Archive for February, 2012

A Long Overdue Post

As some of you may know, I have been moving around a lot since Christmas and I’m about to change continents twice in the next 4 months.  My ‘change one thing every month’ project has been put on hold for this period of upheaval, and will be resumed once I start my new life in the USA.  It seems a bit pointless to seek out new things here in Jeju when I’m leaving so soon, and I don’t want to buy any oils etc. for making toiletries, when my main goal is to reduce the amount of stuff I have to lug around.  I’m currently in the middle of packing and I can tell you, it’s bad enough as it is.

I have been doing a fair bit of knitting and cooking recently, but in my usual way I completely failed to take photos.  You’ll have to believe me when I say that the spinach and mushroom ravioli I made from scratch was divine; as was the green tea shortbread and sugar-free vegan carrot birthday cake.  And the knee-length socks I knit myself are so cozy and cute.

I did manage to get my lovely friend Jessie to take some photos of me modeling the hats and gloves I knit recently, so here they are.

Pattern for the glove part – I used the same lace / cables pattern as the hat.

So, while I haven’t been doing much in the way of lifestyle change since December, I have been doing lots of inspirational reading and watching, and I really want to tell you about it.

In particular, I want to tell you about the amazing ‘Animal, Vegetable, Miracle’ by Barbara Kingsolver.  I strongly urge all of you to read this book.  Seriously.  It follows a year in the food life of the author and her family, as they pledge to eat only foods from their local area.  If they can’t grow it or find it locally, they learn to live without it.  As well as being wonderfully heartfelt and entertaining, it is also well-researched and thought-provoking.  Kingsolver intersperses anecdotal tales of life on the homestead with information about the greed, corruption, chemicals and lack of care in the global food industry that really will terrify you.  We all need to read this book, and learn from its message of getting back in touch with the land, and feeding ourselves with seasonal, local, organic vegetables.  We need to change our perception of organic produce as a luxury commodity, and instead see it as a necessity for our health and the health of the land we live in.  You can get organic, locally-grown produce very easily regardless of where you are, and it need not cost more than the money we already spend getting imported, nutritionally barren fruit and veggies from the supermarket.

Read me!

Anyway, I don’t want to get too preachy.  Indeed I am in no position to do so anyway since I have yet to start purchasing organic and local (yet another thing on the list of ‘things to do once I get to America’).  But this is something I am coming to feel very strongly about, and I believe that for our own health, if nothing else, more of us should feel the same.  To hear a more eloquent voice on the subject, *please* read the book.  It will change your life.

Okay folks, that’s it for now.  In the future I must remember to write more frequent mini-posts of things as they come up rather than monthly epic sessions such as this one.  Also, must take more pictures.  I’m leaving Korea this weekend, so see you on the other side!

Happy crunching.

PS:  Read the book!

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