We’ll call this a progress report.

When I started this blog, I didn’t think through the logistics of it.  Would I post every day? How would I track my progress? Do people even care?

The answers are hmm, not sure, and nope not even a little, in that order.

For a while I’ve kept a sort of “journal”; it started as a bullet journal, but I found that format to be unproductive for me.  For reference, a bullet journal is used to keep every part of your life in order: meal prep, budgeting, to-do lists, etc.  It failed within a week.  I’m doing a modified bullet journal of sorts; let’s call it an “Erica journal”. It uses a similar format to a bullet journal, but I’m primarily using it to log the things I’m trying to accomplish, like books I’m reading, recipes, etc.  So far, it’s not been the most helpful, but I suppose it’s a start.

My list of 25 things is still approximately 10 things short, but it’s a work in progress.

The last few weeks have been, in a word, hectic.  Richard Spencer, a white supremacist and leader of the Alt-Right, was on my campus two weeks ago, leaving all professionals to do whatever we could to protect and support our students.  That meant the following week was catch up.  This past week was the first time I felt I could actually tackle my adventure into being present.

Short Term Goals:

  1. Cook one new recipe a week–y’all, I did it, and it was MAGICAL.
  2. Write a letter to a friend once a week–it’s signed, sealed, and (almost!) delivered!
  3. Journal daily–See above.

I want to talk about this recipe I made.  I’ve been really into fake noodles, aka vegetables turned into noodles.  It seems like the latest fad, but I’ve been very anti-pasta for a few years now (for clarity, I mean against pasta, not super into the delicious Italian appetizer).  My pasta aversion is more about avoiding carbs and less about taste.  In college, pasta was a staple in my diet, so it’s no surprise the freshman 15 became reality. Pasta is too tempting and too easy to have on hand at all times.  But vegetable noodles have all the appeal and none of the guilt.

The problem, as I have found, is that vegetable noodles are NOT noodles.  They are vegetables and nothing more.  I could go on and on about how mad I am that people try to pass them as pasta (just like how recipes say mashed cauliflower tastes JUST like mashed potatoes YEAH OK thanks for the lies Rachel Ray).  But I take these with a grain of salt and I’ve been trying to adventure more with ways to make them taste good.

This week, I found a recipe that will stay with me forever.  This recipe  for butternut squash pasta was delicious, and actually tasted like pasta! Best part? It took me less than 20 minutes and 6 ingredients! You literally bake the noodles, mix butter with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and parsley, and done. For someone like me, with zero cooking skills, I was impressed.

This week, I’ve got some beet noodles to try and I’m aiming to spend my lunch break catching up on some reading.

Until then!

 

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