Tuesday, November 1, 2016

fall leaves + knitting

you know, I wanted to sit down and write a post, but guys... I'm too tired.

working 5am opening shifts at a coffeeshop and simultaneously teaching a night class way across town? yeah, 0/10 would not recommend to a friend.

the leaves here turned suddenly and got very pretty, but it's only when you try to take a picture that you realize how much negative space there is in kansas.  by which I mean there's so much sky...and air that is not filled by trees.  the colors grab the attention in real life, but photos always seem a little sad.

if you like film photography at all, here's a random recommendation: I like this youtube channel.

last night was, of course, halloween.  I used my college graduation gown and my ravenclaw scarf and a wand carved by my brother out of a stick long ago to transform into a hogwarts student and distribute candy to neighborhood kids.  one little guy waited for me to fork over the goods before running away yelling, "gryffindor's better!"


I wrote a short story over the month of october, successfully finishing it on the 30th within my personally-set deadline. it's getting a lot of laughs and requests for a recording? I guess the little voices I developed to read it aloud are pretty entertaining.  if I figure out how to record it, I'll share it here sometime...

I'm off to take a quick catnap, I think.  hope you all are getting plenty of rest and that your weather isn't almost 80 degrees like it is here! ha... peace out, kids.

Friday, October 21, 2016

kale avocado pasta salad

hey guys, I figured it was about time to share this recipe once and for all.

I made this once upon a time inspired by another kale noodle bowl and you can probably find it in the archives if you want to, but every time I make it, I realize that my recipe is completely different... my littlest sister requested it last week, so I threw it together and noted the ingredients I use in the end.

it goes like this:

  • one package of gluten free rice spaghetti-style noodles
  • one bunch of kale
  • one big avocado or one and a half smallish avocados
  • generous splashes of lemon juice
  • generous splashes of liquid aminos
  • lots of salt
  • little bit of olive oil
  • one clove ish garlic, minced
  • grilled chicken (separate, chopped up)

I recommend making this a day ahead of when you want to eat it, because it's better if it's been in the fridge for awhile.

first of all, get some water boiling for your noodles.  meanwhile, wash and dry your kale and cut it up into bits/ribbons.  throw it in a big mixing bowl and kind of knead it with a small amount of olive oil and salt, and set it aside.

next, while your noodles are cooking, make the avocado dressing.  you'll put the avocado, lemon juice, liquid aminos, and garlic into a blender and puree it all up.  I add enough water for the blender to take and run it until it's all smooth.  you can also put the leftover avocado dressing on toast if you end up with too much!

drain your noodles, rinse them with hot water, and add them to the mixing bowl with the kale.  pour in the avocado dressing (it'll still be pretty thick) and use one of those grabby pasta spoon things to mix everything around so it gets tangled together.  cover the bowl and refrigerate for about a day... when you're ready to eat it, chop up some grilled chicken and add it to whatever portion you dish out, for protein.

this stuff is really good, you guys, and it makes a lot and lasts so well in the fridge... let me know if you try it out!

Sunday, October 16, 2016

parisi + the art of the early rise

as someone whose alter-ego is probably an old lady named gladys, I already knew that maintaining a consistent schedule is pretty pivotal.  I also already knew that the earlier I get up, the better I feel... but I didn't expect my early bird habits to start rubbing off on anyone, haha. upon realizing our weekly coffee date would be cancelled, a friend of mine suggested we hit up parisi on monday morning.  "early? 7 or 7:30?" she said.

that's real love right there, kids... someone getting up early to get coffee with you.  I'd been up since four, and the sun was just rising as we arrived, and it was kind of like two morning routines overlapping - mine, the stupid early one, and hers, the sensible one that allows for, you know, sleeping at all.

anyways, I'd been to parisi once before, and I ended up getting the same thing this time around: an oat milk latte.  it was pretty good (and pretty)! she had a london fog, which earned her gold star so there's that too.  about halfway through, I looked outside and saw that the trees are changing color.  I'm not sure why this surprised me.  it is that time of year, after all...

anyways, the park place parisi cafe has some decent vibes.  I think it would probably actually irritate me, but at 7:15am, when no one is around and the sky is pink, you can sit right by the window and look at the trees and cutesy little area, and maybe read some funny story in funny voices, and the vibes are good.  oh, and the coffee, too.  also good.

any more kansas city area coffeeshops we need to scope out? let me know in the comments!

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

october playlist

hey kids, happy october! it's my favorite month - did I say that already?  here's a lil playlist for ya. I've been going back this month and catching up on some second albums by bands I used to be into like kodaline, bastille, etc. etc.  sadly, they continue the trend laid out by josh garrels, fun., twenty-one pilots, etc. such that I prefer their first stuff over their later stuff.  oh well, still had a fair bit of stuff I liked to add in!  what are you listening to? I need more spooky songs in my life, so send me your october playlists...

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

hey here's a lot of words

here comes a rambly post. and I just put myself in mind of this song by laura marling, which I hadn't listened to in a long time.  but yes, a rambling man post.

these scones were made following this recipe with a few substitutions... gluten free flour, olive-oil-based butter, plain coconut yogurt, unsweetened almond milk, and everything-free chocolate chips.  my friend said, "let's make scones!" and I said, "uhhh yeah right out of what, cardboard?" and she said, "challenge accepted!" so she really showed me, eh?

I recently started a new job working in a coffeeshop, and laugh all you like, it's kind of always been a dream.  and I love it.  I'm working opening shifts, from 5am-9am weekday mornings and if you know me at all, you know I'm eighty-five years old.  therefore, I love getting up at four in the morning every day.  if you've never tried ye olde 10pm-4am sleep schedule, I highly recommend it.  I finish my short shift, come home, and kids are still eating breakfast of all things! I then have my whole day ahead of me. it's an adjustment to go to bed so much earlier than most of my friends, but it's worth being up for so many hours before anyone else...

and on my days off, I make a coffee and drink it out on the deck in the dark, reading my new true love t.e. lawrence, or writing a spooky halloweenish comedic short story.  I take the dog with me, but it's a little chilly for him, so I wrap him up in a blanket into a dog burrito.  essentially what I'm saying is that being up at four, waiting for the sun to rise, and drinking hot coffee in the cold with a cute puppy are all very aesthetically pleasing and that's how I make all my decisions in life, let's be real.

october is my favorite month of the year... and in the chilly dark, I pretend I've been camping, because that's the only time most normal people experience coffee outdoors at five in the morning, and when the sun comes up, it throws leaf-shadows on the screens like so...

it occurs to me that I may not have mentioned this here, but I'm going back to new york for three months in the spring to learn about floral design.  that's always a fun one to explain to people.  "so, you left applied math grad school...what are your new career plans?" and I get to say, "well, I want to do flowers, or maybe be an actuary."  you can really see them trying to fit those two together somehow.  speaking of actuaries, I just signed up for my first exam in november and I'm trying not to feel super pessimistic about it.  it'll be studying every day for me from here on out, because let me tell you, the fee is nothing to sneeze at.

so even though it's difficult to find work with an expiration date on my immediate stay in kansas, and even though I'm stuck in something that feels like limbo until february, and even though I'm stressed about finances and all of those nice adult things, there is a lot coming down the pipeline... anyways, that's what's been up with me.  how are you guys doing?  let me know in the comments! peace out, everybody.

Monday, September 26, 2016

summer reading: audiobooks

hey kids, more books!  these are (some of) the audiobooks I plowed through over the summer...

1. all of the harry potter books (picture from here).  all of them.  I still haven't gotten my hands on the new book/script/thing, but I will eventually read it for better or for worse.  fun fact: I teach middle school latin, and middle schoolers are all just as obsessed with harry potter as I am.  we get along fantastically, and even do our vocab drills for house points.... these are narrated by stephen fry who is just fantastic.  favorite characters, anyone?  mine is lupin...

2. the hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy and the long dark tea-time of the soul, both by douglas adams. the former a re-read, the latter new to me.  I forgot just how absurdly funny douglas adams is!  if you like weird science-fiction-comedy (or like, terry pratchett) then you should check these out.  long dark tea-time is actually narrated by the author! warning: occasional random strong language?

3. the sin of certainty, by peter enns.  this book I actually recommend probably reading hard-copy, as it's not a particularly good audiobook, it's just what was more convenient for me.  I heard peter enns on the liturgists podcast and decided to read his book. it's pretty good, in my opinion, but would have been easier to retain if I'd seen it on paper.

4. reaper man, by terry pratchett. a wonderful book, again a re-read, and even more fantastic than I remembered.  masterful understatement, quirky characters, plot twists, absurdity... good stuff.  narrator is also excellent on this one!  definitely worth listening to, even if you've already read the book on paper.

5. the weed that strings the hangman's bag and a red herring without mustard, both by alan bradley and books #2 and #3 of the flavia de luce series, respectively.  continuing onward in my re-read of the series as a whole, and enjoying them just as much the second time around.  may I also just say, the choice of narrator on these books is perfect.  I highly recommend consuming the series by audiobook rather than on paper.

what are you listening to these days?

Friday, September 16, 2016

september playlist

hey kids, here's a little playlist for this month... 

(p.s. watch my dog's eyes in the picture above!)