Good morning! It’s been a while, right? I can’t thank Lauren, Jessie, Ameena, Caitlin, and Beth enough for holding down the fort while I unplugged for the long weekend. In case you missed any of these wonderful guest posts, be sure to check them out here:
- Take Control: 5 Tips For Managing Your Time and Your Life
- Mixing Up Fitness for Health and Happiness
- Why Los Angeles Is Overrated
- Planning A Visit to NYC
- Home Chef: Simple and Delicious Mexican Meals <— definitely going to try the recipe ideas here!
And whether you’re a reader or a blogger, if you’d ever like to write a guest post for LVP just shoot me an e-mail with your idea and we’ll schedule a time for it to go up. I always love finding new writers through other people’s blogs, and it’s fun to have a little variety!
In other, more embarrassing news… I am currently without a phone. I’m not afraid to admit when I do silly, thoughtless things, but this one really takes the cake. On Monday night, after a four-day weekend, I was a little nervous that I wouldn’t be able to wake up for school. So insteadof keeping my cell phone (which functions as my alarm) near by bed as I usually do, I put it on my desk… balanced over a mug of water.
You see where this story is going. The vibrations of the alarm must have knocked the phone off its balance, and I woke up to find it half-submerged in water.
Soooo it’s been taking a rice bath for the last 24+ hours – the battery is in basmati, the body is in wild. I’ve been hearing for years that rice does a really good job of absorbing water and bringing electronics back to life, so hopefully this works! But so far, only a sad little red flashing light comes on when I put the two together again.
I’m long overdue for an upgrade and a new phone, but what complicates matters is that I was gifted a new iPhone for my birthday, and those don’t even come out until tomorrow. And I hear there’s a really long waitlist! So this whole thing is completely my fault and actually kind of funny, but it’s the first phone I’ve ever broken so I’m not being too hard on myself. I just wonder how long I can go without one!
Illustrating how reliant I am on technology, the whole day felt off yesterday. I’ve worn a watch since I was 9, but I always set it a little fast so I kept thinking I had more time than I did. Enjoyed a leisurely breakfast of amaranth pudding:
- cooked amaranth reheated in almond milk
- brown sugar
- 1/2 banana
- goji berries
- sunflower butter
Tuesdays are my long day, with four classes spread from 9 AM – 7 PM. Not terrible, but I’m kind of all over the place. I ate lunch between classes: a leftover spinach-tofu stir-fry served over fresh spinach, and an apple.
I have a 3.5 hour break in the middle of the day, and while it would make more sense to stay on campus and get things done, I usually give my brain a break and go home and relax for a bit. Unfortunately, on my way back to school, the Occupy Wall Street protest had moved directly into Crosstown Bus line, and it took over an hour and a half to get to class.
Politics aside, some fancy CSA grapes to munch on the bus:
After class, I met Rebecca, Sarah (Rebecca’s sister) Shayne, Sofia, Leslie, and Megan at Pazza Notte for happy hour. Leslie, Megan and I first went there together last summer, drawn to their 2-for-1 martini deal. Still, I didn’t look up the exact address before I left the house, and spent a good 30 minutes walking up and down 6th and 7th avenue trying to find the place. Not having a phone is hard!
I wasn’t up for my second dirty martini last night, so Sarah helped me out.
When I got home, I had some steamed yellow beans and leftover Spaghetti with Walnuts and Anchovies that my dad had made.
I know anchovies can be a little intimidating… you’re probably picturing something really fishy and weird, which is definitely not what you want your pasta to be. But I was converted to anchovies earlier this year, and just a little bit goes a long way to add a lot of flavor. This pasta is no exception. I kept going back to the fridge and eating cold forkfuls!
For dessert, I had a bowl of vanilla ice cream with Sea Salt Soirée chocolate. Must restock the dairy-free frozen treats… my tummy was not happy, but sometimes the pain is worth that creamy goodness.
This week will be a week for cooking!
Week 2: Lentil Chili
Week 7: Curried Parsnip Fries
Week 8: Curried Lentils & Sweet Potatoes
Week 13: Grilled Cheddar-Mushroom Sandwich
Week 15: Green Rice
Week 19: Chopped Kale w/ Hot Pepper Vinegar
Week 27: Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge
Week 28: Choco-holic Pancakes
Week 29: Green Israeli Couscous Salad
Week 32: (Modified) Tomato Salad on a Roll
Week 33: None
Week 34: None
Week 35: Pappardelle with Spiced Butter
Week 37: Nut-Butter Crusted Fries
Week 40: Chocolate Cherry Pumpkin Bread
Week 41: Pumpkin Boatmeal for One
What’s the longest you’ve gone without a phone? And do you have any tips for reviving a dead cell?