Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Small Kitchen Trials

People who say they have small kitchens make me laugh. For most people, small kitchens equal a smallish room with a fair bit of counter-space and some nice shelving. Small for me? Tiny. Minute. Miniscule. It's been quite an adjustment, but I'm finally finding some ways to make it work.

My kitchen consists of a stove/oven, a refrigerator, and a sink (but no garbage disposal). There's no dishwasher, some cupboard space and about a whopping four square feet of counter-top. Most of the time I cannot even open up the oven all the way because I bump into the other side of the kitchen.

Here's what I've implemented that has worked for me and my life a little bit easy when it comes to teensy apartment living.

1) Downsize -- Toss anything extra. Mostly I say this to refer to plates and silverware. I had probably 12 plates, and about 20 sets of silverware. Most of this had been given to me, but I felt guilty not accepting it and it was creating clutter in the cupboards (and in the sink!). As I rarely, if ever, entertain (and even if I do, it's usually just one friend at a time due to my limited space), I got rid of all except two of my plates. Yes, two. For bowls, I kept two small cereal bowls and one medium soup bowl.  I wheedled my silverware down to just two sets of everything.

2) Consider space efficiency when buying appliances/accessories -- I don't own an actual coffee pot of a blender, no space for either! I use a french press for coffee (easily stored in a cupboard when not in use) and an immersion blender for soup and smoothies. Also, I originally started with a drying rack for my dishes that was immense, but not very sturdy and didn't hold a lot despite it's looks. One cheap purchase later, I was switched to a smaller drying rack with a silverware "strainer" and I even have a little more counterspace!

3) Cook as little as you can -- OK, this one is mostly a joke. And it's a sad joke at that. For a while there, I just completely stopped cooking because of the sad state of my kitchen. Sometimes it's just easier to ignore it than try to work around the space.

4) Use/buy smaller pots and pans -- I have the large saucepans and pots, but try to avoid them as they not only take up a lot of room, but they're also a bear to clean up afterwards...

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Zombies, Venting, and Prospecting

Lately there has been a lot of thinking and/or planning for the future. In business, it's called "development". In life it's called "stewing", or "wishful thinking", or "putting your nose to the grindstone" depending on where you are in life and who you've surrounded yourself with.

For me, it seems to be all three of those things combined. It's a lot of work, and a lot planning, plus a pinch of allowing yourself to hope and then hoping you haven't let your hopes get too high.

I'm not where I thought I would be, but I'm doing alright, I've got plans in the works, and I'm okay with that for now. For now.

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As for Zombies: The "Zombies, Run!" app finally came out for Android. Now I just have to decide if spending $7.99 on a phone app is really worth it. I've never before purchased an app. Never wanted to, never needed to. But this one sounds awesome. And if it would keep me motivated? It might be worth the eight bucks in the long run...

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Venting? Well... let's save that for another day.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Withdrawal

This week, I am in extreme-bitchiness-mode.

About five days ago I gave up wheat and yeast. Thanks to that, I am now experiencing what is essentially withdrawal. Wheat allergies manifest in a number of ways, but a lot of the time, it shows up almost like an addiction. Your body craves it constantly and giving it up is hell.

For me, being allergic to wheat is a constant struggle. If I eat it, I'm not going to swell up and die. I will, however, gain weight uncontrollably, battle headaches, feel lethargic and just feel shitty in general. It sounds bad, but it can be easy to ignore if you get used to it.

Eating gluten-free is a constant exercise in ingenuity and willpower. Managers brought donuts in for work? Not happening. Invited out to lunch? Better order that wrap as a salad. (And may I just say, this is coming from someone who despises most salads).  Just want one fucking cupcake at the end of a shitty week? Also not happening.

It's tough. And I hate. And I'm a grumpy bitch right now thanks to it. But I know it will be worth it in the long run.