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Everything posted by Waanie

  1. Well, you tried and you learned. As long as you enjoyed it and don't get injured, I would still call it a success . Now you know to take it more slowly next time, and you will be able to do just a little more most classes .
  2. I did not, was as our (SF/fantasy-focused) student library did not have it. I'm now back at regular libraries, and they generally do not have a lot of SF or fantasy, let alone in the original (English) language. It felt like you were making a huge step from last challenge; maybe it's slightly too much for now? Nice .
  3. Just a quick picture of yesterday's dinner:
  4. This looks delicious, especially the bacon wrapped asparagus . I don't know why heads do this, but it's annoying. I hope it will leave you alone in the next few nights...
  5. Ah, that sounds like a nice way to reduce waste . Thanks! Some day I will have good form on them too . Thanks . Cool, that's indeed the mashed potato on top is the more classic variant . I like that it's so versatile that you can combine it with tons of different meats, fruits and vegetables, on top of the delicious sauerkraut . I personally don't mind margarine, especially not when it mixed into the dish. In my student days I used it for everything, but nowadays I use butter when the taste is really coming through, like in herbed butter.
  6. Mid-week update week 1: Strength training: 2/2 Mobility: 3/4 Outside minutes: 187/250 Coziness: plenty of tea, cats and delicious cooking . This morning during strength training I felt a bit weak, although I do recognize that my form of push ups is improving (especally the last few). I progressed from bulgarian split squats to beginner shrimp squats, and holy moly, they are hard to get "right". I want to get my knee and toes on and off the ground at the same time, and that's apparently harder than it looks. I know that I'll always have good days and bad days, and that my period coming up is not helping my strength, but it's still frustrating .
  7. It is! This afternoon I managed to get inside just before hell broke loose. Nice, I hope you'll enjoy it! I love snacking on raw zuurkool as well, and raw zuurkool with mustard is also amazing on sandwiches. What do you use as cheese-replacement, if I may ask? I usually use margarine instead of butter for this kind of thing, but cheese is one of the dinner-ingredients that I wouldn't know how to replace.
  8. Does it need to be in Canada? Living here in NL seems much cheaper than where you live, and if you're a woman then everyone basically assumes that you won't work more than 32 hours per week (althought that is excluding breaks, so in practice you'd win only 3 hours). With the current pandemic, there's more and more companies that want you to work remotely as well. If you want cheap and great internet, I'd suggest the east of Groningen; there's nothing to do there and you might feel the occasional earthquake, but it's incredibly cheap and is close to many internet hubs. If that's still too expensive for you... have you thought about Romania? /s
  9. This is nice, you're stronger than you thought . I hope they haven't disappeared again, unless you ate them all.
  10. I'm glad that you're managing to do these things in your spare time, even though work is blugh. We're having intense showers here as well, so I totally understand why you wouldn't want to go outside at the moment .
  11. Wow, I've never seen those prices here. In season, fresh vegetables are cheaper here than frozen, and not all vegetables are suitable for freezing. I always have frozen green beans, peas and spinach in the freezer, and someitmes things like cauliflower or broad beans. Other frozen vegetables are just not cost-effective for me (given that I don't like kale), and cutting up vegetables is not that much work either. To be fair, I don't look too closely at the cost of my produce nowadays, it's just that habit that has me automatically buy the cheaper and in-season vegetables.
  12. I moved the cat and started strength training! However, now that I'm sitting down to type again, the cat has found me again as well. My rest-break is almost over though, so I have to disappoint her... AGAIN. It's not so bad for me fortunately, I typically have at least a few days, more often a week or more to plan stuff with it. I do think that the kg of bell peppers I picked up needs to be used soon though, since they were on irregular sale.
  13. Hmm, I realised over the past few days that I'm really eating too little protein. If I'm just counting my typical meals (so no cinnamon rolls or other irregular breakfast/lunch items), I stay around 50-60g of protein per day, which is also all vegetarian. I should either make sure to eat more snacks with protein (I have plenty of calories for snacks), add more toppings to my lunch sandwiches, or start buying protein powder for in my breakfast-oatmeal. I think the powder is the easiest to implement, but I'm not sure what's tasty. I will need to think about this. My cat is again sitting in my lap now that I'm procrastinating from my strength training . This is my last vacation day, so she will have a difficult time getting used to fewer hugs in the next few weeks . I also love being flooded with fresh produce, but it does take a little bit of extra planning and creativity to make sure we don't have to throw anything away. We usually already have plenty of vegetables in our diet, but on the weeks when there's many tasty things on sale, we're eating even more.
  14. Yup, they were . Tuesday I managed to complete my todo list, which turned out to be not so bad after all . 44 minutes of activity in total, and mobility work done. The cats gave me hugs all day, and the cinnamon rolls helped me with autumny coziness. There have been so many autumn vegetables on sale in the past weeks, while summer vegetables are also still cheap, that I'm overflowing in the vegetables a bit. We'll probably manage to eat all of them before they'll go bad, but it means we're having no dinners with under 300g vegetables each at the moment.
  15. Ah, our tastes must differ then. I grew up with plain boiled potatoes with just very watery "gravy" to top it with, and that's the most sure way I'll never cook that again. Adding garlic sounds good, or maybe adding some cheese? I'm starting to see possibilities .
  16. Yes, I loved those books! Fun story, action-packed, and with a tall dark and handsome. It was that series that lead me to reading more space opera, for example the books by David Weber and by Elizabeth Moon. Those are not romantic series, but are space operas with strong women nonetheless. Anyway, I put both of Amanda Bouchet's series on my wish-list now .
  17. Nice! I had never thought about wearing a skirt in winter with leggings, I should check out that style! I hope that your upper back will get un-stuck again soon! And yay for walks with other people .
  18. I like the fresh tomato-idea, I would even take it one step further and make a tomato salsa around it . They would be great as tapas, so maybe adding some more fingerfood and sauces would work? Then it'll become really high calorie though, so I shouldn't do that too often . I don't think I'd like to combine it with rice and an egg.
  19. Monday was really productive challenge-wise: strength training and mobility work in the morning, then groceries and lunch, and in the afternoon a long walk. I enjoyed the walk more than I'd thought; I've never been to that area before even though it's just a 10 minute drive, but the trail was decent and quiet. I was almost back to the car in time as well, I just had a few minutes of rain. In the evening we had a kahoot-quiz-thingy with the orchestra, which was fun. Dinner was stir fried "fake shawarma" with brussel sprouts, mushrooms, onion and bell pepper, served with sweet potato-fries. It was simple and delicious. I'm glad that the sprouts are in season again, since they're delicious is prepared correctly. It's always more work to clean them than I planned, but that's life . Outdoors minutes: 96. Tuesday morning I feel a bit unproductive, but that might be because my todo list is too long for today. I did buy and install a new headlight for my bike and baced cinnamon rolls from scratch. Otherwise it was a bit of this and a bit of that in the household, and catching up on NF threads. I might be following too many people at the moment .
  20. Oh yeah! It's awesome that you are starting to see muscle definition . It looks like you had a productive day, all in all . Hmm, I should check it out. I haven't read space opera for a while, but I've read a few series in the past that I really enjoyed, and I think I'd enjoy the romance .
  21. Oh, this sounds like a possible comfort food. Did you add anything else than salt, cream and butter? Budgetting tip: riced cauliflower is extremely easy to make yourself, and costs just a fraction of the pre-packaged ones. You then have 75% of your cauliflower left, which you can blanch and freeze, or use in other ways.
  22. Thanks . Thanks! I would technically still be allowed to go climbing, but I don't think it's safe at the moment; we're really a covid-hotspot over here and most people are not careful at all. As for daal, that's a good idea, and I haven't made it for some time now . I wasn't planning to get any more groceries until the weekend, but I think I have everything I'd need in my cupboard. It's nice and hearty, and if I serve it with bread and some roasted vegetables it also forms a meal on itself . Many pulse-based foods are comfort foods for me, and daal is no exception . Ehm, no. The consistency is mostly that of pancakes, but with more fat to fry them in. What I could do is double the amount of courgette and/or add peas, and add more eggs or cheese. It will still be very high in calories and fat-heavy, but then at least it has enough vegetables and protein to count as a meal . You mentioned in your thread that you might have found a spot, I'd say go for it .
  23. Ouch, that sounds bad . Hopefully nothing is broken!
  24. That sounds like a nice and relaxing day, good luck with your exam tomorrow!