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Interesting day

I woke up today not feeling grateful.  I wasn’t feeling bad exactly, but I was definitely not feeling as good as I was yesterday.  I was feeling very The Dark Knight Rises today (I included a link for those of you who have never heard of the Batman), that’s the best way to describe it.  I did lie in bed for a good half hour, and I am grateful that I had that time.  I used it to convince myself that I should just drink some water, and that was probably a good decision.

Once the water started to wake up my insides, I felt more like getting up.  I made some cereal to tide me over as I made juice, which can be quite the process.  After yesterday’s mistake, I did not want to cut my spirulina with mere water.  Rather, I made a tasty breakfast juice, hoping to make something with an overpowering good taste that may neutralize the overpowering bad taste.  What I ended up with was the juice of: 1 grapefruit, 1 orange, a piece of ginger, a chunk (1/8th maybe?) of pineapple, and a carrot just to clean out whatever was still in the machine.  It was a pretty homogenous warm orange color, which surprised me not at all.  Then I added the puree of two bananas, some blueberries, some blackberries, and some raspberries.  When that was blended up I got a tasty deep red color that I assumed would stay that way.  However, the puree also made it rather thick, so when I drank it, my mustache acted as my own baleen.

This was a conundrum.  I had for myself two paths.  I could ignore my mustache and drink my juice over the sink (to anticipate spills), or I could trim the thing.  Those of you who know me know that my hair grows pretty fast, and I have noticed that with this diet it seems to be on overdrive, so I am not too concerned with having to do that.  What does concern me is that naturally growing hair tapers to a point, which is a bit counter-intuitively NOT as sharp as when it is cut into a weird mesaesque trapezoidal shape.  Now I’ll have a mustache poking my bottom lip for a few days.  Ugh.  On the upside, I can now swig.

Back to my juice, I finally added spirulina.  The color changed, which surprised me considerably more than not at all.

What a pretty color though right?  Impressionistic.  The picture makes it look like some sort of frog skin, but I promise, it isn’t some sort of frog skin.  To my knowledge, no frogs were included in the making of this juice.

People ask me why I add algae to my juices.  Lots of reasons really, but mostly it’s because whenever I eat algae, I can pretend I’m aboard the Battlestar Galactica, and we have just run out of food because those damn Cylons won’t ease up a bit.  Me and Edward James Olmos are kickin’ it, drinking weird future cyber juice.  I say to him “Hey, you know, I’ve read that juice may help with acne scars.”, and he looks down at the floor as if he’s contemplating what he just heard, but he’s probably just tired on account of the Cylons and all.  After what seems like an eternity of awkward silence, I ask “Hey, can I call you Ed?”  He looks up slowly and says in his way that is both quiet and loud: “No”.  After a long time, as I am getting ready to go somewhere else, he adds “Your mustache is way better than mine, by the way.”

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Dentist

I woke up today almost ready to get out of bed, which is pretty unheard of for me.  It was still pretty late in the morning, which I guess explains why I am not healthy wealthy and wise.  I don’t get to sleep early enough, I’m not denying that.  I texted my friend, who was joining me for a gym visit, so I was looking forward to a response from him.  As I was waiting, I mustered up some courage to try something.

You may remember I have been taking spirulina and chlorella.  The chlorella is all smooshed up into a tablet somehow, but the spirulina is straight powder in capsules.  Since I am taking a few at a time, I don’t like the mental image of several capsules just hanging out in my tummy.  So, I decided today to break the capsules, and pour their contents into a glass of water.  Then, I was free to swallow the empty capsules.  Or throw them away, that would make more sense.  I got a pretty green-blue liquid that would feel right at home among my sister’s blue-green decor.  However, I think Chris Elliot said it best when he said “But it don’t taste pretty.  Uh-uh.  Ooh.”

 

Isn’t that picture adorable though?  I have a darling kitchen.  How awesome would it be if I had this cup?

My friend texted back, telling me he was in California because of X reason that I don’t really understand, but his being in California doesn’t really depend on me understanding or not.

So that was a drag.  I took a bath instead.  It gave me a little thinking time.  Oh right, I was supposed to call the dentist on Monday!  I called them yesterday, which was pretty much Monday, but they had left already, so I needed to try again.  After I got out, I called them and placed an appointment for August 6th, the first business day after my birthday, and I’m getting me a crown!  How cool is that?  Well, I’m getting ANOTHER crown.  My teeth are pretty bad, probably due to me not really having any dental hygiene for a few years after my surgery.  Yeah, it’s definitely because of that.  I don’t know, the dentist gets a bad rap because they are always poking things for no reason, but they usually do have a reason, and you find out what it is real quick when there’s no dentist poking you.

I was so excited about getting an appointment, I decided to brave the bus and go to the gym anyway.  It is a pain, using the bus, but the bus sucks a whole lot less than walking.  Well, most times.  Sometimes walking sucks less than the bus, and when it does, I like to walk.  Before I went to the gym, I made some juice.  Beets, celery, a cucumber, and some ginger.  It was good as is, but I forgot that I have some jalapenos laying around withering, and I needed to not have that, so I juiced some jalapenos.  It was interesting tasting the juice before and after the addition, and perhaps I should do more of that comparing in the future.  It also looked pretty, but tasted quite a bit prettier than the other thing I made.

I am glad I went to the gym.  It gave me more time to think about things.  For instance, it reminded me to check the ONLINE fall schedule for SCC.  They don’t seem to have a ceramics class listed, which is a drag.  I’m interested in making my own glazes, which I only briefly began at ASU.  I would like to make my own ash glazes using the pulps from various fruits/vegetables I juice.  Guess I’ll have to look elsewhere.  Not MCC though, because the bus doesn’t even go that far.

Also, if I hadn’t’ve gone to the gym, I wouldn’t have heard some remix of Wonderwall (This one maybe?  I don’t have sound right now)

When I got home, I realized I didn’t have any food, and I craved some Popeye’s, but I went to Sunflower instead.

Man, I’m getting bored even scrolling through this.  It wasn’t a busy day, I swear, I guess I’m just rambling a lot.  I like this chlorella spirulina, by the way.  It’s making my mind spin like Tom’s legs as he starts to chase Jerry.  I bet I’ll take off real good once I get some traction.

Thank you, fan.

My first thought this morning was how good it felt to have a breeze on my back.  I was reminded of the old Irish saying, “May the wind always be at your back, and something something, I bet you wish you had some corned beef right now.”

My apartment is hot.  It’s hotter than I wish it was, but thanks to my good old expensive inefficient window unit and my genuine wood paneled fan, it is only as hot as it is right now.  I appreciate that I never have to know if I’m being over-dramatic or not when I say I’d be dead without my fan.

Today is a pretty good day.  Once I woke up, I took some chlorella and spirulina, and made some juice.  I jokingly call it a converter juice, but I’d like to assure everyone that I don’t wish to convert anyone.  It was carrot, beet, ginger, pineapple, granny smith apple, and orange.  It was delicious, but I’m guessing it had too much sugar.  I wouldn’t be surprised if I return to jalapenos and kale soon enough, or at least try and find a sane compromise.

After I made some juice, I took a bus down to Scottsdale Community College so that I could find out what the course catalogue for the fall is.  A friend of mine asked me why I didn’t just look it up online, and I told her I would rather speak to a person about it.  When I got to SCC and asked, they told me to look online.  It wasn’t an waste though, because while on the SCC campus I saw a couple of owls on a window ledge.  I didn’t know what kind of owls they were, so I did some research here and found out that Thai pages translated to English through Google Chrome are awesome.

No word on the owl, though by my recollection, it is the 16th species of owl.

I went to tell the guy I was walking next to that there was awesome owls right next to us, but he ignored me and kept walking.  Perhaps he had ear buds in, although I never did understand why some people need more noise in their head.  So I didn’t find what I was looking for at SCC, and instead opted to meander around for a while like Billy, and maybe learn some life lessons.

I learned when you do that, you miss the bus home.

I got home tired, and took a nap.  That’s a very convenient place to stop writing, because I am still tired.  Part 2 later???

90 Day Challenge

I haven’t posted a blog in quite a while, and I have only myself to blame (well, there was those couple of weeks I didn’t have internet, I can probably blame those too).  However, I really haven’t been doing much visual art lately.  I probably will soon, but I didn’t today.  I didn’t yesterday, or the day before.  There is something else I want to talk about today.

A friend of mine is doing a 90 Day Challenge.  The reasoning behind it is that if you do anything for 90 days, you start to get good at it.  She is choosing to do it on songwriting, and is writing/performing a song a day for 90 days.  I don’t want to write songs.  I was thinking of doing a cover a day for 90 days, but hey, get in line right?  It would take me about fifteen minutes to think of ninety songs I should sing (really, I’d just end up singing the theme song to The Rescue Rangers most days), and as much as we need another rendition of ‘Come A Little Bit Closer‘, I decided to choose something else.

I am going to be grateful for 90 days.

No, I won’t be completely grateful, and I won’t be doing that thing the Royal Guardsmen do where they don’t fight back or smile or whatever.  What I will be doing is trying to change how I emphasize things in my head.

To help me, I am including better nutrition!  I bought a juicer when I used to have a job, and though I liked the results then, I didn’t have proper time to devote to making juice.  See?  There’s an upside to unemployment right there, now I have plenty of time.  Also, last week I ordered some chlorella and spirullina.  They arrived in the mail and I began to take them yesterday.  Right away I noticed a few things.

They smell terrible.  I mean terrible, and I don’t italicize things all willy-nilly.

That’s about it, really.  So maybe ‘few’ wasn’t exactly the right word.

Not to say that I didn’t notice anything else, but the immediate thing was the smell.

You may be asking yourself why I’m dealing with that smell at all.  This little guy convinced me.  The benefits read like a laundry list of awesome, but what I’m more interested in than anything is its reported ability to regrow nerves, which would be especially useful to stroke victims.  How cool is that?  I am a little upset it took me a decade to try this, but we’ll see how it goes, eh?

I don’t like writing posts with no pictures, because I know that’s no fun.  Here’s some purple juice.  I forget what’s in it exactly, which makes it more enticing.  Just imagine there’s magic in it.  That seems about right.

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Well, that was unnecessarily big.  I’ll try to fix that next time maybe.