Monthly Archives: January 2013

Why Dressing Rooms Were Designed to Make Women Hate Themselves.

Tuesday I decided that since my friend’s bridal shower is in a little over a week, I should do some shopping! I set out from home with a mental plan to go to CVS (I have a coupon for $3 off a Sally Hansen nail polish)- but I didn’t stop there. I also thought I would stop at Walgreens (All Sally Hansen and Aveeno products are BOGO %50 off and pistachios are on sale too)- but I didn’t stop there either. I decided that I don’t need any more nail polish at this moment (who knows, tomorrow I may think differently, but my shoe box that I store them in is full). Thus, I continued on Famous Footwear, Kohl’s, Marshall’s, Target and the mall.  My goal was simple, a new shirt to wear with my grey slacks and a pair of black flats to replace my old ones. I was largely unsuccessful.


The Hell that is Shopping for Clothes!


Strange Dreams.

I had a dream last night that we had a baby. I did some quick research this morning (ie- Google search) and it is often significant of a new beginning. I’m hoping that this is in response to Gabe’s recent bout of “I hate the Hudson Valley, let’s move”. Which, despite my current job situation, I’m ready for. We need to move on with our lives, let’s face it- I’m not getting any younger! Not that 27 is old, I just always thought my life would be different at this age than it really is.

Of course, the baby dream could also be significant because for the last few months we have been talking about having one if/when Gabe gets a better job. I feel like a lot of people I know (read- a few) are also coming to this decision- long term relationship, hey let’s procreate!



This adorable, grubby child is my nephew and he will be 3 at the end of March. I held him for the first time when he was only a few hours old (I think I did 80 down the Thruway the day he was born) and I was in love instantly. And he’s not even mine! Being an auntie has been great because I have had the baby experience without the responsibility. But now I want one.

Gabe has applied for jobs in both Vermont and New Hampshire. Personally I like the idea of NH better because he’s looking in the Manchester area which is SO close to the beach. I miss New England beaches, they are not always the most welcoming places but they are some of my favorite. Plus, I all around just miss New England. It just FEELS different.

I’m not trying to rush things, we are certainly still young- but it’s time to move into the next phase of adulthood. Fingers crossed for an interview.

Yoga, Tabata and Carbs.

Mother Nature brought winter back today. It’s snowing outside, and I’m glad I did my errands this morning before it got worse. By 9 it was already starting to come down so I abandoned my walk and replaced my cardio with this– one of those quick workouts that is supposed to get your heart rate up and kick everything else into gear for the day. There are all kinds of links to these workouts on Pinterest. They are based on a Japanese style called “Tabata”. In this type of exercise you do one type of exercise (jumping jacks, high knees, mountain climbers, etc.) for 20 seconds, rest 10 seconds and do another. The point is that you go all out in those 20 seconds and feel like you are going to die at the end. I did, but I’m not in tip-top athletic shape. The girl in the video is winded at the end and she says that she runs regularly. Also, they say that this will keep your heart rate and metabolism up for the next 24 hours or so. If my current feeling (like I drank a large coffee with extra sugar and a turbo shot) is any indication this might be true. I also did yoga and of course today’s episode instead of being a nice, gentle stretch- made me sweat too.  The weather is not supposed to improve until Thursday so I think I’ll keep doing it and see how I feel. I’ll let you know. 🙂

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Menu Planning

Weekly Round-Up.

Sunday has always felt like an odd day to me. It’s generally a calm day, but one that holds both the dread of the Monday that follows and anticipation of the week ahead. This week I am planning a job fair- we are looking for new staff! Wednesday I’m going to a Cornell sponsored “Greenhouse Growers” class with Mark. We’re going to learn about new plants, new and old diseases and a bunch of other plant-nerdy stuff. I can’t wait. I love that my field has these opportunities for continued learning. In March I am taking an exam to become a Certified Nursery Landscape Professional, and attending these classes will be a requirement. Which is fine by me, I enjoy the learning component as well as the opportunity to network.


My Week Ahead!

Waiting on the Weather.

I am one of those people who would gladly trade a below zero day for the oppressive sweltering heat of July, and never the opposite. People say, “But you can always get warm”. True, but it gets difficult going places when you have to do so wrapped in a fuzzy blanket. Even the old ladies at the grocery store look at you funny. I’m sick of winter already, and in the northeast there’s still plenty more of it to come. Although the forecast for Wednesday is almost 50 and rain…


Planning for Plants!

Resolution Check-In.

Review: My resolutions were to lose weight and make a more daily effort to make Gabe happy.

I’m not sure what is different this time around, I feel like I’m always saying- “Oh I’m going to go on a diet and lose some of this weight.” Then I’ll have a day where I look in the mirror and think that I look great and don’t need to make any changes. This time though, I think I have just made a mental note to alter the way I look at and use food. I have always been and emotional eater (and shopper) but I have had to make myself think differently about it. Especially with all of the family nonsense going on right now, I could be knee deep in cookies and junk food. Instead I have surrounded myself with fruits and veggies. So, big picture- I needed to change my lifestyle, not just what I’m eating. Along with eating better I have been alternating a daily brisk walk (at about 4 miles per hour according to my new app) and yoga. Today I did both.  And I’m happy to report that I’m down about 5 pounds!



Potato Leek Soup, a not Quite Failure.

Good Morning! I am coming to you this bright morning from the warmth and comfort of my bed. Why? Because here in the northeast it is somewhere around -10 degrees this morning and my apartment is poorly insulated. If you had to get up and go out into this frigid weather like my husband did this morning (AND HE WORKS OUTSIDE : CRAZY) I’m so so sorry. Don’t hate me because I am seasonally unemployed.

On to the soup!