Hello Everyone! I hope that your summer is off to a good start!
I made it safely to Arkansas yesterday around 2 p.m. (CT) and am staying with a friend until either the 9th or the 10th. It is a quiet morning and so I have time to work on this blog post.
Regretfully, there has been a change in plans. I have to miss out on meeting with some friends as the scheduling seemed to conflict with some commitments. I decided to forego that part of my itinerary. Perhaps another time! After Arkansas then, I shall head up to St. Louis where I will get to see many friends and old acquaintances. I am very much looking forward to seeing them!
Surprisingly, I arrived in Arkansas without any problems (i.e. I did not mistake the directions and get myself lost in a foreign place). I went straight to my friend’s house without a single issue (not counting traffic).
Speaking of traffic, word to the wise: Unless you are convinced that the Lord is offering you an opportunity to practice patience, if you are on a two-lane road and are suddenly instructed by traffic signs that you have to merge, make sure you are not behind an 18-wheeler truck. That is all I have to say about that.
I was able to take a few pictures while driving in Arkansas. My route took me through the Boston Mountains—aptly named in this case as I am originally from the Greater Boston area. The quality is not that good (I was driving after all) but I think you’ll get the gist of it.
I am happy to say that I met a couple of people yesterday in addition to my friend and we had some good conversations about all things Catholic. The contemporary means of social communication have afforded people with opportunities to share knowledge and stories at a rapid pace. Thus it is no surprise to me that events which happen around the world are able to be discussed intelligently by people from different parts of the country.
There is also a “local flair” with respect to the opinions of people in given geographical regions. I experience this here in Arkansas and share my own from Texas. As a teacher, it is my responsibility to keep myself informed of news and events in case students hear something and ask questions. Thankfully, I keep up with the news anyway.
I would also like to put in a word about the LCHF diet (see my article on Catholic Lane for more information). Before leaving Waco, I made sure to purchase necessary supplies in order to maintain the observance of the diet.
I hit my weight loss goal on March 19th (220 pounds) and have since been between 209-214 pounds. My friend here in Arkansas is also on the LCHF diet and so I have a good “safe” house in which to be! I am looking forward to showing him how to make a rather delectable dainty delight that I modified from The Fat Adapted Athlete channel on YouTube.
One of the people I met yesterday remarked to me in amazement as to how much water the body retains when it has carbs in it. This person recently attended a function and ate the food set out at it. Weight was gained, and, upon returning home and returning to a LCHF observance, five pounds—yes five pounds—were dropped almost immediately. That is water weight which the body retains in order to process the carbs. Amazing, is it not?
That story aside, such is what I have for now. It is my hope to see an old college friend later today and maybe take in some of the local sites. We shall see.
Until next post!
-Kevin J. Symonds