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Friday, December 9, 2011

Food and Frustrations

Soaked oats and chia with applesauce, cinnamon, and pumpkin seeds

Rice, carrot, cranberry, and parsley salad spiced with cumin, salt, and black pepper. This took me an hour to eat.

Marinated kale salad for dinner with tomato and grated carrot, topped with tahini-mustard sauce!

The reason I'm posting now is because I stayed home from work to finish my poetry book. This thing is causing me so much trouble at this point I just wanted to be done with it but I went into the city to copy it up and it won't come out right so I have to lay the whole thing out again and then figure out how to bind it. Sorry to complain. If anyone has any experience and tips on binding books, that'd be cool.

More kale salad when I got back, bookless. Mixed with the last of the rice and some chickpeas I cooked up last night and garlicky tahini-miso sauce.

Also these Justin's cups because, like I said, I was frustrated. Abby at A Soy Bean recently did a side-by-side comparison of these vs. Cleo's peanut butter cups. Either I'm really upset or I don't care about candy much anymore. The cups were good but I'll probably never buy them again. Give me more kale and bucket o' tahini and I'm happy.
P.S. G sent this link to me the other day of 50 of the year's best animal photos. I laughed, I cried, etc.


  1. Well first your meals look delicious, as always. More importantly, I'm so sorry you are so stressed. I've never had to deal with book binding but I know that layouts can be extremely frustrating, especially when you take the time to get it done carefully only to find that you have to re-do it. I know you'll get it done and it'll be fantastic and it looks like you are doing a great job feeding yourself some nourishing food to get through it. Best of luck with it!

  2. That stinks that you're having a hard time with the book. I hope it goes well for you from this point on!

    I just got done looking at the animal photos and wow, are some ever amazing! Thanks for sharing.

  3. I've bound books in several different ways. I've done sewn bindings both by hand and with a sewing machine. It worked well. I've had Kinko's bind things, and it's pretty reasonable. And at least twice I bound a whole bunch of books with double stick tape. That worked great! If you try it, use the 1/2" tape, let it extend beyond the page edge, and trim with a knife.

    At least you haven't reached the level of frustration where you stop making good things to eat!

  4. The food looks great! Sorry you are having a time of it with the book!

  5. Hmmmm. Sadly, when it comes to book binding I have no skillz. All your salads in particular look awesome, and tahini + almost anything seems to work pretty well, huh?!

  6. I hate it when I can't bind my books of poetry. Totally sucks!

  7. Arg! I hope your book binding adventures go better from here. Why are you making a poetry book? Are you selling it to the masses? Because as a lyricist I happen to rather love poetry. :)

  8. are you binding a book of your own poetry? rad! i'm sorry i know nothing about book binding. the kale salad looks awesome.

  9. Mmm, just what I needed: a good dose of Maud-style salads! They all look tempting and satisfying.

    Book binding sounds like it would be complicated and tedious...I don't have any tips, but hang in there!

    The animal pics are both fun and heartbreaking, I'll skip the heartbreaking stuff, but suffice it to say that baby dolphins and hippos are among the uber cute, while the poor kitty in the outfit looks truly traumatized. I'm in love with the ginger seal! Honestly, what do people, and seals too apparently, have against redheads?

  10. Crossing my fingers that all goes well with the book! What will be the title? Definitely eager to learn more about it!

    Hmm,...I've done apple butter but not applesauce in oats. Salad envy, as usual. Sad news on the peanut butter cups - I've not tried these, but I know what you mean about taste preferences changing!

  11. Thanks a lot, everyone and haha, sorry for spouting off about it here, I was kind of having a mini breakdown, which later became a much larger breakdown but all is okay now.
    Yep, it's a book of my poetry, titled Half Past Remembrances.
    I'm probably printing up about 25 copies. Most of them are going to be gifts for family and friends but if anyone is interested in a copy, let me know.

    Andrea, thanks so much for the tips! I've hand sewn books before that were less thick than this. I'm sort of worried about stabbing myself but a sewing machine would be great, if I had one. Apparently our longarm stapler will work; I thought it wouldn't. I'm still going to have to trim some pages but it should be okay.

    Rose, that seal was my favorite too!! Well, besides the kitten with the oxygen mask. It's pretty amazing that animals apparently judge their peers by their looks as well, no? I just want to hug the seal all day. Redheads, in my opinion are the best. Firey, powerful, and witchy! Descended from Vikings, my mom says, though she's biased being a redhead :)

  12. No experience with binding, unfortunately. Finishing a poetry collection though...(ugh, don't even want to think about it still!) I hope you got the binding worked out though!

    Yummy eats & I'm totally with you on the 50 best animal pictures--incredible!

  13. Hmmm...Door #1 is to risk imbibing the Mysterious Swill Reduction or Door #2 is to just play it safe with a copy of the Limited Edition 'Half Past Remembrances'. Must be really interesting to be a member of your Friends & Family...Decisions! Decisions!

  14. Ohh my! Justin's dark chocolate peanut butter cups are my ultimate weakness. I can't go to the store without picking up a pack. Or ten.

    Also, did you read that a new study showed that cans (amongst other things) are lined with 12,000% more BPA than they originally thought!?!?! The FDA is looking to ban the use of BPA in food/beverage packaging, now.

  15. Glad that you solved your book binding problem! When you get a chance...what's in your tahini-mustard dressing? Just the two combined? I might try it.


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