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Christy and Jenny

Short story written by yours truly, possibly around age 9 or 10.  The only alterations that I made to this text were spelling mistakes and adding in quotation marks to make it more readable.  I also added some of my own commentary in bold. Enjoy!  Or be super creeped out.

One day Christy M. invited Jenny her best friend over to play.  When Jenny came they decided to play dolls.  They were having a lot of fun when Christy’s mom said she had to go to the store so they should clean up. Christy said, “Could we please stay alone mom?”

“Well alright Christy, but just this once.”

“OK thanks Mom!”

“Thank you Mrs. M,” said Jenny.

“You’re welcome girls. Now I’ll be back pretty soon.”

“OK.”

“OK.”

“Bye Mom.”

“Bye Mrs. M,” said Jenny.

When she left Jenny and Christy started to play. And then the doorbell rang. Christy went to answer it.  Jenny came along. When they got to the door Christy looked out the window. “It’s somebody I don’t know,” said Christy.  

“We better not answer it.”

“OK.”

“Alright Chris. But what should we do? “

“Just make sure they don’t see you OK?”

“OK,” said Jenny.

The door bell rang again. Christy and Jenny ran to hide.  They ran up to Christy’s room. They hid in her closet. Then the person tried to get in and succeeded.  Christy and Jenny flew under the bed but came out again. They could hear the person downstairs and were very scared. Christy and Jenny quickly were going down the stairs when they heard the person coming toward them. Christy was about to run back up the stairs and they heard someone say, “What are you two doing?”

OK, I have to interject here:  First they flew under the bed, then immediately came back out?! What? Also, they heard the person downstairs, so they quickly went TOWARDS the sound? It’s like a bad horror movie. 

Christy and Jenny were so scared they fell back down the stairs. And the person caught them and put them in a bag! And carried them out! They were soooooo scared!  And then the person ran out of the house!  Jenny and Christy were screaming in the bag “help, help!” Then Christy’s mom came running up the walk!  She was trying to stop the person! But, she couldn’t so she ran in the house to call the police! Meanwhile the person had jumped in Christy’s mom’s car (because he had took the keys in the house) and drove away with it! Christy’s mom was waiting for the police to come.  They came pretty quickly! They all ran in the house! Meanwhile the robber was driving down the street.  Then he stopped at his hut.  He jumped out!  When they got inside he took off a mask and said, “Hi Jen and Chris.”

OMG, so much happening here.  The first part is all terrible dialogue and suddenly ALL of the action happens at once.  With a lot of exclamation marks.  Also, I love the aside explaining how the robber came to have the keys to Christy’s mom’s car.  As if THAT is the part that needs explaining, out of everything else in this mess of a paragraph. 

Christy and Jenny were so surprised! It was Christy’s uncle!  Christy said, “Why did you pretend to rob us Uncle John?”  

“I don’t know?  I guess it would be fun!”

“Well I don’t think so,” said Christy.  

“Well I guess I better take you two home.”

“Well of course!” said Jenny.  

“Well get in the car!”

So they got in and got home safely! 

TL;DR:  Creepy uncle pretends to be a robber and kidnaps his niece and her friend, then immediately takes them back home. 

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The Box

I was recently going through a box of old things in preparation for a move.  It was filled with photos, journals, and various folders and notebooks containing all kinds of writing.  I want to share with you something that I wrote when I was in college that I think was put in front of me again for a reason.  Here it is:

I want to be a writer.  Picture this- a desk covered with notes, open books, magazine clippings, a computer open to a word document with a blinking curser just waiting for brilliant words to fill its blankness.  There I sit, my talented self, with a messy half pony tail, still in my pajamas  and a half drank up of herbal tea waiting.  Waiting- not writing- waiting.  It’s almost like some how I feel like the words will just write themselves into brilliant sentences and make something worth reading.  Talent?  I’d like to think so.  I think it’s more like “dreams of grandeur.” 

I wrote a novel when I was 10 or 12, I can’t really remember now.  It was written on an old DOS computer, the kind with a bright blue screen and huge white cursor.  I made my parents put it in my room just so I could write. And write I did.  Day after day I would sit in my room, sun shining through the open window and type away in my fantasy world.  I created characters, drew a map of my setting, made a family tree, the whole bit.  But I never finished.  I wrote 26 chapters and gave up when I killed off the leading male by having him fall off the back of a train.  Honestly.

I never found that novel. The computer is, of course, long gone.  Something I wish I could read it, maybe be inspired by my younger self.  Maybe not.  Maybe it would take more than a poorly written, half-finished abandoned piece of work to motivate me.  I think I’ll look into something more promising, perhaps my journals or poetry.

Of course, finding inspiration for my work within my own work may not be the best course of action.  No, maybe I’ll read more.  Hey, I know!  I could read about writing.  I remember once I read this book by Stephen King about the craft of writing.  I could go from there.  Develop fabulous characters and intricate plot lines that would for sure land me a plot on the best seller list.

Maybe in a few years.  For now, I think I’ll stick to my slow progress through reading the classics, write my journals and notebooks, and reveal in my small time success of being published in the campus literary magazine.  I think I’ll start small.  I wouldn’t want to throw away another 26 chapters of brilliance.

Here’s the thing that makes me feel like this was put in front of me for a reason.  I have spent the last decade or so of my life unsure of what I want to “do” in terms of a career.  I have a B.S. and M.S. in Education, and I was a teacher for a number of years, but I never liked it.  Not really.  When my husband and I were ready to have kids, I knew that I wanted to “be a mom” full time.  Four years into that and I am still struggling with finding my purpose, that one thing that I was put on this earth to do.  I have had a lot of inner struggle about this, and I am currently in two Facebook groups with women who are making changes in their lives, getting clear on their visions, and making shit happen. I’ve read along as women have chased their dreams, all the while thinking to myself “but what is my dream?”  Even though I always knew.  I want to be a writer.  I’ve always wanted to be a writer.  I don’t know what I want to write, or who I want to share it with, or how I want it to change the world, but writing is what I must do.  I must.

In this box of various writings, I found a piece that I wrote when I was maybe 9?  And it is horrifying in a comical way.  I plan to share that, along with much of my other writings, with you on this blog.  I have no idea what will come of it, but you have to start somewhere.

DIY bodywash

DIY bodywash

I just made this yesterday and it worked great. I used Dr. Brommer’s almond soap and vegetable glycerin that I bought at Natural Grocers. It makes A TON. I filled an old shampoo bottle plus another large tupperware. After making it, I let it sit overnight. When I checked it in the morning, it looked watery with a large white-ish mass of soap. I gave the bottle a good shake and the consistency is perfect. It didn’t lather up as much as a typical store bought brand, but it does the job and smells nice. Next time I think I’ll try a different scented soap or add an essential oil for added scent! thanks to vanessa for the recipe and instructions =)

Staining Oak Cabinets!

Staining Oak Cabinets!

Recently followed these instructions to stain my bathroom cabinets!  The work in progress is looking great!  Thanks to Monica =)

Welcome!

Follow me as I turn Goodwill trash into treasure and cook up some kick ass vegan meals!

Pesto and Veggie Pasta

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YUM!  This is one of my favorites.  It’s easy to prepare and you can totally modify based on what you’ve got in the fridge/pantry.  Beware, I am bad at recipes and measurements, so you have to be willing to just go with it!  I included an approximate amount in the recipe at the end.

Start with your grain.  I used whole wheat tube style pasta (I don’t know the fancy name), but you could use any kind of noodle or other grain (even rice or quinoa would probably be yummy).  I used a whole bag, which in hindsight I probably could have used way less, but oh well.  Now I have lots of leftovers!

Cook your pasta according to package directions.  Meanwhile, get your veggies going!

I used mushrooms, red onion, cherry tomatoes, and spinach.  Also yummy in this dish could be: broccoli, peppers, sun-dried tomatoes, asparagus….

Heat some oil in a nice sized pan (I used grape-seed, but olive oil is good, too).  Add mushrooms and red onion to the pan and let cook for approximately 5-7 minutes, until softened.

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After your veggies are looking nice and soft, add in your cherry tomatoes and spinach, just until the spinach wilts.

Drain your pasta, then return to pot and mix with pesto.  I used a homemade cashew/basil pesto (recipe found here), but you can use store-bought or any other pesto you want.

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After your noodles are fully covered with all that yummy pesto, add in your veggie mix.  Stir well to combine, serve with a nice tossed salad and glass of red wine, and you’ve got yourself a meal, sister!

Recipe

1 bag/box pasta

1 T grape seed oil

1 container pre-sliced mushrooms

1 red onion, chopped

1 pint cherry tomatoes, sliced in halves

Several generous handfuls of fresh spinach

2 cups pesto

  1. Cook your pasta according to package directions.
  2. Heat some oil in a nice sized pan (I used grape-seed, but olive oil is good, too).  Add mushrooms and red onion to the pan and let cook for approximately 5-7 minutes, until softened.
  3. After your veggies are looking nice and soft, add in your cherry tomatoes and spinach, just until the spinach wilts.
  4. Drain your pasta, then return to pot and mix with pesto.
  5. Add in your veggie mix.  Stir well to combine.

Great Vegan Books

Vegan Cooking for Carnivores by Roberto Martin.  YUM.  Perfect for those with carnivore hubbies or wives who need a little coaxing to go vegan.

Vegan with a Vengeance by Isa Chandra Moskowitz.  YUM.  Perfect for most any kind of vegan cook, from beginner to more daring.  Lots of yummy sweets recipes, too!

Eating Animals  by Jonathan Safran Foer.  This book is life changing.  Seriously.  I read this last summer as a vegetarian and it made me want to go vegan.

The Kind Diet by Alicia Silverstone.  My hubby saw this book in our living room and said, “The girl from Clueless writes cookbooks?!?”  It’s a great read and has lots of interesting recipes.

Food Matters by Mark Bittman.  Lots of info on why what you eat and where it comes from is SO important.  He has videos on YouTube as well that are really informative.

All the Moosewood cookbooks are great.  Not vegan, but all vegetarian and easily can be modified.

Skinny Bitch Ultimate Everyday Cookbook by Kim Barnouin.  She rocks, and so does this cookbook.  Lots of great “veganized” recipes like mock egg salad or lasagna.

 

Avocado Reuben

This delicious-ness was stolen directly from the newest edition to my cookbook library- Roberto Martin’s Vegan Cooking for Carnivores.  There are TONS of fabulous vegan creations that I can’t wait to try out.  For now, this.  First, make your thousand island dressing.

Thousand Island dressing

3/4 c Vegan mayo (I like Vegenaise)

1/4 c Ketchup

2 dill pickles, minced

2 T pickle juice

Whir those 4 ingredients together in the food processor.  You’ll have plenty left over, so you can have this sandwich again tomorrow (..and the next day).  If you want, cut the recipe in 1/2 or 1/4.

Next, gather your sandwich ingredients.

Rye bread, toasted

firm avocado

Salt & Pepper

sauerkraut

tomato, sliced

How much you need depends on how many of these bad boys you’re planning on making and how much you love each ingredient.  I’ve ever been one for measuring, especially when it comes to sandwiches.

Toast your bread, then spread a nice layer of dressing on 1/2 (or both!)  Top with your sliced avocado.

Spread about 1/4c sauerkraut on top, then add your sliced tomatoes.  Give ’em a good sprinkling of salt & pepper if you want!

Don’t be like me and put your sauerkraut on the other side of the bread.  Trust me, you’ll have trouble assembling AND eating if you do.

Put your other piece of bread on top (with or without dressing, your call), cut in half and prepare to be amazed.

Enjoy your creation with a side of fruit and some homemade iced tea.  Cheers!