Archive | July, 2010


31 Jul

I have to admit that I’ve never really loved vegetables and I suspect that people who say they do are just kidding themselves.  I might like the butter or salt or other possible additions that can be associated with vegetables, but the green things themselves?…well, I guess they’re good for me.  They don’t really make it to the top of my list when I’m daydreaming about what to cook for dinner.  When I’m in a time crunch they just seem like too much work compared to the burrito I could buy up the street.  Recently, though, I have found a way to drastically increase my veggie intake quickly and painlessly: smoothies.  I have to write about this now because I am, at this very moment, enjoying the very best “green smoothie” that I have ever made.  After weeks of gloopy, gritty, and unappetizing attempts, I feel I’m finally getting the hang of it.  Here’s what I put in it:

1 ripe mango

3 cups spinach

1 small pattypan squash

a generous amount of whole milk yogurt

a little bit of water to get things going

Generally, these things have all had the spinach and the yogurt but I change the types of fruits and vegetables depending on what’s available, in season, or on sale.  I’ve noticed that if I just buy the ingredients judiciously it doesn’t get to be too expensive.  It’s also a good way to use up extra fruits or vegetables that I might have around.  And no cooking required!

Movies I’ve watched: Friends with Money (a girl movie starring Jennifer Aniston…yet I totally loved it!) and Sense and Sensibility (I love you, Jane Austen)

Music I’m listening to:  Song in A&E – Spiritualized

Projects:  getting ready to backpack out on the coast tomorrow night



25 Jul

So next week is my final week of full-time work!  Do you know that feeling before you move or start a new job or make some other big transition, where you feel like your life is on hold until the imminent changes come to pass?  I’m kind of in that place right now.  I’ve been spending so much time visualizing what the future holds and thinking about how I want to manage my time and resources that I’m having some trouble just living in the moment this week.

Venice Beach (photo courtesy of Jeremy)

It’s been an exciting few weeks for me.  Jeremy and I took a road trip to Los Angeles (yeah…lot’s of time in the car) and it was wonderful.  Aside from a few hiccups around finding places to camp and having the concert we were going to see  get canceled, we had a great time.  Can’t complain about laying on the beach in Big Sur, walking around the Sunset Strip, seeing an amazing warehouse show, strolling on Venice Beach, and making s’mores.  🙂  I never thought that LA would be the kind of place that I would ever consider living in, but I’ve been having wild daydreams about packing up and moving down there.  At least for a couple of years.  After which, I would probably be more than relieved to hightail it back to Portland.  We got back just in time for me to take my midterm exam and this weekend has been full with an engagement party (not mine), birthday party (not mine), and potluck barbeque (mine).  Should probably do a little more cleaning before the guests arrive here…

The most recent exciting development in my frugal living venture is that I signed up to volunteer at the local co-op.  Not only will I get an additional discount on amazing local food but I get access to the free food bins!  Anything that’s getting a little too close to the expiration date to stay on the shelves is fair game.  I’m hoping that this helps me save money on food while helping me to eat healthy and local food.  I start next week and my shift is just a couple of hours.

Ok, I’m off to make the house a bit more presentable!  Happy weekend!

What I’m listening to: Pet Sounds – Beach Boys

Projects: Basically just focusing on school and roadtrips.  I promise myself to be super-busy with personal development projects once I’m out of this week’s limbo period.  🙂

Lunch in LA (photo courtesy of Jeremy)

vacations vacations

6 Jul

Blogging, and most everything else, had to be put on hold for a little while with the arrival of my family (parents and younger sister) for a fun and only slightly stressful visit.  I live about halfway across the country from my immediate family and so it’s a little bit rare that we’re all together in the same place.  At about the same time, my lovely boyfriend bought a wonderful Nikon film camera, with the idea that I (and we) would be able to learn photography skills as a side project.  This is the perfect thing for someone who wants more time away from work and fulfilling things to do with that time.  I got some good practice during the family vacation, learning a little bit about good pictures and a little bit more about bad ones.  We went hiking and visited wineries, a lavender farm, and an alpaca farm.  And we ate a lot of food.

Then, there was just enough time to catch my breath before the boyfriend and I headed out for a 4th of July backpacking trip.  We’re new to backpacking and so I’m in the kind of place where 2 miles feels about like 10 miles.  It was wonderful nonetheless, with a hike along a blue river with waterfalls and pools, a happy black dog, and a secluded campsite.  The last time we went backpacking I tried to be as frugal with food as possible.  I went to the Grocery Outlet and bought food that I thought would be light, quick, easy, and extremely cheap.  This time, the boyfriend went to REI for some of those dehydrated Backpacker’s Pantry meals.  At first I thought it was a waste of money, but after comparing the deliciousness of their pre-made food versus my own home-made (from multiple packages) food, I have to admit that it’s probably worth ponying up a few extra dollars when we’re going out into the woods.  I’m going to give up on that battle.

Projects: photos! and hiking around in the wilderness!

What I’m listening to:  Velvet Underground

Something I watched:  Natural Born Killers, it was pretty disturbing to me but I’ll forgive that since I thought it was actually a pretty good movie