Thursday, May 7, 2015

NaBloPoMo Days 1-5

For the month of May, I've decided to participate in BlogHer's National Photography Month and NaBloPoMo mashup. It's a slightly easier way to blog regularly, as I can upload pictures that go along with the daily themes far faster than I can think up daily recipes or food-related posts. Some of the themes are a bit abstract (e.g., "your feelings", "your energy", "drama", and "vintage", just to name a few), which makes capturing them a bit more challenging, but so far I've been having fun and it's been fueling my creativity in a way that I haven't felt in a while.

I'm posting my pictures first on Instagram, then uploading them here. Enjoy!

Here are days 1-5:

Day 1: You.

I just wrote an entire paragraph about self-image, but then decided that perhaps this post is not the time or place to go into that. So instead, here I am.

Day 2: Your Passion.

My passion is, without a doubt, food. I love to make it, talk about it, look at it, buy it, taste it, and...well, whatever else you can do with food, I like to do it (take your mind out of the gutter for that last statement, please!). For the past ~8 years of my life, I've done all I can to make a career out of food, from writing about it (not only here but on other websites as well), to baking it (remember that bakery I used to own?), to teaching it (I volunteered with a Portland non-profit to create vegan recipes from ingredients obtained at a food bank and then taught kids how to cook them), and now -- I'm going to school to become an expert in it.

By the way, I think this is an appropriate time to tell you all that I've been accepted at my school of choice into the Masters of Science in Nutrition/Didactic Program of Dietetics program at Bastyr University! I am beyond excited; I really feel like I've accomplished something by getting into this school and this program, and I can't wait to begin classes this fall. I guess all my hard work and perseverance for the past two years has really paid off.

Seen above is my version of Joy the Baker's Rhubarb Crumb Pie (I used a store-bought vegan and gluten-free crust from Olivia Superfree, and substituted coconut sugar for the brown (and white) sugars, tapioca starch for the cornstarch, sorghum flour for AP, and Earth Balance soy-free butter for the regular butter in the recipe).

Day 3: Your Feelings.

D loves to sail. He began taking lessons last summer, when we still lived in Portland, but since moving to the Seattle area, he's really found joy in this hobby. The sailing up here is a bit different than in Portland; there's more water, less of a current, and you can really explore quite a few places only by boat. I've now been sailing a total of 5 times, and I'm just starting to enjoy it.

This picture encompasses my feelings when I go sailing because they (my feelings) are very complicated. I'm always happy to spend time with D, but there are aspects to sailing (namely, heeling: the tipping that occurs as a result of having the sails up and being about 45 degrees to the wind) that terrify me. However, on our most recent sailing adventure last Sunday, I finally felt comfortable while we heeled and I even enjoyed my time out on the water. As a result, my feelings went from being centered around fear to being centered around contentment and accomplishment at possibly overcoming a fear.

Day 4: Your Energy.

I'll just copy exactly what I wrote on my Instagram post when I added this picture:

"I get my energy from so many things: D, colorful flowers, daily exercise, but this picture sums up some major sources of energy for me: living and being near water, sunshine, and big cities. Having all three where I live now has made me content in a way I didn't even know I could be."

Day 5: Your Style.

I think it's safe to say I won't be winning any style contests anytime soon. I pride myself on wearing comfortable and affordable clothing, and I'm always concerned with being warm, so jeans and pants trump skirts or dresses a lot of the time due to the weather outside or the temperature inside the house.

These are less-than-$20 Old Navy jeans that I've had for years and the most comfortable slippers EVER from REI that D bought me as a birthday gift the first year we started dating. This is basically what I wear every day (with sneakers replacing the slippers when I leave the house).

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