Monday, January 21, 2008

Looks gross, tastes great!

I'm taking exercise sports science this term, and also just being a public health major, I am subjected to daily discussion regarding obesity and cardiovascular disease. I actually really love it because every time I find myself eating a LaConga burrito, I feel as guilty as I justifiably should! Anyway, here is one of my more healthy recipes to pass along, although it is by no means, the prettiest.
Spicey Curried Lentils with Winter Vegetables
Cooked brown rice
2 cups french lentils
1 liter box of vegetable stock
1 bunch of greens (kale, collards, chard, cabbage)
1 head of cauliflower
3 cloves of garlic
1 medium onion
Nutritional yeast
Bragg's liquid aminos (or soy sauce)
Spicey curry powder (or regular curry powder and cayanne to taste)
Olive oil

Add a couple tablespoons of olive oil to pan and heat on medium. Thinly slice onion and dice garlic; add to warm olive oil. Cook over medium heat until onions are translucent (about 15 minutes). Thinly slice greens, chop cauliflower, and add to garlic and onion. Add curry powder, Bragg's and nutritional yeast to taste - about 2 tbls curry powder, 1 tbls Bragg's, and 2 tbls nurtitional yeast. I never put salt in anything, but this recipe probably needs it. Add vegetable stock to pan and bring to a boil. Add lentils and lower to a simmer. Cook until lentils are tender, about 20 minutes. Scoop over brown rice and enjoy complete protein, green glop :)

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Project Pedal

Gorgeous documentation of a coast to coast bike touring trip in the United States. This guy has the best, haunting, narrative voice. He films insanely beautiful footage from the road, talking about what it means to try something that seems so impossible and what happens along the way. Yes, it's a film about bike touring, and no, it's not a film about bike touring. You have to watch an episode to understand what that means.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Sydney Running

Originally uploaded by ButzLife
Yes. Her name is really Sydney Running. This is my new friend, Sydney. She has a huge mouth. She's a super badass- triathlete, marathoner, etc.... Best of all, she's just a funny lady.

Monday, January 14, 2008

A few of my favorite, or not so much, things...

A rapid-fire list of just random stuff:
  1. For dinner tonite, I made tofu smothered in nutritional yeast and Bragg's liquid aminos. I tossed the tofu with kale I broiled in the oven for 8 minutes, and had slightly crunchy, red potatoes on the side. The red potatoes are one of my favorite things that mom makes. Oh boy. Yummy stuff.
  2. This morning in my 8a.m. Exercise Sports Science class my super nerdy and extremely tall, gangly professor got so excited talking and backing up at the same time that he bumped into a table, causing loss of balance and a fall/sitting down on the table itself. He followed this up by saying (with a red face), "I wanted to sit here," to which we all replied with roaring laughter. Funny stuff.
  3. When people see you riding your bike really fast, they think you don't see them. What I am doing is calculating in my super-sharp mind the exact anticipated trajectory of their body in motion as they are walking and I will swiftly pass them once they have safely crossed my path. But. People always FREAK out and STOP mid-walk, throwing me off, which them causes me to STOP my bike and nod my head indicating that they should keep walking, and sometimes I have to say, "GO!" Pedestrians are so passive.... Annoying stuff.
  4. I came home today and accidentally stepped on kitty's tail. He screamed at me. Sad stuff.
  5. Corvallis residents who are Allied Waste customers all received commingled recycling roll carts last week!!! Yeaaahhh! Now we can dump all our happy recyclables in one big can that dwarfs the garbage cans. Finally we're catching up with other parts of Oregon on these issues. RAD STUFF!
  6. I bought a new bio-degradable laundry soap last week, which was also supposed to by hypoallergenic. I now have a full blown rash. I bought infant bubble bath, baby soap, and special cream that's supposed to heal itchies. I figure nothing is more hypoallergenic that infant stuff. It's awful. I talked to a friend about this on Sunday and he had a horrible itchy eye rash last year, which they finally figured out was due to the same detergent. BAD stuff.

Saturday, January 05, 2008

New Years Feast

The full spread....
Josh, Ashley, her friend Amelia, Phil and I feasted on all sorts of goodies before playing a fun game of Imagine-If. We caught a taxi to the bowling alley around ten thirty and brought in the new year with cosmic bowling and champagne. I owe a lot of thanks to the above mentioned folks for cleaning up the giant loads of dishes and "molly messes".

Clockwise from bottem left: Vegetarian gyoza, jungle juice vodka stuff, spicey peanut spread, rice noodle salad, curried samosas, pineapple fried rice (in a pineapple!), fresh salad rolls, and smoked salmon sushi!!
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Compuslive Scheduling

Two days until school begins again and I am refreshed. So far, I have completed my spreadsheet of my weeks for the next eleven, but I usually only stick to this until halfway through week one. I am registered for 19 hours of class and I have registered myself with myself for the following weekly activities: 17 hours of official study time; 11 hours of lab work; 5 hours of time at the gym; and 9 hours of sleep per night. One thing I'm trying that I have never tried before is scheduling time for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Hopefully this will help normalize my life and keep me healthier than I usually am around weeks 8, 9 and 10.