Monday, October 20, 2014
Sunday, October 19, 2014
Know Your Mushrooms
Last night we watched the documentary Know Your Mushrooms. I found it to be a movie for men. The only women in the whole movie were incidental. Also, it was too basic. It seemed to be made for people who knew nothing about mushrooms, and that should not have been their intended audience. It should have been made for mushrooms freaks and aspiring mushrooms freaks.
My favorite part was about the magic mushrooms. I liked an expert's articulate description of a psychedelic trip he took. That was my favorite part of the whole movie.
So I got through the whole thing, the music was nice, I liked the purple sparkles, but it just wasn't that good.
Saturday, October 18, 2014
not entirely true
Do you know this idea that you chose your family before your birth? It's some kind of...reincarnation idea, or some idea of souls sitting up in heaven deciding "what they need to work on" in this life. I think it's bogus, but it's so popular! Why are so many people into this? I think people want to feel like they have some control over the situation? Or a way to justify radical forgiveness?
I decided on a song to work on, I think. I'm taking voice lessons. It's called "Present" by Thorn Coyle and it's pretty intense.
It's about resisting, loving our opponents, line crossing, the sticky situation of getting arrested by someone who doesn't want to arrest you... The song came out the year I graduated from grad school. Feels like a long time ago. I told someone that I was addicted to poetry and not political at the time. But that's not entirely true.
Friday, October 17, 2014
"I feel like celebrating," I told Ming.
We couldn't figure out how to celebrate in a way that didn't involve spending money. We did buy some raspberries.
At home Ming picked tomatoes.
Here's me yesterday at Inspiration Point.
Yisrael Family Urban Farm
Thursday, October 16, 2014
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Then we had vegan lunch at Anna's for $4.99 each and ran errands.
Then we went out to Carmichael and did the church bulletin. Swami had us to lunch, so we had lunch #2. It was fine. The bulletin has two inserts this month, so it was more work. But it was okay.
I played "Jaya Jaya Janani" and a Gayatri Mantra song on my phone and hope I'm not using up my parents' data plan.
Then we ran more errands and ate pretend hotdogs for dinner. I was like a little kid who refuses the bun.
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Could have photographed the pretend hotdogs.
I'm reading a book I like, cleaning up a little--threw a bunch of bedside clutter away. Still lots more to chuck.
Monday, October 13, 2014
jumping over camels
Yesterday I spent in Berkeley mostly by myself. The first floor of the library is fine, but the second floor has a huge airy skylit room that wowed me. I just sat in there, transfixed, in a huge wooden chair, and enjoyed it. Another highlight was Purple Cow boba. A lowlight was the drunk guy at the park who was yelling the whole hour I was there. He was mostly good-natured, but the person I was talking to on the phone could hear him the whole time too.
Today I have to pick up a package at the post office. We want to get more kombucha at the co-op. And we're seeing Ming's son R in Davis in the afternoon.
Saturday, October 11, 2014
Then we did tofu pickup. Ming asked D for the Food Not Bombs tofu recipe, expecting her to email it to him, but there is no recipe. Herbs, soy sauce, bake it for an hour at 350 or 375.
Then we went to lunch. We went to Maya's Taqueria, our favorite Mexican place. We split the breakfast burrito and eat chips and salsa. We ran into my friend S who was visiting from Portland. We were excited: hugs, plans.
Then we came home and talked to our neighbor. I got mail about fracking. And we got our ballots.
Friday, October 10, 2014
good pickled beets
Thursday, October 09, 2014
paint and sip
Wednesday, October 08, 2014
Tuesday, October 07, 2014
just when I think I'm king I must admit
Monday, October 06, 2014
Also there's a problem with my phone's mic. So maybe we'll go to the store today and see if they can test it or if they can just replace it.
I want to tell you something beautiful and good. We disturbed cute little birds, on our walk. We looked at a garden. Someone planted plants in hay bales and they don't seem to be growing.
This morning we were up early. Then the sun came up.
Sunday, October 05, 2014
Last night we went to a wedding. I colored in a Snoopy coloring book at the reception. I stood during the ceremony. It was fun. We didn't take even one picture.
I am in love with a song called "Present" by T Thorn Coyle. It's from 1998, apparently. That's the year I graduated from UCSB.
Also, yesterday we did tofu pickup for Food Not Bombs and planted some seeds at a That's Y Farms.
Today is rest.
Friday, October 03, 2014
Thursday, October 02, 2014
my current fridge oatmeal recipe
about a cup instant oats
a tbsp or so peanutbutter powder
a tsp chia seeds
two tsp flax seed meal
a little maple syrup
about...a cup soymilk (maybe more)
Put everything into a mason jar and shake shake shake. Let it sit in the fridge overnight. Enjoy with a long-handled spoon.
Wednesday, October 01, 2014
This afternoon we went to our friend Milt's farm. We needed to drop off some boxes. We waited for him to come home. And he gave us a tour. I liked the chickens and the tomatoes best. Here are some blue ones.
He gave us a box of acorn squash, a box of tomatoes (with six boxes inside the box), a lot of garlic, and four melons. What a nice friend.
red bean paste
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
It's good but too sweet. I never should have followed the sugar instructions.
We theorized that maybe our tomatoes are sweet because they're romas out of the backyard, not round ones from a store. So we didn't need any sugar at all.
making tomato soup
We walked to the co-op, the postie, the bank. Later we'll go to the library.
Here's the recipe I'm using minus the croutons.
Monday, September 29, 2014
I want to make my own red bean paste. But I don't know what to stuff with it. Maybe just eat it off the spoon.
Now I'm texting silly animals to my mom.
Our apartment complex's washer broke (again). So we went to Sudz Yr Dudz this afternoon, which was very nice. I wrote letters at the cafe next door. Ming handled the laundry, for which I'm grateful.