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11 Jan

Gosh, the days are all getting away from me because they seem so disconnected.  At the end of the day, it’s hard for me to tell if events happened that morning or the day before.  I suppose that’s a good thing…  By 6PM, I’ve done so many different things that I can’t keep them straight!

I ended up inadvertently taking yesterday off.  It wasn’t planning, but we are re-tiling the kitchen floor (I’ve got some big news I plan to share soon about this!) and things seemed so hectic.  Some days I feel like Christina’s biggest hobby is trying to undermine any kind of schedule that I could possibly imagine.  Working out in the morning really limits how much her spontaneity can effect me.  Because obviously its her fault that I lack consistency.

In other news, there is a Crunch Fitness opening down in the Waterfront.  Their hours are like a free-for-all compared to my current gym at the library.  Their introductory rates are less expensive than the AC (even with the annual fee), they will offer a broader selection of classes, and they have guest privileges.  They do not have a pool, but I can’t even use that as comparison criteria because I’ve yet to use the pool at the AC.  It’s supposedly going to open in March, so that gives me some time to weight my options.  This may be an offer I can’t refuse.



3 Jan

Yesterday I found myself in the throes of a full blown flu-attack!  Complete with running nose, chest congestion, coughing, body aches, and a head full of pressure.  That combined with a heavy snow dump over the city didn’t provide much motivation to leave the solace of my house the couch.  So, I’m on pause for the time being.

Source: Natalie Dee

Source: Natalie Dee

Halfway through the day, I switched to a medication that included an antihistamine, and that basically just knocked me out.  I think I went to bed at 9:30 p.m. and slept straight through until 6:30 a.m.  I woke up this morning feeling marginally better, but still sick.  Why is it the medicine that causes drowsiness always better at treating illness?  Come on people!

Source: Natalie Dee

Source: Natalie Dee

I’m basically existing in a cloud right now and I am trying to get as much rest as I can.  Also, I just housed a Nancy B’s chocolate chip cookie.  And if we’re being honest I ate like 10 Oreos last night even though I couldn’t taste them at all.  Proving once again that when I’m not feeling well, all self-control goes directly out the window.  Today, I ate cereal and packed tuna for lunch.

I feel like this sickness is my first challenge to overcome.  I didn’t work out yesterday and I certainly couldn’t imagine working out today.  I am need to be very careful about how many days I take off to recover.  I know that if I take too many days off, the momentum I have will be gone.  On the other hand, pushing myself too hard before I’m fully better can make the flu linger even longer.  I just need to come out on the other side of this soon.  Preferably with my respiratory system intact.  I also need to stay motivated to make healthy meals and plan healthy snacks  – no more Oreo mini-binge.  Every 10 minutes I find myself saying Pull it together and get through the day!

Just, people.

16 Aug

After reading a post this week from one of my favorite bloggers, Lindsay (which, you should totally pop over to her blog and say hello), I started thinking about how silly people are.

I am 29  years old, unmarried, and childless for the time being.  To many of the people I grew up with, relegated now to only “Facebook Friends,” my life is considered a tragedy. They seem un-phased by the fact that I have been in a committed relationship for over 4 years.  See, to me, the fact that we own three houses (2 of which are investment properties, 1 we live in) together seems almost like more commitment than a ring on my finger.  I repeat, to me.  Yet, in this modern society we supposedly exist in, is it possible that my value as a human being still remains dependent on how many children I have brought into the world?  Should my happiness be determined by how happy my marriage is?  How many likes my engagement pictures get on Facebook?  How many Pin-worthy touches my wedding will have?

I find that a little hard to believe.  And yet, I am still haunted by a comment made to me over a month ago. Let me set up a short backstory:  I’ve recently been taking advantage of many free Kindle books on food, gardening, and sustainability.  Because, DUH.  My Kindle library is currently flooded with juicy titles like Preserve & Pickle Recipes, A Quick Start Guide to Container Gardening, and The Herb Handboook. A peek at my Kindle bookshelf prompted a childhood friend to say, “Look at you being all domestic.”


Oh that’s right….I forgot.  Since I have no children to speak of and still check “unmarried” on my tax returns, my life is just amusement to you Goddesses of Domesticity.  How impressed you all must be that my non-maternal brain even thinks about gardening!  Especially since gardening is something that married (i.e. domestic) people do. How cute of me to try my hand at playing house!  Look at you for coming out of your box!  I’m not sure exactly what was meant by that comment, since I’ve certainly been at this for over 4 years.  But…since I am not yet married and without child, my life must be one blurry week or party after party after bar night after club.  How awesome of me to try and fit domesticity into my hip, fabulous, social, unmarried life!

I could go on and on, but it gets to a point that if I think about it too much, then I can’t stop thinking about it.  And then I would probably stab my eyes out with scissors.

I know what you’re thinking.  That I am  over-analyzing the situation.  And you may be right.  We live in a society where people speak before they think.  If they even think at all about how the messages they sent may be received.  My friend may not have mean to make a comment that potentially could have come across as passive-aggressive, or offensive, or oblivious, or rude.  But guess what.  I love my life.  I love the fact that we buy fixer-uppers and rent them out, and whelp purebred dogs, and own our own successful business.  I love the fact that I was able to drop everything and go back for my Master’s degree because why not!  I can chose to get up early to go for a run or I can just go after dinner.  It’s that casual because omgosh I don’t have to worry about anybody buy myself!  I love the fact that I can travel and the hardest thing I have to think about is which kennel to board the dogs in and what to pack.  I love the fact that I have all the time in the world to garden and cook and fix up my own home because – if you haven’t been paying attention at all for the last 3 years of me blogging – those are things I love to do.

So, yeah.  Look at me being all domestic.  Without having the learning curve of worrying about keeping children alive.  It’s actually fun for me.  It’s something that I enjoy doing and developing and sharing.  And when I am ready to have kids, whenever that will be, I’m going to be great at it because I’ve all ready got this shit down.

And now look at me being seriously offended by your rudeness.


Blah.  I don’t even know what the point of this post was, but I had to get it out of my head.

Yes, I’d love some cheese to go along with this…

2 Dec

Life is kind of complicated right now.  I’m not complaining necessarily, because it’s a good sort of complicated that will result in a lot of really good things.  The problem is that its just very stressful right now.  For example…its the end of my final semester of graduate classes (AMEN!), she♥ will be graduating with her Bachelor’s in just a few short weeks, our dog is expecting on December 17th, we are in the process of launching our cloth diapering service, Christmas is right around the corner, we are moving at the end of the month…I will stop there before I have a heart attack.

I’ve noticed in the last few weeks, though, that I don’t particularly handle stress well.

First of all, my emotional response is to eat.  Luckily, I have been curbing this temptation by throwing myself into blogging, running, and reality television.  Second, I tend to snap out on the people that mean the most to me.  Not cool.  Third, I break out with styes.  Exceptionally not cool.


I am committing myself to being a more positive person, even if I secretly want to throw a Whole-Nine-Yards-Style tantrum, Matthew Perry style.

December will not defeat me!

I will not end 2011 looking like Santa Claus!

And I will stop acting like a brat…


That’s all for now 🙂



19 May

I am almost ashamed to say there is nothing exciting to report in this neck of the woods.  It seems like this rain will never let up!  I had to run on the treadmill this morning.  And guess what, I do mean run.  I barely walked at all because there are no hills on the treadmill!  While that’s probably cheating, I was so proud of myself when I hit the showers.

It is supposed to be clear skies and warm this weekend, though, so I am excited about that…

Especially since Saturday is my mom’s birthday!

We lack rituals in my family, so this year I offered to cook her dinner (and of course some delicious dessert).  I’m not sure how this is possible, because unlike her daughter, my mother does not like cake.  How is this possible?!!

Needless to say, I needed a PLAN B!

So, like any self respecting foodie I turned to my favorite blogs

Got out my trusty notepad…

don't you love monograms?

And made a grocery list!

Well at least started one.  I’m not going to give away what I’m making until it’s finished, but I’m sure that you get the general decadent idea!!

This may be more yummy than cake after all

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