When I was in Coast Guard boot camp (actual boot camp, not some fitness class that claims to be like boot camp) I had a few days I could look forward to. The first two were Tuesdays and Thursdays, when the galley made amazing French toast for breakfast. I can think of quite a few mornings where I chanted in my head, in time to the pushup cadence
I’m going to eat
French toast today!”
My other favorite day, which was well known in our little female group because I would always announce it in the bathroom before breakfast, was Favorite Underwear Day. A little known fact is that, when you attend Coast Guard boot camp, you are allowed nothing that is not issued to you except a black watch, one small religious necklace, and a few pairs of white or tan bras and underwear. They strip you down of everything that can define you as you, including your underclothes. Like many women these days, before boot camp I owned no white or tan bras/underwear. Especially white. Who does that? Therefore, I had to purchase some, and the ones I purchased were …. not really the best quality. All except one pair, which I splurged on, buying a colored set that contained one nice pair of white panties. The simple satisfaction I got from wearing these non granny panties that actually fit me cannot be overstated. In boot camp, Favorite Underwear Day was BEST DAY EVER.
Sorry to my company commanders, petty officer Garza, Luedeke, and Martin. I guess my big take away form boot camp was gratefulness for the small things in life, like well fitting, high quality underwear.
(Oh, and having time to leisurely poop. Now THAT is a luxury you don’t realize you are grateful for until you go through boot camp.)
This is severely funny to me, because I’m sure the following information would make my conservative company commanders yell loud vulgarities wherever they currently reside. On my sustainable lifestyle journey, I’ve started to be grateful for those small things just like I did in boot camp. Am I saying that living sustainably can instill the same core values of discipline, honor, and gratitude that boot camp does? Absolutely. I am currently over the moon for next week Tuesday, because next week Tuesday is New Sock Day.
Yes, New Sock Day is coming! I needed to up my shopping cart price on Amazon, in order to get free shipping, and that is when I discovered People Socks. Made in USA, high quality, Merino Wool socks for about $25 for 4? Wow! Currently, I have about 6 pairs of socks, only 1 of which is any sort of quality at all. Four are thin ankle socks, which often result in blisters. I am so excited for New Sock Day.
Isn’t it strange, how abundance can sometimes yield discontent? When we freely purchase everything for cheap and on a whim, our material goods mean nothing to us. But when we work and we save and we have to think about even the smallest thing, those small things bring us pride, and joy, and we cherish everything from underwear and socks, to our newest basil plant. We achieve a new state of gratefulness. And how much work really went into each of those items we purchased by the manufacturer? If I made socks for people, wouldn’t I want to know that they were appreciated? That my hard work meant something? What about the sheep farmer who makes the wool? Doesn’t he or she like to think that somewhere out there, someone is having a great day because it is Favorite Sock Day?
I can’t help but think that the world would be better off, if we all appreciated each other, and the work we do for each other every day. Gratefulness is a sustainable and green state of being. Be thankful for your military, as they work hard for you, and be thankful for all the little things that help make your day BEST DAY EVER.
This Week in Updates: Uh… lots of stuff.
Where do I begin with this week? Well, I’ve been up in the sky more. Due to certain administrative things about being a tweet versus being a mech, I get to stand a lot more ready crew than other people. I’m all for that, as I’m getting more and more comfortable with the new plane. Things are still not perfect, and I have yet to learn how to pee standing up, which has lead to much bladder suffering. However, I’ve been pretty luck with my schedule and even saw a whale!
At home I got over ambition and signed up for a free class on Operations Management with due dates. Um, got the syllabus today, and no. With my current calc class I can’t. My dad is coming up in a few days, so I can test drive my made in USA Keen hiking shoes in Yosemite, but even after that I do not have 10 hours a week. It makes me a little sad, but there you go. I haven’t even had the chance to try out my new sowing machine!
Grocery shopping went pretty well. I had big plans, for buckwheat bread pudding, pumpkin mushroom pizza, and coconut rice and beans. So far, two strikes down. I mean, the bread pudding and the pizza are okay, but okay is not good enough for blogging. Here’s hoping on the rice and beans. I went to a really nice homemade ice cream party, where we watched pitch perfect 2 and had delicious homemade peach ice cream. Thanks Ali!
The Recipe: The Easiest Pad Thai with homemade Wheat Pasta
So this is perhaps one of the easiest recipes ever to make, and you can just throw this together for yourself or a family, easy peasy. The pasta is just a variation of your classic egg pasta, save you use one cup whole wheat high protein flour and one cup normal high gluten flour. If you use all wheat flour your noodles will be tough, but half and half makes the perfect blend. The sauce is easy, and the vegetables are whatever you have around. Can you say a perfect food waste friday meal? You betcha! If you want to make a true pad thai sauce with all of the ingredients, check out this recipe, but I’ve found you can get by with a lot less. Thus, here is the simplest pad thai recipe ever, with homemade whole wheat noodles.
Veggies of your choice
2-4 eggs, pre scrambled and chopped up
3 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons brown sugar
Red pepper flakes to taste
Mix the sauce, and saute the veggies in it. Throw in the noodles and the chopped up scrambled eggs. That’s it! Enjoy!