Recap in a sec, but first:
HAPPY NATIONAL PEANUT BUTTER LOVER’S DAY, GUYS!!
I was so, so thrilled that I remembered to check the Hallmark every-holiday-ever calendar yesterday, especially since I missed the actual national peanut butter day. (Good thing there’s a day just for the fans.) I mean, seriously, why didn’t someone tell me?
Maybe you can celebrate by making something, special for tomorrow’s breakfast, like, say, Apple PB Baked Oatmeal. 😉 Or maybe, since tomorrow is National Banana Creme Pie Day, you will choose to whip up some 2-Ingredient Banana Creme and top it off with some peanut butter/sauce…! The possibilities are endless. Let your imagination run wild!
Onto February stuff. 🙂
So, during the month of February, I…
acted in a school play, didn’t run at ALL (still) and remained bitter about it, figured out a (somewhat) way to keep my fitness schedule on track even so (hello, strength training and yoga!), became even more enamored with oatmeal now that I can no longer eat it, practiced yoga in a real yoga studio for the first time evah, did a lot of…pondering, took a barefoot walk in the rain, wrote some things, and…acted in a school play. Rather underwhelming, huh?; but what’re you gonna do. It was a short month, somehow made even shorter by the lack of a breezy 30-minute run every day. I told you. Bitter.
(dramatic sigh) Anyway, now, the feature you’ve all been waiting for:
One month of The Girl in the Orange in terms of…
I did have some culinary breakthroughs this month, though I wasn’t as creative with coming up with my own flavor combinations as I would have liked. Most recently, I went on a Trader Joe’s run a few weeks ago and ate the first tamale of my life. I’m not quite sure why this seemed like as big of a deal as it did, but there you have it. Sadly, it rather disappointed. I was expecting it to be something like a Mexican dumpling, and instead all I get is this dry corn dough lumped together with a bunch of gooey cheese, corn kernels, and an attempt at jalapeno. *Sniffs disdainfully*
Speaking of dumplings, I also made my first dumpling stew last month; a recipe from Allyson Kramer’s Great Gluten-Free Vegan Eats. Except that now that we’re fairly certain my knee problems are not being caused by a gluten sensitivity and that makes me very happy, I promptly re-glutinified it. It was highly delicious and highly brown (highly NOT photogenic); the dumplings taste like big gobs of homemade pasta dough and I <3, <3. Comfort food at its finest.
*Hangs head in shame* What do I really have to say for myself here, guys? That running has left me too scatterbrained to participate in any of my usual creative activities…? (I’ve already used that excuse multiple, multiple times, for multiple, multiple things.) That my food/life has not been very aesthetically pleasing as of late..? I’m sorry. I know I make a lot of promises here, but this time when I say I’ll work on it (it being the frequency/quality of my photography), I truly mean it. As halfway-compensation, in lieu of a proper photography section, here are some snapshots from the month:
…things that made me smile:
My poetry winning a contest that you can’t know about because it would tell you my name! 🙂 Ranting about my undying love for chocolate to my friends, on Valentine’s Day and beyond…I have made the resolution never to date a boy until I find one that makes me feel like chocolate makes me feel. Chocolate makes me feel beautiful and respectable and appreciated and loved and YUMMMM.