Sunday, December 29, 2013

New Year, New Opportunities!

Well, 2013 is coming to a close. And it has been a fantastic one.

In keeping with my tradition of not making unrealistic resolutions, here are my non-resolutions for 2014.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

My Own Holiday Newsletter

It's that time of year again! The excessively glittery cards and schmaltzy newsletters start flying in. I've contemplated sending out holiday cards for a few years now, but every time I get the notion, I conveniently remember that no one really gives a flying fig about you if you're single. I debated writing a funny, sarcastic newsletter, but decided my time would be better spent actually recapping 2013.

So to save on postage and poor pitying sighs, here's my version of the holiday newsletter. Two-thousand-thirteen has been a fantastic year. I had my doubts about my 28th year, but it has gone above and beyond.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Thankful

What am I thankful for? Last year, I tried to make a month of it, listing at least one thing I was thankful for for each day. I suppose I could go with those that automatically can be taken for granted: friends, family, a roof over my head.

But this year, I'd like to take a bit of a non-traditional approach. So here we go:

I am thankful for my insurance company. After a chaotic few months, I can look back and appreciate the service and value I'm offered and how well they took care of me. It makes me incredibly grateful. 

I am thankful for little moments. Whether it's seeing some of my favorite little ones and seeing their eyes light up with the cry of "Auntie Lindsey!" or even ten minutes taken in a cafe with a well-brewed cup of coffee. 

I am thankful for my courage. I don't often give myself enough credit, but over the past few years, I have done so much I never thought I would get to do or even want to do.

I am thankful for the opportunity to give back, whether it's in time, money, or donations, I am so glad I've reached a point where I can share with others, even if it's a small amount.

And last, but not least, I am thankful that as of the beginning of this month, I finally paid off the first of my student loans!

Wishing you all a wonderful Thanksgiving and a peaceful holiday season,

Lindsey

Monday, November 11, 2013

Student Loans

I've had a lot on my mind lately and had been debating what to write for a few weeks now. Then, in the course of my normal work-day research, I happened across this New York Times article. Yes, it's over a year old, but the article still speaks truth today.

I was one of the lucky ones; I still am, when I look at the people in this article and then look at my own situation. I started off going to an over-priced private liberal arts college. Even with a half-tuition scholarship, I was still taking out over $10,000 in student loans. My first wake-up call was meeting a classmate who nonchalantly proclaimed that she'd be "completely fine" if she had $100,000 in debt (yes, you are seeing the right amount of zeroes) when she graduated with her Bachelor's.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Personal Development

Recently, I've started taking more time to think about the future. A couple months ago, I sat down with my boss for my Mid-Year Review. For those of you that don't know, a mid-year review is essentially a meeting to review your performance goals (both individual and team), your job satisfaction, and your personal development. This mid-year review was not very different from others I've had in the past. We reviewed the goals and job satisfaction with no big surprises. And then something made me stop. He asked me about my personal development plans. I panicked. I'd never really been asked about my longterm personal development plans outside of college. Those plans were foiled once I realized no one was going to pay for a Straight B+ student to get her PhD and I wasn't willing to commit to that amount of debt.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Why Mary Lambert Is My Hero.

Many know Mary Lambert because of her work with Macklemore on the track "Same Love". Lesser known is the fact that her "part" in that song actually is the chorus of one of her own songs called "She Keeps Me Warm". Mary Lambert, as a singer, is amazing. But she is not just a singer. She is a singer, a poet, an activist. She's the real deal and the more I learn of her the more I love her. 

I'm not a big fan of crying. Actually, I really hate crying. Or at least, being seen as a cryer. But I will be upfront and say that I honestly bawled the first time I heard Lambert's song "I Know Girls". Why? Because it's like, in the midst of the increasing wave of "Girl Power" anthems, Lambert's song is one of the first to come out and just hit you in the face with the issues behind the anthems. The reasons girls and women of all ages, ethnicities, and classes struggle every day to even look at themselves in the mirror without loathing. I've not yet reached the "girl power" level. How about just being able to find the strength to see another day? 

Saturday, September 14, 2013

I've Run Out of Metaphors

I was trying to think of some cutesy title, but really I'm just so fucking tired and it's not worth it at this point. (Also, exhaustion can be clearly illustrated by the fact that I've proofread this post three times and still am not sure I got all the typos.) Life has been running me ragged lately. If you've read any recent posts, you already know what's up.

Fortunately, it looks like things are -finally- starting to normalize. The insurance claim is being processed, my old car has been taken away and either has been auctioned off or is soon to be (still quite upset about this) and I slept through the night for the first time in almost three weeks on Thursday night.  

Monday, September 9, 2013

Quick Update

It's been awhile since I've posted, or even had the time to write for that matter, so I figured I'd put up a quick update while I take a moment to look away from work (video editing this week and it is CRUNCH TIME!) and gather my thoughts.

The past month has been crazy. And not all crazy good.

About two weeks ago (was it really only two weeks?) I was in a car accident on my way home from a 5k in downtown Cleveland. The other driver wasn't paying attention (don't text and drive, ya'll!), ran a red light, plowed into the side of my car and sent me spinning down the road only to hit another car. That has to be the scariest thing I've ever experienced.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

When Things Don't Go According to Plan

I am a planner. I like to straighten out all the details. I like things to go the way that I plan. And life has this habit of getting in the way.

Specifically, this weekend an inattentive driver that ran a red light got in the way. It is one of those things where you sound really ridiculous if you say "I never expected it would happen to me." I mean, of course we don't. That's why they call them "accidents," right? But this one completely blew me away.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Body Positivity Bullshit.

Here's the thing. You know all those things I wrote or share about body positivity? About how our looks shouldn't define our worth and how all people should feel beautiful regardless of their size, sex, gender, ethnicity, or anything else?

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Body Policing

I've been thinking about this post for a while. Mostly because I didn't know if I wanted to write and post it or not.

What really prompted me to go ahead and post this was a passing statement written on another blog. I'm not going to name the blog in question as the statement truly seemed to be in passing and I don't want to prompt a flood of comments calling out this person (who happens to be quite well known) on something that was not the main topic of her post and she probably didn't even think about posting.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Peach Pie Perfection (Gluten-Free!)

There are certain areas of the grocery store that I just try to avoid. The top three are: bakery, frozen meals, and the refrigerated biscuit dough section.  It's just easier not to see what I can't or shouldn't have. This conscious avoidance explains why I was the last person to find out that Pillsbury recently released three new gluten-free products! Pillsbury now has gluten-free pizza dough, chocolate chip cookie dough and pastry dough.  I've tried the pizza dough (meh, but worth a second try) and the chocolate chip cookie dough (good, and allowed me to treat myself to my first ice cream sandwich in almost two years). Today was the day to give the pastry dough a try.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Heat Stroke

Normally I love living in an old building. Great architecture, cool neighborhood, and great "character". Today is not one of those days. Today is one of the days that I am a little bit grumpy about it. One of the things that is most challenging about living in old buildings is the lack of air conditioning. 


As it is, right now I am hiding away in my bedroom with my one little window AC unit, dinner (tostadas and salad), and a bottle of wine. Opening the door and moving to the other room is like hitting a wall of heat, so I've resigned myself to forces exile to the bedroom for the rest of the evening.

Not too bad a prospect as I get to spend the evening with Stephen Hawking. Well, "Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking", that is.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

What Gets Me Through

I've been sitting here for a couple days trying to figure out what to write. Life is busy, but nothing terribly significant to write about. Mostly, it's just mindless movement forward, trying to get to the next milestone or significant revelation.  This feeling of pervasive monotony means that I'm going back to my one true love to get me through the day: MUSIC! Here are some of my current favorite songs, artists, etc., that help the days speed by.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Not A Compliment

Most days, I try not to let the things people say irk me. Most days, I succeed. And then some days I just want to take people who say things without thinking and give them a lecture.

Today, let's review what IS and IS NOT a compliment.

Monday, July 8, 2013

The Introvert's Dilemma

People like putting other people in boxes. We all like our neat little labels and stereotypes because it makes it easier for us to categorize people. "Us" versus "them". "They" are always like "that". It gets frustrating. Particularly when you don't fall in to the stereotypes or you're struggling to break out of them.

Here's the truth of the matter: I'm an introvert. When I say this, people automatically assume certain things so I just want to put the record straight.

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Body Image, a compilation

First things first, as this is a recurring topic, I've added a page to this blog that is dedicated solely to the "body image" issue. I am always thinking, writing, and talking about this. It dominates the blogs I read, the books I read, and even my Pinterest boards, so I developed the page to bring together a number of resources as well as posts I've written. You can find the page by going to the top of whatever page you're on (on my blog) and look for "Body Image" in the horizontal navigation.

Secondly, if you have any resources you think would be beneficial to add, let me know and I'll be happy to add them. As it is right now, they're generally steered toward body image issues faced by fat heterosexual women (as that's where I fall), but I'd love to see it be fleshed out (lol!) to include resources beneficial to all.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Reconnecting

Well, today I got to spend some time with a pretty cool person. One of my younger sisters is working nearby this summer and so I made the trip to go out and see her since I didn't get to see her with the rest of the family.

Keith and I (oh yes, did I mention I names the new car 'Keith'? Another story for another time) set out on an adventure. We made it without any hiccups and got to spend a lovely half day with E. Between bookstores, knick knack shops and cute little cafes, we had a pretty great time. We even managed a walk in the rain.

Friday, June 28, 2013

When Life Gives You a Lemon

...junk it and go get a new car.

Yeah. So you know that whole "stop and smell the espresso" stuff I wrote last time? It turned out to be a lot bigger than just a scheduling inconvenience. Betsy III (aka "Betsy the Tin Can") is no more. She  gave out that day and despite my best efforts could not be revived. 

And with that the emergency search for a car was on. Thank goodness for my sister and grandmother, both of whom went out of their way to help me out and tote me around. I missed the better part of two days of work getting everything straightened out, but it did all happen in the end.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Slowing Down to Smell the Espresso

My mornings are usually pretty hectic. No easing into the day for me. I'm up before 6am and out the door before 7am. I rarely eat breakfast or have my morning cup of coffee unless it's while walking, driving or working. It's just the way I work.

This morning started out the same way. I jumped out of bed into the shower and then went straight to the multitasking: brushing teeth, drying hair, checking the day's schedule, grabbing my lunch from the fridge while hopping on one foot trying to get my shoe on. Oh, and don't forget the extra pair of shoes (dress heels) for meetings. I hopped in the elevator to go down to the garage, wishing it would run faster as I was already feeling late on my day. Getting in the car, I didn't expect anything was wrong, but by the time I'd gotten up the drive, into the street and to my first corner, I knew my little car wasn't making it to work this morning.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Facebook Break

I'm taking a break. I love Facebook. I really do. But lately it's gone a bit too far and it's been taking up too much time and energy. Am I the only one who struggles with this? It's not that I'm deleting my account. And I'm not going to completely forbid myself from checking it or reading. What I AM doing is cutting down on the posting.

I am a bit of a like/comment whore. I post stuff because I want people to interact with me and it. And when I don't get the response I'm expecting it's disappointing. And when I sat down and thought about it, it really was kind of sad.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Time Out!

I am convinced that sometimes I just need to take time for myself. Yes, I take vacations (well, once every few years). Yes, I don't work 24/7 (though sometimes it feels like it). And, yes, I do take time off now and then. But when was the last time that I took time off just to really relax, agenda- and worry-free? It has been too long.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Face of Euphoria

As you may know, I'm not a huge fan of pictures of myself. But when I jumped on the official race photography company's website and saw "my" pictures, I knew I wanted to buy one. Even though they aren't phenomenal. And even though they're overpriced. Why? Because when I look at those pictures at the finish line, I can see the euphoria of finishing. At that point, it didn't matter that I was sick, slow and struggling. In those last few moments I felt like a rock star. And it kind of shows. I don't think I've ever seen a picture of myself with such an open expression of joy. Usually because I'm careful (a little too careful) about curating pictures of myself that end up online. But this time? I don't care. Yep, I look disgusting. Yep, I've got a double chin. But it doesn't matter because the look on my face is what I love.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Things That Irk Me

1) Colds that never go away - Actually, not so much a cold as this little tickle of a cough that refuses to leave and keeps me up at night.

2) People commenting on weight loss or gain (perceived or actual) as either conversation starters, compliments, or commendations of character - Seriously, guys. There is so much more to me than the circumference of my waist. But do my relatives ask me about my job? My life? Nope, they ask me about my weight. Fantastic.

Friday, May 24, 2013

In Which I Finally Break Down and Go to a Doctor

In my last post I mentioned feeling exhausted, utterly wiped, after the event on Sunday. I remember coming home, shooting my boss an email to tell him that I likely wouldn't be in the office the next day and then essentially blacking out. Apparently, my last post was written on Monday. No real recollection of doing that. Monday and Tuesday are one big, feverish blur in my mind. I vaguely remember going to work on Tuesday and then leaving only a few hours later because I wasn't able to function.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Half Marathon Aftermath

Do you ever have those days where you think "Oh, I'll just lay down and nap for a few minutes" and then you wake up eight  hours later? Yep, that's me!

Probably the toughest day of my life. I feel like even though I've been training for this since December, it was still so much harder than I ever expected it to be. I know that's probably not very encouraging to someone thinking about doing an endurance event, but at this point it's true. It's also true that the post-finish line euphoria is one of the best emotional highs I have ever experienced.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Terrified

The half marathon is today (well, it feels like "tomorrow" since I'm currently battling insomnia). Deep down I know I'll be okay. I've been training for this for months. I can always slow down or take a break if I need to. I'm ready for this.

But it still doesn't stop my heart from racing and this lack of sleep. 

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Countdown

A week from this time tomorrow I will have completed my first half marathon (provided all goes well). I never thought I would even contemplate those words. I'm still kind of in shock that race day is so close. I can only imagine the hubbub (and anxiety) of the actual race day.

On Saturday, we are heading down to the race expo to pick up race bibs, timing chips, and check out the demos, products and seminars. It actually sounds like a pretty interesting time even if it does mean dealing with huge crowds. Saturday night is the Inspiration Dinner at the hotel. My friend, Heather, is going with me and I'm looking forward to going, relaxing and hearing about TNT's mission and the honorees that we're running for.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Rape Culture

Sometimes I wonder if people truly understand the depths to which our society has sunk (or hasn't risen from...?) when it comes to the rights of women, their value in society, their lack of protection, and the blame we as a culture often lay on them for things that are out of their control or completely antiquated.

One example of this is purity shaming. I was going to write a piece on this, but I think instead I will direct you to this recent post by Natalie. Our upbringings were very, very similar so I feel like my writing something is pointless when I would just make the same points.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Potlucks Are Community

I don't know if I can properly explain the magic of a potluck. They seem to hold a special place in my heart. Growing up as a kid in Baptist churches, potlucks were a staple of my life. Life happened at potlucks. They were held for holidays, graduations, dedications, weddings and funerals. My big Italian family always comes together over food (and I think it's impossible for them to get together without it). At a previous job, we not only used potlucks for celebrations and team events, but we also used them to help each other out. During the winter months, we pooled our resources and held a weekly potluck. This not only provided us with a hot meal and saved us a good amount of money, but it built a sense of community. It sounds cliche, but it's true.

Friday, May 3, 2013

Pinterest Problems

More and more I am seeing double standards in social media. I've come to expect this everywhere, but for some reason it can still surprise me.

I got an email from Pinterest this week. It was something along the lines of "we've removed one of your pins because of nudity". I'm always surprises by these emails (though they are few and far between) because while I'm not censoring or photoshopping little black bars over images on pins, I also don't pin anything that could be labelled as pornography.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Training Win

Well, it is May already and I cannot believe it's finally here! The Cleveland Marathon is 16 days away and I'm starting to get really nervous about it. Training lately has been sporadic for me due to work, traveling and other events. It's been hard to motivate myself to get out there and even do a few miles when I come home and all I want to do is collapse into bed.

But... yesterday I realized something (and pardon me if this is old hat to the rest of you): the hardest part about training is getting dressed and walking out the door. I'm not kidding. It seems like as soon as I get out that door, I'm well on my way to my goal.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

YouTube Trolls

Where do I begin?

First off, I should say that I understand that sometimes (most of the time?) there are f****** idiots on the Internet that have nothing better to do with their time and small brains than sit and make stupid comments on YouTube videos. I know this and usually I just roll my eyes and move on.

But something hit me this morning and it just feels like I need to get it off my chest.

Enough with the cheap shots at the fat and/or "ugly" girls. I'm so fucking tired of seeing trolls post ignorant shit (hmmm, my attempt at not-swearing did not last very long). Especially about fat girls. Yes, it hits close to home.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Favorite Places on the Web

So, I haven't had a lot of time to write this week between recuperating from what will henceforth be known as "The Great Wisdom Tooth Extraction of '13" and trying to catch up at work. But I did want to share with you all a few of my favorite blogs and websites. Some of them aren't very big, but they're all pretty cool.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Wisdom Tooth Boredom

Got my wisdom teeth taken out on Saturday. Needless to say, it's been a not-so-fun and painful experience. What I honestly did not expect was the boredom. I am functioning right now thanks to rotating doses of Percocet and Advil. The problem is this makes me well enough to move about the house, but not well enough to do much else. And I've been told that I shouldn't attempt driving while under the influence of prescription drugs.

Perpetuating Beauty Myths

As I am currently playing the invalid (thank you, now missing wisdom teeth), I have a lot of spare time on my hands. Unfortunately my head is still aching a lot, so this doesn't allow me to do much of anything useful with my sick time. It does, however, give me the opportunity to feed my already substantial Pinterest addiction.

As I was scrolling through pins today, I felt like I was getting bombarded. There were all these "healthy", "helpful" pins telling me about this or that one magic solution that would take me from frumpy ugly duckling to hot belle of the ball.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Northern Ohio wRECk Roller Derby

I got some really sad news this week. Northern Ohio wRECk Roller Derby (more commonly known as "wRECk") is holding its final practice on Wednesday, April 24th. Not only is this sad for Cleveland roller derby in general, but it's heartbreaking personally to see this.

wRECk is one of the first places where I made any friends after moving to Cleveland. I'd stopped at their table for information after going to a BRRG bout and been encouraged to come by Justice and Sadie. I scoffed at first. I'd never been on a pair of skates in my life (toddling around in a pair of Little Tyke plastic skates didn't count in my opinion), much less skated on a track attempting a full contact sport.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Doomsday Book

I just finished reading "Doomsday Book" by Connie Willis. I'd mentioned this book briefly in another post, but it really is worthy of its own.

I'd been looking for some fiction recommendations and had happened upon a vlog by John Green (as previously mentioned, one half of the awesome Vlogbrothers team). In this video, he presented a number of recommendations in the "If you like this... You might like that..." format. And wouldn't you know he had a recommendation for everyone. I'm not kidding. He covered everything from Sherlock Holmes to Harry Potter and Fifty Shades of Grey.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

The Lizzie Bennet Diaries

I recently discovered a cool YouTube channel called "The Lizzie Bennet Diaries". Normally, I do not like Jane Austen. Or modern adaptations of Jane Austen. But I've recently discovered this series thanks to Vlogbrothers (on another note, if you don't know Vlogbrothers, go. watch. now. Especially if you are a self-professed nerd or geek.)

Anyway, so "The Lizzie Bennet Diaries" is a modern-day adaptation of Pride & Prejudice. Lizzie is a grad student with two sisters, Jane and Lydia. Most of the "book" is portrayed form Lizzie's perspective.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Best. Day. Ever.

Ahhhh!!!! Seriously the best day ever. I'm going to try I write more later but just wanted I post something before the fantastic day ended.

Today I got to visit NASA Glenn for a tour of their SLOPE facility, met a very cool friend for lunch at one of my favorite restaurants, and then we went to see Jurassic Park -in 3D! So much fun. Jam-packed and busy, but in the best way! The few pictures I managed (remembered?) to take are below.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Eggplant Parmesan Bake

As you know, I am a huge Pinterest fan. Pinterest keeps me laughing and keeps me fed. Not even kidding. I feel like half the meals I cook come from pins or ideas based on pins. One of my recent favorites is this one: Eggplant Ricotta Bake from marthastewart.com.

You can find the full original recipe at the link above. It really is worth your time! Even if you think you don't like eggplant, I highly encourage you to give this a try. As for me, I made some adjustments (mostly because I bought the wrong amount of some ingredients) and my recipe is below. Also, I've renamed it Vegetarian Eggplant Lasagna because I feel that 'Eggplant Ricotta Bake' doesn't do it justice.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Delay and Teasers

I've been meaning to write on here for a while -and rest assured more is coming- but life has been a bit crazy lately so I will leave you with some tantalizing tidbits:

-international soccer game excitement

-first foray into eggplant-based cuisine

Friday, March 22, 2013

Independence

I had someone ask me today if I was in love. Their logic? I'd been dressing up more often, pulled out some "girly-girl" fashion, and just looked "happier". While this encounter was rather bemusing, it reminded me of something I've been trying to voice but haven't had the chance to put down on paper yet.

Here it is: I am in love. Well, not in the way you expect, I suppose. I'm in love with myself (hear me out before you roll your eyes). After 20 odd years of thinking I wasn't good enough; pretty enough to spend time or money or effort on. This is what changed: one day I decided enough was enough and that I wasn't going to put my life on hold for anyone or anything -be it more money, a different number on the scale, or a change in philosophy. It's a novel concept, but one that so many women struggle with everyday. We think "when I lose those ten pounds", or "when I just get that promotion", or any number of excuses we force ourselves into.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Just Keep Running

With the advent of my new phone I've been hit with a rude awakening: the GPS on my EVO Shift was apparently complete crap and all too generous with me. First two runs using Nike+ with my iPhone have informed me that not only am I running less but I'm also running much slower than I previously thought.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Spaghetti Cravings

Going gluten-free usually means giving up a lot of things. Yes, you're giving up gluten, but you're also giving up things people take for granted like dining out, or being able to comfortably and safely eat a home-cooked meal with your friends and family.

Being Italian, my family eats a lot of pasta. Every Sunday, you will find a group of us (ranging from 10-30 on any given Sunday depending on the time of year and event) congregating at my grandparents house. We talk (okay, most of it is yelling), laugh, hug, and especially eat. For the majority of my family, this means pasta and lots of it. It also means breaded chicken. As far as eating goes, we are for the majority your stereotypical American-Italian family.

Monday, March 11, 2013

OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2) for Dummies

Or "By a  Dummy-Who-Never-Should-Have-Updated"

I am convinced that OS X 10.8.2 is the Windows Vista of Apple Land. Talk about a drag. But first, let's get some backstory:

I recently got a new phone and after trying Android for a while, I decided to try out the iPhone. Not being an out-and-out Apple fangirl, I didn't see a need to get the latest model, so I got the 4S which, with a lovely green rebate from my carrier for turning in my old phone, cost me less than $80 with a contract renewal. (This review is not about the iPhone, but let me say that so far I like it pretty well, though it is annoying having to learn a whole different system).

Friday, March 8, 2013

Zumbathon®: Dance for a Cure! #CLE

If you're in the Greater Cleveland Area tomorrow, come out and join us for our event "Zumbathon®: Dance for a Cure!". It's going to be a great time!


Thursday, March 7, 2013

Setbacks and Starting Up (Again)

Well, here I am. We're about nine weeks away from event day and I am much farther behind than I'd like. In January, I was doing well, had actually reached my longest distance up to that date (about five miles and actually going at a pretty good clip for me) and then about a mile from home, I felt and heard something pop. In my hip. It wasn't broken or fractured, but it did mean that I had to stop training for awhile and then go back v-e-r-y s-l-o-w-l-y for the rest.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Infographic: 29 Ways to Stay Creative


I haven't had a lot of time to write lately, but I found this fantastic infographic and wanted to share it. I'm a bit of an infographic junkie so I subscribe to a lot of feeds to see what people are coming up with.  Here's my latest favorite: "29 Ways to Stay Creative", designed by Islam Abudaoud.

http://www.behance.net/gallery/29-Ways-to-Stay-Creative-Infographic/4504625


Saturday, February 23, 2013

Nerd Alert: Not-So-Guilty Pleasures

John Green of VlogBrothers had this to say about being a nerd. "Nerds like us are allowed to be unironically enthusiastic about stuff. We don't have to be like, 'Oh yeah that purse is okay' or like, 'Yeah, I like that band's early stuff.' Nerds are allowed to love stuff, like jump-up-and-down-in-the-chair-can't-control-yourself-love it. When people call people nerds, mostly what they are saying is, 'You like stuff', which is just not a good insult at all, like 'You are too enthusiastic about the miracle of human consciousness'."

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Dear Linda Heasley: Six things I’d like to see from Lane Bryant under the new CEO

Lane Bryant is a long-standing staple of the plus-size fashion community. The first store was opened in 1904, but by the 1920s they became known as a specialty store for “stout-figured” women and have held on to a generous share of that market for almost a hundred years, mostly by default alone. There just aren’t that many affordable and/or accessible options for us bigger girls.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Dairy-Free Adventures: Cinnamon Coconut Milk Ice Cream

I nearly had a meltdown in the grocery store. I’m ashamed to admit it, but it’s true. There is a reason, really and truly, but it is a true story nonetheless.

For some time now, I’ve known that I need to go dairy-free. Gluten-free and yeast-free? Not that big a deal. But dairy-free? The thought alone makes me want to cry. Not for the butter, no (I already use mostly olive oil or coconut oil). Also, not for the ice cream or the milk. I only use almond milk at home and, while pricey, dairy-free ice cream is readily available. No, what really had me sad while standing in the middle of the store was the thought of giving up cheese. Oh. The cheese.

Friday, February 15, 2013

The Corner of Technology Ave. and Life Blvd.

I don’t often think of myself as a super ‘techy’ person. Sure, I know slightly more than your average consumer. I can fix basic computer problems (including those eye-dee-ten-tee and PEBKAC errors...), I know how to perform basic phone hacks for a wider array of “options” and I can generally fix my TV, DVD player or gaming console without having to call for help. But that’s about it. I don’t generally live and die by my gadgets and, up until today, I assumed that they did not run my life.

Monday, February 11, 2013

The Newsflesh Trilogy


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First off, I want to say thank you. Thank you to all those that read my last post and commented on Facebook or Pinterest and repinned it. You guys made my day and it was nice to see that, according to the stats, it was my most viewed post of all time. And for my little bitty blog that is saying something --even if it has been around for almost six years now.

On to the main reason for my post: A quick review of Mira Grant’s Newsflesh Trilogy. Do you like zombies, government conspiracy, and blogging? If so, this trilogy could be for you. (If not, feel free to stop reading now.)

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Bucking the Trend

I feel like there are a multitude of posts on this blog (and others that I write on) that follow the same basic format:
  1. I forget to write for an inordinate amount of time
  2. I think for a few weeks that I should actually write something
  3. I start to write something decent or insightful and...
  4. The post always turns into a "sorry-it's-been-so-long,-let-me-update-you-on-every-annoying detail-in-my-life-since-I-last-wrote" rather than sticking with what I had planned.
So. Let's try to get past the part where I'm a slacker when it comes to personal blogging and move on. And if you don't like touchy-feely posts, feel free to stop reading now. It's about to get introspective