Welcome to Pubsgal from An Opposite Life! The first healthy-blogger friend I ever met.
(….And Possibly Only Applicable to the Opposite Family)
Hi, Foodie McBody fans! Foodie sent out an invite for guest posters,and I was excited and happy to have the opportunity to write a little something for “Food Food Body Body.”
But, um…what to write? I wanted it to be something about healthy living, but it seems to me I’m almost too immersed in this blogosphere to have any fresh ideas at the moment. So I thought, “Why not interview my family, who have been so supportive in my quest for a healthy body and a healthier approach to food?”
First I asked The Things, so named after the mischief-makers in “Cat in the Hat.” Thing 2, my 6-year-old daughter, was wheedling me to play a board game with her as I was snarfing down some nuts and a little Merlot for dinner. I interviewed her as she set up Littlest Pet Shop: The Board Game….
Pubsgal: “Do you know what ‘advice’ means?”
Thing 2: “No.”
Pubsgal: “It means ideas for things people need to do. What advice would you give people for being healthy?”
Thing 2 [after a thoughtful pause to consider]: “Eat healthy foods.”
Pubsgal: “For example…?”
Thing 2: “Don’t pick your nose and put it in your mouth. Use a tissue.”
(Did I mention that The Things are consummate masters of the non sequitur?)
Pubsgal: “Okay…Anything else?”
Thing 2: “Don’t kiss other people, other than your family.”
Thing 2: “Because you’ll share germs.”
Well, now. I guess I won’t have to worry about her for another year or two or hopefully 20….
Thing 1, my eight-year-old son, wandered in from playing outside with a neighbor friend. Which was just as well, that homemade bicycle ramp was looking kind of rickety….
Pubsgal: “What advice do *you* have for healthy living?”
Thing 1: “Wash your hands always.” (Rich, considering how much we have to coach on this item.)
“And drink good and fresh water.” (Something they fortunately do. We keep a water dispenser in the fridge and their cups on the counter next to the fridge, so they can self-serve as desired. They *usually* remember to close the fridge door all the way….)
“And…Oh, Mommy! Check out these cars I got today…” (I guess toy cars are part of the healthy living formula. Which translated to more general terms means, “Have an interest or hobby.”)
Pubsgal: “Any more?”
Thing 1: “Always brush your teeth good. Eat healthy foods. Not just the food like donuts. Never eat junk food.”
Pubsgal: “Never? That sounds kind of extreme.”
(So…we should give up Sunday Donut Day here at Casa des Pubsfolk?)
Thing 1: “Well, just once in awhile.”
Pubsgal: “What should people do to be happy?”
Thing 1: “Play lots of play.”
[Exit Thing 1, to play with his new Indy cars. Quod erat demonstrandum, indeed!]
Thing 2 [chiming in]: “Play board games together.”
Pubsgal [reaching for the board game spinner]: “Hint taken.”
Thing 2: “Play with your family and friends. And do chores and…”
Pubsgal [perking up, dreaming of uncluttered floors]: “Oh! Does doing chores make you happy?”
Thing 2: “No.” [Pause to consider this quandary.] “Get all your chores done so you won’t have any more.”
So we finished up our game, and I wandered over to Mr. Handsome-and-Handy, who was just settling into the Man Cave to chillax on the computer. He worked hard taking care of The Things today: bathed kids, shopped with kids, fed kids, took kids to the park, and supervised the neighborhood bike and scooter session.
Pubsgal: “So I’m writing a guest post for Foodie’s blog today. What advice do you have for healthy living?”
Mr. H&H: “Get outside.”
Pubsgal: “Anything else?”
Mr. H&H: “Don’t read the news.”
Works for me. My philosophy? If it’s really big and important, the news will find me. Mr. H&H has been feeling rather stressed out lately by following news a little too much.
We then moved on to the “happy living” question. We made several obvious jokes that I won’t bother repeating here…I then asked the question muchly on my mind lately: “So what do *you* do to get out of a funk?”
[…more winking and nudging…]
Mr. H&H: “Oh! Hang on. Close your eyes.”
(What could it be? He was launching something on the web browser last I looked…)
Mr. H&H: “There. Open them.”
On the screen was Netflix, opened to a “Trailer Park Boys” episode.
There you have it! You may or may not find *all* of our family tips useful in your own quest for health and happiness, but hopefully they at least gave you a chuckle or two. They work for us!