What I learned from outer space

I’ve watched some outer space videos. They can be kinda’ weird. A lot of incomprehensible nerdtalk happens. It’s kinda’ fun when I come across a video narrated by Spock or Captain Picard or one of my faves, Murphy Brown.

Even though they talk about some out-there topics, I’ve actually gained a new perspective about my puny little existence from learning a little about outer space science. It’s helps me cope with news about disease or pollution, or the shifting public opinion about thick or thin eyebrows. Because none of that really matters too much when looking at Earth from it’s position in outer space.

There’s a theory some astrophysicists believe, that there are multiple universes. A multiverse. And if you subscribe to the big bang theory, the universe (ours) started from a bang from nothing. Something came from nothing.
And eventually the universe will go back to nothing and then maybe bang again to a universe again. Cyclical-like. Many universes could be doing this.

And in each universe, or hey just in this universe alone, there are many many galaxies with many many stars and planets that could potentially sustain life as we define it on Earth. As in, it needs water, some kind of air/atmosphere, not too hot, not too cold (within the general ranges of Earth). So there are more than likely other life forms in outer space because we’re finding many planets in these so-called “Goldilocks zones”.

Even if humans are wrecking the planet, and our waistlines are growing, or NYC is going under water, it’s really not as awful as I once thought it would be because it won’t last anyway. The dinosaurs went extinct and they didn’t build massive cities and burn fossil fuels. Something else happened to them. And something will happen to us. The Moon will drift away from the Earth. The Sun will eventually consume all the hydrogen fuel in its core. And the Milky Way will eventually collide with the Andromeda galaxy. And this universe may eventually bang in to nothing again. No matter how green we lived or how well-shaped my eyebrows look.

If I had to bet, I think odds are humans will more than likely, eventually, be extinct. Even if we found another habitable planet in another solar system, we couldn’t escape the colliding of the galaxies. And life more than likely in some form or another exists and will always exist somewhere.

So. Ebola? No big deal. Pandas going extinct? Eh… there’s probably another cute cuddly life form out yonder. Do humans have to carry on? I don’t think we can and I don’t think that’s important either. I’m just going to enjoy my ride. And try not to impede others enjoyment of theirs.

Toner

I learned something new recently from my neighbor aside from how delicious gluten-free vegan pizza can be. I learned how to make facial toner. I’ve already been pretty paranoid about all the crap companies put in a lot of cosmetics and it was because of this paranoia that I stopped using toner altogether. She taught me this easy recipe to make my own.

First off, I needed a bottle to put the stuff in. And lo, I found this in my closet. Old unused toner with propylene glycol (antifreeze).
toner (propylene glycol)
I dumped it out and saved the nice spray pump bottle.
chamomile
Then, refilled it with: chamomile tea and a drop of oil. I used jojoba oil.

Just in time for winter.

Keep it in the refrigerator. I’ve been using mine for a week but I think I’m going to make a new batch. Not sure how long it’ll keep.

Update: I tried a new one. 1 bag of chamomile. 1 bag of green tea. A half teaspoon of apple cider vinegar.

Tomato Soup Sauce

What on earth does one do with so many tomatoes? Sauce of course. It’s the fastest way to eat them.

  • A crapload of tomatoes – chopped
  • Onion
  • Ginger
  • Garlic
  • Spice powders (Turmeric, Pepper (black and white), Cinnamon)
  • Mushrooms (or apples because, duh)
  • Soy sauce
  • Scallions
  • Cooking oil
  • Sesame oil
  • Sweetener (brown sugar or maple syrup)
  1. Stir fry the onions, ginger, and garlic with the spices (turmeric, peppers, cinnamon) cinnamon and turmeric
  2. Add tomatoes and soy sauceTamari
  3. Grate peeled/cored applesshredded apples
  4. Cook it altogether and freak out about the pot being too small.add shredded apples
  5. Boil off the soup slowly to make room for the scallions and sesame oil.tomato soup sauce

 

Boil super thin noodles to go with this. It’s deee-lish!

Harvest season

Parents and I got this many tomatoes. This wheelbarrow-full!
Tomatoes

I took home just 1 bag. Ha! Just! 1 bag contained well over 30 tomatoes.

And then we got apples.
Red Delicious
Red delicious this time. They had other varieties but the pickings were so good at the red d trees, we never moved on. Filled 2 big bags. I got 1 bag of these babies and counted well over 30 apples.

Banana Bread Again

I think I’ve posted 2 previous recipes for banana bread here and here.

I’m still making banana bread because we still buy bananas that get overripe by the end of the week, but my recipe has since changed.

Here’s my current banana bread recipe.  I like it better.

  • 6 or 7 ripe bananas
  • 1/2 cup flaxseed meal
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 1/2 cup cashew meal (or another nut meal
  • 1/2 cup almond meal (or any nut meal)
  • Cinnamon and pumpkin spice mix (a lot, maybe a tablespoonful altogether, or a bit more)
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • Coconut oil (1/2 cup or so)
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 cup chopped dark chocolate
  1. Combine all the dry stuff together.  The nut flours, salt, cinnamon spices, baking soda, walnuts, chopped chocolate.
  2. Mash the bananas, add the oil and vanilla.
  3. Grease up the bread dish with a lot of coconut oil (a little less than a quarter cup).
  4. Dump the dry into the wet ingredients.
  5. Mix.
  6. Bake for 1.5 hours at 350 degrees.  Then turn off the oven and leave it in there for a few hours.

Gilmore Girls

Holy crap.  Gilmore Girls is streaming on Netflix.  Yes, the show that almost convinced me having a kid in college would be a good idea.

Goodbye everybody.  I’ll be checked out for the next however long it takes me to blast through all 7 seasons.

 

Aging and alcohol

A few years ago, my body reminded me I was aging by presenting myself with the lovely heartburn.  Coffee?  Heartburn.  Alcohol?  Heartburn.  It didn’t stop me entirely, but I slowed down.

Recently, on our trip to Quebec City, I got a new reminder of this aging thing. Diminished ability to process alcohol.  Usually on vacation, there would be wine or beer with dinner or lunch or both.  No big deal.

During the week at Quebec City though, I had 2 or 3 beers and maybe a few sips of wine total.  That’s all I could manage.  And rather than being rewarded with a happy relaxed feeling, I got a nice headache and then a hangover the next morning. And that was only after 1 beer.  So it’s not as fun anymore.  I had 10 good years of drinking ability and now, I can only choke down a little and far between.

I didn’t know this was a thing.  Aging and alcohol tolerance (intolerance more like it).  I think of James Bond and just general old people and their night cap habits and the thought never crossed my mind.  But it’s definitely a thing.

No picture, thank goodness

Yesterday, we randomly discovered Whitlow’s/Tigger’s secret litterbox. It was behind the fishtank on the carpet remnant that covers the floor. We’ve smelled cat urine in that room for a year and a half and even bought a black light to hunt down the location of this cat pee. It didn’t help. The secret litterbox revealed itself when it was ready. 4 logs of dried poop and who knows how many puddles of pee. After removing said poop, the carpet was given the vinegar, boiling water, dish detergent, baking soda treatment. Holy moly the room smelled like a litterbox when boiling water hit the carpet. I’m going to have to rethink this getting another cat idea.

Pinto & Adzuki

It’s official. We’ve introduced two new members into the family.

Meet Pinto (on the left) and Adzuki (on the right). We’ve had them for a few days now. They are Banggai Cardinalfish. I’m sorry to report, they are an endangered species. Keeping aquariums is totally not a good hobby to get into if you care about the planet in general but we selfishly and irresponsibly do it anyway. I picked fish that were captive bred versus wild caught and had no idea they were endangered. How complicated this hobby is. We were going to get more fish, but hopefully not. Maybe if we don’t crowd the tank these two will reproduce. That would be interesting to observe.

a life