Can we talk about how hard it is to learn new stuff? Is it because I am getting old and my brain is more jam packed with random life information that it can't handle much more? All I know is that learning is hard. Hopefully doing new things will help keep dementia at bay, right? That's a thing.
And though it hurts my brain, gives me a headache and makes me want to cry all at the same time, learning makes me happy. I told this to Chris on Sunday and he said that's something I have to work on. A fear of failure maybe? And its true, I hate to be bad at stuff. That nasty self chatter takes over and I and donzo. Also, do we say donzo any more? That is a major throwback reference to Laguna Beach circa 2007. Can we get a 10 year reunion update from them or what?
Back to learning - these are some things I have been working on lately:
1. Properly Snowboarding - I have such bad habits and can't figure out how to break them.
2. Crocheting - I went to a Tunisian Crochet class this weekend
3. Photography stuff - I am always working on this one and this year I decided to do a 365 project. It challenges me to photography something everyday using different techniques.
It has been good, frustrating, and exciting all at the same time. And right when I feel like I am getting the the hang of any one of the above, I get knocked down. But that's part of the process. So - I'll keep you posted! My crocheted scarf will hopefully be around my neck at some point in the car future.
And then there's this Roasted Beet Dip (I know, good segway, am I right). This dip comes from my previous Whole30 venture. I wanted something I could snack during my afternoons at work and I felt like the options were limited. I was sick of hard cooked eggs and guacamole, so I tried this out as a substitution. I first tried it a few months ago using Trader Joe's steamed beets, but I found the roasted version to be better with a nutty flavor and thicker consistently that I liked.
Can I mention I used to hate beets? I thought they always tasted like dirt! As you can see, my taste buds have evolved. Now the only food I really hate is celery. Maybe that will change too in time...
- 3 medium beets
- 3 cloves garlic (in skins)
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- juice of 1 lemon
- 1/4 cup tahini
- 2-4 tablespoons olive oil
- salt and pepper