1. Lest I mislead any of you into thinking that one of my New Year’s Resolutions was to blog every day, I’ve moved this week’s Thursday Things to Friday. Either that, or I spent too much of my computer time on Wednesday researching shampoos that will combat the perma-dirtiness that comes with what I’ve concluded is hard water in my apartment to write a blog post. My BFF Google helped has confirmed my suspicion that we’re plagued with hard water, especially after reading this:
Story of my LIFE.
After spending almost two full weeks at home with our beautifully soft water, I couldn’t get over how nice my hair looked, felt, and acted compared to what I’m used to. Since buying a probably-expensive shampoo seems to be more cost-effective than going home every weekend for the exclusive purpose of washing my hair, I’m now on a quest to find something that will let me wash my hair without dreading the outcome: a quest that proved time-consuming enough to keep me from having time to write a blog post for Thursday. My bad.
2. An added benefit of buying a hard water shampoo: most of the ones I’ve found are also recommended for swimmers. I haven’t been lap swimming since last April, but I really want to get back in the pool as soon as possible. I’ve got my sights set on an indoor triathlon this winter (a much more reasonable option than an outdoor triathlon for this bike-less girl), but I think attempting an indoor tri with no swimming base to speak of could be disastrous. I also really enjoy swimming for fitness as a way of breaking up my usual running/elliptical/stat bike cardio routine, so win win. Now I just need to muster up the confidence to actually get myself to a pool. I have an irrational fear of going to a pool where I’ve never been before because I don’t know the standard code of conduct, and I hate feeling like a newbie. That’s probably not a good enough reason to not swim, though, especially since I want to do an indoor tri.
3. I’ve made a couple of interesting food discoveries in the past couple of days. I had to go bare-bones grocery shopping when I got back to the city to hold me over until I had time to do my usual grocery shopping, and I really wanted clementines. My Jewel didn’t have any, though, so on a whim I bought cara cara oranges, figuring they’d be just like any other orange I had ever tried. Imagine my surprise, then, when I peeled my first orange on Wednesday and discovered that they look like this:
I’ve also recently toyed with the idea of reducing dairy in my diet. I’ve had pretty awful acne since I was a preteen, and over Thanksgiving my dermatologist put me back on an antibiotic I used to take. I’m reeeeeeeally not into antibiotics, but I’ve tried just about everything to help my face, and the antibiotics are the only things that make a difference. However, I noticed recently that my stomach would get all sorts of grumpy when I took the antibiotic after having dairy at breakfast. My dermatologist has also been all over my case for a long time for drinking milk as often as I do, since the hormones in dairy don’t do acne any favors. Those two things, in combination with the fact that all the milk at Jewel had an outdate of January 2 when I went shopping on January 1, convinced me to give almond milk a shot this week. And I kid you not: my first thought after taking of sip of almond milk was, “Wow, this isn’t as bad as I thought it might be. It actually tastes kind of nutty.”
Well DUH. It’s made from almonds. Of course it tastes nutty! Not one of my brighter moments.
Any exciting weekend plans?
Have you made any unexpected or interesting food discoveries lately?