Going savage

7 Jun

Anytime I hear the term “Going savage” I think of The Heartbreak Kid

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Terrifically, funny movie that is completely mindless. If you haven’t seen it, I definitely recommend it! Ben Stiller and Malin Akerman play newlyweds who go to Mexico for their honeymoon. Their first day at the beach they are getting situated in their spot to tan and have fun in surf when he asks her if she is going to put any sunscreen on. She replies “I’m going savage” to get a good tan. Whenever I take a stab at simplicity, I always say “I’m going savage”

And here I am, going savage.

How you ask?

I haven’t turned on my A/C yet. My lease is up June 30th and I am not going to turn it on before I move out. This winter my energy bill was through the roof ranging from $90 –$120 where it used to be around $40-$60 in my old apartment. And the past few months it’s been $20-$25, that is way more in line with my budget. So when I’m slaving over the stove, I’ve been cooling myself off with one of this nifty fans.

And it actually helps keep me  cool. Plus I’m building up strength in my wrist, now that’s what I call winning. It came in handy on Monday night where it seemed to be a scorcher out and it was only 6o’clock. This is not a good sign for the months to come.

I made peach bbq pork chops with quinoa and veggies.

I used a good hunk of Penzey’s Mural of Flavor seasoning to season chopped up zucchini, green pepper, onion and eggplant then spritzed with my Misto.

The level of excitement over this veggies was borderline psychotic. After eating out the past week and a half, I was giddy to be in my own kitchen cooking with fresh produce. I marinated the pork chop in Paula Deen’s Peach BBQ for 20 minutes then baked on a cookie sheet for 20 minutes at 375 degrees.

Mural of Flavor is my new favorite seasoning, maybe because it has most of my favorite blended in there such as onion, garlic, thyme, rosemary, basil, coriander,  black pepper, chives among other spices.I wish I would have bought another jar of it.

In a typical day, the lights don’t come on until 8 or 9pm. I have so much natural light coming into my house, I don’t feel the need to turn them on. So with that, I get free light most of the day, I can dig that.

I’ve also gotten rid of my cable. This hurts even more than the A/C not being on. I am not moving out for another three weeks but I decided to make a clean break to save money and break my Real Housewives addiction.  Whomever thought of the Real Housewives franchise is an absolute genius but three at the same time? It has gotten out of control with three cities on simultaneously and kinda taking over my evening hours since I don’t have a DVR. Plus, they were influencing me.

*When I watched New York, I wanted to confront someone.

*When  I watched New Jersey, I wanted to confront someone and east pasta

*When I watched Orange County, I wanted to talk about someone behind their back (they aren’t too big on the confrontation) and get Botox.

So, that being said, it’s been quiet around here. I always kept the tv on for background noise. Even when I was gone, I would keep it on for Lincoln to keep him company. Not sure if that’s a good or bad thing though since I’ve seen conflicting things about both. But it’s been a pleasant silence. I am eating more mindfully now, enjoying each bite instead of wolfing it down, waiting for the next one while watching a sitcom. I don’t  have a million commercials coming at me to influence my to buy stuff and I listen to music if I do want noise. Maybe this going savage thing isn’t too bad at all.

How do you go savage?

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21 Responses to “Going savage”

  1. Monique June 7, 2011 at 5:50 pm #

    Oooh I recently made balsamic glazed pork chops with peach salsa! Such a good combo 🙂 And I don’t even like pork chops… the things I do for the bf….

  2. Natalie @Will Jog For Food June 7, 2011 at 7:24 pm #

    Love it! I go savage by uhhh….turning my AC on 78? hehe…it’s hot in FL, I can’t do it!

    • simplyshaka June 8, 2011 at 7:12 am #

      I dont blame you, FL is completely different and A/C is a must.

  3. Amanda June 7, 2011 at 7:48 pm #

    By not wearing pants when it gets hot. hahaha

    I want to try Mural of Flavor!

  4. Amy @ Second City Randomness June 7, 2011 at 7:51 pm #

    My friend Jaime leaves the tv on for her dogs, too… I would like to know if they ever actually pick up on the story lines… 🙂

    I have no idea how you don’t have AC on right now… granted, I keep mine relatively high, it’s still ON…

    • simplyshaka June 8, 2011 at 7:12 am #

      Me either, it’s weird. I live in an older house so it could be something with the insulation?

      I so need to quiz Lincoln and international affrairs…

  5. Alex June 7, 2011 at 8:45 pm #

    Tiff!
    I love the bbq pork and quinoa and veggies. I just boarded the quinoa train few months ago…I love that stuff. Just had quinoa pancakes for breakfast actually. How did yours turn out?

    Good luck on the move! When i’m off of TV, I go for the Netflix route…helps me get my fix.

    • simplyshaka June 8, 2011 at 7:11 am #

      Hola! Hope CR is treating you good! I’ve never heard of quinoa pancakes but I tried quinoa balls and loved them. Did you make the pancakes? I generally like to cook mine with chicken broth, let cool then mix with raw veggies, feta, lemon juice and extra virgn olive oil-yum!

      If I have to see another moving box, I am going to freak out.

  6. Lisa June 7, 2011 at 9:12 pm #

    You are nuts. I tried that, btu couldn’t do it. I just set mine at 80 and hope it doesnt have to kick on too much.

    • simplyshaka June 8, 2011 at 7:05 am #

      it’s really not that bad, I sweat! This is coming from someone who gets extremely crank in hot weather with no water around.

  7. Abby June 7, 2011 at 10:05 pm #

    I don’t have air in my house and we hit 93 degrees today. That, my friend, is savage.
    But in all honesty, I like summer because I can keep the lights off forever, use the oven less due to changing seasonal cravings and keep the TV/radio off more and just listen to whatever is going on outside the open windows. Granted that ‘s not always a good thing and I need my ballgames, but still…the quiet is nice 😉

    P.S. Is this a new comment form/section thing? I’m seeing them everywhere and wondering if I should jump on board with this trend? Peer pressure…

    • simplyshaka June 8, 2011 at 7:04 am #

      I just noticed the new comment section as well. I didn’t manually change it, it just happened. I am kinda diggin it though. Does it get really humid up there as well? It gets around 100 degrees here but the humidity is what makes it unbearable. Poor Lincoln, he needs to get a military haircut again so he can deal with this weather.

  8. euniece June 8, 2011 at 6:57 am #

    sometimes its nice to enjoy the silence!, slowly taste every bite, and not be influenced by those addicting housewives show [im guilty!] haha

  9. Monique June 8, 2011 at 11:45 am #

    LOL i just cut back on the cable. I know the feeling!

    I eat veggies during the week to save Money… and i go to yelp events when so i can party for free lol. rock star status.

  10. vixter2010 June 8, 2011 at 4:05 pm #

    I can’t even imagine having air con, it’d never get hot enough for that here!

  11. Katie H June 8, 2011 at 7:02 pm #

    I thought that movie was hilarious! Damn girl, you must be boiling- it is so hot in upstate NY, I imagine it’s ridic down there! Though you are def saving a boatload- smart move.

    I watched the first few seasons of real housewives when it was just OC. Now I feel like there is too many of them to keep track of!

  12. diana@mymarblerye June 9, 2011 at 8:42 am #

    since I’ve moved to denver we haven’t used the ac as much!! it’s so pretty right now here. And btw…when I watch the housewives OC franchise I wanna dress like a slut!

  13. Ashleigh June 9, 2011 at 8:07 pm #

    Fun fact about that movie… the directors spoke at my grad and they chose one person from my class to be an extra, and it was my old roomie! too cool/ super jealous of her.

    LOVE all of those real housewives, but they are CRAZY

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