Meal Plans

Making telor uduk – eggs in coconut sauce – photograph AdS

My last post was about my content calendar. I am working on it and am adding something to it: expiration dates.

When the pandemic hit, we stocked up big time. And now with the stock piles, we were exploring what we have in the pantry, and what needs to be replenished.

I have everything in the pantry sorted mostly by food group. And while doing that, I started placing items on shelves by expiration date. It is easy to forget jars and cans when they are in the back of the pantry. So, I took all the 2021 and 2022 dates out, placed them in order, and the ones that need to be used within the next six months go in the content planner too. Just a quick note like corn, palak, tofu, etc.

Just this morning, I was standing in front of the refrigerator thinking what to do for dinner. Not having any inspiration, I went back to my desk where my content calendar lies open. And, it said what I had to do: telor uduk. It is an Indonesian dish of eggs in coconut sauce. Both should be used within the next 10 days so, problem solved.

What are you doing for dinner?


Five things to keep healthy this fall and winter.

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Reading Helen’s post, I was wondering what I could do to stay healthy this fall and winter. So here’s my top five.

1: getting a flushot and when it is my time, a Covid19 booster shot. Yes, I believe in vaccinations. It isn’t just not getting seriously ill. Not being in the ICU and not dying, that’s huge for me so, I am doing this.

2: I started Yoga with Adriene in August. I quickly saw the value in getting her app and I have not looked back. The number of videos is amazing and the search options (by length of session, target area, etc.) make it possible to get a practice in every day. I don’t have any stock in her company so that’s not why I am mentioning her app. The app just really helps me to do yoga on a daily basis.

3: It is almost November so time for NaNoWriMo. I have decided to be a rebel and that means none of the traditional rules will apply to me. I will be writing with pen & paper, no 1667 daily word count but three to four pages of my notebook, no novel but a combination of poetry, haikus, journaling, and observations. This way, I hope to establish (again) the handwriting routine I had aside from writing on a desktop.

4: Nutrition-wise, I will be consuming less caffeine and drink more green teas. I also want to try out new recipes. I love the Asian cuisine. My heritage of course, plays a huge role here but even if not, it is all yummy to me. I do wish to add some more Mediterranean dishes and make my own humus and baba ghanoush.

5: Reading! I still have a huge to-read pile so I need to finish that or at least, make a dent in it before I can buy new books. I want to read the last book from John le Carré, the book Charles Finch wrote about life during the pandemic, and the remaining books in the Hangman’s daughter’s series.

So, five steps to get me healthy and sane through fall and winter!

My size at my convenience!

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I opened the Reader and saw this post from a story starter challenge and I could not look away from the image. I googled it. This is a real model, just use the keywords unhealthy skinny models and this one, and others, pop up.

The post referred to above is fictional but it got me thinking about the fashion industry and how manipulative it is to women. 

Sizes seems to change every so many years and pockets changed from normal to halfway there to sowed shut. The disappearance of pant pockets is according to me a conspiracy with the handbag industry to up their sales and to ensure that we remain enslaved. A few designers have not given in and I loyally buy their pants.

There have been shopping sprees where I came home with a variety of sizes that do not make sense until I put the clothes on. I got a XL jacket from Ralph Lauren with a size 2 dress from Gucci. No, I am not rich. I shop at Ross. At the same time, men’s sizes do not seem to changes. Shirt collars haven’t changed in decades. I know that because I don’t get requests for returns.

Internationally, men’s sizes remain fairly stable but again women, we gotta try each piece on because the European 36 might actually not be a US 6 but an 8 and depending on the designer, we might need a 4 or a 10 anyway.

When I look at my wardrobe, I see a department store set-up. I don’t have that much but I kinda have all sizes ranging from 2 to 8 and from small to large. I tell my daughter that this is normal as I don’t want her to get fixated on just one size. Some days we fit perfectly in this piece and the next day, when we are a bit bloated, we go one size up. That’s all good.

I just wish that models reflected us women in reality.

Take cosmetic commercials. Facial moisturizers for seniors are showcased by less than 35 year old models. IF an older model is used, we get the Hamilton Blur effect. Far away shots or unfocussed images do not give me any incentive to try the product. It makes me doubt the quality of the ingredients alone.

But back to the original post and story challenge. It was in the spring of 2010 when I first realized that I could… wait, 2010? I need my journals for that. I’ll get back to you!