Skip to main content

Reuniting with a dear Friend

After an absesnce from the library for a bit, I'm now back and just as much in love as ever!  We're reunited!  (Hello, winter ;)
The library is ever so giving.  (Yes, sometimes I have to wait a bit for what I want, but I eventually get it.)  And all it asks in return is that I return my books/dvds/etc. by their due date for the next person to use.  Not so difficult.
Best relationship ever?

Lately here are some lovlies the Library has brought into my life:

Love Etc.
A cute little documentary that followed 4 or 5 different love stories and their very different relationships.

Main Street Vegan - Victoria Moran
helpful definitions provided at the beginning courtesy of Victoria:
vegan eats vegetables, fruits, beans, grains, nuts, and seeds, and delicious dishes made from them; they don't eat meat, fowl, fish, eggs, or dairy products; honey is left to individual discretion
there are health vegan and ethical vegan variations
vegetarian is someone who doesn't eat anybody who had a face.  That means no meat, poultry, or fish.  
You'll sometimes run into people who say, "I'm vegetarian, but I eat fish."  Somebody even coined the hyphenation peso-vegetarian, but that's a contradiction in terms.
Whew... she even had more confusing definitions than that, which I'm not going to include here.  Why all the labels?   
If you're even sort-of on the fence of becoming a vegan this book very well might push you over the edge.  She doesn't encourage vegetarianism.  Veganism is what she wants!  She presents her point in an interesting way. It's not one of those books with stat after stat.
I'd heard about locavores before.  I appreciate locavores & what they try to do.  She says "It's interesting to note that transportation accounts for only 10 percent of food's overall energy cost."  The way I look at it, every bit helps.
Pretty sure Ms. Victoria would enjoy this article about how Americans eat, even though the article's author isn't quite as direct.

The Corrections - Jonathan Franzen
Wow!  He is such an intelligent writer and addresses SO MANY different societal issues!  I really wish I could read this book with a book club because they were just coming at me so quickly I didn't even digest half of them.  
Labeling (people) has been on my mind a lot lately and it was brought up in the book as well:
"I'm not anything," Denise said.  "I'm just me."
She wanted above all to be a private person, an independent individual.  She didn't want to belong to any group... She didn't want a label, she didn't want a lifestyle...

One Last Strike - Tony LaRussa
Did they think there no other Cardinals fans in Chicago?  They literally had two copies in all of Chicago Libraries.  When I reserved it I was sure I wouldn't see it for months (since so many other people would be reading it).  But I hoped and hoped.  And I never got it...
My dad got it for Christmas & let me read it, even before him!  
I loved it!  But to be fair if you don't love baseball, you probably won't enjoy it very much.

With my love of the library professed, I also need to acknowledge how much I love my local bookstore.  I swear every time I go in I could spend $100 if I didn't have any willpower.  I love it!


Popular posts from this blog

Veggie Tinga

I made Vegetarian Tinga for a mexican pot luck I went to on Tuesday.

Many people have never heard of Tinga, let alone knowing you can make it vegetarian style.  You absolutely can!  And it's so easy.

Traditional tinga is made of shredded chicken with chipotle flavoring.  I used cabbage instead of the chicken.

I looked at a lot of different recipes online, but couldn't find a recipe for the veggie tinga I had in mind, so I ended up combining the guidelines of those recipes and making my own.

Here's what I did:

1 onion
1 head of cabbage
1 7oz. can chipotle (the peppers in adobo sauce)
5 ish roma tomatoes
olive oil

-Saute onion in olive oil.
-Chop cabbage (I used youtube to help me figure out the best way to do that) add to onion and saute.
-Blend the chipotle and tomatoes in blender.
Note:  Some people only like to add the sauce from the chipotle peppers.  I added the entire can (including the peppers themselves).  It's up to you depending on how spicy you want it.  (I like my food s…


*Karen tells me that is not what I'm supposed to say, but it makes sense in my head...

Saturday I was in San Antonio for work, I did get to hang out with a friend while I was in town so that definitely made the trip better, combined with the fact that the volunteers there are just wonderful.

I knew Sunday was going to be overwhelming before I left on Friday.  I always write lists when I'm overwhelmed, I wrote a list.  (Even though I hardly referenced it on Sunday.)  Just writing it down helps me feel better.

Sunday we registered for at two places, starting at 9am.  When we finished the second one (which we were both dragging ourselves through) it felt like it was time for was 2pm.  Guys, this experience brought so much clarity to people's registerys.  I would not necessarily say it was a fun experience.  And I am very happy Mike seems to have a vision because we would limit the insane number of options down to a couple options together and then I would say I don'…


I said when I turned 30 in January I was going to start using moisturizer.  Now, 6 months later, I can say I've kind of achieved the goal, but not really...

I have a moisturizer from several years ago, which I received as a Christmas gift.  I used it off and on over the years, mostly off.  I've probably used it more this year than ever before, granted the bar was very low.

I don't like it though.  I don't like the smell or really how it feels either.

Then I heard True Botanicals released a lower-priced Basics collection designed for younger skin, technically for people in their 20s, but whatever.  I decided to try their hydrating oil (the smallest one) to see if I am able to be consistent with use.

First impression: I'm still figuring out how much to use, but I love the smell.