It has been almost a week since I have arrived in MA and pretty much, my siblings and I have been eating and sleeping. We never went hungry nor did we exercise. This is kind of bad. None of us has checked the scales yet. A little bit scary, but I hope the weight gain would not be significant. We must munch on high fiber food already.
We have got about 4 days to go before we head for Japan.
They are not a good thing.
Jesus bore stripes on His back so that you don’t have to cut yourself.
Jesus is the bread of life so you don’t have to starve or stuff yourself.
You’ll never find lasting peace apart from God. It just doesn’t exist. There is no goodness without Him.
Isaiah 26:3 “You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.”
Trusting in God is the best way to combat disorders of any kind.
And the best way to build faith and trust is to spend time with the on you’re trusting. Pray and don’t stop praying. Read the Bible consistently and expect God to work inside you.
And trust that God’s going to heal you and give you peace. It might not look like what you expected, but if you trust in Him, He will.
It might be instantaneous.
It might be over time.
It might be through modern medicine.
It might be through solid counseling.
If might be today or tomorrow.
It might be in 5 years.
It might be at the final resurrection.
It will happen if you trust in Him.
This shows a 3D printer in a shop in Boston. It’s called the Makerbot Replicator, one of the coolest things I’ve seen, so far. It melts plastic to create things that it was programmed to make. In this video, it was forming a rabbit. I did not get to ask how long it took but my brother asked how long it took for it to make a guitar pick, and it was 15 minutes.
Today, my cousin drove me and my siblings to a little pizza place in Boston called Santarpio’s — pronounced without the “r”.
It’s found near a three-way street in the outskirts of Boston in the North End (where the Italian district is). The exterior was simple. No fancy schmancy signs, no lights, no decorations, just the name.
Entering the restaurant, there was a cozy feel to it. There was a nice middle-aged man named Tony who greeted us and took us to our seats. The menu given to us was a simple laminated printout of what they have to offer. Some pizza and meats on the side.
We chose lamb with bread and hot cherry peppers which were really delicious appetizers. The lamb had no after taste and it was good with the bread (freshly baked, I could tell because it still smelled a little of yeast) and peppers. Delicious.
The pizzas we ordered came in within a few minutes after we finished our lamb. There were two pizzas on our table: garlic & sausage and pepperoni & hot peppers. The garlic and sausage was delicious, light, and had a certain tangy taste to it. The pepperoni and pepper was packed with flavor — pickled peppers made our mouths water and it was good with the pepperoni! Simple pizzas with great impact on the taste buds.
Tony was a really friendly guy, he even had our picture taken with him using my phone and even on his phone. That was a very filling lunch, and I definitely will be going back to this hole-in-the-wall pizza place.
*** Now, how do I put pictures in here?
"Don’t talk to yourself in such a way that if you did so to a friend, it would end your friendship.
"If you had a friend dealing with the same things, you wouldn’t berate that person, say, ‘You’re not working hard enough,’ ‘You suck,’ or ‘You’re not as good as [whomever].’ You’d offer your friend encouragement, you’d try to point out all the things your friend did right, and how much progress your friend had made.
"You should do no less for yourself.
“Be very careful how you talk to yourself. Because you are listening.”
— Pat Cadigan
I think I should be blogging about my upcoming trips starting tomorrow! Woot woot. It’s a plus if I could add pictures immediately.
Here’s to a great adventure for April!
make your own cashew cheese
miss cheese? we do. i didn’t think we’d actually make our own non-dairy cheese, but this was much simpler and less time consuming than we thought. this version is almost identical to the texture of ricotta, and its salty, nutty flavor mimics it as well. use it on crackers with some wine, or in a lasagne (which is what we’re doing as i write this post!)
this really is dead simple. the first step is to soak 1 1/2 cups raw, unsalted cashews in water, enough to cover them completely. let them soak for about two hours. in the meantime, do some dishes, clean the house, paint something, go grocery shopping, whatever you want!
when they’re done soaking, drain out the water.
then, in the same bowl, add in:
- 1/3 cup water
- a squeeze or two of lemon juice
- the equivalent of 1 1/2 cloves of garlic
- freshly ground pepper
- sea salt (i like salty cheese, so i added in a good amount. you can add some in later as well, so do it to taste)
then simply process in your food processor until smooth.
all that’s left to do is store in a tupperware-esque container in your fridge. give it an hour or so and it should solidify a little.
this is the most basic recipe, essentially. you could add other spices and herbs, or make a hard cheese. (we plan on making hard and semi-hard cheeses later, we just didn’t have the right ingredients today.) the possibilities with nut milks and cheeses are really great, and not as hard as you would think! try it!
If you need someone — how they make you feel, what they do for you, how they keep you whole — then you don’t actually love them, you just love the role they play in your life. The further you can push away from that need, the closer you’ll get to loving the human.
(This is an idea from Joko Beck’s Everyday Zen, which I *highly highly highly* recommend for anxious and/or ADD types, but this is true for everyone.)