Afterwards we went to this fro-yo place, on the way to the park. (Its competitor across the street always has tons of business so I chose this one to lend a hand to the smaller store… They had 4 flavors and all were weird mixes of flavors… our toppings were the only yummy part of this. They both looked pretty at least.)
Archives for August 2013
My roommate was away at grad school all summer so it was just me and all 5 house animals all summer long. I didn’t have a whole lot of time to walk Tango and Churchill separately so they often got walked together… which was fine, just a little hectic. The Tang and I didn’t get a lot of quality time, just the two of us. Now that Tamara’s back in town, we’ve been able to spend a lot more time together lately and it’s been awesome. Our walks have been more frequent, a lot longer, and Tango’s doing really well not pulling on his leash and walking right next to me – something I’ve been trying to get him to do for the past 3.5 years. I love this dog so much.
I love this cookbook. I found it in an antique store here a few years ago and have been in love with it ever since. No, it’s not vegan, or organic, or gluten-free, or anything like that. It’s just a cookbook… that dates back to the 1890s. I love that it tells you how to cook every kind of meat there is, plus salads, sides, desserts, and everything’s from scratch. It’s awesome. And you can basically take all these old recipes and modify as needed.
I make this Banana Bread any time we’ve got bananas that are about to go bad. Since you need 3 really ripened (i.e. black) bananas, this is the best thing to do with them instead of chucking them in the trash (if you don’t compost). It takes about 5 minutes to prepare and then you toss it in the oven. An hour later… bam!
29 Things I’ve Learned In My 29 Years of Life
1. Surround yourself w/ peeps that make you feel happy/loved/spirited/excited and that love you EXACTLY how you already are.
2. Don’t judge. You never know where somebody else is coming from. Often you’re surprised to find the people you may dislike the most are an awful lot like you.
3. Always carry-on… as much as possible anyway. Checked bags get lost. A lot.
4. Always pack a bathing suit and extra underwear. I mean… why not? It’s not like it takes up that much space. You never know when you’ll be delayed/cancelled/wind up in another country…
5. Share what you have with others… even if all you have is a good attitude.
6. Be where the opportunities are. Be proactive! That ish doesn’t just find you (not always).
7. Boys DON’T ignore you when they like you. I’m glad I had an older brother to tell me these things. There was still heartache, but less confusion about boys’ antics growing up.
8. Just because he likes you doesn’t mean you HAVE to like him. It has to be mutual if it’s going to go anywhere.
9. When there’s money to be made, make it. Especially in the independent contractor world; being self-employed is awesome, but not as predictable/stable.
10. Travel as much as possible. It’s a big-ass world out there.
11. Keep #10 in check… being broke/ in debt isn’t much fun.
12. Don’t make excuses. Nobody wants to hear them and you’re only shifting blame from yourself to feel better.
13. When you’re a kid and you don’t brush your teeth in order to “stick it to the Man”, you’re only hurting yourself. #wishminewerewhite
14. Never leave a job until you have another one lined up. This helps motivate you to find one faster and keeps you from freaking out financially. It’s always worked for me.
15. Be patient. This always has been, and always will be, the hardest thing for me.
16. Go barefoot. Feel the ground.
16b. Watch where you step. Don’t step in dog ish.
17. Get to know the city you live in, even if you don’t want to be there. It helps…
18. Make new friends… even if you don’t need more. You can never have too many girlfriends.
19. Cheaper airfare is available during the middle of the week.
20. Never lose your inner child; dance as much as possible.
22. Sugar is yummy. But after age 25, it hides your abs and holds them hostage for a loooong time.
23. You can do a little of everything! Just not all at the same time…
24. When you follow your gut, you wind up exactly where you need to be.
25. Accountants and Financial Planners are the bomb. Make friends with some.
26. Spend more time happy than sad.
27. Being scared is ok. It gives you the chance to be brave, which gives you more strength later.
28. It’s nobody else’s responsibility to make you happy. The only person that can do that is you. If something’s not working, change it yourself.
29. Don’t settle. Ever. Bitches.
It’s a good thing I’m so wise now… ; )
What things have you learned, other 29/30 year olds?
Moving on: The fitness industry just had its biggest conference last weekend, IDEA World Conference out in LA. Being in town for only three days, then having to be out in LA for a few, and then back here for just a couple more days left me reeling with too much to do and not enough time. But I’m home, in bed at 7:30pm, and determined to post some photos… before I leave in the morning for NYC. So here’s a quick recap of the conference last weekend: