Friday, June 14, 2019

Chalkfest and Panera

I arrived in Minnesota in time to take in Chalkfest.  Artists from all over the nation come to prepare these works of art on Main Street in Maple Grove and Arbor Lakes MN.








Things were going well until the first sprinkles started to hit.
My friends and I darted into Panera for cover and for some lunch.  Let's just say this was not an original idea and finding a spot to sit was difficult.


Due to the high volume of people placing orders we chose this opportunity to try loading the Panera app so we could order from our table.  

This proved to be more difficult than I thought and I finally sought help from one of the nice young men that work there.

I tried to order several different soups and it showed it was not available.  Grrrrr!  He zeroed in on the problem right away.  I was trying to send my meal to a table in Mesa AZ.

Oooops.  Once I rectified that and got into the "correct state of mind" it went quite smoothly.

Long Live the Queen of Technology

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Meatless Mondays

And Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays...well, you get the idea.  Yup.  We decided to go vegan.

Left Brain and I watched a couple of documentaries in early May and it changed our lives.  The first one we saw was called "What the Health" and the second was "Forks Over Knives".


When they pointed out the health benefits and weight loss we looked at each other and could see we were both thinking the same thing.

I've always been uncomfortable with the way the big corporate farms treat the animals, so letting go of eating meat really appealed to me.

When you get into the harmful effects of raising so much beef and what it does to the planet as well as the horrible lives these animals live and how it ends...the idea of vegan living was more and more appealing.  Plus I'd be able to be kosher again.  Ding ding ding...we have a winner!

How hard could it be, right?  Well, let me tell you....it's hard.

We totally ignored the advice of easing into this in a four week span of time and jumped right in full force.  It's the way we roll.  Not wise, but that's us.

The new gold standard for what ever new recipe I'd try became "well, that wasn't horrible".  For every time that was uttered there were several more "I simply cannot eat that!"

Many attempted recipes trying to make friends with our new foods ended up being unceremoniously dumped in the trash.  That was hard because often I'd spent a considerable amount of time (and money) working to fix that meal.

Salads were the only thing that seemed to be tasty, but I don't want to see the rest of my life as one big never ending salad bar.

I'm embracing (or at least trying) to eat foods that I never would have dreamed of buying.  I had a thing against black beans before, but slowly they are becoming my friends.  Especially after learning you need to rinse them thoroughly before using them.  Chickpeas are another ...they seem to be in almost every sort of meal as well as a snack.

I'm learning (the hard and expensive way) which garden burgers are at least somewhat tasty and which are pure crap.

I've even attempted cooking tofu...that shows you how desperate I've gotten.  Haven't mastered that yet.

You'll lose weight! That was the rallying cry that really caught my attention.  I'm the only person on the planet eating a plant based diet and gaining weight.  I suppose that's because sugar is also a plant I seem to be eating more of that in a frenzied attempt to find something tasty.

We did find we enjoyed falafels in pita bread, that was a relief.

I figured we'd never eat out again, but I'm learning that many restaurants have a vegan option, something McDonald's still hasn't gotten on board with yet.

The thing I'm really missing is eggs.  Sometimes I just want some eggs and hashbrowns.  There is an egg replacement you can buy, but it's only good for baking. Perhaps it's time to consider ourselves ovo-lacto instead of strict vegans.  That allows the use of milk and dairy.  I could live with that much easier.

We may have to alter our plans.

Long Live the Queen of Green

Friday, February 8, 2019

Ruth Bader Ginsberg

I'm a big fan of this woman and when I saw my friend, Sue Hessel, had the action figured I knew I just had to have one.





Left Brain and I have watched the RBG documentary and loved it.

I finally got to see the movie "On the Basis of Sex" and it was wonderful.

This is the perfect movie to share with your grandchildren, especially granddaughters to show them how the changes were made.

I have vivid memories of not being able to get a credit card in my name in the early 70's.


I also had the experience of signing up for the Work Incentive program while on welfare and having it explained to me that I would have to understand that if a man also applied for the same job as me it would have to be given to him because he has a wife and children to support.  Huh?  He has a wife...why isn't she working?   It was just me and my son.

The Notorious RBG has made so many incredible changes in the lives of women (and men) by compelling the change of gender discrimination.

Long Live the Queen

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Cat Socks

When I saw these on Facebook I just knew I had to order them.                                                                                                       
They're not actually socks for the cats, but for the chair legs. 

Thank goodness!  It would have really been a struggle to get them on the cats.  Not enough band-aids on hand for that little chore.     

           
Our chairs have wider feet in the front and small in the back, which makes it hard to find covers for them to protect the floor.  

They also didn't slide easily and made a horrible noise when pulling the chair out.


The cat socks fit over the chair legs and look like little cat feet, which is cute but kind of creepy.  


 Sometimes it appears there is an entire herd of cats in our dining area...a very frightening idea.   

They work slick, the chairs slide with ease and they make me giggle every time I look at them.  

How can you beat that?

Long Live the Queen

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Alexa....?

I finally got an Echo Dot with Alexa as my personal servant.

It's taking some time to get used to her and I'm careful now not to use her name in any conversations because she's always there...listening.
Now I can just tell her to play an Oldie's Station and she finds it for me and turns it on.  I realize she can do so much more, but I'm just not ready for any large leaps in technology just yet.

This small step is enough for me.

Long Live the Queen