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Saturday, September 22, 2012

The Other Two Days

Breakfast Friday morning at the desk. An orange and Ceylon black iced tea.

A snack, later, also at my desk. This was pretty good. Coconut and ginger were the dominant flavors.
Luncho:

I've bought these sandwiches numerous times, always hoping they'd be better. I feel like I had one flavor once like 5 years ago that wasn't bad and I keep picking this type up, but it's never been the same. Not sure what's so "Hawaiian" about a crap ton of Napa cabbage, but whatever. I picked a lot of the bread off and used the cabbage leaf as sandwich place-holder.
The bread did serve a purpose in befriending these little dudes (dudettes?):

I guess I don't have a photo of dinner - I quickly ate three of those same sort of macro sushi rolls and ran out of work a little early to catch a reading at the Rubin museum with a friend - a couple poets reading the work of Allen Ginsberg, as well as some of their own poems inspired by Ginsberg. Allen Ginsberg is one of my favorite poets and it was an amazing night. The highlight for me was seeing Anne Waldman (another favorite) read along with Steven Taylor accompanying her on one of Ginsberg's harmonium. She is incredibly powerful and dynamic, and the harmonium is haunting.


Allen also composed music on the harmonium and it blows my mind. Here's a wacky Waldman clip, and here's an incredible recording of Allen reading with music. Gad, me heart. Anyway.
Today's breakfast:

Banana. In the background you can see a couple of the few cookbooks I brought with me on the move. Less-favorite ones are stored at my folks'. It really makes you think about which cookbooks are important, and how many I REALLY need.
Snack:

I'm really gonna have to chill on these bars. Gettin out of control. This was better than yesterday's - more chewy, berry-y, and vanilla-y.
Lunch was the remaining three macro rolls, as well as:

Steamed kale, steamed broccoli, and roasted butternut squash in Braggs' and black pepper from the Whole Foods bar. It was more than enough to hold me for dinner. I'm going out to ANOTHER friend's quitting party and possibly a friend's show, so I may just have something light before boozing up.
Do you guys like poetry? Have I asked this before? What kind of stuff? Who would win in a fight: poetry or kale??

30 comments:

  1. Oooh lots of great stuff in this post! I've never tried those bars before but they sound yummy...and a bit dangerous! I was actually thinking about how I wanted to eat oranges the other day... and then figured I'd eat as many apples as possible before I moved on to the citrus ;) The sandwich sounds interesting... the Hawaiian aspect is confusing but it sounds ok? Your WFs dinner looks delicious and I'm kind of wishing I could find those Macro Sushi Rolls again.

    I'm so glad you had a great time at the reading! It sounds like a good night. I don't know much about poetry but I have a friend that is really into it and is a big fan of Allen Ginsberg as well :)

    Oh and I know what you mean about cookbooks... I'm thinking about really narrowing my collection down and doing a bunch of giveaways. I rarely use most of them but it's also so hard to part with them!

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    1. It's funny that oranges and apples are in season at the same time, it sounds so counter intuitive. But they are equally tasty.

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  2. What a crazy busy life you lead! I can't believe how manic the pace is! I think I would have to spend a day in the foetal position after attempting to keep up with your life for a day...at least you seem to be getting a good deal in the nutrition stakes...nothing I have seen for the last few days has made me gag or explode into righteous indignation (not that I am prone to that but just sayin'...). I love "Vegan Mofo" you get to perve on what other people eat while you are sitting at home in your underpants eating garbage! (Oops...did I really admit that? ;))...anyway, I would make sure to wash my hands before I put anything in my mouth after using that keyboard...I have to say that I am a bit of a grunge queen and cleanliness is only next to Godliness when someone has told me that they are dropping by BUT that has to be the dirtiest keyboard that I have EVER SEEN! Time to dunk that sucker in bleach methinks! Cheers for the last 2 posts, perving, thy name is narf!

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    1. Haha, my days are very rarely as busy but I do try to keep myself occupied. It is a digusting keyboard, I agree. I lysol it occasionally but also, when eating at the desk, I only type with one hand - the one I'm not touching food with.

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  3. I think the sandwich looks really good and I'd probably be lured in by the "hawaiian taste". Too bad it doesn't taste as good as it looks/sounds. The bars look tasty and so does the dinner. I like going to readings, but I think kale would win over poetry because I can't put poetry in a giant bowl and eat it. Well, I guess I could, but... food usually wins every fight around here.

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    1. I would like to see poetry in a giant bowl with some tahini dressing...

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  4. I also struggle with the "try it one more time" food syndrome. When will we learn that bad tastes bad? Ha ha! I haven't attended a reading in a long time, I'll have to watch the listings and go! Sounds like you were able to enjoy yourself.

    Another friend is leaving?! I watched that happen for a few years, until it was finally my turn last May.

    Poetry would win, based on the fact that it has outlived any kale plant. I will eat kale, and read poetry.

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    1. Yeah, what is it with that syndrome??
      I certainly hope my turn comes. Until then, whatever.
      Good point on the poetry/kale debate! You ARE a teacher, as well as a vegan.

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  5. Plenty more Ginsberg and Waldman including many wonderful "Streaming Videos" - see right hand column - on the Allen Ginsberg blog - http://ginsbergblog.blogspot.com/ - http://ginsbergblog.blogspot.ca/2012/04/anne-waldmaned-dorn.html
    and not forgetting Allen's summer borscht ! - http://ginsbergblog.blogspot.ca/2011/09/cold-summer-borscht.html

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    1. I read that Allen had a special 10 gallon pot to cook soup in, and a ledge outside his window on which to cool it!

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  6. I like poetry! My ex-husband wrote some really good poems that I still remember in my head. I have heard that plutonium song before too; I'm not sure where. Harmoniums are cool. My sweetie told me he saw and heard Ginsburg perform Father Death Blues when he was in college. I never had the chance to see him myself. It sounds as if you had an exciting night out. By the way, that din-din looks really good.

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    1. Very cool! I have a friend who saw him speak once before he died. I wish I had too.

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  7. Beznarf27 beat me to the dirty keyboard comment. In fact, Beznarf27 beat me to everything. Whatever Beznarf27 said goes for me.

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  8. I've never gone to a poetry reading, which seems kind of blasphemous since I've written poems/lyrics since I could write. I don't think they do anything like that in my city! Sounds awesome though. Poetry vs. kale is definitely a tough competition, but I'm coming down on the side of words. Feeding the soul is less immediately practical than feeding the body, but possibly more important since we're not forced to do it. Does that make any sense?

    Hope you had a good weekend!

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    1. They are a blast. You can throw them, maybe, if no one else will :) It certainly makes sense. Feeding the soul is totally a priority.

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  9. Kale would totally slam poetry's arse! ;)

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  10. Where do you get your snack bars? I've never seen either, but they look delish. The sandwich looked better than it tasted eh - harumph!

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    1. I get them at my local Whole Foods... I think they are a NY company? but this is the website -
      http://www.gohunza.com/bars-pies-c-35.html

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  11. how cool about the reading! and i love those bars too! they sure are addicting! :D

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  12. Pitting poetry agains kale is just not fair. (Especially since I'm a poet who loves kale--I could never choose!) That Ginsberg reading sounds like fun though!

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  13. I agree with Jes above...It's too hard to pick between two of my favorite things! My go-to poet is Pablo Neruda, but Anne Sexton is a close second. So many good ones!

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    1. Interesting! I like Anne Sexton but I haven't read much Neruda. I'll give him another shot.

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  14. In a fight between poetry and kale, it's got to be poetry (you can always buy good kale, but good poetry? Not so easy to find!) Poetrywise, I've got a bit of a thing for Anna Akhmatova.

    I'm (sadly) really interested to know - which cookbooks made it through the cull? Seriously, I'd love to read a whole post on which ones you took and which ones you didn't! Am always looking to thin out my own selection!

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    1. Very cool. I've never tried to read her, but I've seen collections around. Thanks for the recommendation. I will try to get around to a post about the cookbooks. mostly Colleen-Patrick Goudreau, Appetite for Reduction, and Blissful Bites. Also moosewood cookbook for health? Um, a world vegetarian cookbook, Happy Herbivore, Joy of Vegan Baking, Vegan Soups (Nava Atlas) Candle Cafe... plus more haha. It's an odd mix.

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  15. I thought I was the only one whose memory betrayed them on those sandwiches. I'm a sucker for the "power sandwich", which I inevitably find dry and tasteless, requiring half a jar of banana peppers to consume.

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  16. Ugh, couch surfing, or moving a million times is no fun :( and still except for that crappy sandwich it looks like you are able to eat great. Hope you find digs you are comfortable in soon.
    Look forward to MOFOing with you.

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