Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Adventures in Agriculture

I live in San Francisco.  I am surrounded by cement on a daily basis.  This clashes greatly with my desire to eat food that was grown locally, is in season and is (hopefully) organic.  I grew up very lucky in that my mother made sure the produce we were eating was as fresh as possible.

I started looking into community gardens, but was saddend to discover most of the fruits and veggies I want to eat will not grow in this part of my fair city.  Stupid fog...

Some of my friends have had very good experiences with CSA boxes (community supported agriculture) that are delivered to their doors.  I looked into it, and most were too pricey for my budget.  However I managed to find one that I liked and signed up. Specifically this one.  I'm also pleased to find we can exclude things we know we are not going to eat, like mushrooms.

So far we have received two boxes chock full of organic produce grown relatively locally and I am very pleased.  There have been stir-frys, salads, the best zucchini I have had in years, and really tasty fruits.  However I have gotten a couple of things I don't know what to do with.  Like Persimmons.  I don't really eat them, Xander doesn't really eat them, and neither of us want them to go to waste.  So I have been searching the internet for recipes for stuff like Bok Choy and Arugula.  I found this website, (Potentially NSFW, no nudity, but possibly inappropriate) and it cracks me up, while broadening my dinner repertoire.

I have made some tasty, tasty things, sorry there are no pictures, we ate before photography could happen.  :) If anyone has any recipes they recommend, comment or e-mail.

Note: I have not been compensated in any way by Farm Fresh to You, I'm just pleased with their service.

Sunday, October 9, 2011


I have been a little too negative lately so I'm going to try and change that.

Today I made waffles, they were delicious, and making them made me happy.  I'm watching the deleted scenes for Thor right now, they are awesome.  I live in one of the most vibrant cities in the world with my wonderful, supportive boyfriend and two of my very good friends. 

Change makes my a little uneasy and I know I can focus on the things that are bad, but I have to remember to see the good as well.

Oh and the waffles turned out REALLY good.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Rare Occurance

As I live in sunny California (Where it's always 72 and sunny) it is rare to have extreme weather.
 Granted I live near San Francisco, I put on a sweatshirt to go to the beach, but the unique climate makes it so our winters are generally pretty mild and our summers are warm,but not too hot, and rarely sticky.
That being said, the local weather casters are predicting the possibility of SNOW tonight around the Bay Area.  SNOW!!!  AT SEA LEVEL!!!  This California girl is VERY excited, though, I'm sick so I probably will sleep right through it. (Aided considerably, I'm sure by Ny-Quill)

Don't get me wrong, snow around here is not unheard of, but it usually limits itself to around 2000 feet, the local high elevations get an inch or so generally every year, but the last time it snowed at sea level here was 1978, my mom was in college.  This is a BIG DEAL.

However, if it does snow, the snow most likely won't stick, it hasn't been cold enough for that, and it probably will be less than an inch.  Still I'm excited.  I may have to drag my sad, sick butt out of bed at some unholy hour of the morn,but it will totally be worth it.

Monday, February 21, 2011


I have been really bad about posting, even though I told myself that I would post more this year.  I am about to change that my friends.

I have not been crafting a lot, but I recently purchased an XBox 360 so I have been playing more video games.  I just started playing Dragon Age Origins, and I LOVE IT!  It is an incredibly expansive and deep world, and I really can't get enough of it. 

I am teaching a friend of mine to knit, and I do have some sewing projects waiting in the wings.  There is hope on the crafting front.

In other news, I am officially out of bookshelf space, especially after I hit the store closing sale at the Borders on Union Square this Saturday.  For anyone who is not aware, Borders Books has filed for chapter 11, and they are closing a whole bunch of stores.  My friend Sam and I hit the sale on Saturday, and made out like bandits, the Sci-fi and graphic novels sections will never be the same.  : D

I have come to the realization that although I kindof like my job, and it pays well, I am not particularly happy in an office environment.  So today I took my first steps to find a better work environment for me, and I'm, with not too much hope, keeping my fingers crossed. I want this to go well, but I also don't want to get my hopes up.  If anything I knew I would kick myself for not trying, so I put my name out there.  Sorry if this is cryptic, I just don't want to give too many details.

My plans are in a state of shift, and I don't know what will happen, but I am looking forward to the journey.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011


HUGE points if you get the title, without the help of Google.  Crafting has been a bit slow here lately, though I have been playing video games, and watching a ton of Mythbusters on Netflix.

Back in October I was working for In and Out, when a professional friend of my father's, to whom he had sent my resume, said "hey I have this job opening, would Jessamy be interested?  "  I said yes I was, and was promptly interviewed.  And I got the job, on a temp to hire basis as I didn't have three or more years of administrative work.  About three weeks ago I became a "real" employee, with benefits and a salary and a 401K.  I should be immensely proud of myself, having landed a grown-up job fresh out of college.

However, I can't seem to shake the feeling that I'm making a really big mistake not exploring a bit more.  I have almost stopped crafting, I work 8 hours a day and my commute is roughly an hour and a half round trip.  I come home exhausted, with no energy and feeling like I don't recognize the person staring back from the mirror.  I really like the people I am working with, which makes it all a little better, but I feel like I have no time for myself, or a life anymore.  Crafting, and sewing have fallen by the wayside, and theatre seems like a distant dream.  I come home every day sit on the couch for a few hours, fall asleep, get up early the next day and repeat.  This is not what I wanted for myself at 25, I didn't move home to work constantly and not have any time for anything else.  I am saving up money, but I feel worn down and irritable.

I need some way to recapture that spark, so I don't get stuck in a rut doing something that is not fulfilling.  I envy those friends who though broke, are figuring out ways to have adventures, while I go to work.  Please help me think of ways I can live this life, and still be me, still explore and learn, still be creative, still dream and create.  These are the things other than the basic necessities that I truly NEED to thrive.  Help me find my way