it's been a long time! sorry to anyone who reads this.

umm, let's see...

sandi (corey's mom) came to visit. it was very nice. she did our dishes. but we totally neglected to take any pictures while she was here.

i am playing around with this stupid diet. i'm replacing the sugary stuff and the tofu and all with foods such as nuts, which means a GIGANTIC portion of my diet right now is made up of fat (think 60+ percent). i can't tell how well it works yet - last night, i was not in a very good place and decided to drown my feelings with cereal. i also woke up at 4 a.m. for two hours, a routine with which i am quite familiar but that i haven't dealt with since starting the original diet. there's got to be a middle ground! i think i can make some seitan and have it as a low-fat source of protein; i just didn't feel like making it before and wanted to cover all my bases. but this is ridiculous.

i am a little ill at the moment with head cold-ish symptoms.

monday and wednesday are kyu tests at aikido. i am not up for promotion, so i just get to watch. but monday's were interesting and exciting. i like the people there; i hope they like me! this friday is a movie night at the dojo, so maybe i'll get a little more feedback then.

saturday is a veggie potluck. i'm bringing a yam pecan bake (exciting name, i know). corey hasn't decided yet if he is coming. after that, my friend wants to go dancing at '80s night at the cat club (did i post about this? it was awesome last time), so that might be in the works, too. a busy weekend is ahead.

thanksgiving plans are still not solidified. if we go nowhere, a friend of mine has offered to have us (along with others) over for dinner, and to that i would probably bring a pie and a side dish of some sort. if we decide to go somewhere like santa cruz or even just stay home together all day, i'll probably still make a pie along with several other dishes (no tofurky allowed), maybe mashed potatoes and gravy, a celebration roast (i saw this at the whole foods; maybe it will be good), green beans, whatever.

this week, i made some really good oatmeal blueberry cookies and a cabbage-kale salad (no pictures, sorry). i also made some faux-cos (or perhaps ta-fauxs), which are pretend tacos made of ground-up nuts with olive oil and mexican spices (meat), shredded carrots (cheese), a red cabbage leaf (shell), and a few cherry tomatoes (salsa), since i either am not supposed to have or do not want the real versions of these things. i swear they are pretty good.

my new bike is due to come friday via fedex:

i wish the wheels were bigger, but i guess i will just have to trade looking cool for extra exercise and bike security. at least this one is also pink. i also made a bunch of other impulse purchases right after my bike was stolen as a sort of retail therapy. when they come, i will likely return many of them. i miss my bike. someday, i'll buy another "real" bike just to take out on rides and trails where i won't have to lock it up somewhere that's not in our garage.

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