Stuck Together With Peanut Butter

It took me a while to come up with a response to this week’s photo challenge prompt, “Together“.  My first thought was to post a picture of my family eating together.  (Every time we sit down to a meal at the dining room table, my oldest nephew never fails to smile and joyfully point out that we are all eating “togeeeeether” – “together” being one of his new favorite words.)  Unfortunately, my sister would see me drawn and quartered if I posted a picture of her children on the internet (outside of Facebook, that is), successfully killing that idea.

What other possible example could I think of that would represent the word “together”?  Why, the peanut butter and jelly combination, of course.

Almost as good separate as they are together.

While I admit to being a wee bit hungry when I chose to use this image as my challenge response, the more I thought about it – and tried to justify it – the more I liked it.  After all, while an adventurous spirit is always welcome when one is attempting to create new culinary (sandwich) masterpieces, permanently changing such a tried-and-true pairing is simply not done.  Peanut butter and bananas or honey is nice, but peanut butter and jelly belong together.

I retired to my room this evening after my nephew informed me that he “loves me with peanut butter” – the ultimate expression of “I love you”.  Nowadays, peanut butter is more than just a food item in my house; it is a highly sought after term of affection.  PB&J is more than a sandwich: it is the new metaphor for family, for being “togeeeeether”.



Sorry: no photo post today.  However, we did get quite a bit of rain…and should continue to only see more as the days go on.  Looks like my photo will have to be of an indoor scene, this week.  Luckily, I need to run a few errands tomorrow morning.  Looks like opportunity come knocking!

“I love mirrors.  They let one pass through the surface of things.”
— Claude Chabrol


(Photo response will be posted tomorrow.)

Happy Birthday, Terry Prachett!

“This isn’t life in the fast lane, it’s life in the oncoming traffic.”
— Terry Prachett


“Happiness often sneaks in through a door you didn’t know you left open.”
— John Barrymore


“Modesty is the only sure bait when you angle for praise.”
— Lord Chesterfield


“A person will sometimes devote all his life to the development of one part of his body – the wishbone.”

— Robert Frost

Going The Distance…With Automattic!

Whew!  I just finished walking three and a half miles for the Automattic Worldwide WP 5k…and I feel pretty good!  If you have not heard of this walking/jogging/running challenge – brought to you by the folks at Automattic – I would recommend clicking on the following link.  Come and join the movement!

Old faithful.

As I am rather camera-shy (and a bit clumsy when holding a camera with the intention of photographing myself), I hereby give you a picture of my walking shoes!  These shoes and I have seen many miles together, and tonight was merely another excuse to tack more on to that final count.

Talk about rough terrain ahead...

This is my walking route (yes, that is a treadmill).  While I would have rather walked the requisite 5k outside, it would have forced me to come in contact with our extensive mosquito population.  (Some years back, this species and I had a falling out over our individual eating preferences: I suggested they pick their meals a little less raw, and they picked me as their meal.  Unfortunately, we have never been amicable since.)

It took me a little under an hour and a half to finish my walk, as I chose to walk at a pace much slower than I usually prefer.  Instead of watching an episode of JAG while I walked – as I always do – I decided to watch a few episodes of Stargate Atlantis on my Kindle Fire (my inner geek is showing).  I needed to slow down my walking speed to ensure that I would be able to watch my shows in their entirety without accidentally doubling my walking distance.

Crossing the finish line.

This is what I saw as soon as my walk – and show – were completed (the middle set of numbers being my distance).  Perhaps not as picturesque as a wooden clearing or sunny path, but a testament to my accomplishment all the same.  Success!

I am quite happy that I decided to participate in this challenge, and will do so again in the future.  I strongly encourage you to walk with us, readers, and the sooner the better – you only have until April 29th to clock your miles!  Good luck!

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