Many days, especially recently, I imagined I would go on grand adventures again someday. I have quite a few under my belt already. A little bit of me misses the excitement of exploring new places and pushing myself in new environments. But to be honest I'm just as happy watching others do these things on Discovery, NatGeo, Outside+, and the like. I am trying to think of a time when I lived somewhere, and I visited every local trail or hit every fishing hole(though I did try).
I've been thinking a lot about food, where it comes from, and starting a farm. Mind you, I'm not saying start a farm today, but in a few years, I think. There is so much I need to learn, not to mention just determining if it is something I truly could undertake. So far, the basis is simple: raising livestock to feed my family and selling off any excess. I do not want to overcomplicate things.
As a grown man, I find myself wondering how many pairs of shoes does one actually need? This has really puzzled me for some time as I think less is better for sure. I don’t think I could officially get by with one pair. I currently basically get by with two now, but I don’t think it’s ideal. I have a pair of Keen hiking shoes and a pair of sandals.
Two Meals a Day by Mark Sisson 📚 I just finished this guy. I’ve read all of Mark Sisson’s books on health and diet. Well, those are the only kind of books he writes, actually. I have followed the Paleo/Primal lifestyle for some time and do not intend to lecture anyone on their approach to health in weight loss other than to recommend you look into it if you are not satisfied with whatever you are doing about it now.
On April fourth, two thousand and four I found myself bleeding and in shock, waiting for an evac on the dirt. Surrounded by family. It is a day I will always remember, not to sound too cliché. The circumstances of how I got there are a whole different story, told better by others. But I lay there bleeding and naked on a stretcher waiting on a helicopter to take me to the Greenzone in Bahgdad.
I just watched the Biggest little Farm - The Return with my daughter. We really loved the original documentary. This was a shorter little update at the ten-year mark of the farm. It appears they were using it as a point of hope to the greater world to show what could be done in a decade. It almost made me tear up; if people just put a little effort into their yards, community gardens, and beyond, what a difference we could make.
I’ve been focused on the climate a lot lately. As a bystander looking at the news around the world, I could almost positively tell you the loonies are right, and the end is near! Might I add it’s knocking on our door as I type this. It is very easy to just throw your hands up and say nothing else can be done; let’s go down in flames or to maintain the idea that the geopolitical forces on earth have no plan to undo the havoc we have wrought.
I fall into periods where I am a little more earthy than usual. At these times, I try to do the right thing, find ways I can do things differently and tend to annoy the hell out of my family. I’m in one of these periods now, and they seem to last longer and longer. This current period has me figuring out how to use less plastic. This is easier said than done; everything is made of plastic.
Still on my ecological kick. Today I am thinking of one-time purchase items. Those things that you find the very best and hopefully never have to replace again. I love the idea of having an item for so long that it becomes part of your children’s memories. “I’ve never seen dad drink coffee out of anything other than that old Yeti cup…" How cool is that, of course, I have had my Yeti cup for just a month or so, and it is not quite stuck in their memory yet.
I have been on many diets or more or less lifestyle diets throughout the years. I’ve done Paleo, Keto, Whole 30, Carnivore, Plant-Based, and probably a few in between. A majority of them were low-carb until I got to a plant-based diet. And note I have no nutrition degree nor any certifications. The closest thing I have is I’m married to a doctor. So take this all with a grain of salt, and by no means think this is professional advice.