Beans, Soup, and Beer

So I came across this article on Growing Cities today: Five Packaged Foods You Never Need to Buy Again. I’ve been really bad about using canned beans this winter. I want to check out the links they provided on how to prepare dry beans. With the small amount of exposure I had to Mexican-American culture in Milwaukee, I’ve always soaked them overnight (at least for pinto or black beans). Ready in 10 minutes? Hardly.

Now that I have my own food processor, it will be much easier to make my own hummus.

It’s nice, that if I go to the health food store I can take in Mason jars to buy bulk foods and not have to use any packaging, at all.

I was trying to convince Mr. X that we should be brewing beer every weekend even though it’s not really cheaper than buying beer, just to be able to reuse the same 50 or so bottles over and over.

But no, he refuses to brew beer (or allow kitties!) in the tiny 900 sq. ft. quad box. Oh well. I did really love his idea about cat runners placed just below the ceiling. Kitties would love that.

Then my friend C. posted this really cool article yesterday: How to Store Vegetables Without Plastic.

It’s more difficult to break habits you’ve grown up with. It’s difficult to change a behavior when your bad behavior feels so convenient and life is so blasted difficult anyhow. However, it might be slowly, slowing getting better, because there is little chance of my generation selling out. When there’s nothing to sell out to, it’s easier to do the right thing.

Top 2 Winners & 8 Runners Up of the Jan/Feb 2012 Pin Up America Magazine Contest

WINNER!Model: Inked Cat,Photographer: Ben Checkowy(Sask, Canada)WINNER! Model: Inked Cat,
Photographer: Ben Checkowy (Sask, Canada)

This really makes you want to drink Coke out of the bottle, hey?

Diet

So the organic raw thing had a miraculous impact on reversing kidney damage and I noticed positive results with the ADD and cardiovascular health, but menstrual pain and irregularity kept increasing. I’m unconvinced of its utility in healing endometriosis or restoring female hormonal balance. Hey, I’ve still got all my scars. You’d have to go HARDCORE for decades to get rid of scar tissue.  Nuvaring stopped the bleeding within days and so far, my pain (other than dislocating my rib) has not gotten above a say 4 or 5. Way better than 4 hours every 3 to 4 weeks of FUCK!!! (AKA 9ish on the pain scale) with days of sustained say 7ish (pain so bad it inhibits sleep). That’s like someone putting ice cubes on your feet every time you’re exhausted beyond comprehension. You’d think at some point fatique would win out over pain, especially when it’s within the threshold of tolerance or management. Nope.