Wednesday, June 27, 2012

A quick shopping note

I completely lost my gatdamn mind today and bought a ridiculous number of things from Loft.com. But in my defense, they were having a pretty awesome sale. I also wouldn't have known if it weren't for Annie so I'll just go ahead and blame her for it instead of holding myself to my actions. Just kidding, I really appreciate her heads up because I needed some new shoes! One of my shoes broke down yesterday, actually, and even though it's fixable, I should have more than 3 pairs of shoes in the rotation. The pair I'm wearing right now is holding on for dear life. I generally try to thrift as much as I can, but sometimes I just cannot find a pair that fits me and it gets super irritating coming up empty handed all the time. And how can I pass up a $10 pair of shoes? However, these things better fit, otherwise I'll have to sell them or something. And gripe about it. I'll post photos of what I got if I can ever find the DANG CAMERA CORD, and short of that I'll just link to the product description.

Stuff I Don't Need: Bento Boxes

Okay guys, I have a confession. I love buying stuff that I have no need for. Just, useless crap, from hair products, to tupperware, to nail polish (I already have over 100 polishes already but I keep buying more). The latest thing I've had my eye on is bento boxes, and all the cute little accessories that you can get with them!

So first you've got the boxes themselves. From my intensive browsing on Amazon research, Kotobuki seems to be a brand with a wide selection of boxes. They have ones with cute little owls, adorable kitty cats, and other animal faces. (But why is the frog crying?) There are plenty of other selections available, with or without super cute animals. Just do an online search for "bento box." Once you've picked your poison, you can move onto the really good stuff, tiny accessories to junk up your kitchen and waste money on that you'll probably never really use!

I have found so much random stuff used for making lunch look cute. Things like rice molds, vegetable presses, tiny soy sauce containers,  spiral vegetable slicers, and boiled egg molds.

super kawaii!
I mean, look at these adorable little lunches! Can you imagine how many cute little slicers and stampers and molds are available to make these things? This is really an art for the people who do it. Some of them are just so intricate and creative, and I'm in awe that people have the talent (and the time) to create things like this.

But sadly, I have absolutely no art skills whatsoever. Like, none. My time management skills are also pretty questionable. And whenever I think about making adorable lunches with rice hearts and bunny eggs and cucumber stars, reality hits me and reminds me that I usually don't bring lunch to work at all and when I do, it's stuffed into some plastic ziplock bags and thrown into a grocery bag all willy nilly. I mean really, can you imagine me cutting nori into tiny faces to put on little balls of rice every morning?

I know that's right.

I still might get that cat bento box though.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Workin' On Mah Fitness

I've been going to the gym consistently since May 28th! Wooooooo! This is a huge accomplishment for me because a) I don't like working out and b) I tend to give up on things and resort to complaining easily. But not this time! It's been almost a month, and my motivation hasn't yet waned. So what's different this time?

I've stopped thinking of exercise as punishment. I used to be in the mindset that if I slipped up on my diet, I had to go to the gym the next day and work off what I wasn't supposed to eat. Now I realize that while I can't go hog-wild and nom everything in sight, I can have a little ice cream, or chocolate (or pie, or cookies, or cake... this is how I get carried away) and I probably won't gain a gazillion pounds. Exercise is something I should do for fun and to stay healthy, not because I had too many calories and I have to make up for it.

I don't weigh myself as often. Occasionally, I can get addicted to the scale. Two years ago I weighed myself every day for almost the entire year. I know, that's horrible! Bad Vanna! I slapped myself on the back of the hand just now if it makes you feel any better. In my defense, I had other issues going on at the time and was very stressed out. The problem with weighing myself too often, other than that it's cray cray, is that when I gain muscle, the number on the scale doesn't go down, and when I don't see it going down, I quit. I know you've heard that muscle weighs more than fat, so that probably means I won't see much difference on the scale initially. This time, I weigh myself once a week, if that. I have been looking in the mirror, trying to see if I notice any changes (before and after pictures are probably more useful for this purpose, but since I can't find my DRATTED camera cord, I haven't bothered taking pictures lately). Maybe I'm noticing a change, or maybe it's all in my head. But I won't be letting the scale dictate my exercise regimen anymore.

I make time to exercise and don't make excuses. Well, I still make excuses sometimes, but I am making fitness more of a priority now. Instead of going home after work to sit around and play video games, or do something else non-productive, I go straight to the gym. I pack my gym attire and take it to work with me to be sure that I can't use not having anything to wear as an excuse. The payment for my membership gets taken out of my paycheck and knowing that I'm paying for something is another subconscious motivator for me to go. I'm a gal who likes to get her money's worth.

It really takes a change of perception to be successful at sticking with anything, especially for me, and especially with exercise. To be honest, I have had some positive changes in other parts of my life, and that has allowed me to see more clearly and get out of the "funk" that I'd been in for a while. Now I see that I really can do whatever I put my mind to (within reason of course). Now if only I could put my mind to winning the Mega Millions, I'd be set.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Hunger Games

Sometimes I just want to eat. Even when I'm not even hungry. For instance, I had a big bento box at Sushi 101 today for their lunch special, and I'm still pretty full. But It's 4 o'clock and I've been craving the Larabar that's in my desk since 2:30. My mind is playing tricks on me!

I think the problem is that I find it difficult to resist food when it's right in front of (or in the drawer behind) me. If I know it's there, I want to eat it. The main remedy for this problem is logic and self control. I just ate lunch and I'm still full, so why would I eat more? Because food is good, duh. I'll just drink my water and exercise some self control before I got to the gym and exercise... my body.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

I hate cleaning

I really really really hate to clean. So I often put it off, and end up living in a mess for weeks on end. But it's worth it, for the time that I can put off cleaning. Eventually, though, I have to stop procrastinating and get it done. Things that are helpful to me:

  • Coffee
  • Peppy music
  • Cleaning in the morning
  • Cleaning in pajamas
  • Buying new products to clean with
I especially love Fabuloso.
This is my shit.


Anyway, I'm trying to find my camera cord so I can finally blog about nail polish and makeup. And thrifting! Stay tuned.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Summer reading plans

I had originally planned on taking 3 classes this summer to start up on my second Bachelor's degree. However, due to limited finances I've decided to postpone starting up another degree. To take up my time and do something productive this summer, I'll be reading at least 5 books (and by summer I mean now- August 23rd, which is when fall classes begin). I've no idea what the other 4 books will be, but I'll start out with The Sound and the Fury by Faulkner because I'm a glutton for punishment and because I'm hopeful that it won't be as horrible as reading As I Lay Dying in 9th grade. I may read The Great Gatsby next (again) since I think a movie version is coming out soon, and I think I wanted to see it. Plus, I remember liking that novel and I want to name my dog Daisy. Or Vivi Luxe.

Edit: I went to the library and couldn't find TSatF. Buuuutttt I found Invisible Man, in the wrong section actually. I found a lost book for the library! Yay! I've been meaning to read that for a while so that will be my first book of the summer instead of the other. I also picked up a collection of stories by Kate Chopin. I read Awakening, twice actually, once in high school and again last year, and really liked it. Hopefully I'll enjoy her short stories as much as the novel.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

random musings

I am forever grateful to have the job I have right now. Since I get paid beans (really, I get paid so little considering how fracking much my college education cost), I try to take the opportunities to listen to people who are older, wiser, and in higher positions than myself speak about their experiences, and just whatever they have to say.

"Coffee with colleagues," a program my department puts on, has been a great way for me to hear professionals speak about all types of stuff, and I basically sit there like a sponge and try to soak everything up. This time the topic was "trends in higher education" and even though I don't want to spend my career here (I might, you never know) the speaker gave a lot of good information. It's also interesting to see how people got to where they are. One of the things I got out of that conversation was that adaptability is one of the most important skills to have in today's job market, whether you're in higher education or otherwise. It's also important to be able to see connections, trends, and be able to bridge the gaps between industries.  Find problems and create solutions. Now, I know that everyone says that. But the solutions have to be efficient and effective, not just one or the other. Also, since it's difficult to get the higher ups to budge sometimes and try new ideas, you have to make them an offer they can't refuse. Tell them how it's going to benefit them. Work in sustainability, quick and long-term results, and make it relate to the overall message/goal of the organization. There was more information, and it's sitting at the back of my mind, but I don't have time to put it into coherent sentences right now. Maybe in another post, when I have time.

Things I was left thinking: I need to be better at professional networking, I need a messenger bag that looks "adult," I need to find a way to be an innovator in my current position, I need to branch out (through volunteer opportunities probably) to gain more skills and be more marketable, I need to decide what to get my second (technically third, I'm already a history major this time) undergrad degree in, I need to get over my fear and anxiety about graduate school.

Friday, March 9, 2012

I entered a giveaway!

I entered into a nail polish giveaway on http://glitterglamsparkleshine.blogspot.com. I love nail polish, and i have at least 100 polishes. My nails and cuticles have been jacked up as of late, so I haven't been wearing polish like I usually do. Hmm... maybe I'll do a polish post when I'm not too lazy to blog again.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

The resolution trap

It's 2012 already?? I'm not ready for a new year. I haven't even made any resolutions yet. I couldn't even tell you what my resolutions were last year, but they probably sounded something like "loose weight, save money, drink more water, blah blah." By February, I stopped trying. Every year I come up with a different version of the same vague resolutions, and every year I fail at them. Finally, this year, I think I've been able to understand why.

I have a problem with being honest with myself. Even though honesty is a quality I admire in and expect from other people, I have the hardest time being honest with myself (I'm a huge hypocrite).  Practically every day, in some way or another, I lie to myself. When I tell myself "I'll work out tomorrow" or "I'll clean on Sunday" or "I'll get this done tomorrow" and I know I have no damn intention of doing those things, I'm consciously lying to myself. Sometimes I don't mean to do it, but the problem has got to stop, because it's keeping me from accomplishing important achievements and living up to my full potential.

So this year, my main "resolution" or focus will be to be honest with myself (which ties into the whole "finding myself, understanding my personality, being true to who I am and whatnot" issue I've been running into lately). When I address the underlying issues I have with me, it should be easier for me to reach my goals. We'll see how it works out because to be honest, I'm skeptical as to whether or not I can even stick to something as basic as this. Womp womp.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Cookin' up a storm

Sometimes (albeit very, very rarely) I get into a cooking frenzy. Today was one of those days. I woke up, did the dishes, and started doing my thang.

To get into the mood, I put on my apron, which I got from flirtyaprons.com. It makes me feel like a real chef, although I have almost no culinary ability. I have the "aqua damask," which is adorable.

The first thing I made was a casserole-esque type thing with macaroni, broccoli, chicken, and 4 cheeses (I don't skimp on the cheese). I decided to boil the chicken, because it's easy, and I think the healthiest way to cook it. Actually, I don't know that for sure. My main reason was the laziness. I also boiled the mac, lightly steamed the broccoli, mixed that all together, and mixed the cheese. I layered the mac, chicken, and broccoli mixture, then the cheese, another layer of mac and a final sprinkle of cheese. Of course I forgot to add salt and pepper, but we'll just call it low sodium. I had a little, and it's surprisingly good.

Next I made a double portion of banana bread (because I had lots of bananas going bad). I've used 3 different recipes for banana bread, and I think the first was the best. It's this one that I got from cooks.com and my only complaint is that it's a little sweet, so I just used less sugar. Simple. Since I had so much batter, I used my bundt  pan that I got from goodwill for two dollars. I finally used the bundt pan!

My final dish for tonight will be hummus. Making good hummus is so freaking difficult for me. I've yet to master it, but tonight I will be conquering hummus. I've got the tahini, the vitamix, and my chickpeas at the ready. I'm just going to go with the flow and not use a recipe. We'll see how that goes.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Happy New Year!

Every year I have the same resolutions, one of which is to lose weight. I recently installed the myfitnesspal mobile app. It's easy to use, and I like being able to access it on the website in addition to my mobile device. It can be a revelation when all of the calories I consume are laid out for me. Hopefully, this will be a good tool in my ongoing, never ending struggle to shed pounds, and tone up, and be active.



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