"He is a witness to a generation that did not die, he will not leave life, ever, he is eternal. He is a character that was born to live, and challenged to continue." This is Handala- a cartoon symbolizing the struggle and resilience of Palestinians.
The ongoing crisis in Gaza needs to end- we need to unite and stand up for justice and humanity. What Israel is getting away with in Gaza is absolutely sickening and horrifying, and it’s time for a change. #GazaUnderAttack #FreePalestine
You know when it gets to the point where it’s been long enough You’re not allowed to care about something And you know you’re not allowed to anymore it’s way beyond you But you still do and it’s the most frustrating thing??? :)))
If there had been a required “Home Economics” course at my music school (I’d call this class “Graceful, Less Wasteful 101”), here’s what I would have found helpful and what I pass on to my own students or young professionals:
1. Sketch out what recipes and foods you need for a week. Have a list when grocery shopping so it saves you time and keeps you focused.
2. Have about 4 days of salads in ready to go containers. Quinoa salads, bean salads, greens, whatever. Have them lined up in the refrigerator ready to go at a moment’s notice. And if you don’t go out for a frantic last minute rehearsal, you have dinner or lunch already made.
3. If breakfast cereals are your thing because they are “fast,” try planning ahead and have oatmeal instead. You can make a batch of steel cut oatmeal and reheat throughout the week. One box of cereal is about $3-5 and doesn’t last as long as $3-5 worth of steel cut oatmeal. With the money you save you can add fresh berries and nuts to the top and have a healthier start to your day.
4. Energy bars are ridiculously expensive. Make a huge batch of your own; freeze them in wax paper or Ziplocks-which you can wash and use again. Making your own allows for you to add what you want and know exactly what goes into each bar. Make them with friends as it cuts the work and cost, plus it’s more fun.
5. Cut up a casserole or lasagna into individual servings and freeze for future busy weeks. Perfect to grab and go especially if there is a microwave at the rehearsal location, these can be easily warmed and enjoyed. I’d always have a stash of plastic forks and spoons in my glove box of my car as well.
6. You can freeze rice, so make twice as much as you need so you have one less thing to do the next time you need rice.
7. You don’t need fancy lettuces in a bag or box. For about a third of the price and a fresher variety, you can buy bunches of spinach, lettuces, and greens and chop them yourself. To wash, simply fill your clean sink full of cold water, dump the greens into the water and mix around to loosen dirt. Let sit for a while (practice your music, study your scores, whatever), come back, drain, repeat. Dry off the greens, and line a storage container with a paper towel underneath them. These greens will be fresher than what’s been sitting in a bag, and will last longer in your fridge. Less packaging, less waste, and more savings.
8. Beans and lentils are inexpensive and healthy, so don’t shy away from recipes with these! Bean and lentil salads in the summer, bean stews and lentil soups in the winter.
9. Peel your own carrots. Don’t buy the “baby carrots.” Like the greens, whole carrots will be fresher and less expensive than the prepackaged little ones. While peeling does take some effort, you can opt to just scrub the carrots with a brush and keep the healthy vitamin packed skin of the carrot in your diet if you like.
10. Shop the bulk aisle as much as possible. Many recipes require only one cup or one teaspoon of some grain, bean, dried fruit, or spice that you don’t need a full box or bag of. Sometimes, that teaspoon of curry you need will cost you a mere .05 cents, if the weight is even calculable. Also some bulk aisles have honey, peanut butter, and oils. If you only need a third cup of peanut butter, you can spend under a buck and get the correct amount or you can buy a jar for a bit more. Same for honey! Less packaging, less waste, more savings.
11. Freeze over ripe fruits that you didn’t eat. Those bananas you thought you might get to or that half orange you were sure you’d use will both make a good addition in a future smoothie. Just chop them up before tossing in the freezer so they will be easy to toss into your future smoothie. Wastes less!
12. Chop up a bunch of onions at once and freeze the rest.
13. Buy the biggest containers of oils you cook with. In the long run will save you money.
14. Don’t freak out over the higher price of organic eggs; each egg is packed with good nutrition but costs less than a candy bar.
15. Learn how to cut up a whole chicken, pineapple, or butternut squash.
16. Start putting aside the money you saved from eating at home and preparing dishes yourself. Start an IRA or savings account and add to it each month.
17. Decide what percentage of money should go into savings, retirement, towards job expenses, etc. Keep an eye on your monthly budgets to see what needs tightening or loosening.
This is really good and practically advice, not just for musicians, but for other busy people too. I’m so happy I stumbled onto her blog and this article!
Just because someone is quiet does NOT mean they are boring, or incompetent, or rude. More people need to start understanding this.
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