Friday, January 10, 2014

Netflix Movies

It's hard to find a good movie on netflix so I have put together a list of movies I've enjoyed recently, in case you guys are interested in curling up with a decent movie this evening. Now I'm not saying these are great movies, but they are decent. haha. I mean, they haven't made it onto any famous lists or anything, but they are entertaining:)

  1. The Lucy Movie  (2003)- Cute but a little sad. It's the story of Lucille Ball's life and rise to fame. Jules and I watched it together: warning the ending is bittersweet.
  2. Guilt Trip (2012)- I'll admit I was not planning on watching this one, but I love Seth Rogen, and obviously I love Barbara, so I thought why not? It's actually really cute! They are a great team and I really believed them as mother and son. 

  3. Paradise (2013)- Ok, this one is my favorite of the lot. It actually has a tremendous message and there is the one scene in the bathroom (when you watch the movie you will know what I'm talking about,) that almost made me cry. I'm not really a fan of Julianne Hough- ever- but she's good in this one, and Russell Brand is hysterical:)

  4. Love and Other Disasters (2006)- My favorite Brittany Murphy movie ever. I've seen it like six times, haha, and I have no idea why I like it! The plot is- eh- the script is- eh- the setting is - great- there is just something about thus chick flick that I LOVE. Anyone else??

  5. Blue like Jazz (2012)- Loved. This. Movie. Good watch.
  6. What Maisie Knew (2013)- This Movie was Excellent. Oh my word, it's such a true and realistic story of a broken/divorced home and how it effects this little girl named Maisie. It's a beautiful, and moving picture of the break down of a dysfunctional two parent home, and the rebuilding of an unpredictable new one- seen through the eyes of a child. I mean its conveys the innocence and wonder of how a young child deals with a terrible series of events.  The acting is phenomenal, the little girls who plays Maisie is AMAZING, and the secondary actors (the nanny and the boyfriend) are so compelling and truthful. I loved this movie. It's tremendously sad, but ends well. I felt like it was the story of so many of the students both in Philly and in Greensboro, which is unfortunate because it's heartbreaking. However, I completely recommend it.
  7. The Brass Teapot (2012)- There is quite a bit of language, but I like the concept of this movie. It was very interesting, it's a dark comedy about a poor newly wed couple that finds a magic teapot that dispenses cash whenever they get phyisically hurt. The style of the movie was entertaining, and I love Michael Angarano, it was a quirky little film. It is rated R.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

16 Week 1/2 Marathon Plan

About to start training for a 1/2 marathon.

16-Week Training Schedule  •  12-Week Plan  •  20-Week Plan

  Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Week 1 off 3 miles off 3 miles off 4 miles 3 miles
Week 2 off 3 miles off 3 miles off 5 miles 3 miles
Week 3 off 4 miles off 4 miles off 6 miles 3 miles
Week 4 off 4 miles off 4 miles off 6 miles 3 miles
Week 5 off 5 miles off 5 miles off 7 miles 2-3 miles
Week 6 off 5 miles off 5 miles off 7 miles 2-3 miles
Week 7 off 6 miles off 4 miles off 8 miles 2-3 miles
Week 8 off 6 miles off 4 miles off 8 miles 2-3 miles
Week 9 off 5-6 miles off 4-5 miles off 9 miles 2-3 miles
Week 10 off 5-6 miles off 4-5 miles off 9 miles 2-3 miles
Week 11 off 6 miles off 5 miles off 10 miles 2 miles
Week 12 off 6 miles off 5 miles off 10 miles 2 miles
Week 13 off 5-6 miles off 4-5 miles off 11 miles 2 miles
Week 14 off 5-6 miles off 4-5 miles off 12 miles 2 miles
Week 15 off 5-6 miles off 4-5 miles off 6 miles 3 miles
Week 16 off 4-5 miles off 4-5 miles off 13.1 miles! off

Monday, January 6, 2014

Measurable Goals.

      Every year starts out with "this year is MY year... I'm going to..." and the list tends to be very similar to the previous ten. I'm not knockin the idea of resolutions, I think that resolving to better areas of my life should be a life long process, but I am knockin' the general concept of "New Years Resolutions." They tend to be too broad and inconclusive; An ideal that you'd like to reach by an undetermined point in the hopes that it will help you reach happiness. "Work out more," "eat better," "learn a language," "travel," etc etc. I mean, there has to be smaller, more concrete "doable" goals before you can reach any of those big ones.
       "Learn a language," how about I will read my devotions from my french bible every morning, look  up the words I don't know, and flashcard them. I will memorize one french passage per week. Or you could just say, I will spend from 6-6:30 every morning on dualingo. See these are measurable goals. Maybe it's just the teacher in me, but when you make an objective there has to be a way to measure it! So here are my resolutions for the month of January (not for the year 2014.)

  1. I will practice harp four days a week, Mon/Tues/Fri/Sat at a scheduled time.
  2. I will spend 30 minutes a day working back up my french. (This will be a Scheduled time.)
  3. I will spend more time with people this month. I will not allow my hermit tendencies to take over my evenings. Three evenings a week I will arrange time with my family/friends
  4. I will stop biting my nails. (JC laughs at this- so little faith in my self control!)
  5. I will cut gluten out entirely for 6 weeks to see if it helps head- migraines will NOT run my life.
  6. I will start training for my half marathon. (This entails so much more than just doing it. I am literally afraid of running. haha. This is my biggest challenge yet. I have never enjoyed it, in fact I've detested it my entire life, but running a half marathon is on this year's bucket list. I will do it if it kills me.)
  7. I will play music with other people once a week. ( This simple resolve changes my life. Playing with others fills my soul. It changes my heart. It makes me so happy.) Sundays.
  8. I will write one song a week, even if it's crap. This must be completed by Sunday night. 
  9. I will continue with my T25/ yoga daily workouts.
  10. I will keep in mind I'm human and Jesus loves me with or without this silly list.
What are your measurable resolves?

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Vegan Cupcakes FOUND

As I wandered down the busy streets of Greensboro on First Friday- I found my eyes drifting down the way to Cheesecakes by Alex wishing I was able to indulge my hormonal cravings with the dairy goodness wafting out the doors of that little store. Julia kept playing the temptress and my vegan conscience was truly being tested. We stopped in Just Be and looked around a bit, but my dessert craving mouth was watering at the stupidest of things like oreos or store-bought-brownie-bites. I had to get out of there...we stopped at the train tracks where a little convertible almost got squashed by the passing train. It was actually quite scary. The lights started flashing and the gate actually came down on the car and she couldn't move it backward- she was freaked, debated getting out, but her car was about 4 feet away from the train and she was fine.

After several antique stores, and the LOVELY garden behind Jules Antiques that had me believing I was in Italy somewhere drinking vino while painting some gorgeous city-scape, We landed our feet in Civic Threads. My long time friend William works there and we started catching up... as we talked my nose picked up a scent- peanut butter? No...chocolate?...BOTH? Talking continues, I catch a glimpse of cupcakes...oh no. Then William announces, "Oh hey, did you try to Vegan cupcakes? You totally should check em out, they are awesome!" I was already gone, b-line to the table- do you know how hard it is to find a vegan pastry in this town? (probably a good thing it's so hard!!)

Julia says, "Ew Vegan cupcakes? I don't want one of those. That sounds gross." I laugh, "but you just said they look good!" I pick one up and tell her she's splitting it with me! (She liked it, I knew she would!!) I start a conversation with the baker, asking about some of her ingredient choices. She then goes on to say, "Some people come into the shop and say, 'I was going to get one of those cupcakes, they look so good, but then I saw they were vegan.' I think, really? You are so closed minded to not try something that you think looks good just because it says Vegan on it!" I laugh and look straight at Julia.

This beautiful veganite-baker sells her cupcakes at Geeksboro. Check em out!

Friday, August 9, 2013

Quinoa Veggie Sushi

OK. I eat Sushi like two or three times a week. I LOVE it. I also eat rice paper wraps (Vietnamese spring rolls) probably once a week (recipe to come!) People have been asking for my Quinoa Sushi Recipe so here it is. SORRY no pictures :( I completely forgot!
The first time you make sushi it take like 45 minutes! But when you get the hang of it you can make it in about 20. 
If you are a T25 Vegan-Challenger, this is a great meal for us. We can get our protein and our necessary nutrients from this meal. It's hard for me to put a calorie intake on here, because it completely depends on what ingredients you put as your filling. Just be sure not to make your quinoa layer too thick!


  • 2 cups quinoa 
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 T sugar
  • 1 t salt
  • 1/3 cup + 2 T rice vinegar
  • 4-6 sheets of nori (dried seaweed) 
  • 1/2 t ginger
  • 1 t sesame seeds 
  • Light Soy Sauce (for dipping)
Internal Herb Options:
  • Cilantro 
  • Mint
  • Chili Pepper
Internal Veggie options:
  • Cucumber slivers
  • Carrot Shavings
  • Avocado (this and the quinoa are your protein source-vegan style.)
  • Sauteed broccoli crowns
  • Red pepper slivers
  • Finely chopped kale (I put kale in EVERYTHING. It's my favorite superfood)
Internal FRUIT options: (if you're feeling adventurous)
  • Lightly fried plantains 
  • Cherry Tomatoes 


This is the Ginger Sesame mix my mom gave me for Christmas. It's my GO TO spice mi
This is not my picture, it's a google rep! But example of now to line up the veggies.

  1. Mix 2 tablespoons rice vinegar, 1 T sugar and 2 teaspoons salt until sugar and salt dissolve.
  2. Place the quinoa in a pot and add about 4 cups of salted water. Bring to a boil, cover and simmer until quinoa is practically see-through (do NOT use red Quinoa, not the correct texture.) Drain quinoa, then stir vinegar mixture into hot quinoa, tossing to mix. Set aside.
  3. Cut up Veggies into long slivers. (I go with whatever I have in the fridge, honestly.)
  4. Place nori on top of a bamboo sushi rolling mat (You can buy these at target or walmart of the grocery store. The first time I did this, I didn't have a mat so I use a seran wrapped, stiff, placemat!.) Spread (COMPLETELY CHILLED) quinoa onto the nori, leaving a 1/2 margin all around. (you might have to put in freezer for a few mins after cooking to be sure it's not hot anymore.)
  5. Sprinkle red chili pepper, chopped cilantro, and ginger-sesame on top of quinoa. Press the quinoa into the nori for even thickness and consistency.
  6. Veggie time!! Even align the veggies lengthwise in the middle of the of quinoa. Roll sushi tightly, then here is the tricky part, you have to use a VERY sharp knife to cut through the nori! At this point you have your roll with the quinoa on the INSIDE and the nori on the OUTSIDE; cut crosswise into bite size pieces.
So my favorite combo is:
  • Cucumber
  • Avocado
  • Carrot
  • Broccoli
It's hard to take "in the process pictures" because your hands get really sticky from rolling the sushi. This is the only one i took. It's red pepper, avocado, carrot, cucumber.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Tofu Tacos

This is an adapted version of the "Fish Tacos" in T25.


(in bowl mix)
1 t olive oil
2 Squeezed Limes
1 t Cayenne pepper
1 t Chili pepper
1 T corn starch
Cut tofu into 1/2 inch tiny cubes, roll them in the bowl of lime sauce and put into frying pan. It's optional whether you put olive oil in the pan, if you really don't want oil you can spritz some more lime juice in there, but they cook better with about 1 t of olive oil heated in the pan.

(in bowl mix)
1-2 squeezed Limes
a "few drops" of agave nectar (I can't use honey as a vegan, but that if you DO eat honey, you can totally use that.)
a "dash" of salt

Thinly cut cabbage into "slaw slivers," as I tend to call them, and toss into frying pan. Heat the cabbage enough to soften the texture a bit while still leaving a "crunch.

MANGO (this is what MADE the tacos)
Red Onions
***(optional, my dad put 10 calorie salsa on his to add a little extra kick)***

These are all wrapped up in little corn tortillas. The band I use is 45 C a piece, so I ate 3 Tacos the calorie total came out to about 350 calories.

**the yellower the corn tortillas the "chalkier" the texture so you need to make sure to wrap them in very damp paper towels and place in microwave for 45 seconds!!***

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Mango and Black Bean Salad

This is a delicious and almost entirely raw food meal (and most def VEGAN.)

For the Salad:
3 Ripe Mangos
2 Cups (fresh) Pineapple (or two cans)
1 English Cucumber (or 2 seeded regular cukes)
1 finely chopped Red Pepper
1/4 C Cilantro
Handful of chopped Fresh Mint
2-4 finely sliced Green Onions
1 can Black Bean (drained and rinsed)
1 almost ripe Avocado (want it to be a little firm so it doesn't get mushy in the salad)
A few small-cut Kale leaves
1 cup Quinoa (remember 2 cups water to 1 cup Quinoa, place both in pan, bring to boil, remove from heat and cover.)

***Optional: Strawberries, Kiwi, or Papaya all could be added.

Mix ingredients in bowl, add dressing, mix again, and voila!! Heat up a few corn tortillas and you've got it made, feeds 4.

Salad dressing:

3-4 TBL Olive Oil
2 TBL Honey (or Maple Syrup for Vegans)
4 squeezed Limes, juice
2 TBL Tarragon Wine Vinegar 
Pinch of salt
*1 TBL Chili Powder (sounds like a lot, but when you mix it with the sweet fruit it subdues the level)