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Sleep looks and sounds so good right now.

Sleep looks and sounds so good right now.

This is a pretty accurate portrayal of the pups’ life. Sleep. Rest. Wake up. Look shocked.

Introducing my new favorite grain combination: barley + farro!

I’ve been eating this consistently for the past week and it’s super good AND healthy for you! Apparently it’s even healthier than brown rice; and that’s saying A LOT!

Introducing my new favorite grain combination: barley + farro!

I’ve been eating this consistently for the past week and it’s super good AND healthy for you! Apparently it’s even healthier than brown rice; and that’s saying A LOT!

An update.

We are all still here (alive and well). Jes takes his 1st shelf exam this Friday!!! We are trying to wish him luck and keep him focused!

Studying in between us, she loves it!

Studying in between us, she loves it!

There’s something peaceful and refreshing about looking at the road, the blue sky and greenery that surrounds us.

There’s something peaceful and refreshing about looking at the road, the blue sky and greenery that surrounds us.

These past few days, I’ve been on a food/nutrition documentary kick. I’ve watched almost every nutrition documentary I could possibly think of on netflix. It’s so interesting to see how the American diet has changed over the past several decades. All these documentaries are biased towards vegetarianism/veganism, but they do bring up some interesting points about being healthy and living a sustainable life. How we rely so much on medicine to cure every disease state, that we don’t think about the real problem and how it originally started (lack of proper nutrition from ‘whole good fresh foods’.
All the documentaries have a main theme: fruits/nut/vegetables/grains = good; eat more of them! Meat and dairy = bad; eat less of them. There was one documentary that even talked about how eating a plant-based diet reversed several disease states (dyslipidemia; diabetes; arthritis; osteoporosis; heart disease; cancer). It really makes me rethink about the foods I cook for our family on a daily basis and how I feel the need to make more vegetables and get us more fruit as snacks. Jes doesn’t like nuts, so I guess that’s out of the question. I still buy them occasionally since they have lots of trace minerals that our bodies need.
It’s been pretty inspiring for me to cook us more healthy foods that have lots of good vitamins that our bodies need. It’s hard to cut out meat entirely, but I think we could take some lessons on eating less meat and more vegetables no matter who you are!

These past few days, I’ve been on a food/nutrition documentary kick. I’ve watched almost every nutrition documentary I could possibly think of on netflix. It’s so interesting to see how the American diet has changed over the past several decades. All these documentaries are biased towards vegetarianism/veganism, but they do bring up some interesting points about being healthy and living a sustainable life. How we rely so much on medicine to cure every disease state, that we don’t think about the real problem and how it originally started (lack of proper nutrition from ‘whole good fresh foods’.

All the documentaries have a main theme: fruits/nut/vegetables/grains = good; eat more of them! Meat and dairy = bad; eat less of them. There was one documentary that even talked about how eating a plant-based diet reversed several disease states (dyslipidemia; diabetes; arthritis; osteoporosis; heart disease; cancer). It really makes me rethink about the foods I cook for our family on a daily basis and how I feel the need to make more vegetables and get us more fruit as snacks. Jes doesn’t like nuts, so I guess that’s out of the question. I still buy them occasionally since they have lots of trace minerals that our bodies need.

It’s been pretty inspiring for me to cook us more healthy foods that have lots of good vitamins that our bodies need. It’s hard to cut out meat entirely, but I think we could take some lessons on eating less meat and more vegetables no matter who you are!

Water. 
Can be so beautiful. It gives us time to see our own reflection and really think about what we have become.

Water.

Can be so beautiful. It gives us time to see our own reflection and really think about what we have become.

Leon’s stalker days.

This pup MUST have been a stalker in a previous life. The way he has his eyes on us at all times is pretty amazing. I’m surprised he manages to follow us without a sound. He’s a pretty heavy dog! And yet he can creep as if he weighs less than a feather!

Can we live on a farm??? Pretty please?!

Can we live on a farm??? Pretty please?!

Fei’s Bucket List (aka ‘30 Before 30’)

  1. Do at least 1 Doctors Without Borders Mission Trip
  2. Buy land and design our dream home on at least 3 acres of land
  3. Roadtrip across the scenic parts of California/NM/NV/UT/ID
  4. Educate myself and others about nutrition and get to help people improve their diet and reverse their diseases
  5. Go to the Farmer’s Market consistently
  6. Travel to the rural parts of China and experience it all
  7. Help at least 1 person in the different countries we go to
  8. Go hiking in the west
  9. See Yellowstone National Park before it erupts
  10. Rural bike ride
  11. Buy at least 1 mosquito net for someone in Africa
  12. Backpack & bike across China (mostly western China)
  13. See wildlife up close (in Western US)
  14. Stand at the Grand Canyon and just breathe in all the beauty
  15. Plan and start an organic garden filled with fruit trees, blueberries, strawberries, green leafy vegetables, tomatoes, cucumbers, and peppers
  16. Own a bird feeder and observe the beauty of giving back
  17. Support a charity
  18. Have kids and let them experience as much as possible about life
  19. Adopt dogs from a pound and show them how good life can really be
  20. Bike across Mexico and get to experience the culture and pure awesomeness of it all: the food, land, mountains, desert, oceans, the language, and much more!
  21. Travel to South America and see how they thrive, even in poverty
  22. Go to Africa and just take it all in
  23. Have a job where I can counsel people on living healthy lifestyles and being happy, and trying to avoid preventable diseases (diabetes, dyslipidemia, heart disease, stroke, migraine, arthritis, osteoporosis, etc)
  24. Start a garden where I work
  25. Spend time with Jes, family, and our maybe future kids and fur babies
  26. Move to the West
  27. Save money for travel and our families
  28. Never lose sight of why Jes and I entered the healthcare field
  29. Learn Spanish fully
  30. Photograph all our travels and family time and precious moments and life in general; compile photo books out of the photos

Occasionally, Eevee will stare into space, and it really looks like she’s thinking really hard about something deep. It’s rare to catch it, but I think I got it today. I wonder what she’s thinking during these moments. I know we don’t know a lot about animal brain physiology, but I really do wonder what is going through her mind. She looks so intense in a philosophical kind of way.

Jes and I were talking about how sweet of a pup she is. She is just so sweet to everyone and so friendly to strangers and kids. Almost everyone loves her eventually. I hope she feels good living with us and being with us. I hope we’re giving her a better life than she had with her previous owner. I hope she is enjoying our company just as much as we enjoy hers. I hope she’s not lonely. I hope she’s happy. I hope she feels loved. Yes, these are things that run through my mind constantly. Sometimes, I feel she is lonely and wants another small dog companion. I wish we had the space and money to be able to get her a companion (other than Leon, who probably bothers her more than she would like).

Walking around the campus area is fun and filled with some cool houses!

Walking around the campus area is fun and filled with some cool houses!

Mondays are for studying. And being creeped on by a giant dog, apparently.

Mondays are for studying. And being creeped on by a giant dog, apparently.