Episode 23: Writer’s Block & Spa Time

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Here are the links this episode:
❄︎ Picks of the Week № 35
❄︎ Green Cholula
❄︎ Kencko Powdered Smoothies, $10 off your first order
❄︎ Stumptown Coffee
❄︎ Instant Ramen
❄︎ Picks of the Week, Index
❄︎ “House Rules” blog post – pending
❄︎ Deep Nutrition on Audible.com, by Cate Shannahan M.D.
❄︎ In-home hair removal device
❄︎ AHA/BHA toner
❄︎ Patreon.com/LadyJupiter
❄︎ $20 if you buy Buzzsprout podcast hosting

❄︎ Full transcript –

Episode 23: Writer’s Block & Spa Time

Welcome back everybody! Lady Jupiter Podcast is the audio accompaniment to LadyJupiter.com a lifestyle blog where I write about my family’s military life, home stuff, my low maintenance beauty and fashion, and travel when possible. I’m happy that you’re here with me. Today I’ll share an update on our life as affected by the U.S. military, follow on with a blog update, then wrap up with my most recent domestic diversion.

Today in our military affected lives I have nothing significant to update.
Mister Jupiter just had a full four-day weekend, he hasn’t had one of those in months! Entire days off are kind of rare, but four in a row?! Wow. We had an excellent staycation; went to Barnes & Noble for breve lattes and books, and let someone else cook lunch. Light housework happened, he smoked things in the Big Green Egg, and I got caught up on sleep.
• Big Green Egg Smoker (not available on Amazon, check your local stores)

For today’s LadyJupiter.com blog talk…
Since we last spoke I have put up one post – Picks of the Week № 35. That week I focused on pantry favorites, and shared my love of chocolate chips, green Cholula, powdered smoothies, Stumptown coffee, and instant ramen. For the record the number refers to the week of the year, not the number of weekly picks. So far I have only written twelve Picks of the Week posts, and most of them fall on odd weeks for no reason. I look forward to seeing how my picks change from year to year (when I can actually compare same number weeks in differing years).
Picks of the Week № 35
• Chocolate Chips
Green Cholula
Powdered Smoothies, $10 off your first order
Stumptown Coffee
Instant Ramen
Picks of the Week, Index

Otherwise I have started another four or five drafts. After lamenting recently that I was having a hard time finding topics I did something that almost always helps me. I listened to a podcast to get out of my brain for a bit, after the show I sat down with a cup of coffee, pen and paper, and pretended that I was at Denny’s – Lubbock Texas, 50th & Slide, 2002. I brainstormed on two topics, and remembered that there are things that ONLY I CAN WRITE. For example “house rules” – loads of people have them, but nobody can write mine. So remembering the roots of LadyJupiter.com helped, meaning that nobody else has my perspective and experiences, so I should simply use my voice to write what I know; and that the content doesn’t have to be earth-shatteringly brilliant. Luckily I had a good gush of ideas before my writing motivation went out to sea. At this rate I will be very surprised if I get any new blog posts up this month. Most days that I sit at my computer I just daydream about going to bed…so I just go to bed and listen to an audiobook instead of writing. At least I’ll be well rested when I get motivated to write more!
If you’re curious I’m re-listening to Deep Nutrition by Dr. Cate Shannahan (link in the episode description) it’s a favorite, and I highly recommend it to anyone who is looking to clean up their diet and walk away from processed foods. When I first bought this audio book I was already avoiding added sugars and vegetable oils, and her book helped me stay that way. I’m definitely not perfect (especially considering my chocolate chip consumption) but I rarely eat out because vegetable oil is everywhere, and I make a lot of things from scratch like applesauce to reduce our refined sugars, and pasta for minimally processed fun in the kitchen.
Deep Nutrition on Audible.com, by Cate Shannahan M.D.

And now for my most recent domestic diversion
I’ve been either cooking or caring for myself these afternoons instead of folding the laundry. Transitioning Kid Jupiter to one nap instead of two has eliminated my daily spa hour, so now I get my D.I.Y. spa time every second or third day – so it’s less frequent, but it’s longer. Oh – maybe I should write about that when I can stand to write again. Regardless I’ve been enjoying having more time to have a long shower, laser off some arm hair while my alpha hydroxy acid toner soaks in – all while listening to one of many health and wellness podcasts. Then it’s suddenly time to get dressed and start dinner before the Kid is up. At least I get the time to myself.
In-home hair removal device
AHA toner

I’ve been struggling to get alone time – like many other stay at home parents during a pandemic. This spa time is excellent to be be alone (no dogs in the bathroom!) and focus on my pores and follicles. When I feel the need to get dressed and be in the sun, I take the toddler with me to get curbside groceries. Of course I’m not actually alone, but he can entertain himself well enough in the backseat that I can just listen to my local NPR station and drive. It’s nice.

And that’s it for today’s show!
Show notes and transcript will be available on Ladyjupiter .com/podcast – scroll down to the link for Episode 23: Writers Block & Spa Time.

Big shout out to Patreon patron Chris! His monthly support keeps the lights on at LadyJupiter.com, and Lady Jupiter Podcast. His support is the equivalent cost to a latte on the first of the month, so if you too can spare $4, then you can help me a latte with your patronage. I’ll personally thank you on air just like I thank Chris, and yes – the few dollars really do help.

Swing by patreon.com/LadyJupiter. Both tiers are under ten dollars. And proceeds go towards my annual hosting fees for LadyJupiter.com and Lady Jupiter Podcast (hosted on Buzzsprout).
$20 if you pay for Buzzsprout podcast hosting

Either way – I’ll be back next week. Talk to you soon, bye!

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