CSA Weeks #2 & #3

In a previous post, I wrote about our reasons for joining a CSA and how we were doing after the first week. Since then, we’ve received weeks two and three, and tomorrow we will pick up week four’s box.

Well, it turns out we did the best with our first box. Our second box was almost all greens (and LOTS of them). We ate the spinach and the romaine-like lettuces. We didn’t even make a dent in the bag of leaf lettuce we received. However, I’m pretty sure the raspberries we got were eaten as quickly as any that we’ve ever bought at the store. They were also enjoyed immensely. The radishes were not though. No one in our family eats radishes so we gave them to Jason’s parents so someone would enjoy them.

Our third box was a little surprising. I expected that it would just get fuller and fuller and more and more varied. When I went to pick the box up last week, I had made arrangements with a friend to leave some if not most of the produce with her because we would be leaving town for a few days. I opened the box, and I was surprised to see a bag of lettuce, summer savory, beets, and raspberries. As I write it, it sounds like plenty, but it didn’t even fill the box. We ate the raspberries right off the bat again (as I’m sure we’ll do tomorrow when we get our next box), and we left the rest in the fridge while we were gone. Jason had a salad last night, and I’m planning to roast the beets for supper one night. I’m not quite sure what to do with the summer savory though. I’m also not sure if we’ll eat the lettuce. I thought I liked salads, but at this point I am struggling a little to find enough variety in them to keep me interested without making a significant amount more work.

The more I think about the CSA, the more I realize that the problem (if there is one) isn’t really that we are getting too many greens. The issue is more that I am not doing as much meal planning, prep, and cooking as I have in the past. During this pregnancy, I have had morning sickness since I was 3 weeks pregnant, and in addition to the morning sickness, nothing has tasted very good to me. If you add that to cooking in an apartment that doesn’t cool down very well, it equals more convenience food. Unfortunately, salads aren’t usually the type of convenience food I’m talking about. Usually when it comes to supper time, I haven’t cleaned or cut the veggies. I am tired, and I can’t think of anything except the standard salad of lettuce, veggie, some cheese maybe, and dressing. It’s good, but it also has its limits. I’m pretty sure I should probably make some sort of goal about this. Maybe I should aim to clean the veggies within a couple days of getting the box or doing my meal planning on Wednesday. Right now, I’m not quite sure I can think straight enough to make those sorts of goals, so as of now, my goal is to have goals for next week.

Welcome

Love what is.

Welcome to my new blog! This blog is called “Love What Is.” I hope that it becomes a life blog for me and helps me to remember my desire to embrace my life in order to have the life I want as well as appreciate what I have instead of wishing for something else. Whether it be in my career, my family, my living situation, or any other aspect of my life, I want to be embracing my life instead of waiting for it to pass or waiting for the “good part” to start.

My previous blog was The Beautiful Letdown where I wrote primarily about breastfeeding. After writing there for a couple years, I felt stuck. The blog was primarily about my nursing experiences and my thoughts on nursing my children. To me, it was primarily a breastfeeding blog and as my kids were/are weaning, I felt as though I had less and less to say and share. Last year, I posted our family’s Christmas card, and then, I decided to stop blogging there.

Since then, I have missed blogging. I have missed the writing process, and I bet there have been at least 30 times when I thought “I should write about that.” When I started The Beautiful Letdown, nursing was a very large part of my life. I was the mother of a 15 month old who was nursing 3 months into my next pregnancy. That was followed by almost three years of tandem nursing my boys. As it became less and less of the focus of my day and as my children nursed less, I had fewer anecdotes to share. I thought less about nursing even though I still valued it highly (and possibly even more highly than when I started the blog!). But, for some reason it didn’t feel right to move on to another season in my life on that blog.

A couple weeks ago, I was having a rough time accepting my 4 1/2 year old’s approach to and attitude about potty training (or potty learning as some call it), and I said something on Twitter like “Doesn’t anyone have a magic solution to this potty training stuff?” One answer that I got back was from Sarah Parent. Her answer was, “Love what is. Trust.” It turns out that was the magic solution I needed. It wasn’t necessarily the answer to potty training my son nor was it the solution to moving from our current apartment to a house or did it solve any of my other problems or dilemmas. It gave me a different focus though. Instead of focusing on what was wrong or what I was hoping to change, I am trying to focus on what is and what I can enjoy about it or learn from it.

I’m hoping that I can be fully myself in my blogging here and share my journey to living a conscious life and to loving that life as it is.