Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Homegrown in SC

"I thought if I could touch this place or feel it
This brokenness inside me might start healing
Out here it’s like I’m someone else
I thought that maybe I could find myself
If I could just come in I swear I’ll leave
Won’t take nothing but a memory
From the house that built me"

--"The House That Built Me" by Miranda Lambert

I love this song and I think it describes my current visit to my hometown in SC. It's really strange returning "home" after a long period of time. Things take on a different sheen from how you remember them. Not a whole lot different, but little things--a tree that was planted, a fence that was built, a new restaurant, road or car wash--are signals that time has passed and you have gotten older.

Coming home for a visit is full of memories but it's also a reminder of where I came from and my life journey so far. Especially my journey into fitness. I think my visit home would be a good time to reflect on my fitness philosophy and tell my story. Stay tuned for that.

Until then, here's a little taste of my week so far:

My good little car-riders. My puppies love riding in the car now because I got them motion sickness pills for the trip! :) It was a LONG 13-hour ride, but taking lots of "walk" breaks at rest areas broke it up.

Duke's BBQ! I'm a vegetarian, but they have lots of "veggies." Well, SOUTHERN veggies, which are usually drenched in cream, cheese or butter--think macaroni and cheese, broccoli casserole, creamed corn, yams, peach cobbler with ice cream and the HUSH PUPPIES...omg. Sooo good, but afterward my arteries felt like they were drowning! Definitely something to eat only ONCE during a trip to the south. I would have taken pics, but I think it would have grossed you out :)

My mom fosters dogs for an organization called Molly's Militia. Right now she has four dogs in her care. Along with my two, it makes for some entertaining puppy play!

This crape myrtle behind my parents' house is now the size of a TREE. I've never seen a Southern crape myrtle that is that BIG and BLOOMING in my whole life.

My father, the dog whisperer and farmer. Dogs just love him. In the background you can see his extensive garden, full of green beans, tomatoes, peppers, asparagus, raspberries, squash, zucchini, and some summers, corn. He is super proud of it. Growing up, we had garden-fresh produce all summer long thanks to my father.

Mam (my affectionate name for my mother) picking blueberries.

The loot--big, juicy berries. We are going to use them to make our family's traditional "blueberry buckle," which is like blueberry coffeecake.

I also made my family-famous trail mix, which is not low in fat, organic, or low in calories, but IS high in energy. 1/4 cup will give you a PUNCH before or after any intense summer workout. See the recipe below.

B's Energy Trail Mix

1 Bag Pepperidge Farm Pretzel Goldfish
1 11.5 oz. canister of lightly salted peanuts
1 14 oz. bag of M&Ms
2 cups raisins

Mix well and enjoy that sweet and salty goodness.

Can you tell who gives out the most treats? All the fosters and my mam.

The newest foster! We can't decide on a name--Stephano or Wolfie both suit him. He will be put up for adoption on Molly's website by Friday. The poor little thing has something wrong with his back legs (hip displaysia?), but is SO cuddly and cute!

With all this good food, rest assured that I'm getting my exercise in! Lot's of dog-walking, shopping, pool swimming, and garden work. This week, I'll share some of my tips for exercising on vacation. Stay cool this week!

Q o' the Day: What three things are MUST DO or MUST VISIT when you visit your hometown?

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