Monday, July 25, 2016

Salted Brown Butter Rice Krispies Treats
 for two

salted brown butter rice krispies treats for two

This is just a mashup of The Kitchn's How To Make a Single Rice Krispies Treat and smitten kitchen's salted brown butter crispy treats, written all together so I don't have to straddle two recipes: maximum efficiency so that I can make these in the shortest time possible, soon I will have this memorized. I have very limited patience for making non-essential food, and yet really like a) salted things, b) brown butter, and c) rice krispies treats. I have also historically had zero patience for making rice krispies treats because I couldn't even with wrestling that whole mass into a pan and getting it stuck to my handsghghghghgh. Making a single treat is so genius in this regard, though: I can show a single treat who's boss. Buttered hands and parchment paper help, too. And why even bother dirtying another pan, amirite.

1 tablespoon butter, plus extra for buttering your hands
6 marshmallows
1 cup rice krispies
a pinch of kosher salt

Melt the butter in a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Stir constantly, until you start to see tiny brown grains forming in the melted butter. Keep stirring and cooking just a bit longer, but not too much longer or else you will burn the butter.

Remove from heat and stir in the marshmallows until they are melted and smooth. Add the rice krispies and the salt, and stir until the rice krispies are well-coated with melted marshmallows.

Scrape the whole mess onto a piece of parchment paper and butter your hands. Wrap the paper around your treat, compress it into a denser mass, and square it up. The Kitchn says this is a single treat, but it's a very large single treat and out of romantical niceness I cut it up to share with der schweetums. It cuts a bit better if it gets a chance to set up a bit, but—

Friday, July 15, 2016

July Eats

Womp, I started to suspect that my sinus issues, which are related to my globus issue, had something to do with dairy consumption. Which I knew there was a connection between dairy and mucus production, I just wasn't connecting that with me and the mucus in my head and the volume of greek yogurt that I generally eat in a week. I pretty much don't eat dairy except greek yogurt, but that I eat a lot of. So I stopped eating it right in the middle of a quart and gave away an unopened quart, and thought I was sort of feeling better, and then I thought I would use up the opened quart in a nice batch of koldskal, peaches and koldskal, mmm. Which brings me back to womp, I do believe dairy is a thing for me now. Again. I mean it used to be, and then it wasn't, and now it is again. Like I feel like I'm choking and my head is exploding simultaneously. Sigh that's so too bad, greek yogurt has been so easy full stop. And such an easy way for me to get protein and probiotics, oh well. I will figure it out. In the meantime, I have gone back to just almonds and strawberries for my breakfast bowl:

A great discovery for lunch, though: The Kitchn's 5 Salad Bases That Last All Week in the Refrigerator, I can confirm that the kale-radicchio combo did indeed last all week and was delicious! I dressed it with a slightly tweaked version of A Beautiful Mess's lemon miso dressing and toward the end of last month was topping it with hardboiled eggs, avocado, and cherry tomatoes. This month though, I'm trying it with pan-roasted chicken breast:

yumayyyyy #kale #radicchio #lemonmisovinaigrette #panroastedchicken #cherrytomatoes #avocado #goodeats

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I bought that mixing bowl to keep in the kitchen at work, and we have a million of those serving spoons from times we've catered things.

I'm still working those dinner bowls, and working on a new ground meat recipe for my collection viz., persian ground lamb:

Recipe TK!

On gym days, I eat dinner for lunch, bring a bottle of tart cherry water to the gym, and then have a smoothie when I get home from the gym, I have already developed a dairy-free smoothie that does the job:

Der schweetums cooks Friday dinner! I taught him how to make miso soup:

Saturday, July 9, 2016

What Is To Be Done
 figure out who your representatives are

As a rule I'm more the be the change you want to see in the world type, I hew to the little, graspable things—food, funny observations, personal relations. Anger and telegrams, not really my cup of tea. I don't listen to reply, I listen to understand like it's my job (it is, actually, my job). But, to everything there is a season. There's time when you have to do more than be a good example of a separate peace. What, though. So I've been looking for something to do besides #whatdoesthis #reallydoanyway. Though I do think hashtags are effective in their way, it's just not my way what with language being incomplete and replete to me. Anyway for whatever reason I'm friends with a lot of librarians, and librarians are good at finding stuff; first A-Bomb (who coincidentally also figures in the aforementioned link) and then a few others chucked Campaign Zero into my feed, all this is great. I'm scrolling and scrolling though for what can I DO, like can I stuff envelopes? Do people even stuff envelopes anymore? And it seems to come down to VOTE, which I already do, and demand action from your representatives.

Everybody sees stuff through their own lenses, and I see a lot of stuff through a trainer's lens—e.g., there's things that people want, and those things are out of reach. Some of those things, let's say certain body fat percentages, are frankly unrealistic and can we please forget about them. Other things seem out of reach but actually they're right at hand, and it's a matter of sweeping aside the hoops that you thought you had to jump through. Like you don't have to lose ten pounds to be worthy of love, let me tell you: you're worthy right now. And then there are things that if you want them, you have to work toward them. And you can't get there from here, you can only get one step from here. And one step from here seems dumb, so you don't take that step. There doesn't seem dumb, you would step straight there if you could. If you're me, you definitely try to step straight there and fall on your face and lay in the gap quietly sobbing for a whole summer. I need a trainer, is what. What a trainer does is make taking one step not seem dumb, so you take that step. You see where this is going, right? Right, it's going there. Or at the very least, it's going away from here.

Not gonna lie, I don't demand anything from my representatives. It seems dumb. It seems like wall pushups. What's that going to do, that's not enough! After Orlando, though, there was an app for that: you could be directly connected to your US Senators and just say—this was when the gun control filibuster was going on—I support the filibuster. So I did that.

Demand more, I guess. Do you know what's dumber than demanding action from my representatives, that I don't totally know who my representatives are? I mean, I know about Mark Kirk and Dick Durbin because of the gun control filibuster. Though truthfully I know I know that Dick Durbin is my US Senator but I don't know that I know about Mark Kirk, I remember something else about him and I'm not sure what. Besides, the Campaign Zero site says that action has to happen at all levels of government and I know I don't know all my representatives down to the ground. This is the thing, Munt. This is the step to take away from here.

Those small steps, though. You actually have to do them. Sometimes that means you're not doing something else. Actually it always means that for me, being a singletasker. Sometimes those small steps, when you actually get around to doing them, they're ...bigger, closer up. I mean, I've been doing this for going on three hours now. The good part about that is, then they seem less dumb. Anyway I'm not allowing myself to be on Facebook until I know that I know all my representatives, which in the annals of small gestures can go right down there as one of the smallest. Though I think the point is, they don't keep annals of small gestures. Or yes they do, they're called "blogs." Haha.

Without further ado, my representatives are:

In the US Senate


Dick Durbin (D)

Mark Kirk (R)

Okay, these I knew. Also I remember what I was remembering about Mark Kirk, I remember when he was elected to the House in 2000 and then when he was elected to serve the rest of Obama's Senate term. Truthfully he's always had a great white hope/dead zone vibe to me and I've always vaguely feared him, but his record looks reasonably okay (plus, stroke buddies!) But, he is being challenged this year by Tammy Duckworth (D) and maybe I will not make a kneejerk decision about that. I mean I will more than likely vote for Tammy Duckworth, but I will think it over.

In the US House of Representatives

The US House of Representatives has a handy representative finder, though what's intereresting about this is that my address without ZIP+4 could be in one of two really different districts:
us house districts 5 and 7

5th District

5th District it is, though, for what it's worth in my mind the white district. Like, I'm in the same district as my brother in law. This strikes me as the closest I will ever be to living in a swing anything...

Mike Quigley (D)

...though Quigley's record seems sufficiently blue at first glance. This is one that I knew but I didn't know I knew. I remember voting for Mike Quigley. I really feel like Luis Gutierrez was my representative for a long time, and then something changed.

Okay now, state government. Which I know I don't really know. The Illinois Board of Elections has a not as pretty but still handy finder for your state senator and representative, as well as other elected officials, this is the mobile or "lite" version because the desktop version requires Silverlight and it tells me my browser is too old for the current version of that. Hello accessibility issues, I may not be in the 1% of Browserland but I'm definitely at least the 10%. It really strikes me that the most useful person in today's society is the person who can make info-gathering apps, like that BallotReady app was great.

In the Illinois General Assembly, you get a senator and a representative from two different districts:

In the Illinois Senate

5th District

illinois senate district 5

Patricia Van Pelt (D)

I really think the districts are the most interesting part about this and, imo, the general assembly districts could be made easier to find. Here is the finder for your Illinois senate district.

In the Illinois House

10th District

illinois house district 10

Not crazily different from my senate district.

Pamela Reeves-Harris (D)

Here is the finder for your Illinois representative district.

Last but not least:

On the Chicago City Council

Second Ward

Brian Hopkins

This one I knew, my landlord is old school door-to-door get out the vote and he brought this guy by. I didn't vote for him though, because he was with Rahm.

Here's the city's lookup for finding your ward and alderman.

So. One step, good job. Now you can take the next step. Right? You were going to demand action from your representatives, but you had to know who they were and now you know. (Not you. Me.)

Friday, July 1, 2016

Strawberry-Mango Golden Smoothie

strawberry mango golden smoothie

I use the Bella Cucina Rocket Blender to make my smoothies.

This is my current smoothie, dairy-free, now that that's a thing for me. I originally made this with all mango, and that was good, but then accidentally stumbled into this "rosegold" version when I had the tail ends of a bag of frozen strawberries and a bag of frozen mangos to use up. Which I prefer, it's lighter. More refreshing.

1 cup coconut milk
1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
4-6 frozen mango chunks
4-6 frozen strawberries
coconut water

Put the coconut milk, spices, and frozen fruits into the blender cup, then add a splash of coconut water if you know how much to add. Otherwise screw on the cap, stick the cup on the motor base, blend for 30 seconds, then take a peek at how thick it is and add coconut water to thin it out as needed. Blend for another 30 seconds or until the smoothie is churning freely from top to bottom.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Miso Soup
 for two

miso soup

Before you do anything, put the kettle on. When the kettle starts to make a little noise, take it off the heat. You just want hot (not boiling) water for the miso in a minute.

I only put the peas because I had half a bag of frozen peas that I wanted to use up. They're good in this, though.

2 cups water
1 sheet nori
2 green onions
1/4 block firm tofu
handful of peas, optional
2 Tbsp miso
1 sheet nori

Put water in a medium saucepan over low heat.

Cut the nori into squares with scissors and add to the pan. Trim and thinly slice the green onions and add to the pan. Cube the tofu and add to the pan. Add the peas. Turn up the heat and bring the soup to a strong simmer.

Meanwhile, put the miso into a small bowl, add a little hot water from the kettle, and whisk until smooth. When the soup is simmering, take it off the heat and stir the miso into the soup. (This is so it doesn't clump.)

June Review

Ahhhhh, I had such a good month! I deep rested on Memorial Day and limped through the rest of that week including the first few days of June; and then starting the first Sunday of June, it was ON.

June picks:

HOME: Cleaning and decorating

1. Throw some shit out for the love of god.

PHWOARR, I have been ON FIRE with this! STILL so delighted with my bed six inches away from the wall and the bags in the red dresser and the ladder thingy in the foyer for my backpacks. Moving the bed is what forced my hand to deal with all my bags—three of which I sold, thirty bucks to Gryffindor! Really I think not having all my bags hanging off the footboard is what makes the bedroom seem so much calmer, that and finding a place for the laundry bag i.e., an IKEA bag, off the floor at the foot of the bed. It's so nice in here, I am writing from my calm bedroom. Plus, Mitch put in the A/C just in time. Also side note, the first Sunday of June I suddenly just stopped watching TV to fall asleep. So it's nice and cold and dark in here, I have been sleeping great.

But wait, there's more! Bunches of stuff got sorted to be trashed or donated (or sold!) or saved, I'm down to three bankers boxes of craft materials that I have definite plans for neatly stacked in the kitchen. Der schweetums has six bankers boxes similarly neatly stacked in the kitchen. And the rest of the house is clear living space! Almost. I still have more fitness equipment than space to keep fitness equipment in, and I re-messed up my project cubbies clearing off my drawing table, but look!

sewing table

A while back I had raised this table so that I could have a standing desk at home, and then proceeded to do all my desk work sitting on the couch. I mean, home days are really gym days. I'm going to start calling them that, as a level up from not saying anymore that I work part-time. Anyway I'm plenty active those days, a little couch time is so necessary; life is balance. On the other hand I had a block about having to get out my sewing machine if I wanted to sew, not to mention finding or making a clear space to set it up. Which the table was the opposite of, because I wasn't using it as a desk and was using it to pile things on. So here I have a clear space and my sewing machine already out, see what happen.

Also I massively cleaned out our suitcase of office supplies, I can't even imagine why I thought I needed three boxes of #1 paper clips and three boxes of jumbo paper clips squirreled away and that wasn't even the half of it. Not to be morbid but if I were to measure out the rest of my life in paper clips, I'm pretty sure that what's left is less than one box:

So pleasing, that empty space in my desk drawer has actually always bothered me. And I found the round labels, so I was able to relabel all my spice jars. And I found the stack of kraft cardstock that I've been going bananas looking for on and off for the past ten or so years, it's been in the suitcase all this time :/

Just one more thing: der schweetums liberated a file cabinet from his closet and I reclaimed it for myself, thus liberating my two file boxes from their restless wanders around the front room floor. OMG SO MUCH FLOOR SPACE. SO TIDY.

ETA: AND ANOTHER THING: I really thought I was going to spend this morning baking a cake and instead I found myself defrosting the freezer, it sounds much happier now.

BODY: Healing my body

2a. Get mammogram.

Done, easy peasy. I also took a peek at the primary care practice that's on the Rush campus, but I think I will stick with Dr. Goldfarb for now. I have it on my calendar to get a physical in fall... man I love my body and all, but I really could use a break from taking it to doctors and fluffing its pillows and bringing it flat 7-Up with a bendy straw. I mean, I had a break this month. But like, a longer break.

2b. Draft a plan for doing taxes better.

YATTA!!! So done! So at work I get this small business newsletter as a perk from one of our insurances, we're a bigger business than that but, hello, I'm a small business; so I actually read the newsletter quite a bit, and there was this really helpful article about how to get a handle on your business cash flow, my technique up to this point having been winging it and hoping for the best. So, I basically followed those steps and now understand my cash flow for the first time basically ever, oh man it's so great. Knowing removes so much fear, and gives you so much control! And after doing all that, figuring out a plan for my taxes was like Duh: finalize last year's expenses in January, receive tax documents in January, fill out tax worksheets in February, and send to Elliott to prepare and file tax return in March. BOOM.

In addition to this, there was a lot of shmooing (see PASTIME below) that resulted in me finally canceling the ad-free service on my rocketmail account that I haven't even been using for past three years ::gun emoji:: just in time to save $20 this month. I mean, twenty dollars is twenty dollars.

PLAY: Studying movement and muscles

3. Let's just see what happens in June...

Last month I was feeling very wobbly in this area, this month I feel SOLID. So it goes like this, my #1 favorite trainer is Naudi Aguilar and as you can see right there, he has a YouTube channel with lots and lots of videos that I was always pinning or bookmarking to watch when I had time and never having time to watch them. And, I have Tuesday mornings blocked off to study. So finally, those two ideas came together, viz., Tuesday morning is when I watch Functional Patterns videos. It's so awesome, I feel like I'm screwing around! But it's what I'm supposed to be doing, I wear headphones and everything! And I'm getting pretty good at drawing stick figures:

PASTIME: Writing

4. Let's just see what happens in June...

Lordy, my brain has been a shmoo about this. Not so much the helpful aspect, more the changing shapes bit:

Well also, helpful. I'm happy with my brain. But like no sooner did I think I was giving up on Nom, brain shapeshifted into Let's do THIS with Nom! So okay then I think let's take a little leave from alla Poppy to do that and then brain goes boing into No wait, let's do that BUT WITH ALLA POPPY!

That kicked up a whole side thing about what to do with my Flickr, and transitively, my Yahoo account (see above), and did I want to start a Google Photos account, all of which ended up with me figuring out how to cancel the ad-free service on my rocketmail, and otherwise staying the course just so I can move forward with my writing, instead of getting bottlenecked by photos again, and anyway it's not as if Google doesn't giveth and then taketh away, so I don't want to dump a lot of work into that.

State of the Blog

So who knows what shape brain will be in next month, but right now I'm up to my armpits in editing the recipes that were going to be published in Nom, but publishing them in alla Poppy. When that's all done, I will be shutting Nom down (not that I ever started it up) so it's going to be all alla Poppy all the time for me. I'm allapoppy on Instagram, too. I love Instagram, it's soo much faster to get pictures out. So then I have this idea that I will do little monthly sum-ups like here's my June Eats and eventually when my recipes are in situ, I will link out to them. This makes me so much happier, it seems more flexible and less like always feeling like I'm behind the eight ball trying to cook and photograph and process and write up recipes. This seems like a more natural way to cook and eat, insofar as it's natural to take pictures of everything you eat, well, we'll see if this lasts the month.

Going out

I started a group! Actually that's two groups, the Sunday supper club and now the 6:06 Sunday 606 Skate. What I really needed was just that little umph to achieve escape velocity from my house and to make skating the 606 on a Sunday evening a thing that I do, well, being the unmoving target for people to aim at is exactly that umph (that and the fun wordplay on 606 that I was so proud of I had to share). If I get out of the house and end up skating by myself, I have achieved what I wanted; having people to skate with is gravy. But, I skated with Sparty and Jammy the first week and with Jammy the second week. So, good gravy! I did skip last Sunday, which I also liked; it's a fine line between making things non-negotiable to save on decision fatigue and, you know, The Red Shoes. I had four things to do Sunday and three time slots, and I got to choose!

Then, this kid:


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Has graduated from high school! And is going to the Naval Academy. Man, I feel like this solid twelve years of my life were really tough and then I think, he had the same twelve years but like in the first twelve years of his life. His sister, too; they're incredible kids. Sheesh his dad put together a video for his graduation party and the first two pictures were my sister and my mom with Josh as a baby, idk why I wasn't expecting that, and I burst into tears. Ah well, good times! Okay Josh so far so good, don't try to slide down the laundry chute at the Naval Academy like the kid in my dorm who broke all the bones in his body! (I am not remembering this right, there was no laundry chute in my dorm; it must have been some other dorm. Still, solid advice.)

And, this girl:

so much work done this month, this week is just for fun 🙌

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p: i hope you are ready for your selfie
p: i am practicing
p: ...
s: you have to turn the camera around
p: ah

Staying in

Sleeping and working TV are NO MORE, at least this month! It's so weird: at bedtime after I do my gratitudes, I shut my computer, take off my glasses, shut the light... and go to sleep.

Watching TV

That makes actual watching TV more fun, I think. We watched the first season of Blunt Talk, which a) stars Patrick Stewart, and b) is really singularly funny and smart; The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension, which blew the top of my head off and made me want to do a stage adaptation (I got better); Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, which I liked more than der schweetums did, I'm more familiar with Jane Austen's ouevre and could appreciate more how nicely they dovetailed in the zombies; and Orange is the New Black, which—meh.

Reading! What? Yes!

Well, Watership Down. Again!

So, July picks:

1. I think I'm at a stopping and smelling the roses point with the front room. And it has been a year since I started this Whole Apartment Big Clean, the other rooms could probably use some love again by now? Or maybe now I can use a little of this time to get crafty? On my new sewing machine setup?!
2a. Woosh speaking of cash flow, I have an eye appointment coming up and I need new glasses and new contacts.
2b. Get new passport, this has been on my list forever. But cash flow :/
3. Keep watching Functional Patterns videos.
4. Keep editing and publishing recipes.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Lemon-Miso Vinaigrette

lemon-miso vinaigrette

Look how smoooth.

I swiped and tweaked this dressing from A Beautiful Mess's Kale, Miso, and Soft Egg Salad. My Bella Cucina Rocket Blender comes with a small cup, I make all my vinaigrettes in that.

1/4 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon miso
1 green onion, thinly sliced

Put all the ingredients in the blender cup, screw on the cap, stick the cup on the motor base and blend until smooth and emulsified.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Chicken Salad

chicken salad

Cropping this phone pic made this look like a GIANT container, but this is about a cup of chicken salad.

This came about because last week's pan-roasted chicken breasts were ginormous for some reason, so I had a lot left over this week just wanting to be chicken salad. The smaller amount of mayonnaise is if you just want chicken salad qua chicken salad, the larger amount is if you want the chicken salad to dress a leafy salad (which I do)—but you know, do whatever you want.

2-4 tablespoons mayonnaise, not that store-bought isn't fine
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon dijon mustard
idk 12 oz or so pan-roasted chicken breast
1 celery stalk
2 green onions
a handful of parsley leaves

In a mixing bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, lemon juice, and mustard.

Roughly chop the chicken breast, finely dice the celery, trim and mince the green onions, and mince the parsley. Stir them all into the mayonnaise.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

June Eats

YAY SUMMER, the hands-down easiest season to feed yourself:

First I edited out the jam, then more recently the banana from my spring breakfast bowl. Strawberries are still very good at the Jewel, peaches are coming up soon though.

god i love summer, laziest #lunchbowl #watermelon #putaneggonit #salt

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I haven't cooked a lunch all month, except for boiling eggs. Watermelon the first week, cantaloupe last week, honeydew this week.

the easiest #dinnerbowl #koreangroundbeef #kimchee #avocado #rice #goodeats

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Really the only cooking I've been doing is on Sundays I've been making korean ground beef and the like, I'm updating these recipes and will edit in a proper link when that's done.

More pics on my Instagram, by which I mean more pics of bowls than you can shake a stick at. Also stick figures and pothos plants. And cute domos, of course.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

List #14: List The Ways You Can Cleanse Your Life For Spring

Woooo, I'm just making it under the wire with this spring list. It's not that I forgot about my lists project, I just thought I needed to make a list of the ways I could cleanse my life for spring like I needed to write a note to myself not to drill a hole in my head: I KNOW. DUH SPRING CLEANING, CLEAN THE FRONT ROOM.

And relatedly, I was making fried shallots the other day and musing making fried shallots is like churning butter: nothing is happening, nothing is happening, nothing is happening, and then all of a sudden magic is happening ::heart eyes emoji:: and then as an afterthought i guess all life is like churning butter, and as it happens, cleaning the front room has been shaping up a lot like churning butter. Magic is happening! I don't know how it's happening! And the magic is spreading through the whole apartment, an almost visible blanket of sparkle like bibbidi-bobbidi-boo.

To wit:

bed six inches from wall

Grainy! There's a reason I don't take pictures in or of the bedroom, there's almost no light back here.

A little while back I read something, maybe on Food52, or it might have been Apartment Therapy, about how you could make a huge difference in a small bedroom by moving the bed just six inches away from the wall. Which I had a moment of rage about, I have a chip on my shoulder about the universality of experience that white lady bloggers blithely assume. Like lady imagine there's no heaven, it's easy if you try... no fucking six inches to move my bed away from the wall >:(

But, guess what. Haha.

I've never posted a picture of my bedroom, so you don't know what it looked like before. But you know, just picture it without that six-inch space; the right edge of the photo is basically the opposite wall. Smol! The tall skinny bookcase is der schweet's, it's been floating around the front room for the past year. Idk there was just a moment when I looked at it and thought, that's about six inches innit? So the bookcase went in the corner, and now MJ has shelves on his side of the bed! I had to rotate the wooden crates that I use as bedside shelves from landscape to portrait to fit them in, but they're totally better like that. MJ made me a little extra shelf for the bottom crate, that's where I stow my laptop when I go to sleep. Behind the crates was where the only full-length mirror in the house used to be, that's stowed for now in the pantry and I can pull it out as needed. What do I need to see myself in the mirror for anyway, every day I wear the same clothes. Weirdly the one time I miss it is when I'm putting on lotion.

So, I'm sorry for calling you a white lady blogger. I don't actually ...know if you're white? When you're right, you're right: it has changed the whole energy of the room.

P.S. I made that bed. When MJ makes the bed, it looks a lot nicer.

red dresser to kitchen

Okay so, like in April I rearranged the furniture in the front room and pulled this red dresser out. Totally meant to finally take it out back and, well, you know. Somehow, though, it found its way into that corner of the kitchen where the gear crates used to be. And basically we've had three months to find that that extra surface is really handy. It's weird, it's the sort of surface that collects things but it doesn't for some reason. I put my laptop there when I'm cooking, because I cook from my blog. MJ likes to stand there and read, for some reason. Whatever makes him happy!

Anyway after three months I finally realized I could put things in the drawers again and clear up other overcrowded spaces. The top drawer has my baking sheets and racks, the second drawer has all the odd-shaped attachments for my handblender and mixer. And I guess I have finally come into my own as a middle-aged Asian woman, because now I officially have a bag drawer. Two bag drawers! I put backpacks that I can't bear to get rid of in the third drawer, and good plastic bags in the bottom drawer. "Good" plastic bags ::shiver:: did I ever tell you about cleaning out my parents' house after they died? First of all, it took us like eight months to clean out the house and then we realized: the garage. So then we were cleaning out the garage, I pull down a box that's labeled PLASTIC SHOPPING BAGS and open it and yep, plastic shopping bags. Before I leave this story, also a folder labeled MT FOLDERS filled with—did you guess, empty folders? Bahaha.

ladder of backpacks

I kinda didn't realize about all the red accents in my house...

That's the edge of them sticking out from behind the door, I found two cabinets in the alley! This is not usual in our house, MJ is the finder. They're just a squosh narrower than the alley-picked cabinets that were previously in the foyer, and that opened up some space to put—you know what this is, it's the side support for an IKEA shelf system that I bought as the piece de resistance of my apartment organization like a month before MJ moved in and turned all that on its head. So like, it's been in the pantry (where the full-length mirror now is) for the past eight years. But look, it's basically a ladder! Like on Pinterest! I put hooks on it, and now I hang my actual working backpacks and other bags here. THIS IS EVERYTHING. We have been walking around my backpacks on the front room floor for I don't even want to think how long.

Monday, June 6, 2016

Persian Ground Lamb

persian ground lamb

This is actually leftover ground lamb from Easter chopped in the food processor, that's why the texture looks weird. It tastes real good, though.

Finally, a lamb version! This was held up forever because I was waiting to get my hands on fresh turmeric, which I thought would never happen. Now that turmeric is the golden child, I can get it at Stanley's. But, I didn't like it in the lamb. Womp. I like it in smoothies, though.

I overlooked the obvious, though: onion! I picked up the puree technique from Persian Mama's Kabib Koobideh. Then I was looking for a salt, and also googling WTF is sumac, sumac is lemony, well I just happen to have salty lemony preserved lemon in my fridge, then I did date paste for the sweet, and parsley to finish. Though I think mint would be good, too.

1 Tbsp olive oil
1 lb ground lamb
a small onion
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp ground coriander
wedge of preserved lemon
2 Tbsp date paste
a fistful of parsley

Peel and cut the onion into chunks. Pulse the chunks in a food processor into a coarse puree.

Heat oil over medium high heat in a saute pan. Brown the ground lamb and pureed onion together in the oil, about ten minutes.

Meanwhile mince the preserved lemon.

Add cumin, coriander, lemon, and date paste, stir and simmer over low heat for 20 minutes.

Meanwhile chop the stems off the parsley leaves and mince. Stir the parsley into the meat at the end of cooking.

Friday, June 3, 2016

Thai Ground Chicken

thai ground chicken with basil

Fish sauce subs for soy sauce, galangal is the aromatic root, and basil is the aromatic herb here. Galangal is sort of like ginger, it's a rooty thing like ginger but it tastes more peppery. I bought a big root at Joong Boo Market and whacked it into chunks for the freezer; when I've used it up, I'll probably just sub in ginger. Fish sauce and galangal, and for that matter basil, is a lot going on, so just olive oil and just sugar in this recipe. Basil usually comes in packages at the Jewel, I just use the whole package.

1 Tbsp olive oil
1 lb ground chicken
a chunk of galangal
1 tsp red pepper flakes
1/4 c fish sauce
2 Tbsp sugar
a bunch of basil

Heat oil over medium high heat in a saute pan. Brown the ground chicken in the oil, about ten minutes.

Meanwhile mince the galangal and add it toward the end of browning the meat.

Add red pepper, fish sauce, and sugar, stir and simmer over low heat for 20 minutes.

Meanwhile pick the basil leaves off their stems, wash gently in a salad spinner and spin dry. Stir the leaves into the meat at the end of cooking, until they wilt.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Chinese Ground Pork

chinese ground pork

This was second banana to Korean Ground Beef until I learned how to make fried shallots in the microwave. Now it might be ...first banana? Yargh, fried shallots are so good.

3 shallots
1 Tbsp + 1 Tbsp coconut oil
1 lb ground pork
a thumb of ginger
1 tsp red pepper flakes
1/4 c soy sauce
2 Tbsp honey

Peel and sliver the shallots. Zap 1 Tbsp coconut oil in a small bowl in the microwave just long enough to liquefy if it's not already liquid, maybe 10 seconds? Toss the shallots in the melted coconut oil and microwave on high for 2 minutes. Stir a bit and microwave for another 2 minutes. Stir again and then microwave for 1 minute at a time, stirring in between, until the shallots are brown and getting crispy. Remove to a paper towel to continue crisping.

Heat the other more tablespoon of coconut oil (plus any leftover from the shallots, if any) over medium high heat in a saute pan. Brown the ground pork in the coconut oil, about ten minutes.

Meanwhile peel and mince the ginger and add it toward the end of browning the meat.

Add red pepper, soy sauce, and honey, stir and simmer over low heat for 20 minutes.

Stir the crispy shallots into the meat at the end of cooking.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Korean Ground Beef

korean ground beef

Growing up I never ate a thing called Korean ground beef, but I must say it smells like home. I'm not a person who can isolate different smells, but I guess beef + soy + garlic + something sweet smells exactly like home.

This gets served with in a rice bowl with pan-roasted vegetable, or kimchee and avocado.

1 Tbsp sesame oil
1 lb ground beef
5 cloves garlic
1 tsp red pepper flakes
1/4 c soy sauce
2 Tbsp blackstrap molasses
a bunch of green onions

Heat sesame oil over medium high heat in a saute pan. Brown the ground beef in the sesame oil, about ten minutes.

Meanwhile mince the garlic and add it toward the end of browning the meat.

Add red pepper, soy sauce, and molasses, stir and simmer over low heat for 20 minutes.

Finely chop green onions and stir into the meat at the end of cooking.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

May Review

WTFFF, I have been sick for like the whole second half of this month. Goddammit I was taking care of myself and scaling back and being a human being and not a human doing ::shakes fist:: I demand to be rewarded for my good behavior!!! I was super good about getting sick, I deployed my new Sick Policy (tm) and immediately cancelled the week of appointments with no fuss. I rested and fluided and I got better! For. One. Day. The next day I was sick again >:( So I cancelled a second week of appointments, went to see the doctor, tested negative for strep twice (rapid test and lab test) so apparently this is just a freak bonus virus. Looks like a virus, swims like a virus, and quacks like a virus, probably is a virus. Anyway, it's moving on like a virus. Not gonna lie though, I'm going to be pretty discouraged if I come down with a third virus. I've lost a little bit of trust in the world.

Anyway that split May pretty neatly into two halves: the first half when I was feeling all right and getting things done, and the second half when I wasn't and I wasn't. HOWEVER I do want to take pride in behaving appropriately, twice over, for being sick, twenty self-care points to Griffyndor goddammit.

On the getting things done side, May picks:

HOME: Cleaning and decorating

1. DO ONE MORE THING for front room big clean!

I did this, again in the vein of putting the cart in front of the horse: I cleared off my left bookshelf for der schweetums, for his stuff. He's only lived here for eight years. Some of my stuff I managed to put into boxes to be taken to the thrift store, but most of it is in more piles waiting to be Kon-Maried.

Actually also after a multi-day comedy where I ripped a hole in every pair of black leggings I own, I did manage—on two of my sick nights even— to decently mend four pairs (cannibalizing the fifth and worst-ripped pair for material) which along with the four new pairs I bought should hold me over for a while yet.

BODY: Healing my body

2a. Continue bodywork, see doctor.

My bodywork is on hiatus because Maul is ill, but all of that has actually been fine (except the part about Maul being ill); all of her work has been holding very nicely, my knee no longer hurts, and the globus in my neck is the least bothersome that it's ever been. So then I saw the doctor for my annual lady checkup, and all that was fine too, and I scheduled my annual mammogram.

2b. Draft a plan for doing taxes better.

Nooo not done.

PLAY: Studying muscles

3. Continue studying muscles, either client-focused or set up a study structure.

I went the client-focused route with this, translating to like two pretty solid afternoons studying the psoas. So far though the two clients I was doing this for have not yet materialized, in addition to my basically dematerializing this month. I'm feeling very wobbly in this area.

PASTIME: Writing for my two blogs

4. Let's try May OFF too, see how that feels...

So as contrary as I am, no sooner had I said I was done with this, I had a quiet Sunday where the thing that popped into my mind to do at that moment was just this, and then a pleasant afternoon ensued with a little writing and a little structuring how this could go, but then it went nowhere because of the aforementioned sickness.

State of the Blog

I have some little ideas for how to make Nom work, so I feel like I'm going to absent myself from alla Poppy for a while and play with those ideas.

Going out

Fun going-out things happened in the first half of the month, Sparty and I skated the 606 and went out for pizza, and we also went to Baker and Miller for breakfast. Shanna was in town, so die clamskis spent the day together: went to Donut Vault, hung out at the hotel, went to Gino's East, and then to the WCR bout. And, this month's supper club was was Dos Urbana Cantina:

dos urban cantina

The day after this is when I fell sick, so now the not getting shit done side:

Staying in

Sleeping and working TV

Man I do not even want to talk about sleeping or working TV, I am sooo sick of TV right now. I finished Midsomer Murders, found and finished Rosemary & Thyme, found and finished Republic of Doyle, found and I think I'm half-finished with Vexed. I'm sorting so unbalanced right now it's not even funny. TV for me right now is like this horror story I read when I was in high school about this guy whose kid is making him bananas always chewing gum, he finally calls his kid on the carpet and the kid bursts into tears and blurts, I'm not chewing it... it's chewing me. I suppose most addiction is of this nature, perhaps where the happy ending lies beyond a secondary epiphany that although it indeed feels like it is chewing you, in fact you are chewing it. At least I've gotten to the point where I Do Not Want sleeping or working TV. I want sleep. I want work. I want to stop chewing.

Watching TV

I was deliberately breaking from obsessive sick TV for actual entertaining social watching with der schweetums, most of which I did enjoy: R.I.P.D., DC Legends, Vikings, The 33, Begin Again, Moonwalkers, a teeny bit of The Hollow Crown, and Captain America: Civil War. We also started watching Blunt Talk, which has Patrick Stewart and is hilarious.

We did finish out the month at Problem's Memorial Day BBQ, where giant jenga was played:

srsly that is some swiss cheese shit

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June picks:

1. Throw some shit out for the love of god.
2a. Get mammogram.
2b. Draft a plan for doing taxes better.
3. Let's just see what happens in June...
4. Let's just see what happens in June...

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Happy Birthday Odie!!!!

birthday! #domo #domokun

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Saturday, April 30, 2016

April Review

I've had a big overall epiphany this month—I'm doing a little better, by the way, sleeping more and crying less—that despite paring my life down to just (!) four (!) projects, that's still too much for me, and a related little epiphany that this is my repeating pattern, that when I find myself in the dumps, I can usually look up at the molehill that I've turned into a mountain and tumbled down. Probably having this epiphany is part of the pattern. And either I accept that this is my pattern, that I pile whatever fool shit up to make a mountain to climb, climb it, tumble down, cry, lay in the dirt listening to the loons, pick myself up and brush myself off, and then get interested in some new shit and start a new pile, and that's just how it goes, OR POSSIBLY I change. The fucking. Pattern and stop piling up shit for the love of god. Or at least pile it less high. Or you know some of this stuff underfoot I've been thinking is ground level, maybe actually I've been four feet up for some time and could stand to shovel some out. Like if I can't make the sky overhead higher, I can maybe give myself some headroom by making the ground under my feet lower.

Like, maybe this blog. Definitely maybe the other blog.

That's where I am right now, thinking about that.

April picks:

HOME: Cleaning and decorating

1. DO ONE THING for front room big clean >:|

YASSS. I've been stuck thinking that I should go through and trash a lot of my stuff before moving my furniture around, and then not feeling like going through my stuff, and finally I put the cart right in front of the horse and went ahead with moving my furniture around.

smol apartment now seats THREE plus two smol #domokun #domo

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Which displaced a lot of my stuff, which I now have to deal with—all of that is just off camera. But, it was absolutely the right thing to do. It has improved the flow of the front room SO MUCH, I feel like it might have energized me enough to deal with all this stuff. Which I have begun dealing with, a little bit.

BODY: Healing my body

2a. Continue bodywork, see dentist, see Biggie for hair, and also schedule doctor.

In progress, done, done, and done. Did you know, you can book a doctor's appointment online now, in bed, at like 11:00PM, after completely forgetting to call the doctor's office all day because you were so busy at work. It also eliminates that little roulette when the receptionist asks you when you would like your appointment and I'm not saying this is high suspense, but it's a little suspense before she says, Would you like to come in at 8:20? And you organize yourself to not say, "God no," and blandly ask, "Do you have something closer to noon?" On the internet, nobody knows that you're a dog. Well obviously, I post pretty regularly to the internet about being a dog. I'm just saying, online booking is faster. You can see all the choices. Wow.

2b. Draft a plan for doing taxes better.

Not done. This was overscheduled.

PLAY: Studying muscles

3. Start studying muscles.

Done! By which I mean, started! I did open the book of muscles and looked at a few of them, but I feel like I need some sort of study structure to feel really underway with this. Otherwise though I actually have done quite a bit in this area, even that which could be called studying—just more client-focused studying, questions that came up with my clients that I had to research further.

And also, I renewed my personal trainer certification.

Also also, I attended a yoga teacher training class that Box taught! I am not a yoga teacher of course, but I was proud to be able to hang with that class on the strength of my DIY yoga of the past nine months and grateful to take away a couple good seeds for thought. I feel like this might be an okay way for me to proceed: grow out a good amount of work on my own, and then pop into a class now and again for a little shave and a haircut.

PASTIME: Writing for my two blogs

4. HERE'S THE PLAN: April OFF, minimal writing only; May, return to Shark Week; June, start Nom :|

April OFF, done? All I did was post my plank workouts this month. Though each of those took a whole morning to video, upload, and write up, so like four mornings this month. I think that's about the level of engagement I want for this blog, so what to do with the rest of this to do list.

State of the Blog

Should I just cancel Nom? Ugh idk, it just needs one little push to be at a stopping point, then maybe I could just leave it at that? What is Nom anyway, well, it would be a more curated collection of recipes that I could cook from; I was hoping to use it as my personal cookbook. How much work actually is "one little push," Munt. ATTEMPT TO BE ACCURATE. I don't know! It's more work than I was doing for those plank workouts and that felt like more than enough to me. If I'm going to work on Nom to finish, I think I'm going to have to not work on alla Poppy until Nom is finished. Which means, death to Shark Week, but even more it means, death to "oh I'm just going to post this little video about planks." Is it not possible that you could a little more? I am giving this serious thought, and I don't think so. Doing a little more is what always gets me into this mess. Doing a little more is my go to, and how's that working out for me.

Try. The Other. Thing.

You know what I want? I want Nom to be done, and then to leave it alone. And then I just want to post burning desires to alla Poppy, however often I have those. But in order for Nom to be done, nobody else is going to do it. I have to do it, and I don't really have a burning desire. So maybe I should just let it go, but I don't know about that either. I want it to be done! I believe that I can eventually make this decision, I did finally let go of the idea of being fluent in French. I am finally going through and organizing all the payroll taxes and insurance files at work, and it's much better now. Courage or serenity, courage or serenity, which of these...

Going out, seeing people

Pretty fun month: we went to the WCR vs BCB bout at the Armory, then to cheer on Box at her jiu-jitsu match...

photo by tweebs

She are the champion, my friends...

...and then Trouble's birthday/wine party, and also Nina organized a special Whole Animal Service supper club at Frontier and we ate a whole wild boar o.O

Staying in, Netflix and chill

Yes I know, that's not what Netflix and chill means. But language, ever evolving! You can't stop the signal, Mal.

Sleeping TV

I finally started to sleep okay around the second week of April, lost it for a couple nights, then the third week of April was GREAT, and then I lost it again for another couple nights, finishing out the month back on track. Throughout all this, it hasn't seemed to matter if I'm watching TV at bedtime or what I'm watching, but for the record it's been Midsomer Murders so back on the police procedural kick. But it seems like if I'm going to sleep, I sleep right through it; if I'm not going to sleep, I'm watching it all night. Or really what happens is, I do sleep but not deeply and wake up between episodes just enough to click to the next episode. I did find where I could turn off autoplay on Netflix; that seemed to help a bit, until it didn't.

Lately though I've been thinking that temperature has a lot more to do with whether I sleep through the night and have been removing blankets and putting an ice pack under my head; but the weather's been so changeable, I haven't been able to run a consistent enough experiment to draw conclusions from.

The self-soothing is working though: if not to get me back to sleep when I wake up in the middle of the night, at least to keep me from snowballing and taking out the whole next day.

Working TV

Weirdly, working TV has mostly gone away. If I'm watching Midsomer Murders during the day, I'm just out for the count and not even trying at all. If I am working though, I haven't been able to have TV in the background. That's good, I think?

Watching TV

We watched a few good movies this month: Legend, where Tom Hardy plays twins (truthfully, I fell dead asleep in the middle of that), Kung-Fu Panda 3, and Selfless, which has Ryan Reynolds, with DC Legends of Tomorrow and Lucifer filling in around them.

May picks:

1. DO ONE MORE THING for front room big clean!
2a. Continue bodywork, see doctor.
2b. Draft a plan for doing taxes better.
3. Continue studying muscles, either client-focused or set up a study structure.
4. Let's try May OFF too, see how that feels...

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

 plank edition 4 playing around

Today is not plank day, but I do not have planks Saturday because—excite—I am taking a special sun salutations class with Box; and also, the group is back on planks today and I want to do them. And, I've been wanting to scratch an itch that I'm always trying to get my clients to itch, viz., to forget about your "workout" for a sec and figure out your movement. Or even, where the hell your body is in space to start with. Clients usually don't have this itch, clients are always itching to work out.

In the interest of one-stop shopping, here are the moves right here:

1. Straight Front Plank with Lateral Walk
2. Bent Side Plank with Hip Drop R
3. Bent Side Plank with Hip Drop L
4. Straight Front Plank with Circular Walk
5. Straight Back Plank
6. Straight Front Plank
7. Straight Side Plank R
8. Straight Side Plank L
9. Bent Front Plank with Mountain Climbers
10. Bent Front Plank with Hip Twists and Drops
11. Bent Front Plank with Spidey Climbers
12. Bent Back Plank
13. Bent Side Plank with Twist R
14. Bent Side Plank with Twist L
15. Flat Back Plank

And here is the video with my lovely assistant der schweetums:

And here are my notes:

I want to try instead of dropping my hips lower to get straighter, walking out my hands and/or feet to make my body longer. I need to write this up with pictures. TK, perhaps. No promises.

The upshot today is that I really have no business adding in this mobility to side planks (the hip drops and the twists) until I have good stability in a good position for side planks. When MJ puts me in a better position like three or four different times in this video, my lats LIGHT UP and that is what I want to be working. When I start dropping and twisting my lats are like hyeah too much, g'night. So going forward the project is WAKE UP LATS. So probably, back to static side planks.

Besides that, I think I can be more straight (i.e., longer) for all my front planks. Except the mountain climbers can be hinged, but that's still hinged a little up and can be more horizontal.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

 plank edition 3

Hooray, I was only lightly sore after last week's plank workout. My top two DOMS theories are 1) your body freaks out the first time (or the first time in a long time) you use a muscle and floods it with histamines and then when nothing bad happens, the next time it's like oh right, that muscle, it's all good and 2) microscopic muscle tears that repair when properly rested, watered, and fed. So my response to both is rest, water, and feed until I feel okay again, then repeat the same workout at the same intensity (and repeat the rest, water, and feed), and in this manner I train myself in the repeated use of said muscles, which trains said muscles—spirit and flesh, boon companions! Ah, there's so much to be said about this. But, onward:

1. Straight Front Plank with Lateral Walk
2. Bent Side Plank with Hip Drop R
3. Bent Side Plank with Hip Drop L
4. Straight Front Plank with Circular Walk
5. Straight Back Plank
6. Straight Front Plank
7. Straight Side Plank R
8. Straight Side Plank L
9. Bent Front Plank with Mountain Climbers
10. Bent Front Plank with Hip Twists and Drops
11. Bent Front Plank with Spidey Climbers
12. Bent Back Plank
13. Bent Side Plank with Twist R
14. Bent Side Plank with Twist L
15. Flat Back Plank

This time I spotted myself seven seconds to set up between moves but I'm getting a little fussier about form, so I'm still a little short of 30 seconds on most of these moves. But, I didn't have to reset at all this time. This business of self-timing is a lot of work; sometimes I don't know why people would pay a trainer—viz., me, for basically having fun—but now I'm seeing why, in addition to having eyes on you. For which for now, I have this video:

I'll tell you what's much better this time around, I'm in a much straighter plank, not hinged, in those lateral walks. You see plenty of pictures of hinged planks out there, and I'm not saying that's wrong. I'm not a person that will say hardly any kind of movement is wrong—folding yourself in half backwards until your spine snaps, yeah, not so good, and a few other things like that—as a practitioner, I'm interested in the interesting positions a body can get itself into. Eh, I have a whole theory of planks that might be worth another post. Suffice to say for now that straight plank is more challenging than hinged plank; but there's nothing wrong with hinged plank if that's what you can do, especially when you add an added mobility challenge.

I'm doing a better job staying in plane for the side planks, including my head and neck. Though I think I'm getting the mobility for the hip drops more from hips hinging forward rather than torso laterally flexing. This might be because there's some basic geometry that I'm not getting about the side plank, I'll get back to you about that.

I'll tell you what I don't like, how my hips are swaying in the "circular" walk. Ideally I want my hips to stay level while my limbs, in this case just my arms, are moving underneath me.

Still not a fan of straight back plank, and I didn't do myself any favors trying to move my legs farther out. I would like my limbs to be vertical under me, so that leaves me to figure out what to do with my torso.

This is kind of bratty to say but since I'm hinging at the hip for those mountain climbers, that actually is a little rest break for me. The spideys are hard, though, at that point my shoulders are feeling the burn. Also I feel like I should be doing something else with those spideys, I'm going to play with that some more.

After that set of climbers/twist and drops/spideys, the bent back plank is bliss.

See you next week, same bat time, same bat channel, same bat program...

Saturday, April 9, 2016

 plank edition 2

Holy DOMS Batman, I was nice and evenly sore all around after last week's plank workout. Nobody really knows the answer to DOMS, though not everybody knows that they don't know. I don't mind being sore, but I'm not chasing soreness; it was actually debilitating for a day longer than I wanted. The part that I liked, though, was feeling like I was wearing a corset, haha, a meat corset. So naturally I want to keep doing this, and I also want to improve some things I saw in the first video, and in all honesty still in the second video.

First, I warmed up with four sets of sun salutations. Then uh, cooled down futzing around with my camera and my timer.

Okay then, plank variations:

1. Straight Front Plank with Lateral Walk
2. Bent Side Plank with Hip Drop R
3. Bent Side Plank with Hip Drop L
4. Straight Front Plank with Circular Walk
5. Straight Back Plank
6. Straight Front Plank
7. Straight Side Plank R
8. Straight Side Plank L
9. Bent Front Plank with Mountain Climbers
10. Bent Front Plank with Hip Twists (these are twist and drops, really)
11. Bent Front Plank with Spidey Climbers
12. Bent Back Plank
13. Bent Side Plank with Twist R
14. Bent Side Plank with Twist L
15. Flat Back Plank

The video thing is a whole other learning curve, like I had to strip out the music for my first video and maybe will have to for this one too because of copyright. There's not a thing where you can upload without sound like Instagram?

A) Lol, my hair. B) I was keeping an eye on the timer in my transitions and it actually takes more like 7-10 seconds to set up between moves, so I'm not quite up to 30 seconds per move yet. But, I will probably shorten up those transitions as I get this memorized; right now my timer is set for 35-second intervals, and I only had to reset once this time. C) L and R are reversed from last week, because of where the camera is and I want to show the front first.

Also lol, when I freeze in the lateral walk because I can't figure out which limb I can pick up. This "circular" walk, though, it's really just another lateral walk as far as your shoulders are concerned. I might sub in a forward and backward walk, or a true circular walk where you also walk your feet. I'm going to need a bigger kitchen.

Mainly what I wanted to work on today was keeping my body in plane for all the side planks. I opened the hinge at the hip, but my shoulder is still dropping forward and twisting my torso. I fix that a little bit here and there, ideally it will look like I am trapped inside a windowpane that I don't break (unless I break it on purpose, like for the twists.)

I'm not a super fan of that straight back plank, that seems to be more about shoulder mobility than core strength. That might just be my shoulders, though, and I'm willing to accept that they could use some work in that area. Good old bridge (I decided that for back plank, "bent" refers to knees not elbows) and this new to me flat (and if we're talking about knees, this is straight) back plank is what works the back meat, though.

I'm also on the fence about a bent front plank with mountain climbers, it's just not enough room to fold up that much bone and meat. I mean, my femur is just longer than my humerus. So I have to hinge at the hip for it to fit at all, which, there's nothing wrong with that, in fact it's key for those eagles that I'm doing below. Hm maybe that's my reason for keeping on doing them like this, okay. For now. I'm going to think about this some more.

Finally, I ended with one set of what I'm calling power salutations, roughly this embedded into regular sun salutations, so like I put upward salutes and half standing forward bend back in where they go, and also I have super regressed most of the key moves like those spideys and twists out of three-legged downward dog, and those everlovin eagles. That said, as I thought, the spidey and twists in the plank variations are helping in the power salutations, and today I actually managed something like homunculus eagles. Eaglets.

Anyway now that I've done myself so many favors hunching up in front of my laptop on my cold living room floor to post all this, I'm getting into an epsom salt bath with a glass of tart cherry juice. I did at least drink water and eat some protein and vegetables immediately after.

But see that's the sneaky part about DOMS, I'm not sore now...

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