Thursday, December 25, 2008
My Dad's friend at work gave him use of a timeshare in Orlando (for free) so we were super lucky to have that. It is new and very nice and you can walk to some outlets and a grocery store.
I will be making the infamous green bean casserole but we aren't eating dinner for several more hours. Well it looks like the sun is out and it's supposed to be in the 80s today so I better take advantage of it. I think at home it is probably 32 degrees.
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Last night we went to a free concert by Eric Darius, a saxophonist who is a popular smooth jazz artist. Even if you don't like smooth jazz you would of probably enjoyed it because he's a young guy and very energetic and entertaining. And he even played music by Alicia Keys and Neyo.
Hope everyone is having a lovely Saturday. We might go to an art museum that is nearby. I also want to go to the Salvador Dali museum in St. Pete's.
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Friday, November 28, 2008
Monday, November 17, 2008
Then I went to Target and saw these ones for only 39.99 and they are very similar...I like the color better too. I usually wear size 10 shoes but these boots are made kind of big so I fit in a size 9. Yay for Target! They are comfortable too, and hopefully will last long.
I still have a lot of dress boots that I bought a few years ago that I really never wear. I am debating if I should sell them on ebay. That is why it is good to clean out your closet because if you haven't had a good reason to wear something in the last 2 years, maybe it is time to donate it or ebay it.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Sunday, November 9, 2008
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
How can anyone pay $300 for a coat? I guess if you have lots of money...or buy it with the intention to wear it for many years. I like this classic look and they look more feminine than those puffy ski jackets.
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Monday, November 3, 2008
The other night I was driving home late at night and I kept seeing a stray cat here and there run across the road. Then a raccoon ran across right in front of me and I swerved to avoid it and ended up swerving all over the road! Yikes! Thankfully there were other cars on the road because I am pretty sure I would of hit them head on and that would of been the end of me.
Anyways I am really looking forward to going away this weekend, did I already say that...yippee
Friday, October 31, 2008
My sister has some plumeria and white ginger plants so I hope they are in bloom. All I can say is it's pretty nice when you have relatives that live in a tropical area!
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Friday, October 24, 2008
Jasmine rice has a sweeter taste than regular white rice and I prefer it. It is especially good with chili (or maybe that is just me). You can also make it even sweeter by adding 1/2 coconut milk and 1/2 water to the rice cooker or pot. Yum!
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Thursday, October 16, 2008
I was watching Ed Young and he was talking about dating a person long enough that the eros love wears off to make sure that they have agape love. You can know someone for years and years and they will still surprise you. I like the quote by Rob Bell "Agape doesn’t love somebody because they’re beautiful. Agape loves in such a way that it makes them beautiful".
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Saturday, October 11, 2008
Right now I am enjoying Mom's ginger chicken rice soup which consists of a Costco chicken, ginger, veggies, and of course rice. It tastes pretty good for this fall evening. Today was unseasonably warm out, it felt like an Indian summer. Although I feel a cool evening breeze coming through the window just now.
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
I loved reading this book about Mildred's life as she grew up during the Great Depression. For some reason I love to read about how people lived a long time ago on farms or the western frontier. Or medievals times or whenever. I wonder what are people going to say about the way we lived now?
My Grandpa liked the book as well and he and my Grandma grew up on big farms with big families during the Depression out in Montana. We sometimes give Grandma a hard time because she saves everything and makes do with very little. They are in their 80s and still getting up at the crack of dawn to farm all day long. When you work hard it gives you a strong constitution.
I am starting to wonder if there are any real men left...that actually like to do physical labor!
Thursday, October 2, 2008
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
I found one of these on craigslist for under $20 so I am getting it after work. My brother has this chair and it is actually quite comfortable...especially if you are on your laptop. Plus I like the design. It is the pello chair made by Ikea. Yes, that is the store where you can assemble everything with an allen wrench...not sure if that is a good thing or not.
Yesterday I went to the natural healthfood store and am amazed at how tiny they are compared to the huge grocery stores, yet they still have everything you need. (Even if it is more expensive). I had to buy some coconut water which I had been missing. Next time I will get some vanilla hemp milk, it is great to put oatmeal and you don't even need sugar.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
I don't think people realize the stuff that comes out of their mouth sometimes. The thing I can not stand is people that direct negative comments your way and then the next minute are all laughing/joking. I think that is called an energy vampire. The trick is to not soak up all of their negative energy like a sponge. Stay far away!!
Anyhow here is the article by Angelmary Koola
Imagine a world where people were always pleasant and kind. Everyone helped one another, no one judged each other, and every relationship you have enhances your life. Unfortunately, the reality is not what John Lennon sang about in his song ‘Imagine’. In fact, the truth is, almost everyone has to deal with a toxic person in their life at one time or another. Whether is a family member, a co-worker, a boss, or even a friend, these people are the ones that end up causing you unnecessary stress.
Stress happens to be a major player in how your body operates. It is true that stress is needed for your body to function. However, excessive stress can cause your body to begin to move down an unhealthy road where diseases and illness start to take over.
For example, when you feel depressed about anything, you will feel that depression throughout your body. You will feel sluggish, lazy, tired, and generally under the weather. The stress from being depressed effects your eating habits and your lifestyle, in turn causing your body to work less efficiently. Whether it is an abusive spouse, a neglectful parent, a condescending boss, or a leech-type friend, the stress can become toxic to your health.
Recognizing toxic people
Who are these toxic people to watch out for? Toxic people are ultimately the people who cause you the most negative stress in your life. They are the people that make you feel unhappy, or spoil your mood purposely every chance they get. They are also the people who tend to be manipulative, deceiving and conniving. They could also be the ones that inadvertently cause you stress by harming themselves, for instance a family member that is a drug addict.
Sometimes toxic people are people you love very much like your children, parents or spouse. At times, it is hardest to distance yourself when you are actually related to the toxic person in your life.
Handling yourself around toxic people
First and foremost, keep it in the front of your mind that it is not at all selfish to change the way a toxic person affects you. Keep in mind that when you are stressed, your immune system becomes weaker. Therefore you are more prone to disease. Look at the following advice as a way to stay healthy, just like exercising or eating well.
1. If possible, let whatever toxic nonsense they spew go in one ear and out the other. Pretend to listen, but don’t really hear what they say or do altogether. If you are in a situation where you have to listen to someone, like your boss, then look below.
2. Kill them with kindness.
I know this is easier said than done. Sometimes your kindness can be taken advantage of, which might even make it worse. Other times though, if the toxic person is trying to break you down by saying rude things, they might realize it’s not worth the effort since it is no longer affecting you.
3. Do your best to be cautious and to avoid the person as much as possible.If you are at a party, occupy yourself with helping the host instead of being in the room with the other person.
If you are at a family function, be busy chatting with cousins so you don’t get a chance to see or hear the toxic person. This may not work with a boss at work, but can work with co-workers.
4. Focus on the good things you have in your life when you are around them.
This will make it difficult for them to penetrate and ruin your mood. Be happy to have a roof over your head, meals to eat, quality friends and family, and pretty soon the toxic person will have no affect on you. Any time they begin to wear down on you be thankful for what you have and realize they may lack many of the blessing you have in your life.
5. Realize that you should feel sorry for the toxic person.
They are not blessed with a good life and mind, which is why they spend their time ruining your day. When you begin to pity them, you will find that their misdeeds are minor.
You can add dried fruit, fresh fruit, candied fruit (yep that's a lot of fruit) spices (cinnamon) and nuts for extra flavor.
Monday, September 22, 2008
I think I paid for it on Sunday because I was sneezing up a storm. Either that or it was allergies. So I went to bed at the unheard of hour of 9:30 pm because I couldn't breathe that great. Although I did drink some ACV.
Today I am going to have my car checked out and see why it keeps overheating.
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Some of his favorite things are surfing, spending time with his family, mowing the lawn (hahaha), trips back home to Hawaii, relaxing, dreaming of the day when he can retire (you know I had to throw that one in there).
Friday, September 19, 2008
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Also I bought some penny stocks for a dollar and unfortunately they tanked and have been only worth a penny a share since last December. Honestly I wonder if my stocks will even be worth anything when I am retirement age...or if the stock market will even be around. Just kidding, I mean I hope it is!
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Clutter everywhere adds extra stress and that is something I don't need right now. So I figure if my bedroom is clean that is good since it is the first thing I see when I open my eyes. Then my car should be clean since I spend sometimes 3 hours in it everyday just on the commute. Also at work I try to keep my desk organized, although right now it is piled full with work since I took the day off yesterday.
I know one day I will get it down!
Saturday, September 13, 2008
I was just reading how sharing your heart openly, vulnerably and freely with another is the strongest and most courageous thing a person can do. I think it's true. Sometimes it takes people years to do this because most people have a problem being "real". I always try to be genuine (say what I mean and mean what I say). Well I hope I am not throwing too many cliches out there. But it is easier to be yourself rather than be what you think people want you to be.
Today I was feeling kind of bad about something that was said to me but it wasn't like that person was trying to be mean but somehow I still ended up feeling bad. But later I thought "the issue" wasn't even an issue and if they wouldn't of said anything it wouldn't have crossed my mind. Brother! Then I am wondering why am I even wasting my energy on this.
Anyhow tonight we had a yummy appetizer which is a bit of macadamia nuts, a dash of Jack Daniels, and brown sugar spread over brie cheese. You spread it on toasted bread after putting it in the oven to melt. So good! Then there was a huge spiral sliced ham, fontina scalloped potatoes, asparagus, jello, watermelon, corn on the cob and key lime pie.
We called and sang her happy birthday on her voicemail because she is in my cousin's wedding today on the Big Island.
Friday, September 12, 2008
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
I'm glad to see more feminine clothing that has become available within the last 5-8 years. The only thing is that a lot of the skirts and dresses are uber short. Plus since I am almost 6' that turns it into a mini dress on me. I did find one solution which is at http://www.vintagehem.com/ They make cute slips with lace or tulle on the bottom so it gives your dress or skirt extra length.
Maybe I should start a business for tall gals! I remember reading somewhere that it really only costs about $5 to manufacture a pair of blue jeans so when those designers sell them for $200 they are making a $195 profit.
Monday, September 8, 2008
Plus I made two batches of chili and used lots of fresh garden tomatoes. What can I say, I just love cooking and baking. When my sister opens her cupcake shop I told her I would help her out....until then I better practice my frosting skills.
Sunday, September 7, 2008
Saturday, September 6, 2008
This is a feminine hairdo I like to do....kind of like a french twist/chignon except I prefer to have bits of hair hanging out. What are y'alls favorite hairstyles? I also like to straighten it and pull it back in a headband since my hair is naturally curly and pretty unruly.
When I was growing up my hair was pretty long, in fact I was looking at some old pictures and surprised that it was below my waist. But now when it reaches a certain length it gets stringy so right now I have it a little below my shoulders. I am always envious of the hula girls that have super long and thick hair. Maybe I need some protein pills or something, it is starting to fall out again...wait maybe I do have a thyroid problem. I found some website that is supposed to give you super long hair and they sell some kind of pill with a bazillion types of vitamins/minerals that are supposed to give you long hair.
Friday, September 5, 2008
I've been thinking about setting up a rain barrel water system on the farm with the house and all the barns. I mean that is quite a lot of water that could be collected.
Thursday, September 4, 2008
I know it is probably a bad idea but I threw the rest away since I lost my appetite for the next ten years. This is another reason to pack a lunch or eat at home, you know what is going on with your food.
I believe it is about time for me to make another trip down there. Hmm what holidays are coming up? It would be nice to spend my birthday there at the beach.
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
I usually use 2 eggs per omelette, the time I used 4 I had to share with my sister because it's a lot to eat. Anyhow when it's dinner time it is nice to go out to the garden for a bit to pick the peppers and tomatoes, gather the eggs and then come inside and whip up this tasty recipe. It is even better if you have some type of meat (bacon, chicken, etc).
This morning I went to feed the sheep and one of the lambs had died (I am in charge of the farm goings on while the family is in Hawaii). Mom says it is because they have worms or parasites in the pasture. I will have to research it but in the meantime find them a new pasture.
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
Last night I managed to freeze a few bags of peaches. Grandma informed me that she didn't know if she had her big canning pot so I decided to freeze some in the meantime. Seems like no one sells those canning pots anymore. I tried Walmart, Big Lots, grocery stores, Home Depot...it has to be at least a 21 qt pot because that is what the rack I bought will fit in.
Thursday, August 28, 2008
The other night at the library I was looking for something to read so I picked up this book. Then last night I read the whole thing in an hour or so. (I am a fast reader). I liked it but found it hard to believe she did not recognize her own husband even if he had lots of burn scars. Still, it was a good love story.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Monday, August 25, 2008
Tonight I am going to can the peaches (I'll have to ask Grandma for tips) and get that apple tree planted. One day I hope to live somewhere with my very own fruit orchard.
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Some of her favorite things are:
indie & reggae music
painting portraits (she is an excellent artist)
learning the ukulele
saving the environment
decorating her bedroom
Friday, August 22, 2008
It is easy to fall into the trap of not being content with what we already have. I like to think up ways to further simplify my life. Not having a television is a great help because I don't know how I would get anything done if I had one. Another thing I am constantly working on is my bedroom. It also doubles as an art studio so I have all number of art supplies as well as clothes everywhere. Whenever I am in there all I can see is clutter!
I have found it is good to keep a clean room / home because clutter is very stressful. My goal for now is to donate a bunch of stuff to thrift stores. I could probably sell things on ebay but it would be so much easier to have a clean room now instead of a month from now when everything sells.
This weekend once again I am going to work on the garden. It hasn't been getting watered...Eek! Luckily next week the forecast is lots of rainstorms.
Thursday, August 21, 2008
You might have to be careful when going to the doctor because sometimes they sneak these little things onto the bill! Now I know why my Mom always asks up front how much the bill is going to be with their insurance coverage.
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
I was reading somewhere that our grocery stores get their food every couple of days by trucks so if something were to happen (natural disaster, etc.), the shelves would be stripped bare probably within a day. That is why I believe it is good to have extra food on hand for emergencies and just to be prepared in general.
Also it would be nice for once to see pretty dresses and skirts on sale instead of ripped t-shirts and jeans and ultra miniskirts. It is sad when I see little girls (age 10 and under) wearing very short shorts and skirts. I don't know what their parents are thinking! Yesterday when I was out at lunchtime I looked around to see if anyone else was wearing a skirt besides me. Um, no. I was the only one and most of the people around we were all women. So ladies, please keep wearing your skirts and dresses.
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Monday, August 18, 2008
Saturday, August 16, 2008
This lovely evening I checked the garden and picked a bunch of roma tomatoes, heirloom yellow tomatoes and a few jalapenos. I don't know how all the weeds sprouted up but it seems like I am walking through a jungle just to get to my garden patch. The romas went into tonight's chili and they added a sweetness to it. (Or maybe that was my imagination)
Tomorrow I will be spending lots of time in the garden making up for my laziness in not keeping up with the weeds. I'm wondering about my lettuce plants because they are supposed to produce a head of lettuce but look like they are just going to seed. My watermelons are doing good though, climbing all over the creation.
Friday, August 15, 2008
Gorgeous sunsets every evening. This was the view from our house, looking right out at the ocean!
When I was visiting Ree's website yesterday (www.thepioneerwoman.com) and saw her sunrise photos I actually thought she was really on the Big Island. It is eery how the colors in my top sunset photo are almost the same as her Oklahoma sunrise photos. She could of fooled me :)
That is one thing I miss about the Big Island... lovely sunsets and sunrises everyday and clear skies at night where you could see all of the stars. Not to mention the 77 degree weather! We lived next door to a botanical garden so sometimes we'd hear the wild birds.
Hopefully I can save up enough money to take an extended vacation over there...
God's creation is so beautiful!
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Some of her favorite things are:
west highland terriers
and of course her family :)
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
I made this with the easiest how-to recipe from Ree's Pioneer woman website. Here is the direct link:
Sunday, August 10, 2008
We have lots of good memories of Grandma :) She was in the Women's Army Corps and my Grandpa was in the merchant marines. When her and Grandpa would visit us on the mainland they would bring over candyleis and lots of poi. I have a cute picture of my older sister and I in our pajamas when we were about 2 or 3 years old with Grandma and Grandpa, I'll have to find it and post it.
Thursday, August 7, 2008
This is from http://www.bracesinfo.com/
- The first "braces" were constructed by Pierre Fauchard in 1728. Fauchard's "braces" consisted of a flat strip of metal, which was connected to teeth by pieces of thread.
- Bands were invented by Schange in 1841. The first bands consisted of an strip of metal, with a screw to adjust their size.
- Orthodontic Brackets were invented by Edward Angle in 1915. The brackets consisted of little hooks of metal, which were attached to bands which went around your teeth
My braces are the "Damon System" so they are supposed to move faster and have a shorter treatment time. We'll see!
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Last night we went and saw the Cazimero Brothers, Ledward Ka'apana and Halau O Kekuhi. It was a great concert! That is a picture of the Caz from way back in the 1970s. Dad got to see Robert afterwards (they all went to Kam school together). Of course I starting missing Hawaii again so I better save up so I can go back and visit next year!
My workplace is sponsoring a free self defense class and it was a good refresher course of some of the stuff I had already learned in my thai kickboxing classes. I started to think of how fun it would be to do kickboxing again. Maybe I can find something affordable near my home as I really do not want to be paying $180/month like I had been...funny how at the time I thought it was worth it but now I am like whoa that is a lot of money.
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
I have been looking for farm boots that I can wear when feeding hay and other miscellaneous farm stuff. It's probably not a good idea to wear slippers! I just found these lovely boots by UGG. They are $228 and shearling lined of course. They would look cute with a skirt or dress as well. I wish it didn't have a 1 1/2" heel, if I buy these I might be 6'1".
p.s. These boots are a lot of money and I probably won't buy them unless they fit right and then will plan on wearing them for a long long time. It would be nice to have one pair of boots that I really love and can wear with skirts and dresses (then I can sell all my other dress boots on ebay).
Sunday, August 3, 2008
One thing I don't understand is people that look down on you if you don't have the latest and greatest car. Hello, not everyone wants to make payments their whole lives or be in debt up th their eyeballs! I want to live a more self-sustainable lifestyle...live out in the country, grow my own food, be self-employed, learn permaculture, etc. Actually I already do a lot of those things, but I need to work on the self-employment part a bit more so I can quit my day job...
Saturday, August 2, 2008
Tonight for supper we had pork chops and the recipe is very simple. Simply fry the pork chops in a frying pan with a can of Campbell's cream of mushroom soup and a bit of Lawry's salt. Serve with rice and vegetables (or whatever you like). The cost for four people comes to about $6-7 total.
I got outbid on a ton of Victoria magazines. Grrr!! I didn't want to put in a huge bid because there are lots of other sellers selling them. Victoria is one of my favorite magazines. The latest issue has a pretty dress by Whitewash that I love. I'll see if I can find a picture of it on their website.
Friday, August 1, 2008
I discovered these lovely dutch treats today (my co-worker spent a few weeks in Holland and came back with some)...they are called a "stroopwafel". It is a thin waffle cookie with a layer of syrup or caramel in between.
They are very delicious! Try your local Trader Joe's to see if they are in stock.
I wonder if I could make them myself...Then I could eat one every day :)
Another thing I like to bring to bbq or potlucks is the ambrosia salad. It is basically a five cup recipe Mom pass down to us...1 cup of each of the following:
Drain the oranges and then mix everything into a bowl. Let it sit in the fridge for an hour or so. Yummy! You can adjust the sour cream and coconut to your liking.
Thursday, July 31, 2008
I'll probably wait until the inspection tomorrow and see if it passes. I don't forsee any huge repairs if it fails other than this hood thing since the seller was a mechanic did a full tune-up (all belts, water pump, radiator, etc). Let me tell you after driving various cars during the past year with no AC I am really loving having the cold air blast me in this 90 degree weather :)
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Look at this adorable denim skirt from Down East Basics! It is hard to find a basic denim skirt that does not end 10 inches above the knee. I like the length because it is not super duper long but not a mini either. Of course since I wear green all the time I'll have to get the long sleeve tee as well!
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Hopefully the DMV will be a breeze, I am headed there this in about an hour. Next thing is to get it inspected and on the road...and then drive off into the sunset
Update: Ok it is a day later and I am going to the DMV today instead of yesterday. I will need your prayers that I can get the temp tags and get it through the state inspection without any shady-ness.
Monday, July 28, 2008
I find that when I eat mostly raw I don't fall into the trap of eating when I am bored or just because it looks good.
Here are some other things I like to eat:
tuna fish out of the can with diced onions and tomatoes
home made crepes (Yum)
thai fried rice
Mom's bean/ham soup
coconut water (technically that is a drink) And also the last one I had when I opened it smelled like tuna fish. What on earth??? I should of returned it to the grocery store!!
Wait a minute, did you notice I did not stick raw chocolate chip cookie dough in there?? I am so proud of myself I have not partaken of that for a long while now! Also I have cut out hot chocolate (because most places make it with dairy) but that reminds me I can make it with almond milk instead.
I have a ton of ideas floating around in my head, now I just have to decide what to get printed. Here is a link to the flickr pool...you can see what other people have created.
Sunday, July 27, 2008
You can wash your hair, brush your teeth, do the laundry, clean the bathroom and much more with this all purpose soap. I was reading about it and I guess it got popular in the 60s but it has been around for awhile. Probably won't be brushing my teeth with it but it sure smells good. They also have peppermint and other scents.
Then I went outside and tried to tie up my tomato plants. They have grown into huge bushes and spread out all over the creation! It is my fault for not staking them as they were growing. Plus I haven't been that good about weeding them. Sometimes I get home from work around 8 at night and when it is 90 degrees out the last thing I want to be doing is yanking weeds.
Yesterday we went to the Farmer's market and I got a Kiefer yogurt drink. It is orange flavored and delicous. (I think they had it spelled wrong). Anyhow, "Kefir" is a milk drink that is fermented (sort of like yogurt). It was pretty yummy and to me tasted like runny yogurt with orange chunks. (The creamery sold pineapple, orange & blueberry flavors).
Grandpa's eye has a blood clot underneath the skin and it looks pretty trixy! He was in the emergency room this morning but they sent him home and said it was due to some of the medicine he is on. I will have to post a picture. He has the lightest blue eyes so it looks pretty intense.
Friday, July 25, 2008
I guess I can mix it with something else to make it sweeter and heat it a little to make a chocolate glaze for a raw pie. One thing I tell myself about eating raw desserts all the time is that they are actually good for you because nothing is processed and the ingredients are good for you. Now I eat my raw chocolate creations without a care in the world.
The label on the cacao nibs said "Warning...eating cacao nibs may cause you to have an incredible day!".
Here is the regular non-raw recipe (courtesy of cooks.com)
2 cups sugar (Yikes!!!!)
1 stick butter (1/2 cup)
1/2 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 1/2 tablespoons cocoa
1/2 cup peanut butter
3 cups oats
In a medium saucepan, combine all ingredients except peanut butter and oats and cook over medium heat. Let boil for 5 minutes, stirring constantly.
Remove from heat and stir in peanut butter and oats.
Spoon out quickly onto wax paper or aluminum foil. Cookies will harden as they set.
(Note: the above an excellent recipe, I could eat this dough all day long. However, all that sugar is terrible for you...no wonder it is so addicting!)
Now here is my recipe that I tried to experiment with:
1 C oats
1/2 C almond butter
1/2 C cocoa powder
1/2 C agave syrup
Needless to say, it turned out "interesting". We rolled the dough into balls and then stuck it in the freezer for 20 minutes. After taking them out and testing them, they hadn't hardened at all. Oh well. So I just ate some more dough.
Alana said she preferred the peanut butter over almond butter. I think it turned out way better than my coconut oil fudge that I dumped oats in. Time to do some more research and adjust the ingredients some more...
Update: Well it sat the fridge and I tried it out again. I think it gets better after it sits awhile because I polished off the bowl this weekend. I got some real maple syrup so I will try that next time.
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
"It is not only acceptable, but it is highly encouraged by the world system to dress in the equivalent of your underwear, and walk, swim, sit, and to "lay out" in front of anyone who cares to look on. We purposely strip our bodies, literally, and expose our flesh to public view, to friends and strangers alike. And we have faithfully passed that heritage on to our children and taught them that it is okay to be immodestly dressed-as long as it’s by a pool or in a lake or at the beach. And, of course, all of it has been in the name of "relaxation" and "healthy exercise".....
"Here’s a good test to let you "feel" the wrongness of it. How would you feel if you and your family saw someone in a bra and panties at the table next to you, down at the local family restaurant? Or if all the cashiers at your local grocery store were in their bras and panties? Probably you’d feel a bit embarrassed and think it a pretty inappropriate way to dress or place to shop. But put the same person poolside, add some color to that underwear, and suddenly it’s completely "acceptable" and appropriate.
Why?! What a double standard! It’s okay in this physical location, but not in that? It’s okay for people to see you at the beach in your underwear, but it’s not okay in the grocery store or restaurant. Or what about in the "church building?" Or would you and your children sit in your living room, along with total strangers, all of you in your most immodest underwear? Suddenly, that’s NOT okay. What has changed? Only our perception about what is acceptable."
Ahhh! I totally agree with this. Yes it is different when you are at the beach...it just feels natural to lounge around in your swimsuit whatever it may look like. (However you will not find me jogging down the beach in a bikini, lol). And then you start watching everyone else walk down the beach and suddenly start to mentally list their bodily imperfections or wonder why your body doesn't look at nice as theirs. Suppose I was at grocery store or elsewhere in public in a bikini..yes I would feel totally exposed! It's kind of the same as being in your bra and underwear. I've had dreams where I'm at the grocery store and realize I'm naked and wanted to die on the spot. I don't know what that dream means.
I think you should wear whatever you feel comfortable with but at the same time have some modesty. Looks like I won't be going to the beach until Christmas time so I have awhile to ponder what I'll be wearing. Probably a cute sundress because I'll already be super tan from the tanning bed. (Just kidding! I know tanning salons are bad for you!)
Here is one of my favorite styles (I am partial to white lacey dresses or anything old fashioned) but I like the empire waist and square cut neckline as weel.
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Last night I made my own poke (hawaiian fish salad) out of tuna and diced onions and tomatoes. It was so good! Well I am off to look for some pesto recipes.
I brought the ingredients with me to make it at lunch time. You're supposed to make it in a blender but I can probably just handmix it fine. I will let you know how it turns out. Also brought fresh strawberries and blueberries to turn it into a yummy parfait!
Update: 5:20 pm
I just mixed this up and let me tell you it is divine! Especially with fresh strawberries. This is a lovely substitute for brownie batter and my new favorite dessert. One of my avocados was bad so I used 1 avo, 1/4 C cocoa powder(pinch of sea salt) and 1/4 C agave syrup. It smelled so chocolate-y when I was stirring it. You probably want to use a blender or processor, I mixed it pretty good but didn't get all the chunks of avocado blended. Oh well it is so yummy anyways!
Monday, July 21, 2008
One thing I can not stand is people who are constantly moody and blame it on "pms" or "it runs in their family". Or if you try and peacefully disagree with them (in a normal tone of voice), they get mad and cut you off and take off in a huff. I am so used to it, sometimes I think it is normal for people to act that way. It is not normal!!!
People need to start eating healthier and taking care of themselves! It would probably give them a better outlook on life...and possibly rearrange their brain chemistry (I can only hope). Sometimes happiness has to be a choice you make.
This weekend I was looking for a raw fudge recipe. I found one but had to substitute the cacao powder with carob powder. I'm not really a big fan of carob powder, but it had to do. The truck has been on the fritz for a week now and I couldn't just run out to the store.
Anyways the I used equal parts coconut oil and honey with lots of carob powder and then sea salt and vanilla extract. It turned out ok but not really the consistency of fudge. I dumped a bunch of uncooked oats in it and made it into no bake oatmeal cookies. (Man those things are addictive, when I used to make them I would eat the whole batch of dough in one day!).
I put the rest of the fudge in the fridge. When I checked on it later, there was oil gathered at the top. It did not look appetizing at all. Then I started wondering, should I really be ingesting all of that coconut oil....ahhhh!!!
Another raw fudge recipe called for raisins and dates. The last time I mixed those two together for a raw torte, it made me really sick. I was out of raisins too. Guess I'll have to get on youtube and watch them make it so I can see which one looks like it will taste the best.
I got up at 8:30 am on Saturday, I guess it is from eating healthier and drinking lots of green smoothies. Normally I could of slept in til noon! But I was ready to wake up and I actually thought it was already late morning. Anthony from http://www.therawmodel.com/ was talking about how he only needs 4-6 hours of sleep, that is my goal! I'd love to go to bed at 2am and then pop back up at 6am.
Friday, July 18, 2008
It is always odd when a restaurant like that does not post their calories. Even Quiznos won't reveal that info. Someone said one of their sandwiches is almost 1300-1500 calories! I suppose you could always work out for 3 hours afterwards to burn off the calories but who wants to do that?
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
I put my hair in a ponytail and checked it about 4 hours later. I noticed it was getting ever so slighty wavy (but still way straighter than my natural curls). I do wish that the straightener was thinner (my old cheapo straighter was probably about 1/2" width and this one is 1") so I could straighten hair closer to my head without fear or burning. It did get kinda close and that thing is hot! Next time I will probably blowdry my hair and then immediately straighten it so it has some body to it. Also I'll have to use this thing for awhile before I can give it an official review.
Update: 7/23/08 Ok so I have used the sedu a couple times since I first got it. Yes it does make my hair soft and silky but it doesn't stay "pin straight" very long. I think I might have to crank up the heat to the highest setting. Or I can try and have another person straighten my hair for me (that might be the trick).
Monday, July 14, 2008
Now the almond milk I bought tasted kind of weird...I couldn't place the taste until I figured it out..play doh!! Yikes! I've been drinking coconut water everyday though and it is identical to human blood plasma. I guess back in the 1940s soldiers got emergency transfusions with fresh coconut water.
Another good thing is that I no longer look like I am 4 months pregnant everytime I eat a meal. My stomach stays mostly flat. That hasn't happened since I did a cleanse a year ago. I also can't believe how my stomach isn't growling like crazy. I usually eat every couple of hours and graze on stuff when I get hungry. I guess my body is getting real nutrition. Still have to find a use for the bazillions of squash I keep harvesting from the garden.
I love eating lots of fruits! Only wish papaya was cheaper, I could eat that all day long. There is a huge bowl of cookie dough in the fridge and I am not even tempted. Imagine that.
My new hair straightener is coming in the mail today :)
Friday, July 11, 2008
1/4 C soy milk (you can use any sort of milk)
handful of frozen strawberries
honey for sweetener
Blend until smooth. Enjoy.
So far my mostly raw diet has been going pretty good. I had bananas for lunch yesterday and a salad & smoothie for dinner. It is amazing how my stomach has not been growling like it usually does if I don't eat right away. We are going to to lunch today for my friend's birthday at work so I'll order a huge salad.
I have been using the my Burt's Bees natural shampoo and I love it! It makes my hair very light, even right out of the shower. Yesterday I looked around online for some high quality hair straighteners and I am going to go with the SEDU Ionic Ceramic Tourmaline Flat Iron. It is around $115 and I read through 10 pages of reviews and looked at lots of pictures of straight hair. That is a lot of money but also going to the hair salon and getting a blowout/flat iron is $45 so this will pay for itself within a week. Also, having lovely hair is priceless.
If it does what everyone is saying: make my hair pin-straight and keep the style even in humid weather or after putting it up then I will be very amazed! I straightened my hair before going to the beach one time and about 2 seconds after being in the salty air my hair turned curly and frizzy. I've considered getting the japanese thermal hair straightening but all the hairdressers I ask say my hair is way too fine.
Update: I just called folica.com and even if I get the next day shipping it won't get here until Monday. Seems like you can only find this brand online. Until then, I will be dreaming of straight hair!
Thursday, July 10, 2008
When I went to give the chicks their chicky feed and water two of them jumped out of their little pen. I caught one and put it back but then didn't have time to get the other one before SIR SALTY ran over and give it a wild chase. The chick managed to hide for a little bit before Salty sniffed it out and terrorized it. I kept hearing "peep peep PEEP" and then saw Salty have it in his mouth. I almost had a heart attack because I was worried Salty would kill the chick but I think he was just playing with it. Somehow I managed to catch the poor thing and it looked like a drowned rat since it had been running around the wet bushes. Ay caramba!
I did let Salty out again and he immediately ran over to the chicken pen and clawed at the wire trying to get to the chicks. He might have a soft spot for small animals because when one of the barn cats had kittens in the yard he nicely picked them up in his mouth and put them on the porch. (The cat must of been crazy because she just had them in the middle of the yard and left them there). Then he stood guard and barked at anyone that tried to come near them.
Today's lunch and dinner looks like lots of bananas and salad. I think my skin might look better from not eating too much cooked/dairy foods but it could be my imagination.
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
Today for breakfast I had my usual staple of oatmeal and honey with soy milk instead of cow's milk. Since I've felt sick to my stomach today the only other thing I've had is 1/2 a banana. After work I plan to go to the grocery store to get some more fruits to have as well as a huge salad for dinner.
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Last night I went to CVS to use up my extra care bucks before they expired. I looked all over for a natural/organic shampoo or anything Burt's Bees related and didn't see anything. Just as I was getting discouraged I noticed this travel kit hiding in the makeup aisle. It was $12.99 and since I had about $9 of extra bucks I got it for cheap.
The best thing is the shampoo and conditioner do not contain Sodium lauryl/Laureth sulfate or Paraben. The honey milk lotion smells yummy too. My hair finally feels clean! I am probably going to use this from now on and skip the baking soda trix. (It made my hair the texture of straw...eek!)
I give this two thumbs up!
Update: I went to another CVS today at lunchtime and lo and behold they have a huge Burt's Bee's display with huge bottles of shampoo and conditioner. Of course I felt bad that I bought the little travel kit when I could of bought a large shampoo and conditioner for the same price but live and learn. I know our local CVS did not have that display.