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a bit heavy for a morning run

“People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed; never throw out anyone.”

- Audrey Hepburn

This morning I hit the treadmill just as the Ellen show was coming on.  How convenient…great entertainment for an entire 45 minutes.  My goal was 4 miles, no matter how I got there.  And with a little bit of walking and a lot of jogging, I made it.

Today Ellen featured Michelle Obama on the show, and they talked about a plethora of topics.  But one thing in particular that interested me was what Michelle had to say about the culture of bullying in our country (you can see the video here).

I think it is safe to say that bullying has gotten worse in many ways in America.  Not only are our children experiencing more bullying in schools than ever before, but also in other areas, such as politics.  How many times a day do we see a commercial where one politician is slandering his/her opponent? How many times a day do we hear our President bashed in some way?  For as long as I can remember it has bothered me that people rally behind someone running for office, and then the second that person gets voted in, suddenly they’re being attacked in one way or another.  It seems that many people (not all) have a lack of awareness or sensitivity when it comes to the way they treat other people.

Michelle’s main point was that if we as adults are treating our peers this way, what can we expect from our children?  What kind of example are we really setting for them?  She made a call to action for all of us to start being kinder to one another, recognizing that we don’t all have to agree, but we can still respect each other.  We can respect the fact that we’re all different, and we all have different values and ideals. And just because someone sees things differently than we do, doesn’t mean they’re a bad person or that they have bad intentions.

Honestly, I really appreciated the way she handled this topic, and I agree so much with what she had to say.  I did not vote for Obama in the election, but I think it is so important to still respect him as a person and as our president.  Even if I don’t necessarily agree with his stance on certain issues.

Anyway, this just really got me thinking this morning about how we really can make a difference for ourselves, for those we know, and for future generations if we let go of the judgment and animosity toward people who are different than we are and love each other simply because we’re all human.  We obviously have a long way to go as a culture and as a country, but I really believe that every little thing we can do makes a difference.  Amen?!

Heavy stuff for a morning run.

And then I came home and ate oatmeal:)

Thick n Creamy Pumpkin Oats

Ingredients

  • 1/2 banana, mashed and melted in the microwave
  • 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/3 cup rolled oats
  • 1/3 water
  • 1/3 almond/soy milk
  • 1/3 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1/4 to 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • a dash of cinnamon
  • dried cranberries

Directions

  • Mash half a banana in a bowl and heat in microwave for 45 seconds – 1 minute
  • Mix together oats, water, soy milk, pumpkin, vanilla, cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice and microwave for 2 minutes, stirring after one minute
  • Add banana to oat mixture and mix well.
  • Sprinkle with dried cranberries and enjoy!

You could also use maple syrup or molasses to sweeten instead of mashed banana, and it would be really delish I think.  And you could add chopped walnuts for some extra crunch – the possibilities are endless!

And lunch was so simple it’s not even funny.

This times two! Ezekiel bread with a layer of Trader Joe’s flax almond butter and a thin spread of TJ’s pumpkin butter.  I figured out that if I think of the pumpkin butter as more of a jam than a butter I actually really like it.  Score!

Today was a busy day, and although it started off pretty swell, the afternoon was not so dandy:(  It was just one of those days where you just want to crawl into bed and have a good cry. And I may or may not have done so…and then driven straight to Starbucks for a little comfort (aka decaf soy pumpkin spice latte with no whipped cream and half the syrup).  If you follow me on twitter, you may have sensed some tension in my tweets.  But tomorrow is a new day!

And for one of my favorite phrases: onward and upward!

Love you guys!

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Do you love pumpkin?  What’s your favorite way to use it?!  And decorating counts:)


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19 Responses to “a bit heavy for a morning run”

  1. You are so right about the bullying! I have been thinking about the same thing over the past week since viewing an overwhelming amount of political ads.

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    candice Reply:

    Yes, the political ads are ridiculous. Like I said to Holly, as soon as a candidate makes accusations about their opponent, it makes me want to automatically cross them off the list. So unclassy.

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  2. I agree with the bullying — but I don’t know if it has gotten so much worse, maybe we are just more aware of it? Not sure. I remember plenty of kids getting picked up and basically tortured their entire high school life.

    I am so tired of the political ads — I can’t wait for them to be done! The insults back and forth are too much. I want to know what YOU are going to do, not what the other person has done that is so terrible — you know?

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    candice Reply:

    That’s an interesting point you make – that we’re just more aware of bullying. It definitely is in the news more now I think, especially among students.

    Agreed about the ads! As soon as a candidate makes accusations about their opponent, it makes me want to automatically cross them off the list. So unclassy.

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  3. Way to get the 4 miles done! When we were allowed to change the channel at the gym I loved to watch Ellen. It seems like respecting one another should be a fairly easy concept. Somehow it isn’t though is it? I hear people make inane comments that are horribly rude and derogatory all the time and done so just so casually. People often don’t even realize what they’re really saying.

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  4. I definitely adore getting creative with pumpkin carving, although I sort of dropped the ball this year. Roasted pumpkin seeds are delicious and remind me of my childhood. Also warm pumpkin butter over vanilla or coffee froyo is delish!

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    candice Reply:

    Now you’ve got me craving vanilla ice ream with warm pumpkin butter.mmmm. And I just happen to have some of each on hand right now:)

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  5. I agree that people are way too mean to eachother. One thing that really bothers me is booing another team in sports. Rivalries are so deep now that I’ve heard people cheer when an opponent gets hurt! My jaw dropped while watching a baseball game and the batter’s nose was broken by a wild pitch. People were saying things like “That’s what you get!” and applauding. Disgusting. College football may be the worst. Those young guys have so much life/career ahead of them. I can’t imagine being happy that one of them gets injured.

    I still need to carve my pumpkins! It was supposed to happen last night, but dessert got in the way. :)

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    candice Reply:

    Oh, I totally know what you mean! I’ve seen the same thing at sporting events, even children’s sporting events – which is even crazier!

    I’d say dessert is a perfect excuse to postpone pumpkin carving:)

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  6. kate says:

    I agree – she made such a good point about adults being role models, they really are in every way!

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  7. I think bullying has definitely gotten worse. I had a hard time in high school, but never as bad as the stories on the news now. There are so many examples of grown-ups behaving badly on reality TV now, though.

    On a happier note, I roasted and pureed a butternut squash last weekend and have been adding a few spoonfuls to my yogurt and granola or oatmal all week. Your banana/vanilla combo looks delicious! Thanks!

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    candice Reply:

    I feel so sad when I hear about people who are or have been bullied:( I agree about reality shows too. It’s like it’s become a way of life to be mean and cut people down.

    Yay for squash! What a great way to get in extra veggies. I just love the taste of fall:)

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  8. Bullying scares the you-know-what out of me. Especially for children. So many children are scarred from these experiences and left feeling hopeless. There’s an entire chapter in the book Bringing Up Boys by Dr. James Dobson that brings this to light and it’s scary the repercussions it has on kids. Makes me way more sensitive to being aware of what goes on with my little boy esp. at school.
    It’s sad though that adults are bullies too. My husband plays indoor soccer and the opposing team’s goalie keeper made a stupid play which caused his team to lose the game in the last seconds. (yay us!) Anyway he was trying to bully the ref and being completely immature for a mistake he made. All this in front of my son. I just pray his ears were protected from the explicatives flying out of this young man’s mouth.

    On a completely different note: I <3 pumpkin any which way. I like to eat it, drink it, smell it (candles), decorate with it and smear it on my face! (http://www.mychelle.com/Incredible-Pumpkin-Peel-1-oz?sc=7&category=4415)

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    candice Reply:

    I can’t imagine how I’ll feel once I have children. I already have anxiety over sending my (future) kids to school. Your little boy is lucky to have such a caring and involved mama:)

    I think bullying can be worse in sports than anywhere else. It drives me mad to see how wrapped up adults can get…at the expense of kindness and a positive influence on children. Really, really sad.

    I have never heard about a pumpkin peel! I cracked up at your comment though – how fun! With all my problems, I may just have to try something like that!

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  9. cristen says:

    what a great post sis. i do think bullying has gotten worse, unfortunately. at my school we have an “anger management” class that meets once a week…i suppose for those teenagers who feel they “can’t control their emotions” aka the “bullies”. i go every now and then. :)

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    candice Reply:

    It’s so nice that your school is reaching out like that, but isn’t it sad that it has come to that? Imagine what it’ll be like for our kids.

    You should really try to make that a regular thing :)

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  10. Mashed/melted banana is my ultimate add-in to porridge! I love the way the flavour comes out… definitely going to give this pumpkin version a go, thanks
    :-)

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    candice Reply:

    sure! thanks for stopping by:) The pumpkin is like the cherry on top!

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