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Marking The Day

Friday, February 27th, 2009

Though I’ve not much to say, I’d be remiss if I didn’t make a post today, on this, my first full day working for myself. Check that, working for YOU. :)

Just a few stream-of-consciousness tidbits:

  • Yesterday, I woke up bright and early, traveled to my old j.o.b.’s headquarters to drop off computer equipment, and sign papers. Spent more time on the road than in the office and was back home by lunch (Nutlettes with raspberries).

  • It occurs to me how appropriate it is that Sunday is my birthday. Both literally and figuratively. You know, the whole, “It’s the first day of the rest of your life” thing?
  • An ex-coworker reminded me on Facebook about this story from the Onion. It’s an oldie but goodie.

PCRM: Food for Life TV

Saturday, February 21st, 2009

I’m seriously close to (happy and appreciative) tears here!  

I knew my recipe for Cherry Dessert Hummus was to be featured on an upcoming episode of Food for Life TV, the weekly show of the Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine, but this was so much more than I expected!

I’m sure you’ll understand what’s got me all choked up. I’m a little verklempt. Talk amongst yourselves.”

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February 19, 2009 (available in high resolution at link below)

They’re doing great work at PCRM. Be sure to check out their webcast schedule, archive of downloadable episodes, and support group forum in the diabetes section of their website.

Bulk Organic Mushrooms

Friday, February 13th, 2009

One of the strategies for surviving hard times is buying in bulk. This is something I’ve always done, but is even more important now given my current circumstances.

When most people think of bulk foods, perhaps it is multi-packs of Cheetos®, big boxes of sugary cereal, etc. that come first to mind. You know, the kind of junk only too available in discount warehouse stores.

I’m guessing that’s not the case for readers of this blog. You probably conjured up images of 25 pound sacks of beans and rice. Me too. :)

Speaking of which, I’m nearing the bottom of a couple huge bags of lima beans and split peas, so a new order is in the offing. Usually shipping on such heavy items is cost-prohibitive, but I’ve found, though not organic, Honeyville, with their $4.49 shipping anywhere in the US, to be the best deal.

Anyway, I digress. What I really wanted to point out was that even some foods that might otherwise fall off the shopping list of an “actionized” worker can still be enjoyed if you buy them in bulk. Personally, I eat mushrooms daily, a wide variety, and am glad not to have to give them up.

When I mentioned Miracle Noodles a while back in my newsletter, one astute subscriber wrote me asking whether I recommended their mushrooms. He felt they were on the expensive side. I agree and responded with the tip I share today.

Actually, I first blogged about this company a couple years ago, and I’ve been a loyal and frequent customer ever since. I’m speaking of FungusAmongus (what a cool name). They have the lowest prices around on bulk, organic, shiitake and other mushrooms. And, they also offer truffles and the like, if money is less an issue for you.

Now, if only I could find a good bargain on bulk, organic, frozen berries! (I used to pick up caseloads at the “local” health food store in order to get the 10% discount for buying in quantity. But, even then, it was still painful to the wallet. Alas, I’ve been acquiescing to the ultra-sprayed store-brand bags of late.)

Downsized so Downsizing

Sunday, February 1st, 2009

Well, I reckon the Big R (recession) has caught up with me—just last week, I was laid off from my software engineering job of 9 years.   :(

I prefer to say I was “actionized” (as in the corporate lingo, resource action). It sounds better, and I hope that’s exactly what it does. If there’s a silver lining here, it’s that it may spur me on to consider entrepreneurial ventures aligned with my life calling.

In the meantime, I’m downsizing big time so as to give myself the most time to make something happen. For example, tonight’s Superbowl is the last hurrah for the TV. I’ve been “threatening” to cut the cable ever since reading Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television by Jerry Mander so many years ago. Finally, I’m doing it.

I also figure my menu is due for a shift to less expensive produce and bulk foods. To that end, it’s butternut squash instead of organic carrots; more broccoli, lettuce, and cabbage, over collards and kale; bananas; and bulk rice and beans. Yesterday, I put the strategy to the test. I wanted to see if these simple changes would make the savings mindless. Well, I think it did, a little. Coffee and some plums put me over a modest goal. Bringing a calculator along would’ve made it easy.

Speaking of keeping track of food costs, I had a story queued up in my drafts that I meant to post some time back. It’s about a challenge my alma mater (UNH) gave the students to see if they could live healthily off the daily allotment from the state’s Food Stamp program. The called it, appropriately enough, The $3.13 A Day Food Challenge. (If you add in the other 30% a SNAP recipient is supposed to contribute themselves, that’s still just $4.47/day or $31.30/week.)

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