I think Ica tried doing a raw fruit/vegetable thing for a while like over break, but I'm not sure.
I went with Stephanie to North Commons today because they were supposed to have a bunch of good vegetarian stuff at the buffet...then...they didn't. They had some, but they didn't have a lot of the stuff they said they were going to (like vegetarian corn dogs. None of those. Sad.)
Really? What crazy timing. I would do more than fruits and vegetables, I would do living mung beans and raw nuts and seeds and the like, but still. (Apparently raw almonds are really easy to sprout compared to lots of other things, but I guess I won't be doing any of that.)
Ica, if this is true, you should tell me all about it.
I'm sorry about the buffet. Was the other stuff good, at least? But really...vegetarian corn dogs? That's what you were excited about? You're silly. It's because your mother told you you could never eat real ones or you'd die, isn't it.
Haha. Do it. Eat raw almonds. Nothing could go wrong.
Um, well *I* wasn't excited about it, Stephanie was. I didn't even know that's what they were supposed to have. I probably would have eaten one had they had them, though, just because I may never eat a real hotdog again... I was disappointed that they didn't have soft pretzels like they were supposed to. AND they ran out of potato wedge dealies. I was totally going to steal some extra. (Shh. You care.)
Yes, "Stephanie"...your "friend." This is how it always starts, you know. But it's ok if you secretly want to eat vegetables, we won't think any less of you!
Ha. OK, I admit it, she's not really so much my "friend" as she is "a close acquaintance."
But no, I don't like vegetables. They're gross. Especially here. I was just talking with Marc (the only vegan I don't hate), and he was saying that like... since he's an RA he gets his meal plan free, but if he were just a regular student he'd never pay for it because it's not worth it. He said he got 5 bananas for a swipe...which is like $1/banana. Also that it's hard to find decent vegetable food unless you're happy just eating salads, but again those are often not terribly decent.
I think you'd get along with him. He's taking this engineering class on sustainable development. I'm really jealous because it sounds awesome. He has all these plans to like... build his house into the side of a hill (the northern side) to shield it from the wind, and then make basically a straw-bale insulated cob house for the southern exposure and stuff, and he wants to set up a super efficient greenhouse that can leech heat off of his house in the winter when it has to, so that he can grow bananas and mangos and pineapples. "I really try to eat locally grown stuff, but I don't know if I could give up bananas...or mangos...or pineapples... soblahblahblah." Apparently they do it in Scandinavia or somewhere like that - grow bananas in greenhouses.
The WakeUp WalMart people sent me ANOTHER copy of the DVD, so I lent it to him. He said he was going to take it in to his business class and see if he could get the prof to show the 20 minute "condensed" version.
That's awesome. I will have to look into these Scandinavian cob house greenhouses to grow tropical fruit. I would be jealous of his engineering class on sustainable development except that I don't like all the sciencey technical bits of it.
One of the classes that is listed for next semester that I am thinking about taking, and is semi related, as called Who Owns the Land. It's about competing land claims and patterns of land use and control. It focuses on zoning, eminent domain, and planning. I'm pretty excited about it. (Although it's sadly at a sucky time of day. Oh well.) Perhaps in that class I'll be able to figure out if it would actually be ok with the state or town or whatever to use alternate building materials...
Some of our dorms on campus were built by students as parts of their Plan, so I really think I should look them up in the Plan room, and get inspired to build an earthen building that could then be used as a dorm. It would be like practice for my own personal cob house that I will build someday.
Have you looked at the straw-bale dealies...? He said that especially in this climate, like the cob slows the heat loss/gain but isn't really all that effective as an insulator. He's always talking about basically building the walls out of straw bales and then using like 2 or 3 inches of "cob" plaster on the outside. Harder to make circles though.
I'm not really sure how sciency it is, since it's just a seminar and I don't think he's an engineer... but who knows what his former majors were. He's all excited that they're offering classes like that though, because he wants to go here for grad school and concentrate in sustainable development/building/stuff.
I discovered a Global Exchange in the Short North. It's basically a Ten Thousand Villages. Also, if you actually DO come visit, I will take you to North Star, which Marc says has absolutely wonderful veggie burgers (along with lots of other tasty stuff, like the Buddha bowl.) They belong to a CSA and source as much as they can fair trade/organic/local. It's pretty sweet.
That would be pretty awesome if you built a dorm. Do it.
Of course I've looked at building with straw bale! I think it's impossible to be as utterly obsessed with cob as I was and NOT run into stuff about straw bale as well. You do have to build the walls ridiculously thick to be able to build in a colder climate just with cob, but yeah, it basically comes down to the shape of the house I want to build. (And that I think its more difficult to actually store and build with the straw bales, but that's not really as important to me as the organic shape of the building.) You can also put all sorts of other scavenged stuff in the middle of a cob wall, like pop cans or tires or other stuff that traps air. I might try that. We'll see. I'll have to do tutorials on natural building first.
NO not cans! use like... plastic bottles or something. Most plastic takes almost as much energy to recycle as it does to make, whereas aluminum is awesome for recycling. Tires would be fun, too, since there are a lot of tires just sitting around.
I freaking love cadbury mini eggs. I just thought you should know.
its true. but it was super hard. i only made it like 4 days and then i got really crabby and hungry all the time. all i really ate was fruits and vegetables, and almonds. once i got back to school i tried to keep doing it but it didnt work. but i eat a lot more fruit now that i ever did. so it helped some...
Wow, I can't imagine trying to eat only raw foods at school. But it's good to eat more, I suppose. I um...eat a lot of raw vegetables on days when there is hummus at the salad bar. And fruit when it doesnt look too scuzzy.