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Spoonful and Yellow Eyes

I’ve been craving Spoonful for about the past week now…all I’ve been able to think about has been birthday cake yogurt with some fruity pebbles and these things that are called Gogi I think, they are gummy like and don’t really have a taste, but I love them because they remind me of China.  They seem like a Chinese type food so I can never resist adding them to the wonderful goodness that is Spoonful.  I went with my sister and brother in law and as we were walking in an older man came walking up very fidgety with quick like movements, with eyes that had a nervous look to them as well as being bloodshot and yellow.  My conclusion, from this man’s actions was that he was on some sort of substance that was causing him to act in such a bizarre manner.  He asked my brother in law if he had any money to give him.  My brother in law being the fellow he is gave him some.  Instead of saying thank you and walking away the man was not satisfied with what he had been given and continued to haggle with my brother in law.  My sister and I watched all this happen a few feet away from us and all I could think was, “Why is this making me so uncomfortable?”  The little tiny hairs on my neck stood up, and not because I was cold, but because I felt threatened…and I can’t exactly pin down why.  I wasn’t scared of this man, I didn’t feel as though he was going to harm me in any way and I don’t have any problem giving money to people I may meet in my journey of everyday life.  It wasn’t the yellow eyes or the fact that he looked like he may not have taken a shower in awhile, (I work at a county hospital, I see things like this all the time, and have discovered that some of the most incredible people I have ever met fall into the category I just described above), so I wasn’t sure what is was.  This bothered me and so I’ve been re-playing the whole scenario in my head trying to nail down why I was so extremely uncomfortable.  I started thinking about this man and the things he may have had to face during his life.  Did he grow up feeling loved? Was he homeless?  Did he have a family? Was he on drugs? How long had he been haggling with people for a few bucks here and there?  A million thoughts and questions kept bouncing back in forth…

I decided it was because the situation was so unpredictable…I didn’t know what this man was going to do and I sure didn’t have control over the situation.  He may very well be a very pleasant man, but not being in complete control of his actions because of whatever substance he was on made me completely nervous.  So I guess my concluding thought to this totally random post is, I really don’t have control over most any situation, so I might as well do what I think is right, trust that intuition I feel so strongly about, and remember to look deeper than the crazy circumstances people get themselves into…

I hope that man has somewhere warm to sleep tonight..and I hope that he hasn’t lost himself in something he feels is so deep there is no return…and I hope hope hope that our beautiful Creator will speak to him tonight.

 

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~recycling, Wal-mart and artificial sweetener


Another tradition of New Years is to make resolutions.  On one hand I find this annoying.  For the next few weeks the Rec center will be crowded and almost unbearable, as people vow to get those holiday pounds to disappear.  As the month of January comes to an end the crowd will dwindle, for which I’m not going to lie, I’m thankful.

On the other hand I also like making resolutions, and like most people I probably don’t do as good of a job as keeping them as I should.  But nonetheless it is still good to think about.

So some of my resolutions are:

~to be greener.  There are many new services in Lubbock that make this easier.  Two that I have found are www.painlessrecycling.com and www.greenqueens.org .  Both of these companies will come pick up your recycling material and it doesn’t even have to be sorted.  I mean, it really can’t be much easier than that!  There are also recycling bins at Market Street and the United on 82nd and Frankford.  I believed as a child of the universe I should take care of this earth, it was beautifully knit together by our wonderful Creator and if I can do my part to make a greener and healthier place to live I should.  I think the majority of people associate caring about the earth with a more “hippie” way of life.  My question is though, why aren’t more Christians concerned with what is going on in our environment?  Haven’t we been given a beautiful place to live and shouldn’t we be good stewards of what has been given to us? “God spoke: ‘Earth, green up!  Grow all varieties of seed-bearing plants, every sort of fruit-bearing tree.’  And there it was.” ~Genesis 1:11~ The Message   I don’t believe that as a whole Christians are doing their part to preserve our beautiful planet.  So, with all that said, recycle, it’s not even an inconvenience these days!

~Such a great picture~

~Another resolution…to run a half marathon.  I don’t know that I will be ready by this March of April, but I am going to do my best to get to that point:)  Another incentive is that I will get to visit on of my bff Megan and her awesome husband Jake while I’m down there running.  That is enough motivation all on its own.

New running shoes…:)  It seems people have very strong feelings about these shoes, and usually very strong negative feelings, but I love them, and everyone I know that has a pair thinks they are awesome, so think what you will.

~I also want to spend more time baking:), which may sound ridiculous to some people, but it is a true passion of mine and I hope to open up a bakery at some point in my life with Meg.  I also know some awesome photographers that could do all of our advertisement stuff;)  Megan and I are starting a baking blog that I am very excited about!  More info on that to come soon!

~I resolve to not shop at Wal-Mart…I loathe the place and could go on and on about why I feel the way I do…feel free to comment, I am all ears and like hearing different thoughts, feelings and opinions on the matter.

~The last resolution type thing I have is to not use any artificial sweetener type things.  I love them…SO MUCH…but they are just bad for the body and unnecessary.  There are also many natural things out there that can be used.

~So, Happy New Year, and good luck to all those with new resolutions:)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

~nimariema~

~The tradition of the black-eyed pea~

I was curious to where the tradition of eating black-eyed peas on New Years came from so I did a little reading.  It seems there are many different reasons and traditions, but some that I found most interesting were:

In September 1862 a proclamation was issued by President Abraham Lincoln, it had to do with the Emancipation Proclamation.  On the first day of January 1863 all slaves in Confederate states were considered free. One story goes that people who were slaves were waiting for the Emancipation Proclamation to go into effect, and on January 1 they had a celebration with what they had (black-eyed peas and collard greens being among those things). I found it quite interesting that the Emancipation Proclamation actually freed very few people.  Slavery was actually ended with the passage of the 13th Amendment on December 18, 1865. (Nothing like starting the New Year with a little history lesson!)

Apparently black-eyed peas were originally planted for livestock.  As Sherman’s troops made their way through the South during the Civil War most crops were either destroyed or stolen.  Black-eyed peas were left and therefore became an important food source for the Confederate army.

It is also thought to be good luck to eat black-eyed peas on New Years.  The collard greens represent paper money and the peas represent coins.  Cornbread, which is sometimes served with black-eyed peas, represents gold.

~I love traditions, and history, and feeling like there are stories and depth to things.  I am, by nature, a very sentimental person…so naturally I participate in the black-eyed pea tradition

~nimariema~

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