Friday, March 29, 2013

blog-dentity crisis.

I had a coworker come up to me the other morning to share she found my blog through Instagram and loved it.

I immediately grew shy and quick to put down my blog: "oh geez, really? It's just this thing I do for fun." But this thing - this little blog -  I realize I have been working on for almost five years. Five years? Fo(u)r serious.

But why? Why was I so quick to become defensive about blogging? Being a blogger shouldn't be embarrassing nor should it be something I hide.

And my blog? Well, there's really no rhyme or reason to it...and and that's what I love about it. There's no rhyme or reason to ME either so why would I have a web log that actually made sense with a theme?

Then I started thinking even more about this little blog and I realized: by golly, there is a common denominator. It's been hidden for years, but it's slowly coming to fruition.

What do I want to stand for? I want to stand for optimism and happiness. I always have and I usually try to use humor to showcase the ultimate optimist in me.

I don't write this blog to make money (ha...you can't hear me laughing right now). I write this blog for me and to make myself happy. And if you get something out of it...even better!

  
**This blog post goes out to Kristi, who inspired me to really think about why I blog and to be proud of what I blog. Also, you should read her blog too.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

spring hasn't sprung.

But it sure doesn't hurt to try with a POP of color in the kitchen.


Flowers always do the trick. ALWAYS.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

cookie dough for breakfast?

Done & done.

When I hear the words "peanut butter" and "cookie dough" together in the form of a healthy, filling breakfast, I am sold. The only thing you need to know is this does take time. Read: overnight refrigeration or if you're the kind of person who breakfasts for dinner - like I did last Thursday - then make in the morning, consume at night.

Plus sides:
- No baking
- The deliciousness factor
- Healthy, all natural ingredients
-Chocolate! (well, this is optional, but it's never too early for homegirl to have chocolate)
- Super filling (we're talking eat this at 7:15am and not hungry again until 1:30-2p)

Voila! I'm a cook.

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookie Dough Overnight Oats
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/3 cup milk of your choice (I used skim milk) + another splash in the morning
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter
  • 1.5 teaspoons brown sugar (Honey or stevia will also work)
  • 1 teaspoon flax seeds (Do not omit or the oats will not thicken. You can also use chia seeds, but since I don't know what those are, I went with what I could find at my local grocery store)
  • Optional toppings: Honey roasted peanuts, fresh berries, shredded coconut, chocolate chips, etc.
Directions
  1. Stir all ingredients together in a bowl
  2. Allow the bowl to sit overnight in the refrigerator
  3. In the morning, add a splash of milk and stir everything together again
  4. Top with honey roasted peanuts, additional peanut butter, fresh berries, etc.
Also, I think history has just been made. I daresay this might be the FIRST recipe I've ever posted on my dear blog. WHO AM I?

Author's note: I ended up changing the quantities from the original recipe. You should make the amount that works for you!

Thursday, March 21, 2013

the time is now.

Today, it's time to revisit an old post of mine: just do this.

It involved an eye opening list of "30 Things to Start Doing for Yourself". It's not an act of selfishness, but rather self preservation. And it's one of the best damn lists I've ever read (and I've read a lot because come on, who doesn't love a good list?)

Lately, I've been focusing on #17:
Start looking for the silver lining in tough situations. 
When things are hard, and you feel down, take a few deep breaths and look for the silver lining – the small glimmers of hope.  Remind yourself that you can and will grow stronger from these hard times.  And remain conscious of your blessings and victories – all the things in your life that are right. 
Focus on what you have, not on what you haven’t.

The past month has been hard. Really hard.

On February 14, I lost a dear friend way too soon. He was 33...with the smile of a champion, heart of gold and the hug heard 'round the world.

It's taken me until now to admit he's gone. Which - even writing this five weeks later - still doesn't seem possible. I know I'm still grieving and will continue to until who knows when.

Right now, I'm feeling the tug to write about him so bear with me while I broach a heavy subject.

I met Ari when I was a doe-eyed freckle-faced kid straight out of college. We worked for Feld Entertainment; he in the NYC office and me in the Philly office. After meeting my brand new coworkers down in Florida on day one, I knew this job was perfect for me. I was working with a bunch of clowns - literally and figuratively.

The coolest thing about Feld is you didn't just have coworkers. You didn't just have friends who were coworkers. You had family who were coworkers. We worked long, insane hours - at all hours of the day and night. Our bags were always packed, ready to move onto the next market. We were around each other constantly. Nobody really knew what we did except our counterparts. For that, I'll forever be thankful for my Feld family.

Ari, in particular, was so kind and treated me like an equal from day one. We had the same sense of humor and were constantly trying to outwit each other.

I always joked with him that he was "so not a dude" because no "dude" could ever be that nice. I'll miss his random gchats with an "Anchorman" or "The Office" quote. I'll miss his constant "Angel, when's your next trip to NYC so I can drink you under the table?" inquisitions. I'll miss the random email chains he would start with Dan, Amanda, Bridget, Amy and I, "complaining" Ringling was promoting on his sports channel's website. He secretly loved it.

I'll just miss him.

The toughest part is all the questions around his death. Not having answers is frustrating. SO frustrating. But you can either let the frustrations consume you and drive you crazy or you can attempt to push them aside and embrace the friendship while it was there (in person). A friendship he gave to everyone equally.

RIP, Papa Burgundy. We'll live through the memories and a few pictures to keep your light shining. And just so you know, no, I will never be an Eagles fan or a Phillies fan or a fan of Philly, but I'll always be a fan of yours.

Day four (or five?) at my first post-college job. "Under the Sea" ball
The best part about this picture is that elephant's name was Ari too!
A fact I know I appreciated more than human Ari.
This was captured at 3am in NYC
right before the start of the infamous Animal Walk.
All in a day's work.
In a suite at a Mets' game for JP's surprise going away.
We drank our feelings of sadness away.
"Basile's Ball Busters"
Papa Burgundy enjoying the elements of a hangover.
I *dig* this picture because of its irony.
Ari actually never rowed for a second during this canoe trip.
Absolutely no idea.
Whip cream love.
Capping the night with a creepy smile? Seems about right.

*Note: this turned into a "Dear Diary" entry in a hot second...and for once, I'm actually okay with that.


Tuesday, March 19, 2013

watch this.

You know what motivates me?

MATERIAL POSSESSIONS!

You guys, I'm joking.

But for real, check out my new running watch (which Ricky "got" me, knowing I'd love it....thanks, Amazon gift card!)

It's lime green.
It's lightweight.
It's easy to work.
Let's go running!

All that's missing is some SPRING weather. Come on, Chicago. Hop to it please.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

not so happily after?

Don't get me wrong. I love me some Disney.

BUT you guys, how talented is this guy? Parodies to all the best Disney jams and not so happy parodies at that.



Sacre you blew me away!

Hot damn, son. But maybe ease up on the princesses a little, no?