So my other blogging attempts have basically fallen on their miserably, custom-designed faces. I think that maybe I was trying too hard to focus on one thing (books) or to use it as a diary (which I already have, hidden under my bed). So this is going to be an open forum for my thoughts on urban living, eco-friendly topics, politics, running, cooking, good times, and whatever else it is that I am up to in my life. I think in a fragmented, scattered, hectic way, so I don’t know why I try and write in an organized manner 🙂
So here’s a list of things that’s on my mind lately–
1. The election next week–anyone who knows me knows that my allegiance is to one of Chicago’s favorite sons, Barack Obama. The man has a powerful way with words, and is an amazing leader, speaker, and all around man. I think that he’ll bring a lot of insight and change to our country, and if one more person says we can’t change this country, I will seriously projectile vomit on them. You really don’t think we can’t EVER change ANYTHING about this country? Then you might as well roll over and die, because really, what’s the point?
2. I have recently become obsessed with eating, shopping, and living locally. I have always liked cooking (but not baking–oh no, that is far too exact a science for someone inept at using measuring cups or remembering whether or not I have added the sugar), but this is taking it to a new level. I like the challenge of using locally grown produce to make my nightly meals (though my boyfriend Jon might get sick of winter squash as we head into the colder months), and I like the idea of eating seasonally. Because seriously, people who eat strawberries in Chicago in January have always made me a little skirmish. It’s like people who are uber tan in the winter–there’s something a little unnatural about it. Anyway, if you’re interested in all the moral, health-related, politically reasons that we should all think more about what we eat, where it comes from, and what happens to it along the way, I recommend some light reading (I warn you, I am not an expert…yet.):
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver
This one makes you feel good–it’s set up more like a journey novel, with Kingsolver at the helm. Her pledge to eat locally for a year and her adventures in doing so are informative and at times, hysterical (let me just say this: poultry sex. More fascinating than you would think). This book changed my life a little, and I liked it.
The Omnivore’s Dilemma, Michael Pollan
This one’s more like a good Italian Catholic mammina–once you understand what it’s saying, you start to feel pretty guilty. However, it has a lot more scientific information than the Kingsolver, and it reinforces a lot of the topics she touches on. I would recommend it for people who really want to learn more about why they should eat locally and seasonally. Also, there is a good section on pig hunting–intriguing, I tell you!
In Defense of Food, Michael Pollan
I liked this one too, but it was a short, easy read that basically covered things I already knew about. However, some of the interesting material in this one deals with how our body reacts to different combinations of food, and how instead of becoming food-centric, this nation has become nutrient-centric. Don’t know what the difference is? I didn’t either, until I read this book.
3. It’s fall in Chicago. While this means that my arch enemy (Winter Misery) is approaching, it also means Halloween, harvests, soup making, baked goods (created by professionals, not me), and football. I am sure that these are all things I’ll get to in the next few months.
Okay, so three isn’t that many, but it’s a start, right? Look for more from me, until then, I’m out of here.