Monthly Archives: August 2012

Study Break

Editor’s Note for Context:  I decided to go to PA school. There. I said it. Can’t go back now. Ok, I’ve said it before that to some other people. Several times actually. But now it’s “out there”. Feels so official.

Considering class doesn’t start until tomorrow I learned a lot today. For example, I learned what the heck gram-negative and gram-positive bacteria is and which general class of antibiotics you would use to treat each. I mean, nowadays you can just google that information but I guess the point is that information is now in my HEAD. haHA! Take that Wikipedia! This also means I’m one more teeny-tiny half-baby-step closer to becoming a PA. I mean, it’s not like I’m going to be prescribing meds any time soon. Although I guess that could be only 4 years away, and 4 years can be a very long period of time or a very short period of time depending on if you are a high school freshman or mother of a kindergartner. I fall under neither of those categories therefore I will consider it a medium length period of time. Longer than it takes me to put together a photo book, but shorter than it took me to graduate from college. (<– Sentences that make me sound pathetic.)

Anyway…bacteria->antibiotics->prescriptions->kindergartners->being pathetic…are you still with me? We’re about to bring this tangent back home.

Microbiology has other fun facts. For example, Microbiology text books love to talk about STDs. They are microbes, so this seems generally appropriate, however I wonder if this is saying something about how Microbiology textbook writers think they can make information relatable to their generally college-aged readers.

In unrelated news I got my external hard drive back in a new (and I have to give Apple credit here) less eye appealing box. I took a photo of it then realized it was too monotonous looking to post. The important thing is that all 4-bajillion (give or take) of my photos made it safely into their new home and photography can begin once again. Huzzah! Here’s one I’m glad I didn’t lose:



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How to make lunch without even trying

Dear reader,

Be thankful I deleted the first version of this post. It was long, rambling and bogged down with more with tangents then a trig exam. Even I was bored. In hindsight, it was indicative of how my brain’s been working lately but before I get on a tangent in my anti-tangent prequel here are the cliff notes to my original post. Which I did as a math equation because now all I can think about are tangents.


(Completely preoccupied with 5 year plan * 2 weeks)/eating to sustain energy levels = (Fridge full of uneaten produce – bananas – almonds)^recently drained Starbucks card = lethargic Kristy

Mentally focused Kristy = sleep + x

Solve for x

X = eat actual food =

I like Applegate products because they make convenience foods (like the Italian chicken sausage above or deli meat) that still resembles food. They typically have about 5 ingredients or less – all of which I can pronounce – and come from animals that were raised healthfully (which I could explain what I mean by that but I won’t for brevity). Combo this with a tomato basil salad I put together while waiting* for the sausage to cook and the end result is that I finally had a decent meal and it came together in under 10 minutes.

* I use the term waiting loosely here. Technically it should have taken the whole 10 minutes to cook the sausage in the skillet, but I was too inpatient so I sliced it in order to get it to cook faster. I bet you thought I did that to make it look pretty? Nope. I’m just really flippin’ inpatient.

My next goal is to not eat a banana with almond butter for dinner…again.

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Tomato Salad

This past spring I finally had the opportunity to join a CSA. For those of you not in the know yet, CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. It basically means at the beginning of the year (typically around March) you buy a share of a local farm and then each week you get to pick up your freshly grown produce. To be honest, the only downside I’ve found with being part of a CSA is that I don’t have a reason to visit the farmer’s market as often. I LOVE the farmer’s market. I actually remember the first time I visited the Saturday market here in CoMo. I was on the phone with my mom at the time and as I drove up and saw the market in all its glory I gave my mom the “I’ll call you back!” and hung up on her. I was that excited. Luckily, she doesn’t appear to have held it against me over the years.

Anyway, I have to plug the Root Cellar here. They were the only reason I was able to do it. I’ve wanted to join a CSA since about 2006 but could never fork up $400-$500 all at once to pay for a year’s worth of produce. Lucky for me, since the Root Cellar is a local grocer the put together their own CSAs from several local farms and are able to sell them on a weekly basis. This means that for $20 a week I get a TON of produce – all of which is local and most of which is organic. For example, this past week I got the largest eggplant I’ve ever seen, peaches, basil, greens, tomatoes, jalapeño peppers, summer squash and onions. Which leads me to the recipe…

…in a second. Lately I’ve been getting a lot of tomatoes and basil. Tomatoes are one of my favorite, favorite, favorite parts of summer. It’s like summer doesn’t really happen for me until I cut into the first truly red tomato of the year. I’ve been known to eat a pint of cherry tomatoes for lunch. Mmmmm. I digress. But even with that the tomatoes can pile up on me if I don’t eat them consistently. To help with that I’ve been making tomato salad as a way to use both them and the basil up. It’s super easy and I can use up leftovers in a lot of different ways. I’ll eat this on top of a bunch of greens as a salad, put it on top of a piece of fish or eggs, add in shrimp to make a quick lunch or mix in some pine nuts for a snack (what I was doing in the picture below). Here’s my recipe – though if you know me you know I don’t actually measure anything, which is why I don’t include any here. Sorry. You’ll live. And it will probably still taste good.


1-2 medium tomatoes, diced – I try to remove most of the seeds as well

1/2 small red onion very thinly sliced – or more considering your social situation

1-2 glugs olive oil – if you keep good olive oil in the house, now would be the time to use it

3-4 dashes (maybe 1 Tbsp) balsamic vinegar – fun fact:  it’s taken me at least 3 years to learn how to spell balsamic correctly

1-2 cloves garlic – or more considering your social situation

basil, chiffonade – lots! that stuff is GOOD!

salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste – I don’t have anything to write here, I just wanted to be consistent


Put in bowl. Stir. Taste. Adjust. Eat. Repeat.

Other options:

  • jalapeño and cilantro instead of basil
  • add in mango
  • add in pine nuts
  • lime and avocado instead of balsamic and basil


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Conversations with Myself

I wish the following post was an exaggeration. I also wish this was the first time I’ve thought through things like this.

YES! I want.

It’s out of your budget right now.

But they’re, like, $60 cheaper than my current running shoes!

And $90 out of your budget.

But I need these shoes.

No you don’t, you’re just telling yourself that.

No, really, I swear. My shoes have well over 600 miles on them already.

True, but I think you can wait. It’s not like you’re running a marathon next month.

But…I need them.

You’ll live.

Isn’t my budget more of a guideline? I’ll be fine. I won’t even notice it.

You’ve said that before. I also recall you eating trail mix for lunch several days in a row because you had no more food in your fridge.


Glad we’ve settled that.

I bet Jesus would want me to have these shoes.

…I’m not going to validate that statement with a response.

I wish I made more money.

You’re richer than 99% of the entire planet.

I think I need to go buy some almond butter…

No you don’t. That’s an excuse to be in the vicinity of Dick’s Sporting Goods. You’re going to “swing by” to try them on and inevitably impulse buy them.

It’s not an impulse buy! I’ve wanted pink running shoes for, like, 3 months now!

Yeah, an eternity. How have you survived?

I know! So I should buy them!

I was being sarcastic. Now go clean the kitchen.

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