Sunday, July 3, 2011

Here's a story...

So, three blondes walk into a bar....

wait, wrong story.

Okay, so you know how I broke my foot about three months ago? Well, it's still broken. And my birthday is coming up pretty soon (July 14th for anyone who cares), and so I'm a little sad that I have to wear my "Iron man" boot out to my fancy dress up dinner. And that also means I wont be able to go out and get hammered because I already stumble around enough with this clunky ass boot.

In further news, recently, within the past month, I've moved to a new apartment and I am sooooo excited to live on my own, no room mates (although I loved those girls dearly, don't get me wrong), just me and my dog. He's doing very well, thanks for asking.

I got a new job. It's pretty freaking awesome. I get to sit around all day and draw pretty pictures for clients who need cool designed stuff to be printed on t-shirts, mugs, pens, notepads, ect... we do everything at Righteous Clothing. If you need any work done, just be sure to drop my name, everyone will instantly love you more. And no, I'm not conceited. HA.

Also, I'm working on my new website, so go check it out at DesignByLilly.com. And then be sure to check often for updates so my google search gets more popular and I become more established as a designer so I no longer have to carry the title of "starving artist." That would be really pretty great. Thanks!

That's all for now :)

and, watch this video about this adorable white rapper girl from Oakland.


Monday, June 6, 2011

For those who have ever wondered if a peanut was a nut, or...a legume

Anyone who's ever had an argument over the proper classification of a peanut has probably realized that the difference between a nut and a legume is not always immediately obvious. Both grain legumes and nuts consist of a simple dry fruit carried inside a pod or shell, but upon examining the details, the two groups prove to have significant differences.

In the strict botanical use of the term, a nut will usually have only one seed and at most it will have two. However, legumes frequently contain multiple seeds; it is not uncommon for a pea pod to contain half a dozen peas.

Additionally, a true nut is always indehiscent, meaning it won't open on its own. The majority of legumes are dehiscent, opening naturally along a seam on two sides. Again, the pea pod is an obvious example of this.

The seed of a true nut is never attached to the ovary wall, while legumes often contain seeds attached to their pods.

Looking only at these common distinctions, it is still unclear whether a peanut is a legume or a nut: it contains two seeds, the pod is indehiscent, and the seed is not attached to the ovary wall. These properties guarantee that it is a unique member of whichever family it belongs to but do not exclude it from belonging to either. A pea is a legume, a nut is a nut, and the peanut's identity crisis is readily apparent in its name.

In fact, a peanut is a legume. Technically, legumes are either the plants or the fruits of plants categorized in the fabaceae or leguminosae family--two interchangeable names for the same classification. Among the characteristics already described, this family is known for the high protein yield of its fruits and the capacity for legumes to replenish nitrogen in the soil, making legumes ideal for use in crop rotations.

But before bets are settled, it is important to note that in common parlance, the botanical definition of a nut might carry less weight than its culinary definition. In culinary terms, a nut is any large seed which is used in food and comes from a shell. This group includes drupes, fruits that contain a hard pits, such as almonds and coconuts, seeds which are not nuts, such as cashews and corn nuts, and, of course, the peanut.

Common legumes include: beans, peas, alfalfa, clover, and peanuts.

Common true botanical nuts include: walnuts, pecans, and chestnuts.

*info taken from wisegeek.com

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Jones Fracture

Alright, so about two weeks ago on a Friday evening, after dinner...while dancing around in downtown Portland, I somehow managed to twist my foot and ended up breaking my 5th metatarsal in my right foot. Very dainty of me, I know. This is called a Jones Fracture.

It hurt pretty badly at first but I walked it off and ended up just going home and getting into bed. I figured I just sprained it and would elevate it and ice it over the weekend. So that is precisely what I did. Over the next two days I iced, elevated, and stayed off that foot! I thought it would get better but it ended up getting much worse (darn). So on Sunday I called my dearest mother to come rescue me, which she did of course, and nurture me back to health. Monday rolls around and I'm still in pain, still cant put ANY pressure on my foot whatsoever, so I got an x-ray and went to the doctor: verdict: broken foot (dum dum duuummm).

I was pretty devastated because I was also informed that I needed surgery to fix it, meaning I had to be cut open and screwed back together with a solid metal screw. Awesome. Oh, and I was going to be out of work for a month and a half.....sad day. But despite all this, I sucked it up, had surgery last Thursday, and now I am in the recovery process.

There are a few good things about all of this though, I don't have to wake up at 4:30 every morning now to get ready for work. I get waited on hand and foot. I get to sleep as much as I want. And I get to take lots and lots of pain killers! Right on. However....If you're thinking of going and breaking your foot because it sounds like a good idea or something, or you think it would be a good excuse to take a vacation....don't do it stupid head. It sucks not being able to walk for 6 weeks.


Friday, April 15, 2011

The Lemon Diet, Update!

So after being on this master cleanse/lemon diet for over a week, I am back to eating real food. Just fruits and veggies for the first week (although I cheated and ate a bran muffin, sorry...gotta have carbs sometimes!), and I have to say the results are incredible!

First, I noticed my memory improved, my thoughts were clear and I had way more energy!
Second, I slept much better! I felt more refreshed in the morning, and just felt healthier overall.

Side effect: other than being hungry, nothing major. I did end up losing 13 pounds, but have gained 3 back. Total weight loss then: 10 pounds. Not bad for a week!

Final comments: I RECOMMEND THIS for anyone who is serious about changing your health and jump-starting a healthy lifestyle. I do NOT recommend this for those who are simply trying to lose weight....you will gain it back once you start eating if you don't change your eating habits.

Do you research, give it a try if you are up to the challenge or want to do something good for your body, give it a rest!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

The Lemon Diet

I have been considering going on the "lemonade diet" for quite some time now, and have now gone through two days of this strict diet. Basically, you are required to drink 6-12 glasses of this lemon concoction for 10-40 days in order to purify your system of toxins and built up waste in your body. It's said to increase energy and overall health.

You can read more about it at http://diet.lovetoknow.com/wiki/The_Lemonade_Diet

the diet is as follows:
8oz of water
2T of pure organic maple syrup
juice of half of a lemon, squeezed
pinch of cayenne pepper
(mix it all up and drink 6-12 glasses a day)

So far I must say it has been very difficult for me to be so strict with my diet, but I'm willing to give it a few more days to see if I get any positive results....we'll see....

[to be continued]

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Pierced!

So....I just pierced my own ears.....kinda. Well, I had gotten them pierced a few years back, but they closed up so I decided to re-open them today!

I got some piercing earrings for free from the ladies that work at the jewelry store that I visit often, I guess they like me or something....so when I got home today I just decided to go for it.

I pierced the right one first, and it didn't hurt too bad, just a little rough and it burned a bit. But when I got to the left ear, I could actually feel the crunch of it piercing through my scar tissue from the previous piercing. It burned a bit more, but all in all it wasn't too terrible. I'd probably do it again.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Commuting by Bicycle

Well, I've decided to sell my car and switch to a bicycle as my main mode of transport. I'm very excited and eager to get started...I've even been watching youtube videos about properly riding with traffic. I wasn't really planning on making the switch this quickly but I figured now is just as good of a time as any, might as well go for it!

Plus, the best part was, of course, shopping for a bike! I chose a globe bike as the one for me because it seemed the best for commuting around Portland, my home town, and for running errands during the day. I've uploaded a picture of it below:





 and this is the link:  http://www.globebikes.com/us/en/globe/GlobeBike.jsp?pid=11dailyUSstept3

go check it out! And...wish me luck on my next bicycle adventure!

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Raising Sammy

About a month ago, I adopted a 5 month old puppy from the Oregon Humane Society. The moment I brought him home he was so happy and excited he promptly peed on my carpet....and this began the lovely adventure of raising Sammy, my little 11 pound terrier mix puppy.

Over the course of this month, he has become quite an amazing little companion and I couldn't be happier with my little guy. I was afraid of raising a puppy by myself, since this was my first pet on my own, but he has been the most rewarding addition to my life as of now, and I am so excited to watch him grow over the years.

He's had his moments of sickness, and getting into the garbage and barking at small children, that was embarrassing, but he's also learned how to sit, stay, roll over, and play dead. I've taken him to the local dog parks and he is being socialized quite well, and is now much better with children as well. It's amazing to watch him learn so quickly. Oh and the carpet incident, yea...that hasn't happened again. What a good boy!

Here is Sammy, at 5 months. He'll be 6 months March 1st.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

I'll get back to this later

Well, I just started this blog, but I have my friend Jacob over right now....sooooo, I'll get back to this later.


oh yea, check out his blog at jgalash.blogspot.com

his is cooler than mine.