Category Archives: Not About Food

Getting over the stumbling blocks

This is an odd, disjointed post for a food blog. I hope you’ll indulge me just this once. It will include my week’s menus and even some food photos, to appease the gods of on-topic posts.

See? Food!

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I’ve been neglecting this blog lately, as part of a spiral I think most of you will recognize:

  1. Go too long between posts
  2. Feel bad about that and decide you’ll post as soon as you finish a really good one
  3. Get really busy and combine that with beating yourself up about neglecting the blog
  4. Lather, rinse, repeat

Two things have brought me out of my spiral. One was seeing this video, thanks to Meriah of With a Little Moxie. I really recommend it (and I thank YouTube for letting me embed it in privacy mode; I hate it when outside content wants to set cookies for my readers even if they don’t click the link).

The second thing was deciding to make this post. It’s not perfect. It’s not polished. It doesn’t say anything you haven’t heard before. But it’s my way of reaching out to you, and coming back to posting, because I believe that if you’re seeing these words, you’re part of my extended community, and I want to be a part of that community in my own, imperfect way.

Oh! And here’s my menu for the week. Nothing too snazzy. I’m in school more than full-time, and working besides, so even taking the few minutes to write this post feels like an indulgence. One that’s worth it, certainly, but an indulgence nonetheless.

Sunday:
Breakfast: Potatoes and eggs and oro blanco
Lunch: Veggie sloppy joes
Dinner: Kimchi soup and rice (James prefers not to have noodles in the soup itself, but I like something starchy with it, so I’ll toss some rice in my soup and let him choose for himself.)
Monday: Chicken with barbecue sauce; buttered noodles; peas; salad
Tuesday: Black bean burger tacos
Wednesday: I leave for school at 8am and get home around 11pm; James fends for himself, and I eat at the school cafeteria or I take snacks to snack on
Thursday: Spaghetti and meatballs; James’s “special zucchini”; salad
Friday: James will make us sandwiches or something. By Friday night, I’m fried.
Saturday: Dinner out with Guy; James will fend for himself

Let’s not be perfect. Let’s begin where we are, be ourselves, and share each other’s joys and struggles, shall we?

It’s technically food; it’s made of olive oil!

This isn’t exactly a food post, but it’s certainly in line with my mom’s frugal, do-it-yourself ethos, and it’s edible, so here I shall post it.

Several months ago, after Nutrogena changed the fragrance on my favorite shampoo to something I can’t use, I decided to take a page out of some of my friends’ books and go shampoo-free. Since then, according to James, every day is a good hair day for me. My hair is silky and gorgeous, and I only have to use the medicated stuff once a month or so, as opposed to every time. I use baking soda and cider vinegar the rest of the time, and I’m telling you, it’s soooooooooo much cheaper.

Because giving up shampoo was such a positive (and money-saving!) experience for me, and because I already make my own laundry detergent, I was positively inclined to listen to this article on washing one’s face without soap. I had to buy castor oil (got it in the drugstore), but the only other ingredient is olive oil, so I went for it.

So far, my face is already very soft. My brain is having a hard time not seeing that as dirty/greasy, but like the shampoo experiment, I’m going to give this method two weeks before I decide how successful it is. Not sure if it’s any cheaper than the fragrance-free Dove bars I usually use, but it’s certainly not very expensive, and a little really goes a long way.

Let me know if you know of other natural cleansing methods, will you? I can’t use scented products unless I’m in the mood to have water blisters all over my body, so anything you’ve tried that really worked and doesn’t contain perfume would be greatly appreciated.