Horrary it is Friday!
Looking forward to this weekend! So what a better way to start it then with a Fill in the Blank Friday from The Little Things We Do…
1. My favorite daily responsibility is cooking dinner. Before my new job I didn’t like cooking when I got home because it was so late. Now that I get out at five and can be home by 5:20 it makes all the difference in how much time I have and what I make.
2. My least favorite daily responsibility is dishes. That is why I came up with the rule of whoever cooks does not have to do the dishes. So since I always cook the hubby always does the dishes! Woot!
3. My favorite cuisine to eat when going out is cheeseburgers and french fries. We never get to have them at home because we don’t have a grill and I don’t like making them on the stovetop. As for French fries, I don’t know why we never buy them for home. Maybe because they are so bad for you!
4. My favorite cuisine to prepare at home is Italian food. We love pasta and sauces. When eating out I really don’t like order pasta because I always know that I can make it better and it is cheaper when I make it.
5. Andy Warhol said that everyone is famous for 15 minutes. My claim to fame is having my recipe published in a Martha Stewart magazine. Otherwise, I have no idea.
6. If I could have 3 wishes I would wish for health and happiness for all of my friends and family, enough money to keep us comfortable and our dream house.
7. My biggest pet peeve is hearing people chew. I know this sounds a little odd, but I hate to hear someone chomping on their food. Close our mouth, please!
Happy Friday Everyone!
When I am really sick I like to watch movies and read books. I eat them up. There is something about being able to lie around and read, but know that you have to because you are sick. Usually I find that I have so many other things I need to do or places that I need to go. Being sick makes me stay still for a bit. It makes it ok not to do certain things because you need to get better.
Next to my bed there is a pile of books. I have been meaning to read them, but there has been no time. I am in the middle of three different books, but I just can’t seem to get through them. So on Friday I decided to pick a new one and just reading it all the way through. And that I did with “Second Chance” by Jane Green. It is a pretty simple read, but I enjoyed it.
Second Chance is about a group of old friends in their 30′s gathering to mourn a dear friend who unexpectedly killed in a terrorist attack. The book has wonderful humor, and realistic and heartwarming parts, but falls on flat in the end. The ending itself was pretty predictable, but it was one of those books that you could pick up for the beach, a commute to work, or when you are sick like me – it is a bit of mindless reading. While it wasn’t a terrible book, I’m glad I didn’t purchase it. If you are looking for a book from Jane Green I suggest reading “Jemima J: A Novel About Ugly Ducklings and Swans”. Another mindless read but enjoyable.
On my trips I always bring a book to read. There is always a quiet moment or a morning when I am up before everyone else. So I love to fill this time with reading. This trip I decided to bring The Time Traveler’s Wife. I read a bit of it at the store and fell completely in love with the idea of the book. The Time Traveler’s Wife is the debut novel of author Audrey Niffenegger. It is a love story about a man with a genetic disorder that causes him to time travel unpredictably, and about his wife, an artist who has to cope with his frequent absences and dangerous experiences.
I enjoyed this book immensely. It is quite unique and original love story. This novel shows you the journey of life – it is not a fairytale, it is full of obstacles. I was completely engrossed with the story of the main characters Henry and Clare. I was so involved that I actually thought about them when I was away from the book. The book documents specific instances when Henry and Clare meet throughout their lifetimes, as well as occasions upon which that Henry returns to his own childhood. Throughout time, Clare knows that she will encounter Henry and she constantly waits for him to return to her life. The general theme of this book is the power and endurance of love.
I have heard that some people have trouble following the story in the beginning due to the fact that it jumps from time to time. If you are one of those, stick with the book. I personally think it is worth it.
I have been lagging when it comes to the 31 Days to Build a Better Blog Challenge. I have just received the 20th challenge, yet I am still at the 9th challenge. It isn’t because I don’t want to do the challenge, but that I have been so busy as of late that I really haven’t had the time to do so. There are so many things that I would like to do, but the clock is not on my side.
Challenge # 9 I have decided to skip. It is Join a Forum and Start Participating. The only forum that I have been a part of is the Weezer forum years ago. I had the time and the sort of job that let me check the postings whenever I pleased. I have no time at my recent job to be on the internet and when I am home I would rather not be on the computer…I would rather be enjoying life with K.
Challenge # 10 is Set Up ‘Alerts’ to Monitor What is Happening in Your Niche. It asks that we spend time ‘watching’, ‘monitoring’, ‘listening to’ and ‘reading’ to what others are writing on their blogs or social media accounts. This is something that I do already. When I do get a chance (when K is in bed at night or the occasional lunchtime internet time). I enjoy reading each and every blog I come upon and I am always finding new ideas/recipes for my own blog.
Challenge # 11 is to come up with 10 post ideas. I actually don’t have a problem with this yet. I am always searching, reading and finding new topics. I sometimes have so many topics on my mind that I have to write them down or send them to myself in e-mails.
Challenge #’s 12-27 to come soon…hopefully!
Today I started 31 Days to Build a Better Blog. The idea is simple. By the end of the 31 days you’ll have learned 31 aspects of blogging and put them into practice. It is designed not only to fill your head with knowledge ABOUT blogging but give you some concrete things to do to actually DO something with the knowledge. Day 1′s task is about making an elevator pitch. What is an Elevator Pitch you ask? An elevator pitch is an overview of an idea for a product, service, or project. The name reflects the fact that an elevator pitch can be delivered in the time span of an elevator ride (for example, thirty seconds or 100-150 words). Ooo fun you think! It was a bit harder then I thought. How do you sum up a whole blog in a bit of a line. I thought long and hard about it.
A thirty something foodies random thoughts, recipes and pictures of her life and passions.
A thirty something foodie currently living and enjoying life in New Jersey who loves to cook, eat and entertain. Nothing makes me happier then to give the gift of happiness to someone (with something sweet!).
Sometimes I sit in my living room late at night like I am tonight and think about all the places that I want to go. When I was small I wanted to travel the world (I still do). I would imagine how it was like in different countries. I would imagine the food, sites, people and different cities. At the time I didn’t think about work, stresses, family, friends or money. All I knew was that I wanted to travel. There seems to be a time in your life where your dreams as a child and the realities of your adult life meet. You lose some of that child like innocents. You start to think that the little things like a new vase for the living room or a new big screen TV is what is going to make you happy. I have realized as of late that it does not. I see so many people around me reaching out for things. Material things that they think are going to make them happy. I believe that these things will not. They might fill a bit of a void, but the void that is there will just return when you tire of the item. Then you will be off running for something else. This brings me to thoughts of K’s brother. I am amazed that in this economy he and his girlfriend are living the life that they want. They are getting rid of things that they don’t need. They are packing up and moving across the country to a new state, a new life, a new place and new jobs. I envy them. I envy their enthusiastic spontaneity. I know that I could never do this. I can’t imagine life without seeing my family at a moments notice. But I do applaud them for having the guts to do what makes them completely happy. Of not losing that childlike innocents and not being scared of the big bad world. I am going to miss them more then they know. They are both two of the most amazing people I have met and I hope that in the future I will be able to have the guts that they have. Even if it is just to do something small.
I did it! I finished my first NaBloPoMo! I blogged for the whole month of February which is pretty amazing for me. I enjoyed it immensely and can’t wait to try for another month. March’s theme is giving “up”. If I decide to blog on the theme, I can write about what I would give to friends, my job, or myself every day. The “up” in parentheses gives me the option to also write about things like throwing out, quit, recycle, or eliminate from my life right now.
Let the blogging begin!
Things I have to do today:
Wake up. Breakfast. Work. Lunch. Work. Gym. Dinner. Sleep.
What I would rather be doing today:
Reading magazines in bed. Walking around Paris. Sitting in a cafe with a cappuccino and a crossword puzzle. Napping. Getting a manicure. Drinking mimosas at brunch. Playing board games. Watching a DVD in the morning. Curling up in front of a crackling fireplace. Sipping hot cocoa. Baking cupcakes. Getting a swedish massage mid afternoon. Meeting up with friends. Eating chocolate covered strawberries and champagne. Making s’mores over a freshly light camp fire. Redecorating our apartment. Reading through my favorite blogs. Driving across the country. Picking wild berries. Squish grapes with my bare feet. Drinking an amazing bottle of wine. Having a relaxed picnic in the shade. Doing laundry. Curled up on the couch with a cashmere blanket. Sleeping. Eating take-out right out of the carton. Reading a good book. Sleeping on a beach in the sun. Knitting. Reading something completely mindless. Swim under a waterfall. Taking a hike. Watch several romantic comedies in a row with some of my homemade cookies. Learn French. Eat chocolate. Anything but work.