Updates.

So I managed my $60 Produce only week…ish.

Apologies for the lack of posts, I’ve been back at lectures and had an assignment due. Also, had my first Swing class which was very fun, although I will miss it this week as I am going to Auckland on Thursday evening.

So, anyway, the food thing went relatively well. But with with hiccups. For one, my insides took a hammering, deprived of all the chemical coagulants they are used to and with an overload of fibre. You don’t want to know the details, I imagine. It did inspire me to learn to cook some new things, and invent a few recipes. I discovered that leeks, far from being the hideous ugly cousin of the onion that I thought they were, are in fact seriously delicious. And fun to cook with.

I couldn’t go the whole week without cheese, alas; ended up buying some to eat with a pear in a moment of weakness. Totally worth it though. Also, last night my friend brought me candies, so yeah. This is sounding less impressive as I go on but really it wasn’t so bad….

My brother and his wife bought a house last week, so I’m excited to go see that and celebrate with them. Also, I visited my grandparents while I was home last time and I really would like to catch up with them. I’ll probably end up back at the Illusory Maze, the derpus that I am.

Hopefully I can catch up with the friend I missed out on seeing last time. Oh, and also the one who I spent Sunday with, but will have to wait and see. We only exchanged a couple of texts in almost a fortnight, which is kind of a good thing too I suppose; better than feeling obliged to have awkward, empty text conversations.

Finally I’ve gotten all I need together to satisfy the International Exchange Office, so it’s over to them now; having said that, I really think I should schedule a meeting with the head of my law faculty to persuade him to put in a good word for me. Scary stuff but also a step in the right direction.

Life in Dunedin is settling back into an uncomfortable pattern, so I’m really looking forward to my extra-curricular courses starting (dance, yoga etc…). The workload already seems overwhelming and I just struggle to be interested in the subject, making it even harder. Also, I’ve not been sleeping well, and the sleep I’ve been getting has really been plagued by some uncomfortable dreams. I keep encountering people from the past, or from my current life, and having serious conversations/reconciliation/etc., and then being unable to distinguish between the dreaming and reality. It actually gets kind of saddening, because it puts you in such a good mood when you think bridges have been repaired or whatever, and then you realise it’s totally untrue. Also, those classic bad dreams where you see somebody you care about be horrible to you and loving to somebody else.

I went to an international food festival the other evening, on the green in front of the Dunedin Museum. It was cool, very vibrant with lots of people, and some very fun performances. There was a fantastic African drum band which was just so impressive. Also, beautiful light show and lanterns etc etc.

Exhausting myself is probably the key, so tonight I’ll go for a run (if it’s not freezing) or the gym if it is. I don’t think I’ve ever written about it on here, but I used to be extremely obsessed committed to my body, to the point where it was just such a drain to myself and everybody around me. There’s a lot of history there which need not be aired, but regardless, it took me a while to really become chilled out about physical appearance in that regard. In any case, in the last couple of days I’ve noticed creeping feelings of dissatisfaction, which I’m not happy at all about, so I want to nip that in the bud and get back to feeling comfy and healthy.

Anyway, this really isn’t of much interest to anybody but I felt I ought to say a few words to keep in touch.

PS. Bought the Nanobyte EP, which is excellent and diverse. The song below reminds me a lot of Kryptic Minds.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZzYEbenHAW8

 

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Overhaul.

Two things about me: I’m bad with looking after money, and I love food far too much.

I’m going to attempt to improve on both of these by setting myself a food budget of $60 per week. On top of this, I’m committing to eating fresh produce, which means nothing mass-produced or packaged (You get what I mean).

So today was day one.

All purchased from a local fruit+vege place. No supermarkets : )

All purchased from a local fruit+vege place. No supermarkets : )

So as well as what is shown above I got another dozen eggs and 10kg of potatoes, all up costing me $58 (under budget, woo!). It remains to be seen whether this will be enough (or too much?), and whether I can make proper use of it all. I think it’s a really important lesson to learn not to waste food, so I’m strictly going to make sure everything gets made the most of.

I’m thinking of making a trip to the local scrappy to see if they have any old empty oil drums, maybe I can even wire it over and make a little woodfire grill.

I imagine my constitution is going to take it pretty hard for the first couple of weeks (a diet with no sushi in it is very likely going to be rejected by my body!). I also notice I have no cheese….I think I will die….although I do have butter.

Anyway, wish me luck!