So, it’s Tuesday, it’s April 3, and it’s snowing…yes, you read that right. It’s snowing. We live in Northwest Iowa and the weather here is crazy sometimes. This is one of those times. My advice today is to not go on social media. Everyone is complaining about the snow. Look, it’s not a surprise. We’ve had snow in May before. Remember 2013 when we had a freaking ice storm in April and no power for a few days? Or how about those of us old enough to remember the Halloween Blizzard of 1991 when we couldn’t trick or treat? I was out at my aunt and uncles’s house for 3 days because of the weather. But I loved being there with my cousins so being snowed in wasn’t exactly terrible. I wonder how my aunt and uncle felt about 4 preteens in the house….Anyhow, my point is complaining about the weather is useless. It won’t change, it’s gonna do what it needs to do. I put on my big girl boots in April (or my flip flops in October!!!) and dealt with it.
And while I think complaining isn’t helpful, I’ve been finding myself doing it a lot more often lately. I’ve complained about stuff I normally wouldn’t complain about it. I knew I was in a funk, but didn’t realize how bad it was until my husband pointed it out. (He’s a brave man!) So now that I’m aware of it, why am I doing it? And what can I do about it?
I think, no, I KNOW, I’m complaining because I feel stuck. I’ve never made a secret that I don’t always enjoy living in a small town. Right now, my husband and I are trying to sell our house and we haven’t had any offers yet. I’ve never been in love with the house we’ve lived in for 10 years. He bought it when we were dating and it’s never really felt like “our” house since I didn’t help him pick it out. Plus, it’s not functional for our family, so we decided to put it on the market and hope it sold soon. So for now, we’re stuck in it. We know what we want in a new house but so far, nothing has come up for sale that we’re super interested in…so that’s not helpful.
I’ve been feeling stuck in other things too. I miss working for a big company and I miss my friends who still live in Des Moines. I try to see them every few months, but it’s not the same. I miss calling them and meeting up for random margaritas on a Wednesday night because we’d all had a hard day. My weekend visits are fantastic, but I get teary every time I drive home. And for the past few months, I’ve felt stuck with my health and my weight. I’m not going to say that I’m fat because I’m not. But lately, I’ve been feeling inflamed and definitely have less energy than normal.
So..what can I do about all of this? The first thing I’m doing is making sure I eat really healthy. I know that has a HUGE effect on the way I feel and act. I’m going to take a group exercise class this week. I normally work out at home so I’m thinking getting out of the house and sweating it out with some other ladies will help. I’m heading to Ames the weekend of April 20 for my stepdaughter’s basketball tournament. While we are there, we’re staying with one of my best friends and we’ll probably go out for dinner and drinks with them as well. I think this weekend we are meeting up with another couple to go out to the Country Club opening party (not as fancy as it sounds!!!). My point is, I’m actively trying to make myself feel a little better and complain a lot less. And just doing something makes you feel better than doing nothing. That said, I do plan on binge watching a few episodes of Parenthood this weekend. Hey, why not? That also makes me feel better.
Anyhow, those are just a few of my thoughts lately. And hey, since it’s snowing in April, you might as well enjoy this soup recipe! I should warn you, I’m not exactly a “measure it all out” type of cook. I usually find a new recipe, make it exactly as written the first time, then do what I want. This recipe is tweaked the way I like, but you do you. Add whatever veggies you want and remove what you don’t want. When you see the picture below, keep in mind I don’t have a fancy camera, just a crappy phone camera…enjoy!
Paleo Hamburger Soup
1 lb ground beef
2 cans diced tomatoes ( I prefer fire roasted, but you do what you want…)
1 small can tomato paste
1 small onion – chopped or diced
1 can carrots (drain these- you can use raw, but the canned cook faster)
1 32oz container of beef broth
1 TBSP Italian Seasoning
1 tsp garlic
Brown the hamburger and drain the grease. Chop the onion, dice up any other veggies you want, and open all the canned veggies. Add everything to the crockpot and stir it around (or don’t) . Let it cook on low for about 6 hours. Serve it with crackers, bread, or whatever you want. Heck, throw in cheese and make it cheeseburger soup!
Now, go do something good for yourself!