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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Summer Nerd Games --May15, 2013-September 2, 2013-- JOIN ANY TIME! on: May 22, 2013 03:35:15 PM
---RESEARCH PROJECT PROPOSAL---
Project Name: "I Love You" Book
Team/Ninja: Commercial Free All-Stars
Brief Description: I have this old sketchbook that never really god used, so I'm repurposing it. I'm making an "I Love You" book for my boyfriend. He's been having a real tough time at work lately - trying to get promoted, managers taking advantage of him, etc. I thought maybe if he had a little book with some love quotes and nice messages from me, it might help him feel a little better when he's down.

Because I want to fill all of the pages, I expect this will take me at least 3 weeks. I need to find quotes to use, and fill up the whole book. While this is not technically a geeky project, I'm sure there will be some geeky quotes and references in the book.
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Preparing for the Summer Nerd Games (discussion thread) on: May 02, 2013 09:57:16 AM
After introducing my roommates to Warehouse 13 last night, I've decided I need to change my geekdom. I need to switch from Team Control Freaks to the Commercial-Free All-Stars. We are already discussing plans of how to build a Tesla Gun and our very own Farnsworths... plus my huge Pokemon project fits into that category as well. Smiley
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Preparing for the Summer Nerd Games (discussion thread) on: April 10, 2013 11:52:27 AM
I have been away from crafting for a while (real life took over big time), and I only recently started being able to craft again. And of course I couldn't craft without also returning to craftster! So here I am. And this sounds absolutely awesome!

I have new roommates who are all nerds like me, and so all of my upcoming crafty plans involve all kinds of nerdy goodness. I think I'm going to have to declare for the Video Game Geekdom, considering (1) they are all obsessed with video games of some form or other (Mario, Link, Minecraft, Pokemon, CoD, etc), and (2) I never end up making anything for myself anyway, so I might as well declare for what THEY like rather than what /I/ like, hahaha.

The main project that I'm obsessed with right now is a giant Pokemon-themed hoopla wall. The end goal is to cross stitch each of the original 150 Pokemon in their own hoop. So far I have finished Bulbasaur, and I'm halfway done with Articuno. But I know after a couple more I'll probably get burnt out and need some motivation (and other project ideas to keep me going!). This sounds like a super awesome way to stay motivated and give me lots of super awesome ideas!! Smiley
4  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Healthy Eats-Along 2012 on: March 31, 2012 07:47:53 PM
My parents actually started doing something that might help you! You said you just don't feel motivated to cook all the time. Well, on Sundays, my parents make food for themselves and also for a neighbor about 2 doors down. On Wednesdays, they return the favor and bring food to my parents. It's nice because my parents have a hard time cooking during the work/school week, and the neighbors are grateful for a meal on the weekends. Also, my mom said that it means they're eating stuff they never would have cooked for themselves (and vice versa), and they don't have as many leftovers. Maybe you could start doing this with a couple neighbors, and then you won't have to cook/worry about food every single night of the week?

Also, if you want something sweet, maybe try finding some yummy fruits instead of veggies? I usually eat fruits for breakfast and lunch, and save my veggies for a salad with dinner. It's hard to munch on veggies at work (except maybe carrots or celery, but I don't really like those). Fruits are good for you, and they're usually pretty filling.

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I sort of walked off the end of the wagon today... Since I heard about the Taco Bell taco made with the doritos I REALLY wanted to try it. First meat I've had in three months, and the first fast food in four or five. It was yummy, but now my body hates me. This will not be a repeated experiment! I feel much better after having a strawberry/banana smoothie and some whole wheat spaghetti for dinner.
5  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Healthy Eats-Along 2012 on: March 23, 2012 12:23:18 PM
-pokes head in and looks around- Helllllllooooooo? Anybody home?

Sorry, it looks like it's been eerily quiet around here. I'm hoping it's because you've all been as busy as I have! (But I also hope you've still found time to eat healthy!)

So I thought I'd share my breakfast with you this morning (well, it's lunch time now, but whatever).

I present to you: Toast with Ricotta and Banana



2 pieces of Whole Wheat Toast with Part-Skim Ricotta Cheese, and about 2/3 of a Banana (the rest of the banana went to the guinea pigs, who were happy to oblige finishing it off for me!)

In other news, we finally finished up the rest of the all-purpose white flour and have switched over to whole wheat flour. We bought whole wheat spaghetti in preparation to switch over (have about 1 more meal's worth of the normal spaghetti noodles). We've been looking at sugar alternatives for when the time comes (still have a lot of sugar. Need to make some baked goods for a bake/yard sale tomorrow anyway, so some will get used up). Also, we're hoping to harvest our first romaine lettuce from the garden this week for salad! Yay!

How have you all been doing with eating healthy? Any meals you wanna share?
6  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Healthy Eats-Along 2012 on: March 12, 2012 12:58:24 PM
Yes, we've tried nutritional yeast, Daiya brand "mozzarella cheese," some soy hot dogs, fake butter, and different kinds of "burgers." Unfortunately, we've come to the conclusion that this just isn't working for us. We both feel so tired and sore, and the only thing that's changed is our diet. We're going to finish the month out with vegetarian dieting instead (which is what I was doing before, but it will still be hard for Sean to turn down sausage and steak!). We discussed it at great length over the weekend, and decided that we couldn't compromise our health for the pride of finishing out the month... That being said, Sean thinks he'll probably stay vegetarian even after the month is up, and perhaps just allow himself a "cheat" meal every couple weeks to a month or so to satisfy that craving (though I think after a month or two, he'll stop craving it so much, and it just won't taste the same if he DOES eat meat).

Sorry if we disappointed anyone (I know we're a little disappointed in ourselves), and props to anyone who can keep up a healthy vegan diet and their mental and physical health!
7  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Healthy Eats-Along 2012 on: March 09, 2012 11:00:52 PM
So, I kinda fell off the face of the planet (but not the bandwagon!) the last week or two. Sorry guys.

My fiance and I are "going vegan" for a month. He's doing it mostly to prove he can, I'm doing it to see if it is a sustainable choice for me for the future (2.5 months vegetarian now). Yesterday marks the start of week 2, and it is HARD. I already think this isn't going to work in the long run, but I keep telling myself that maybe I just don't have enough GOOD vegan recipes yet. We keep trying to "remake" old tried-and-true recipes and MAKE them vegan, and it just isn't working (btw, vegan cheese is AWFUL). We need to start trying out actual vegan recipes, or we're never going to make it through this...

Maremare, you asked about pre-planning and pre-logging foods. Since we're doing our vegan "challenge," I haven't been logging my food and counting calories. However, the night before we go grocery shopping, we plan all of our meals for the week. Breakfast is easy (I eat puffed rice cereal, and he eats oatmeal). Lunch is pretty consistent (baked quinoa patties or sandwich for lunch, with several healthy snacks like apples, carrots, granola, and roasted nuts). Dinner is where we get to be a little creative. There's almost always a pasta night of some kind, and usually a salad. And we also try out at least one new recipe a week (sometimes good, sometimes bad, sometimes we find it needs work...).

Last week our new recipe was a cherry tomato couscous. Neither of us had tried couscous before, but both of us liked it a LOT. We weren't crazy about the cherry tomatoes and cucumber in it (though it did give it a refreshing flavor. Perfect for a hot summer day!), but even having another whole grain that we really like and can experiment with is good.

This week we will be trying TWO new recipes. Brown rice + barley (probably won't have a problem with that one. It's a "safe" recipe), and a recipe for black eyed pea fritters. That one will be the real experiment. Hopefully it goes well.

As for HOW I keep track of all these meals, I have 2 copies of the dinner schedule. One is on a whiteboard in our room (white boards are perfect for those trying to go 'no waste'), and the other is on a notepad in a cabinet in the kitchen (so I don't have to go upstairs to remember what's for dinner). The notepad also has a column on the side so I can jot down NEXT week's grocery list as we run out of stuff. Being more organized has really been helping in the kitchen, and in the wallet!
8  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Healthy Eats-Along 2012 on: February 27, 2012 12:33:04 AM
I have been doing really well with my new vegetarian diet! Sean and I have been making almost all of our meals (including breakfast, which I used to skip), and bringing our lunches to work. I /did/ try a bite of flank steak Sean cooked up last week because it smelled SOOOOO good (I had been /dreaming/ about eating meat). I was hoping the one bite would satisfy my craving. It did the exact opposite! It tasted terrible to me! So glad I did it, though, because I haven't has a SINGLE meat craving (or dream) since then!

I've been doing really bad with remembering to drink enough water. I keep trying to bring my water bottle to work with me, and then forgetting it in the car, or leaving it on the table and stuff... I think I need to make one of those water tracker charm bracelets, because that seems genius.

As for new goals, Sean and I have decided to "challenge" ourselves, starting March 1st. We are going vegan for 4 weeks (this coming from me - who 2 months ago was eating huge prime rib and t-bones, and Sean - who is a "man's man" who likes 3 things: boobs, beer, and BEEF). It is going to be a rough 4 weeks, but after watching "Forks Over Knives," and knowing the health problems that both of us already have (I'm 22, he's 29), we feel that this will be a good 'experiment,' if nothing else. Afterward, I plan to at least continue being vegetarian, but this is really to see (1) just how hard it is, and (2) if some of our health problems go away. If you guys want to follow the saga (I will be posting in a lot more detail on there), I'm posting about it on "Our Home, Your Home," and my blog has a link to Sean's blog as well.
9  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Healthy Eats-Along 2012 on: February 23, 2012 12:45:53 PM
I'm going to be trying out a high-protein, no-oil "pesto" tomorrow. Got the stuff today, and I'm excited. Also, tonight we're making more quinoa patties (I think we're gunna try baking them this time).
10  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Healthy Eats-Along 2012 on: February 21, 2012 11:10:31 PM
So I know I'm a little late, but last week's prompt was to try a new food. And while I didn't actually DO anything to it (cook it or anything), I tried rose hips. Straight off the bush in the front yard. Very interesting flavor and texture. I think I will try to make some tea out of them (I guess that's the popular thing to do?). I dunno if different types of roses mean different flavors of rose hips, but the ones I had tasted sort of like a mix between a pink lady apple and a strawberry... and the texture was sort of like tomato paste, with these stingy bits in it. Bizarre, but yea.
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