Lunch for Thought

I’ve been in Colorado Springs for a week now! It has been a good week. A tiring week.

After spending a few nights recovering from the stomach flu, I started one of my new jobs on Monday as the lunch cook. Last week and this coming week I am partially assisting and partially in charge as I learn how it’s done.
The fun and slightly nerve wracking part of this job is that there are two culinary arts schools happening here right now, so I share “my” kitchen with  a ton of chefs and student chefs. When I expressed that this was a bit intimidating to me, one of the teachers told me I should look  on the very bright side- if I ever get stuck there are a lot of people who know what they’re doing and I can ask them for advice and help…..

The other day I learned how to properly dice an onion.
You’re jealous, right?

I’m also in the process, with my new roommate, of setting up our room. I have a lot of things like books and clothes and very few things to put them in like dressers and shelves. Today we went and I bought, with my precious few dollars, a book shelf. I even put it together myself. It was frustrating but also very satisfying.

The wind has picked up again outside. So far there is little proof of winter here in the Springs.

I’ve been thinking a lot about hiking. A friend of mine pointed me to this extremely inspiring guy named Steve Fugate. His story is sad but his response to his life is beautiful and amazing. He did what is called a “thru-hike” of the Appalachian Trail which goes from Georgia to Maine. His story so inspired me that I’ve been pondering doing this very trail myself. It would take around 5 months. It would be very, very hard but, I think, totally worth the effort.
This is a fairly new dream, but I believe it is a worthy one.

What have you been dreaming of doing lately?

6 thoughts on “Lunch for Thought”

  1. I’ve always wanted to drive across our country to Indiana. That’s where most of my cousins, aunts, uncles and my lone grandpa live. I thought living in the continental U.S. would make it so easy to see all of them, but now that we live here, it’s hard. I would love to get there before my oldest child grows up. (really I wish I could be as brave as Jack Kerouac and hitchhike across the country, but that would be quite dangerous and also impossible with five children and a husband.)

    Also, I want to go to the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, the California redwoods, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and Glacier National Park with a camera in hand and loved ones by my side. I think these are dreams that will take a lifetime to achieve, but that’s ok.

    It would be wonderful if you hiked the Appalachian trail! I recently read a great book by a couple who walked/Kayaked from Seattle to Unimak Island, Alaska.
    They were very well prepared, very persistent and maybe a little crazy, so it was perfect. Thanks for the encouragement to dream!

    1. Hitchhiking with 5 kids would definitely be interesting.
      I can picture you guys all stacked up in an old RV and traveling around the US. Actually, if I’m honest I can picture you guys backpacking it, too.

      People who are from Europe also believe that if you live in the contiguous US you will find it easy to visit anywhere else.
      Although- having driven from Seattle to Michigan I do know that if you have a few key spots to stop and visit friends (like Colorado) it makes the journey a lot more fun and a lot more doable.

  2. My new dream is making a very difficult jacket. I’m going to do it, but only because Aunt Peggy has made six of them and is here to help me. Otherwise, I’d be too intimidated to do it on my own. It takes her a week to make one, so I figure it will take me two weeks. 🙂 But, it will be worth the effort and I will gain a world of sewing knowledge and experience.

    1. Oh fun! I’m glad you have a sewing mentor. I feel like you are just a few good thoughts away from being a really amazing sewer.
      I mean- I believe you are awesome and that anything non-awesome about your sewing is a matter of what you think you can’t do.

      Hmmm… Maybe I can apply that to my cooking 🙂 I’m actually really excited to learn this stuff.

      I look forward to seeing your jacket 🙂

  3. I’ve had the privilege of hiking one of thru-hiking one of the long national scenic trails. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting thru-hikers on the trail from Belgium, California and even France (in Montana he asked me if “freedom fries” were tasty). These kind of hikes are something that I truly believe anyone can do with the desire and commitment. But then there are people like Steve Fugate. He is not hiking to hike. He is on a mission. Given his life situation he chooses to spread his message “LOVE LIFE”. And for anyone who has done road walking it is way, way harsher than the trail. This guy reminds me of someone I met who lost his Mom to cancer. He was struggling with his loss and what to do.

    This other guy I know told me he decided to walk from Bellingham to Key West to honor his Mom and raise awareness and support for cancer research. He did very little planning, was not an experienced backpacker and I don’t think he did any training. He sold his truck and started walking. He had no media plan, sponsorship, etc. He walked with sincerity and did what he set out to do.

    Matt and Steve are some truly inspiring people. Here’s an article about Matt Gregory:

    Thank you for mentioning Steve and best of luck in the kitchen!

    1. That’s amazing! Thank you for sharing yet another inspiring person.

      I was thinking it would be amazing to bring my voice recorder on the hike with me and get stories from other hikers. Maybe I could share their stories (with permission).. maybe I would meet some Steves and Matts out there.

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