>I remember throughout college thinking I could never stomach a 9-5 job. The monotony, I would think, with a shudder.
Now, I realize, I was right. 9-5s are not fun. You can never go to the bank. Nor the post office. And luckily, I no longer work 9-5. I work 7-7 three days a week. Yes, that’s right. I work 3 days a week. Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. (To be fair, I do have meetings and trainings in addition to this, so I am still getting my 40 hours a week average in).
These 4 days off a week have led to lots of bread making. So far I’ve tried:
The bagels by far were the biggest hit, though I have trouble shaping them to look like real bagels. I got the recipe from “The Art of Bread” by the Cooking Club of America. It’d be great if I could just do all of our bread making for the week on my days off, however, we lack a good bread knife for slicing sandwich bread. Also, fresh from the oven bread rarely last longer than a day, I’ve realized.
Now if you’ll indulge my tendencies for over-simplistic romanticized views of the world for a moment, I have a thought on food:
All plants come from seeds, water, sunlight, and soil. How amazing is that these simple, simple, ingredients give us everything from lemons to wheat to asparagus? I’m amazed.
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Posted in JVC, Simple living on September 13, 2009|
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>I think simplicity can be one of the most frustrating and fulfilling parts of the JVC. Before I go any further, let me say this:
I am ready for a real paycheck. I am not a martyr. The day I see a paycheck with more than $80 on it, I will be thrilled.
Simple living scared me more than the other values before I became a JV. How would I make it on $80? (including our community stipend, I really live on about $430 a month, plus I get health insurance.) In reality, the stipend is one of the smaller parts of living simply.
For one, there is simplicity of time. I make a conscious effort not to over commit myself. Which can be hard to do coming straight out of college. But I value my quiet time. I walk to work most days because it takes longer than biking. And thus I have more time to be silent, pray, call friends and family.
There is simplicity for the environment’s sake. Sure I like bananas. Do I need to buy bananas? Well, they are shipped across countries, where as apples I can pick from my neighbor’s trees.
There is simplicity in my spiritual life. I don’t need to join a bible study and a young adults group and read this book and that, even though those are all good things. I can also sit and be still. Which is something I rarely did before JVC, and since has brought me much peace. Its taken a long time for me to warm up to this. In college I always had something else to be doing. Now, I’m not as overwhelmed, and enjoying silence is must easier.
I’m beginning to appreciate the little things in life much more. Where my food comes from. How long it takes to make a pair of mittens. How much more I see of a city when I’m walking. How easy and delicious canning really is.
I’m beginning to enjoy this simple life. When I go slower, I see more and therefore appreciate more. I always thought if I slowed down I’d lose focus. But now, its hard to see how I’d concentrate otherwise.
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Posted in Friends, JVC, Wedding on September 9, 2009|
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Priest Lake, ID:
John and I at Hempfest in Moscow, ID:
Spokane during Bloomsday:
I just relived “A River Runs Through It” this weekend.
I spent Labor Day weekend fly-fishing with John and his dad at their families cabin, circa 1930s. What John didn’t tell me in all the many times that he told me how great the cabin is and how its one of his favorite places, is that all of the women in the family refused to spend the night at the cabin.
(Which is fair: there was no running water/electricity, but there was a mouse)
But really, it was pretty fun. Nice to get away, enjoy the sun, see the mountains. And I even caught my first fish! First fly-fished fish anyway.
Here is a pic of Missoula, not mine though, I just stole this one:
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