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Waiting for Yarn

I’m ready to start knitting again, so I bought yarn on ebay! Supposedly it is “soft and silky” rayon. I just hope it isn’t scratchy. I like to feel yarns before I buy them, so ebay yarn buying can be disappointing. But here they are!
They’re both small stranded so I won’t look like I gained 10 pounds in a bulky knit sweater, and in huge quantity so I can make big things like long sweater jackets out of them :) Or many small things that all match …. ohh the possibilities.

I have been very impatient about waiting to win these bids and now I have to wait longer for them arrive. This online yarn purchasing takes too long. But it yields the best prices. Sigh.

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Veggies!

Itty bitty strawberry. I wish they would grow more than one at a time already!But then….. BAM bell pepper! I’m very excited for this pepper. I gave the plants some compost plant food a week ago and they are growing like crazy now. This bell pepper is going to turn red when it’s ripe – can’t wait. I hope it gets bigger, but I hope it gets done before we go to Alaska. We won’t be able to take the veggie plants with us :( Too cold.

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She still knits… right?

There comes a time in every knitter’s year when an absolute, if not at least partial, burnout occurs. I am in one of those phases. This happens about twice a year for me and I usually take a month or two away from knitting. By the time that’s over I’ve completely forgotten why I ever stopped knitting in the first place!

I haven’t knit anything for 3 weeks. That’s right. I’ve been reading knitting blogs again. That usually happens when I’m almost ready to start again. I need a new project though. I’m feeling like something slinky… something in a shawl perhaps… I’ve been wanting to try an entrelac scarf but then again I’ve been longing for a vegan version of my clapotis shawl/scarf. It took me hours and hours to make this beautiful lace weight LONG and slinky…. and unfortunately wool scarf. It’s black and wonderful, but alas I will never wear it again. It now belongs to my mom, along with my well broken in suede birkenstocks. (Sigh. I want a new pair of vegan birkies…. I don’t care how unattractive they are, they’re SO comfy) Anyway, I think another clapotis would make do nicely. Gotta find me some slinky vegan yarn…. hmmm, ebay?

Yes, a shawl would be good. Then I can get back to Stephanie’s mittens and onto Lucia’s wrist warmers :) I think I knit mostly for other people because I’m never quite satisfied with the end result, so I give it away so I don’t have to look at it anymore. Is that weird? Oh well. Wish me luck that I get back into my groove. (“HEY! You threw off my groove!”)

And here is something I have been wanting knit since the winter of 2004 and that is the Edwardian style tea dress Belle Epoque – it’s just so cute. And I’m slim enough now to pull off the tunic over jeans thing, which I wasn’t able to do in 2004. Ok, I’m going yarn shopping.

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Runs Like a Girl

And that’s the truth :) I am very proud of myself today. I went to the track and ran the fastest lap I have ever run. I ran 1/4 mile in one minute and 40 seconds – so translated to minutes per mile, that would have been a 6:40 mile! That is the fastest I have ever run, well, when timing myself I guess. Then I ran two separate 1/2 miles and did them both at an 8 minute per mile pace.

I think I really hit the nail on the head by jumping from slow long distance to fast short distances. My marathon fitness and endurance is peaked, so now I’m running fewer miles but I can really get more quality workouts from them. I want to get fast! And it’s working so far. When I warmed up, my easy shuffle jog turned out to be between 10-11 minute mile pace – that is a minute faster than my previous warm-up pace of the 12 minute mile. Man, I have been stuck in that 12 minute mile rut for months – years even. Now I’m breaking free!

I haven’t set up any reasonable goals yet, I’ll have to chart them out, but I intend to keep up quality running sessions. I think I’ll try for two laps at 6:40 pace, and a full mile at 8 minute pace. And it would be awesome if I could do a 5 minute mile. Even if I can only do one lap at that speed, I would feel like I was flying.

I want a shirt that says ‘Runs Like a Girl’ – a badass girl!

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Ok, so the pizza was not great. I guess I’m not a fan of tofu ricotta. But the crust was delightful. (To anyone just tuning in, I tried a new pizza last night from Vegan with a Vengeance.) But the toppings I made – Bleck – I couldn’t take the texture. Although it was extremely satisfying crumbling the tofu in my fingers to make it ricotta-like!

I am not so picky in my foods as I used to be. My eating lifestyle will keep me healthy, happy and just plain alive for longer. I am very happy with my eating lifestyle. Not just the veganism, but the healthiness and the balance where I can maintain my weight. I am in the best shape of my life. I am completely convinced that animals products are harder to digest and therefore are the main contributers in a diet to being overweight. And anyway, you get so much more from a varied plant-based diet. I mean, the amount of beans and nuts I eat alone put me off the charts for my folic acid requirements. I was concerned about that because the majority of adult females do not get enough, according to some such study somewheres… but I get a ton. There will be slim to nill chances that my infants will have spina bifida.

I know I am only one person, but I get so discouraged watching people devour meat after they seem to show some understanding for vegetarianism. I was at a barbeque today and watched chickens cut in half being grilled and thought ‘Look at the massacre. I wonder if there are even any that were once a pair’.

If anyone in my family even becomes half a vegetarian because of me I would be in awe. I still have hopes for my little cousin. She tried it with very good intentions but she’s only eleven and it’s not easy. But I have hope still. We’ll get all the girl cousins veggie someday :) In the meantime, I’ll eat my potatoes and beans and veggie burgers and try to be content with doing my part.

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I have been cooking up a storm lately and I love, love, loves it. We’re in Albany, Oregon again staying with Joe’s mom and soon-to-be step-dad. Joe’s mom bought a cookbook so she could cook us vegan food, but I’m the one hogging the book. I’ve been claiming the “dinner-making” rights since we got here, for the sole reason that I’m having too much fun playing gourmet vegan chef.

The cookbook is called Vegan with a Vengeance by Isa Chandra Moskowitz. (Isa, you are my new hero.) She is the co-host of the cable show Post Punk Kitchen, a vegan cooking show filmed in her own kitchen. I say “a” vegan cooking show, when I should say “the ONLY” vegan cooking show. I have yet to find out what time it airs, and I assume on the food network? Anyone?

From the book I have made:

Herb Roasted Potatoes – baked casserole style with onions and garlic (Joe’s new favorite dish)
Maple-Mustard Glazed Potatoes – same thing except with the yummiest sauce you can imagine (Jenny’s new favorite dish)
Chickpea and Broccoli casserole – it looked cheesy and casseroley like there was egg and cheese
Indian spiced rice with almonds – substituted some spices and served with the chickpea casserole, they really made a great combo
….and for the sweet tooth…..
Banana Oatmeal waffles – delicious; once with raisins and once with blueberries
Pumpkin muffins – delightful, thought I must admit that I was hoping for more pumpkin pie taste
Peanut butter oatmeal cookies, and crispy peanut butter cookies – both turned out delicious, but the oatmeal ones were the best because they tasted almost exactly like girl scout cookies!

And tonight I am branching out and making my first vegan pizza. It’s a combination of the pizza stuff in the book, but it is the basic dough with the Tofu Ricotta Cheese, which (though I had my doubts) really looks and tastes like ricotta cheese; and a mix of the Garden Blend and Classic Pesto – basically a very green looking puree. That will go over some red pizza sauce in big dabs and will be covered in mushrooms and olives. Oh, my stomach is grumbling.

Oh yes, and we cannot forget the lesson learned tonight. Whole Wheat Pastry dough is NOT a good substitute for all purpose flour when making bread/pizza dough. I started kneading and it broke all over the place. Whole wheat flour is made from hard wheat and becomes tough because of strong gluten strands, and when it says whole wheat pastry flour is means soft wheat. It just doesn’t have the gluten strength to make elastic dough, but it’s great for pastries and baking!

So for dessert tonight we’re havign cinnamon rolls out of the accidental pastry “pizza” dough.

I’m glad I’m going running tomorrow.

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Ok, so I’m going in the opinion column direction for these book reports – but hey, it’s my blog :)

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