A Sleepologist

Wouldn’t it be great if the medical industry was different? I’m not talking about obamacare etc, but the basic approach that is taken to health. What if instead of seeing a doctor twice a year and filling various medications monthly we were each given  a set of specialists early in life who offered advice in different areas overall health.  What if you could have a sleepologist who studied your sleep, a fitness guru who would work with you to maintain your physical fitness, a nutritionist who would keep you on track in the food department, a supplementalist who would offer natural supplements when needed, and a psychiatrist when you needed to talk things over. What if these individuals could consult around a big conference table and work together to keep you at your healthiest…

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Butt Kicking Life

These last few months life has been in a butt kicking mood! In March I rather suddenly quit my job, what can I say I was miserable, I have now started two new jobs, one part time baking for a local shop, and the other full time in a beautiful hotel downtown. Funny enough I feel so much less stressed than I did having only my previous full time position. I like the creative outlet of the baking job and working in a hotel feels like home to me. An added bonus is that since my job is downtown and parking sucks, it forces me to walk about 15 minutes back and forth to the hotel which is the beginning of what could be considered daily exercise?

I also took a rather impromptu trip to Chicago for the T-man’s brother’s graduation. I LOVE CHICAGO, so much more than New York City! Although the weather was warm and muggy for a few days we did manage to go downtown to the aquarium and to the zoo. I also pigged out on all of my Chicago favorites; stuffed deep dish pizza, Italian beef combos with cheese fries, Chicago dogs, and gyros (still not sure how that is pronounced??) All in all it was a great trip, and a fun little vacation.

After returning it was back to the craziness that comes with having two jobs, working a lot, and somehow trying to get a handle on housework, and just generally adjusting to a new schedule. I have been reading a ton! much to the annoyance of the T-man (I seem to have inherited my Father’s skill of tuning out the world when I read) The local thrift store was having a BOGO sale on books, so along with my friend we perused the titles while she stacked must reads into my arms I picked up about 10 new books ( I am slowly working up to my own personal library). Can I just say there is nothing that I enjoy so much more reading an actual book than reading one off from our tablet; you  just can’t beat turning the corner down to keep your place! I have read Memoirs of a Geisha (recommended by my friend) and LOVED IT, then I picked up a copy of Anne of Green Gables because I remember the movie as a kid. So many great titles so little free time!

There has been a bitter sweet new addition to my family. Sadly my beta fish Sebastian died (I may not have the best skills for tank maintenance). So I now have a new fish and new resolve to improve my beta caring skills. https://mail-attachment.googleusercontent.com/attachment/u/0/?ui=2&ik=8f333b38f6&view=att&th=13f86ca30a1e5d35&attid=0.1&disp=inline&safe=1&zw&saduie=AG9B_P9j8WKyjju1WbuUFRruaFsl&sadet=1372357141835&sads=L0Hz6L2Vc3OA2JNzurgYAB4axiM

Meet Fuego Peacock! I get it’s a weird name but its a hybrid of a suggestions from my friend Weez and the T-man. Weez suggested Fuego, which means Fire in Spanish which I loved because it suits him and for my hotel job I am working on improving my non-existent Spanish. The Peacock was the T-man’s suggestion strange but also fitting.

Did I also mention that I let my friends talk me into signing up for a 10K in September! It may not seem like that much, but to someone who is in sad need of exercise I know with out preparation it will kick my butt! So July 1st i am faced with the necessary evil of committing to training for this. I would be lying if I said that I was looking forward to it, hopefully my attitude improves.

Well about now I feel like I have a better handle on the work schedule and am making it work for us, I am looking to achieve that elusive life-work-balance (does it even really exist? I ‘m thinking its more of a Bigfoot or lochness monster type of thing). So I am in desperate need of some projects, I decided to order the next two months Cook the Books cook books off from Amazon, and have been perusing pinterest for some craft ides. I also am flipping through my preserving book to search for my next pickling project.

Any suggestions on some projects?? I need something to keep busy!!! (HA)

For the Love of Santa Barabara

I make it no secret that I miss New York, and at times living out here in Santa Barbara is not my cup of tea. But I have to say after the past week this area may be growing on me.

My Parents came to Visit!!!!

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My Parents at the Wharf

 I finally took vacation time from work and took the opportunity to actually enjoy all that Santa Barbara has to offer. We did the touristy stuff of course:

Drove the Pacific Coast Highway up to Santa Barbara when they arrived. The views alone make it worth living here. One does tend to take for granted the beauty of where the ocean meets the mountains.

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Views From Painted Cave Road

We went to lunch on the wharf, walked state street multiple times, toured the Mission, Visited the Botanical Gardens, climbed the tower at the courthouse, checked out where the T-man does his research, drove up to Solvang, drove and hiked up the mountain to Painted Cave, and of course went to the beach!

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Views from the Botanical Garden

 

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Baby turtle at Alice Keck Park

We also did some things that are special to me. Went to some of my favorite spots in Old Town Goleta, barbequed at the beach, and visited the turtles at Alice Keck Park.

 

I also decided to check out a couple of new places. We drove north to Nojoqui Falls Park and saw some prairie dogs and of course the falls, and we brunched for my birthday at the Boathouse at Hendry’s beach.

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Nojoqui Falls

 

All in all I think my parents had a blast. A couple rainy days did dampen the fun a bit but we found a couple projects to do at home (homemade mozzarella!). It was certainly hard to see them off this morning, but I have a feeling they will be back soon!

A Pickled Peck of Peppers

So this past week I decided to pickle some jalapeno peppers. The T-man is a huge fan of pickled jalapenos (they always show up on his sandwiches); So I figured that they would be a useful item for me to pickle. I used this recipe from “The Art of Preserving”

You will need:

  • 4 cups of cider vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 Tbsp pickling spice
  • 1 Tbsp pink peppercorns
  • about 20 large or 30 small jalapenos sliced 1/4″ thick
sliced peppers

sliced peppers

Method:

Have your sterilized jars ready. In a nonreactive saucepan bring the vinegar, honey and salt to a boil. Meanwhile put 1tsp of the pickling spice and pink peppercorns into each jar, then pack with jalapeno slices. Ladle in the hot brine, then process the jars for 7 minutes.

ready for the brine

ready for the brine

This was very easy and made me wonder why I am not pickling more! (then I did a reality check and realized I was in a studio apartment and should probably not bury myself in canned goods)

The peppers need to sit for about 2 weeks to let the flavors develop. I’ll let you all know when we break open a jar!

Sadly my marmalade is still liquid and I am thinking I will need to make a third attempt.

First Page Anxiety

A few months ago my cousin posted a blog entitled “the first page” describing how excited she gets over the first blank page of a notebook. When I read this post I had to laugh because I am the complete opposite, I hate that first blank page. In fact I usually skip to the 2nd or 3rd page just to calm my anxiety.  That first page is just so darn intimidating to me; it seems to demand what my intentions are! I have no idea, what I am going to do with this notebook; I may write a recipe idea today, a Christmas list tomorrow and a shopping list two weeks from now. I may start a food diary (that will only last two days) and then go back to recipe ideas.

This is how I am feeling about this first blog post. I have no idea what my intentions are.

Which is why I am skipping to the next page with no further explanation…

…anxiety relieved 🙂