May 17, 2013

Four Free Things: May 17, 2013

Ready to rawk.
(P.S. B just found a USA made running shoe on clearance
at REI—which is cooperatively owned—if you are in the market.)
Four Free Things is a (mostly) weekly feature here on The Green Gazelle. Each Friday, I share four free or almost free things I hope to do over the weekend and upcoming week. Share the free or cheap things you've got planned in the comments section of this post.

This weekend my besty and her fam are coming for a visit. I also just found out that one of my closest childhood friends will be in town for a conference and we will have the chance to get together today for a visit — it will be the first time I've seen her since high school, and I'm so excited! So obviously, there will be money spent on food and drink. (Is it possible to have company and NOT go out? Not with a kitchen the size of mine!)

However, as Four Free Things is a week-long venture, here are four free things I hope to do sometime in the next seven days.

I'm currently reading a fascinating book about the events that led to the housing crisis, written by the guy who wrote Moneyball (which was made into a movie starring Brad Pitt). It's The Big Short by Michael Lewis, and it is really good. I hope to finish it this week.

Okay, cooking isn't free. But I'm going to eat whether I cook or not, and we all know I'll spend less on food if I cook it from scratch. After our guests leave, I'm going to plan some actual homemade meals. I like easy, with few ingredients. I'm also a gluten-free vegetarian. This week I'd like to try this falafel recipe from the Minimalist Baker, this Banana Oat Cookies recipe by Heather Braaten and found on her facebook page, and this Sugar Snap Pea and Shrimp Curry recipe from Co-op: Stronger Together (with tofu instead of shrimp). Don't they sound delicious?

We went to the $3 movie house this week to see Silver Linings Playbook. I loved it, and it reminded me of how much I like Jennifer Lawrence. So, in appreciation of (and trust in) her outstanding acting abilities, B and I have decided to watch her 2012 horror movie, House at the End of the Street. Which just happens to be streaming on Netflix right now.

After moving to the mountains, and changing my eating habits, I've gained weight. This is a good thing. Between stress and a restrictive diet, I was losing without trying and got skinny enough to worry myself. So I'm happy to have a few extra pounds on me. Unfortunately, I'm not a regular exerciser, and so I'm starting to feel sluggish and out of shape. 

Because it's the cheapest, most affective exercise option I have, I've begun running. I'm trying to make a habit of it, and so I hope to run every other day all week. And here's the kicker: the natural area here is so beautiful that I actually enjoy running. I'm not going to argue with that. 

Are there any free or inexpensive things you hope to do in the next seven days?

No comments:

Post a Comment