reflecting on the ripple effect of the decision to move out and forward. A decision that led to…
- a relationship that taught me a lot, which…
- provided the platform for a second car accident, which…
- has, in addition to my first accident, taught me a lot about my body, which…
- got me interested in finding new ways to move my body, which…
- led me to dancing, which…
- took me out of my comfort zone and brought me endless joy and a new community full of some awesome friends, which…
- opened me up to the idea of challenging myself in other ways (physically, emotionally, spiritually, etc.), which…
- led me to church, which…
- led me reconnect with an old friend after service one day, which…
- led me to trying the 24 Day Challenge and pursuing the business side of AdvoCare, which…
- led me into and new, awesome community and feeling empowered and confident in my body in a way that I’ve never experienced before, which…
- led me to wanting to seek out even more challenging ways to live and stretch my comfort zone, which…
- led me to CrossFit, which…
- has put me solidly on the path of the most fit and healthy I’ve ever been – something I’ve dreamed of for many, many, many years.
Everything has a ripple effect. Everything leads to something else. The hardest things we do in life often lead to the most abundant life we could ever imagine.
All of that is to say: if that one decision hadn’t been made, I’d not be the person I am today. I wouldn’t know the people I know or be involved in some of the most amazing communities, which feel more like family, this area has to offer. While the past two years have been extremely difficult and frustrating in many ways, I wouldn’t change any of it.
Posted by Annie Brokaw on July 15, 2014