El otro día vi estas galletas el Walmart, en el estante que lleva todas las dulces mexicanas. 

Acertadamente nombrada “nostalgia” porque las galletas “Marías” me traen recuerdos de mi misión. Allá en Uruguay, siempre comíamos estas galletas con dulce de membrillo. Ojalá hubiera algo parecido en los EEUU, pero aquí no creo que exista.

Pensándolo bien, quizás es mejor que no lo tengamos. De otro manera, yo me engordaría :-)

El otro día vi estas galletas el Walmart, en el estante que lleva todas las dulces mexicanas.

Acertadamente nombrada “nostalgia” porque las galletas “Marías” me traen recuerdos de mi misión. Allá en Uruguay, siempre comíamos estas galletas con dulce de membrillo. Ojalá hubiera algo parecido en los EEUU, pero aquí no creo que exista.

Pensándolo bien, quizás es mejor que no lo tengamos. De otro manera, yo me engordaría :-)

Went shooting with my buddy again today. He has…an arsenal in his car. I got to try his Ruger SR45. Now I want one too.

Afterwards I went on a date with a girl in my ward. Funny thing is, she asked me out. While she’s not exactly my type of gal, and I knew it probably wouldn’t go anywhere, I still acquiesced to a date. My philosophy is that you should give every person a chance unless there’s a major reason not to. Anyways, I came up with a plan of hiking up Baylor Canyon together. Oddly enough, she decided to wear…flip flops. We still made it a ways and did a bit of chatting. I found out she plays rugby for the local university. That’s a first.

After my date, I went to Staples and purchased a 3-ring binder and some plastic sheet protectors. My new project for this summer will be assembling a civil engineering reference book. I’ll make notes with the help of civil engineering textbooks…or whatever notes I can find online (I’m fairly confident I can find it all online, actually!) I haven’t used my degree since I took the FE in October 2010. It’s time to brush up for my transition to the civilian world! 

…whenever that happens.

Here’s some healthy food for you: stew!

Using some goulash flavoring, I cooked this hearty stew consisting of sweet potato, corn, green onions, yellow onions, crushed red pepper, and beef chunks. I served it on brown rice. 

Full of vitamins, fiber and protein, and devoid of processed sugar, it’s a healthy and cost efficient snack. The leftovers were enough to fill five plastic containers, each with an entire lunch’s worth of stew and rice. I did the math, and the costs averages out to less than $2 a pop. And I’ll I have to do is stick them in the microwave. Isn’t that awesome!?

Saves me time and money. It’s tasty and healthy too!

…and I just randomly came up with this recipe!

Tonight I had a Facebook status thread discussion with my coterie of friends. The topic? Obesity.
I asked why obesity only became growing problem around 1980, when fast food and sugary beverages had existed for decades prior. What’re people doing now that they didn’t do before?
My friends offered the following ideas:
Serving sizes. The portions that restaurants and fast food joints serve is greater than in years past. This phenomenon notably includes beverages. Think the 7-11 Big Gulp.
Lack of exercise. People are lazin’ about and watching too much TV. Or Netflix. Or wasting time on…Tumblr?
Lack of available nutritional food. One friend pointed to the trend of how poor people are most affected by obesity, because it’s cheaper for them to just get fast food.
That last one definitely got me thinking. Is healthy food really more expensive? I for one don’t think so. Today I bought some sweet potato, eggs, onions and chicken from the commissary here on post. All healthy food…and all…dirt cheap! It’s much cheaper to buy fresh ingredients than to buy processed garbage from McDonald’s. Also, it’s fun to make…and you can have it whenever you want!
What do you think?

Tonight I had a Facebook status thread discussion with my coterie of friends. The topic? Obesity.

I asked why obesity only became growing problem around 1980, when fast food and sugary beverages had existed for decades prior. What’re people doing now that they didn’t do before?

My friends offered the following ideas:

  • Serving sizes. The portions that restaurants and fast food joints serve is greater than in years past. This phenomenon notably includes beverages. Think the 7-11 Big Gulp.
  • Lack of exercise. People are lazin’ about and watching too much TV. Or Netflix. Or wasting time on…Tumblr?
  • Lack of available nutritional food. One friend pointed to the trend of how poor people are most affected by obesity, because it’s cheaper for them to just get fast food.

That last one definitely got me thinking. Is healthy food really more expensive? I for one don’t think so. Today I bought some sweet potato, eggs, onions and chicken from the commissary here on post. All healthy food…and all…dirt cheap! It’s much cheaper to buy fresh ingredients than to buy processed garbage from McDonald’s. Also, it’s fun to make…and you can have it whenever you want!

What do you think?

I spent more time today reminiscing about my mission in Uruguay. I’ve been home for almost seven years, but I still think about my time in South America.
Meet my first mission companion. Ever Silvero from Fernando de la Mora, Paraguay. Though he annoyed me at the time, I grew to respect him as a missionary for his diligence and obedience. In this photo, he’s cooking something in our typical third world kitchen. That blue device is a garrafa or portable gas stove.
When it runs out, you haul it to the gas company to get refilled.
Man, we take so much for granted in this country. That’s not to say I don’t miss some things about life in Uruguay. Simplicity has its perks. I may venture back to that country some day… 

I spent more time today reminiscing about my mission in Uruguay. I’ve been home for almost seven years, but I still think about my time in South America.

Meet my first mission companion. Ever Silvero from Fernando de la Mora, Paraguay. Though he annoyed me at the time, I grew to respect him as a missionary for his diligence and obedience. In this photo, he’s cooking something in our typical third world kitchen. That blue device is a garrafa or portable gas stove.

When it runs out, you haul it to the gas company to get refilled.

Man, we take so much for granted in this country. That’s not to say I don’t miss some things about life in Uruguay. Simplicity has its perks. I may venture back to that country some day… 

So I found this external hard drive that someone had just discarded. 

It didn’t have a cable with it or anything.

It was just sitting there in a box full of random junk that I had to throw in the trash.

I took it home and ordered a cable for it off Amazon. I wonder what’s on it. Or does it even work? Oh my goodness…it’s a mystery box!

Stay tuned.

So I found this external hard drive that someone had just discarded.

It didn’t have a cable with it or anything.

It was just sitting there in a box full of random junk that I had to throw in the trash.

I took it home and ordered a cable for it off Amazon. I wonder what’s on it. Or does it even work? Oh my goodness…it’s a mystery box!

Stay tuned.

So I’m taking an engineering economics class as part of my graduate program. Today I made an amortization table template. All the user has to do is enter in the amount of debt, the interest rate, and the time by which the debt has to be paid off, and it calculates regular monthly payments automatically!
Just out of curiosity, I entered in the average amount of student loan debt and the interest rate for federal student loans. Oh my gosh. If they pay off their debt in ten years, they’re still looking at least $6,000 in interest alone! 
Man, I do love the Army!

So I’m taking an engineering economics class as part of my graduate program. Today I made an amortization table template. All the user has to do is enter in the amount of debt, the interest rate, and the time by which the debt has to be paid off, and it calculates regular monthly payments automatically!

Just out of curiosity, I entered in the average amount of student loan debt and the interest rate for federal student loans. Oh my gosh. If they pay off their debt in ten years, they’re still looking at least $6,000 in interest alone! 

Man, I do love the Army!