My first big project, a whole app redesign (version 3.0), was just released to the app store this morning. I want to vomit. I’m seriously so scared that people will hate it, but we’ve come a long way… This is what I’ve been working so late for; this is why I’ve been working so hard. I hope people find it to be less frustrating and easier to use. But isn’t that what all designers hope for?
I compiled a little comparison so you at least have some context of where I started. I joined the mobile team/project mid-2011 and slowly patched a few things into the existing app, mostly on the owners’ side of things. Come late 2012, I finally get the opportunity to rebuild it from the ground up. Can you imagine how heavy that responsibility feels?! I mean, I was excited but now I’m just shaky and nervous. I can’t believe we started and shipped it in only six months. I knocked out the UX & visual design in the first two.
What if I overlooked obviously major things?
What if things just don’t connect like the majority of people expect?
What if I left something out?
What if it’s just not what people wanted?
What if it’s just a complete failure and everyone hates it?!
We did usability tests, but my nerves are still on edge. This is real…it’s out there now and there’s no turning back. If I’m lucky, thousands of people will use it. If I’m lucky, a large percentage of those thousands won’t hate me. I have to start from somewhere, right? I’m ready to learn from my mistakes. Bring it (I’ll still be crying in a corner).
Poppy Power Protein Pancakes!
I really wanted lemon poppy seed pancakes this morning but I didn’t want the typical heaviness of sugar-saturated, drowning-in-butter-and-syrup, over-processed flour. I combined one of my favorite recipes with a new one I found that has an extra benefit of protein and using “cleaner” ingredients.
- 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
- ½ cup steel-cut oats ground into a flour
- 1 lemon’s worth of zest
- 2 Tbs poppy seeds
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 egg white
- ¼ cup nonfat Greek yogurt
- 1 Tbs coconut milk
Mix up dry ingredients first, then add the wet stuff. Pour onto a hot griddle and cook them like you typically would a normal pancake.
Serve with fresh fruit! I suggest strawberries and banana slices.
I cooked them in a nonstick pan with a barely mentionable amount of coconut oil. I’m not even sure I needed it at all. The original recipe suggested using a spritz of nonstick spray. I do have a Misto with olive oil but coconut sounded like a much better flavor for this.
I used a clean coffee grinder to grind down the oats into a flour consistency. I might even try grinding up almonds or using coconut flour instead for the next round.
For a little bit of added sweetness and flavor, I used a vanilla-flavored yogurt.
I used Whole Foods’s brand “365 Everyday Value” whey protein powder. I was thinking about checking out Sprouts’s bulk bin protein powders or Trader Joe’s brand next time I go grocery shopping. Does anyone have any thoughts on these?
Poppy seeds, even in small amounts, are a good source of protein, dietary fiber and minerals. (livestrong.org)
Note: The top-left photo is not a representation of the amount of ingredients used, only the type of ingredients, which happens to be all of them except the coconut milk. The photos were taken with my iPhone and edited with Afterlight and PictureFrames.
I’ve read quite a few blogs about natural hair remedies and one in particular seemed pretty doable. Cucumber-lemon shampoo! It’s super simple:
1 lemon, peeled and seeded
1 cucumber, peeled and seeded
Throw these guys together in a blender then store in the fridge. It should stay fresh for about 5 days.
…as you would your usual shampoozle.
- Cucumbers are very nourishing to the hair due to the nutrients in them like vitamin C and E, silicon and sulfur. These nutrients help repair hair damage and promote healthy hair growth. (knoji.com)
- Lemon is a good for your hair too, as it helps in removing dandruff. Rubbing or massaging lemon juice on your hair regulates the blood in your head helping in hair growth. The glands are regulated too which help in producing oil to have a beautiful and shiny hair. (healthguidance.org)
I haven’t tried this at all yet. I plan to very soon and I’ll update this post after I have. I’ve read that lemon bits might be difficult to rinse out so I might just juice 2-3 lemons instead of blending the pulp. Also, I’ll probably strain the smoothie through cheesecloth before pouring it into a bottle.
Watermelon might also be a nice ingredient…
For oily hair, add another lemon to the mix.
Since dying my hair bright red, I can’t really wash my hair daily like I’ve been used to doing, otherwise it would fade and wash out within weeks. I’ve had to get used to washing it maybe every other day but I HATE IT. I feel so gross.
I just recently re-discovered an old book I have that was written by Moby (ironically enough) and his ex-girlfriend Kelly Tisdale about their tea & vegan café in New York, teany. It has a really great hair rinse recipe that I used this morning! Here it is, as best as I can remember it, but you should really go buy the book! It has a lot of great natural remedies and recipes. Better yet, go visit the café, it’s super adorable and everything they serve is delicious!
6 cups water
1 tablespoon chamomile tea (I used bulk dried flowers from Fiesta)
1 tablespoon lemongrass tea (I used two 3” dried sticks of lemongrass)
Bring water to a boil
Add tea and simmer for 10 minutes then let cool to room temperature
Pour into a spray bottle and keep in the fridge until you’re ready to use it
I actually halfed the recipe and it fit perfectly into a little $1 spray bottle I bought from HEB.
In shower: spray in wet hair toward the end of your shower and just wring out (don’t rinse)
Post-shower: spray on towel-dried hair and go about your business
- Chamomile may soothe any inflammation or irritation of the scalp (livestrong.org)
- Blond hair rinsed in Chamomile tea gets brightened naturally (sweetadditions.net)
- Lemongrass oil has antidepressant as well as antibacterial properties. Lemongrass oil may also be an effective treatment to combat hair loss and oily hair and scalp conditions. Some aromatherapists and herbalists believe that lemongrass oil can strengthen the hair follicles, another benefit for those suffering from thinning or weak hair. It is often combined with lavender or rosemary oil in aromatherapy hair-loss treatments. (livestrong.org)
I can’t stop daydreaming … I don’t think I’ll have this any time soon but I can’t stop wishing for my house. Maybe it’s because I’m stuck at home more often now. Maybe I’ll put together mood boards for each room like this one for kitchen/dining. The kitchen is the most important part to me because I’d like nothing more than to be able to have people over and we can make fun things in the kitchen together and just hang out and eat/drink. Secondly to that, I’d like a lovely outside area, especially since Austin’s weather allows for that 90% of the year. Every other part of the house would be fairly open and minimal because I’d rather not spend a lot of time doing nothing … I have a really hard time doing that in the first place.
When I scoot home from work, I often pass by houses that place bundles or piles of discarded logs and brush from their yard work at the end of their driveways. Friday night, I saw a bunch of really decent piles of tied up wood that were enticing enough to drive back out in the middle of the night to go pick some up. It’s so satisfying to save things like that from going to waste.
This was only in motion because Julianne had asked me about a month ago to paint her some sticks like the ones I had at my old apartment (now in the loving care of one, Cesar Ramos). I can’t find any old pictures of those sticks…I’ll have to search.
Sunday morning I started my project(s). Since I had some decently sized mini logs, I cleaned them up and had Aaron help me chop off the ends so they’d stand up straight. I’m not sure what I’m going to do with them yet. Aaron also cut me some coaster-sized disks, so I played around with that idea but I only ended up liking one of designs. I finished Julianne’s sticks in coral+white+copper wire and gray wire+white+mint stripes.
It was a nice outside project weekend. On Saturday I sat out on the back patio and sketched some ideas out on paper and watched birds play in the trees. While sitting out there, I noticed some leftover woodcuts from Aaron’s palette planters still sitting around, so I used some to print a small stationery set. I printed with silver ink on different sheets of sample cotton paper I’ve been saving since school. I didn’t take any photographs of them though. It’s harder to make white paper look good, especially with my phone.