23 February 2010

Getting Ready to Relocate

After nearly a year of staying with wonderfully kind family in Augusta, I’ve decided it’s time to take a chance on moving to where the jobs are—or where more jobs are, at least. March 31 is my self-imposed date to move on, unless I’ve found work before then.

Now that I’ve made the decision to move, I’m so excited, and I’m not sure I can wait until the 31st. The lists are made, the research is done, and the apartment and city guides are en route to my mailbox (although I’ll likely stay at an extended-stay hotel initially). I’ve even listed which items are going into which boxes, so I can load my car as efficiently as possible. Quickly too, if need be.

I should say, though, that my year in Augusta has been pleasant. I got to do lots of New Things and got to save thousands of dollars, thanks to my generous family. I’m grateful for that and more, but I’m ready to take more initiative in creating my environment rather than adapting to it, and I’m ready for a new adventure.

13 February 2010

Snow in South Carolina?

Okay, technically, snow in SC isn't a New Thing, but it's rare, and this much snow in one day is reeeally rare. So I took photos:

09 February 2010

One New Cleanser

What is with all of the mysterious chemicals found in facial cleansers these days? Or in personal care products in general? Well, in everything, actually. I’m running out of my beloved Physician’s Formula Gentle Cleansing Lotion, and no one carries it, and the manufacturer’s $4 shipping fee isn’t practical, since the product itself is only $7.

So I’ve been looking for something new to use. Thank goodness Kroger and Target have great return policies, because some cleansers that claim to be for sensitive skin are actually not—at least not for my skin. I even considered using a product for babies, but the thing is, I don’t want to smell like a baby.

But it’s all good. I found something affordable (under $4), accessible (at Target), and easy on my sensitive, winter-stricken skin: Olay Gentle Foaming Face Wash, with Cetaphil at a close second. Thank you Olay! Thank you Cetaphil! xoxo

02 February 2010

One New Chocolate Treat

My diet is not the typical American diet. I rarely eat at restaurants, and I rarely eat anything packaged with more than five ingredients. I avoid chemicals, and the only animal products I eat are chicken and turkey (no dairy, eggs, etc). I also avoid added sugars and simple carbs in favor of natural sugars and complex carbs, such as those found in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. I went from a size 10 to a size 2 on this diet (over six months’ time), and I feel great, so this is how I eat now.

I do, however, have a slight addiction to dark chocolate bars. I usually buy Lindt Excellence 70% bars from Kroger, and it takes me up to a week to eat one bar, so it’s a healthy, budget-friendly indulgence. Still, I’ve been wanting to make my own chocolate treat, with exactly what I want in it. So this week I did, and the result was surprisingly tasty. Here’s my recipe:

2 oz unsweetened baker’s chocolate
2 tblspns coconut milk fat (it usually separates from the milk in the can)
2 tspns blueberries (or cherries, mango bits, orange bits, peppermint leaves, peanut butter, whatever you like)
1 tspn vanilla flavored hemp seed milk
1 tspn raw sugar (unless the coconut milk is sweetened)
1 pinch/sprinkle cinnamon

Place all ingredients into a small bowl. Cover and microwave on 50% power for 1 minute and 30 seconds, or until chocolate is melted enough to stir. Stir ingredients until consistent, adding more sugar if needed. Enjoy warm with a spoon, or shape into balls and let solidify in the fridge. Nummy-nums. :)

Note: Refrigerate any uneaten portion.