Today was a sensory sensation. One of those rare occasions where I noticed the sights, sounds, tastes, smells and touches (read: textures) in everything I experienced, rather than simply going through the motions and letting life pass me by, as I am so often guilty of doing.
It all started with a taste of smooth, rich chocolate. I woke up to my alarm promptly at 7:30 am and turned on the coffee maker to brew my usual mug of Coffee Cocoa.
But this time, there was another velvety treat accompanying the layers of whipped cream and cocoa dust. I absolutely adore the taste of these dark chocolate Adora discs that I picked up at the Healthy Living Summit over the weekend. Calcium supplements are nice. Calcium chocolates are nicer — no, nicest.
You know what the proverbial “they” say about the taste of chocolate. Once you POP, you can’t stop. What? You mean that was Pringles? Well, the same marketing wisdom can apply here.
Enter Justin’s Nut Butta.
Chocolate Hazelnut Butter, to be exact. I picked up a packet over the weekend in preparation for an upcoming sale on jars at Whole Foods. I want to make sure I like it before I spend the money.
Of course, the only way to taste test in a case like this is to slather it all over your breakfast. Obviously.
There’s Greek yogurt under all of that Kix, blueberries and nut butter, I promise
I was a very big fan. The chocolate was not overwhelming – I actually still felt as though I was eating hazelnut butter, with just a hint of cocoa for good measure. Full jar, here I come.
Lunch time brought with it smells of roasted red peppers and chicken sausage from my Original Brat Hans, which I received coupons for recently (thanks Shaina!).
Nothing smells better than a kitchen full of hot food. Combined with scrambled eggs, spinach and Mexican blend cheese, my belly and nose were very happy.
As the afternoon wore on, I took my “power hour” – the time where I step away from the computer and gain clarity and a renewed sense of focus – into my room and decided to take a nap. When I woke up, I could hear the sounds of the city outside my window clearer than I have in a long time. Did that Metra train always sound this loud? Since when did our neighbors start chatting on their balcony at 4:30 in the afternoon? It was all music to my ears – although the silence of sleep is always beautiful, too.
With my energy restored, I settled back in on my work projects and enjoyed the crisp sound of a can opening, with its bubbles sighing in relief as they squirm their way out the top and into the open air.
I love you, Dr. Zevia. Truly, I do.
I also love your can-free red companion – fresh strawberries.
When the work day finally ended and Bobby came home, we set off on a complete mind-body fun run. While I’ve been traveling, Bobby found a secluded area in our big city that I’ve decided must be a well kept secret by its residents. The sight of real neighborhoods, with cozy homes, occupied garages and grass-filled parks was one I rarely have the pleasure of experiencing here. The trees! The swing sets! The little kids playing! I ooh-ed and ahh-ed as we ran by families young and old.
When we got back from our joy run, I felt more refreshed than I have in weeks. Perhaps it was my lack of sleep or travel schedule, but I have been a bit of a grouch lately. I am so grateful for all that August has brought me, but I think my body was ready for a sensory relaxation day.
Now I must bid you adieu for the evening. But before you go back and count to five – there is one sensory sensation that I saved for last.
Nothing quite like the touch and texture of a new book to end a phenomenal day. I asked everyone on Twitter what they thought of The Time Traveler’s Wife and received such an overwhelmingly positive response that I decided to dive right in. It is also what inspired me to send out a message to the Food Blogger Book Club members earlier today. If you saw a note from me in your inbox, I hope you will respond! I would love to know what you have been reading. Thanks to everyone who did so far.
As for that chocolate Coffee Bean Attune Bar? You may recall what the proverbial “they” say…
What has been YOUR favorite sensory sensation this week?