The Perfect Human

It has been raining all week here, and temperatures have barely crept out of the 50-degree range. With most thoughts and feelings turning inward, now is the perfect time to revisit the 1967 short film, The Perfect Human. Who are we? What are we doing here? Let your existential thoughts wander as you watch.

Meme: My Current ________

I used to do these memes back when I had a LiveJournal in high school and my early college years. I found this one over on Julie‘s blog.

Current Book(s):

I always have a bunch of books I’m reading all at once. I’m listening to Wicked in the car, and these are the books I’m currently reading:

Books I'm Reading

Current Music:

There’s a lot of new music out this month: Vampire Weekend, The National, Daft Punk. I’ve been checking it all out.

Current Guilty Pleasure:

Peanut butter-honey candy. I failed miserably at making straight up honey candy, so yesterday I re-melted it and threw in some peanut butter. It’s a taffylicious mess, and I ate about 3/4 of the remaining batch yesterday. Speaking of which…let me just pad over to the fridge for what’s left.

Current Nail Color:

I haven’t painted my nails in years, but for the cruise I picked up Wet ‘n Wild’s Caribbean Frost and that’s currently on my toes. I’ve been back for nearly a month now and it’s barely budged.

EDIT on 6/21/13: Here’s my toes two months after the cruise, and this polish has taken a beating! Time to do a new coat.

Wet 'n Wild Caribbean Frost

Current Drink:

I don’t drink much or often, but every day I have coffee with honey. Lately I’ve been putting Trader Joe’s Light Coconut Milk in it as a dairy substitute because unlike most coconut milks, it has no thickening agent or stabilizers added. It’s just coconut milk and water.

Current Food:

I just ate a banana and I’m eating the rest of the above mentioned peanut butter-honey taffy candy.

Current Favorite Show:

No favorites, but we usually watch Parks and Recreation, The Daily Show, and Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan. I can’t express just how good the Dog Whisperer is, you’ll have to see it for yourself. Warning! In this clip, Cesar addresses a dog’s guilty pleasure of eating crap.

Current Wish List:

I’m thinking about getting an iPad mini or an e-reader so I can read books at the gym and whatnot. This is part of my birthday gift from Colin, I just need to make a decision. It’s hard to go with the e-reader when the iPad can do so much more…but the iPad is about twice the price. What to do, what to do.

Current needs:

Hot weather! What’s with all these 50 degree days? And a shower (I went to the gym this morning).

Current Indulgence:

Mindless Self? 🙂 Hmm, hard to say. I kind of have a thing for buying books from thrift stores. Someday I want a study with bookshelves lined on all four walls. But then there’s the part of me that just wants to live at the library, the one that says, “Material goods? Who needs those?” I mean, why buy the proverbial cow when you can raid its library for free?

Current Blessing:

I’m not religious, and the idea of a “blessing” is awkward. However, gratitude is something else entirely. If I were to pick what I’m most grateful for, that’d be decent health, due to the Specific Carbohydrate Diet. It’s been almost a year since I started, and man, what a journey.

Current Outfit:

Gym clothes! Gray tee, stretchy pants, ponytail.

Current Excitement:

Hmmm, nothing special on the horizon, which means it’s probably about time to start planning another vacation. A long weekend at a cabin would be awesome.

Greendrinks

The second Tuesday of every month, Greendrinks throws a little soiree for environmentally minded 21+ folks to come together, drink some brews, and help out a local nonprofit. Richard and I checked it out earlier this week at Portland Yacht Services, the home of this month’s nonprofit, the Maine Island Trail Association. MITA members, employees, and volunteers take care of 200 of Maine’s islands by boating over to them, cleaning up trash and debris, and teaching campers to be safe with their campfires.

Portland Greendrinks

Maine Island Trail Association

On the way in, Richard and I saw the Maine Brew Bus, which takes you to various breweries and lets you safely get your tasty beverage on.

Maine Brew Bus

We paid $5 a piece to get in to Greendrinks (discounted since we brought our own mugs). Then we were allowed two drinks each until 7 PM, at which point anything left in the kegs would be available first come, first served. There was one vendor, Rising Tide, which was serving up a specially brewed Maine Island Trail Ale.

Rising Tide Beer Glass

At previous Greendrinks, there have been several vendors and unlimited drinks—that is, until the kegs run dry. The charge was also only $2. The organizers decided to switch things up so that there’d be more drinks to go around (those who arrive fashionably late can still have a drink or two) and the nonprofits would rake in more moolah. I was a bit disappointed that only beer was being served, since beer is a no-no on the SCD; at previous Greendrinks get togethers I’ve enjoyed mead from Maine Mead Works and cider from Urban Farm Fermentory. I’m hoping future Greendrinks will have other sponsors so I can sip a cup or two.

But, the silver lining to not drinking a refreshing alcoholic beverage is that I had much better balance for playing Maine Islands Twister, where we found my friend, Tina.

Maine Islands Twister Map

Materials to Play Maine Islands Twister:

  • one giant map of Maine’s coastline with islands labeled
  • one 20ish-sided die
  • one numbered list of Maine’s islands
  • one person to roll the die and be the caller
  • some interested participants, with shoes removed

How to Play:

  1. Place the giant map on the floor.
  2. Gather participants around the edges of the map.
  3. Roll the die.
  4. Use the list to look up the island that corresponds to the number rolled.
  5. Call out a body part and the island with that number. Example: “Left hand, Little Chebeague!”
  6. Have player 1 put that body part on that island.
  7. Repeat steps 3-5 with remaining players.
  8. Continue with steps 3-5 the next round, choosing another body part to call out (right hand, left foot, right foot). 
  9. Let the jumble of body parts and rounds continue until there is only one player who has not fallen over.
  10. Declare this limber person the winner.

As you can see, I was pretty pumped about it all.

Maine Islands Twister(This photo and a few others below snapped by Tina.)

Richard Plays Twister

Tina Twister

It was a ripping good time, and if you find yourself in a place where people are doing weird things that you aren’t quite sure about joining in with, ask yourself, “Why not?” and go right ahead.

We were still amped up on Twister excitement when we found some props for a makeshift photo booth. Naturally, we made the most of it.

First, we were attacked by a lobster.

Lobster Attack

Then, we had a man overboard and had to attempt a rescue. Although it was more like Tina rescued and I wailed helplessly as Richard flailed.

Rescuers Down UnderWe may not be fit for the high seas, but we had a most excellent adventure.

SCD Peanut Butter Smoothie

SCD Peanut Butter Smoothie

 

Can you believe this started out with crunchy peanut butter? My Vitamix made mincemeat out of it! This smoothie tastes like a creamy peanut butter milkshake, rich and thick with just the right balance of sweet and salty. And it has yogurt and peanut butter, an incredible duo that supply probiotics and protein to the body.

This recipe is particularly good for Specific Carbohydrate Dieters who are looking to get more of that supremely beneficial SCD yogurt into their diet. The yogurt boosts the number of good bacteria in the gut and helps to heal the digestive tract. The recipe calls for one cup of it, which contains 708 billion bacteria.

Though healthier than an actual milkshake, with a half cup of peanut butter, this drink packs a hefty calorific punch. For me, this is a good thing. After 8 months on the SCD, eating as many fried eggs, pieces of bacon, and cuts of meat as I want, I am still underweight. You would not believe how difficult it is to gain weight once you cut out processed foods. (Carbs really are the troublemakers.) This recipe is also a great option for anyone following a paleo diet who’s been having a sweet craving, though it can easily be adapted to suit any dietary needs. I’m thinking this smoothie may become my go-to for a post-workout boost.

SCD Peanut Butter Smoothie

  • 1 cup yogurt (homemade, 24-hour fermented if you’re on the SCD)
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter (all natural, no sugar added)
  • 2 Tbsp. honey
  • 1/8 tsp. vanilla extract
  • Ground cinnamon (to taste)
  • 3 ice cubes

Throw everything into your blender and let it go for about 30 seconds, until well blended. Makes 1 tall serving.