Be Careful If You Join Pinterest

July 30, 2013

An addiction to this site will creep up on you like a stalker at your back door.

Some days I get whimsically lost in the boards on this site, having to force myself to at least take a bathroom break. I haven't had it this bad since my high school Myspace days.

Anywho, this post is dedicated to day 26 of the blog every day challenge, a challenge at which I've been failing miserably. The task was to share something I read online, but thanks to my day job, this brain will be drowning in a sea of wordy content today. Instead, I'll share some pins from my 'Art' board that all leave me longing for some sort of illustrative talent (I can hardly draw stick figures).

Mango Corn Salsa

July 29, 2013

Welcome to the Third edition of....

Mouthwatering Mondays

I along with 8 other ladies have joined forces to bring you this exciting weekly linkup. Every week we will have a theme to follow. The schedule for the coming weeks will be posted at the bottom of the linkup so you can plan out your posts in advance. Find your favorite recipes to go along with the theme and be sure to take lots of pictures!! 

Today's "easy" recipe was inspired by two wonderful creations on this earth: Chipotle and Erin from Two Thirds Hazel. 

About a week ago, she shared her Copy Cat Chipotle Corn Salsa recipe, and while I was reading it, the little light bulb went off in my head, like "duh, this is super friggin' easy. Why haven't I tried to make this before?" So, that evening - literally that same evening - I stopped by my local farmer's market on the way home, and snatched up the necessary ingredients... plus a couple extras. It's always nice to put a spin on any recipe and make it my own. Although it's not like mango and onion have never been to salsa before, so I'm not proclaiming my originality here.

  • 1 - 15.25oz Can of Sweet Corn (whole kernel, no sugar added)
  • 1 Jalapeño
  • Cilantro
  • Juice of 1 Lemon
  • Juice of 1 Lime
  • Juice of 1 Grapefruit
  • 1 Mango
  • 1 Sweet Onion
  • Salt
  • Pepper
The instructions are pretty simple: chop up everything that needs to be chopped (jalapeño, cilantro, mango, onion), drain the canned corn, throw these bits in a bowl and mix. Squeeze in your lemon, lime and grapefruit as you stir, and finish with as much/little salt and pepper as you'd like. 

Make sure to remove the core and seeds from the jalapeño. Those don't belong in the salsa. 

It took me about 10 minutes to make, and it tasted even better the next day. Marinating overnight in all those citrusy juices really kicks it up a notch. 

So... About my Laugh.

July 25, 2013

I've never been the type to take a person's words to heart. I'm the chick that lets others opinions of me roll off my shoulders & on the the next. I'm not a people pleaser, and I never have been. Even as a kid, I made good grades and participated in activities to please myself, not my teachers, not my parents and definitely not any random strangers who may or may not be paying attention. So, everyone else's comments or criticisms were always taken with that proverbial grain of salt, since I wasn't trying to please them.

That being said, there's a little scripture that states "every matter must be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses," and I apply that baby all over the place. If I'm researching anything on the internet, I need a couple different sources to back up my findings. If my doctor were to give me any kind of negative report, I'd most definitely seek a second or third opinion, and if more than one person makes a similar comment about yours truly, I start to accept its validity.

Which brings me to the whole point of this post: my laugh.

Clearly I Don't Know What 'Blog Everyday' Means

July 24, 2013

At first I complained about having nothing to write about.
I'm a classic homebody. On a Friday night, you can likely find me on the couch, with a good movie and a glass of Red. Okay, who am I kidding... it's usually a somewhat-decent B-movie, and I end up sprawled out on the floor by the end. Regardless, I started this blog as an alternative to all the social media platforms out there. The look is fully customizable to my liking, I can (basically) share whatever I want without worrying about some privacy/terms & conditions violation and it's a convenient little way to document life.

The thing about documenting life: you must have one worth documenting. Netflix and wine is not worth documenting, and when I do get out and do something, I conveniently fail to photography the escapade. So here I am, with hardly anything to share except my words, and I'm no fool; I understand this is a visual world, so those words will likely go unnoticed if there's no accompanying illustration - which is why there's a picture of this sweater from a street vendor in San Francisco, that has absolutely nothing to do with this post.

Anywho, the lovely Sarah created this little What Inspires My Blog Posts link-up, and I couldn't help but want to participate, even if I'm still finding my groove over here.

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Amelia Island

July 17, 2013

About 30 minutes north of Jacksonville, Florida is Amelia Island, and for the last few years, this has been my go-to birthday destination. The beaches are stunning, and unlike some hot spots in Florida, they aren't loud and crowded *cough - cough, MIAMI, cough*.

This year, I was only able to stay a couple days, and they flew by as quickly and comfortably as a summer breeze. Here's the photo roundup.

A little history lesson on American Beach

Houses along the coast

Lizards gettin' frisky


Mouthwatering Mondays

July 15, 2013

Welcome to the First edition of....

Mouthwatering Mondays

I along with 8 other ladies have joined forces to bring you this exciting weekly linkup. Every week we will have a theme to follow. The schedule for the coming weeks will be posted at the bottom of the linkup so you can plan out your posts in advance. Find your favorite recipes to go along with the theme and be sure to take lots of pictures!! 

Today, I'm re-linking my Kitchen Sink Oatmeal Cookie recipe.
Because 1.// I rarely make sweet treats, and that's this week's theme. Gimme a bowl of ice cream or frozen yogurt, and this woman is good to go.
2.// I just got back from a mini vacation, and I've had zero time to dream up something fresh and/or original.
3.// Homemade oatmeal cookies always remind me of Christmas, especially when the aroma from the oven fills my living space. Christmas in July? Yes, please.

So, yeah.

Click here for the super, super, suuuuper easy recipe.

Me, in 10 Words.

July 11, 2013

Day 11, Thursday: Sell yourself in 10 words or less

First I had to tell the story of my life in 250 words, and now I have to sell myself in 10.

Hmph. In no particular order:

  • Ambitious
  • Bookworm
  • Observant
  • Memorable
  • Foodie
  • Inquisitive
  • Optimistic
  • Reserved
  • Creative
  • Candid

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A Post About Food, Without Food Pictures. Sorry.

July 9, 2013

Day 9, Tuesday: A moment in your day (this can be just a photo or both a photo and words)

I did that thing bad bloggers do today, where they go somewhere and don't document the outing in photographs. So, I had to steal this picture from my friend's instagram, which was taken before I even got there. Judge me. (Her blog is here, and I've already asked her to start updating more often...)

Big Chow Grill has already been properly blogged about anyway, so I'll let that be the official reason why I there are no food pictures today.

In other news, I'm extreeeeeeemely excited to co-host my first weekly link up, starting on Monday.

Oh, and it's all about food, because, y'know, I'm so dang good at eating.

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The Last Few Days... Oh yeah, and it's My Birthday.

July 8, 2013

Day 4, Thursday: Favorite quote (from a person, from a book, etc) and why you love it
Day 5, Friday: Publicly profess your love and devotion for one of your blogger friends. What makes them great? Why do you love them? If you don't have blogger friends, talk about a real-life friend or even a family member
Day 6, Saturday: If you couldn't answer with your job, how would you answer the question, 'what do you do'?
Day 7, Sunday: The thing(s) you're most afraid of
Day 8, BIRTHDAY: A piece of advice you have for others. Anything at all.

So, I've missed a few days with the little blog everyday challenge, and now I'm gonna catch up.

July 4th, Favorite quote: There are too many good quotes out there to pick just one, so here are a few good ones I've stumbled across lately.

July 5th, Profess my love and devotion for a blogger friend: Ummmm... about that. I don't really have any, and that's why I skipped that day. So if anyone is looking, I like long walks on the beach, romantic dinners at sunset and all that jazz.

July 6th, What do I do: I entertain. At least, I'm pulling strings behind the scenes of multiple forms of entertainment. If you're trolling online for random articles, I may have written one of those. One day, I might be a ghost writer for a movie you see or a song you hear, or I may even help direct the music video to that same song. Keep those dreams alive, people.

July 7th, Things I'm most afraid of: Creepers hiding in my bedroom closet while I sleep (especially if they're wearing a Michael Myers mask) (don't judge me). Bugs - all of them (especially ones that sting/bite). Failure, in my profession, my relationships and pretty much any other area of life (isn't that a common fear?).

July 8th - One of the best days of the year, a piece of advice: NEVER WORK ON YOUR BIRTHDAY. This is the one day out of the year that should always be dedicated to you. Personally, I like to claim the entire month, but if anything, the day you were born should never be spent worrying about your job or career.

Okay, I'm back on track. Now there's a bottle glass of wine seductively calling my name.

Things that Make Me Uncomfortable

July 3, 2013

Day 3, Wednesday: Things that make you uncomfortable

~ When people won't look me in the eye during a conversation
Some people find it difficult to make eye contact; I'm not one of those people. If we're communicating face-to-face, and your eyes are avoiding mine, I'll automatically get suspicious. What are you hiding? Are you avoiding something? Are you disinterested in this exchange? This makes me uncomfortable.

~ Touching my face
Don't pinch my cheeks. Don't wipe off an eyelash or a piece of lint, and please sir, don't hold my face if you're going in for a kiss. Even the thought of the slightest, most microscopic bit of natural oils from your fingertips touching my skin may cause a breakout. This makes me uncomfortable. Speaking of hands...

~ Washing my hands in a public restroom and seeing some leave the stall without doing the same
C'mon. You just had those hands near your oven. Wash them!
Fellas', I can't see when you guys do this, but thinking of you reaching to greet me, after your dirty hands just got done handling your banana. NOT COOL. This makes me uncomfortable.

~ Watching love scenes with my parents
Does anyone ever outgrow this awkwardness? I don't care how grown I get, watching things get hot & heavy onscreen should never occur within 1,000 square feet of my mother. This makes me uncomfortable.

~ Getting hit on while other people are paying attention
If we're sharing a somewhat private moment, and you dish out a few of your best pick-up lines, I'll eat it right up and come back with some cheeky material of my own. Howwwwwwever, if there are other human beings within earshot (especially women), they're probably listening, and chances are they'll start sizing me up to determine the validity of your compliment. Communal judgement? No, thanks. This makes me uncomfortable.

~ My annual trip to the OB/GYN
There's just no comfortable way to get a pap smear. I'd go into more detail, but that'd also make me uncomfortable.

~ When the waiter/waitress takes my food in the back to box it up
I understand they're providing a service, but once my food has been prepared and delivered, I need to be in control of everything that happens thereafter. Please don't touch my plate again. This makes me uncomfortable.

I tried to think of 10 things so this post would be all rounded-out and pretty, but this is all I've got. That's why the list isn't numbered, because odd numbered lists also make me slightly uncomfortable (unless it's a 3-point list. I've always liked triangles).


How to Develop a Sense of Direction

July 2, 2013

Day 2, Tuesday: Educate us on something you know alot about or are good at. Take any approach you'd like (serious and educational or funny and sarcastic)

Confession: I almost skipped today's post - not because I forgot, or got lazy even. I'm completely convinced that I'm not good at anything interesting enough to blog about. This was a very sad realization. I even asked a friend what he thought I was good at, and his response was "you're a good writer."

Yeah... They teach that bit in grade school, so I highly doubt there's anything I could share that someone else hasn't already written about in a "How to Be a Better Writer" post. I'd much rather skip an entry than write a crappy one.

Then I remembered something that I'm super skilled at. I'm talking might-be-my-superpower good. My spidey senses start tingling just thinking about it, and it just might be my sixth sense: direction. Seriously. In high school, I went on a student trip abroad (as mentioned in yesterday's post), and this included lots of walking around from one place to the next. By the end of the trip, some chaperones were looking to me for turn by turn instructions to our destinations.

I'm including a couple pictures from last year's trip to San Francisco, since that was the last time I've been completely out of my element and needed to tap into said superpowers. All anyone really needs to get where they're going is a map.

Drop the GPS.

Alright, here's my get good with directions simple tutorial.

1. Get a map.
Make sure the street names are clearly visible, and the ones with a few landmarks listed are even better. Some people just aren't good with names; I get it. So having a map that shows a post office at the corner of Main Street & Central Avenue can really make a difference.

2. Be observant.
When I first moved to Atlanta, I got turned around as easy as a group of tipsy line dancers at a summer wedding. We've got countless one-way streets, and their names are often too similar to differentiate. Sometimes, the only way we'd make it back home was to look for a familiar building along the skyline and remember where we stayed in relation to it. Take note of every house, sign, pillar and restaurant along the way, because the ability to use it as a point of reference may come in handy.

3. Pay attention to the sun.
This is another tidbit they teach us in grade school: in our hemisphere, the sun rises in the east and sets in the west. That big bright burning star in the sky is always my guide, so long as I'm moving around during the day. Just find a northern or southern landmark, pop out that map, pinpoint your current location and you're good to go anywhere (so long as it's listed on that map, of course.).

*Bonus: trust your gut.
If you've been walking, riding or driving for a while, and it feels like you're going the wrong way, you probably are. Take a pause, turn around and look for some familiarity. Getting lost can be fun sometimes, but wasting time is just plain annoying.

Alright now get out there. *slaps booty*

The Story of My Life

July 1, 2013

Day 1, Monday: The story of your life in 250 words or less

This is gonna be a tough one.

I've still got plenty of life to live, but how does one sum up any part their story in only 250 words? If it's significant enough to write it down, I'd imagine 250 words isn't nearly enough. Good think I like a challenge.

Twenty-something summers ago in the wee hours of a perfect July morning, I stepped on the scene. My childhood was fairly normal, considering my family had it's issues like everyone else, and I got banged up, scraped up, blistered and bruised from fun times playing outside with friends. 
After elementary school, Moms & I made a decently major move to the somewhat great state of Georgia, and those awkward yet gratifying high school years soon came and started to fly by. Junior year, I traveled through the UK to put on a show with my school's Drama department, and this is probably when I discovered my love for the entertainment craft. A few years later I uncovered my hatred for the entertainment industry.
Before I knew it, I was working my way through the collegiate experience as an English major. I didn't get very involved with campus life, no joining clubs, no pledging greek, no organizing protests, none of that. I was too busy working full-time and ensuring I'd have no loans to repay after graduation. Mission aggressively accomplished. Getting my hands on that degree felt like Christmas, and coincidentally, my commencement ceremony took place around that time of year.
So here I am, now working my way toward a career as a full-time freelancer and spending spare time with friends, family and Jesus. There were a few romantic involvements leading up to this point, but they didn't endure the test of time, so they're not worth detailing (fail moments here). 

So there it is: my life story condensed into exactly 250 words. Frankly, it sounds kinda... boring. Drama may be tough to deal with, but it sure makes a compelling narrative, and by golly, George, it sure would take a while to narrate. I'll save that for my retirement years. That's when the best memoirs are written.

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