Blueberry Ginger Shake


This is super easy and pretty filling. I like a lot of ginger, so adjust to what works for you.

1 c almond milk (I use unsweetened)
1 c frozen blueberries
1 banana
1 T chia seeds
1.5 t ginger
2 c spinach

It’s such a dark blue that it’s nearly black. It’s not too sweet and I love the ginger zing.

xo, sj

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The eyes have it

In my case, they have me getting up every hour to put drops in them. Over the weekend it was every two hours. I spent two days in a dark room, listening to audiobooks, in hopes it would help kick this thing to use my eyes as little as possible.

That didn’t work.

I did, however, get to listen to audiobooks of two of my all time favorites: The Blue Sword and The Hero and the Crown, both by Robin McKinley. I think I first got these in late grades hook/early junior high. I suspect I’ve retread them every single year since then. They are my go-to comfor reads. 

Not too long ago, on a podcast I love, one of my Twitter friends said she uses audiobooks for books she’s already read and loved, so that if you get distracted during a task you haven’t really MISSED anything. It was amazing advice and the first thing I thought of when I started to get sleepy while listening. I know both of these books so well that I could practically pin the chapter where specific action happens. It made them the PERFECT listen for a sleep-deprived, eye-damaged weekend. Now I’m going through my well-loved books to see which ones I maybe need some audio for.

Do you have any favorite comfort-reads?


Blueberry Coconut Shake

I’m home from work sick, which is the worst. My eyesight isn’t great, so I can’t even do anything useful. So. You get a post.

Today’s experiment in blending:

1 cup frozen blueberries (it was everything I had left in the bag)

3/4 avocado (leftover from yesterday’s experiment)

1/4 cup nonfat Greek yogurt

1 cup coconut water

1/4 cup frozen pineapple

3″ piece of frozen banana

1 T ground flaxseed

1 T chia seeds

1 1/2 cup spinach  
The shake is a lovely purple color- not quite the magenta of yesterday’s. It’s tasty without being too sweet and a thinner consistency thanks to the coconut water.

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This sick beet


Taylor Swift got beats, I got beets. No trademark infringement!

I made this shake for dinner and I’ve got to say I like it. I’ve never been a fan of beets – generally I think they taste like dirt – but I cooked these in the microwave (surprisingly easy) and put one in with all these ingredients. I added chia seeds and a cup of spinach and, as you can see, it remains a lovely shade of PURPLE. Possibly the purpliest purple to EVER purple. Double bonus: it doesn’t taste like dirt. I’ve got a friend doing Atkins induction right now and this is possibly the only meal she won’t be jealous not to be eating.

After a follow up visit with an eye doctor today, it turns out I didn’t have something in my eye after all- just a straight up eye infection. It’s one I hadn’t heard of and it means putting drops in my eyes every two hours for the next day or so and having my eye dilated for a couple weeks. This means I’ll be lots of fun at parties. Luckily I have no parties to attend.

It also means no real sleep tonight, so I’m going to stream Netflix’s Sense8 which everyone said was an interesting and trippy show and should go real well with sleep deprivation. w00t!

The upside is that finally having stuff to help my eye will maybe make me less likely to want to assault people. The struggle was real today, people.

xo, sj

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There’s something in my eye

Actually, it’s not in my eye anymore. After almost two weeks of travel, I’m back in the blustery western plains. My eye was red, angry and sensitive enough to light that walking outside felt like someone stabbing me in the face. I went to the ER, where some things were flushed out of my eye (?!) and it’s hopefully on its way to good repair.

Instead of reading, which I’d planned to do, I listened to several back episodes of Pop Culture Happy Hour during my plane and airport time yesterday. Today, instead of finishing Girl on A Train (no, not that one- the other one) I’m watching/listening to Pride and Prejudice.

The 2005 version with Kiera Knightly and Matthew MacFadyen is becoming my favorite iteration of all the adaptations. It hits all the highs and lows needed to make the story feel satisfying and, controversial a stand as it may be, MacFadyen is a better fit than Colin Firth.

Second runner up has to be Bridget Jones Diary and my third place goes to Austenland.

Do you have a favorite Pride and Prejudice?