Friday, 27 February 2009

Carrot Soup!

I got this recipe from Dr. Weil's 8 week plan for optimal healing power from body+soul magazine. I tweaked it to fit what I had. May I say it came out so good!! I really could have sat down and eaten the whole pot!

1 lb carrots
1 medium potato (I used 2 tiny sweet potatoes)
1 onion (I had a red one in the fridge)
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon dried parsley
3 cups vegetable stock (I used 3 cups water)
juice of 1 orange (I used a bit of Simply Orange juice because I didn't have a fresh orange on hand)
salt and pepper
chopped scallion for garnish (I left this off)

Peel and slice carrots into thin rounds. Peel and dice potato. Peel and chop onion coarsely. Heat oil in large saucepan, add vegetables and the parsley and cook over medium heat for 5 minutes, stirring, without letting the vegetables brown. Add the stock (or broth or water), heat to boiling, cover, lower heat and simmer for 30 minutes or until the vegetables are tender. Allow to cool a little and use a food processor or blender to liquefy the soup. Add the orange juice and salt and pepper to taste. Heat to serving temperature and serve (garnished with chopped scallion). Serves 4.

Che shirts

Question:

Do kids who wear Che shirts even know who Ernesto "Che" Guevara is or anything about him? Just wondering if they even bother to wonder about who they are wearing or if it's just popular like wearing a Twilight shirt or something? I wonder if they even know he was a real person?

Thursday, 26 February 2009

Gym

Went to the gym today for the first time in months. I have decided that I am going to schedule in the time to go. Screw work. I am a contract worker; I should be able to dictate my time to some degree. They will just have to deal with it.

While I was there, though, I saw a very interesting poster. "Want to Be a Group X Instructor?" Basically it was a find out how, come to the free seminar, and have a workout too. Interesting, very interesting. I am tempted just to go and find out info though I am currently in no shape to actually teach. I wonder if they train and such? Hmmm..

Did my cardio, run, walk, run, walk. Did some lower leg weight work. Now, it is difficult to walk up and down my stairs. Hurts so good.

My funeral



On a board that I have been on forever, an interesting question came up. Have you ever thought about what you would like your funeral to be like? I, for one, have. Beware:

I want whatever they can use taken out of me. I want to be cremated. I want a slide show of all of the dorkiest pictures anyone can find of me, including my psuedo mullet of grammar school and my big 80s hair. I want a 24 boob tassel twirl, everyone to dress in their craziest, most colorful, sparkliest, shiny pvc, latex, whatever, attire. Girls in drag queen makeup, guys too. I want the cheesiest songs that I love played like Xanadu and Mr. Roboto and Flash Gordon's theme song because I will randomly break out in song to those in public and strike a hero pose. I want cupcakes stacked as far as one can see, cocktails and pigs in a blanket, real & veggie versions. I want hula hoops spinning.
Basically, I want a three ring circus of fun and everyone to enjoy all of the things that I enjoyed in life.

Wednesday, 25 February 2009

Happy


I have been really happy the past couple of days. I think it is due to releasing a ton, realizing that I can say no and actually not caring to look for others' approval. I feel like a huge weight has been lifted from my shoulders. Worry has not plagued me either over these past few days. I have come to a big realization of what is important to me and what really is mediocre. I cannot make everyone around me happy. I can only control certain aspects of my existence, and my own happiness is one of those aspects. I have the control to take myself out of situation that causes me anguish, resentment or worry. Little irritations will not be allowed to irk me. Other peoples' hangups will not become my own. I am not religious, but I do believe that you reap what you sow. I will be sowing many seeds of patience, joy, calmness and good. That is all I can do.

Monday, 23 February 2009

Kale chips


I bought a big bunch of kale but had no idea what I was going to do with it. I took some and sauteed it with olive oil, garlic, onion and smoked paprika (after boiling it for 5-8 minutes). That was good. However, I found this recipe for Tuscan Kale Chips, and I am now addicted! Super simple, and oh so tasty!
I am in a mood and am now going to make some bread pudding out of some stale bread, almonds and raisins. I was going to make a king cake, but I want to use some items that are soon to go bad for a decadent dessert!

Sunday, 22 February 2009

Going back to my roots...


This dress was on clearance, and I just had to have it! Check out the back.
I have been missing the spice in my wardrobe. This is just what I needed. Don't be surprised if you see me around in it. Squeeeeak, squeeeaaaak....

and there are some things on Kambriel 's site that I have had a hankering for. I would so much rather give my money over to someone I know rather than someone I do not. Plus, her clothing is so well made and worth it. I am just trying to save up a little extra moulah to buy. Pretty, pretty, pretty.... I feel a splurging coming on in the next couple of weeks!

Thursday, 19 February 2009

Middle management

I was reading an article in one of the numerous magazines that I get about waist size in conjunction with health. They pointed out the growth of the waist over the years. In the 50's they showed Marilyn - 22" waist. Wow.

In the 60's Audrey Hepburn had a 20" waist. Holy crap. I know one burlesque performer who has a teeny waist and in a corset is 16". I have never been below 28" since as far back as I can remember. To me it's freaking astonishing. I really never thought that people really had waists that small without girdles or corsets!

Skinny fat.

Not that I’m really skinny, but more on the thinner side, but I suppose I am what you would call thin fat. I look thin, but there is more fat than muscle. I am not fit. I am still weak, easily exerted. I am working on it though. I can feel my body hardening up underneath that layer of fat. I find myself putting my hands on my butt or quads or hamstrings when I am walking or going up flights of stairs. It’s there, I can feel it, harder places moving beneath my fingers. Small areas of hardness that were not there previously. It is there on my arms too, even my upper ab area. They are building, small, but still there. A sign of hope, waiting to peek through. Maybe by the end of the year, I won’t be thin fat, but in healthy toned shape.

Sunday, 15 February 2009

Disasterous

I had a train wreck of a show last night. It was the first time that I had a backstage breakdown. I left and did not even attend the curtain calls. Cowardly of me, I know. I feel worse about that today than the hot mess of a performance. At least, I did not gorge myself for comfort. If anything, I want to make myself better. Even still, I am utterly embarrassed.

Thursday, 12 February 2009

back from vacation

It was nice, relaxing, and over-indulgent. I gained two pounds. I know exactly what I did wrong, but it was vacation!!!

My new trick hoop came, yaay!! This made me decide to change the routine that I was planning on doing tomorrow and Saturday for the Valentine's Day shows. Yesterday, Sam brought me to JoAnn's where I picked up fabric, thread, velcro and notions to come home and create and sew a whole new costume. Now, to get a trick hoop routine finished by tomorrow night! I am flaky. I had planned on doing this whole slow, sultry routine to an old blues song. On the way home from picking up our dogs, "Friday I'm in Love" came on the radio. ~light bulb over head~ Instantaneous changes and I had to stop to get the stuff for a whole new routine. You see, I am petrified of doing slow, sexy dancing. I feel like a humongous dorkus while trying to perform.
I booked more shows this month as well. Artopia on Broaday on the 21st! I will be there with two other lovely ladies performing two shows. I will also be a model for the taste of Dr. Sketchy's that night.

I am emailing my friend, tattoo artist, to see if she would like to hook up at the gym next to where she works, and the one I go to, to see if she'll exercise partner with me. I am also looking into some adult ballet and jazz classes at a dance studio about 2.5 miles away. It is just that the classes are on Friday nights and many of our big shows are on Fridays and Saturdays. The jazz classes are on Tuesdays though. Hrm.

Wednesday, 4 February 2009

Cleaning

Cleaning out our extra room, with the exception of a closet full of burlesque costumes, material and craft boxes. To think how much room we'd have if I did not have that there! Wow! It's nice to see a room with out clutter everywhere, just a nice fresh bed and clear floor!

When we get back from vacation, we're going to start planning options for painting and changing floors and such. When all of that begins, I have a feeling that I am going to do a huge purge of tons of my stuff.

I keep having an urge to quit burlesque, but I still enjoy it. I think it's just that I have never owned this much! I used to be such a minimalist with clothing. I just feel overwhelmed with belongings!

Monday, 2 February 2009

Package!


My aunt sent me a package that had a King Cake!! YaaY!! I have been planning on trying to make one soon. My mom and aunt had sent me the recipes from the Times Picayune and Haydel's Mardi Gras magazine. She just curbed my craving though! Even though yesterday, Sam and I picked up some mini Valentine cupcakes. Little cute bite-sized ones. I have been craving cupcakes for weeks, and I suppose he was tired of hearing me say, "I really could go for a cupcake." Haha

I guess I am getting slightly more confident in my baking and cooking skills. We went to Daughtry's this Saturday for a bite. I got the lobster mac n cheese. It was good, but I just kept thinking that it would be so much more delicious with crabmeat or crawfish or shrimp. Sam agreed. I have perfected French bread and corn machoux and a few other dishes. It has gotten to the point that I do not even want to go out and eat anymore. I am so disappointed with the dishes that I get. As I always say, if I just had someone to clean up the kitchen and dishes I would cook all the time.

The package also had these cute pj's in it. =) They are cute and remind me of something vintage. I cannot wait to sport them. I feel bad because I want to pair them with heeled slippers, but I do not own any. =p The only draw back to them is that they are sheer, and I feel as though I should wear a pretty black bra and panties underneath.