Piglet saves goat. You’re welcome.
KALE CHIPS: That’s it, I’ve officially become a hippie. After stumbling upon kale chips all over Pinterest, I decided to give them a try. I found kale this past Saturday at the Kitchener Market for a whopping $3.00!
The recipe couldn’t be easier: wash the kale, dry it with a spinner, toss it in one glug of olive oil and sprinkle with salt. Lay parchment paper on a baking sheet and bake the kale in the oven at 350C for 8 minutes.
Presto! You can be a vegetarian hippie too. The kale turned out delicious and I didn’t hesitate to eat the entire first batch while the second was cooking.
This past Sunday I had the opportunity to try out paddleboarding for the first time. We headed out to Guelph Lake in the afternoon, feeling less than spectacular (if you know what I mean…) but optimistic that being on the water would clear the fog in my head.
Meltdown Shop has been running these low-cost standup paddleboarding (SUP) lessons on Sundays throughout the Summer as a way to introduce the community to this super cool summer activity. After a brief dryland lesson from Dean, who was extremely helpful and relaxed, I felt confident enough to hit the water.
I was shaky at first, on bent knees, gliding away from the safety of the dock, but within minutes my hangover had disappeared and I was ready to try to stand up and give it a real shot. First try, success!
The rest of the afternoon consisted of gliding around the lake, intentionally jumping in the water to cool off and catching up on what went down the night before. I even got my daily meditation in! (I am in the middle of Deepak Chopra’s 21 Day Meditation Challenge)… Currently, there isn’t anyone doing paddleboarding yoga in the Kitchener Waterloo area but this is something I would be interested in trying out.
Needless to say, I loved paddleboarding and absolutely want my own board now. The full body workout was a great alternative to going to the gym (it’s Sunday, who wants to go on Sundays?!) and I was feeling it in my core and shoulders the next day. Paddleboarding is such an amazing off season alternative to snowboarding, I highly recommend trying it out!
The guys from Meltdown made sure we had the most positive experience possible, a huge thank you to them for letting us in on the fun. I can’t wait to go out again!
PS. This is NOT a photo of me, I was on the water and regretfully got no photos… If I had a dog I would totally bring it paddleboarding with me though.
I’ve always been a big fan of reading; there really is no feeling quite like submerging yourself in a story. Since college, I’ve found that between my career (or grown up job as I like to call it), volunteering, having a social life and my extraordinary television habit, it’s tough to find time to curl up with my -now dusty- Kobo.
Forcing myself to take advantage of the quiet TV schedule this summer, I’ve compiled a list of books below that I hope to read throughout this season. In an attempt to broaden my taste from the typical fluffy, romantic books I’m drawn to, I’ve taken some suggestions from friends as well!
- Wild by Cheryl Strayed
- The Lost Girls by Jennifer Baggett, Holly C. Corbett & Amanda Pressner
- The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty
- Little Princes by Connor Grennan
- Perks of being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
- The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin
- Imagine by Jonah Lehrer *Recommended by Taylor Jones (twitter.com/DearPhotograph)
- The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
- The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho *Recommended by Melanie Ransome (twitter.com/Melanie_Ransome)
- The Tipping Point, Blink and Outliers all by Malcolm Gladwell
- The Defining Decade by Dr. Meg Jay *Recommended by Kirsten Stein (twitter.com/kirstenchloe)
I’ll post reviews as I go and let you know what I think about each of them. If you have any suggestions, please feel free to comment!
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