My First Cooking Adventure!

It’s the first installment of the ‘eats’ portion of this blog at apartment 325! Yay good food!

When I was up in Duluth last fall I had little free time, but the free time I did have I never really had much to occupy it with, therefore aside from spending time outside enjoying the beautiful scenery I would cook or bake on the weekends. So far though, in Bloomington, the concept of ‘free time’ has been pretty nonexistent. (see my last blog post to read more about that…) I haven’t found the time to bake or cook yet, but instead will just throw something together last minute and call it a meal. Yesterday, for example, I went until 8:15pm with only consuming some pretzels and peanut butter and then finally made rice and mixed cheese and spices in it. Is that dinner? I. Don’t. Think. So.

Tonight though, I went above and beyond my norm and cooked an actual meal! (I don’t think I should be this excited about such a thing…) The avocado pasta is now in the fridge for me to enjoy more times throughout the week…yay good food!Processed with VSCOcam with a6 preset

As always though, it was an adventure. The recipe (http://damndelicious.net/2014/06/20/avocado-pasta/) calls for a food processor, and thank goodness my mom bought me a food chopper for my birthday, so close enough, right? The plan: use it in place of the processor to combine the avocado, garlic and basil. The reality: I plugged in the food chopper annd it. didn’t. work. Well now what? I still want this yummy avocado pasta but have no food processor to combine the ingredients 😦 I decided to opt out of using the basil and garlic and used a mixer to mash up the avocado, combine the lemon juice and oil and added my own spices in place of the garlic. It turned out great, with corn and fresh tomatoes on top and I look forward to eating it once again. I made quite the mess of the kitchen, but no mess, no meal!

Running Off Steam

Sometimes life throws too much your way. You’re busy. You’re stressed. You don’t have time for YOU!

This is precisely how I’m feeling. Overwhelmed. Exhausted. Lacking time to focus on myself. I dance Tuesday-Saturday. When I’m not dancing I’m teaching or working. When I’m not working I’m prepping my classes or rehearsals for the coming week so I go in to each as prepared as I can be for my students. I shouldn’t complain, and I know that, because I want to be busy. I want to make money. And ultimately I truly do love what I do for a living 🙂 But not having time for myself is getting difficult. I have very limited free time, and the time I do have I tend to occupy with sleeping…

I miss having a day off. I miss having the time to get outside. Think. Explore. Photograph. Do the things that calm me down most in the season that fills me with the most joy. Taking in every last second of the cool, crisp, fall air that too soon will change to a snowy, harsh, cold winter.

Today, though, I tried really hard and found a little bit of time for myself.

After I finish teaching my ballet classes and rehearsals I tend to sit in the studio, listen to music, and plan the next class I have. Tonight, I decided to take a little less time doing that, threw on my pointe shoes and worked on some things for myself. Turns. Balances. I even started teaching myself a new variation! All things that will better prepare me for my own classes and rehearsals tomorrow during the day opposed to the ones that I will be teaching in the evening, because putting yourself first every now and again isn’t the end of the world. That’s what leads to sanity, and as I do the opposite I drive myself insane…

Then, I decided to go for a run. Me. A Run. I don’t run. Like ever. But whenever I do I tend to feel better. I spend the time on the treadmill thinking and relaxing and calming down. The physical workout is an added bonus. To me, running is more of a mental relaxer and a life calming experience than anything else. In the back of my head I know that it is also doing fabulous things for my body which is what pushes me to go the extra distance. No, I don’t run far, and no, I don’t run long, but it’s just long enough to put my mind at ease and help rid of the sour mood that’s been occupying me of recent.

I don’t like to be upset. I don’t like to be stubborn. Grumpy. Rude. Tired. Harsh. Cold. I really truly don’t. We all have our days, our weeks, it happens, but the more frequent that I can find the time to do a couple things for myself (including finding the time to write on here. This definitely helps calm me and center my thoughts) I know that those feelings and behaviors will be quick to fade away. 🙂

“Let everything happen to you
Beauty and terror
Just keep going
No feeling is final”-Rainer Maria Rilke