Friday, October 24, 2008

Order Amidst The Chaos

In these days filled with economic anxieties & dread, we need order in this chaotic din. Days of random worry call for some discipline. Discipline focuses the scattered mind to ground itself like a big old slap in the panicked face. Whatever order we are able to bring into our daily lives should bring us a sense of calm, right? well, that's the case at least in my anally retentive brain...

I will be embracing self-discipline in various aspects- first & foremost, fiscal discipline but also exercising physical discipline by literally exercising. That means getting my procrastinating behind to ashtanga yoga which happens to also be a very precise & disciplined yoga form. I am also imposing some much needed blog discipline which means that I plan to blog every Monday & Friday. Life functions better with some order in place...

Living with Fcat, an orderly Virgo, really does bring more order into this chaotic world...over the last few weeks, Fcat has made us the most wonderful storage- making the most of what little closet space we have. I am so thrilled & proud of his handiwork that I have to share with everyone. Fcat built this great closet for our pantry & miscellaneous things like the toolbox & vacuum.
Here Fcat rigged some Ikea pullouts to fit our fancy cabinets. The Ikea ones were a lot less expensive and works well here for a spice drawer...
There is a method to the madness, the lower pullout drawer holds dishcloths, colanders & veggie washing bowls- this is adjacent to the sink for quick & easy access.
Fcat turned our tiny coat closet with one sad rack into two racks with shelves & room for my luggage underneath.
Fcat also designed & built a lovely closet for us via the Container Store. The Booboo storage above & below the shelves are temporary, but she doesn't know it yet...
And here is simply the accessories & film closet which holds just that-my shoes & bags & Fcat's film- oh and a few of his shoes at the very bottom corner...
We make a concerted effort to cook more & eat out less. With the farmer's market bounty just outside our building on Saturdays, we get lots of fruits & veggies at a good price.
I made stuffed poblanos with Lightlife Smart Ground and a yummy orzo quinoa blend from Trader Joe's. Taking the skin off the poblanos & then stuffing the cooked delicate peppers with without ripping them was so tedious, but the results were utterly delicious.
The farmer's market can easily inspire. There was gorgeous butternut squash and so we had yummy soup. I roasted the squash along with apples, garlic and onion. Then I hit it with the immersion blender & veggie broth, then topped it with apple slices, raw & fried-yum yum yum.
Also finally made the chickpea cutlets from VCon- yes, I know, I don't know what took me so long...but I am so glad I finally did.

Also made the spiced lentils with onions from VCon, surprisingly not so tasty but not so surprising because the recipe does not call for any salt which I didn't realize til much later- so added salt afterwards, but it was still strangely bland. The omission of salt was possibly a typo because there was also mention of blending in cloves but no cloves listed in the ingredients..strange. Anyway, was a bit disappointed by this one until I mixed up some hot peppers that I had marinating in sesame oil, molasses & liquid aminos- once that was in there, it was all good.
Other tasty delights, Japanese eggplant with a miso/molasses/sesame oil sauce that was pure deliciousness alongside roast fingerlings & kabocha squash...
On a beautiful brisk evening, Fcat & I took a walk down the block to the water. The bustling traffic raced down the FDR and the UN & Empire State glowed brightly. Despite the frenetic activity, the cityscape was calm and beautiful; order amidst the chaos.

10 comments:

VeggieGirl said...

VKO!!!!!!! Love and appreciate the update, as always :0)

Hope to meet up with you again soon in NYC (or even perhaps in MY town??)

Melisser; the Urban Housewife said...

Ooh, I'd love organized closets like that! Bravo Fcat! All the food looks yummy, I'd love to have a Farmers Market outside my house!

J-Dub said...

Hey I just found your blog! Your food looks yummy.

And you've just been tagged! (Check my blog)

Andréa N. said...

Thanks for the great storage ideas. I also made the chickpea cutlets- yesterday! I love them.

Have a nice and relaxed week!

mnvikingirl said...

It's so good to read your blog again. I'm so happy for the new Monday / Friday rotation. :)

havecakewilltravel.com said...

absolutely in love with this post. I adore order, and felt so stressed out this morning I just had to clean the whole apartment and now I feel...serene. and it smells nice, which doesn't hurt.
thank you for contributing to the sense of calmness.

Susan G said...

The Carnivore is also an orderly Virgo but somehow our closets don't look like yours! In fact, I recently had an e.r. visit complete with six stitches in my foot because of my messy cabinets - I opened the door, all the dishes fell out and broke on the floor, and a piece flew up and slashed my foot!

I still have not made those chickpea cutlets!

Urban Vegan said...

About discipline...like most things, it can be your friend or your foe. But I love order, too--it's so important when you have a smallish urban apt, right? If anything is out of place in my pat, it just loooks messy. I *want* those IKEA organizer.

You go, yoga girl! I'm getting so into yoga. I never did it until I started working at home. It's been such a positive influence on so many areas of my life. I try to go 2x a week. Yesterday, I practiced at home. Bossa Nova crawled under me as I did the downward dog...and then she tried to chew on my mat!
Enjoy your new, organized,wonderful apt!

ChocolateCoveredVegan said...

That beach scene is so beautiful. You've got to hand it to Mother Nature!

Vivacious Vegan said...

It's interesting you posted about order. I've found that being more organized and having plans (personal, financial, etc.) has really helped me feel more at peace with the chaos going on in the rest of the world. Fcat did a fantastic job on the closets. You're one lucky gal!

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