Monthly Archives: March 2012

Day 67 – Arugula

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I am grateful for Arugula.  At one point it almost felt as if it was an invention, but I guess it was more some sort of discovery.  Arugula.  All of a sudden it was found on almost every fancy menu all over the world.  It doesn’t matter to me though.  For me it’s still a type of lettuce.  Nevertheless, it’s a really good one.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m not talking down on Arugula.  I love the taste of it.  I’m amazed by it’s surprising flavor.  And then texture!  It’s crispy and spicy.  And it just curls so sweetly.  Perfection.  It makes a salad better, but you need to know how to combine it, since it tends to get overpowering in combination with other vegetables or something.  It has a distinct flavor and I appreciate that.  I enjoy eating it so much, sometimes just pure and by itself, other times as the perfect combo for a great salad.  Thank you, Arugula.  For your beauty.  Your flavor.  Your happiness.

Day 66 – Sight

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I am so grateful for my Sight.  I realize how much I take this for granted.  I love sitting and watching art, nature, people, shows, movies,… reading books, leafing through news papers on a lazy day off, or observing the body language of the person I am talking to…  There’s so much to watch, see, observe, perceive or randomly note.  I am grateful for this ability.  It’s impossible to just close my eyes and pretend I was never able to see.  Because I have already seen it all.  I have a notion of what the world looks like.  I cannot imagine never knowing what it actually looks like.  However,  I wonder what I would’ve have made up or seen just by the creation of my own mind.

Day 65 – Salads

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I am grateful for Salads.  Absolutely love them!  They are simple, but lovely and nutritious.  Like the one I had tonight: artichoke, tomato, eggplant, rucola, lettuce, dried tomatoes, pine nuts, balsamic and olive oil.  Yummy!  Thank.  You.  Salads!

Day 64 – Eucerin

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I am grateful for Eucerin.  It saves my skin from drying out and crumbling into little pieces.  With all the traveling, I end up in so many different places and with that different climates.  My skin seems to be one of the most vulnerable parts of my body and as I appreciate skin so much, I just think it is imperative to take care of it well.  So after every shower I take, I love using some Eucerin to get my skin back to normal.  I think it’s quite ironic how water dries to out one’s skin.  Anyway, I wouldn’t feel as beautiful and comfortable as I do now, thanks to the existence of Eucerin.

Day 63 – Nutritional Yeast

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I am so grateful for Nutritional Yeast.  It’s just wonderful and delicious.  I love how you can use it in so many recipes, but I still find myself sneaking around and eating it pure, with spoons or just handfuls.  It’s so cheesy, creamy and almost nutty of flavor, which makes it a wonderful ingredient to have as a vegan chef.  You can easily add it to some toasted sesame seeds and sea salt to make your very own vegan parmesan cheese.  Or you just add it to soups, sauces or sprinkle it over any dish you feel like.  Yum!  Usually people are somewhat reluctant to trying it at first, but once they discovered it as part of a dish and know how it’s actually something good for you, they can buy into it easily.  All I know is I have to keep myself away from it so I don’t eat to much of it and once I did start eating some it takes a lot of willpower to stop myself.  Oh the joy of healthy food!

Day 62 – Ties

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I am grateful for Ties.  They are a joy to wear.  There are several stories about the possible origin of the necktie, but eventually it doesn’t really matter.  It is such a funny piece of clothing.  Who came up with it, must have been in a silly and creative mood.  Let’s just tie a piece of cloth around our neck.  How funny.  How great.  I love what it does to an outfit.  It can make it distinguished or just casually fashionable.  Anyway, I am grateful for the existence of it.  It’s definitely an asset to my wardrobe.

Day 61 – Running

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I am so grateful for Running.  It’s an amazing feeling and I wish I would make more time for it.  The last weeks I’ve been trying to get up early every morning to go run.  Some weeks I went seven times, every morning in a row.  Other weeks I barely made it once.  But it’s so valuable to me.  I know what it does to my body, my soul, my mood.  Like tonight, I got home from work, it was 7:00 pm and I was so tired.  So I decided to go for a run.  Not crawl into bed and feel bad, but fight it.  Let my heart pump the blood through my veins and feel alive.  I felt great.  All the stress was gone, all the happiness was there.  I’m so grateful for simple moments like that and tonight was absolutely beautiful.  I wish I could’ve taken a picture of it myself, but it’s kinda hard to take a picture of oneself running.  So I took this picture randomly from the internet, but I feel like it portrays how I felt.  I also ran by the water, not a see or an ocean as in the picture, but the majestic river La Meuse.  It was a sacred moment and I am so grateful to have my life filled with moments like that.