Two-Week Vegan Challenge {Day III}

Thursday

Overall, I felt good! Around dinner, I started to notice a lack of energy and the gym felt harder than usual; however, that could be because I haven’t been to the gym in a week. Oops…

breakfast – 10:00 am

Rice Krispies cereal with soy milk and bananas. I had time to make biscuits, but I didn’t have any margarine that didn’t contain whey (and obviously can’t use butter). I thought it was going to taste weird, but I could honestly barely taste the difference between regular milk and soy milk. I’m so glad I bought that Silk last night!

Snack – 12:00 PM

A few chips with salsa and a square of chocolate. Around this time, I was super excited about the vegan possibilities and decided to go grocery shopping!

Veganism

I bought tofu (nervous about it), vegan “cream cheese,” hummus mix, falafel mix, lots of veggies vegan wonton wrappers (!!), pasta, whole wheat bread, and pita bread. I, upsettingly, could NOT find ANY egg substitute! It was so frustrating! Granted, I was at a regular ol’ grocery store, but being vegan shouldn’t mean I have to shop at special stores. Ugh. I mean, they had tons of vegan stuff, but NO egg substitute! Infuriating.

lunch – 3:30 pm

I had sort of a late lunch, but it was so worth it! I made the falafel / hummus mixes and enjoyed a savory Mediterranean meal!

First, I made the falafel balls according to the package instructions, then prepared a piece of pita bread with a tablespoon of both the hummus and my vegan cream cheese.

Then, I cut up some tomato, lettuce, and cucumber. I added it all to the pita bread, folded it like a taco, and ate up!

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I was so excited at how yummy it was! I felt like I was in another country. It’s so fun to have so many different types of food.

Not-related Adventure of the Day:

Around 5:30, I went to a master class / open rehearsal with violinist Joshua Bell. The friend I went with is getting his masters in music and raved, giggled, and skipped with excitement as the thought of us getting to see (in his words) “the world’s best violinist” for free. I was skeptical. Bell started out by saying it was just a sound check and he probably wasn’t going to play very much. Then, he busted out the full Devil’s Trill by Tartini! He played the whole thing! Oh my gosh, it was a dream. Do yourself a favor and listen to it:

When he finished, he just sort of shrugged. Shrugged! I’ll tell you something, I went in not super ready to be impressed, but I quickly was won over. He was so non-assuming. I also heard he did an experiment. I saw the article back when it was posted, but didn’t read it. I just finished reading it. You should too. He also answered a ton of questions from the audience and gave fantastic responses. I was so inspired. I even took notes.

dinner – 8:00 pm

A bean and rice burrito was my dinner. I was going to make a tofu stir fry, but I wasn’t all that hungry. I also munched on some carrots while doing my homework!

nutrition information

Grade of A- (up from yesterday’s C+!).

  • 25.9% fat
  • 12.5 % protein
  • 61.6% carbs

According to USDA recommendations, I had too little vitamin C, calcium, iron, and potassium. I bought iron vitamins at the store today, but I had almost enough iron in my food, so I didn’t want to take a pill and get too much. I don’t know if that’s a thing, but I didn’t want to risk it.

Conclusion

I went grocery shopping, to the gym, cooked my first truly vegan meal, and got to see one of the world’s best violinists perform for free, and talk about music and truth. I’d say a pretty good day!

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Can’t Always Feel It

**Excuse me while I give myself a pep-talk.**

You're Never Alone

I have a tendency to hold up all my feelings and pretend like I am happy all the time. It’s not because I feel pressured to be the perfect happy woman, but it’s because I have a hard time letting people in past a certain level–so it just is easier to default to happy-go-lucky (which I usually am anyway).

For the record, that whole keep-a-wall-up is  intensified when people give me an incredulous look and ask “WHY?” when I say I don’t like to just share my feelings with people. IT’S BECAUSE OF THOSE PEOPLE that I feel like I have to carefully pick who I confide in–then usually end up choosing no one. I have very surface level relationships with people, but I crave close relationships. I think everyone does. I just have to find the right people to have those with.

It would also help if people didn’t back-stab, lie, cheat–if they didn’t respond with disinterest or judgmentally, but that’s an impossible expectation.

So I’m working on it, because ignored feelings are unresolved feelings. And because it’s better to open yourself up and suffer the idiots than to just keep it all bottled.

As a result, a new goal is to let people in a little more. Vulnerability and stuff, you know. And to respond better when people do it to me.

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A New Song Cover

Every time I go to Salt Lake to visit Kate, we try to work on a song together. We started practicing a mash up of J-Beib’s “As Long As You Love Me” and Tay-Swift’s “Trouble.” It sounds great and hopefully we’ll be able to get it up soon!

In other music news & stuff, I CANNOT get this song out of my mind:

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Road Trip Shortlist

The last couple times I went on a road trip, someone has given me a playlist of about 40 songs or so to listen to as I drive. I recently made such a playlist for a friend, and I feel like it’s worth sharing. It’s about 3 hours worth of music, so I won’t list all 49 songs. For now, I’ll do the not-to-be-missed ones (in alphabetical order by artist):

#1 – Woodstock / Alice Smith

#2 – Sweet Pea / Amos Lee

#3 – Fine By Me / Andy Grammar

#4 – Put Your Records On / Corrine Bailey Rae

#5 – Queen a Capella Medley / Dartmouth Aires

#6 – Lay Me Down / The Dirty Heads

#7 – Changes / Dirty Vegas

#8 – Heart It Races / Dr. Dog

#9 – Better With You / Five Times August

#10 – While My Guitar Gently Weeps / Jake Shumabukuro

#11 – Lemonade (Ukulele Version) / Jeremy Passion

#12 – Ocean – John Butler Trio (check out this dude’s “picks” and start at 5:08)

#13 – Merry Happy / Kate Nash

#14 – Pumpkin Soup / Kate Nash

#15 – Sweet Serendipity / Lee DeWyze

#16 – Ships In The Night / Matt Kearney

#17 – Daylight / Matt and Kim

#18 – Dental Care / Owl City

#19 – Sleepyhead / Passion Pit

#20 – Kaleidoscope Hearts / Sara Bareilles

#21 – Miami / Will Smith (because it makes you laugh, every time.)

#22 – New Soul / Yael Naim

So yeah. These aren’t really specific to road tripping, but I just like all these songs and think everyone should own them. Or at least appreciate them!

Finals are over after this week, so hopefully I’ll be back to a regular posting schedule!

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I’m like, sort of in a band now

There are few things I love more than singing. One of those things is singing with other people and playing an instrument.

As for the title, I’m not really in a band, that’d require…I don’t know, commitment. This is just for fun! But tell me you didn’t dig our drummer. Also there will be more of these. And they will have had more practice.

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Another Ukulele Song

One of a few songs I’ve written on the Uke. I always perform better when no one’s watching. Or going to be watching, I guess. So ignore the wrong notes and voice crack.

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One Month of Ukulele

I learned this song this morning, so I feel pretty impressed. And also, after a whole month!! I don’t know how I lived this long without playing this little Uke!

Also, ignore that it’s out of focus and the two times in particular when I don’t sing on pitch. Kay thanks!

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Ukulele Skills

Okay, here it is: my big thing. A Ukulele cover of Noah and the Whale’s song “5 Years Time.”

I picked up a Ukulele for the first time ever last week and this is what I learned!!! So proud of myself–but I still have a long way to go. I mess up the words and the Ukulele a few times, but HEY. I took like four or five different takes and this is as close as I had the patience to get it, haha.

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Music Monday IV

My new thing to do while listening to the radio is trying to focus on just one instrument, or just trying to hear one group of harmony.

Can I just say how much I love piano? This song came on and the piano part has been stuck in my head all weekend.

Also, I am always so appreciative to any artist who can sing live and sound just like the official recordings. It’s unfortunately pretty rare with popular singers.

I really don’t like depressing songs like this, but I’m telling you the piano part just makes this song. The syncopation is just wonderful. Tap you your foot to the beat or nod your head and just feel the music. AH! Now you understand why people love music. It literally makes you happier by releasing dopamine into your brain. Like a drug.

“Dreams–that’s where I have to go to see your beautiful face anymore.” I love that line, although I try not to think too hard about the lyrics since everyone’s been through a break up and no one likes to think about those feelings. But all in all, hats off to you, Gavin.

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Music Monday III

Metallica – Seek + Destroy (Bassnectar Remix)

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Ever since one of my friends introduced me to Dubstep my freshman year of college, I’ve been a fan. I can’t like, listen to it constantly (just gets too noisy and plus, I love singing along, haha).

Bassnectar is one of my favorites and I thought I’d share this particular song because it really takes two very different styles of music and meshes them perfectly.

One other thing, I think people don’t really appreciate the talent it takes to make electronic music. Yeah, some of it is repetitive, but I’d say it contains more complexity in general than any other style of music (besides, say, classical.)

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Music Monday II

“Pyramid” By Charice – Dave Audé Remix

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The original of this song is really good too, but this remix…well, I am in love with it. I have been listening to it for over a year and have yet to get tired of it. It is awesome and makes me want to dance. I’m upset that I don’t have headphones with me because I’m sitting in a public place and don’t want to force everyone to listen to this song.

Although they’d probably like it.

Charice is a singer from the Philippines (which is just about the hardest word to spell ever) and she is super talented. After I heard this song, I saw her on an episode of Glee and I was like, “OMG Charice!” and she proved (and has since proved on another episode of Glee) that she can SING! Yes. I was listening to Charice before she was on Glee…but I’m not a hipster, I swear.

Also, I heard this track on SoundCloud.com. It’s basically a website where anyone can create an account and upload tracks they’ve made. Kind of like YouTube, but for just songs and not videos. It’s pretty cool. Just from browsing around, you can find lots of cool music to go buy, or in some cases, download for free (depending on if the artist says it’s okay).

It mostly has underground electronic music, I think. I don’t really know for sure, but that’s all I use it for.

I swear I’m not a hipster, okay?! I like just as much overplayed, popular, “mainstream” music as anyone else. And some new stuff. See? Well-rounded…

Haha, so for anyone wondering, the kitten is a meme called Hipster Kitty, and it basically is supposed to make fun all the ideals of people who consider themselves hipsters.

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Music Monday I

I was driving in traffic when this song came on the radio. Immediately, I really liked it. I looked up, when I got home, what I could find about the back-story of the song. Apparently, the artist came up with the song after asking one of the men he worked with in construction–who was a drug dealer as well–why he did what he did, and the man replied “there ain’t no rest for the wicked.”

That response must have really made an impression that lasted long afterwards, since he decided to expand the phrase into the chorus & title of a song.

I like that the song doesn’t have the narrator (the artist himself, presumably, since it’s based of a real event) state an opinion directly. The reasoning or rationale for the less-than-savory actions in the song are given by the characters themselves, not from the person behind the “I.”

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