Tomatos

Brandywine Tomatoes
Tomatos take up so much room. When you read a tomato  seed packet and see that it needs 5′ diameter to grow, you think (well, I do at least), “…yeah, right..(if I should be so lucky).”

But I planted two tomato plants (that I sprouted from seed) this past summer and now they take up so much room!  In a greenhouse, after being neglected for about 6 weeks, they must have tapped into some underground water source.  After hacking away at the Brandywine tomato, in a week or two all the tomatoes were huge (see photo above)!

I wonder I can train them like a grape vine – they are climbing on top of their neighbors.

If these tomatoes make it to turning red, what can I do with all these tomatoes?  I’ve had some successful tomato harvests in the past and we could never consume all of them before some of them started to “turn” (as we say).

Here are the ideas that come to mind:

  • Puree them (make a soup)
  • Cut them in half and dehydrate them
  • Put them in a salad / burger
  • Just eat them
  • Tomato sauce
  • Pizza sauce
  • Tomato-Herb Rolls (I’ve been meaning to try this Weight Watchers recipe)

What else can be done? I’m not too confident in my canning skills, that the one time I did can (jar) some cooked tomatoes, I ended up tossing it – I don’t have many pasta eaters in my household so lack of eaters make me not bother with this method again (along with the time it takes to boil that huge pot of water!) – for now at least.

This year I did puree a bunch of tomatoes my mom gave me and I made a soup. I didn’t add any cream into it but my family ate it and that made me proud. :p

I also read a speculation that eating cooked tomato seeds may lead to good prostate health – so another reason to learn to process all these fruits and prep some good food for family and friends.

Dehydrating Roma and Cherry Tomatoes are popular for me – I will eat them raw or put them on a homemade pizza.  I’m the only avid eater of dried tomatoes because I’m able to consume them within a few months.

Are there any other ideas out there?  Any good recipes?

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Self-Awareness

such is trueSelf-awareness is knowing how your actions affect other people. Knowing when you’re doing “it” again. Knowing when someone is aggravating you and that you don’t need to be aggravated. To know when you’re overloaded and need to ask for help. To know that you don’t know how to ask, what to ask for,  or where to begin.  To know what you may be able to do to help yourself. Maybe just to write to get it off your mind. Maybe to know that you don’t know what you don’t know. To know that you can and will get on a better track

Self-awarenesss can be and is the start to so many things. Emotional intelligence or a rehab program because you know you have a problem.  New diets and lifestyle choices.

For me, it’s every step of the way, to do the right thing to achieve the best outcome for myself, my family, my life and all those in it. To be a better person and better than who I was yesterday … Or a few hours ago. 🙂

Removing the Middleman [in the Voting Process]

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Uber has rendered obsolete the dispatcher.  Similarly, in their own respective model,

  • AirBNB, the hotel staff.
  • Venmo, the ATM.
  • ATM, the bank teller.
  • Kindle, the librarian & library / bookstore (nooo!!!)
  • Orbitz – the travel agency/agent

These innovations may have their faults and  won’t be perfect upfront, but it’s all a learning curve.

But how have we not automated the voting process?  We should at least have the option to have an online way to submit votes.  The technology is there, what stops us from using it? People may be concerned about fraud, but I’ve been to the voting poll and have seen a signature above my name and address information – so basically I’ve seen the current process either a victim to its own fraud, or just to manual/human error.

At least if it’s online, you could audit it much quicker. You can print out everyone’s ID number (i.e. SSN), some unique pin – maybe via a random number generator a voter opts to pay like $5/year for, and all the voters can validate that, “Yes that was my vote.”

You’d save a lot of time, money, hassle in having people wait around, go out of their way, energy.

Plus we’d save a lot of money in storage. These booths are huge! Where are these things being kept? It would be easy to hack the voter responses with some aluminum foil and tape.

Silver Fillings Messing with My Energy Field

 At some point during college, I realized I lacked the ability to focus anymore. I would add some ADHD drops in my water hoping that would help me get through the tons of reading I had to complete. Perhaps though the books I had to read just couldn’t compare to the summer reading lists that I really enjoyed (except for 1 or 2)…or perhaps I was burnt out from taking so many classes at once. Or perhaps I was just really tired. Maybe all of the above.

After so many physics, chemistry, material science, and thermo dyamics classes I came to specuate (epiphany?) that the metal in my mouth, whether it was the Mercury seeping into me (#TheMadHatter) or just properties of metal being such good heat (energy) conductors that it may have been interfering with the energy field that exists in every molecule in my/our bodies. These positive neutrons and negative electrons are after all, in everything aren’t they? Correct me if I’m wrong here.

I threw out the theory to my dentist, who more than entertained my ideas and had more than two cents to put in.
He was great – he read up on different research and could recite the names of these people. He even had a patient who was sick and, amist trying out all avenues to recover, made a play to remove a boatload of silver fillings acquired over his lifetime.

I can’t speak for the results of that patient, but at that point, I was sold. I wanted to be able to pay attention in meetings/class and get through a book I’d enjoy.

It probably wasn’t even a year later that I found myself in that dentist chair, sans novacaine, having my fillings removed and replaced by porcelain-colored fillings. This was considered a cosmetic procedure at this point but I was ready to pay out-of-pocket.

It was a decision I definitely didn’t regret. Dentist dude was wearing like hazmat protective gear so he wouldn’t inhale whatever he was drilling out. Apparently dentists were getting negaive effects (early on?) from all the fumes they would get exposed to.

And recently I read 2 books within a week. Now the only roadblock to reading that good book is making the time between all the responsibilities. Perhaps a good reason to consider public transportation again.

 

Autumn Chicken Vegetable Roast

Fall Veggie Chicken Roast

Something different for today, a day of surgery sweets (Halloween). I made this Sunday night for the week and I’d do it again. I had to combine 2 recipes to ensure what I threw in the pan was cooked thoroughly.

  1. Pre heat oven to 425°
  2. Gather ingredients:
  • *Olive oil cooking spray (else 2 Tbsp)
  • 3-4 Tbsp Salted butter
  • *1 tsp salt
  • *1 tsp Cumin
  • *1 tsp garlic powder
  • *Pepper to taste
  • *1/4 tsp Onion powder
  • Rosemary
  • 2 tsp Chicken Rub (Dried Garlic, salt, paprika, Oregano, Basil, red pepper, Ground Celery, Turmeric)

3. Place Veggies in Tray and top coat with olive oil spray:

  • Brussels Sprouts (1lb)
  • Broccoli
  • Carrots
  • Zucchini
  • Add in after seasoning: Butternut Squash
  • Add in after seasoning: Chicken

4. Mix all* ingredients together.

5. Place butternut squash in a bowl and spray with olive oil. Season with* ingredients. Place in pan.

7. Spray chicken with olive oil on both sides and season with chicken rub ingredients. Place in pan. Sprinkle rosemary on top of chicken.

8. Cut up butter into cubes and tuck aound broccoi and other non seasoned veggies.

9. Place pan in 425° oven for 35-45 mins. (60-80 mins if potatoes are involved)

10. Nom nom. Eat and share. 🙂

Get Back on the Horse!

148-4846_IMGWhen it comes to habits, whether it’s time management, your diet, organization and cleanliness, I find that I often fall off the horse.  I try to stay on top of my mail as it comes, but sometimes I really don’t even want to look at any of my mail.  I remember when I would wait for 2 weeks to get a letter from my cousin on the other side of the world and how awesome it would be for it to finally come.  Now, between junk mail, bills, ads, and maybe some actually nice mail in there, it’s just information overload.

I try to highlight the top 3 or so things that I really have to get done today, but sometimes, for better or worse, I just wing it.  Today was one of those days and I felt really discombobulated!  Not every day is like that though – sometimes the day ends up being a whack-a-mole type of day and I did actually whack a bunch of moles.

I try to bring healthy snacks to work and a healthy lunch, but then I go through phases that I don’t want to cook on a Sunday night and I don’t want to see another trail mix.  Though I attribute it to lack of self-discipline in myself,  I always try to pick myself up and get back on track.  Maybe try a new healthy habit to mix it up and to keep it fresh.  I think that’s key.

I may not feel like cooking, but if I stick to keeping limited snacks around the house, I am in less danger of making some detrimental decisions.  I may not always stay on a GTD track every single day, but I believe we need those days sometimes to free-style it.  It makes us appreciate the days we actually stay organize and GTD.

I may splurge on a meal and ate some fries or had the ice cream or cookie, but if my next meal decision is a good one and my good decisions out-weigh the bad ones, I’m hopefully gaining traction somewhere.  Day by day if we’re making traction in different aspects of our lives, I think that will get us far.

So no matter how off track you feel, try to stay on track in other areas and get back on the horse.  I say this as a pile of mail is stacked on the corner of my table, haunting my peripheral vision, and I eat cereal for my dinner/late night snack too.  But I am here writing this and that’s one thing I got done tonight.  Perhaps too falling off the horse may be a blessing in disguise?

It’s Not Statistically Valid

You Had Me At..

What does it mean to be statistically valid?

Let’s say you are in the first grade and your teacher wants to know what ice cream would be best to get you and your classmates.  Let’s say she asks a girl who says Ube  is what she should get for you and your classmates.  

Of course, most kids may not have heard of that flavor. Some may know of it by the nickname: the purple ice cream.  

The teacher now brings the class purple ice cream.  That girl would have reported back an awesome day at school.

If everyone let the teacher know what their favorite flavor was, what would the teacher have bought?

Who’s to say.

Anyway, let’s hit rewind.

If the teacher had everyone vote for their favorite, let’s say that 5 say vanilla, 2 cookies and cream, 7 chocolate,  6 for coffee, 5 strawberry, and one each for ube, Pistachio, and some blue ice cream.

If we were to put it on a graph…

On a bell curve, the chocolate and coffee would have the most on the chart.  Since the teacher only asked one student, her preference could have been where the majority would have been or, in this instance, not.

There is a population sample size where, if you get that number (minimum requirement), you can be confident that your feedback is, for example, 95% certain it represents the popular vote.  I won’t get into the specifics here on the math behind it, maybe another day.

Knowing this, makes me question every news voting results . Who is voting here, how large is their sample size, what’s their confidence interval, and why can’t I get a survey to take too?  I don’t think survey results should ever be published without any of that data shared.  ( It’s as credible as those Nielson ratings – who even has one of those boxes anyway? )

I once sat in a supplier review meeting, where they toted their high customer satisfaction ratings until I asked how many people they needed for their results to have a 95% confidence interval.   They had to take that answer offline.

Anyway, I think we need to go back to the popular vote and back to basic math and minimum requirements for voter response rate. Even if we don’t have a minimum response rate, it would be more of a diver for voters to vote.   (Once you start introducing a middle layer (delegates), how do we even validate that?!?)

If we had a popular vote, you’d have a say in the ice cream you get.  It’s the difference between coffee ice cream and purple ice cream.

Do it for the coffee.