Saturday, January 30, 2010

Weekend Food

Hi Loyal Ruling at Lifers!

It's been a while. Why has it been? Well, basically because I'm trying to make my life better AWAY from the internet lately. I'm pretty addicted, but it's getting much better when I focus my efforts elsewhere. This means I've been running a little bit, feng-shui-ing my home, going to the library, thinking about my new car that I will buy by my 27th birthday, and baby-sitting for wonderful families.

Anyway, I have still been trying to rule at life. You know, "living cheaply and efficiently without sucking." My realization of the past month or so: I eat in restaurants WAY TOO MUCH on the weekends.

Now, of course, I'm all for restaurants. Love them. They are great social experiences. But. Some weekends I get super into it and eat at three different restaurants. Not normally, but since I was on "winter break mode" I never really got out.

Part of it is because I'm out and about and hungry. Part of it is because I'm out with peers. Part of it is because I don't have anything quick, easy and fun in my fridge.

This weekend I decided to try and remedy this. Last night I went to Bougie World (aka Whole Foods) and got some buffalo meat for five dollars. I came home and browned it up. I put half in a tupperware for later in the week when I will make tacos. I put the other half into a huge pot of pasta, tomato sauce, spinach and onions.

I will now eat that pasta for the remainder of the weekend and maybe for lunch on Monday.

This isn't to say I won't eat out at all this weekend. I probably will. But I'm aiming for once instead of a lot of times.

I can do this because I like pasta. This particular batch includes a lean protein and some vegetables. It's whole wheat, so it's probably healthier. I ate some before acupuncture and I'll eat a little more before babysitting. Having something around makes eating out a lot less tempting. The fact that it's already in a pot in my fridge makes it fairly effortless to prepare.

That's my advice for the day. I'll let you know how it goes!

Friday, January 8, 2010

Ruling at Life Awards 2009

The following people and businesses have helped my life rule a lot this past year. (This, does not of course, include family and friends, because then it would turn into a big cheese-fest. But of course you guys know who are you.)

My Real Estate Agent
Steve Kikikis
This dude rules. He helped me buy my condo. Everyone should use him. He is cool, professional, easy going and organized.

My Acupuncture Clinic
The Pin Cushion
I love this place. They are amazing. I see either Julie or Sam almost every week and have noticed lots of improvements in my health because of my treatments.

My Doctor
Katie Hester at Country Doctor
I loooooooove my doctor. So much. She is super nice and understanding. Best ever. Highly recommended.

My Dentists
Dr. Velling Brothers
I just did the yelp link. This is where I go to the dentist. It took me a long time to find a dentist that I like, because I am picky and fussy about dentists and hate giving them my money. But both Dr. Vellings (they are brothers) are rad. Nice. And they have nitrous oxide available. Win.

Just wanted to give props to all my favs. If I'm going to spend my hard earned babysitting money, I want to give it to nice and awesome people.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Happy New Year!

Hi Loyal Readers!

I have been on vacation since December 23rd of 2009. That's 12 days of uninterrupted fun, slothery, frivolous spending, drinking too much, telling people off after drinking too much, and sleeping.

So, it's time to get back on track. Tomorrow I go back to work. Back to cooking my own meals instead of having restaurants cook them all for me. Back to centering and being organized and saving for that 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. Back to the work and babysitting grind.

I have been contemplating resolutions for a long time this year. I had some tentative ones, but didn't solidify them until today. I swear I'm more traditional than that, usually. I usually try not to be too formal about resolutions, or to make them very vague so that I don't fail, or whatever. I contemplated a couple this year "Get better" and "Buy a Chevy Malibu". But those are boring. So today i solidified my list, illustrated and wrote it, and hung it on the fridge. I will outline it here for you, readers.

1. Stop being a creep.
Basically, stop hitting on boys so much. Stop saying creepy things to them or sending them uncalled for emails. Stop asking dudes out in ridiculous ways. Stop internet stalking. Stop going into Trader Joe's on Sunday nights to smile at the boy I like that I emailed once and then he never wrote back. (I didn't go tonight! Success!) It's getting embarrassing and discouraging. Instead, I will find other ways to distract myself. Like NOT being a creep.

2. Explore spirituality.
I have NO IDEA HOW TO DO THIS. I started by getting a book from the library called "Seeds of Faith: Practices to Grow a Healthy Spiritual Life." I have no idea how this is going to work out, but I've been denying spirituality for a long time, cause I just don't really feel into it. I don't want to be obnoxiously into it, but I want to see if I can find a teeny tiny portion of it somewhere in me. If that works, I'll find another teeny tiny portion next year.

3. Go to library more often (alone).
Did this today. It was great. By library I mean downtown library, the huge one with a million books. Going there was really satisfying, plus I got to do people watching and be exposed to some great books. Plus it's free. (Except for the $10 fine I have going there. NOT FRUGAL!)

4. No computer on Mondays.
Oh wow, this is going to be INSANELY DIFFICULT. I'm totally addicted to my computer. Like totally and completely. So this is my first step. No computer on Monday, except at work, cause I have to use the computer at work. Hopefully having just one day a week off will open my mind and help me get a whole bunch of stuff done.

And, that's basically it. Of course I have other things that I want to do, but this is a good start. Most people fail at New Year's resolutions. I am hoping I can hold on, at least for a bit. Wish me luck! Happy New Year, I hope it's a good one. (Mine will be good, but I'm already sensing that it won't be as life-changing as 2011.)