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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

books, health, travel

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?


Who needs solid food?

So there was this plan that I was going to blog 2-3 times per week and then, well, a whole bunch of life happened.

Life continues to happen, but it’s returned to a more manageable load.

I’ve read a lot of books in the last few weeks, so I’ll make that update another time. For now, let’s talk about shakes (smoothies).

It is no great secret that I’m picky about my vegetables. It’s also no secret that I need to eat more of them. For any number of reasons (and no one in particular) I was thinking about my eating habits and refined sugar this weekend. All of that, and the internet, led me to breaking out my Magic Bullet blender (unfortunate name).

It’s perfect because it makes single servings. I’m not great with leftovers and, while I’m not opposed to prepping in advance, it’s unlikely that I’m going to make a lot ahead. What I did find this weekend was that I was perfectly okay with a couple of shakes as meals and one proper meal. It was actually kind of perfect, since I don’t like to eat first thing in the morning but drinks are okay.

Tonight I made a shake for late dinner:

  • 1 banana
  • 1 c coconut/almond milk
  • 1 T (and a bit more) peanut butter
  • 1/4 c oatmeal
  • 1 T chia seeds
  • 2 ice cubes (since the bananas weren’t frozen)

It actually turned out really nicely- not too much peanut butter, not too much banana, just enough texture.

Most of the shakes I made this weekend had spinach in them – a lot of spinach. So will the ones I’m drinking first thing in the morning. This was nice to mix it up a little and for a satisfying just-sweet-enough fix.