So, yeah, I did not do so well this week. It all started when I did another I Heart Rummage show (their Christmas one called I Heart Indie Crafts -- if you missed it, you are SORRY). Anywho, again with the free doughnuts. I caved. I ate a doughnut. I'm not sure if they have dairy or not, but I'm relatively certain that since they taste so good, they do....they do have dairy. I have to get away from these free doughnuts!
Then, at lunch (same day) I went to the Seattle Center House and it was filled with people and screaming children so I thought...Okay, I'll just go to Starbucks. Fine. Normally I never give them any of my money, but given the circumstances and the fact that they were right in front of me. I caved. I bought some pesto pasta salad that I really did think had no dairy in it. I really, really did. Then ate it while I waited in line for my Americano. And waited. And waited. For some reason the barista is making every drink wrong so she has to make each one at least two or three times. It takes at least 20 minutes. Or at least enough time for me to finish my pasta salad. Then it takes some more time because I have nothing to do but really familiarize myself with the label....which lists the ingredients....which includes dairy. Damn.
THEN - (same day) later we go out for Thai food with my studio partner, Kimberly. We order Crab Delight. I should have made this week, I'm giving up all dairy unless it's in a crab delight because there was no way I wasn't eating those. No way. It's just not possible by any stretch of the imagination.
So there's my foibles for the week. I think this is the worst job I've done so far.
The current week: No eating after 7pm. It worked for me yesterday. I'll keep you posted.
Here's what I've learned so far by not having dairy:
1. Soy milk is disgusting when you put it in coffee. It takes like fake nuts and vanilla and beans all at once and the after-taste is worse than most things I can think of.
2. Semi-warm soy milk sitting in coffee you have had on your desk all day is really, really, really disgusting when you pick it up absentmindedly to take a sip. I would have done a spit take if this wasn't a semi-new job.
3. Popcorn has dairy in it. Yes, you heard me. Popcorn has dairy in it. We get free popcorn at work and I went to make a bag (disregard the part about how it's buttered popcorn) and discovered that popcorn contains MILK. Really? Why? How? I ate it anyway. It shouldn't have dairy, so in my mind, it doesn't have dairy.
4. Don't yell at your husband when he goes to put butter on noodles so they don't stick together. It's not like you're actually adversely affected by dairy. You're just doing a dumb experiment.
I'm sitting here now drinking black coffee and loving it. Anything is better than soy milk. Speaking of -- anyone interested in a big thing full of soy milk -- it's not even open. I stocked up in preparation for this week but I will not be needing that. Not at all.
p.s. I just posted a bunch of new Shower Art (waterproof art you can hang in your shower with a suction cup) on my Etsy site. Check it out.
It's my last day of not eating wheat. I think I'll make it.
Although after I cheated with the bagel and told you it wouldn't happen again, I ate tortellini (what could I do -- it was free) and a cookie. Both of which most likely had wheat in them. But since there is no way to know for sure, we'll say there wasn't.
There. I came clean. I feel better. Cleaner.
No dairy week. I'm not looking forward to that. I think I just realized that means NO CHEESE. Now what is the point of that?
Well, before I started this project, I had no idea that my life, my feelings and my ultimate happiness were all connected to wheat. But based on how this week has gone (translation = badly) I think I can safely say that wheat was the thing holding my little life together and making me react to things like a normal grown up adult (most of the time).
I can't really give you too many specific examples as much of it as wheat was apparently also powering my big, gigantic brain. Just ask the people at work, they know I've been off my wheat game a little bit. One example: thinking that someone told me that the Oregon Department of Education was going to be sending out the invitation to our office party. Um...yeah....now, why again would you think that? Only wheat can tell.
Then my kitty cat got sick. And I took her to the vet. And immediately started bawling. And the vet said, "Is your cat being sick what's upsetting you? Because this is really no big deal at all." HA! Hilarious.
After I got home from the vet, I went straight to the coffee shop, announced, "Fuck this wheat thing, give me a bagel!" and everything has been okay since. I just cheated with the bagel. And I won't cheat again this week. But I tell you what: it was necessary.
Next week is dairy. I can't wait to find out what parts of my life are connected to 1/2 and 1/2. UGH!
Well, okay, that's not fair. Tea is lovely. I'm just tired of drinking tea while other people are drinking wine. I haven't broken though. I've followed the rules completely. Even when Doug went to the bathroom, leaving his wine glass unattended for a moment....EVEN THEN!
I'm kind of proud of myself. Seriously, I really thought I had no self control at all. There's always this little voice in my head that says, "You really shouldn't be doing that." and then I do it anyway. Even if I don't really want to. Okay, now I sound a little crazy. I've got to stop blogging sober. teehee.
Oh - more bad planning on my part. I told my friend Stephanie that I'd meet her for a drink tonight after she gets off work. Maybe I can convince her that tea is a drink. Or coffee. You'll notice that in none of the weeks am I giving up coffee. That's right. This is an experiment. Not the end of the world. You'll have to pry that out of my cold, dead hands if you want me to give it up.
It was our first First Thursday Artwalk in the new studio. I'm studio-sharing with the coolest woman ever: www.kimberlyatstir.etsy.com. Doug and I set up a pretty kick-ass Shower Art display for the artwalk and crossed our fingers. Feedback was really positive and while we only sold one item: a starfish to a child who just kept holding it up and saying, "oooohhhhh" we did come home to a $76 Etsy order. That's awesome!
To kick off the night, I invited some of the EtsyRain folks (our Seattle Street Team) over to have some wine and get silly talking about forums and making fun of Carrie complainging about how she "can't keep up with her orders." Ahhhhh, to have that problem! She has the cutest baby ever. I'm probably biased though: he's the baby who demanded that she buy him a Shower Art. HA! I love that kid.
We walked around a bit, visited Kimberly at Stir, went to Occidental park...and then it was all over. Time flew by much faster than I had expected. Next month I'm going to start out much earlier. Thanks to everyone who stopped by. You're such a fun group and I genuinely enjoy your company. Let's do it again soon!
To close, here's some pictures of the most recent batch of Shower Art. We're making them out of rubber now instead of resin so they're squishy and nice and won't make quite such a loud noise if they fall off your shower wall.
Okay, I've made some cute things in my time...but this one....this is THE one.
I call her CupieHead.
You can call her that too.
The glue that I used to attach the beads to her hair had some kind of chemical reaction with the rubber and now each little bead is surrounded by an air bubble.
I think it's a great unexpected effect.
This one is from a Chinese translation book that says that bears are cannibals because they eat people. I showed them!
This one I find hilarious because it's a cow saying "I see butt." What could be funnier than that?
This one I just like because it's pretty. I'm trying to make another one just like it.
"Now He Calls" -- A woman cut in half who can't reach the phone. I think we can all relate.
This one I'm mad about because I put a stupid picture in the middle because I thought I was going to hate the stuff around the edges and I didn't want to ruin something good. Well now I like the stuff around the edges....and not the picture. Sigh.
Ahhhh...The Meaning of Life. The small plaque on the left says: He has great insight into Human nature -- also from the Chinese translation book. This one turned out a little weird on the left hand side -- but oh well. I guess not even the Meaning of Life is perfect.
This one says: Impressive only in appearance and He has only a few books. Teehee. He's dumb.
I put Dawn's Cthulu bottle cozy in my Treasury of the Weirdest things I could find on Etsy. And not to brag or anything (yes, I'm totally bragging) but it IS the #1 Treasury on Etsy right now. How's that for WEIRD!?
I'll keep you all posted on the Etsy Rain (oh yeah, that's the name of our group - I guess it would help to mention that) happenings and goings on.
Much Love to You All,