10 Random Thoughts

I love reading these posts on other blogs and I have a lot of random thoughts and no where to express them so I’m going to start sharing some random thoughts here and there on the blog.

Hope you enjoy!

1. I Realized It’s Kind of Useless to Peel Carrots

I love eating big raw carrots (they taste way better than baby carrots IMO), and it recently dawned upon me that peeling them is unnecessary. This was a DUH moment. I mean, yes, removing the peel means it’s fresh and dirt-free, but it also takes time and wastes a lot of carrot.

Now I just rinse the carrot well and eat it all. A revolution for me.

(Okay truth time: sometimes I still peel them and feel the peels to Millie.)

2. This Recipe was the top post on the VeganRecipes subreddit for a hot minute on Tuesday.

I’m new to Reddit. It still feels foreign and weird to me. But this was exciting. Especially because this was my first ever food video. Also, you should make these.

3. I keep holding off on watching the season 4 finale of Great British Bake-Off on Netflix because I don’t want it to end.

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Also, I’m stubborn and don’t want to watch the 5th season with the new hosts. I can’t imagine the show without Mary Berry and Mel and Sue. I want to be friends with Mel and Sue. And Mary Berry. But I tried to follow her on Instagram and her account is private and she never approved…maybe it’s not her real account? lol #wishfulthinking. Still love her!

4. I can’t get enough plantains lately.

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Why have I not bought these before last week? They are SO GOOD. I let some of them ripen even more than I did the first time and decided this is key.

Last night after I got home from our department’s holiday party, I knew even though I ate a bunch of snackies and nibbles at the party, I still needed a meal to satiate me physically and mentally.

So I simply sliced a super ripe plantain, microwaved it for 2-3 minutes, tossed it in a bowl, cubed up an avocado and dumped on some black beans and mixed it all together with salt and a little cayenne pepper. I served it with a green salad. Didn’t take a pic cause I wasn’t thinking it would be anything special and also I was impatient. But it was like, incredible and took me less than 5 minutes. For a real recipe, click here.

Also, anyone else feel this way about eating meals even if you’ve snacked a ton? For some reason even if I’ve nibbled on appetizers (I know people make a meal out of them often!) I still mentally need a sit-down meal to feel satiated mentally. Even if it’s a light dish. I ju

5. I am so ready for holiday break.

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This has been a rough semester for me. First, with the housing clusterfuck, and even though I’m feeling less stressed now that I have a stable safe place to live, I have had a recent surge in anxiety and feeling a bit down/depressed that has really been effecting me.

For some reason, I’m just quickly and easily overwhelmed by socializing lately. I’m not sure why. Perhaps my mom’s health is weighing on my mind a lot (she’s really not doing so well), but I am having a hard time just socializing in person, especially in big groups.

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Lately I’ve also been frustrated by some work stuff and am also a little irritated by some administrative stuff at school preventing me from getting research opportunities. Sigh. I’m just trying to give myself some breaks where I can and not stress over little stuff.

ALSO I can’t wait for break because I deeply miss being creative and want more time for projects. I have a few on my horizon; two in collaboration with a sustainability Media hub I’m a correspondant for, and others just for me and you :).

6. We’re Supposed to Get a Lot of Snow Today

And I’m excited. The above is a photo I literally just took out of my window (at about 10:40am). When I don’t have to shovel it, drive in it, or stand outside in -20 degrees (it doesn’t get that cold on the east coast….at least in the tristate area it rarely drops below 20) I can really get into a good snow storm.

Snow storm on a Saturday = the perfect excuse to not put on pants all day, drink all the hot chocolate (click link for my go-to recipe), and be extra extra cozy and antisocial. Maybe I’ll even bake if I have enough stuff in my pantry.

7. After making these chocolate banana penguins I am humbled and also inspired to make something else way more yummy.Screen Shot 2017-12-09 at 10.31.58 AM

As you may know, I host “Vegan Bites” on @SpoonUniversity instagram stories every Thursday night. I made these chocolate banana penguin things and used carrots as feet/nose instead of orange candies because I was too lazy to go to the store and also I’m reallly low on cash monies these days and Spoon doesn’t pay me to host vegan bites and I buy the groceries for all my recipes.

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So I used carrots. And I had this weird AHA moment like “OMG this is weird all raw but carrot cake banana bread would be dank.” Also, the photo above is my “Little Moe with the Gimpy Leg” penguin. I love him.

So now I can’t wait to play around with that idea! Stay tuned!

8. I bought 2 avocados for $1 from a fruit stand yesterday

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And I am PUMPED about it. Can’t wait to gobble up with TJ’s everything bagel salt. Manhattan fruit stands for the win.

9. Yesterday was a fun day at school.

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Minus stats lecture. But we had a party in stats lab and that was followed with my department holiday party. They really went all out! I bought an ugly sweater for it and it’s getting delivered today (:() so I couldn’t get dressed up, but still had a good time for the brief period my social anxiety/anxiety to go home and let my dog out let me stay!

10. Speaking of school, my classmates are the nicest people.

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I can’t say this of every academic experience I’ve had, but almost every student and TA I’ve interacted with at Mailman is so down to earth, kind, and compassionate and really cares about what they are pursuing in life. I feel so safe among them. Yay nice people!

 

Happy weekend, y’all! What are you up to this weekend? I’d love to know. πŸ™‚

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