19 September 2011

No 'poo

I've been thinking of trying this whole no 'poo (i.e., no shampoo) method for quite some time, but I've been too chicken to actually try it.  I'm afraid of the transition period and what it will do to my curly hair!  So I told myself I'd give it a try if my shampoo and conditioner ever ran out at the same time.  Since this pretty much never happens, I thought I had given myself an indefinite "out".  However, yesterday the inevitable happened.  I'm thinking about getting my hair cut on Thursday (can you tell I'm still procrastinating?) and then it will be experiment time!  Here's the plan:

  1. Have a jar of baking soda in the shower.  Combine baking soda with water to make a paste and massage into scalp.
  2. Rinse well.
  3. Make a 1:4 solution of apple cider vinegar : water in a spray bottle.  Spray on hair.
  4. Rinse with cold water.
We'll see how it goes.  Anyone else out there have any tips for me?

16 September 2011


This has been a horribly unproductive week.  Let's recap, shall we?

Baby girl and I were both sick on Monday.  I dragged my butt to class and then straight home.  I tried to write in bed, but is just wasn't happening, so I gave up and laid on the couch instead.

Tuesday was better.  I actually finished my to-do list, started training for a 5k I want to run in October, and felt ahead of the game.  Unfortunately, that productivity, drive, and motivation was short-lived.

Wednesdays are usually my most productive day because I head out to my office after class and work until dinner at church -- a good, uninterrupted 4 hours!  However, this week I had a once-a-month group meeting that lasted at least 2 hours.  I then met with my advisor to go over notes for the class I'll be teaching next week while he's in China.  Before I knew it, I had a half-hour until I needed to take the shuttle back to campus in order to exchange a textbook.  Spencer picked me up from school and we headed to church early.  We had a great time socializing with everyone, but didn't leave until probably 8pm.  I got maybe 1-2 hours of writing done all day, but at least finished the homework that's due today.

I don't know what happened yesterday.  I wasted the entire day!  I knew I had many things to do and that I would regret being lazy today, but I just couldn't focus.  Hopefully this isn't a sign that my depressing is returning (or hasn't left).  Maybe it's time to find a new counselor?

Today isn't looking wonderful on the productivity front, either.  Between classes, meetings, and commuting time, I'll probably only get 1-2 hours of writing in.  I wish working on the bus didn't make me sick!

What I'm really trying to get at here is that I'm bummed.  Because of my laziness, I need to work all weekend instead of spending quality time with Adelaide, Spencer, or my friends.  But enough of this pity party.  Next week is a new week, and it will be better!

06 September 2011

Creamy Linguine with Shrimp and Veggies

We had this recipe from Cooking Light for dinner tonight, and it's a keeper!  It was fast, easy to make (and would be even easier if I had more proficient knife skills), and definitely qualifies as a budget meal.  I  wonder how it would taste with yogurt substituted for part of the cream cheese.

As a side note, this was Adelaide's first experience with pasta, and she thoroughly enjoyed playing and "eating" it.  We should have taken a picture!

04 September 2011

Menu Plan Monday - Labor Day Week

This week's menu is brought to you by Cooking Light magazine.  My parents gift me a subscription each year, and I've filled a binder with recipes I think sound interesting.  It's time to try some of them out.

Monday - Labor Day
B: Baked oatmeal
L: Grill-out with friends
D: Hotdogs, potato salad, and s'mores

B: Green smoothie
L: Leftovers
D: Chicken Tostadas with Avocado Dressing, Mexican Rice

B: Yogurt
L: Hummus sandwich, veggies, fruit
D: Church

B: Chick-fil-a
L: Leftovers
D: Herb and Goat Cheese-Stuffed Chicken Breasts, Red Pepper Couscous, Sautéed Spinach

B: Yogurt
L: Leftovers
D: Creamy Linguine with Shrimp and Veggies

B: French toast, fruit
L: Leftovers
D: Beef and Mushroom Sloppy Joes

B: Church
L: Church
D: Greek Festival

Check out the rest of Menu Plan Monday at I'm An Organizing Junkie!  What's your family eating this week?

02 September 2011

Green Smoothie

I made my first green smoothie for breakfast this morning: kale, whole milk, goat's milk yogurt, strawberries, and mango.  It tastes...interesting.  Grainy.  It needs to be sweeter.  I tried adding honey, but that hasn't helped.  It gets a little better with each sip.  Next time I'll decrease the amount of kale, increase the fruits, and maybe add a little cucumber.

The real test -- how long until I'm hungry again?  I'm trying different breakfast ideas because cereal just isn't sticking with me long enough.

Have you tried a green smoothie?  What's your favorite combination?