Project: Food Budget 9

Weekly Budget $125 Actual $ Spent $140.03 Giant Eagle $53.39 Swissvale Farmer’s Market $10 Marty’s Market $76.64 The hallmark of this week was heading to the Swissvale Farmer’s Market for the first time. It’s been down the street from our house for two years, and we just got around to it.  As a friend I saw down there said, it could probably stand a name change to something like Swissvale Saturday Market. The farm part was not the most prominent among the vendors. But still it was a lovely afternoon stop where we grabbed peaches, nectarines, cucumbers and fresh squeezed […]

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Project: Food Budget 8

Weekly Budget $125 Actual $ Spent $200.58 Penn’s Corner Farm Alliance $41.24 Costco $159.34 Well, N went to Costco. And as I predicted, that took the weekly budget out of whack.  I could feel grumbly about this, but after 7 weeks of being under budget, we had $226.39 that we budgeted but didn’t spend. So, I’m still calling this a win and then some because we still have unspent budget hanging over. The Costco trip was necessary to load up on laundry and dish detergent, which we count in our budget. While there, we tend to grab bits of everything. The […]

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What I’m Reading 3

I, Racist. I found this piece to be powerful. I don’t consider myself to be altogether silent on issues of race and oppression in this country, but I can say and do more, absolutely. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers. I ripped through this book while on vacation. It’s so beautifully written and really raw and angry. I have a thing for narrative stories, whether fiction or not, especially those that are disturbingly real and even a little fucked up. This book fit that bill nicely for me after months of fantasy and non-narrative non-fiction. Speaking of being a […]

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Project: Food Budget 7

Weekly Budget $125 Actual $ Spent $102.83 Giant Eagle $82.03 Amazon $20.80 Wow. We’re still under budget. We are also still eating a lot of pork because we bought pork, and that’s all we have left. There’s still a few random cuts of beef too, including soup bones, but who is making soup in this heat? Not us. I know we have a big ole’ beef liver down there too. Who has ideas on what to do with that? I know organ meat is super good for you, so we don’t want just to leave it down there to die of […]

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Unexpected Ankle Training

I got a little early and unexpected ankle training this past week on my vacation. The weather in Carlsbad, CA was totally stunning so N and I vowed to hike every day that we were there. On day 2, he selected a trail we found online at San Onofre State Beach. We drove there. Because of poor signage, we got in a line we didn’t need to be in and wasted 30 minutes sitting in that line while being treated rudely by the park ranger/parking attendant fellow. Dear fellow- Nothing on any of the signs said “surfers only.” The lack […]

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Project: Food Budget 6

Weekly Budget $125 Actual $ Spent $118.36 Giant Eagle $118.36 There’s actually a transaction in there from last week that I missed. Biggest splurge of the week was ice cream. If you are wondering, ice cream is most certainly not keto. When I’m “being good” and off of sugar (not just processed sugar, ALL sugar) life is so easy breezy and I can eat a piece of fruit or dark chocolate now and again without wigging out.  But a few too many “now and agains” and I’m fully on the sugar hamster wheel and I need allthesugarallthetime. This week marks a […]

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Challenge Accepted

I’ve been known to set some goals and crush them. (See nine years cigarette free.) I’ve also been known to set some goals and fail pretty miserably. (See thru-hiking the Laurel Highlands Trail before I turned 30. I’m nearly 31.5. Also see multiple fits and starts with weight loss.) There’s some compelling information in The Antidote about ditching goalsetting behavior. During his years in the corporate world, Kayes had been troubled to watch goalsetting achieve the status of religious dogma among his colleagues. The situation hasn’t changed much today. The hallmark of a visionary leader, it is widely held, is […]

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