Monthly Archives: April 2010

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bliss

This weekend has been wonderfully rejuvinating, thank you all who texted me encouraging thoughts after my sad sally post hah it was much appreciated!

ANYWAYS it has become clear to me that my current lifestyle is in dire need of an overhaul, and this weekend really has cemented that idea. Saturday I was super busy, went to the fetch-a-palooza with kristen in search of a kitty but we were unsuccessful I am sad to report, although I did score some home made dehydrated fruit from the Red-Horse household!

The moment I returned from that the girls and I headed up to the heights to fetch money for Jen and to check out target, bought a really cute yellow shirt. We then went to the Grove for a delicious brunch! I had oatmeal and coffee, and the girls got eggs and hot chocolate yum!

When we got back to the dorms we freshened up and set out the the field to enjoy the festivities. We got there just in time for the African Dance presentation, it was so cool to watch and I regret not taking that class immensely. The sun felt wonderful and we decided to go the Jemez springs with our new friends, the roommates of Hiram and Jesse.

That plan fell through but we did play on the playground, laze about, eat a delicious vegetarian dinner of mushrooms and beets, and simon chopped up a watermelon, tasted like summer!THEN, be jealous everyone. we went to a private party at Winnings where we got free reign to go into the basement and dance to a live reggae band it was amazing but sweaty hahah

SUNDAY

Anyways, this morning I awoke refreshed. MAde tea, did the dishes, ate the rest of yesterday’s oatmeal and went and did homework in the Fine Arts library. This week has so much due and I made progress towards getting it all done!

what i crossed off the homework to do list:

1. Article

2. French workbook pages

3. French culture journal post

4. Started my Holocaust memoir

5. Chapter 14 notes, quizzes a, b, and lecture for psych

6. Chapter 13 chapter test for psych

Jen and Kenzie came back from la po while i was scarfing my lunch (eggs, salsa, whole foods chips!) at 3 after returning from my Sunday meeting for work and we laid in the sun for an hour while I read a book for Literary Questions.

Well folks, that brings us back to the present. I wouldn’t normally go into that much detail about my life but it was just so lovely i felt i had to recap it, if only for my own memory purposes. I wont be getting on facebook this week, although my blog posts will probably still show up on my page.

I need to keep my facebook to communicate with those far away from me, both family and friends, but i began to use it for unhealthy reasons and im really not okay with that. I’m sure everyone’s lives are very supremely interesting, but i dont really care hahah and its not alright when i use to to check up on people that i trust with my love, i know that despite who they may talk to on facebook that we are solid and i know that.

it’s funny because the people who i care about the most, i dont even talk to over facebook generally. I was looking at kemp and my wall to wall thing and we only talk on it like once a year haha yet we text and call every day, i live with jen and kim, and i talk to my parents so yeah..thats my goal :) i will satisfy my boredom in other fashions!

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unwell

I realize comparisons to others inevitably occur and that 99.9 percent of the time (at least in my experience) the comparer comes out on bottom of the comparee(pretend thats a word for a moment). It’s not just that objectively looking at yourself and your life is impossible, but that sometimes your bias is correct.

I have really come to enjoy blogging as a means of it helping me sort through my cluttered noggin but when I surf other blogs..i cant help but feel miserable because I realize how far behind I am in comparison with everyone else.

I mean honestly, its just a fact. The pictures I put up are either amateur or not my own, I don’t make vibrant, fresh, beautiful meals photograph and I dont do anything truly exciting with my life.

I’m an average girl, going to a state university, wearing uninteresting clothing, and eating at the school cafeteria often. I write for the Daily Lobo, I drive a crappy manual Honda Civic, make an effort to recycle and make my bed everyday, I have a habit of not brushing my hair, I run religiously and am freakishly flexible, I talk too much and too loudly, I have quick temper but a rational mind, and I walk better in heels than in flip flops.

I’m goofy, I’m flawed, but I’m trying.

Perhaps it is just the nature of the gloomy day that has me feeling down, but I just feel so throughly inadequate and its not a recommended feeling.

Today itself has not been bad either! Last night my bed was super comfy after a good workout (in a odd outfit haha so i took a picture)so I slept well, woke up and did yoga to work out the kinks, had yogurt and fruit for breakfast, went to my one class, and covered a spontaneous dance performance for work. I ate lunch with the girls by the duck pond, and might hang with my mom later, it all seems like a good relaxing Friday but I seriously can’t fight my feelings right now.

Anyways, if anyone has words of encouragement you should text me or comment this post. Your support is totally appreciated and would really help me out of my funk ;) Hope all your days are going better than mine!

You can’t do anything about the length of your life, but you can do something about its width and depth. - Shira Tehrani

smooth

you have not truly seen a sunset till you’ve lived in albuquerque

GAH, i cant believe my freshman year of college is almost over! it seems like it has just flown by, pardon the cliche.

My dad and i were talking about it today over our annapurna vegan late lunch (he got the north indian platter, i got the roasted veggie sandwich YUM) and this year could not have been any more productive and beneficial to me. I got the chance to work for the paper in a way that would not of been possible as a freshman at a larger college, transition into college and spend time with my family, room with three of the most fantastic people I know, take some really great quality classes all for almost FREE.

I know i have bitched about UNM to no other, but i have really grown to appreciate it. We always have beautiful weather, i am surrounded by beautiful people, and i will not be in a huge amount of debt when i graduate! I am still unsure as to what my plans are for when I return from sweden, but I have the next year to figure that out.

In other news, i found a GREAT website for free yoga! which is fantastic because they have an amazine variety. It is all voice however, and no video so you have to know the poses and proper posture for all of them before hand..just a warning to any newbies who might be reading this and intrigued.

http://www.yogadownload.com/Default.aspx

Yoga really does help center you and keep you strong on the inside and outside. My legs were totally worked from boulder and then i came back and have hit the gym pretty hard the past two days, beginning my prep for the run for the zoo. Jen and I are going to do the 10k, which obviously would be easy to do without any training but i would like to put forward an at least partially respectable time.

WE ARE AT 21 DAYS TILL THE END OF SCHOOL PEOPLE! crunch time baby. lovin all the work, believe it or not. its sad how nerdy i am.

drink up

“Behind every successful woman…is a substantial amount of coffee.”

Stephanie Piro

let’s take a closer look at the second most popular drink on the planet, after water..

cof·fee

    1. Any of various tropical African shrubs or trees of the genus Coffea, especially C. arabica,widely cultivated in the tropics for their seeds that are dried, roasted, and ground to prepare a stimulating aromatic drink.
    2. The beanlike seeds of this plant, enclosed within a pulpy fruit.
    3. The beverage prepared from the seeds of this plant.
  1. A moderate brown to dark brown or dark grayish brown.
  2. An informal social gathering at which coffee and other refreshments are served.

what your coffee says about you ;)

VENTI BOLD COFFEE, NO ROOM

Typically bold, no room coffees or “red eyes” (coffee with an added shot) are ordered in the morning just as the sky changes from dark to sunlit. Expect this customer to be a corporate male on his way to the office who occasionally brings in his own travel mug to be eco-responsible. He may just order a blueberry scone… if it’s Friday.

DECAF, TRIPLE, TALL, 1 PUMP CINNAMON DOLCE, 1 PUMP HAZELNUT,  SOY, EXTRA-HOT, FOAMY, 1 RAW SUGAR  LATTE WITH LIGHT WHIP

This cup looks more like a Picasso painting than a drink order. Without a doubt, this customer has made his/her beverage as complicated as possible to show off considerable coffee expertise. This customer feels privileged and favored once the baristas know this order by heart, having it ready at the counter before they’ve even reached the register to pay. A dollar better hit the tip jar.

TALL CARAMEL MACCHIATO

Passion TeaThis customer stands back several feet staring at the menu board looking self-conscious. They refuse help with ordering and eventually spit out, “Tall caramel ‘mach-e-ah-to.’” They feel slightly ashamed when the barista says, “Oh, you mean, a tall caramel ‘mahk-e-ah-to?’” Typically they’re using up a $5 gift card. This person has no idea what a caramel macchiato really consists of except that one can never go wrong with “caramel.”

ESPRESSO CON PANNA

A double espresso shot with whipped cream, ordered by a true coffee-connoisseur with a sweet side, usually comes with a side of a vanilla almond biscotti and the New York Times. Follow this customer around the store, and you’ll see him sit in a chair, cross one leg over the other and dive into the Times. Unfortunately, unless you’re sipping your espresso on the streets of Italy, your coffee cultural identity is nothing more than ordering a Frappuccino and studying for your final exam in the neighborhood Starbucks located next to Einstein Bros. Bagels.

(http://www.sheknows.com/articles/804657.htm)

COFFEE FACTS

  • Coffee grows on trees and is actually a bean inside of a bright red berry!
  • It is the second most traded commodity on earth, after oil
  • October 1st is Coffee Day in Japan
  • Drinking a single cup of coffee that has been brewing for 20 minutes provides the body with 300 phytochemicals which act as antioxidants and stay in the body for up to a month.
  • more 1400 millions cups of coffee are drunk every day.
  • It takes 40 coffee beans to make an espresso
  • The average U.S. adult drinks 3.4 cups of coffee a day, or about 26 gallons of coffee a year.
  • People who buy coffee primarily at drive through windows on their way to work will spend as much as 45 hours a year waiting in line.
  • The expression “a cup of Joe” to denote coffee, was first coined during WWII, when American servicemen (G.I. Joe) were identified as big coffee drinkers.
  • Vincent Van Gogh was a big frequenter of the café society and famously said “I have tried to show the café as a place where one can go mad.”

BANANA COFFEE MORNING SCONES

Makes 8 to 10 scones

Start your day with a double shot of coffee – sip a mugful while nibbling a banana coffee scone.

Ingredients:
2 cups whole-wheat flour (or mixture of half whole-wheat and half all-purpse flour)
4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1/2 cup ripe banana, mashed (about 1 to 2 bananas)
1/4 cup low-fat milk
1/4 cup strong black coffee at room temperature
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Directions:
1. Heat oven to 425 degrees F. and lightly grease a baking sheet. In large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. Using a pastry blender or two forks, cut in butter until mixture looks like breadcrumbs.

2. In a small bowl, whisk together banana, milk, coffee and vanilla. Add to dry mixture, mixing gently to make a slightly wet dough.

3. Turn dough out on a lightly floured counter, and knead gently for about 30 seconds, forming it into a round flat disk. With a rolling pin, roll dough to a 1/2-inch thickness. Cut into evenly sized triangles (cut like you would a pie) and place on baking sheet. Bake 15 minutes or until lightly browned and the scones sound hollow when tapped.

Cappuccino Muffins http://homecooking.about.com/od/dessertrecipes/r/blmuff7.htm

Brownies http://www.epicurious.com/articlesguides/howtocook/dishes/recipeswithcoffee/recipes/food/views/Jamaican-Coffee-Brownies-with-Pecans-234819


intrigued? here’s some coffee links :

http://www.myrecipes.com/recipes/article/0,28747,1927541,00.html?xid=outbrain-mr-1209

http://www.positivelycoffee.org/

http://digg.com/food_drink/20_Most_Surprising_Health_Benefits_of_Coffee

http://curbly.com/diy-maven/posts/1881-top-10-uses-for-used-coffee-grounds

http://blisstree.com/eat/20-uses-for-leftover-coffee/

darling

now i an undoubtedly biased but you cant fight the fact that words are awesome, although some more so than others. seeing this as an opportunity for yet ANOTHER list (i am compulsively inclined to create endless lists..)

EH HEM..

futon- and all rhyming counterparts.. crouton, bhutan, louis vuitton

spatula- also has so many uses!

cracker- not the racist term

snippet- pointed out by jen

snack

taco- dont like eating them, love ordering them

tiger- RAWR

nugget- see taco, also an opportunity to say NUG

kerf -…(look it up)

ANNNDDDD if you haven’t already watched this..do so now ;) it was fun to make, and kim is very talented!

http://s857.photobucket.com/albums/ab137/KimberlyMetzVideos/?action=view&current=Sequence1.flv

intergalactic

OFF TO BOULDER :)

breather

WORD OF THE DAY:

pelf

–noun:

money or wealth, esp. when regarded with contempt or acquired by reprehensible means.

SUMMER COUNTDOWN:  27 days, 10 hours, 45 mins

So many things can be accomplished from the comfort of your own bed. I woke up at the correct time for my first class today, but my bed was so comfy I climbed back in and havent yet to leave it. I have not let this keep me from doing what I need to do however. I ate my yogurt and coffee and now I plan to write my article, catch up on my TV shows (since I have not had time to watch TV for two weeks basically), and take my ch 12 psych test.

I am giving myself this day because this will be the second weekend in a row where I do not relax all week, or the weekend. Not that I am complaining, i love travelling and doing stuff but i am a firm believer that at least one veg out day a week is required to maintain sanity, which is already in short supply in my brain so I am not taking any chances. ;)

I cannot STOP looking at lookbook! it makes me feel so inadequate, yet inspired at the same time. I wonder if you are born with style, or if it is just some innate gift that the lucky among us are blessed with. either way, im obsessed.

http://www.LOOKBOOK.nu

click it, if you dare..