Monday, May 16, 2011

Vegetarian 4 hour body canned soup

It is not easy being a vegetarian on the 4 hour body diet. It seems there are only so many recipes that combine vegetables, legumes, and vegetarian protein. I am happy to share my vegetarian recipes and discoveries with other vegetarians on the 4 hour body diet. If you find something please share it with me!

I have found the best vegan canned soup that fits in with the 4 hour body diet. It is Amy's organic Golden Lentil (Indian Dal) soup and it is delicious. The ingredients are; Filtered water, organic yellow split peas, organic red lentils, organic carrots, organic tomato puree, organic extra virgin olive oil, shallots, organic garlic, organic ginger, sea salt, spices, organic turmeric, and organic black pepper.

I have seen this soup anywhere from $2.50 - $3.50 per can. Here is a link to Amy's website with information about this soup.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

My first week on the 4 Hour Body diet

I am a chubby vegetarian.  I gained a lot of weight when I was pregnant with my son.  After he was born, I never did take that weight off.  In fact, I just kept adding weight!  I have tried everything so when I heard that people I knew were losing weight on the 4 hour body diet, I bought the book.  This is not a paid post, this is my own personal experiment.

After the first week I am down 5.5 pounds and 5.25 inches.  I will keep everyone updated on my progress as a way to share my experience as well as keep myself accountable.

If you would like to read more about this crazy ass diet, check out the website at

As I go I will be sharing vegetarian recipes that are 4 hour body friendly.  If you are a vegetarian trying this diet, be prepared to eat a lot of lentils!

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Z is for Zanker

A was going to be for Antoons, but the Z post worked out better for both me and my friend Anton Zanker. Anton Zanker is the creator of Antoons and the artist responsible for

Anton Zanker started Antoons in 2009 but he has been making art for as long as I have known him.  Anton and I first met at a party my sister was throwing.  I just had returned from spending a year at Art School in Tilburg, The Netherlands.

Here are some of my favorite Antoons from  If you like them too, consider subscribing to the blog and 'liking' Antoons on Facebook.

Image by Anton Zanker,


Image by Anton Zanker,


Image by Anton Zanker,

Friday, April 22, 2011

S is for Sushi

How could my S post not be about Sushi?!  I am in love with vegetarian sushi.  This is another joy in life that I owe to my wonderful husband.

I was hesitant when this cute guy asked me to join him for errands and sushi.  I was / am a picky vegetarian.  I never thought that I would ever like something like sushi.  I did not even know there were sushi rolls that did not have fish in them.  I said yes because he was cute, and my love for sushi and my husband began.

Since sushi is expensive, we usually save it for special occasions.  A few hours after my son was born, and almost two days after I started my labor, my husband brought me sushi in the hospital.  Some of the first pictures of our son involve chopsticks and take out boxes.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

P is for Proud Mama

I am one proud mama. My son's school did their fundraiser over the weekend and it was amazing. We did not have to pass around a catalog of junk and pressure coworkers to buy stuff. This year they held a song and dance performance. Not only did we raise money for the school, the children got to put on performances from African American Folk Songs, to Can't Touch This by MC Hammer. I loved it! I loved it so much that I turned into one of those crazy proud mamas.

I admit it. I screamed out for my son after one of his dances while he was leaving the stage. I never thought I would be one of those moms. Apparently, I am. I could not help but let out a loud woohoo followed by my son's name. Maybe I embarrassed him, but more than anything I was proud of him.

Are you a proud mama? What are some things you have done to show your kids how proud you are? :)

Monday, April 18, 2011

O is for Opossums

If all goes well, soon I will be the owner of baby short tailed opossums!  Short tailed opossums are not the standard North American opossum that digs through your trash.  These creatures stay small and only grow to about the size of a mouse.

Friday, April 15, 2011

M is for Massasauga Rattlesnake

The Massasauga Rattlesnake is one of the most beautiful animals I have seen. The eastern massasauga is a very shy snake and although there are small populations in Illinois and Wisconsin, I have never seen one in the wild.

These small rattlesnakes are protected because of their declining population. In addition to losing their natural environment, massasaugas have been hunted and killed because they are venomous. Killing venomous snakes just because they are venomous is a disgusting practice in my opinion.

I hope that we can learn to appreciate these beautiful creatures for the important role they play in our ecosystem.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

K is for Kitsch

Who doesn't love kitsch? Oh them? They just won't admit it, but they love kitsch!

I have a garden gnome hiding in my front garden.

My dinner plates are deliciously kitsch. It is actually a mystery as to where they came from. My husband moved them from 2C – the infamous apartment where everyone and both of their brothers have lived. Apparently they just showed up there one day.

These are some of the kitschy things I have. What about you?

Monday, April 11, 2011

I is for ICP!

I is for Insane Clown Posse!

Enjoy my favorite, not safe for work, kids, or normal people songs. :)

Another Love Song - I could kill off some bears and dogs and shit just to make you a fur coat.

If I Was a Serial Killer - If I was a serial killer, I would sleep on broken glass and thumb tacks.  And I would smoke mad crack.

This one is dedicated to my husband who is a dead body man by profession. :)
Dead Body Man - Dead bodies, dead bodies in the back of my van.  All the little kiddies love the dead body man.

I couldn't forget Mr. Happy! - I know this don't make any sense to you but fuck you.  This songs about me exclusively.

Friday, April 8, 2011

G is for Grammostola pulchra

When our son was born my husband decided to get a pet that would grow up with our child.  We are a little strange and did not get a dog or a cat.  My husband picked out a Grammostola pulchra, also known as Brazilian Black tarantula. 

Grammostola pulchras are slow growing and have a long life.  Females can live up to twenty-five years.  My husband thought this would be a great tarantula for our son because they are docile.  I agreed because they are also beautiful.  They grow to around 5 inches and are a silky black. 

My son and his G. pulchra are now six years ago and both are doing great!

This is a picture of two adult Grammostola pulchras mating.

Bom chicky bow wow, Grammostola pulchra tarantulas mating.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

F is for Forgive

Earlier today I was reminded of a huge jerk.  This jerk went out of their way to make my life just a little bit worse during a tough time.  I was tempted to get upset again.  I almost let myself feel the drop in my stomach, the tightness in my throat that I used to feel.  Instead of feeling bad or angry, I forgave them. 

It would be egocentric of me to think they would read this post.  I sure have moved on, I can only assume that they have found someone else to bully.  Just in case though, hey douche-bag.. I forgive you.

To everyone who has ever done me wrong, I wish you nothing but a happy life - far away from me!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

E is for E-file and Excited!

Today I did my taxes.  My brain is mush so I was going to write a short E is for E-file blog post. 

I opened my awesome random blog and found that I had won an award from Dierdra at A Storybook World.

I am excited to share that I have been awarded the Beautiful Mommy Writer Award!

So today is all about e-filing and being excited!  Stay tuned for more meaningful and thought provoking posts now that I have my mind numbing work done. :)

Saturday, April 2, 2011

B is for Babies!

There is one B word that overpowers any other word that might try to squeak in, and that word is BABIES!

My biological clock has been screaming at me lately. It is constantly reminding me that I only have four years and six months to get another baby growing in my tummy. The sickness, the bed rest, and the pregnancy induced hypertension that I experienced with my first child somehow seem not so bad now. What is going on here? Well, this article from Time was pretty accurate.

For now I will just be happy that it is spring and soon there will be a bunch of baby animals. I will leave you with a picture of years past when we had baby box turtles.

Baby Box Turtles

Friday, April 1, 2011

A is for Animals!

This is my first post in the April A to Z challenge. I decided to take a trip down memory lane and write about various animals I have had contact with over the years. The strangest creature I had met before I met my now husband, was probably a rabbit. I happened to fall in love with a biology major, and later married him. My husband has introduced me to an amazing world of animals. Here are a few of my favorites.
The following pictures are of black and white bird eater (Nhandu coloratovillosus) tarantulas mating.  Yes, I am posting tarantula porn.  You have been warned!

Since we are on the subject of bug porn, here is a picture of painted grasshoppers mating.

Lets get away from the boom chic-y bow wow for a second and take a look at another strange creature.  This is a horse lubber grasshopper.

This is an article and picture of my lovely northern pine snake.  I am sad to say that our city has an ordinance banning snakes so she had to go live with a friend.

I will leave you with a picture of my favorite animal of the moment, my sweet dog Ms. Kelsa Cutie.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Long Distance Mother

If I was looking in on my life and not living it, I would be wondering what kind of mother could leave her child for a job. I might feel like the love I had for my son was in some way superior and there would be no way I would ever put work before my child.

As I have grown as a person and a mother, I have become less judgmental. I do not care if a happy baby has food on their clothes. I admit that there was a time when I did not see the joy of the child and only saw that stain. That was before I had my own happy little messy baby. I know I have a long way to go in the journey of motherhood but I feel confident that I am doing the best that I can.

So how can a mother leave her child for a job? I know that my son loves me and he knows that I love him. I have a husband who I love and trust. He is an awesome dad to our son. I want to provide for my son and right now the best way to do that is to work hard and do a great job at my current position. I see my son on the weekends and those days are the best days.

It is strange being a long distance mom though..