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I kind of forgot how to do this. I’m hoping it comes back fairly quick. I have a lot to say!

I have been going back and forth on whether to let this part of my life go completely, start a new blog with a new name or continue this one? Honestly I’m not sure what the right answer is. Each day I come up with a different response. But for now, I going to continue on, upward and forward!

So it is a New Year. Time for a clean slate. The newness of everything all over again. An awakening in how to eat again. I almost feel like I need to relearn how to eat. One night during the crazy Christmas eating (i.e. cookies, big dinners, desserts galore) I seriously thought I was going through sugar withdrawal. It was quite scary. Each and every year I say I’m not going to fall in the trap of holiday eating, and sadly I do. Time to relight the fire. Start again. Put some goals on paper. It’s always fun to look back and see how far I came. Without further ado… here they are!

1. Be healthier. Duh. When will this not be #1!

2. Think before I act!

3. Read more. Hope to make in through a full book in 2014 – more than I read in 2013.

4. Write more.

5. Travel. 2013 there was a lot of travel. Hoping 2014 has the same amount! San Diego, Paris, Saratoga Springs are all on the list.

6. Debt begone. LOL. If only there was a button!

7. Be more creative. Either knitting, sewing, pottery classes, web-sites.. just do it.

8. Find some more balance. Almost there, but still needs some work!

9. Be more patient and kind.

10. Have fun and love life… everyday won’t be amazing but working through the downs and enjoying the ups!

And there it is.

Now off to conquer something on this list.

xo

L

I’M BACK. I know I have been a bit distant lately! There have been lots of things going on in my life. Often this blog was at the top of this list, but as the hours passed by each day, I never got around to updating. When I start to read a new blog, consistency is one of the first things I notice. If it’s the same post numerous days in a row, I pass the blog by. I may never know what I have missed. The awesome ideas, recipes and general out look of life from the blogger. I have tried many different ways to keep this blog up to date. Remember the 60 day challenge. Yeah. I think I made it to day 30. Day 34 was a picture of your other half. I thought long and hard. Other half? Maybe I should just take a photo of my legs? Or just my upper half? Or post yet one more photo of Remi? I thought long and hard for a few days, and then just skipped the whole stupid challenge anyway. That brings me to the term challenge. Dictionary.com says the following:

chal·lenge

noun

1. a call or summons to engage in any contest, as of skill, strength, etc.
2. something that by its nature or character serves as a call to battle, contest, special effort, etc.: Space exploration offers a challenge to human kind.
3. a call to fight, as a battle, a duel, etc.
4. a demand to explain, justify, etc.: a challenge to the treasurer to itemize expenditures.
5. difficulty in a job or undertaking that is stimulating to one engaged in it.
LIFE is a challenge. A challenge I don’t want to call stupid and just pass by. This is one that involves contests, skill and strength. Definitely a daily fight. And a huge undertaking that is amazingly stimulating each and every day.
So. I’m not saying I accept the challenge. I already accepted it a while ago. I’m re-lighting the fire. The fire that almost burned out. It’s gonna take some time to get up to that bon fire I love and miss so much.
I leave with some fun things that have been a happening’…
somewhat healthy dinners….
trees on sidewalks….
the ‘big’ tree with a great friend….
yummy treats from professors….
finding hidden stores….
the annual christmas carol…
christmas parties….
photography lessons….
and life lessons.
I will try my best to keep this blog updated. Baby steps right?!?!?!

Happy Friday everyone!

So. My efforts to get to the gym yesterday disappeared as soon as I left the office. I didn’t pack a bag, so I had to go home and get changed. I opened the door and walked into my dog. Sitting there. Looking very sad. Probably thinking.. why have you left me for the past 8 hours?!?! I feed him and thought long and hard about the decision at hand. Either a) leave Remi alone AGAIN or b) take him for a long walk. I’ll let you guess which won!! Remi and I went for a loop around Riverwalk. Boy did he love it. He can’t see at all now. (He can only sense if the lights are turned on and off!) So he walks like he pounded a few back. He held his head high. His tail is wagging and he loves every second of it until we hit the steps. I naturally slowed  him down when we near them. I was originally picking him up every time he had to go down or up (and still do if there are a lot of people around.. I can just hear in theirs heads, ‘what is this girl doing picking up her dog for stairs? what  wussy dog?’.) Anyway, I slowing nudge Remi to the steps. And you now what? One by one he went down. At each step he stop, put his paw out a bit to feel there was an edge or safe to continue walking normally. When we reached the bottom I precisely scooped him up and repeated ‘Good Boy Remi’ over and over. All he needed was a bit of a nudge. Sometimes in life each one of us needs that bit of a nudge. Either from a friend, family member, boyfriend… who ever. Life can be scary at times… even if it’s just a blind dog walking down some steps!!

So after that little life lesson, I came home and decided perhaps a healthy dinner should be had. (I also had to some what clean out the fridge.. shhh don’t tell!!)

A spinach, mushroom and onion mix with mole spice.. topped with 2 eggs and a side of green beans. Healthy right?!? Well after this wonderful dinner I wanted more. Yup more. So what else is there to do that whip up a batch of cookies. I wanted peanut butter cookies. More than the 3 ingredient cookies. Less than the 12 ingredient 12,000 calories cookies. I did a little research and boom. I found the perfect recipe!

HEALTHY Peanut Butter Cookies 

Don’t get scared. They are a bit different!

Things needed:

  • 1/3 peanut butter
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 tbsp sugar-free maple syrup (I used lite!)
  • 2 tbsp soymilk (I used almond)
  • 1/3 cup raisins
  • 1/4 cup flour – Um. I forgot this. Woops.
  • 2 1/2 cups oats
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

Oven is at 350. Mix everything. Drop 1 1/2 tbsp of dough. Gently press flat (forgot that too! I must start reading ALL the directions!) Bake for 13-15 minutes!

So I missed a few things but they still came out great!

I now understand why the are so round. Some flattening would have worked:)

Some news on the husband hunt. LOL. That sounds bad. How about boyfriend binge? Nope even worse. Let’s just say I have another date with someone new. I need to start giving these guys nicknames. I feel like I read a profile like a resume! Haha. Probably not a good thing, but there are some things I just can’t over look. Education being one of them. Also, family. When a guy won’t talk about his family… this is red flag #1! So we shall see what happens.

And on that note… Have a fabulous weekend!

L

PS- Wish these damn cake balls weren’t so good from Starbucks. Starbucks you stink. LOL

November is here. Not quite sure how it came so quick.. but never the less.. it’s here. I’ve always associated November with being thankful among other things. There are many things I’m thankful on a daily basis, but they go unnoticed. Stuck deep in the corner or behind a huge shield. Life is so fast paced these days, that any free moment is swept up by something. So here I am. Today. November 2nd. The top 5 things I’m thankful for are..

1. my family

2. my health

3. Remi

4. my job(s)

5. the ability to make my own decisions

The last one really strikes home these days. I’m very thankful that I can make my own decisions. Being that this is (suppose to be) a healthy living blog.. I have the power to make my own HEALTHY LIVING decisions as well. No one is shoving down my throat the double dip chocolate donut, the vanilla milkshake, the 2 hot dogs, the cinnamon bun, etc. (I’ve been bad… but not quite this bad!) No one has chained me to my couch and said don’t you dare go to the gym. Yes the snow prevented me from going on Saturday… but that was one BIG EXCUSE. I used to make these excuses and dismiss them almost instantly! Yeah.. the dismissing part is lacking lately!

So tonight I make my own decision to get my ass to the gym tomorrow! After 5, I’m free as a bird. Yes I have some more work to do on some of my other projects, but nothing that can’t wait the one hour it will take to make this body feel better than it does! There is ANOTHER race I signed up for months ago. During this one, the runners run over the Newport Bridge. It’s a 5k and in 11 days. I haven’t run a step since the 1/2 on October 16th. This scares me. I don’t want to have the same feelings I did during the 1/2. Again, I must make my own decision here. No one will pave the way and tell me what to do. Wish I’m thankful for!

So I leave on a happy note. That decisions will be made by be and only me! The good, the bad and the ugly!

Cheers to being thankful for wants most important in your lives these days:)

 

Hi. Happy Friday!

Lists. I’m a list kind of girl. I have multiple lists going at once. A work list, a home list, a workout list, a music list, a bucket list…. and they keep going and going. My lists grow daily. And you know what? I’m ok with that! I’m never going to have a blank to do list. And why would I want too? I would have NOTHING to do! I’m learning to let go a bit. Focusing on the important things in life and leaving the others behind. I have this fear of having NOTHING to do! I have been in my new apartment since May 15 and there has not been one day where I have stayed home. I’m not entirely sure if this is a good thing or a bad thing. I’m going to go with a 50/50 on this one. It’s good to keep busy, but bad to over do it! I’m looking forward to the day I don’t get in my car and drive away. I don’t think that day is in the near future… but I am starting to welcome it with open arms!!!

I found the following list over at Oh She Glows! Angela is just wonderful. I have read her blog for about 8 months now and I have learned so much.

The following are Angela’s words:

If I were to tell my younger self some things I have learned along the way they would be:

  • Accept the total package and not compartments: Honour and love who you are, your personality, your talent, and all your less desirable traits.
  • Repair from within: Losing weight or changing your appearance will not fix the broken relationship with yourself.
  • Get rid of the chip on your shoulder: When you perceive yourself and others as the enemy, your life becomes a battleground. Instead choose love and keep the faith despite the inevitable experiences and people that will hurt you.
  • FORGIVE. Yourself. Others. Often. Move on. Life is short.
  • Cultivate Childhood Passions: Those hobbies you loved as a kid might be clues to your future success. As a child mine were baking, outdoors/nature, health, sports, writing, animals. When I reintroduced these passions into my life I became much happier.
  • This too shall pass. With each year that I age, I am happier. if you are in a hard time, hold on. I used to think my high school days would never end (yes, I got my share of teasing!), but life gets so much better.

Thank You for your kind words. They definitely open my eyes and may me attempt to be a better person!

I will be running/walking in my 1st 5k ever tomorrow morning at 8:30am in Newport RI in the Salve Mansion Run. Yes.. that’s right.. it’s a Newport weekend. I wish I could say I’m better prepared. But I’m not:( It has been one CRAZY week and I have not hit the mileage I would have liked too! I’m bringing my garmin so I can track the miles. I’m hoping if I can judge where I am in the run, I’ll be able to complete in better. But who knows what is really going happen!! Update on the 1st 5K coming soon!

As for now I leave you with these photos

My desk in class on Wednesday! Just loving my markers:)

Check out the cut on the apple! Produced with the Pampered Chef Apple Peeler/Corer/Slicer!

And lastly…. a lovely knitted pumpkin! Knitted by my Mom. If you need/want/must have a pumpkin she has a little pumpkin patch going on in the family room.. LOL.

Enjoy the weekend!

I originally started this blog to be considered and listed under different HEALTHY LIVING blogrolls. Well read no further if that is what you’re looking for.  This post basically goes against that title in every way! So are you ready?!?!?.. HERE. WE. GO.

A few weeks ago I was visiting friends in Newport and we came up with the grand idea of going to see Jason Mraz on a Monday night. Not quite sure who we thought we were, but we were determined to make it happen. All week long leading up to the concert I was feeling guilty and not quite sure what I was doing. Oh. I failed to mention the concert was in Utica NY, about 4 hours away from were I live. Which in turn meant I needed to take a half day Monday AND Tuesday! I already paid for the tickets and miss my NPT friends so much I was willing to deal with the consequences of going! So I went! Can’t start a road trip off without a Mickey D’s vanilla milkshake. Non-Healthy Living choice #1!

We enjoyed catching up on our lives with each other! I used to be with these girls on a daily basis. Add in a few weeks apart and there is A LOT to catch up on 🙂

The new and the old!

I even brought along my sweater I’m knitting! Started this back in February.. hoping to finish before the 1st snowfall. I had 3.. yes.. you read that correctly… 3+ hours one way of sitting in a car knitting, chatting, looking through photos, listening to Jason Mraz and watching the AMAZING scenery! That right there was a bit of heaven! Thank you Steph for driving.. You are the best;)

Heather and Steph made sure to bring along some wine! Heather was itching the whole way to pop a cork!

Pit stop.. check out that awesome red barn behind us! It was a picture perfect postcard across the street from the rest stop! Pure country! Pure bliss 🙂

The concert was held at Stanley Theatre in Utica NY. It recently re-open in April of 2008 after going through extensive renovations. It was breath-taking inside. I could not stop taking photos!

Outside:

Inside:

Love them! XOXOXO

Don’t ever let your mind stop you from having a good time! – Jason Mraz

What a concert! It was the 1st of the season for me. The summer season, that is officially ending in 6 days or so. Boy was I missing out! Jason is amazing! He music is incredible. We all agreed across the board that his music is better live then pre-record! I love that he uses his position in society to work for the good. He mentioned different organizations in which is helps, Water Conservation, Slaves in Africa (watch Jason open up about his trip to Ghana earlier this summer) and just being a well-rounded environmentalist. He brought his tin water bottles on stage and made sure to mention that part of his stage was made up from 15,000 or so recycled water bottles. He also invited a fan to come up on stage and dance with him for a song because she was taking their compost from the Utica stop home with her! First of all, who tweets to find someone to take their compost, and second who agrees to do it?!?! All is well in the world when the compost lands in the right spot! Overall it was fascinating to learn about such an amazing person!

Heather and I decided we wanted to get a closer photo. So we walked down the aisle right toward the stage! We went down during the last song, with about 5 minutes left Jason motioned for the people standing in front to come on stage and dance for the last few minutes. Um. So Heather and I jumped at the opportunity!

View from the stage. It was total craziness! Dancing and singing with Jason and his band. It was sooo great that he included his fans throughout the show! This is a concert I will NEVER forget 🙂

Non-Healthy Living Choice #1,345 of the day! We ended up in this sketchy 24 hour grocery store. I COULD NOT resist the urge to buy these sun chips.. mostly because the bag was 100% compostable! (Didn’t even know that was a real word.) And I thought it fit nicely with the theme of the night!

Oh. Here is #1,346! (I left quite a few BAD choices out!) However, this pizza was amazing after a wonderful night with Jason and the girls 🙂

Kind of felt like a high schooler.. but we just NEEDED Jason Mraz t-shirts! You know… to keep this trip a recent memory.. because the 595 photos wouldn’t have done the trick!!

Until our next road trip 🙂

Who says you can’t eat ALL day long? Well today I did just that! And although I’m not proud of it.. it was a really tasty day 😉 I didn’t photograph 100% of what I ate.. but I got the good stuff!

It started with an apple sandwich.

Two slices of apples with chocolate peanut butter in the middle! A few weeks ago I was at Whole Foods in NYC. They have a peanut butter bar there! In a nutshell… you basically grind your own peanuts that blend into butter! It was really fun!

It was then Farmer Market time! Every Saturday there is a Farmer’s Market right down the street from me. If I’m around town, I always try to go!

Remi wanted NOTHING to do with the camera! Not sure when he decided he was going to be camera-shy!

These were my purchases this weekend. Yummy golden pears and pear tomatoes!! Guess I was in the ‘pear’ kind of mood! I’m already thinking of a fun meal to include this in!

After looking at all that food… I wanted more! At the town apple festival was where it had to be! See next post!

I now have some crazy looking bedroom colored walls. Let’s say… sunset meets nectarine. Or more simply ORANGE! I woke up this morning in my spare room.. as my bed was full of ‘stuff’ at 11pm last night and there was no way I was going to clean it off! Normally I’m good in the morning. Not great.. but good. I’m not a morning person at all. I try to be. I really want to be.. but there are some things you just can’t change in life. So.. I woke up.. opened my eyes and then happily remembered my room is now a different color. I ran to my freshly painted bedroom and was wonderfully surprised. I LOVE my new room. It still has a coat of paint to go… and by tonight I might even love it a bit more! I left my brightly painted orange room with a huge smile on my face. Now.. I’m wondering if that smile will resurface every morning I wake up and open my eyes to a brightly painted orange room.. or is it because it’s something new! I will keep you posted and I’m hoping it is truly the latter! Perhaps I can become a morning person:)

The perfect sunrise! Newport, RI (My walls now look very similar!)

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