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When I was younger, I went with my mom everywhere. We used to visit my grandfather, we’d go to her bookkeeping job, and we’d go shopping. And we talked a lot too. Something that always sticks in my mind, from those day, is the way she’d “cup of coffee” which sounded a lot more like “cupacoffee”. Honestly, thinking back, this may be where my obsession with coffee came from. There is no better sound than my mom saying cuppacoffee. When she talked about...
When I was younger, I went with my mom everywhere. We used to visit my grandfather, we’d go to her bookkeeping job, and we’d go shopping. And we talked a lot too. Something that always sticks in my mind, from those day, is the way she’d “cup of coffee” which sounded a lot more like “cupacoffee”. Honestly, thinking back, this may be where my obsession with coffee came from. There is no better sound than my mom saying cuppacoffee.
When she talked about it, it was always in reference to visiting. She would visit so-and-so, and they’d have cake, and a cuppacoffee, and they’d visit. I guess that’s why it sounded so good, it was an experience, and the experience was sharing and catching up with a friend. And that’s what this post is today. Let’s catch up. Grab a cuppacoffee and a slice of cake and let’s talk!
Seattle and Dispesaries with my Mom
Two weeks ago, I was in Seattle with my mom. Let me clarify, I took my mom with me on a business trip. She’s always wanted to see Seattle, and she figured she’d travel with me and get a free hotel room out of it. Flattering, huh? Now, normally my hotel rooms are pretty roomy, and come with two beds. But not this time. The room was the size of my bedroom, and it had one, full sized bed. Needless to say we got pretty.
When I’m with her, I still feel like a little kid, while getting to have the fun of an adult. It’s pretty special.
I am super proud of my mom and the things she did in Seattle. She wandered out on her own for the first time in her life. She went snowshoeing, she drank mimosas, and she visited the local pot dispensaries. She got a super kick out of this last one.
Two pics she texted me during the week:
A little history about my mom. She always says that she slept through the 60’s. She was not the burn-your-bra, dropping acid, groovy chick that we think about from the 60’s (I know, I know, these are stereotypes, but I’m a child of the 80’s, this is what we were taught!). She was a pretty straight-laced gal, who didn’t know what Woodstock was until years later. And it’s not exactly her fault that she was so out of touch, she grew up in a pretty toxic household and her mind was more on survival than anything else.
As she’s gotten older, she’s gotten bolder and more independent, and it has been one of the great joys of my life to watch. She is by far my favorite person on this planet, and watching her come into her own is downright glorious.
I am Now Living that Work From Home Life
Last time we talked I told you about my new role working from home. Let me tell you, working from home has been an adjustment. Some things I did not expect include:
- Snacks…I literally want to eat all day. And sometimes I do just that.
- Conference Calls…I have about six a day, cause I’m home and that’s how people communicate with me. Which I know, makes sense, but I honestly did not expect it.
- Fresh Air…I used to spend all day in a warehouse, and didn’t get a lot of fresh air, but there is something weird about getting out of bed, sitting at my desk and seeing the outside world right in front of my face, without actually breathing in any fresh air. I’ve made a point to get out either to take a walk or run errands, at least once a day. A really easy fix to this would be to open the window, but my allergies are kicking my ass this season! Someone recently explained it as feeling like wearing a mask under your face, and that is totally spot on. OK, so another easy fix to that would be to take Claritin every day, and I honestly have no good reason for not doing that. Like, literally no good reason, I just don’t do it. Speaking of, hold on one sec while I go take my Claritin.
- Steps…When I was on site, I was walking at lest 5,000 steps a day, and on good days over 10,000. Now I can very easily go all day with only 1,000 steps, unless I make a conscious effort to get up and get moving!
I am not complaining, by any means. I am so happy to be able to work from home. So freakin happy. It’s just a total adjustment and my biggest opportunity is keeping myself on track and off of social media!
On that note, I got two Tweets with major traffic this week! (This may not seem like major traffic to you, but for me more than ten likes, is MAJOR traffic) They were both responses, and one was by far the nicest Tweet I’ve ever Tweeted:
So, I’m like basically still famous.
I am Officially Out of Debt!
When the year started, I created some goals for myself, and one of the most important ones was to get out of debt. And this week, I did it!
My student loan was by far the worst of all my debts, and I literally spent the first four years paying off JUST the interest. $10,000 right down the toilet.
I’ve been living with debt for so long that I cried when I paid off the final bill. And not just a few tears, I cried like a baby. I kept taking these big long breaths, like I’d just gotten on shore from almost drowning. Debt has felt like that more than a few times over the years, and I am so happy to be done with it. I feel like a new person.
I had so much with my last swap box in the Fall, that I signed up to do another one for Spring! I got Lowanda from Sunshine and Elephants. And she knew that this year is all about self-care! She sent me relaxation in a box!
This box smelled soooooo good when I opened it. The bath bomb smells heavenly, I took a bunch of big whiffs from this beauty, and I can’t wait to use it. I love that everything in this box was for relaxation and self-care. It’s spot on. Funny enough, Margarita’s are my mixed drink of choice! And this one is like a Capri Sun for adults. I’m not drinking this year, as part of my self-care plan, but I’m happy to share this tasty treat with my husband. He’s pretty happy about it as well.
If you want to participate in this swap box, make sure to check out Happy. Pretty. Sweet. this week, Ashley included a sign up for the Summer Swap Box in her most recent post.
It feels so good to talk to y’all that I could go on all day. I’m working on a better posting schedule though, so we’ll be talking more throughout the week. I know, I know, I promised that in my last post. Well, at least I’m consistent ;).
So what’s new with you? Tell me something about your week in the comments!
I’m not dead, even though the last time I posted was over a month ago. OVER a month ago! Yeesh. You know when you want to call someone, but you haven’t called them in so long that you start analyzing everything you are going to say to them when you finally talk? And then you do that for so long that it makes the time since the last time you called that much longer to the point where you feel like you can’t call? Well, that’s what I was stuck in. I hadn’t blogged...
I’m not dead, even though the last time I posted was over a month ago. OVER a month ago! Yeesh. You know when you want to call someone, but you haven’t called them in so long that you start analyzing everything you are going to say to them when you finally talk? And then you do that for so long that it makes the time since the last time you called that much longer to the point where you feel like you can’t call? Well, that’s what I was stuck in.
I hadn’t blogged for so long, that all I was doing was thinking about what I wanted to blog about, so much so that I never actually got around to blogging!
But, hey! I’m back now! And there is so much to talk about. So pull up a chair and let’s get down to business! Though, I don’t know why you would be standing while reading this. Unless you are on the subway, then you’re probably standing because there are no available seats. If that’s the case, continue to stand, I don’t want you starting a fight for this post.
First off, I started a new role at my job, yay, which is amazing for a few reasons: one, I am doing something new that I actually enjoy, I was in such a rut at work that every day was feeling a bit torturous. And two, most importantly, the job is remote. Which means I can work from home. Let me say that again, I CAN WORK FROM HOME! Holy moly, y’all. The only career goal I had on the books was working from home. Sure I want to work at a job that feeds my soul, and makes me happy, but until I find that, all I wanted was to work from home. And now, I am.
Side note: I am starting a Work From Home series, because people have told me that working from home is a lot more difficult than I realize and that it’s not all it’s cracked up to be. I honestly don’t believe it. So, I’m going to be documenting my journey to see if it is in fact harder than I think it is. Spoiler: so far it’s not, though it’s been super fattening! More on that to come.
I just started reading You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero and I already love it. I am trying to wean myself off of social media first thing in the morning, since it makes me batshit crazy and it is officially a horrible way to start the day. So I put this book in the bathroom so that when I’m waking up, or hiding from the children, I can read it and actually feel like I’m making a difference in my life as opposed to getting sucked into mindless nonsense that enrages me.
My goals for 2018 are vast and many, and they include getting myself out of this crazy funk I have been in for so damn long! I honestly think a lot of it revolves around postpartum issues, with a good healthy side helping of mental health issues. My daughter is about to turn three, and this year is the first since she was born that I am starting to feel more like myself.
I’m helping myself in a few ways: bullet journaling has been a continued source of calm and grounding for me. I’ve also gotten back to daily journaling and documenting my gratitude. I know that focusing on the joy in my life has not always been a priority, but when I do, it really makes a difference.
I saw a Facebook live post by CA Miljavac almost a month ago, and it was an emotional one. If you don’t know Carolanne (CA), check her out, she is one of the funniest people on this earth and her feed brings me endless joy. This particular video is heavy, and I cried a few times watching it, but it also gave me this gift that I honestly did not see coming.
The TL;DW (too long; didn’t watch) version is that CA was in a very dark place after her seven year old niece lost her battle against cancer. CA had a moment in her car when she decided to give her life up to God, and in that moment, she said that God spoke to her. And he said “speak.” After that she threw herself into her Facebook page, doing live videos every day and after a year, her page literally exploded. Her posts constantly go viral, she has almost half a million followers, and she is an honest to goodness inspiration.
I haven’t had spirituality in my life since college. Studying environmental science is a really good way to knock the spirituality right out of you. But I’ve always felt like something was missing. I’ve always wanted more. And this video lead to the first time, in a loooong time, where I actually took a good hard look at my spirituality. I wondered what would happen to me, if I gave myself up to God. What would he tell me?
To someone who openly identifies herself as an atheist, this is big. And potentially scary. So I’m not diving too deep into it at the moment. But it feels like there is now a constant knocking at my door, and I know some time soon I am going to have to answer it.
So, yeah, a lot has happened this month. A LOT. I’m psyched to be back on the blog and I actually have more posts in the works. Can you even?! Seriously though, thanks for sticking with me, even after my unintentional hiatus. If you ever need to check my pulse and see if I’m still kicking around, I post regularly on Instagram. I also post irregularly on Twitter.
Until next time! *which I promise you will be sooner than a month from now!
I started blogging when I was pregnant with my son, over six years ago. When I started, blogs were all the rage, especially mommy blogs. But something has changed, especially since I’ve been out of the game for two and a half years. Things…feel different. It makes me wonder, is blogging dead? Why Blogging Feels Dead Sponsored Content First and foremost, almost every blog post I read is sponsored. Just today, I read a recipe sponsored by a date company, another by a nut company, and...
I started blogging when I was pregnant with my son, over six years ago. When I started, blogs were all the rage, especially mommy blogs. But something has changed, especially since I’ve been out of the game for two and a half years. Things…feel different. It makes me wonder, is blogging dead?
Why Blogging Feels Dead
First and foremost, almost every blog post I read is sponsored. Just today, I read a recipe sponsored by a date company, another by a nut company, and three others sponsored by the writers own ‘life-changing program.’ And I get it, I used to make money blogging, writing sponsored posts, and working with companies, and I get that writers need to make money, but I just cringe a little when I see those little words “this post sponsored by…” And my bullshit meter goes off in full detection mode.
No one comments any more!
OK, not no one. I’m someone and you’re someone (ps – I super love it when you comment, it makes me feel less like I’m talking to myself), but I’m seeing fewer comments on less popular blogs than I used to. Blogging used to feel more like an ongoing conversation, even on smaller blogs, but now a lot of the blogs I visit get little to no commentors.
I had a discussion with some bloggers recently about this, and they said that they no longer comment. They said that when they want to interact with content, they’ll do it on social media. What are your thoughts on this one?
Where have all the Tweeters gone?
This one is site specific, but I used to be a part of the SITS Sharefest every Saturday at 10am EST, and it used to be so popular that the hashtag would trend during the hour long party, and the Tweets would come in so fast it was almost impossible to catch up. Now it’s usually me, and one or two other people struggling to think of things to talk about. And the moderator, bless her heart, tries but the engagement is just not there.
Instagram, and microblogging, are easier and dare I say, more fun?
Instagram is my new favorite place to be, online. Facebook is full of downers, it’s politically charged, and some folks are downright nutty. And Twitter is fun, but it makes my blood pressure spike if I linger too long. Instagram, on the other hand, is my happy place. I have made such great connections there (check out @chocmusings) and I legitimately love the community. Also, it feels like old times sharing content that others like and interact with.
Side note on this one – I am part of a vegan FB group, and I asked one of the members if they had a blog, since their photography was really enticing, and they literally laughed and said, that they didn’t’ have a blog but they had an Instagram account. Talk about feeling old fashioned!
Who has the time?
When I’m really in it, blogging takes a lot of time. Whether it’s editing pictures, sharing content, working on a social media strategy, or writing copy, it takes precious time, that I just don’t have that much of. Hence why my last post was posted over two weeks ago.
On the Other Hand…
I love to write and I always have. I have been writing my entire life, and I really enjoy it. I’ve loved the time I’ve spent blogging, and when it’s good, it’s really really good. So I’m not going to stop, I just need to reacquaint myself with this new iteration of blogging. It’s so different from what I remember two and a half years ago. Maybe I’m becoming a curmudgeony old lady who resists change.
Or maybe I just need a good kick in the ass.
Either way, I won’t be going anywhere, and I’ve actually started some side projects that I’m super excited about. One of them is a site called Vegan Spotting, where I’ll be posting vegan restaurant, product, and recipe reviews. I’m also working on a site dedicated to bullet journaling and another related to a big life change on the horizon.
The Moral of the Story
Maybe blogging’s not dead, it’s just different than I remember. And that’s OK. I’m not above learning something new, or adjusting to a new surrounding. I’ll be posting more content here, as well as in my other web spaces, and I’m looking forward to bringing back that community feeling. I’d love to hear your input on this topic, especially if you are blogger who has been blogging for a while.
What are your thoughts on blogs and blogging? Have you noticed the change?
We rented My Little Pony: The Movie recently and, although I appreciate the use of the colon in the title, I can’t say I loved the movie. I can however say that the music in this movie was pretty great. Even though I’ve heard these songs about a million times now, I still like them. And one in particular spoke to me. Yes…a My Little Pony song spoke to me, I’m not ashamed. The song is called, Time to Be Awesome. Here’s a little background on the song: Somehow the...
We rented My Little Pony: The Movie recently and, although I appreciate the use of the colon in the title, I can’t say I loved the movie. I can however say that the music in this movie was pretty great. Even though I’ve heard these songs about a million times now, I still like them. And one in particular spoke to me. Yes…a My Little Pony song spoke to me, I’m not ashamed. The song is called, Time to Be Awesome.
Anyhoo, the main point of the scene is that the pirates work for the Storm King and are carrying out his orders. The ponies, trying to get out of being thrown overboard, tell the pirates that they should rise up and change their ways. They don’t have to work for that lousy Storm King, they should work for themselves and do what they love!
Time to Be Awesome
These are the lyrics:
- I know the world can get you down
- Things don’t work out quite the way that you thought
- Feeling like all your best days are done
- Your fears and doubts are all you’ve got
- But there’s a light shining deep inside
- Beneath those fears and doubts, so just squash ’em
- And let it shine for all the world to see
- That it is time, yeah, time to be awesome
- You’ve no idea how hard it’s been
This dull routine we’ve been forced to do
- You’ve no idea how hard it’s been
- Don’t let them rob you of who you are
- Be awesome, it’s all up to you
- I feel the light stirring deep inside
- It’s like a tale still yet to be told
- And now it’s time to break the shackles free
- And start living like the brave and the bold!
- It’s time to be awesome!
- Let loose, be true, so awesome!
- It’s time to be awesome!
- Go big, be you, so awesome!
- So take the Storm King’s orders and toss ’em
‘Cause it’s the time to let our colors fly
- So take the Storm King’s orders and toss ’em
- Hey, scallywags, it’s time to be awesome!
What Does it Mean?!
I’ve been in a rut at work. For like, a year and a half. I’m feeling like my best days are gone, and like things aren’t quite working out the way I thought they would. But I do feel a light inside, and I’m worried that if I don’t make a move, it’s going to get harder and harder to access it.
This blog has definitely helped get things reignited, and bullet journaling has got me drawing again, which is great. Now I have to work on the job front. I have to find a job that let’s me be awesome. I officially started the hunt today, and am hoping to be in a new role by April. We’ll see how it goes. Until then I’ll keep listening to my inspiration, Rainbow Dash. Yeah, I said it.
It’s time to take the Storm King’s (or rather, my current job’s) orders and toss ’em, it’s time to let my colors fly, it’s time to be awesome!
*OK, I wasn’t actually born on a pirate ship. If you’re not familiar with the joke, hold your tongue outside of your tongue with your thumb and index finger, and say the words, “I was born on a pirate ship.” This got me in so much trouble when I was younger!
How do you get inspired and get out of a rut?
What do you call a nosy pepper? Jalapeno business! That joke literally makes me laugh every time. Anyhoo, I’ve recently dipped back into veganism, after getting some serious vegan eats in Texas two weeks ago, and one of the hardest things about veganism is the lack of cheese. Or at least it used to be! I became vegetarian 24 years ago, and back then the only vegan cheese available, was awful. Cardboard awful. Cardboard mixed with paste awful. Things have definitely changed though, I was...
What do you call a nosy pepper? Jalapeno business! That joke literally makes me laugh every time. Anyhoo, I’ve recently dipped back into veganism, after getting some serious vegan eats in Texas two weeks ago, and one of the hardest things about veganism is the lack of cheese. Or at least it used to be!
I became vegetarian 24 years ago, and back then the only vegan cheese available, was awful. Cardboard awful. Cardboard mixed with paste awful. Things have definitely changed though, I was floored when I tried Chao Creamy Original last week, it legit tasted like sliced mozzarella.
I’ll admit, my favorite nacho cheese, is Tostito’s Salsa Con Queso, but have you seen the ingredients in that stuff? It’s MSG city! This nacho cheese is not quite like that salsa con queso, but it is a tasty alternative.
I first made this vegan nacho cheese to eat with chips, and yes I ate all the chips that you see in that picture up there. Aside from the ones my children stole from my plate. And I was lucky enough to have leftovers in my fridge on Taco Tuesday. We have had Taco Tuesday for over a month, and I didn’t even consider what I would use as an alternative, now that I’ve gone vegan. It was fantastic, I just zapped it in the microwave for a minute and then poured it over my chili, refried beans, corn, and brown rice. Yeah, we know how to party on Taco Tuesday.
Eric, who is not a fan of vegan cheese and is a huge fan of dairy cheese, tried this and said two things about it:
- It tastes like Doritos in dip form
- It tastes like guacamole that tastes like nacho cheese
Let’s be honest, you owe it to yourself to try this cheese after those rave reviews.
Vegan Nacho Cheese
1 tbsp butter
1 tbsp flour
1 cup milk
3 tbsp nutritional yeast
1 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp garlic
½ tsp onion
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp chili powder
1 tbsp vegan mayo
Dash cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp pepper
- Melt butter in a medium saucepan
- Add flour and stir, cook until it is well mixed and darkening slightly
- Slowly whisk in milk and cook until it begins to thicken, to the consistency of watery gravy
- Add the remaining ingredients and cook until desired thickness
- Devour with chip, tacos, or anything else you want to taste delicious!
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Happy Sunday and welcome to The Weekly Skinny: Episode 4! This week was an exciting one for me; I met my posting goal of three posts per week (one on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday). In case you missed it, this week I wrote about: My Vegan Eats in Texas, Talking dirty with a rental car, and Staying up till five in the morning with Adam Driver Also Jenny Lawson followed me on Twitter! And yes, I’ve been checking every day to see if she still follows me, and as of today she does. She is one...
Happy Sunday and welcome to The Weekly Skinny: Episode 4! This week was an exciting one for me; I met my posting goal of three posts per week (one on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday). In case you missed it, this week I wrote about:
- My Vegan Eats in Texas,
- Talking dirty with a rental car, and
- Staying up till five in the morning with Adam Driver
Also Jenny Lawson followed me on Twitter! And yes, I’ve been checking every day to see if she still follows me, and as of today she does. She is one of my online icons, and she writes some really important things about depression and mental health.
Here are some things that I loved from around the web this week (full disclosure, I was a bit brownie obsessed):
Plan With Me: February Monthly Calendar Doodles (+Video)
// Chocolate Musings
Printable Greeting Cards Inspired by Gilmore Girls
// Sash + Jayd
10 more ways to speak my love language
// Life According to Steph
Reasons Why Your Child Should Eat Ginger
// Fab Working Mom Life
Don’t You Forget About Me- Scene Ten “They Can’t Kill All of Us. Some of Us Maybe”
// A Grace Full Life
Two Tricks To Becoming A Better Writer
// The Everywhereist
//These are awesome, especially if you are someone who works in the safety field
Instagram Spotlight: Lettering Goals
The 50 Best Self-Help Books of All-Time
// Best Counseling Schools
1 Minute Microwave Mug Brownie (Microwave Mug Meals)
// Bigger Bolder Baking Blog – if you are eating this yourself, I would suggest halving the recipe, and only using 1 tbsp of oil instead of 1.5, I tried it that way last night and it was fantastic
Last-Minute Love Notes
// Bittersweet – Recipe for hash brown waffles
Fudgy Two Minute Mug Brownie
// Running With Spoons
No-Bake Mini Blueberry Cheesecakes
// Feasting on Fruit
A Flurry of Inspiration
Made From Scratch Eggless Brownies
// Little House Living
Double Chocolate and Espresso Cookies
// Food Network – I made this for Christmas and they were amazing. They are on my list of things to try to veganize. If I can create a vegan version of these that are chewy and decadent as the originals, I might be granted vegan sainthood.
3 Ingredient Paleo Vegan Peppermint Patties (Keto, Sugar Free)
// The Big Man’s World
Fluffy Flourless Banana Smoothie Pancakes (Vegan, Gluten Free, Sugar Free)
// The Big Man’s World
Apple Cake With Maple Sauce
// The Misfit Baker
Vegan Mushroom Rolls
// Jamie Oliver
How to Make a Super Fancy Vegan Cheese Board
// The Green Plate
Vegan Aged Camembert Cheese
// Full of Plants
Enjoy, and I’ll see you back here on Monday!
How’s your weekend treating you so far?
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