miniature {at the time of titling this post, so before even beginning to write & ergo potentially not miniature at all} rant:

Comcast is the worst cable // internet service provider of all time.

i’d love to go on and lay out exactly why that is, but honestly – doesn’t everyone know how terrible they are by now? surely this company has left no stone unturned in their quest to infect every city in the continental united states with their atrocious lack of customer service, their unheard-of {read: excessively lengthy} hold times if you dare call and request assistance with your service, and their shoddy internet that is inconsistent at best and downright disgraceful at its worst. it would be trite for me to continue with why they suck, because anything I could say has surely been said and lamented at some point {and likely by a myriad of disappointed, angry customers} before.

so I will just say this:

I don’t see why we have to subscribe to their cable service in the first place. when kdr was deployed, I got along just fine with the standard ten-or-so channels {I had jeopardy, I had scandal, I had the bachelor… not the most riveting, stimulating tv, but entertainment when I truly desired it nonetheless} and no internet at home. if anything, it was fabulous fun having a reason to leave the house during the day to make my pilgrimage to my own personal mecca, foxy loxy, and make use of their internet while enjoying a delicious yet affordable korean bbq taco.

sadly, however, kdr doesn’t see it this way.

{enter passive aggressive mode…}

my sweet, loving, wonderful fiancé needs – needs –  the internet to survive.


apparently – as i’m coming to learn – tv shows {mainly, in our household, watched via netflix or amazon or what have you – via some application that requires the internet, in any case} are a vital part of human existence.

they de-stress.

{coincidence that “de-stress” autocorrected to “distress”? I think not. autocorrect understands me.}

they enlighten.

they entertain.

they fill gaps in conversation with mindless drivel.

and above all, the internet gives us something to occupy our thoughts when we’d rather not think about reality.


had a bad day at work?

don’t talk about it. surf gear patrol for new gadgets. put crap you don’t need in your amazon wishlist. find new ventures to support on kickstarter so you’ll end up with more things.

thingsthingsthingsthings – let’s accumulate as much as possible, as quickly as possible!

consumerism at its finest, no?

{because what really matters is how much stuff you acquire during your lifetime.}

i’m obviously not above this myself – is anyone, really? – and having the internet at home is a practical, useful thing most of the time. however–

do I want to continue to opt-in to a messed-up company’s monopoly on the market in this area?

no. no no no.

dealing with comcast is, in my mind at least, similar to dealing with factory farms.

just as I choose not to buy meat from factory farms and ergo opt out of the industrial food complex that has befallen our country, I would ideally choose to opt out of comcast’s shameful business practices by not giving them any of our money any longer.

{kdr is still in disagreement with me over this. so — oh well. housewives who do not make $ are not always in the most favorable bargaining position when it comes to household decisions like this. such is life.} 

I refuse to reward failure.

comcast may think it’s a successful company, being that it is so widespread in this area and surely turns a hefty profit, but that’s not the metric by which I choose to define success. the fact that they have zero interest in improving their customer service combined with their epically awful internet service make comcast a sad failure in my opinion. it’s a shame that they are allowed a monopoly on the market when they are so undedicated to their customers and the overall improvement of their product.

{yes, this post was prompted by the fact that the internet went out over five times in the past half-hour that I tried to write a blog post. I was originally going to write about something else entirely but that will have to wait for another day. you can thank comcast’s incompetence and devil-may-care attitude regarding their shoddy products. GRRR.}


{meal plan} for the week of september 16th, 2013.

it has been approximately seven moons since I wrote last, which I fully acknowledge is ridiculous. in any event, I am now embarking on a new journey of sorts in which I assist a friend with meal-planning and changing over to the whole/real foods lifestyle.

exciting? obviously!

not only do I think it will be a nice thing to chronicle via my lovely blog {in which I will hopefully be encouraged to write more often – fingers crossed} but this will also be the best forum through which I can keep track of all of the fabby recipes i’m planning to incorporate.

so what’s on the menu for this week? i’m glad you asked ;)

my strategy for her {and my own strategy, as a matter of fact} is to eat almost the same thing for breakfast and lunch every day with the only real variety being what I have for dinner. with that being said, I do like to switch it up every now and again so that I don’t get too bored – the most common way for me to do that is to just eat dinner leftovers for lunch.


}} eggs {2-3 whole, pastured} scrambled with veggies {bell peppers, mushrooms, onions}  in evoo + 1 slice of ezekiel toast with 1/2 T kerrygold butter

}} raw fruit {cantaloupe, honeydew, pineapple, berries} with 1/4 C toasted almond slices, shredded coconut & 1/2C greek yogurt {full-fat}

}} 1 link/patty sausage {pastured, farmer’s market} with onions, peppers + eggs {2 whole, pastured}

}} pancakes {either these or these} with berries, a drizzle of local honey & a pat of kerrygold butter


}} ginormous salad: protein {chicken, turkey, flank steak} + veggies {whatever is in season – carrots/cucumbers/bell peppers/red onion/avocado/etc.} + mixed greens {romaine/baby lettuce/baby spinach} + homemade salad dressing {evoo + dijon with either balsamic vinegar, apple cider vinegar, or lemon juice}

}} tuna salad {can of wild planet sustainably caught, low-mercury tuna + evoo + dijon + scallions + pickles + salt & pepper} on 1 piece of toasted ezekiel bread with roasted veggies

}} leftovers from dinner


}} crockpot bbq chicken via civilized caveman:

crockpot bbq chicken
recipe via civilized caveman

}} mexican casserole via paleomg:

recipe via paleomg
recipe via paleomg

}} lemon halibut in parchment with parsnips, olives & fennel:

parchment halibut
recipe via clean program’s blog

}} old bay roasted shrimp with sautéed yellow squash & zucchini {using ina garten’s fab recipe for guidance}

snacks as desired

}} one piece of whole fruit {apple/pear/orange/etc.} + palm-full of toasted nuts {almonds, hazelnuts, cashews, pistachios, pecans}

}} 1 cup of greek yogurt {full-fat, grassfed if possible} or cottage cheese {ditto} with mixed berries and a drizzle of local raw honey or grade b maple syrup

}} 1 piece of ezekiel bread topped with either 1 T of sunbutter or 1.5 oz non-deli meat {sliced chicken or turkey}/dijon mustard

}} roasted veggies {carrots, cauliflower, kale, broccoli, etc.} with evoo & spices {s&p, old bay, herbamare… the options are endless!}


PHEW. so there you have it;) wish us luck!!


*if you’re wondering why I only planned out a few dinners, it’s because I’ve found that {at least for me} it’s better to under-plan on dinner since my little household often has more leftovers than we know what to do with, as we are only two people and most recipes prepare enough for four. i’m the only one who can eat leftovers for lunch, as the bf doesn’t have a microwave at work and refuses to eat cold leftovers {which I, oddly enough, adore}.