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Weekend Links / / Semi-Vegetarian

DSC01698-2 ^ One more from Mt. Adams!

How was your week, friends? Mine began a little haphazardly (which is normal whenever you come back from a trip!) but it turned around quickly. On Tuesday I had tea with Greta, a fellow blogger in town. I love turning internet connections into real ones.

On another note, I've been toying with the idea of going (mostly) vegetarian. I don't know. I try not to get too crazy with my food choices (as the right to pick and choose what I eat is something I don't take lightly) but the factory farming practices pervasive in this country leave me uneasy. I can't ignore it anymore. Listening to this Fresh Air interview on pig farming was the straw that broke the camel's... er, pig's back...literally.

I think often of my papa (my mom's dad) who ran a dairy farm, the exact farm he was born on in 1923. Raising cattle, pigs and chickens to only eat them later in the season was a way of life, at least for a midwestern farmer. This was prior to factory farming, a time when nothing was wasted. He even milked all of his cows himself!

Anyway, I've decided to take it week by week, day by day, circumstance by circumstance. I enjoy the challenge involved in creating meals around vegetables, legumes and grains. It's been similar to the challenge when I first eliminated dairy and gluten -- it feels really daunting at first, but it gets easier and I kind of enjoy it! Early in the week, I roasted a whole bunch of vegetables, cooked a batch of quinoa and prepared hardboiled eggs to help aid in quick meal preparation.

Onto the links!

Simplify Your Home: A Guide To Decluttering your Home / / Brittany's tips on decluttering your home have come at just the right time as Jordan and I are getting serious about our belongings. This afternoon we are visiting our storage unit hopefully to downsize even more. The point which really got me thinking? Resist the urge to reorganize. I do this often. Don't reorganize, declutter!

Ryan Adams Cover's T-Swift  / / Have you listened yet? It's so good! I often forgot Ryan Adams' covers of Taylor Swift's songs weren't originally his. Shake it Off  wasn't one of my favorite songs on Taylor's 1989, but I really like Ryan's interruption.

Workout Wednesday: Tips for Taking Up Swimming as Exercise / / Anne, while training for a triathlon, has begun swimming and is sharing her tips with us! I grew up swimming. I wasn't ever the fastest on my teams but, technique wise, I was always fine. Swimming is a complete full body workout that happens to also be low impact -- unlike running.

Remember You Are Spending Your Life / / It's easy to wish away seasons of life. I know I do it often and Chelsea's recent post was a good reminder to not take my time for granted and to spend it wisely.

"We really have to remember that we are spending our lives. Whether it feels like it or not. No matter how much free time you have or how much of a choice it feels like you have about your life, you're still spending it. From what you do on your commute to work, to your lunch break, to before bed, to your day off...whatever you do, you're spending your life."

Sweet Potato & Black Bean Tacos / / I received sweet potatoes in my CSA and immediately roasted them for this recipe. Delicious! I felt full and satisfied and they were excellent as leftovers throughout the week.

Happy Weekend, All!

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