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Say it Ain’t SNOW: A Recap of New Purchases, and Why Corporate Farming is Destroying My Judgement

Today I was reminded of one of the side effects of living in a world dominated by corporate food manufacturing: it’s very easy to forget that weather directly affects farming opportunities. I mean, when you can buy peaches and strawberries in the middle of December, why the hell would anyone be thinking about the fact that those items are out of season and didn’t come from a farm nearby?

(It’s probably because we live in the Matrix. Or America. You know, semantics.)

Therefore, if there’s been an unusual amount of snow and ice in your area, there will be a very meager selection of produce at your local farmer’s market.

Let me make this a little more simple:

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Whatever, I’ll hit up the market later in the week. Anyway, while I was at home with my parentals and little bro, my mom and I went on a mother/daughter grocery shopping expedition and I found steel cut oats at ALDI:

Um, what? I had difficulty finding a selection of steel cut oats at Harris-Teeter, and there’s a giant display at ALDI for half the typical price? I won’t look a gift horse in the mouth, but that strikes me as slightly amusing. Now, these oats are quick cooking, so I don’t know how they will compare to these oats:

I’ll be sure to let you guys know how the taste testing goes down with these two items. Whole Foods versus Aldi– this ought to be very interesting.

Also, my mom hooked me up with a new kind of tahini:

I’m pretty excited to try it- Mama Bear got it for a great price using amazon.com, but some of the reviews say it’s kind of bitter. Do you eat tahini? Do you have a favorite way of preparing it? I, for one, am about to embark on a series of hummus experimental adventures.

Also, when I arrived home in Cancer City, guess what was waiting for me?

And Yes, I did pose these photos on top of my record player.

🙂 🙂 🙂 I love new purchases, especially when they come in the form of an Eat Smart Precision Pro Kitchen Scale and an Omron GoSmart Pocket Pedometer.

Because I’m Jessamyn and I have the patience of a two year-old, OF COURSE I had to immediately start weighing everything in my kitchen using my lovely new scale. I won’t bore you with all my testing, but I was very impressed with the scale’s accuracy and ESPECIALLY the great convenience of the tare function. By using the tare button, I can easily place a plate/bowl on the scale and zero out its weight before measuring my actual food. There’s no silly math involved at ALL. It’s a REVELATION, y’all.

Plus, doesn’t it look so pretty next to my coffeemaker? Now my kitchen is semi-color coordinated.

(Ok, I’m making an ass of myself.)

I’d have taken more photographs of my pedometer, but I immediately adjusted all the settings, clipped it to my shirt, and walked around my kitchen like an idiot for ten minutes. Things I’ve learned so far? Apparently I have a very short stride, and walk too slowly. I’m sure more lessons will be learned as soon as I start walking and acting like a normal person again. Ok, that’s probably asking a bit too much- everyone knows I’m nowhere near normal.

How was your Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day? Did you act more or less silly than I did?

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Scales, Scales, Scales: A Buyer’s Guide

It took me longer than usual to start this entry for two reasons:

1)      I’m listening to Daft Punk’s Alive 2007 (“Around The World/Harder Better Faster Stronger”, to be more specific), and the beats distracted my flow of thought.*

2)      North Carolina’s Piedmont Triad has been attacked by a snow/ice extravaganza! Being a Southern girl, I’m completely entranced by snow, even though it’s really just very cold rain. However, I actually dreaded this particular storm- the arrival of our third (!!!) notable snow of the season will inevitably delay the release of UNCSA refund checks, and I’m already skating on thin financial ice. Oh, well. At least school was cancelled.

After a lot of research (which also translates to ‘a lot of homework time wasted’), I’ve finally decided which two items I’m going to purchase in order to make my new goals a reality. Obviously, it’s completely unnecessary to go shopping before you start a new plan. However, I’ve been thinking about making these purchases for a really long time, and I think I’ve finally found the right products.

1)      Eat Smart Precision Pro Digital Kitchen Scale

The Eat Smart Precision will not be my first kitchen scale- in fact, the reason I know so much about the function (or rather, malfunction) of kitchen scales has quite a bit to do with this little beauty:

Word to the wise? Don’t buy key kitchen gadgets at Ikea**. Cheap is awesome sometimes- cheap is not awesome when it comes to measurement accuracy. Not to mention that spring scales are (in general) less accurate than digital models. I’ve read dozens of reviews, and the Eat Smart appears to be the best combination of price, accuracy, and efficiency. Also, quite ironically, after I decided to purchase the Eat Smart, I found out that Danica of Danicasdaily uses the exact same scale! She did an awesome product review almost one year ago, and her review definitely helped push me over the edge.

2)      Weight Watchers Memory Glass Electronic Scale

Ok, it’s time for a confession: scales are one of my biggest fears. They rank in my top five, hovering somewhere between heights and massive snakes.  And, not to be presumptuous, but I don’t think I’m alone in this fear. Women (and men) are trained from a young age to put an unnatural amount of stock in the numbers produced by scales. To make matters worse, a person’s weight can vary by several pounds depending on which scale you step on. Needless to say, I’ve had seemingly never-ending hours of anxiety surrounding my personal scale activity. For years, I absolutely refused to purchase a scale- during my previous Weight Watchers stints, I’ve insisted upon only weighing myself at meetings. That being said, I still don’t think it’s a great idea to weigh oneself more than one time per week- weight can fluctuate dramatically during any given week, and I don’t want to subject myself to more emotional trauma than absolutely necessary.

You’re probably wondering why I would purchase a scale if I have so many ridiculous psychological issues with them. Well, for one thing, since I’ll be doing Weight Watchers Online, I need to keep track of my weight loss numbers. Second, all of the psychological issues I’ve listed have made me realize that I’m turning into a TWENTY-THREE YEAR OLD PSYCHOPATH. A person should not be afraid of their own weight- that’s absolutely ridiculous. I need to come to terms with my numerical body weight, and I think purchasing a scale will help expedite this process.

I’ve chosen the Weight Watchers Memory Scale because I want a scale with good memory functions- this model stores the start, last, current, and goal weights for up to four users. It has received great points for weight accuracy, and has an interesting leveling system to make sure you achieve proper balance before taking a weight measurement. However, it costs a little more money than I would typically spend on this sort of item- however, I need to stop being such a cheap ass and start buying higher quality items, instead of cheap items which will break shortly after purchase.

Is My Fear Totally Irrational? What are your Fears Associated with Body Weight?


*Daft Punk’s “Alive 2007” ranks really high on my list of Music For Working Out. Get Familiar.

**I still absolutely love Ikea, even though I found the Ikea Kitchen Scale to be lackluster.

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