Thursday, January 13, 2011

The elixer of life............

I am not sure the current state of affairs over at the FDA, and with their recommended daily allowances of fruits and veggies, but I can tell you that the risks of "not enough" far outweigh the risks of "too much".

I received a "Champion" juicer this holiday gift-giving season. I was not sure where to put it in the kitchen, and was worried that it would go the route of unused pantry-fodder.

Well, to my mother's credit (she was the gifter), we have been getting a LOT of fresh fruit and vegetable juice in our daily diet. I have been making juice 2-4 times a week and use it in our (almost) daily smoothie. Whatever doesn't make it into the smoothie gets consumed as just-juice.

I am waiting to see how this affects our grocery bill, but that may be a difficult distinction as grocery costs are on the rise as a whole here anyway. I saw a sharp jump in our grocery bill from ~$90 wk to ~$110 in October with no decline since then, and there is a definite lack of manufacturer coupons. My last trip had ~$20 in produce that was specifically destined for the juicer, but I bought a little less for the eating with the presumption the juice would fill the bill for requirements and desires of the family.

Today it is:
2 oranges
1 apple
1 pear
2 carrots
2 stalks of celery

I recommend fresh juice to everyone. I know it seems obvious, but many of the best things in life (especially the ones we seem to miss out on the most) are right in our faces.

Monday, January 3, 2011

New year, new classes, new apathy

This quarter puts me close to graduating, with only one class (5 credits) needed next quarter to graduate. I have been working towards this end for the purpose of running my current business in low-voltage electrical work. I know the work and know the customer service, but had now idea how to do the rest of managing a small business. As I get closer to the culmination of this stint in school I find myself loaded with the tools to, but still ill-prepared to run this business. I don't want to do the accounting. I hate inventories.

This quarter is "Starting and running a small business", "Business law 2", and "Marketing". Fifteen credits of classes I no longer want to take (except the first one). I love learning, but am having trouble getting motivated.

If anyone is paying attention and has some trick to stay motivated, please let me know. I'd rather be making stuff, or making stuff better.