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September 27, 2017

I can’t even remember where I got that phrase, but I use it all the time. Things and stuff. Anyway, here are some things I like. And stuff.


I really, really loved this post by Christina. I think a lot of us (me included) tend to underestimate the work that bloggers and YouTubers and Instagrammers and Twitter peeps do. Many bloggers have written posts about how hard the work is, but this is the first one that had me totally hooked, reading through, thinking, “GIRL. That’s a lot of work.” For me, social media on its own would be a hard job. I can’t imagine trying to keep up with multiple platforms, multiple daily posts, responses, links, follows, etc. GAH. Makes me tired just thinking about it. Anyway, I thought this was really well written and interesting. I LOVE day-in-the-life type things. Maybe I’ll post one soon.


So my friends Mia and Josh just had a baby girl named Zara Grey. I haven’t gotten to meet her yet, but I’ve seen photos, and I just want to scoop her up! I also think I should probably call her Zara, but I love Zara Grey so much that I’ve decided it’s her official Crystal-name. Like, one word, Zaragrey. (I think I end up renaming a lot of my friends’ kids, though often, they all become Pickle, because for some reason, to me, Pickle is the correct name for something tiny and cute and sweet.)


I read this post and really loved it. There are some really juicy bits – about finding patterns, designing an environment conducive to being the person you want to be, and reducing the amount of energy it takes to do something that moves you toward your goals.


We have reinstated Monday Movie Nights. We used to go to the movies every Monday night – it gives me something to look forward to, especially on Sunday evenings, when the world seems to become sad and grey, and I begin to dread the work week. (Even though I actually do enjoy my work, it’s still work.) So this Monday, we went to see mother! I’ve decided that it’s not a film I can recommend – it’s violent, over-the-top, sometimes offensive, possibly gone-too-far into the realm of art and pain. But I can’t stop thinking about it, and I don’t know if that means it was a successful film. It reminds me of how I felt after watching Requiem for a Dream or Precious. Kind of horrified, but still intrigued. How’s that for a vague movie description?


Other films we’ve watched recently: The Big Sick (SO GOOD, and now I adore Kumail Nanjiani, and I might possibly watch Silicon Valley), Baby Driver (I totally resisted watching this movie just because of the title, but I ended up really liking it, and also, the soundtrack is heaven), and, unfortunately, Kong: Skull Island. I really, really did not like this movie. (Insert sad face here.)


Current song in my head: White Gloves by Khruangbin.


That’s it for today. Unless you want to look at this.

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In which we embrace the plant-base

August 19, 2017

(Oh hi, it’s been a while, we’re changing things on the blog, etc.)

We’ve been cooking a lot of plant-based dishes lately. This summer, we had a big scare when Justin’s dad had a heart attack. He’s doing great now (walking a lot, eating better, and losing weight!), but at the time, we just didn’t know what the next day would bring. We spent a lot of time in hospital waiting rooms, talking with family, and praying.

We are so grateful that things turned out okay (even if it took 6 stents to get there). Afterward, Justin (finally) got a physical and had bloodwork done, and his cholesterol was high. Um, huh? We eat so healthy! I cook veggies! He exercises for 1 – 2 hours every day!

But then there are genetics, and then there are the many dinners out, and then there are the weekly brunches with eggs cooked with lots of butter, and bacon, and cheese omg the cheese. So yeah, we probably eat better than a lot of Americans, but I haven’t been cooking as much lately, and we don’t make the best decisions when we eat out.

So! We’re making better decisions about our food. We’re still omnivores – I’m not turning down the excellent steak we had at Jeffrey’s for our anniversary (18 years wtf), or the parade of sushi at Otoko last night. We still eat eggs and cheese and charcuterie. We’re just eating much less of it, we’re cooking at home more, and we’re choosing more veggie-based options as much as we can.

Because I’m a dietitian and a food geek, it’s actually fun to have a new spin on things. New challenges, new ingredients, new recipes. It’s not as hard as you’d think – and I’m really proud of how well Justin is doing in the decisions he makes on his own. (My cholesterol and such were great, by the way, but exercise is my enemy, so we’ll start with food.) ;)

I had already been obsessed with vegan YouTube for quite some time. I have tons of ideas and resources, and I’m having a lot of fun with it. As the weeks go by, I want to make note of the things I miss cooking, so we’re sure to include those as much as we can. So far it’s just ground beef. I grew up on that stuff. I love that stuff.

We’re totally up for trying different ground beef substitutes. The Beyond Meat Feisty Crumbles were just NOT our cup of tea, but I remember liking Boca crumbles at one point in our vegetarian years. I’ll let you know how that foray goes!

Anyway (wow, that was long-winded), one of my favorite things is spaghetti with meat sauce. So instead of ground beef, I blitzed some mushrooms in the food processor, sautéed them for a bit, then stirred them into our favorite marinara. And since we like to top our spaghetti with cheese, I tried making some vegan “parmesan,” which I really liked! (Though I’d use a bit less garlic powder and salt next time.) And I was completely happy with my spaghetti, and Justin’s arteries were completely happy with it as well.

Maybe tomorrow I’ll show you the double cheeseburger we ate to balance it all out. :D

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Independence Day = Hope

July 4, 2017

Word association:

Independence Day
Aliens
Ridley
My friends Bud and Lex
Old trucks
My dad
Car shows
Candy apple red
Halloween
Fairies
Tinkerbell
Disneyworld
Fireworks
Sparklers
Champagne
Strawberries
Pretty Woman
Julia Roberts
Brown Eyed Girl
Van Morrison
Moondance
New York
Skyline
Night Sky
Hope

Happy Independence Day!

(I’m going to guess that there’s one person out there who can follow my random thoughts, and he’s the love of my life) ;)

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Day of the Dad

June 18, 2017

It’s midnight, so technically it’s not Father’s Day anymore. But I’m still thinking of my dad, and his smile, and how he magically knows how to do everything, from baiting a hook to building a miniature dollhouse, from frying Oreos to rebuilding a 1955 Cameo, and how he worries about me, in his quiet way, and how he beams when all his babies are nearby, and how he’s changed, for the better, and how he’s become stronger and younger somehow, and how much I love him. That’s all.

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Don’t Let Me Down

June 15, 2017

Sometimes, when the world feels a little crazy, I look for this video. It’s the rooftop, and the wind, and the fur coats and the Bobby hats, and George laughing, and the cameraman in the shot, and the way the song just feels like a bit of fear and a bit of hope, and the […]

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