30 March 2010

I dream of bloody baby bunny body parts

Texts, from me:

2:57 am
Had dream that I mowed over a nest of four bunnies, then scavenged for bloody baby bunny body parts like they were Easter eggs. It was a beautiful spring day and I didn't seem to mind picking up the body parts. No different than picking up turds, apparently.

3:02 am
I prolly dreamed that because I ate two of Kelly's boneless wing ding things at dinner. The bunny body parts were saucy, like the food, except furry, cuz it was bunny pieces.

Day 120: I need rest

I'm sure there's a logical explanation.

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Listening to: not much of anything at this time of day
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25 March 2010

Go ahead, buy any food product for human consumption. And don't forget the dip.

I think a lot about food, where it comes from and what it does once it gets inside your body, but writing a serious food post is something that I have a difficult time with. I need to examine my thoughts, do some research and write my opinion in a cohesive manner. But as you may have noticed by this post a few weeks ago, I don't have a lot of time to spare. I hate to complain without offering sound solutions to the issue of which I complain, but I just haven't had time to solve this problem. Sorry about that.

I witnessed a seemingly nondescript incident over the weekend. I watched a couple in a gas station buy $27 worth of junk food - on their Link Card.

I can't stop thinking about it.

Cheese, with fry

The problem I have is not with the people and how they spent their money - because, while they paid with a Link Card, which is funded by others, this program gives them their own money to spend on "any food or food product for human consumption". It's their money, they can spend it however they'd like.

The problem I have is with the lack of nutritional education for program participants. Because literally, there is nothing on the site about eating healthy. I didn't even find a link to MyPyramid.gov. There's just, nothing. No information. (You can follow a link to the USDA Food & Nutrition Service's site, but it's more about services and less about nutrition.)

People need help. People deserve help.

I've been in tough situations a few times and I know that having food available makes a big difference in one's outlook and attitude. Having family and friends give me a care package - a brown paper bag filled with food and a few other necessities - it makes all the difference in the world.

I went on a search to find out whatever I could about this Link Card and found that they don't do, well, anything, to promote a healthy diet. This is their page about food. You'll notice there's plenty of information about how the program works, who qualifies and for how much they may qualify, how to apply and links to other resources (such as WIC, Homeless Youth Services, Food Pantries). But there's no information about nutrition. Here's their list outlining what you can and cannot buy:

What services are offered?
SNAP benefits can be used to buy:
- any food or food product for human consumption,
- plus seeds and plants for use in home gardens to produce food.
SNAP benefits cannot be used to buy:
- Hot foods ready to eat,
- Food intended to be heated in the store,
- Lunch counter items or foods to be eaten in the store,
- Vitamins or medicines,
- Pet foods,
- Any nonfood items (except seeds and plants),
- Alcoholic beverages, or
- Tobacco.

The rules don't specifically say you can't buy junk food. And technically, every item that the couple purchased falls into the category of "any food or food product for human consumption". But spending $27 and change on 6 16oz bottles of soda, 3 large bags of chips, 2 containers of dip, several packages of pop-tarts, and a couple of Landshire sandwiches -- something is wrong with this picture.

Especially considering that, at a farmer's market, $10.48 can get you 6 bananas, 4 potatoes, 3 ears of corn, 2 plums, 2 avocados, 2 kiwis, 1 red pepper, 1 green pepper, 1 pound of mushrooms and 1 grouping of broccoli.

There seems to be a disconnect with the program and its recipients. The ironic thing is, SNAP is an acronym for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

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Listening to: Firewater - Too Much (Is Never Enough)
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I repeat, I hate to complain without offering sound solutions to the issue of which I complain, but I just haven't had time to solve this problem. Sorry about that.

05 March 2010

Please excuse the crazy

I work with one of the guys who owns my building. I've told him how sometimes when I take a shower the lady upstairs stomps on the floor and bangs on the wall the entire time the water is running. I mentioned it again last week, so this afternoon he came to my office to explain that she has migraines and the sound of my shower is making it worse.

Um.

Blink.

Blink.

Say that again?

Confusion

I'm torturing the migraine-afflicted woman by... showering?

Really?

It took you nine days to come up with that response?

I guess when you think about it, jumping up and down on her floor for twenty minutes or so (I'm a long shower-er) relieves the pain I'm exacerbating by-- running water, you know, when I shower.

Makes sense. (Not.)

He also explained the reason behind those crazy fights with her daughter:
she's schizophrenic and doesn't always take her medicine.

And he wasn't joking.

¡Ay, caramba!

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Listening to: the voices in my neighbor's head
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03 March 2010

Miscellaneous Debris

It's sometimes hard to find the time to write a blog post even when I know what I want to say. I spend most of my time either working on the brick documentary or thinking about it. The thinking about it part is really what consumes my time; I like to call this conceptualizing.

When I'm not conceptualizing bricks, I'm conceptualizing mosaic projects. And when I'm not doing either of those two things, I'm looking for a new place to live. Once you add work, sleep, exercise, fun stuff & leisurely activities, and chores to my daily task list, I have almost no time to spare. And I like it this way.

Day 054: Drinking carrot juice

Brick: Working on the brick documentary is incredibly satisfying; I'm learning a lot about St. Louis history and even better, I'm meeting all sorts of interesting folks. You can keep up with our progress by following the blog or becoming a facebook fan. Bill just set up the facebook page on Sunday and we already have more than 350 fans! Oh-- and we've nailed down a title, which you can read about here and here.

Mosaic: I'm working on a couple of smaller mosaic projects until I can do something bigger, which would be a kitchen backsplash for my brother and then possibly another one for someone here in Springfield. I'm anxious to get to work, so I started another small project over the weekend:
Finding direction. on Twitpic

This reminds me, does anyone know if it's possible to cut the sides on these serving trays? I'm not sure how to explain it, but I still want the sides to be attached but maybe cut them down so they are more of a frame so they can be hung on the wall. I hate the handle-y things; it makes the mosaics look stupid.

House stuff: Last week I went looking at houses and was about one second away from knocking on someone's door to ask about their house for sale by owner, but then I realized the for sale sign was an advertisement for the people who redid their garage. DOH!

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Listening to: your mom
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