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Archive for August 8th, 2010

Cold-noodle dishes

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From The Kitchn [sic]:

1 Cold Peanut Sesame Noodles – Sticky and nutty and great as leftovers
2 Bún Chay (Vietnamese Noodle Salad) – Refreshing contrasts of flavor and texture
3 Soba Noodles with Wilted Bok Choy – Perfect for a hot summer evening
4 Broccoli and Feta Pasta Salad – Delicious served warm or cold
5 Sumo Sunomono – With quick pickles of cucumber, carrots, and baby shrimp
6 Vegetarian Naengmyun (Korean Cold Noodles) – In an icy, vinegary-sweet broth
7 Joyce’s Drunken Noodle Salad – A quick and tasty weeknight meal
8 Cold Soba, Sesame and Carrot Salad – Refreshing and addictively crunchy
9 Gơi Chay (Vietnamese Vegetarian Salad) – A light yet complete meal
10 Roasted Garlic, Olive and Tomato Pasta Salad – Full of summer flavors

Related: Five Cool Summer Dishes with Rice Noodles

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8 August 2010 at 10:30 am

Good quotation

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I’m reading Cultural Amnesia: Necessary Memories from History and the Arts, by Clive James, and came across this quotation by Peter Altenberg from Fechsung:

There are only two things that can destroy a healthy man: love trouble, ambition, and financial catastrophe. And that’s already three things, and there are a lot more.

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8 August 2010 at 8:40 am

Posted in Books, Daily life

Things and happiness

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Very interesting article by Stephanie Rosenbloom in the NY Times:

She had so much.

A two-bedroom apartment. Two cars. Enough wedding china to serve two dozen people.

Yet Tammy Strobel wasn’t happy. Working as a project manager with an investment management firm in Davis, Calif., and making about $40,000 a year, she was, as she put it, caught in the “work-spend treadmill.”

So one day she stepped off.

Inspired by books and blog entries about living simply, Ms. Strobel and her husband, Logan Smith, both 31, began donating some of their belongings to charity. As the months passed, out went stacks of sweaters, shoes, books, pots and pans, even the television after a trial separation during which it was relegated to a closet. Eventually, they got rid of their cars, too. Emboldened by a Web site that challenges consumers to live with just 100 personal items, Ms. Strobel winnowed down her wardrobe and toiletries to precisely that number.

Her mother called her crazy.

Today, three years after Ms. Strobel and Mr. Smith began downsizing, they live in Portland, Ore., in a spare, 400-square-foot studio with a nice-sized kitchen. Mr. Smith is completing a doctorate in physiology; Ms. Strobel happily works from home as a Web designer and freelance writer. She owns four plates, three pairs of shoes and two pots. With Mr. Smith in his final weeks of school, Ms. Strobel’s income of about $24,000 a year covers their bills. They are still car-free but have bikes. One other thing they no longer have: $30,000 of debt.

Ms. Strobel’s mother is impressed. Now the couple have money to travel and to contribute to the education funds of nieces and nephews. And because their debt is paid off, Ms. Strobel works fewer hours, giving her time to be outdoors, and to volunteer, which she does about four hours a week for a nonprofit outreach program called Living Yoga.

“The idea that you need to go bigger to be happy is false,” she says. “I really believe that the acquisition of material goods doesn’t bring about happiness.”

While Ms. Strobel and her husband overhauled their spending habits before the recession, legions of other consumers have since had to reconsider their own lifestyles, bringing a major shift in the nation’s consumption patterns…

Continue reading.

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8 August 2010 at 6:41 am

Posted in Daily life

Knee update

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My knee is surprisingly better today. I think the ice packs, ibuprofen, and rest helped considerably. Also, last time I thought that I could keep walking and eventually it would get better, whereas this time I stopped after one incident of excessive walking.

I’m going to consider Steve’s suggestion of bicycling, and I will start the Nordic again, but lightly.

I am so pleased that I can now walk around without limping.

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8 August 2010 at 6:38 am

Posted in Daily life, Fitness

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