SATURDAY POST 16
Owing to the inability to travel anywhere in a straight line around here, my new commutes around North and South Carolina meander between interstates and back roads. These are typically the fastest options, but given a choice, part of me will always seek out the quiet, forgotten highways, passing through beautiful countryside and small towns.
I may travel some 800 miles out and back in one weekend — that’s a lot of time to observe the beating heart of America. This time of the year it’s mostly winter-brown fields, oddly vibrant green horse paddocks, densely wooded swaths of loblolly pines. The road can be a lonely place, but the audiobooks are plentiful and the scenery truly does not disappoint. So much so I’m frequently reminding myself there’s a set timeline, and stopping multiple times to photograph a rustic farm or sunrise is not wise. Perhaps I’ll start leaving earlier…
Then again, perhaps not. I realized just how tired traveling makes me when around 0930 after a long drive home the night prior it dawned on me that my sweatpants were on backwards. The exhaustion even more apparent when I raised an eyebrow and continued the rest of the morning in that fashion. (Cut me some slack… sweatpants… not much difference front or back.) This road warrior thing will clearly take some getting used to. Tips?
In other actual news, you’re probably aware by now that the Dietary Guidelines Committee, an expert panel advising the federal government on nutrition, released it latest recommendations. The commentary. is. every. where. As a registered dietitian nutritionist, I took some time to read and digest these new updates: There are home runs. There are strikeouts. But what I’m really curious about is what you think. Please share your comments below. [These are in “comment” phase until April. If you have a suggestion, make it known!]
And as always, take a look at this week’s round-up of links before you go. Have a most delightful weekend!
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Some interesting, fun, delicious reads:
- National Eating Disorders Awareness Week begins tomorrow. Four out of every 10 Americans have either suffered or have known someone who has suffered from an eating disorder — the mental illness with the highest mortality rate. If you know anyone with an eating disorder, please help them get support. Let’s celebrate healthy body images not only this week, but every week!
- If my husband had his way, we would adopt one of these beautiful behemoths.
- Reality check. I need these from time to time.
- All you ever wanted to know (and see) about how mushrooms are grown. DYK that one portobello has more potassium than a banana? I do now!
- Girl Scout smarts. Is there a badge for ingenuity?
- Happy Lunar New Year. Vivino thinks that Rats (my husband and myself) are best suited to drinking 2008 Malbec with Oxen, Rabbits and Dragons. Sounds like a recipe for a heated discussion…
- This week’s pinned words of wisdom.
Recently on HGN:
- We waded into the deep parts of the ocean with the newest in the Have you met series, featuring sardines.
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