Friday, January 30, 2009

{FAQ 8} CSAs, Dreaming, Being Small, & Potatoes.

Sarah: if you could have a dream house anywhere in the world where would it be and why?

Family notwithstanding: Hawaii, hands down. The weather is perfect, it is near both beaches and mountains, and is the most wonderful place I've ever visited. (And I've visited a LOT of places.) I could continue gushing. But I'll stop.

bFlat: I've been dying to know how the CSA worked out. Were the veggies good? Were you able to use them all? Would you recommend it to others?

Short answer: yes, mostly, and YES!

The vegetables were amazing. I've never tasted such great sweet corn or watermelon. Yum. I miss it a lot. It was a bit of work to make sure I used up as many vegetables as possible - I'd make a stir fry instead of a PB & J sandwich, for instance. But: The vegetables were local, so they lasted much longer than grocery store vegetables which have been shipped across the country (or world!) Plus, forcing myself to eat more fruits and vegetables is always a wonderful thing.

I would recommend a CSA to anyone and everyone. You can always share it with another person if you're afraid it will be too much. And now is a great time to start looking for one!

(A CSA is community supported agriculture - we paid a lump sum in May and got a huge bag of fresh fruits and vegetables every week for 16 weeks. Find a CSA here.)

Jimaie: 1. how tall are you?

I am a teeny tiny five-foot-one. Just don't call me a shrimp. I still hate that nickname.

2. what size shoe do you wear? ( hah! i sound so stalkery ALREADY! ;))

Six or six-and-a-half.

3. What is your all time favorite comfort food, one you could not live without?

Potatoes! Mashed potatoes, roasted potatoes, fries, oven baked potatoes. When I was in high school and ate fast food, I'd get a baked potato and french fries from Wendy's.

4. Tell us your idea of a perfect day :)

One spent in Hawaii on the beach, reading.

Or, realistically, one of the days over Christmas break when we were just lazy all day - playing Wii and dominoes, watching Scrubs, cooking, and hanging out with my family and my husband. It's perfect because I can wear yoga pants and a long sleeve thermal t-shirt all day and no one judges me. Plus, I like those people.

Ashley D: If you could have dinner with one person, who would it be and why?

Right now, Michelle Goodman, who wrote The Anti 9-to-5 Guide. I'd love to pick her brain and get her advice. Oh wait! No, I'd eat with the Readymade editors and convince them to feature my wee little Etsy shop. That would rock.

If money were no issue, where would you go on your next vacation?

Definitely a tour of Asia and Southeast Asia. I lived there for five years, and would LOVE to show Mike around. It's a big part of me that kind of gets buried. I'd eat roti canai, visit my high school, go shopping at KLCC (even though we still couldn't afford it), go see a $5 movie in a movie theater with Lazy Boy recliners, and savor the humidity. Sounds good to me.


FYI: There are a million Ashleys on the Internet (and everywhere! Even though my parents named me after a boy when the name wasn't even popular. Annoying.), so to distinguish myself, I combined my Etsy name and my real name: Ashley.Star. So when I leave comments, that's me!


  1. I'm so with you on the potatoes. I could not live without them. :)

    I would love to go to Hawaii some day. It's a must.

  2. Ooh, thanks for the link to the CSA information. I found a farm near my house that offers workshares in exchange for vegetables. My favorite job ever was working on a farm, so I am definitely going to look into this.

  3. Aww, you're a foot smaller than me! :)

  4. mmmmm potatoes (said in a homer simpson-like voice).

    they are the sole reason why i would never succeed on a no-carb diet. i would lose all sorts of sanity.

  5. I'll definitely be signing up for a CSA this spring. Thanks for answering my question.

  6. i've been wanting to sign up for a CSA or co-op for a couple of years now but the only one i could find in our area was PRICEY! I was thinking of maybe going halvsies with someone else to cut the costs tho...we'll see!

    I've always said that if i had to live off one food forever it'd be potatoes, i mean how many awesome things can you make with them?! YUMMERS.

    A lot of my favorite bloggy friends are turning out to be much tinier than i thot and i love it! So cute!! oh and i lovveee that your shoe size is almost exactly HALF of mine...oye. my feet are humungous :o
    these Q&A's are so fun!

  7. Ooo yay! Thanks to your link I found a CSA in a neighboring city that delivers to certain pick-up points in Fresno! I'm totally doing it this summer! so pumped!

  8. What boy did your parents name you after? I was named after Ashley from Gone With The wasn't very popular back then either! :0)

  9. we are the same height AND wear the same size shoe!! Too bad we don't live by each other, we could share things. I don't have anyone I can do that with, everyone is way taller than me, mostly. hehe.
    Also, POTATOES!! YES! I could totally eat mashed potatoes, baked potatoes, and french fries at every meal.

    ps. You GET me, I was indeed thinking of "this little light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine" when I named my blog! And you can "sing" to me anytime you like... you're so cute. :)

  10. Thanks for answering my questions! I would love to go on a tour of SE Asia one day! I've heard from so many people that it's amazing.

  11. Great answers - we have a CSA here in Winnipeg, we've got that crazy prairie soil so we're lousy with community gardens and are in the middle of farm land. I think that next year we might sign up to supplement the garden I'm planning!

  12. I would love to be on a beach reading right now... much better than the freezing cold I'm experiencing

  13. Here's for some short girl solidarity! :-) (I'm 5 feet exactly)

    Do you ever find that people think you're MUCH younger than you are simply because of your height? I get it all the time...and I don't feel I have a particularly young face (I'm 28, I think I look to be in my 20's...)it seems to me that you also have a pretty age appropriate looking face...but still people always think I'm REALLY young... (for example, I recently got carded for an R-rated movie!)

    Anyway...just curious if your teeny-ness causes you the same problem.

    Also, I'm so with you on the potatoes. When I ate fast food still I ordered the same thing!

  14. I'd love to be able to go to the movies and sit in a recliner. It would be so much more comfortable!

  15. I thought you were so much taller than that!!

  16. After reading this, I really want to see if there's a CSA around my area. I would assume so, but I have NO idea. And if I move to Nashville in the near future, I know that is a definite possibility! Fresh veggies and fruit? Awesome.

    Also, for whatever reason, I thought you would be around my height -- 5'6". Hrm. Funny how that works out, huh?


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