Taking a FB Break + Orange Tumeric Smoothie

Ugh. This past week since the presidential election has been such a drag. Regardless of where you sit on the political spectrum, all the hate and vitriol and negativity from both sides must be bringing you down. Right?

It has been a week since I’ve checked Facebook. All the political rants and name calling were just too much for me so I’m taking a break. And, you know what? I don’t miss it. Like, not even a little bit. While I miss seeing pictures of my friends’ kids and vacations, I 1: actually feel a bit lighter now that I don’t have to bear witness to the (usually trivial) burdens of casual acquaintances¬†(not to belittle people’s problems, but I’d like to spend more time understanding the challenges facing my large family and my diverse community). 2: I don’t have to roll my eyes at people grandstanding from the comfort of their smart phones (guess what: if you want to effect change, you have to get off your butt and actually do something). 3: My feelings aren’t hurt anymore (because I don’t see photographic evidence of social outings I wasn’t at or invited to). And, 4: I have more free time…

…free time to do little things I’ve wanted to do for a while. Like coloring, which has turned out to be something pleasant I can do while sitting on the floor with the kids. They gather ’round and ask for a page from my grown-up coloring book. We chat about their days and, for a little while at least, everyone is quiet and content. It is a nice way to spend free time I thought I never had.

The other morning I woke up too early. Rather than kill time in bed checking FB on my phone, I tiptoed downstairs, fixed myself a healthy anti-inflammatory breakfast smoothie and a cup of Irish tea, and spent 30 minutes coloring. By the time my bed-headed rugrats came down my head was clear and my markers were warmed up!

Orange Tumeric Smoothie

1 cup coconut milk

1 whole orange, peeled and roughly chopped

1 1″ piece of fresh ginger, peeled

1/2 teaspoon dried tumeric (fresh would probably be lovely, but I can’t always find it at the grocery store)

1 cup ice cubes

Combine everything in a blender and whir til smooth.

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Written by Maureen

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  1. Parsley says:

    I find that if I can sneak downstairs to the kitchen without anybody waking up for a while, that too-early turns out to be just right! That smoothie looks terrific! I can’t wait for oranges to be in season!

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