The mate straw (called “bombilla”) goes into a cup (“mate”) full of hot water and yerba. Its job is to let you drink the yerba-flavored hot water while keeping the yerba out of your mouth.
The one I bought today had a metal circle around it. I’ve never used one with it before. The guy who made it says it’s there to make it easier to clean the used up yebra out of the mate when you’re done.
Unlike coffee which changes based on the ingredients you put in it, most of us who drink yerba mate basically drink the same thing, but it’s always personalized in more sutble ways. I have a way of angling the yerba before adding water which lets the flavor last longer. Others have a way of shaking the cup to keep the thin, dust-like particles from going up the straw.
The freakin’ cat somehow left our 6th floor apartment and ended up on the ground floor. We couldn’t find him for hours.
We finally used Google Translate to create “cat missing” fliers in Spanish. The first person I showed the flier to told me a cat somehow ended up in his building’s garage.
They set her up with a quiet conference room for a few hours.
That’s a real shot. I took the picture today @ the grocery store where I picked up bread for my lunch. (The steak is still terrific.)
Why I’m doing this
When I run, my mind gets flooded with great ideas and optimism. But lately I’ve only been running when I feel I have to (mostly on the weekends, and often not even then), so it’s becoming more of a chore than an activity that brings out the best in me.
How I’m going to do it
Mornings – I prefer running at night, but if I do morning runs I can be sure that I’ll get each day’s run done. Plus, if I miss a morning run, I can always make up for it at night.
Read – When I read about other runners’ experiences I get inspired to do it myself. Right now I’m reading My Life On The Run, so I’ll read a few pages of Bart Yasso’s exotic running adventures every night before going to sleep.
Help – I’m asking Olivia to help me make this happen. Otherwise, she’ll take pity on me on the days I’m too tired to run and she might encourage me to skip a day and make it up later.
Distance – I’m intentionally not going to set a distance goal. As much as I love distance running, sometimes knowing that I have a long run acts as a disincentive and encourages procrastination. It’s just enough for me to run every day this week.
I ran on Saturday, Sunday and this morning. So I have 4 more, but weekdays are the most challenging.
Photo credit: Bart Yasso’s book, which has been a fun read so far.