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Living Solo in NYC – Two Weeks In

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What will I do when my tour ends? Return to NYC?

It was two weeks ago today that I dropped off Jen at the airport.  So what have I been up to since she left?  Well, for starters, I’ve tried to keep busy.  Very busy.  I’ve been lucky enough to marry a planner who finds fun activities for any open gaps in our schedule.  She’s helped me move away from 100 hour work weeks and find a better balance between work and pleasure (though they aren’t always mutually exclusive).  My main goal for the time that Jen is away is to not drift back to the all work and no play Sandy of yesteryear.  Here are some of the activities that I’ve filled my time with.

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Raw Till 4 modified diet 

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How am I doing on the 30 Bananas a Day turned Raw Till 4 Diet? Day 46 My Tour Partner just asked me how long I had been eating this way. Every day she watches me eat something similar to the following: 1 large papaya 9 bananas 1 large potato 2 medium sweet potatoes No salt ketchup Chocolate pretzel Nugo bar Dark chocolate raspberry Nugo bar Kale 4 carrots 1/2 sweet pepper 2 peaches 20 dates Coffee and 1/2 cup unsweetened soy milk Half pack Trident spearmint 1 large papaya 6 bananas 2 apples 1/2 pepper Kale 1.5 tomatoes 2 … Read More

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The weird beauty on the outskirts of Bakersfield, CA

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It sure is beautiful here when you see past the piles of tangled metal car parts, spilled oil on driveways, and dead dogs that run along the main road in and out of Bakersfield pre-dawn (for serious. Scary stumbling along these running pre-dawn along sidewalk-less roads).

My fingers are clotted with red, nearly too numb to type, but I can’t help wanting to record what I see…

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Giving Away Kombucha

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One of my favorite things about growing kombucha has been giving away the babies. Kombucha scobies reproduce quickly. While I had received my mother only three months ago, by the time I left NYC she had spawned into 25 new scobies. Initially I gave them away to friends, but since leaving NYC it became expedient that I list them on Craigslist and bartering site, Our Goods, to get them out the door more readily. Throughout the week, people have been filtering in and out of my husband’s office as they choose a baby to bring home with them to make … Read More

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10 Billion Lives

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According to USDA reports, nearly 10 billion land animals are raised and killed every year for food in the U.S. alone. Farm Animal Rights Movement (FARM), is bringing this injustice to the country’s attention by showing the hard-hitting 10 Billion Lives video at college campuses, music festivals and street fairs.

Our dedicated staff and volunteers offer passersby $1 to watch the video – an outreach method known as “pay-per-view.” After watching, viewers are encouraged to decrease consumption of animals and work towards a vegan diet. The results speak for themselves – more than 80% of viewers commit to eating fewer animal products!

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Tutoring Barron Trump

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Have you Tutored Barron Trump?

Over the years I have tutored many students and managed a company, Bright Kids NYC, that tutors NYC students for admissions into private schools and gifted programs. Considering the high percentage of students that enroll in test prep to gain admissions into kindergarten programs in NYC, there is large likelihood that a student like Barron Trump, among many other celebrity children, has been one of the thousands of 4 year olds streaming through our doors to prepare for the IQ-like exam that determines admissions into one of NYC’s elite privates schools. While friends have asked, “Have you tutored Barron Trump?” my answer continues to stand that all student information is private and confidential.

Ok… So if you did tutor Barron Trump? Does it make you feel guilty?

No matter who the parents are of the children I work with, I never feel guilty about educating a child. Providing education to a child is one of the greatest gifts I can give. While I may not agree with every child’s parents that I work with, I would never deny a child a fair and equal education. In fact, I’m hoping in the next couple of seasons to generate a Kickstarter to launch either free or low-cost tutoring material that I would publish online, allowing many parents, including those that cannot afford tutoring or expensive tutoring books, to access test prep material to prepare for the private school and gifted and talented kindergarten admissions exams…

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How to Pack for 4 Month Trip Living in a Van

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It is daunting packing for a 4 month trip living in a van – with the restriction of having one small cabinet in a Camper Van to hold my less-than-worldly belongings. This is not a trip for leisure – as evidenced by the lack of fun, feminine, colorful clothing in my wardrobe – but one of practicality.

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Vegans and Environmentally Concerned Ought to Reconsider Blue Apron

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] I am often supportive of my friends transitioning from takeout to cooking in their home, as cooking makes one more aware and in control of what one is putting in his/her body. However, I have a bone to pick… with Blue Apron because for a company that has generated more than $193 million funding, they do not do enough to encourage environmentally and animal friendly eating. The packaging is wasteful…the carbon footprint is high considering everything ships from only two distribution centers…food is not local… and of course the lack of vegan options signals a lack of care for animal lives… … Read More