Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Well I still have some clothes to unpack, but mostly we're unpacked and settled. All electronics are set up and finally hooked to the internet (YAY!) and most everything is acually perfect except clothes unpacked.
My interview went well yesterday - I realllly think it's a perfectly suited job for me and the benefits are great so I'm just hoping for a call back! :P I alllways forget to ask when they are planning to make a decision when I interview for things... so I just end up waiting and wondering.
Other jobs I've been hired on the spot, but apparently this employer (LG) is very desirable in this area so there are probably a lot of other applicants. We'll see!
I just finished sending out some more applications into the ether. One to be a Jenny Craig consultant. Honestly while I find many programs like that to just be annoying because why not do it on your own, I know some people really need help and dangit, I'd be good at helping them so why not.
I start my half marathon training officially today - I haven't run in like a week! Hopefully the break will just be good for me - I'll be running in the evening today. Anyway.
That's it for now, just trying not to be stir crazy.
OH! We went shopping at my new heaven - EarthFare grocery store!!!!!!!
It was AMAZING. I have dark chocolate peanut butter. Fresh ground peanuts w/ dark chocolate chips mixed in. um. yeah. amazing. Actually less cals than the regular PB, but of course part of the content is from chocolate instead of nuts so ya know there is a tradeoff there, but it's not in flavor. :) Got a bunch of "local" items. Their signs for everything show if some things are "local" what's organic, etc. Of course, local might be more like regional... the "local" grapes are from NC, the "local" chicken is from GA... but still. Knowing it didn't travel across the country DOES mean something to me.
I got local sweet potatoes and blackberries, too - those are probably REALLY local. The blackberries are AMAZING. I felt so inspired in that store, really. I will definitely have to shop smart there and shop the sales. The sales prices were GREAT, some of the regular prices were normal, and some prices were crazy high for certain things but I figure I pick and choose, shop mostly sale and regular and splurge on some of the higher priced items from time to time and it'll be all good. :)
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
I ran to get the car, got major props from the auto shop guys.
As I was leaving, I was stopped at a stoplight, DRIPPING sweat w/ the windows rolled down and I see a guy coming to cross the street in a bike - I think to myself, "I am totally dripping, I wonder if that guy will think it's nuts that I'm looking like this while sitting in my car and he's out riding a bike..."
Well -- as soon as I think this very self-centered thought, dude totally EATS IT. Juts finds a crack in the pavement and goes over sideways kinda awkwardly. He had a smoothie in his hand and the cup exploded. I was like, "DUDE!" And as I started to say, "are you alright?" He looked right at me and gave the thumbs up and said, "I'm good!" hahahahahaha. He totally heard me say"DUDE!" to his fall... sad.
Anyway -- who knows, maybe he was actually looking at me and that's why he fell, but regardless. It just goes to show that both: a) you shouldn't be expecting people to judge you and be looking at you because surely they have lives of their own to be living and b) if you're riding a bike, don't look at people in their cars especially if you have a smoothie because you might end up eating it on the street in front of them.
OK! So I guess it doesn't go to show BOTH of those things simultaneously, because it was one or the other - but you can try to learn both things from it, right? HAHAHAHAHA.
After I got home, I ate something, and we went to go clean out DH's office at the University - some nice cross training! :P haha. We had a computer+ a small box, and a trunkful plus a large garbage bag FULL of papers to throw out. I was the ferrier of almost all things to the car - so down the hall out two swinging(but not too freely) doors to the parking lot and the car and back with all that crap. Then we parked pretty freaking close to a dumpster and both ferried it all to that. I threw in the computer first and that dumpster was 100% empty so it made the most lovely RINGING sound. hahahaha.
This took like... at least 2 hrs to complete the cleaning of the office and bringing in of "stuff to keep". I was totally pooped so we went home, showered, and I made us a lovely dinner of things we still have left.
- Used up the frozen shrimp
- Used a lot of the frozen murimake veggie blend from the freezer
- Used some of the batch of barley and rice I cooked early in the week
WOOT. We still have some fish in the freezer... a lot of frozen peas and corn - although some of the peas are strictly used as icepacks. Also some frozen edamame snacks. AND lots of frozen FRUIT.
So again I made some greek yogurt frozen fruit delight!
Also this weekend I made it with JUST frozen bananas and some PB. That was good!
Last night was mostly strawberries and blueberries w/ a few banana slices thrown in just for texture. They always make everything creamier. :) Drizzle w/ agave nectar and BAM! :)
I'm going to keep myself from the grocery store as long as possible, but honestly, I think I'll have to go soon. Some of the things we have to use up are best used up with things we don't have... BUT! This is what inspires creativity as well, so I'm still going to try to make it last as long as possible without to drive my creative fires. :)
Been tracking mostly on paper, some on the computer, and staying within range well.
Monday, June 21, 2010
Here's the summary on netflix:
"German filmmaker Doris Dörrie documents a summer in the life of renowned Zen practitioner and cook Edward Espe Brown as he teaches culinary classes in Zen centers in Austria and California, revealing the role food plays in our bodies and spirits. Informative, provocative and funny, Brown serves up a unique combination of inspiring wisdom and kitchen skills that will raise even the most demanding foodie to new spiritual and gastronomic heights."
It was very cool. I really liked a section later on where he talks about how he kept making biscuits and they weren't coming out right. He kept trying different ratios of butter, then crisco, milk instead of water, etc. Finally he thought to himself -- "right compared to WHAT?" And he considered that he grew up eating the pillsbury biscuits from the popcan. And he decided to just "eat the biscuit of today" and see how it tasted. And it was delicious! :) He said that we do this with ourselves as well, comparing ourselves to the people we see on TV, in magazines, etc. - and then they showed a clip of HIS zen teacher talking about how everything in this life is different, no two are the same and that there is no comparison for us.
We are all unique individuals so why would we try to compare ourself to some other standard? And so on and so forth. Good stuff in there!
And also great stuff about food and wastefulness, etc.
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