January 2009 archive

got soy milk?

so, i’m trying the whole vegan thing out again.

i know, i know. last time i was all “i MISS CHEESE!!!!!!!!!!”

but i think the five-month break done did me good, because I really feel ready to commit to it this time.

now, if only someone would tell my freaking body that part, because holy crap is it getting mad at me. it’s all “oh snap! you’re not eating dairy? or eggs? that’s crap. hmmm. what can i do to change this? oh. duh. i can make you supa dizzy.”

and at first i was like “I SURRENDER!” and i went to the 7-11 down the block from my office and bought a stouffer’s macaroni and cheese and ate it. but THEN! (after some careful advice from my friend mr. google) i was all “oh ya. well, I’m going to take a vitamin specially formulated for vegans that has iron, and B-12 and vitamin C and folic acid. so take that. stupid body.”

and after one day with the vitamin, my body was all “well played my friend. well. played.” but then it slept on it, and came up with a new plan. “operation: make crystal dizzy anyway”

which seems to be working. and so im going to try to go home and get some sleep and see if that helps and then wake up and take another super-vegan vitamin and re-evaluate.

but before you scream “Crystal. STOP. this CAN’T be healthy.” I want you to know that I talked to my doctor about being vegan, and although I didn’t really metion the whole dizzy thing, she DID say (and I quote) ‘good for you.'” so shut-up about cheese being good for me. it’s not. it’s just not.

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re: comments

ok. ok. ok. I KNOW. I pretty much NEVER reply to comments left on my site. I’m sorry. I’m a bad person. The thing is, I LOVE reading the comments. And I usually get so excited when I get a comment that i tell anyone who’s with me about it. I just never take the time to reply to them.

the worst part is, when I leave a comment on someone else’s site, I click on it about 150 times waiting to see if the blog author will acknowledge my existence. and when they do! holy! mollee! Do I get ex.ci.ted.

so I’d like to take this opportunity to say: I’m going to make more of an effort. Actually, since I’m mentioning it, that should be new year’s resolution. ya. THAT will be my new year’s resolution. I pledge to respond more often in the comment section of this blog.

Also, I’d like to formally apologize for not transferring over my blogroll from my old site. It just seems like such a tedious process, and I haven’t had the patience to do it. However, I am now officially making this part b of my new year’s resolution. so yes, by this time next year (at the latest), I will have a full blog roll again.

cross my heart and pinky swear.

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because i’d like to be cliche and write about the new year too. ok. gawd.

I stole the below from mandy. (note: i straight jacked it from her site old-school style with some copy and paste, but i cannot freaking format it for my blog, and the font seems to get smaller as you go down. sorry about that) (to clarify, i straight jacked the QUESTIONS. not the answers. gawd. im not a plagiarizer. hello!). it was either this or an update on my car smelling funny. so enjoy:

1. What did you do in 2008 that you’d never done before?

met johnny depp. and yes, i do still get daily google alerts that tell me every article the name depp appears in every.single.day.

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?

hmm. don’t really think i had one. i tend to prefer birthday resolutions, because they’re more personal and align with an actual significant date in my life.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

My friend erin had baby alice. but seeing as how my only contact with her since i left my old job has been blog-stalking the crap out of her, im not sure that counts as “anyone close”

4. Did anyone close to you die?

No. Thank. You. God.

5. What countries did you visit?

I went to Wisconsin. That’s kinda like a whole different country. where everyone lives on cheese and packers.

6. What would you like to have in 2009 that you lacked in 2008?

a lap top (just a reminder, to donate to crystal’s laptop fund, click on “contact me” and send me an e-mail I accept checks, cash collectible stamps).

7. What dates from 2008 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

nov. 4. there was a lot of talk about some guy named obama that day.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

does meeting johnny depp count as an achievement? no. oh. umm, well i started this blog. and finally moved to chicagoland. and umm, was vegan for about 5 months. ya. see. i was vegan. i DID have an achievement. (phew).

9. What was your biggest failure?

we’ll go with avoiding my student loan payments. someday, i’ll tell you all the story of how i seriously created a mountain of debt for myself by taking out the max student loans every year during college, and then just hit ignore on my phone for about 6 months when the people from nel net called to ask where their money was.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

hot d*mn do gallstones suck.

11. What was the best thing you bought?

my blog domain — with hosting that came to about $47 i believe.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?

again, i get the feeling i should talk about that obama guy here.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?

stupid, stupid, stupid bears. they threw away the play-offs by ONE TOUCHDOWN!

14. Where did most of your money go?

moving twice. and taco bell (see domain url to fully appreciate my love and commitment to said “taco bell”)

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?

part a: meeting johnny depp. and stalking johnny depp. and watching johnny depp movies.

part b:  oh. and back in reality, im not going to lie, i got really, really excited when i met that guy at a wedding in September. it didn’t work out, but at the time, i was really, really happy.

16. What song will always remind you of 2008?

“I’m not going to write you a love song” by sara bareilles. and i would again like to thank april for taking me to her concert!

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:?
a) happier or sadder?
b) thinner or fatter?
c) richer or poorer?

happier. ish.

same. although i went down and then came back up during the whole vegan thing.

richer. last year i didn’t even have a couch or a bed, this year i live in a house with an attached garage and a dishwasher.

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?

hmm. i don’t know.

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?

stressing out. and getting the resulting grey hairs.

20. How did you spend Christmas?

at sandy and glen’s house. my favorite way.

21. Did you fall in love in 2008?

see question 15. part b. true story.

22. What was your favorite TV program?

mad men. and 30 Rock.

23. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?


24. What was the best book you read?

living biblically. by a.j.jacobs.

25. What was your greatest musical discovery?

sara bareilles

26. What did you want and get?

to live in chicagoland.

27. What did you want and not get?

again, see question 15, part b.

28. What was your favorite film of this year?

changling. seriously. although i seem to be the only who thinks this. but later, i will write a post about it, and then tell all of you to go see it.

29. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?

it was a perfect day. i went to olive garden with my mom and sister and then to a sara bareilles concert at night with april. i turned 25, but my stupid car insurance rates didn’t go down. they actually went up. 🙁

30. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?

winning the lottery.

31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2008?

whatever i can afford. and then i wear it like 4 days in a row because i work with just one other person in an office and we hardly cross paths, so i figure nobody notices.

32. What kept you sane?


33. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?

ok. if you can’t answer this one, you have NOT been paying attention. (hit, names rhymes with lonny lepp).

34. What political issue stirred you the most?

what michelle obama was wearing. (yes. that’s a joke. you can laugh rather than think im stupid).

35. Who do you miss?

see question 15 part b and here, because i miss them both.

36. Who was the best new person you met?

does johnny depp count? what? no? oh. well, ok. then. gawd.  we’ll go with jill and diana then, seeing as how i basically live with both of them and neither seems to notice my decision to wear the same pants three days a week.

37. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2008.

that when someone tells you they are a sixth-generation resident, do NOT under any circumstances accidently say they are a third-generation resident in any sort of article. also, that being vegan is really hard, and that when you’re sick you should just suck it up and go to the doctor.

38. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.

I’m not gonna write you a love song
’cause you tell me it’s make or break in this
Is that why you wanted a love song
’cause you asked for it
’cause you need one, you see
I’m not gonna write you a love song
’cause you tell me it’s make or break in this
If you’re on your way
I’m not gonna write you to stay

bet you can’t guess which song that’s from 😉

Best Wishes in 2009!

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