sunday swap with local snacks

clothing swaps can be tiresome!

Today was a new day-- back on the cleanse!  And with a full agenda of things to do.  Carson whipped me up a poached egg atop kale, sprouts, and avocado before I headed north for a wire wrap class.  I was super excited to learn new techniques to wrap a beautiful piece of amethyst (for a birthday necklace!) and a piece of rosasite, both found at Nature's Treasures.  Unfortunately, the instructor never showed for the class, leaving me with a chunk of time before my acupuncture appointment...
So I did a bit of looking around for something to wear to Carnaval, which I just found out I won tickets to and will be attending next weekend!  After some unsucessful thrifting, I headed for my first appointment at the Neighborhood Acupuncture Project.  I've been experiencing some really extreme neck and should tension  (and wrist/thumb pain- sound like writer's affliction?? I think so!) and I was hoping they could help...

I didn't get any pictures while I was there but I will be sure to take some next time.  My initial consultation  was with Cindy, and she was wonderful!  Afterward, you sit in a big, cushy Lazyboy.  You're in a big room with areas partitioned off by screens (the reason it is the Neighborhood Acupuncture Project is because it is a sliding scale community clinic!)  You then get pricked (for lack of a better word) and lay there for 30-45 minutes.  Very zen, spa-like music plays softly and it is quite relaxing!  I definitely dozed in and out of sleep.... and really seem to feel a lot better, even after that first treatment!


From acupuncture, I went straight to Monica and Paloma's house for a big, girly clothing swap.  I was excited to get rid of my two bags of Buffalo Exchange rejects and maybe get a couple cool things in return.  And that is just what happened-- I am now a few hippie shirts richer, and a couple dresses happier!  


They also had some Sugar Cleanse-friendly snacks spread out on the sunny kitchen table-- including Grandma's Humus by The Mediterranean Chef, which is truly the best hummus ever.  "How special can this hummus be?" you ask?  I just can't figure out what they put in it--besides crack--to make it so good.  But I did get a little insider information from one of the girls whose boyfriend makes it-- raw garlic and paprika oil.  She brought over two containers-- one blended with beets!  Beet hummus!! So simple and brilliant-- jewel-toned deliciousness!  

There was also some scrumptious white bean pate from Pate Letelier.  Blended with goat cheese and roasted garlic, and made slightly green with the addition of parsley and basil, I couldn't stop eating this creamy dip!  (All of the pates she makes are fantastic actually!)

New-to-me items in hand, I headed home to work on some articles and start on a soup, for my turn of the Winter Soup Club rotation....