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As you may or may not be aware, via Reddit there are poems about cows on tumblr. This beautiful thread combines an introduction to the source with some scathing -- and metrical -- meta.

Tonight I have been apprised of a riff on the theme referencing a popular children's nursery rhyme. A friend followed up with The Moonsheep (and the original German).

Which, of course, led me on to the following.

Lies, by Jo Shapcott )

I'm never quite sure how much I like it -- I love the idea but something about the combination of not-quite-overwrought and not-quite-matter-of-fact doesn't work for me.

I would, naturally, be interested in both your thoughts and whatever livestock poetry you free-associate onto.
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♥ ♥ ♥

This week. This week started out hard, and then got harder. This week started out full, and then got fuller! This week was just plain exhausting. And full of changes — the big, sweeping, unexpected, life-altering kinds. But I feel like I’ve been writing about those kinds of changes a lot lately.

Live big or bust, right?

Here’s what the week looked like:

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We had a huge winter storm here last weekend, so windy and wild that it felled a fully mature eucalyptus tree in a nearby park.

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Which made for a perfect impromptu playground.

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I am a noodle slut, for reals.

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His very favorite place to be, when I’m puttering around the house doing chores.

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Coffee dates and chess lessons.

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♥ I mean my gosh that face! ♥

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Met this beautiful little spirit while taking a guided tour with an ethnobotanist who taught us about how the Native People (Chumash tribe) from our area used the local plants culturally, culinarily, and medicinally. It was amazing!

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Post card writing with his great-godmother. (“Dear Trump, Please stop immigration ban. Love, Waits”).

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Adventuring, always.

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“Oh mom, you can eat this plant! Definitely, I learned it in outdoor school. It’s totally edible.” Om nom nom . . . (he was right, it was chickweed).

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And this incredibly spirit! This is Athena. She was hit by a car and suffered a head injury, and is no longer able to live in the wild. But that’s okay — the wonderful people at The Natural History Museum take real good care of her. ♥

~~~

And now, it’s time for the one, the only, Le Love List!

This week was my monthly meeting at the Santa Barbara chapter of SURJ (Showing Up For Racial Justice) and I can’t even tell you how happy it made me. If you are one of those people (there are many) who feels like you are devastated by our current political situation, and you desperately want to DO something, but you just don’t know what — PLEASE look for a local chapter of SURJ in your area. This is the best, most organized, most goal- and action-oriented social justice organization I have ever belonged to, and it is amazing and it fills me with love and gratitude being surrounded by so many dedicated, motivated, and enthusiastic activists of all ages and backgrounds. It’s amazing. DO IT!!! // Waits has terrible poison oak and is itching like a fiend. But he insists that my homemade calendula salve works way better than Neosporin, so that’s awesome. // My current hair color. Feeling it. // Driving to work at the wine bar, and seeing my God brother leading an ecstatic dance group in the park . // Vegan ranch dressing. // Feeling like I have so many amazing friends. // A week from today we’re going to be at Disneyland!!! So excited. // Lazy mornings in bed with Jeremy. Also avocado toast. // Getting so much love at Five & 1/4. Feeling the small business community that we’ve built and the vegan community that we’ve built and the weird wine community that we’ve built, and feeling so grateful for all of it. Life is so strange and it snags and it slips and then it catapults you in directions you could have never imagined, and I learned long ago to not fight it, to try and just hold on tight and enjoy the ride. So I’m holding on tight for now, and feeling the love and enjoying the wild ride.

~~~

Alright guys, now it’s your turn! I really love reading your own Le Love Lists, so please leave them down in the comments below. What are the little things in your life that make you smile this week?

Happy Sunday, I hope you have a most wonderful week!

Just One Thing (26 February 2017)

Feb. 26th, 2017 06:21 pm
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It's challenge time!

Comment with Just One Thing you've accomplished in the last 24 hours or so. It doesn't have to be a hard thing, or even a thing that you think is particularly awesome. Just a thing that you did.

Feel free to share more than one thing if you're feeling particularly accomplished!

Extra credit: find someone in the comments and give them props for what they achieved!

Nothing is too big, too small, too strange or too cryptic. And in case you'd rather do this in private, anonymous comments are screened. I will only unscreen if you ask me to.

Go!

Fuuuuuuuck I had no idea

Feb. 26th, 2017 03:35 pm
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YouCaring: Help Heather Corinna Recover From Serious Spinal Damage

Heather (who founded and runs Scarleteen) is a heroine and a national fucking treasure. Please signal-boost and let's help look after her.
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  1. food )
  2. Also food. )
  3. Still food! )
  4. I am still chewing over last week's Elementary, and redemption arcs and chosen family and boundaries and necessities and narrative imperative in tension with multiple kinds of emotional satisfaction, and the things I find myself wanting -- superficially -- from the story, given points-of-view, and the odd and bittersweet relief at instead getting what I need. The murder plots make no sense, but then they mostly didn't ever; I am still very much here for the characters.
  5. My new CEA card arrived in the post yesterday, which means I will stop feeling faintly guilty about "wasting money" every time I go to the cinema. This is a Good Thing, given how much I'm looking forward to Hidden Figures.
  6. I'm having a really tough time writing an abstract this week, for a variety of reasons, but in the face of that I got a draft in more than 18 hours before the deadline that I was actually reasonably happy with, via the iterative-improvement approach to writing. It needs substantially rewriting, but I've demonstrated that my techniques work, and I've got reasonable confidence that the substatial rewriting wasn't in fact me wildly misinterpreting what was going on.
  7. I said no to someone, and it was fine. (And indeed several other someones, which was less fine but which left me feeling better than I would've if I'd stayed silent.) I told someone I'd screwed something up, face-to-face and more-or-less straight away rather than stewing for six hours over sending an e-mail, and it was fine. Both were really difficult, and I did them.
  8. I appear, via UCH, to have found a sustainable set of strength-building exercises to do that are resulting in measurable improvements. I'm dealing with a lot of complicated Feelings about this pretty well.
  9. Some stripy tulips were much reduced in the supermarket last week; they've been sat in a glass jar on the dining table slowly drying out and turning interesting shapes ever since, and they make me feel soothed and safe and at home.
  10. I am forever gently amused by the thing where, when A is around, we sleep under a single lightweight duvet and are frequently too warm. When he's away, I end up nesting in a pile of that duvet, my three-season much-larger covered-in-dinosaurs duvet, a weighted blanket, and a big soft non-allergenic stripy blue blanket -- and I end up comfortably warm, and with a lot of weight on me, and it's very nice to have occasionally.
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I would just like to mention that a hand-cranked rotary whisk is a lovely stimmy thing to use, almost as intrinsically satisfying as a hand-cranked or foot-pedalled sewing machine (which, since I find hand-sewing so soothing, I do not own).
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[Content: Food, physical activity, smoking, alcohol.]

Ugh, I am so annoyed about this ten a day nonsense.

Look. If someone gives you health and wellbeing advice that is not workable for you, they have given you BAD advice. I don’t care if it’s great advice for most people — the only advice worth having is advice you can follow, and anyone, especially a healthcare professional, who doesn’t tailor their advice to you — to your actual real life that you are living, and to your priorities and needs — is doing you a disservice. The problem is the advice, not you.

Similarly, if any of the following makes you feel guilty, or bad, or judged, or ashamed, then that’s on me. That’s on how I’ve written and presented it, that’s on how I’ve misunderstood, ignored or not thought about some of my potential audience. It’s not a fault in you.

But — if and only if you would like it — here is some information and advice that I hope will help you make informed choices that work for you, rather than feeling defeated and confused by all the conflicting messages out there.

On food, physical activity, smoking, alcohol )
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Concrete things done today: I slept until I woke up without an alarm (in practice, I slept badly and not all that late), took an accidental three-hour nap in the afternoon (with weird dreams and some discomfort), watched two episodes of The Good Place (three left), and watched the two episodes it took me to catch up on The 100. Technically those things were all on last night's modest to-do list for the weekend, plus while it's too soon to know if I'll catch what [dreamwidth.org profile] scruloose has, at least today it seems clear that he's got another cold, not flu or something. Now if it'll just be (MUCH) easier on him than the one he had recently. >.> And I still hope to not come down with it, but at least I'm not mildly freaked out by the prospect like I am by the thought of flu.

Additional small accomplishments: we cut both cats' claws (hey, I said "small accomplishments") and I put a good dent in my email inbox.

Things I did not do at all: Work. Write. Read fiction. I would've liked to read, but I suspect I would've just fallen asleep again. It's the failure to get any work done that stings, though; I probably needed the day off, but ugh.

I feel like some of the day is unaccounted for, but really I think that's just the amount of time that vanished into clearing out a bunch of links I'd favorited on Twitter, which is in keeping with the sense that my brain never quite engaged today. :/

We have a rainfall warning for tonight, and sometime in the last hour the rain started in earnest; I can hear it on the window, which is pleasant but not as lovely as hearing it on a rooftop (which our place doesn't allow for).

Hopefully it'll wash a ton of snow away. We live on a loop, and the stretch of road linking the loop to the main street beyond is still over a third full of snow, although the drain and fire hydrant are plowed out (and the path carved to them through the snow encroaching on the street is somehow more imposing to me than the snow itself). So walking to and from the bus stop involves basically walking down the middle of the road and hoping no drivers turn off the main street too fast to look and see if anyone's walking there. -_-

Linkspam: fannish/geeky, misc.

Feb. 25th, 2017 11:39 am

Just One Thing (25 February 2017)

Feb. 25th, 2017 02:16 pm
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It's challenge time!

Comment with Just One Thing you've accomplished in the last 24 hours or so. It doesn't have to be a hard thing, or even a thing that you think is particularly awesome. Just a thing that you did.

Feel free to share more than one thing if you're feeling particularly accomplished!

Extra credit: find someone in the comments and give them props for what they achieved!

Nothing is too big, too small, too strange or too cryptic. And in case you'd rather do this in private, anonymous comments are screened. I will only unscreen if you ask me to.

Go!

Oh, it's so beautiful

Feb. 25th, 2017 12:57 pm
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Via [personal profile] robynbender: it seems that Milo Yiannopoulos was brought down by a 16-year-old girl who knows how to Google.

Apparently we are living in a YA dystopian novel, and I for one welcome our new teenage girl leaders.

Modest, unexciting weekend goals

Feb. 25th, 2017 01:17 am
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Goals for the weekend:

--Sleep.

--DO NOT catch whatever illness hit [dreamwidth.org profile] scruloose like a ton of bricks today. (Pleasepleaseplease let it just be a[nother] cold; we got flu shots, but you never know. >.<)

--Adapt as much of the final Maid-sama! volume as possible. The last ten pages or so of the first half are due this Monday [see also: kind and understanding editor!], and while the second half of the volume isn't due until the week after, a) I have a whole 'nother rewrite due that week too and b) we're still catching up at Casual Job, so AFAIK I'm working there Monday and Tuesday (at least).

(Imagine lots of sparkles and hearts around that "FINAL VOLUME", because holy crap is this series wordy. So wordy. I will not miss the horrifying amount of work it entails.)

--Catch up on The 100 (two episodes) and put as big a dent as possible into the second half of The Good Place season 1 (finishing it, ideally, but it depends somewhat on [dreamwidth.org profile] scruloose since we're watching it together).

--Start reading A Conjuring of Light. (I finished both Final Girls and Wishful Drinking tonight.)

--Words?????? Make some???? This is a thing I can do???

Together. As we do with all things.

Feb. 24th, 2017 06:05 am
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There are a few resonant phrases in this relationship. Some are endearments and other such private things.

There are two that occupy adjacent spaces.

"As long as we both want it."
That's our time commitment. If both of us no longer want the relationship, it's time to work on dismantling it with the same consideration and love we put into constructing it. If so many as one of us no longer wants it, it's time to end it.

And as long as we both do want it, that means putting in the work. Being present. Taking care. Tackling the problems that pop up.

And there will be problems. But we don't have to face them alone anymore.

"Together. As we do with all things."

Even when we still have to do a specific part alone, the principle stays with us. The hard things are a little less hard with someone holding your hand.
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Apparently at the big Parliament Square demo on Monday, everyone pledged that they would go to Birmingham if Buttercup's state visit is there.

They were invited to do so by a speaker from Birmingham (name could not be recalled by my source but apparently very impressive), who promised that there would be a big street party.

Just One Thing (24 February 2017)

Feb. 24th, 2017 09:19 am
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It's challenge time!

Comment with Just One Thing you've accomplished in the last 24 hours or so. It doesn't have to be a hard thing, or even a thing that you think is particularly awesome. Just a thing that you did.

Feel free to share more than one thing if you're feeling particularly accomplished!

Extra credit: find someone in the comments and give them props for what they achieved!

Nothing is too big, too small, too strange or too cryptic. And in case you'd rather do this in private, anonymous comments are screened. I will only unscreen if you ask me to.

Go!
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...are insane. Congratulations if you're the Whitest of People, as you're probably safe from border control harassment for now. Anyone else, regardless of the ethnicity(ies) or race(s) they consider or actually know themselves to be, is at risk of deportation.

There's no way to break out figures on how many people this will throw into utter panic or despair, but it's safe to say tens of millions have become human bull's eyes, at serious risk of getting stopped, asked for papers, but without them, getting arrested, then without due process, dumped over the border into Mexico to be formally deported later on.

100 miles from the US border is "the border" for deportation purposes, so on top of how greatly the pool of deportables has been expanded - you simply have to not look exactly white or be slightly darker and not be able to produce papers on the spot to get arrested and sent off to Mexico - because of the 100 mile delineation, entire states around the country are border control units now.

If you thought it was "just Mexicans" or "just" the actual border being monitored, splash some cold water on your face and try to wake up. This is Nazi Germany-style "show us papers or GTFO" with the main difference that Jews, since they're of mostly Northern European origin, are harder to tease apart from "whites" than Hispanic-looking people are, which in this country will save the Whitest of People from getting stopped or asked for papers - for now. But we all know where this is going; hunting Mexicans is just this regime's little warm-up act, and I mean really little, so don't say I didn't warn y'all.

Because who knows; I might not be around by then to even remind you that I did.

Any plans to hinder the worst parts of this or any other order through the courts might soon be made moot by this Florida representative's bill to nullify our state and federal judiciaries. The bill states only a 60% super-majority is needed to override anything the courts decide, so don't look to our judicial branch for help, as it might soon be unable to function - and all this with Cheetolini's express blessing.

Can't say we should've seen it coming - but yeah, we should have seen it coming. We all knew the dictator when we saw him, even waaaaaay back when he announced his run for office by declaring, among other things, that Mexicans are rapists; it was just a matter of extrapolating downward from there.

Lastly, after learning Cambridge Analytica won the election for El Orango more handily than Russian interference did, I forgive all but the most hateful of his supporters in the same spirit of comprehension as someone who once declared, "Forgive them, Father, for they know not what they do". Read these words very carefully: I think they were brainwashed, I think they were brainwashed, I think they were brainwashed - because after reading that, there's nothing else I can think.

Easy Avocado Tortilla Pizzas!

Feb. 23rd, 2017 02:09 pm
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Posted by Kathy

If you love avocado toast and you love pizza, this recipe is for you! Easy Avocado Tortilla Pizzas are a "Mexican pizza" inspired recipe. This meal combines all the goodness of smashing an avocado on a warm base (bread/tortilla) plus adds all the fun and variety of loading on a bunch of healthy pizza toppings. This versatile recipe is easy, fun, delicious and healthy. Get the recipe and a few variations.. Read more »

This is a summary, images and full post available on HHL website!

argh

Feb. 23rd, 2017 02:21 pm
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I don't feel like I got this, whatever "this" may be. This week? This month? This semester?

I really hate writing here when I feel like I am doing so badly, but I also am sad that I haven't written in a while.

Um, school has been overwhelming and I've been watching Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. to get away from it. It hasn't helped much.

Maybe I really do just need to get home and hibernate a while longer.

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I need to process it, first. My mind, like most minds do, works like a series of input/outputs, with the perhaps crucial difference that quick reactions often don't serve me well (but sometimes do, surprising everyone, including myself). Imagine a stack of five coffee filters resting about a 1/4 of an inch apart throughout my brain.

Input goes in the top and hits the first filter. This one's capable of sorting out only the most primitive, highly emotional of reactions, so when it comes to most of the news, I've learned to sympathize with but otherwise ignore what flows through this one. More input comes in. More top layer/primitive output. Gah. OK. I ignore this, too.

Eventually information starts bubbling down to a second filter. As facts and opinions drip through, patterns - links between one story and another, which can be on different topics altogether - start to form, and I start weighing and contrasting things against my beliefs, instincts, feelings, thoughts, and things I understand to be true on a rational level. This is the point where I'll start seeing some of the dots not connected by the media, and feel disappointment at the sheer crush of information overwhelming us to the point what's being reported can no longer cohere.

But I want cohesion. Because part of my mind - even in dreams - is focused almost non-stop on meta-analysis. I don't want to just report the news. I want to understand it, know what it means, what it's leading to, and what we might do about it. Until I can come up with that - or, failing that, at least come up with a sarcastic-sounding way to handwave it off because of the pure fuckery it is - I sometimes can't write at all.

This leads to an attitude of caution, because I don't like jumping in with an unfounded opinion. I like having them as much as anybody - my locked posts can attest to that - but that some of the predictions I made are coming true as I write this is sort of scaring me, on the one hand, and making me wish anyone - anyone - reading those posts at the time (I'm thinking of the last year or so) had taken me seriously, on the other. I come at some of those posts from very personal places, so I can see how others can't tease out what's true from what's just me, say, personalizing the political, but some of it's coming true, either way.

Which is unfortunate, and maybe sort of annoying, if you're not directly affected by what's going on. And no, this is not an apologia for those posts; this is rather my defense of them. But I would rather have been wrong! Believe me...as you know who would say.

In some ways, I won't be directly affected by too much of it, yet it bothers me as much as things that can or will, because this regime rides us like a wet slide at an amusement park: Wheeeeee, down we go! Yeah baby, let's go straight to hell and meet the devil and make Mexico pay for it later!

They do it one declaration, order, memo and act of Congress at a time, and enjoy holding us captive to their primitive base and campaign promises they swear must be kept, lest the base riot or not re-elect their loser asses. To paraphrase 1984, it's always the boot in your face. Power for the sake of power, pain for the sake of increasing their power. If you ignore the seemingly smaller things that don't affect you, how do you stop the train once it picks up enough speed to run you over?

To get back to where I was before I segued, so news and information has now hit my third filter. Three down, two to go. I'm now operating out of caution, not wanting to jump too soon, continuing to learn but staying non-reactionary while I wait for things to bubble down. Sometimes this process never finishes. If I can't come to a decision on *how* to present some bit of news, oftentimes I just won't. Fortunately other people on DW seem to do a glorious job of that when I can't or won't.

Until recently - due mostly to the sped-up timing of this regime - my decisions on what to write have gotten faster. I was more or less keeping up during the worst chaos, but then their timing slowed down, which threw me off because I was getting used to making decisions on how to frame things almost by the hour. You get good at something and then - without changing course - they slow up the timing so they - not you - can regroup.

I thrive not on creating chaos but on finding and organizing it, so the fact that they've slowed up some doesn't delight me because it throws my five filters off and they're going to do the same shit I've been saying they're going to do anyway, it's just going to take longer to get official word on it so I can figure out how to connect it to any other outrages they're perpetuating.

Anyway, as hours and sometimes days roll by I keep on reading and listening and thinking, and inevitably what I learn - even if I read about a hundred things in a sitting - starts hitting a fourth filter, where I go over any patterns and oversights made by the media yet again. Are they real? Are they patterns? Are there important enough oversights to mention? From there the jump to my fifth filter - if I make it - is easy and inevitable: how I will frame this for others to read and understand? Should I?

Oh, hell yeah. Doesn't mean I'm happy about it, though. This is the Sad!dest administration I've ever seen. And this particular Congress? Unfairly elected through the flimflam of gerrymandering, because they can't get in any other way because no majority wants them, so they don't try to anymore - which is the reason you see so many protests at town halls, out in the street, and anywhere else people tend to gather to point out - if not in so many words - that these essentially self-elected destroyers can pretty much go get fucked.

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Posted by Angela (Oh She Glows)

10minuteveganpasta-6481

At long last, I’m sharing the recipe I’ve probably made the most since Adriana started eating solids (which somehow feels like forever ago and just yesterday at the same time). I’ve had so many requests for this recipe, but never got around to sharing it because it would always be devoured right away, leaving no time for photos. Last week, I finally made it in the morning so I’d have a bit of time to snap a few shots.  

I use the term “recipe” lightly here because I never measure the ingredients for this pasta; not having to measure anything is part of its beauty and ease. I measured it here so you can get a feel for it, but once you do, I encourage you to throw caution to the wind and wing it! It’s really hard to mess up. You can often find me glugging marinara, spooning hummus, and dumping hemp hearts with abandon into the cooked pasta. The quicker the better, especially when there’s a hangry toddler screaming “Paaaaaaaasta!” at your feet.

Not only is this pasta fast and delicious, it packs in tons of protein, fibre, and healthy fats. You can also change it up and customize it so many different ways—I’ve provided a few ideas in the recipe, but I’d love to hear what you come up with, too!

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I’ve been hesitant to share “toddler-friendly” recipes on here because I’ve learned a few things about feeding a toddler: 1) what they claim to love and hate changes by the day (or minute), 2) toddler likes and dislikes are not one size fits all, and 3) the food my daughter loved at one year old (virtually everything!) is certainly not what she loves at two years old (this age is much more hot and cold, as she loves to assert her independence). It’s not uncommon for me to think I’ve found a foolproof toddler-friendly recipe to share with you, only for it to then be rejected for a month straight. (And I once read that a little one often needs 20 exposures to the same food before they take to it, too.) Luckily, my dear recipe tester, Nicole, runs a daycare and she shares most of my recipes with her daycare children, which gives me a much better idea whether a recipe will be, generally speaking, a winner. I’m happy to say this one was enjoyed!

Anyway, I’m sure we’ll have a mix of “my baby/toddler/kid loved this” and “my kiddo only ate one bite” in the comments—that’s just the nature of the beast. (And by “beast” I mean toddler, in a sometimes cute/sometimes scary kinda way…am I right?) But my hope is that some of you will be able to fall back on this recipe as often as we do. I don’t know what I’d do without it as it’s just so easy. Oh, and yes, us adults like it too, so even if you don’t have kids you may want to give it a try on those busy, too-tired-to-cook weeknights. It’s great paired with a simple side salad and Lemon-Tahini Dressing, which can be thrown together while the pasta cooks.

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Adriana's Fave 10-Minute Pasta

Vegan, nut-free, refined sugar-free, soy-free

I’ve made this pasta countless times for our family; it’s hard to beat how fast and nutritious it is, and it can be changed up so many ways. It packs in around 20 grams of protein and 11 grams of fibre per (adult-size) serving (depending on which kind of pasta you use, of course—see my notes), not to mention healthy fats from the hemp hearts. My advice if you’re in a rush is to start heating up the water first, before you gather any other ingredients, as it can take some time for the water to come to a boil. If you happen to have a batch of my Fail-Proof Marinara Sauce from Oh She Glows Every Day (p. 175) on hand, it works wonderfully in this dish. Of course, store-bought marinara works just as well, too.

Yield
4 (adult-size) servings
Prep Time
2 Minutes
Cook time
8 Minutes
Total Time
10 Minutes

Ingredients:

For the pasta:
  • 1 box (340 g/12 ounces) rotini or fusilli pasta*
  • 2 cups (500 mL) marinara sauce
  • 1/3 to 1/2 cup (80 mL to 125 mL) hummus
  • 1/4 cup (35 g) hemp hearts
Optional add-ins:
  • Fine sea salt, to taste
  • Garlic powder, to taste
  • Frozen peas or other veggies**
  • Cooked lentils or beans
  • Fresh spinach or basil, minced in food processor
  • Puréed cooked carrots or cauliflower***

Directions:

  1. Add water into a large pot and bring to a boil over high heat. While you are waiting for it to boil, gather the rest of the ingredients. Once boiling, reduce the heat to medium, add the pasta, and stir with a wooden spoon. Cook the pasta according to the package directions, stirring every now and then to prevent the pasta sticking.
  2. Drain the cooked pasta well and place it back into the pot. Stir in the marinara, hummus, and hemp hearts until combined. Taste and add a bit of salt or other mix-ins if desired.
  3. Heat over low until warmed throughout. If serving this pasta to a little one, spread a scoop of pasta out on a plate to gently cool it before serving.
  4. Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for a couple days. To reheat, add the pasta into a pot along with a bit of extra marinara sauce (this adds moisture back) and stir to combine. Heat over medium-low heat until warmed throughout.

Tips:

* I typically use whole-grain kamut pasta. And sometimes, I mix in a bit of red lentil pasta for a protein boost. Feel free to use any kind of pasta you and your family enjoy!

** To quickly thaw frozen peas, add them to the pot during the last minute or two of cooking the pasta.

*** When I have time, I love to steam or boil carrots (or cauliflower) and then purée them until smooth. Then I stir the puréed veggies directly into the pasta. It’s an easy way to add even more nutrition without impacting the flavour too much.

This pasta goes lovely with a simple side salad and garlic bread. If your little one isn't a salad fan, try giving them small lettuce leaves for dipping into the dressing.

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Last but not least, be sure to follow me on Instagram if you aren’t already! I have an exciting Vitamix and OSG cookbook giveaway coming up!

Just One Thing (23 February 2017)

Feb. 23rd, 2017 09:37 am
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It's challenge time!

Comment with Just One Thing you've accomplished in the last 24 hours or so. It doesn't have to be a hard thing, or even a thing that you think is particularly awesome. Just a thing that you did.

Feel free to share more than one thing if you're feeling particularly accomplished!

Extra credit: find someone in the comments and give them props for what they achieved!

Nothing is too big, too small, too strange or too cryptic. And in case you'd rather do this in private, anonymous comments are screened. I will only unscreen if you ask me to.

Go!

Oh, my heart, part 2

Feb. 23rd, 2017 08:39 am
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LaunchGood: Muslims Unite to Repair Jewish Cemetery

$109,794
funded of $20,000 goal


(If the name behind it sounds familiar -- yes, this is the same Linda Sarsour who was one of the Women's March on Washington organizers, among other activist accomplishments.)

Primary Sources

Feb. 23rd, 2017 08:52 am
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This is not a definition of “research” I usually picture, but hey ho…

I’m a big fan of synchronicity (fan being a word that in this context means “frequent target of clue-by-fours”) and rather than dive into a lot of books, I’m in large part letting Mara take the lead on where I should be going with #domagick. It’s one of those things where it’s hard to explain what I’m seeing and where I’m going because I’m aware it’ll look faintly ridiculous.

The result, though, is that my research is asking Mara to draw me to what I need to do, and then looking at that, and repeating the process as needed. Divination, meditation and listening for that little nudge are at least a change of pace from a stack of books.

I’m working on a set of daily/weekly prayers. I revamped the dollhouse altar. I’ve done some steps to make my workspace more craft-friendly and ready to go. The spine of this project is shaping up to be daily offerings that combine wardwork, relationship-building and personal shielding. I’m hoping to add a generous helping of luckbuilding and set-point-moving. (It’s really amazing how often I run into self esteem issues in protection work. It’s as if I have to remind myself that I’m worthy of asking for things and allowed to want to do better.)

I’ll be posting about the act of prayer-writing and prayer-refining, and I’m hopeful I’ll actually end up with stuff I want to post, but we’ll see.

Oh, and I shouldn’t forget to mention: I got accepted by Pagan Bloggers! (Dear everyone else blogging there: I apologize in advance for ruining it!) I’ll be doing a blog about building tradition and householdwork under the name October Country, because I’m still a nerd.

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"It's so hard to say goodbye"

Feb. 23rd, 2017 01:17 am
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Kit's developing some separation anxiety (yes, only now, at nearly 14 months!) and started crying tonight when we began the bedtime routine because bedtime means saying goodnight and everyone going away. We still did what we always do: big family hug, two parents say night-night and leave, and the third reads stories and provides cuddles and puts the baby in the crib. They clung to all of us during goodnight hugs, glumly (and sleepily) submitted to storytime, and finally fell asleep after only a little more fussing. Then we all sat around feeling heartbroken because it is so hard to see the baby so sad.

Tonight's bedtime story was No Matter What, by sheer coincidence; I spotted it while Kit was demolishing their bookshelf (a favorite activity) and realized we hadn't read it in ages. I'm never sure how much Kit understands of the actual words we say, but I think the meaning was clear, especially with the way I kept kissing and hugging them as I read. And I think it helped.

They've started getting upset when books end, too. We always have to open the book again to reassure them that the story is still there and they can reread it whenever they want. Sometimes they flip through it to find a favorite page before reluctantly accepting that the book is done. When we let them turn pages, they turn them really fast, without waiting for us to finish reading any text; one long look at the images on the page and then it's on to the next. It's so very like the way I blaze through books and then feel disappointed when they're done that it makes me laugh every time.

Kit endured their first ear infection this week, poor thing, and has been taking amoxicillin for it. As soon as they started on the antibiotics, their fever went away entirely and their vigor and appetite returned. (Their first full day of betterness ended with them not being able to fall asleep until 11 p.m. because all the energy they'd lacked while ill came roaring back with a vengeance. Fortunately that was a one-time thing and they're back on their usual sleep schedule.) I'm so glad for our access to good medical care, and also extremely glad to have a baby who sucks obediently on medication syringes, even when they hate the taste of the medicine, and doesn't appear to have allergies to anything. We were all very relieved that they went back to daycare today, because five days in a row of sick (and then recovering) baby at home was very challenging for all of us, especially as we were dealing with another family crisis at the same time. As always, I have no idea how single and stay-at-home parents do it. No idea whatsoever.

We're all quite convinced that Kit has psychic powers that only activate when they're asleep. Whenever X goes to bed—which doesn't happen at the same time every night—Kit sleep-fusses just enough to set off the monitor. Just now I returned to writing this entry after a while of doing other things, and Kit promptly made a few tiny noises. So I'm thinking at them as hard as I can: See, silly baby, I told you that we think of you even when you're not right in front of us. Rest now. No one is too far away, and we'll always be there when you need us.
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In before midnight, so it’s technically still Wednesday! Huzzah!

So, I recently wrote a “Life Update” post, and I ended by asked you what kind of stuff you missed reading here on the blog. A lot of you said “WIAW!” and I realized that it’s literally been almost a year since the last time I did one of those. So okay, I guess I’m overdue!

Last weekend was a 4-day holiday weekend, and I had Waits the whole time, which was great. But by the time Monday rolled around, we were all feeling pretty cramped and cabin fevered. So, I made sure to fill the day with outdoors and adventuring! Here’s what it looked like, the whole little family together on President’s Day:

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The Matriarchy Is Coming

The boys let me sleep in, and it was such a lovely slumber. I woke up lazy and late, around 9 am, and got to enjoy my coffee and some kitty cuddles all alone in bed. Really great way to start the day.

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Jeremy and Waits had already eaten breakfast by the time I emerged, but I’m told that Jeremy had 2 slices of whole grain toast with coffee, and Waits had a blueberry muffin with oat milk.

Our plan was to shower and get ready, then hit the road for a short little road trip down to Ojai. I knew we would all get peckish before lunch, so I made a giant family-sized smoothie.

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Almond milk, spinach, banana, strawberry, mango, and pea protein. With an array of probiotics and supplements (see this recent post for which supplements and why).

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I blend it all up, then pour Waits his portion. Then I add these super adaptogens — Maca and Ashwagandha — which Jeremy and I are using to support our over-worked adrenals.

With our mason jars fully loaded, we were ready to hit the road, for a beautiful drizzly drive through the southern California back country. It’s one of my favorite places on earth. ♥

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This picture up there doesn’t look like anything special, but it’s actually amazing. I have shared many pics over the years of hiking in this river bed. It’s all white rocks and sage scrub brush. Dry as a bone. I’ve been bringing Jeremy there for years, and the first time I told him that I used to see a real river rushing through there as a kid, he didn’t believe me! I’ve been bringing Waits here his entire life, and he’s never seen water.

But now? Finally? WATER! It’s been pouring rain here this winter, and it feels like our drought is finally beginning to subside. Thank you Universe!

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Lunch at one of our favorite Ojai vegetarian eateries, The Farmer and the Cook. These two goofballs . . .

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Jeremy and I split this cup of simple bean and veggie stew.

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I loooove their hand-made burger! It’s a simple lentil and veggie patty, but they serve it up right with cashew cheese, avocado, and all the fixins! Plus they have this tomato vinaigrette that’s to die for.

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Jeremy got the exact same thing as me, and Waits got this PB&J with apple slices.

After lunch we were off to our favorite Ojai outdoor play area, which is this huge park in the middle of “downtown” (Ojai is teeny tiny, so “downtown” is sort of funny to say). There’s a monster playground, an astro turf hill for cardboard sledding, all sorts of fun interactive equipment, plus an amphitheater. It’s pretty awesome.

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After we’d gotten good and tired (and properly water-logged), it was time to head back home to Santa Barbara. Waits had outdoor school — his very favorite — scheduled for that afternoon/evening.

We dropped Waits off with is fellow feral tiny people and the brave, barefoot hippies who escort them into the wild, and Jeremy and I hurried home for some down time. He napped.

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I worked, and had a cup of tea, and ate some apple slices with peanut butter.

Right around twilight I set back out to fetch the boychild. This is what he looks like when I pick him up from outdoor school, every time:

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Mud monster.

From there it was home to give the kid a bath and throw on some fresh clothes, then right back out again. We were meeting my papa for dinner!

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My papa. And a big beautiful greek salad at Pizza Guru, mmmmm.

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Close up. Alllll the goodness.

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Super lucky dude with his very own tofu + kalamata olive pizza.

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And our pie: vegan white sauce, vegan cheese, rosemary potatoes, mushroom medley, tofu, and garlic. With vegan ranch YOU GUYS OMG.

The food was delicious and the company was aces, but by the time our bellies were full, we were all beat. Long day!

We said our goodbyes and headed home. Jammies and face washing and tooth brushing . . . and tea. Always tea.

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I’ve been making Waits this bedtime tea, sort of a homemade soothing/sleepy time/digestive aide bedtime tea, and he absolutely loves it. (Is this something I should blog in detail?)

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Homegrown chamomile from my garden!

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Happy sleepytime kid. ♥

After Waits was asleep I had a couple of mugs of tea myself, while working for a few more hours into the night.

It was a really good day.

♥ ♥ ♥

Reading Wednesday, 02/22/17

Feb. 22nd, 2017 11:26 pm
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What did you recently finish reading?

Brenna Yovanoff's Places No One Knows (for values of "recently" that mean "sometime...last week?"), which is light on plot but beautifully written, with characters I really enjoyed spending time with. [dreamwidth.org profile] wildpear told me to bump it up my list, so I did, and I'm glad. ^_^

What are you currently reading?

Tonight I started Carrie Fisher's first memoir, Wishful Drinking (having accidentally first read her Shockaholic sometime last year). Very funny so far, although having between Shockaholic and the many articles I've read about her in the past while, not a lot of the broad strokes are surprising.

I needed to start something in the non-fiction vein, because I prefer not to read more than one novel/novella at a time, and...

What do you think you'll read next?

I'm itching to read Mira Grant's standalone novella Final Girls, having gotten it in a current Humble Bundle (the hard copy, which I've preordered from Subterranean and expect to take a while to get here even after the release date, doesn't drop until April, so I'm surprised and delighted that the ebook's in the bundle).

But when I went to start reading tonight, I had technical difficulties. >.< For some reason it's not showing up on Elliot (my Kobo), but also, I apparently never synced my Humble Bundle account properly on the no-longer-new phone, so it wasn't showing up there until I took care of that, and when I simply emailed the .epub to myself to try to shortcut that, I had to figure out what to do about a "screen overlay detected" error. And both of the latter were simple fixes (the "screen overlay" thing is from running the Twilight app, and pausing that takes care of the problem), but since I didn't deal with them until I'd stopped reading for the evening and came upstairs to my office, I guess I'm starting the novella tomorrow.


Other media

I haven't seen last week's episode of The 100 yet, so I guess I'll be watching two tomorrow evening. And I think I only narrowly dodged being spoiled for The Good Place on Twitter, so that was a powerful nudge in the direction of finishing season 1 with [dreamwidth.org profile] scruloose sooner rather than later.

I'm also hoping to see The Girl With All the Gifts on Friday, but unless Cineplex has additional showtimes that they're planning to add tomorrow, the options are really limited--right now they seem to be offering one whole showing (in the whole city) per evening, and Friday is the only one that starts around 7 rather than 9 or 9:30. >.< With it being so (apparently) limited so far, I have no confidence that it'll be around for long, and besides, Logan opens in just over a week, and I want to see that ASAP.

At least TGWATG looks like it's showing in 2D, so I don't have to weigh my dislike of 3D movies against more convenient showtimes? (Yay, mixed blessings?)

Weather + work

Feb. 22nd, 2017 10:59 pm
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Enough people have mentioned in my hearing that the winter of 2014-15 didn't get really bad until February that I suppose it's probably true. (I remember the heavy snowfalls/storms starting noticeably earlier, although nothing more specific than that.) I reeeeally hope this season isn't a repeat, despite the recent "three significant snowfalls/blizzard within a week" shattering our previously-mild winter.

That said, our weather this week is pretty consistently hitting highs above freezing, which is nice, although it's not enough to clear the heaps of snow. (Which I suppose is just as well; I hate being cold, but also am in favor of at least remotely seasonal weather. Fucking climate change.)

Question: does there seem to be any sort of standard for which year to name to identify a winter (or summer, in the southern hemisphere!)? As in, when referring back to this season, will you say "winter 2016" or "winter 2017"?

It's looking like I'll probably be at the office for the whole week (tomorrow for sure), but as of today it's just normal-workday hours (9-4 in my case) while we finish up the seventeen-or-so hours (!) of audio from Tuesday. (I think we have about twelve hours left.) I've talked to my VIZ and Seven Seas editors about deadlines/current projects, and the half-volume that's due tomorrow is now getting mostly turned on time, and I'll adapt the remaining ten pages or so over the weekend. Infinite blessings on understanding editors.

I didn't sleep nearly enough Monday night, and then yesterday was a twelve-hour day followed by technically just about enough time in bed but horrible sleep, so yesterday and today were both pretty rough. (As mentioned elsewhere, in the hall outside Casual Job I ran into a woman I went to university with but have never known well, and she said, "Hey, how are y-- Oh, wow, your eyes look tired.")
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Some years ago, here on DW, in one of the pagan groups I subscribe to, I tried to get something going to do energy work to help America fight what seemed to me to be a rising tide of racism, misogyny, and stupidity. I was modeling my hopes for this on what was called the "Magical Battle of Britain" led by Dion Fortune in England in WWII.

All I generally got were naysayers of two or three types:
(1) the 'who do you think you are' types
(2) the "omg, you will summon things you can't put down" types
(3) the "do you know how dangerous that is?" types

Well, if nobody else is doing something necessary? Then who I am doesn't matter, eh? Since I was not summoning ANYthing, the second seemed null and void, too. And as for danger? I could die at the hands of a harried driver texting in his fucking minivan, couldn't I? I'd RATHER die feeding an endangered species or doing useful magic, to be honest!

But I am not the only one inspired by Dion Fortune. A better blogger than I, a witch and a lawyer now thinks it is the time to fight magically.. I am absolutely on board. I am NOT the exhausted-on-many-levels woman that I was on my last solo attempt. I am ready, willing, and able.

I took a look within with my newest deck of tarot cards as preparation. My household has constant occult protections, but I will gear it up to high pitch again with the New Moon.
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Stretching after workout.

To run — as defined by our friends at Google — is to, “move at a speed faster than a walk.”

Wouldn’t it be beautiful if training was that simple?

The thing is, no matter if you’re training for a 5K or 50K ultramarathon, successful runners do a lot more than just run … something I haven’t always been willing to accept.

I’m the kind of guy that loves to run — weekend-long trial runs are a highlight each week, and daily runs fill me with energy and excitement. But as I progressed in distance and worked towards goals, it became clear I’d need to do more than just move at a speed faster than a walk to be successful.

If I could take care of my mind, legs, and nutrition, I’d speed recovery, and stay focused and injury-free.

The only problem? Nothing got me as excited as the act of running.

So I had to make a shift that would change everything. That shift?

To consider each run not as just the time on the road or trail, but the entire workout experience.

And it’s that viewpoint — which I share with you below — that helps me finish 100-mile ultramarathons and helps my coaching clients meet their goals.

Why Runs Don’t Stop When Your Watch Does

For most runners, the run stops when your GPS watch does. You hold down the top right button until it beeps, and boom. Workout complete.

That’s a problem.

Because what you do in those 20-30 minutes directly after your run will impact the effectiveness of your workout. What and when you eat impacts recovery, and how you move can cool down muscles and aid in preventing injuries, for example.

But that physical stop of the watch often queues a mental end to your workout, whether you intend to tack on post-run activities or not. In my opinion, that’s why most runners never do the post-run routine they know would benefit their training.

Motivation stops right with the watch.

Which brings us back to that mental shift: when you begin to consider a “run” or “workout” as more than just the miles logged on your watch, it’s easier to incorporate the other routines and tasks.

They’re no longer bonus activities, but instead simply part of what you do.

Developing Your Perfect Post-Run Routine

Every runner has a story … and their own needs to be met by a post-run routine. I could tell you exactly what I do, but what I do might not be what you should do.

So instead, I’ve developed a simple formula to create a routine that fits your needs (and your story). The formula focuses on strength, recovery, and mental focus — the three areas I’ve found most helpful for post-run success.

What do you say? Let’s start easy:

1. Hydrate (1 Minute)

You’ve heard it since you were eight years old — your body is made up primarily of water. It’s no shocker that we need to hydrate after a tough run. As your body begins the recovery process, muscles rely on fluids to stay lubricated and elastic, and dehydration will hold them back.

How to do it:

Fill up a bottle or glass to nurse throughout the rest of the routine. Electrolyte heavy sports drinks are great after tough workouts or long runs, but plain water will do just fine.

The amount of water you need largely depends on what you lost during the workout, but no matter what the temperature outside or how much you think you sweated out, make re-hydrating one of the first things you do after a run.

2. Build Strength (10 Minutes)

Arguably the most ignored running truth is that while running increases strength in certain muscles, other areas of the body are left weak and under used. But running is a full-body activity…

… Your arms help propel your legs.

… Your back keeps your form in line.

… Your core is engaged with every stride.

Growing weak in one area often leads to an inefficient stride, loss of power, and worst of all, injury.

As much as you may hate it, regular strength work is an essential ingredient to proper training and a post-run routine.

How to do it:

Choose a routine based on your abilities and needs. All runners can benefit from basic core strength work, which is an easy place to get started (shout-out to elementary school PE for teaching us the basic sit-up!).

If you have a history with injuries, I also recommend to incorporate focused work in that area on top of core exercises. Take IT band issues, for example. Committing to exercises that help strengthen the IT band and surrounding muscles will help prevent future issues. Same goes for hips, feet, and any other area of your body that gives you trouble.

Here are a few strength routines to get you started. Don’t stress out about which is exactly right for you; pick one that looks like a good fit and give it a try:

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3. Speed Up Recovery (5 Minutes)

As soon as the strength work is complete, recovery begins, and you have the opportunity to directly impact on how efficiently it happens. By taking a few minutes to focus on the major muscle groups (for runners) like your quads, hips, IT Band, and hamstring, you’ll get a jump start on repairing those muscles and working out any nagging issues or hot spots.

How to do it:

  • Foam roll (aka my favorite torture device)
  • Stretch — While a lot of experts now think static stretching before your run is a bad idea, stretching after a run can release tight muscles and help prevent injury
  • Self-massage
  • Gentle yoga — Unlike the yoga mentioned above, I use gentle, stretching-focused yoga to stay loose and flexible

4. Eat (5 Minutes)

We see a lot of talk about fueling before and during your workout, but post-run fueling for recovery is often neglected. And it makes sense — after a run the first things you want to do are rest, shower, and drink a beer (or my favorite, all three at the same time).

Eating might be up there, but it often takes a back seat to washing away your stench. The thing is, food is your way to restock your body. Eating restores depleted glycogen stores and repairs damaged muscles, which is most effective when you do it within twenty to thirty minutes of the end of your run.

How to do it:

I like to think of post-run fuel as a snack, not a full meal, which is why it takes five minutes or less to prep. You can eat a full meal a little later (within two hours of your run).

The suggested nutrient ratio for that snack is 4-to-1 carbohydrates-to-protein, but sticking to the No Meat Athlete way of simplicity over stress, I encourage you not to worry too much about ratios. Instead, think carb-heavy, with a little protein.

Doesn’t that relieve a lot of the pressure?

Some of my go-to post-run stacks are:

  • Fruit smoothie (with nut butter, seeds, or protein powder)
  • Toast with avocado or nut butter (heads up, you can get a free jar of Justin’s Classic Almond Butter through Thrive Market here)
  • Oatmeal with nuts and fruit
  • Trail mix

Take a few minutes after you finish the movement portion of your post-run routine to fix a snack, and enjoy it while we complete the fifth and final element.

5. Track (2 Minutes)

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Sometimes the simplest things have the biggest impact, and tracking runs is one of those times.

By keeping a training a log, you can see exactly what’s working and what isn’t. If a race or training cycle goes wrong — either with an injury or missed goal — you’re able to look back at the data and make adjustments. And if it goes right, you have a blueprint to build upon.

And even more than that, it’s a way to hold yourself accountable by checking in daily about whether you hit your goal or not. By simply taking a few minutes to note and reflect back on what you did (or didn’t do) that day, you’ll keep your mind focused on progress.

How to do it:

There are countless ways to track your runs. Some involve sharing them with the world (hey social media), and others keep your training private. I share three easy techniques below, but the most important thing is to be consistent in where you track, and to be thorough in how you track.

The more details on how you felt, where you ran, and what your workout looked like, the better.

Here are three ways to track your runs:

  • Through Strava — The easiest way is to simply upload GPS data to a site like Strava. It’s a great way to get clear stats on your run, but if you never look at them, there’s no point. For all online trackers, I recommend actually opening up the activity and writing in notes about the run.
  • Digital training log — I make all my coaching clients keep a digital log which they have to enter in themselves. No plug-in-and-go with this option, but it can be as simple as filling in a few cells on a spreadsheet.
  • Pen and paper — My favorite method for tracking is the ol’ pen and paper technique. Either in a true runner’s log or a simple notebook, jot down the stats, your route, and how you felt.

Putting it All Together: Design a Routine that Works for You

We talk a lot about routines here on No Meat Athlete because they work. Routines formulate a system, making it easier develop habits and stick with your desired actions.

But, as well-intentioned as a routine may be, it’s only sustainable if it fits your needs (time, body, and goal needs).

As you use this formula to put together a post-run routine of your own, keep those needs at the forefront of your mind. Maybe that means you start small, with just one aspect of the routine. Or maybe it means you focus heavily on a recurring injury.

Whatever the routine you develop looks like, make it just as much a part of your run as the run it self.

And over time, your definition of going for a run will shift from just moving quickly to moving, eating, drinking, recovering, and tracking.

Doesn’t that sound like a lot more fun?

About the Author: Doug is an ultrarunner, coach, and the co-host of NMA Radio. Pick up his free eBook, Why Every Runner Should Be a Trail Runner (And How to Become One).

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Just One Thing! (22 February 2017)

Feb. 22nd, 2017 09:56 am
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It's challenge time!

Comment with Just One Thing you've accomplished in the last 24 hours or so. It doesn't have to be a hard thing, or even a thing that you think is particularly awesome. Just a thing that you did.

Feel free to share more than one thing if you're feeling particularly accomplished!

Extra credit: find someone in the comments and give them props for what they achieved!

Nothing is too big, too small, too strange or too cryptic. And in case you'd rather do this in private, anonymous comments are screened. I will only unscreen if you ask me to.

Go!

Do Lays A Flavor

Feb. 22nd, 2017 03:45 pm
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Do Lays A Flavor:

GUYS IT’S BACK. Lays is once again soliciting for flavor suggestions at http://ift.tt/1gQCrAV . I’ve already turned in my ode to the hot dog potato chip. Go ye and suggest a flavor! (Then reblog this or comment and share your flavor so we can cheer you on.)

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That's what I get for going offline for a few days, I swear to God (I just needed a break, it happens)...I come back tonight (well, right now...is that tonight?) and I've got 40 comments/poll votes to look over.

My mind's not exploding or nothing, nope, not mine. :)

GAAAAAH SCREW

ETA, a few hours later: I wrote title text on the link above (now deleted) saying at least four of my Suggestions went up but only two did (Give Us The Ability to Delete Junk Data and Spam From Polls and Add time/date stamp to Inbox messages) but the latter isn't under this username*, which I'll explain at the end.

What confused me was I linked to a poll of mine in the first Suggestion which made me think I saw at least three new polls in my Inbox. I assumed they were all Suggestions when one was actually that same poll I made a while back. Also, it got spammed and I became a total bear in the comments to everyone perhaps because it got spammed, perhaps because I really, really hate spammers. And spam. My apologies! Belatedly! It got new life and everyone's voting on it again. Gaaaaaaah. I'd like to rip my hair out.

I think [staff profile] denise was holding at least six of my Suggestion posts since the last time she ran the queue, with two of those published yesterday - but I have to check through copies I made to be sure.

If I got at least two rejections in the last year (which is possible: there's definitely been at least one!), have two new posts up and am missing two more, that's two more rejections I might be getting - but again, I have to find the folder on my computer that holds them, which I had to create years ago to account for how much time goes by between submissions and Denise running the queue.

Without this folder I have no idea, after a while, what it was I even suggested. (Unfortunately I don't keep offline copies of rejections received - but they might be preserved in my email Inbox, so if I feel like going on a wild goose chase to match up rejections to what I've submitted, that's the only way to go about it.)

*The Suggestion made under username [personal profile] style_tester was mine. I have two CSS testbed journals - that and [personal profile] style_test - so if you ever see me do stupid, stupid shit like leave a comment or post to Suggestions under these names, it was an accident, not because I'm trying to keep things all like on the downlow. I guess coding makes me start thinking about different things because my mind wanders, then I forget to log out and log back in under this name to post whatever I was thinking so gaaaaaah I don't know.

ETA, 2-24-17: apparently the folder I can't keep track of Suggestions without? I deleted it at some point. I have copies of suggestions made but only the ones submitted up until mid-2015, but they're not in a folder, so something went wrong. No new rejection letters since posting this, so I guess that's it.

ETA2: But heh, as soon as I posted the first ETA, it hit me I forgot to check my external hard drive! There is hope I might still find something! But I'll have to find and hook up that hard drive, first.

Quick Short Story Rec

Feb. 21st, 2017 11:24 am
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I've finally started reading some 2017 short fiction (it only took an month an a half). I quite enjoyed "Microbiota and the Masses: A Love Story" by S.B. Divya Its a sweet story that features microbiology and ecological remediation. Anyways its nice to feel a bit less rushed about my short fiction reading.

Just One Thing (21 February 2017)

Feb. 21st, 2017 08:01 am
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It's challenge time!

Comment with Just One Thing you've accomplished in the last 24 hours or so. It doesn't have to be a hard thing, or even a thing that you think is particularly awesome. Just a thing that you did.

Feel free to share more than one thing if you're feeling particularly accomplished!

Extra credit: find someone in the comments and give them props for what they achieved!

Nothing is too big, too small, too strange or too cryptic. And in case you'd rather do this in private, anonymous comments are screened. I will only unscreen if you ask me to.

Go!

47365 ~ Done With Celebrity Crushes

Feb. 21st, 2017 03:57 am
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This morning I briefly mentioned being done with celebrity crushes as I celebrate the end of my 48th trip around the sun. The subject was on my mind, because I have found myself deeply admiring the singer Ledisi. That woman has a powerful voice with a ridiculously high vocal range. She is also a versatile singer, going from classical/opera (she’s posted
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Sometime over the weekend I caught myself thinking, Weird--[dreamwidth.org profile] scruloose and I were making such quick progress on The Good Place, and now it's been a week or more since we watched any.

Funny how that happened when I was unexpectedly at Casual Job for a week and then we had a much-anticipated house guest for the entire long weekend, which meant almost non-stop socializing for the duration.

Now Much-Anticipated House Guest is back in Toronto, and Ginny and I are back to work tomorrow morning. Until Friday afternoon we'd thought we'd be back to work tonight at midnight, so the fact that we're actually starting at 9 AM instead is almost relaxing. The thing that's completely up in the air is if we'll basically be working standard workdays all week until we catch up on the "emergency" work (at which point I'll be done again until the actual spring session begins, whenever that is) or if we'll be working long hours for some or all of the days.

All of which is to say that I'm behind on absolutely everything else, other than keeping up with reading DW. And what with non-stop work flowing straight into non-stop socialization, I'm bone-tired now, no matter how good the former is for my wallet and the latter is for my heart.

(Thanks to the Humble Bundle included in the linkspam I just posted, I've had the new Mira Grant novella in my possession for a few days and haven't even started reading it yet. Really, that probably tells you all you need to know about busyness levels. [And that the novella isn't Newsflesh related, because that would've been read immediately...although I have no clue how.])

Linkspam: fannish/geeky/SFF, misc.

Feb. 20th, 2017 10:37 pm
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Fannish/Geeky Things

[dreamwidth.org profile] pbam (Porn Battle Amnesty)'s second Prompt Stack is open for prompts for a couple more days (until February 22, 23:00 GMT).

Humble Bundle currently has a Subterranean Press bundle that includes Mira Grant's new novella, Final Girls, which doesn't come out in hardcover until April.

"Kino's Journey Novels Get 1st Manga Adaptation Next Month". [ANN]

Via [dreamwidth.org profile] misbegotten, "Learn How To Make An Origami Princess Leia [Video]".

Via [dreamwidth.org profile] spikedluv, "Hayley Atwell to Star in Howards End Adaptation for Starz, BBC".

"Star Trek: Shirts and Skins in TOS". "Two important questions that we are asked fairly frequently are:

Why does Kirk’s command tunic sometimes appear gold and other times greenish?

Why does Mr. Spock’s skin color seem to vary from chicken-soup yellow to crab pink?

They’re good questions, and ones that we ourselves asked when we were learning about TOS. And since they do get asked often, we thought we’d address them here, at StarTrek.com."



Miscellaneous

"40% of Wikipedia is under threat from deletionists". [Boing Boing]

Via [dreamwidth.org profile] dine, "Overflowing Bouquets Built From Hundreds of Spare Utensils".

Via [dreamwidth.org profile] sovay, "Zealandia – pieces finally falling together for continent we didn't know we had".

"The Mermaid" at Scandinavian ballad blog Balladspot.

"Nokia’s beloved 3310 cell phone is being relaunched".

"Museums Share Their Creepiest Possessions In Twitter Challenge".

Via [dreamwidth.org profile] alisanne, "Bead Dragon Brooches By This Russian Artist Will Make You Want To Tame One".

"Having Disabled Kids In Public School Classrooms Is Good For Everyone". [Sarah Kurchak at The Establishment]

Via [dreamwidth.org profile] jimhines, "Cherry Blossoms Have Just Bloomed In This Japanese Town, And The Photos Are Magical".

"The Improbable Life of the Inventor of the Modern Bra: She was also a pioneering publisher and, later, a princess". [Atlas Obscura]

"McDonald’s Engineers a New Type of Straw for Slurping Shamrock Shakes". [Mental Floss]

47365 ~ Staying Healthy

Feb. 21st, 2017 01:10 am
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Posted by wlotus

I went back to the doctor this afternoon to discuss my lab results. I was worried he would find my blood sugar was too high or something, but he says my results were all “excellent”. I am pleased and relieved. Also, I lost three pounds in the past two weeks just from eating more veggies and moving more! That also
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Holy crap, so I went to the trigger-point reflexology place tonight for a cheapo half-hour head-and-feet massage to see if that would help the headache. It was great; IDK if trigger-point or reflexology actually work but a super hardcore focused massage definitely does something.

But he was about five minutes into the head massage when he pressed his thumbs down on my jaw and something on the left side of my face BURST. Like, that side’s been sore for a week, but he pressed on it and it was like there was a teeny tiny water balloon in there somewhere. We both felt it pop.

The rooms are not entirely private, because you don’t undress for the massage, so there were two other people also getting massage work done, which meant we had to keep quiet. But he froze, and then leaned over and whispered, “What just happened?” and I was like “I don’t know!” and he was like “Are you okay?” and I was like “I don’t know!” but I wasn’t bleeding or, like, leaking anywhere, so eventually he just kept going.

My headache isn’t gone, but it’s a lot better, and it has shifted around, so I guess there’s that. Also my nose is running like crazy. 

Maybe there was a poltergeist in my face. 

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