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  • Self-Made

    I did stuff this weekend!

    On Friday night I finally got my favorite fish sandwich: Art Mel's Spicy Dicy with "the works" on raisin bread. Just living the dream.

    On Saturday I ate the other half. I spent the evening binge-listening to this year's Serial while crafting up some throw pillows out of these amazing thrifted cloth napkins.

    On Sunday I weeded out a garden bed and made a compost bin in the hellish rock jungle that's next to the apartment building.

    On Monday my body is not going to be happy. But I'm totally on that farmer's high where a solid day of physical labor, combined with the knowledge of future self-sustenance, is existentially rewarding.

    And on that note - want to hear something crazy? Rabbits produce a second type of fecal pellet called cecotropes. They are manufactured in the bunny's caecum, which contains highly nutritious bacteria that can ferment any undigestible fiber into a tasty little snack.

    So yeah. Rabbits eat self-made granola bars that happen to exit through their own anus. The ultimate sustainably local organism. 

  • Look Ma, I'm a Functional Adult!

    Relocating to an island is not easy. Bermuda is a particuarly rough place to move because it's really small, immigration is tight, there's no natural resources, the salt ruins everything, the humidity ruins everything, and the bugs ruin everything. There's no Target. Everything at the "dollar" store costs at least $2.50. And buying overpriced, barely-fresh groceries every week is painful. Please note: I am fully aware of how privileged my American life is.

    Luckily, I absolutely love my apartment! I got a corner studio with a full kitchen, bathroom, and closet. It's big enough to hang out in and small enough to keep my living style simple. It has a ton of natural light, full privacy, and there's some fruit trees nearby (avocados, loquats, starfruit).

    I spent most of my first week on a quest for affordable basic living supplies. The institute lent me some bedding and linens, my shower now has hot water, and there are actually utensils in the kitchen drawer. I'm finally starting to feel like a normal person! I have a lot of DIY design ideas, so I took a couple BEFORE pics this morning, for posterity. We'll see how long it takes to make it adorable.