Monthly Archives: April 2012

Pick a Vein, Any Vein

She runs out of the store
weapon of choice in hand.

She was no longer being chased
by the fear of the stress of the night.

Now that she had her heart’s desire
everything was going to be okay.

She is now urgently consuming it
until her brain was bleached of its humanity
as it hurts to think of the alternative.

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Sunday Doldrums

The only things that have gotten me out of the Sunday Doldrums, my phrase for a really intense depression that miraculously activates on Sundays, are three fold today:

1) Had a great morning with H. We made breakfast sandwiches and watched goofy cartoons in our pjs.

2) Finished my paper for my blogwriting class, last assignment of the year in there.

and, finally…

3) NEW LEMON DEMON SONG  AND, wait for it, IT’S FROM A PROJECTED NEW ALBUM.

Oh Neil…Neil, Neil, Neil…you just turn all my frowns upside down.

Also, yesterday H and I incorporated a new day into our lifting routine called “Vanity Day.” Basically, we do exercises just for aesthetics for a specific body part we want to look good. Yesterday, he was a curl-bro and I was an ab-bunny. Because it is supposed to technically be a rest day, we consider vanity day as a reward for a week of good exercising. Then, I also spent a third of my rent money on supplements…

Yikes.

Oh well. Investing in one’s self is a good habit to have, especially since this is only going to decrease health problems for us down the road.

Hope your Sunday is treating you well! Mine always improves after I write a little bit…very cathartic.

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New Routine

I know why I’m so tired today.

Besides the obvious reason being going to bed at 3 A.M. and my body deciding that it’s a good idea to wake up at 7 A.M.

Besides the other reason that I thought it was a good idea to rearrange my bedroom after I decided I couldn’t sleep–for four hours.

I wanted a nap at 10:30. That usually tells how the rest of my day goes.

However, my day, or rather my week is going well because of our new routine we have started. H calls it “Murdertown.” Yesterday, routine consisted of 3 warm up sets of squats, then squats to failure. Then 5×10 of more squats. Repeat with bench. Then chin-ups, dips, and crunches.

Delicious Murdertown… Now days, what with my almost perpetual existential crisis, it really is the only thing that gets me out of my head. Lifting heavy and actually eating well are really the only things that can do it.

Also–for your amusement.

(They’re called “pull ups” for a reason, and I don’t think these yeyhoos are fulfilling the criteria implied by context clues. Crossfitters…sheesh.)

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1/3

by Klaus Pichler

I talk about food a lot. However, there’s an underbelly, a darkside to what we consume daily that ought to consume our minds and consciences until it is solved. There is an ongoing problem occurring in the United States and throughout the world. The figure 1/3 may seem like a harmless fraction, but consider the implications of this statement.

According to a 2011 United Nations report, the world wastes 1/3 of the food it produces.

1/3, a harmless little fraction now represents a very large number, which in turn represents a very large problem.

Narrowing the problem slightly, a turn to look at the United States produces more staggering statistics. Each year, Americans waste nearly 1/4 to 1/2 to food it produces. Using the conservative figure, this can be in the range of 160 billion pounds of food wasted per year. Food waste is defined broadly by Anthony Gallow in “Consumer Food Waste in the U.S.” as “all food purchased (or produced at home) that is not actually ingested by humans” (13). In comparison to this staggering statistic, a figure cited by the non-profit organization “Food not Bombs” says the total amount to feed the hungry of the United States is that of only 4 billion pounds.

In the fast-paced, fast-food society of the United States of America, the consumer drives the production of a variety of resources. Capitalism, at its core, caters to this highly demanding mode of existence. Webster’s Standard Dictionary defines the noun resource as something “that is available for use”.  Under that definition, what happens when the multitude of resources are not available for use anymore?

Petroleum, natural gas, and water all fall under this concept of a resource that in the future may not be  readily available for use. Unfortunately, a very important commodity not contemplated using this concept is that of food. Food, despite its availability on the shelves of gas stations and in aluminum cans in food pantries, should be treated with the respect that these other difficult-to-renew resources receive even though this is typically not the case.

My proposed best solution to this problem is that of consumer education efforts.

The largest problem with educational programming is accountability—how will businesses and consumers be held responsible for the information they gather? They may be sent to mandatory food waste prevention trainings trainings, but how many will actually do anything with the information? The phrase “You can lead a horse to water…” definitely comes to mind in this instance. However, consumer education and prevention efforts will yield positive results across the board.

Eventual savings (somewhere to the tune of $150-160 billion dollars) will outweigh immediate costs of starting the program making efficiency high. It is highly feasible that this could be incorporated into public education and mandatory food-service trainings. The best part of educational programming is that teaching the consumer and the business the implications of food waste will hopefully encourage them to waste less on the most part thus making effectiveness high.

So what now?

Continue to talk about it. Tell everyone you know. Share the number 1/3. See what happens. People are already coming up with creative and innovative ways of conveying this information. Photographer Klaus Pichler’s new exhibit, entitled One Third displays food destined for disposal in various stages of decay, along with a tagline about where the food is from, energy needed to produce it, and the ingredients. This display, besides turning stomachs, is turning gears in the mind of its audience members. Pichler is looking for wide distribution to non-profits around the world in order to raise continuous awareness to the problem.

The goal in writing this blog entry is to raise awareness to motivate audience members to waste less food. The effort to raise mindfulness through the presentation of this may only get one person to consider not trashing their leftovers they bring home from a big meal, or consider eating the food they already possess instead of getting pizza delivered.

That’s okay though.

However, if that one person continues to make life choices that support the concept of decreasing food waste, that will be enough to consider my work and research on this issue a success.

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Tested

I made these cookies at my friend’s house on Friday. I must say, impatience lead them to be slightly lackluster (also a lack of all the correct ingredients). Instead of maple syrup or maple sugar, we had white sugar and agave nectar. Instead of chocolate chip pieces, we had Cadbury Mini-Eggs (discounted Easter leftovers).
We still made them into the most fattie ice-cream sundaes ever (birthday cake flavored ice cream from Target, cookies crumbled on top, with Reese’s flavored magic shell) and probably was the best dessert I’ve ever had.

I still can’t believe it used an entire jar of almond butter though. Oh the humanity.

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Peanut butter cookies have always been a favorite of mine, something about them will always remind me of my childhood as they’re one of the first treats I can remember making with my mom as a young girl. This cookie uses almond butter as its base, but has the same nutty, chewy, not too sweet characteristics of my old favorite and best of all, it’s gluten-free. Dark chocolate chips give it a decadent and sophisticated flavor that begs to be paired with tea or coffee (or my favorite, a glass of ice-cold milk). Recipe after the jump. xoxo!

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Tales from a Dead Planet: 2

via Pinterest

Anna’s growing up. Instead of squishing the spider, or yelling at me to kill it for her, she scoops him up in her hand and takes him outside.

She brushes off her hands whenever she comes back in and says “I hadn’t seen anything alive but you in a long time.” She looks down at her arm and picks at a scab.

It was only a matter of time.

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Tales from a Dead Planet: 1

by Kubeen on DeviantArt

by Kubeen on DeviantArt

Her trembling hands gave her away. As she ties my arm with the tourniquet, I saw her eyes were sufficiently damp, assumedly regarding my future (or lack thereof). My hand reaches out to her out of instinct, but out of instinct, she takes a step back. The thin second skin of her blue latex gloves allowed her some comfort to touch my flesh, but, just like the AIDS scare you read about in all those history books, we weren’t sure how people got infected.

Some people refer to potential as a hope for future, some hope for a guidance counselor berating a heavily-eyelinered teen about wasting it. The Potential was not something you get yelled at for not having.

She steps forward again and takes her capped syringe from her pocket. A quick smile and soggy glance into her eyes told me that she was about to stick the needle in. I look away as I hear the small pop of the cap.

A painful pinching sensation runs up and down my right arm. It feels like a short eternity before the pain stops.

“Done,” she says in a voice that sounds like she has a bad head cold. “It’ll take four hours to react to the air, but that’s just a small price to pay for knowing for sure.”

The truly convenient thing about The Potential–oxidizes and turns a different color. All the old diseases required you to spin the blood in a centrifuge and add fancy chemicals, maybe take a DNA sample. I wish, though, there was something we could do for four hours as we watch, almost as if its a timelapse movie, for it to turn mold colored.

“And now, we wait.” She doesn’t meet my eyes as I can tell she already expects the worst.

“And now…we wait,” I repeat.

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Fit Dessert

I’ve got class in a few minutes, but I had to take time to share with you possibly the greatest (if not deadliest) fitness recipe ever.

Whey cake.

That’s right: cake made from whey protein powder. It gets better because it only requires one ingredient (an egg white), a microwave, and a glass.

If you have the time, do this. Do this right now. I made it with H and we first thought we were scammed because it kept on not turning out–because we were overcomplicating it.

Whey Cake

 

Ingredients

 

  • Scoop of whey protein powder
  • An egg white

Directions

 

  1. Add a scoop of whey into a tall microwavable glass.
  2. Put an eggwhite in the glass.
  3. Stir till well combined
  4. Microwave for one minute

 

We tried ours with our 10 lbs of protein powder. The stuff tastes amazing anyway, but eating it like this made it feel like a chocolate brownie.

Now its more like a brownie

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Recipe of the Week: Egg-cellent Chicken Salad

By this time, I think we’ve gotten to know each other well enough that you know how I am about eggs.

After the discovery this past week that making hardboiled eggs is not that hard, actually, I have a new lease on life.

I’ve been worried about the age of the eggs in my fridge. Since I don’t have a lot of time in the morning to make hot-eggy breakfasts, I’ve been scratching my head about how to eat all of these guys.

Enter can of chicken, stage left.

Yesterday, I tried making an egg-chicken salad for the first time and it was mighty tasty and ridiculously simple. So easy, a caveman could do it.

Well, as long as he knew how to make fire, that is.

I’ve also plugged all the information from the way I’ve made it into livestrong so you can get an approximate calorie, macro and micronutrient count. Neat, eh?

(Disclaimer: I apologize in advance if I have flubbed and have misrepresented the calorie count in some way shape or form. I am working from this net amount of calories in my own nutritional goals, and it is a good enough approximation.)

Seriously The Easiest Chicken Salad You Will Ever Make

Ingredients

  • 1/2 can of white chicken chunks (approx. 2 1/4 servings if one can has 4.5 servings. This is what I calculated the nutrition for.)
  • 2 hardboiled eggs, peeled
  • mustard
  • seasonings (salt, pepper, cayenne, garlic powder…anything!)
  • something to serve it with

Directions

  1. Open can of chicken and dole half into a container. Save the rest in Tupperware in the fridge.
  2. If your eggs are not already hardboiled, do this. Whenever finished, cool them and peel them according to your favorite method. Place whole in same container as chicken.
  3. Use a generous amount of mustard in the same container, as well as add your spices.
  4. Mush it together with a fork,  making sure there aren’t any overly chunky pieces of either ingredient.
  5. Eat on apples, lettuce, bread, toast, or crackers. Or just eat it with a fork because you’re really hungry.

Nutrition Facts: calories 315, fat 15, carbs 0, protein 44. Any additional nutrition information, just ask!

Since I currently possess five pounds of apples, I decided to serve it like miniature apple sandwiches. What an excellent choice, if I do say so myself.

I'm totally egg-static.

Hope you guys find use for a quick and protein-packed lunch.

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