Well, dear elite Nappers, September 2012 means you’ve been visiting Can I Take a Nap First? for a whole year (pause to reflect/gather thoughts/ get a snack/take a bathroom break). I can’t thank you enough for stopping by and leaving your comments. It’s been a blast, and I look forward to another year of mining popular culture and my family gatherings for blog fodder.
If you follow the academic or Jewish calendars you know that September (usually) brings the new year. Whether you are gathering the harvest or gathering new pencils you can feel change in the air. You can see the subtle changes in the light, and you can smell that new car smell as the 2013 models roll onto the lots. I hope all of you had delightful summers chock full of fresh local farm stand produce. It’s a deliberate act of faith in your community to buy locally grown goods, and it’s just a nice way to meet your friends and neighbors before we get boxed in by over-booked schedules, partisan politics and bad weather.
Looking in the rear-view mirror for a bit: we had the Olympics as a diversion. And if you didn’t enjoy watching the events, there was plenty of opinion to go around about the coverage. And speaking of coverage (or lack thereof) the Paralympics are happening in London right now. These extraordinary athletes are just as deserving of media coverage and fan support so do check them out.
I’m trying out a new look for the Nap. Feels like the right time, but I’m a little rusty on the widgets so please bear with me. I’ll have plenty of time to fine-turn later this month as I’ll be under house quarantine glowing with radioactivity from RI therapy to ablate whatever thyroid is left from my little dance with thyroid cancer last May. No biggie. The bigger inconvenience is the “fruit bat” low-iodine diet I have to follow for the next 2 weeks. But a woman can live without dairy and chocolate for 2 weeks, right? It’s a little more complicated than that: you have to assume that any product you don’t craft yourself could have iodized salt in it. Kosher salt is OK, but on the “NO” list are any commercially prepared foods (breads/salad dressings/marinades) and anything with red dye #3. I quote a wise Bunny who says, “it’s best to eat food made out of food.” So this week I’ve been surprising myself with baking and cooking low-iodine recipes, and eating fruit at every meal. And you know what? I’m not hungry. Sure, I could go for a nice iced coffee with milk on a warm afternoon, but on the flip side I’ve been experimenting with different eye-opening teas.
I’m technically working from home during my house arrest, but since I can’t go out among the living in my off hours, I’ll need to catch up on my reading and TV watching. Any recommendations, kids?