Field Notes Volume 3

Field Notes-Volume 3

I love sunflowers. I'll tell you a secret. I have a sunflower tattoo! I do regret my tattoo, but I love sunflowers. The ones in the photo above are from a field in Palouse when we were there last June. That was definitely full of misadventure!

I wanted something that was a little bright, a little cheery, it's been a painful week for the world. Between the ugliness of Charlottesville and the horror of Barcelona, it's just too much.

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Lots of people have the eclipse to distract them. Having seen a solar eclipse myself, I get that it is cool. But for me, the 30th anniversary of Dirty Dancing warms my universe. I loved that movie, although I am not sure how I feel about the fact that it's been 30 years!

The low-carb high-protein diet continues. I am in Phase 3 of Atkins which means I can have between 50 and 80 carbs a day. However, I usually find myself eating around 40. I've lost 29.8 pounds (trust me, it's killing me I couldn't type 30!) in 4 months. I made it to my goal and I am going for my stretch which is 5 more pounds. Mr. Misadventures is plugging along as well and we will both be at our goal and into Phase 4 (80-100 carbs/day) by the time we hit Paris for Christmas. Bonjour les carbs!

Thanks to everyone who came out and welcomed Katie of the Traveling Spud in this week's Traveler Tuesday interview. If you're a travel blogger, I'd love to have you, just drop me a line! I've got a new blogger to highlight coming up again on Tuesday so don't miss that.

Birding in Box Elder County - Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge - Barn owl

Last week I mentioned my interview with Cooperatize who featured me as their August Influencer. I've currently got a Cooperatize campaign going on with Box Elder County, so if you haven't checked out the amazing bird watching that is going on there, take a moment to learn more about this great spot in Utah. There are only a few weeks left on the campaign, I'd appreciate it if you would support Box Elder County.

Before I leave you, somehow I got named to the Top 50 food travel blogs that will leave you salivating. I'm truly honored as there are a lot of fantastic bloggers on this list!

That's it for my week, what have you been up to?

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  1. kathy downey says:

    Beautiful photo,i love sunflower!

  2. Congratulations on your weight loss journey! Thirty pounds (yes I’m rounding that number up!!) is just fantastic! I strive for a low carb diet as diabetes is prevalent in my family, but sometimes…. well you know how it is! 😀 The sunflower pictures are stunning, sunflowers always make me smile! Have a great week!

  3. I love sunflowers and this photo makes me want to go find a field of them! That is awesome that Cooperitize featured you, what an honor. I will have to head over and read your article!

  4. Sunflowers are one of my favourite flowers, I love the colour of them and we are addicted to sunflower seeds.

  5. Congratulations on being named top 50 food travel blogger and also be featured! What a great week for you!! This week is busy for our family. Trying to get back into the swing of things for back to school. Ready for some routine!!

  6. I love sunflowers too! I remember in fifth grade when I was a kid, I wore a sunflower shirt to school on picture day only to find out another girl had also worn hers that day as well. We became fast friends and I always remember her because of that photo. I have grown them many times in my adulthood but never really took many pictures, I wish I had after seeing yours. I love that photo, now I want to head off to an area where I may see some so I can get a picture!

  7. Congrats on the major weight loss! I’m so impressed! I, too, love sunflowers. They get planted in my garden every single year, and I love watching the birds coming to eat the seeds as it gets colder outside. This year my kids each got to pick out their own variety, so we’ve got the giant ones, ones that have dark red at the bases of the petals, and ones that are lemony yellow. They’re just so pretty and cheerful!

  8. It has been a crazy week and it’s definitely not something that I enjoyed especially after hearing the news. These days, I’d rather not watch the news and stick the positive side of life instead. There’s so much hate going on and it breaks my heart. Looks like you’re looking forward to a lot this coming week! I hope you have a good one.

  9. Congrats on your honor in regards to food blogging. That must have been amazing. I’ve never been bird watching before but I’ve always wanted to go. Your sunflower photo is beautiful, they freak me out because I always think a bee will fly out and sting me. LOL. Oh and congrats on the weight loss.

  10. Wow, congratulations on a wonderful week! I use to grow a lot of sunflowers when I lived on our farm. They were the huge variety, the birds loved them! Our chickens use to hide underneath them. A top travel blogger is HUGE!

  11. I also LOVE sunflowers!! And, I also have a sunflower tattoo! I got it about 20 years ago and I have to say it still looks pretty good! It hasn’t faded as much as I thought it would!

  12. Congrats on the weight loss! I know how hard a low carb diet can be. I hope you will be able to splurge a bit when you to Paris. That seems like a place where you might want to indulge in some carbs. Baguettes, croissants… I am making myself hungry.

  13. Oh wow! My cup of coffee probably goes way past your calorie limit! Good for you for keeping it up for 4 months! That’s a pretty big deal considering we typically average about 2,000 calories per day. Ah! I love Dirty Dancing and am sad that Patrick Swayze is no longer around. I didn’t even know it was their anniversary! Good to know!

  14. I also have a sunflower tattoo! I don’t regret mine – it has a special meaning for me

  15. Joanne Heath says:

    Gorgeous I love sunflowers

  16. Jeri Accardo says:

    I had the greatest sunflowers 2 years ago when i had flower beds. when they bloomed i had at least 80 at one time. i remember posting on my facebook a picture with several different colors in one picture and captioned it ” Sunflowers Gone Wild “.

  17. Ronald Gagnon says:

    Sunfloweres are great…but Dirty Dancing is still a classic

  18. Calvin F. says:

    Very nice flowers, keep up with the field notes.

  19. I love sunflowers too. There’s something so cheery and uplifting about them. We can all use more of that! Beautiful photo btw.