Christ, Mohamed, Buddha.

Poetry

Christ is the one who saved me
From myself
But not from his followers.
Mohamed came to me once
In a Denny’s late at night
And made me question
The existence of Christ.
Buddha arrived
During the time of grieving
And invited me in
With a gentle voice
That told me to
Sit down
Shut up
And be.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: from lines to patterns

Photography

Seattle Fountain

I think I might be a little late in the game for this (last?) week’s WordPress photo challenge. But here it is anyway. I took this with my pinhole camera in Seattle earlier this month. I am humbled that it made Explore on Flickr. That is always a nice (if not mystifying) ego boost.

Post Alley

Photography

Post Alley

I didn’t want more than a week to go by before I posted on my blog again. And here I promised a health update on Sundays! ugh. I have a lot to write about but am lacking motivation at the moment. My mind has been been really focused on photography lately. Here is a photo I took on our trip to Seattle of Post Alley. Specifically, this is the infamous gum wall. This was the first of a few Atlas Obscura stops we made on our trip. I wrote about this one on Pinhole Obscura if you are interested in my pinhole shots from that excursion.

For the shots on my trip I used a yellow filter to see if it would give my photos a little more contrast. I really like the results! It is very subtle but works.

My once-a-week health check-in

Health and Fitness

I was having a Facebook conversation with a dear friend of mine (Hi Rachel!) about re-committing to eating vegan. I haven’t been doing so well in this arena. I haven’t even been eating vegetarian! So this is my way of making sure I am being true to myself – blogging once a week about my progress. Since it feels kind of like confession, Sundays seem like an appropriate day to do this. I am sure you (all two of my readers) will find this Sunday check-in interesting! Are we ready? Then let’s do this.

So. Yeah. Not doing so well with the vegan thing. And not doing so well with the losing weight thing either. So I have decided (again) to do the Engine Two 28 day challenge. They make it so easy with the eating plan and the shopping list that you can print up. I have it all printed and all I have to do is go shopping for the week. It should be easy for me because I have been cooking the recipes for several months.

I have also started keeping a food journal at My Fitness Pal. I have done this off and on throughout the years with varying degrees of success. For the most part I find them horribly tedious. On the other hand, they are also very eye opening. For example, I realized yesterday that beer has a lot of calories and the fact that I have been drinking a lot of it is probably the reason why I haven’t been able to lose weight.

Therefore I need to stop drinking beer if i want to get serious about losing weight.

This fact makes me a little sad because one of my favorite things is a good craft micro-brew after work. Honestly, there are few things that are better than that. But I am going to have to maybe think hard about whether it is really worth it.

The good news is that I am running again! I am on week 5 of the Ease in 5k program. My foot seems to be healing and everything is going very well. I am also doing that 7 minute workout that was featured in the New York Times a few months ago.