Winter Nature In NYC And a Delicious Meal

A little winter running tour of NYC nature (yes, for anyone feeling snarky, there is nature in this city, although you do have to actively seek it out):

It was nice to break up my running with picture-taking. Confession: I have been majorly bored by running lately. Anyone have any fun workout boredom solutions?

I came back and cooked up a giant meal for myself:

Apple-smoked bacon, two sunny side up eggs, mushroom/sweet potato hash cooked in bacon fat, half a grapefruit, and flax quinoa bread (from WF.  I think I’m in love) with coconut butter.  For some reason this was the only meal I really wanted today.  I had some snacks, but didn’t want anything else substantial.  And I didn’t want any other foods either.  Just this.  Maybe I’m going through a food phase.

I think I like this phase.

I am hoping to migrate my blog to caronae.com tomorrow! Fingers crossed!  I am also hoping to figure out how to design some of my own layout and make it smooth and professional looking. If anyone has any tips, feel free to share. 🙂

I just feel like I’m finally ready to move into the “serious” blogging world.  I have this feeling in my center that it’s the right thing to do at this point in time.

See you all tomorrow my loves (hopefully)!

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The LSAT Monster

Today’s Happy Note: The LSAT is over. Over.  Over.  Over.  Well, for this time at least.  I am kind of freaking out because I know I really screwed up at least one section (read: I guessed on over half of the questions) so I might have to take it again.  It took 2 hours to get to the site, then there was 4 hours of testing interspersed with 3 hours of administrative BS then 2 hours to get back.  Yep, I left the dorm at 6:30 this morning and got back a little after 5.

Craziness.  It was one of the most intellectually/physically/emotionally draining things I have ever done.  I am *praying* I did ridiculously well on the sections that I thought went alright.  Feel free to join me in prayer.   We’re all constituents in this universe.  And I think that going to law school would make me a better constituent.  Therefore I need a good LSAT school.

Okay, that sounded really selfish.  Sorry.  You don’t really have to devote your prayers to my LSAT score.

I made a new friend while I was there though!  She is a super hot mom librarian.  Yeah, I know, random, but she was awesome — she even gave me a ride back to the train station afterwards so I didn’t have to take a cab.

I love when nice people come out of nowhere.  I needed it today. My LSAT story in pictures:

Studying on the elliptical last night.  Don’t worry, that wasn’t the first time I studied!

Taking the LSAT is pretty much an exercise in national security: you can only bring a limited amount of items into the test center, all in a one gallon plastic bag. Your water bottle must be less than 20 ounces with no label. You can only have an analog watch.  You get fingerprinted.  You bring your passport and should basically have your Social Security Number tattooed on your head.  It was super intense.

Moving on though!

First of all, thank you guys so much for your sweet comments Thursday!  It means a lot to me that people want to read about my therapy journey and that it proves valuable to some of you.  It certainly is valuable for me to write about it! 🙂

Fun fact: I have not taken a single picture of food in front of USB.  Not one.  And you know what?  I don’t want to.  I do take pictures of most of my food, both for personal record-keeping (I find that it helps me to keep track of what I have eaten, and to make sure I am getting plenty of variety), and to share in some posts, but not around USB.  It was something I thought about for a long time: I thought that I wasn’t being a true food/healthy living blogger if I didn’t photograph absolutely everything.  But, as my first nine months (!!!!) of blogging have shown me, blogging about health is about finding a balance.  Sometimes it is a very delicate balance, but I do believe in my heart that it exists for everyone.  For me, that balance has a couple of points relevant to this situation:

1.  So much of my health and well-being is tied to being social and having loving, caring people in my life.  USB is more important than any meal or any food picture.

2. Taking a brief break from thinking too much about food everyday helps clear my head; that way I don’t get obsessive about it.

By no means do these things hold true for all bloggers!  This is just what works for me.

Conclusion: USB and I have gone to lots of nice restaurants that I might tell you about someday, but for now, I don’t really want to think about food when I’m around him. 🙂

Dried fruit and nuts is the best snack ever!  I had dried apple rings with honey sesame almonds for my snack during the break for the test and it was definite brain food.

Oatmeal reflections.

I just did an awesome 20 minute pilates video from yoga download.  I also walked a bit — I needed a really easy day, activity wise.  Last night I lifted weights for 30 minutes and ellipticized for 40 minutes.

Hopefully all the rest I took from running this week (which I reallllllly needed) will pay off on tomorrow’s 20-miler!

Time to go in quest of some dinner.  And back away from the LSAT percentile/score chart websites. Back away, Caronae.

Nighty night!

We Can’t All Be Julia Child

Today’s Happy Note: Meeting my new students!  I volunteer with high schoolers in NYC public schools and love it.  Some of them told me that I have really strong arms and legs, randomly.  I guess all my strength training and running pay off (although in reality the benefit for me is mostly mental — I want to look fit, but I don’t have a pathological need to “look good” — I’m past that stage, thank God)!

Marathon Training: During my hilly 9-miler this morning, I realized that my half-marathon on Saturday is not gonna be easy.  I have already run 39 miles this week and will probably do 3 or so tomorrow.  Saturday will include the half-mary plus an extra 5 for a grand total of 18 and 60 for the whole week. Wow.  Holy crap.  That’s a lot of miles.

I need new shoes just thinking about it.

Today was another super busy day of running, classes, therapy, more classes, volunteering and….law school fair! This probably sounds really boring to you, but applying to law school is actually something I’m genuinely excited about. Every time I find a new school that seems fun and vibrant and has good programs in the areas I’m interested in, I add it to The List. The List is getting bigger every day.

I haven’t felt so thrilled about most big changes or decisions in my life.  But, like my decision to leave school in the second half of my sophomore year, this is just something that I feel clearly and simply right about. In my heart.

All this is to say that my life is crazy busy right now, just like so many of your lives!  And I want to share with you my favorite easy dinners (and easy dinner-making tips) for when life gets like this.

Sometimes I get home at 8 or 9 and I. Do. Not. Want. To. Cook.

Chopping vegetables and coming up with complicated fish marinades can be relaxing.  But not when you haven’t eaten in six hours and you’re ready to eat the damn non-stick pan you’re cooking with.

Speedy-but-healthy weeknight dinner tips:

  1. Do not fear the afternoon snack. I always have one between three and five.  Usually something relatively large.  A good afternoon snack means that you’ll have the time and energy to prepare a tasty, healthy dinner.
  2. If you can, prep your vegetables on the weekend.  I like to either make a giant stir-fry over the weekend or just cut up a few cups of sliced carrots, cucumbers, bell peppers, zucchini, or whatever is in season and in my fridge!
  3. Simple does not necessarily mean bad.  When you’re pressed for time and money, fancy is rarely an option, in fact.  Pick simple proteins and fats. Don’t buy a live lobster or a 10 pound complicated rack of lamb.  Some of my favorite choices: eggs, hummus and cheese, salmon (cooks quickly!), natural/organic deli turkey, canned beans, canned tuna, quinoa, frozen pre-cooked shrimp, extra firm tofu, and nut butters, of course.  You can spice up a simple protein relatively easily and quickly.
  4. You don’t need a lot of equipment but the essentials are, well, essential.  A cutting board (or a very sturdy plastic plate that I may or may not use as a cutting board), a good knife, a measuring cup, a glass mixing bowl or two, a good spatula, a wooden spoon, a pot, and a non-stick pan.
  5. Invest in some spices and sauces that you can throw into a dish to take it to the next level: salsa, hummus, peanut vinaigrette, green chiles, lemon pepper, chili powder, cinnamon, seedy mustard, guacamole, etc.

And without further ado, easy weeknight dinners in pictures!

I tend to go for easy stir-fry comobs.  This was the one I mentioned yesterday — broccoli, onion, sweet potato, tofu, and peanut sauce.  I paired it with some TJ’s carrot ginger soup.  Soups, provided that they’re low in sodium and don’t have crazy ingredients, can be great sides or main dishes if you add in some fillers.

Sweet potatoes are really easy to steam in the microwave!  I topped mine with turkey here, but you can also use beans, greek yogurt, nut butter — whatever.  Paired with a side salad, dinner was good to go.

Sometimes you just need a Smoothie In A Bowl for dinner.  Throw on some granola and nuts for toppings to make it heartier.  And pair it with a side salad if you’re weird like I am and don’t mind veggies with your smoothie.

Omelets or egg scrambles are always a good choice! Tonight I had one stuffed with broccoli, green pepper, and cheddar, with a bowl of oatmeal on the side.  Breakfast for dinner is usually quick and always tasty!

These have all been dinners from just this week.  It’s easier than you think to be creative but tasty.  Inexpensive yet healthy.

Some of my other favorite weekday dinners include quinoa with beans mixed in, salmon baked up with soy sauce, ginger, maple and roasted veggies, whole grain pasta with marinara and local grass-fed ground beef, wraps with avocado, hummus, spinach, and tuna…the list goes one.

Your favorite quick and easy dinners?

Because let’s face it.  We can’t all be Julia Child all the time.

I have more exciting (and important) things to do than cook dinner.  BUT I still want to be nourished and satisfied. These tips and dinners fit the bill.

Rough Night+Chocolate

Today’s Happy Note: Pandora.  Customizable music stations?  No CDs or MP3s or iPods?  I can listen to whatever I want when I’m studying?  Me likes.

Marathon Training: Yoga class today followed by an easy 4-miler, with 6×100 meter strides in the last mile. Yoga was slow but nice; I definitely felt my legs and hips opening and stretching.  The run was slooooowww.  This is a pattern, following speedwork or long runs, that I have just come to accept.  Meh.

Tonight was rough. Rough.  It started when I decided not to go to my last class.  Then I felt guilty.  Then the guilt was compounded by stress because my INR is too low.  Then there was a laundry fiasco.  Then I was so hangry I almost ate my ears off.  Then the printer wasn’t working properly.  And now my whole left forearm itches.

Blech blech blech.

I’m drowning my sorrows in hulu, some frozen yogurt, and, per my mom’s advice, maybe a bit of meditation.

There is school work to be done.  And it ain’t happenin’ tonight.

So I’m settling into my bed, with my crossword puzzle and some tea.

After blogging, of course. 🙂

Leftover stir-fry topped with avocado.  This stir-fry consisted of sweet potato, onion, broccoli, EVOO, salt and pepper, ginger, tofu, and peanut sauce.  This is one of my fave stir-fry combos ever.

Do you have any fave stir-fry combos?

I reappropriated my leftovers into dinner too!  I wanted to make something else but was too hungry to wait.  Do you ever feel to hungry to cook?  this time, I put the stir-fry into a cup of TJ’s carrot ginger soup with two big handfuls of spinach and ate it stew-style!  Also very successful.

Sometimes I get fro yo and then bring it home and add my own toppings.  Shhhh, don’t tell.  You can’t even see the yogurt under my mess of toppings!  It was half mango/half plain topped with dark chocolate, coconut, and TJ’s cat cookies.

Other food highlights of late:

Chocolate.

Chocolate.

More chocolate.

USB may or may not have given me not one but two boxes of chocolates last weekend.  Did I mention that he wrote me a poem tonight?

Um, yeah.

He’s a keeper, I’m pretty sure.

Goodnight friends! Hopefully when I see you tomorrow I’ll be less stressed!  And happy almost-end-the-week!

Long Run Eats

Today’s Happy Note: Fall weather.  I may have already said this.  But it’s that awesome that I get to say it again.  I love the colors, the temperatures, the wind, and the leaves.

Hello friends!  Happy Sunday evening!  I should be reading for school.  Confession: I have not done one single ounce of schoolwork all weekend.  Nada.  I only have yoga and one “real” class tomorrow, but it’s in the evening, so I have all afternoon to study, right?  Right? 😉

I just finished watching a very moving video of HLS session on the impact of reading food/fitness blogs, led by Caitlin (of Healthy Tipping Point) and Gena (of Choosing Raw).  You can watch it here. I highly recommend it.  It made me think about what I get out of blogging and reading blogs and existing in this little sphere we call the healthy living blogging community.  It sort of cemented some thoughts that have already been floating around in my head:

  • The way that I eat and the way that I move is something unique to me.  I cannot compare myself to other bloggers (or celebrities or friends or whoever) in this regard because eating and exercising are endeavors that will be the same for no two people.  I will not be ashamed if I eat more than another blogger (or less).  If I eat more protein or more carbs.  If I eat more scones and muffins (I’m pretty sure I could trump almost any blogger on this one).  I will not be ashamed if I practice yoga less.  I will not be ashamed that I have struggled with depression for many years, or that I go to therapy.  In fact, I freely admit that I really enjoy therapy.  Basically, I will not be ashamed for being me in the only way I know how.
  • I have decided that I really enjoy having a “smaller” blog.  Less pressure, more fun and games and friends.
  • I have always been a little bit unsure of my blog’s content.  Sometimes I share stories/memories or other forms of writing.  Sometimes recipes.  Sometimes food pictures or running tales.  And sometimes I talk about a moment in which I really struggled with my mental health — in which my anxiety or depression or sadness took over.  This happened just last night, in fact.  I almost allowed the loneliness to take over, but I stopped it in its tracks by going for a run.  My point is, I have a lot of content.  I understand that the point of a blog is supposed to be focused, but I think that, in its own way, my blog is very focused.  I have come to realize that when I talk about my social life or share thoughts on therapy or describe what is working in my diet — all of this is related.  All of this comes together to form the bigger picture of “Caronae’s Health.”

Onto today’s long run!

It was twelve miles and took me a little over two hours.  It was decent, certainly better than the runs of weeks past.  I am still having the nagging pain in my back left hip, which is slightly worrisome.  It actually feels worse when I try to stretch it out?  I definitely had stretches in the run where I was able to speed up to a 9:00 mile pace or so, which was nice.  I did not feel nearly as dead as usual.  Overall, a success.

I signed up for a half-marathon next weekend on a whim a few days ago.  It’s called Grete’s Great Gallop and is entirely in Central Park.  That was a nice way of saying the course is going to be really boring, and hilly too.  My long runs are normally on Sundays, and next weekend was supposed to be 18 miles, so I’ll have to add in a few miles before or after.  But on the whole, I think it will be nice to have a “race” in this training cycle.  I say “race” because I will not be going all out.  My goal is actually going to be to maintain just under Marathon Goal Pace (which means that I would like to run the race at a 9:30-10:00 mile pace).

Enough running talk!  Onto food.  This is everything I have had thus far today, minus about two unpictured spoonfuls of crunchy PB.  I am doing this not for anyone else to compare but because it’s useful for me to keep track of what I have had on a long run day and see if it is enough and see if there are things that aren’t working. 🙂

Bad picture, but it’s a banana smothered in PB, eaten pre-run.

This was one of the best post-long run brunches I have ever had, because it was exactly what I wanted.  A glass of icy pear cider (amazing!!!!), pile of green grapes, and a warm chocolate chip scone with more PB.  Can you tell that PB and I are friends?

Gabriela and I went to Levain in the late afternoon.  We had delicious cookies and a lovely chat session!  We both agreed that these were the softest, thickest, most satisfying cookies we had ever eaten.  I bought one for USB for later.  It’s a surprise! 🙂

Thank you for the lovely afternoon Gabriela!

Dinner was a tasty sir-fry of onion, sweet potato, broccoli, tofu, salt and pepper, ginger, and TJ’s spicy peanut vinaigrette.  This was a really good combo!  I had some carrot ginger soup with a dollop of plain 2% greek yogurt on the side.  I have decided that I officially like stir-fries more than salads, fyi.

Might have some dark chocolate or cocoa or tea or an apple later on.  We shall see. 🙂

I actually don’t tend to eat a massive amount on long run days just because I often don’t have an appetite or don’t have the time.  I’ll probably eat more tomorrow, I suspect.

Fun blog announcement: I bought the domain name caronae.com yesterday!  You won’t find much of anything there just yet, but I am anticipating a switch-over to my own domain soon!  I’ll still be wordpress-hosted (it’s very convenient), but will have an easier URL.  I was rpetty excited that I could get my first name as my site.  How many other people can say that?  Hehe.

Goodnight friends!  I hope you all have a most wonderful week!

BSI Carrot Omelet!

Daily Creativity: See fun new recipe below!

Run: I did manage to drag myself out of bed this morning and the first few miles of my run were going swimmingly.  But then I had to go to the bathroom and only found one after going way farther South than I had intended.  By the time I went in the building, used the bathroom, and got back out, I realized I would be late for class if I ran all the way back.  Crap.  I went into the nearest subway station and tried to talk the MTA attendant into letting me in.  No luck.  She was really rude about it too.  What if I had been lost and didn’t know how to get back home?  Grrrr.  I booked it home, speed showered, got breakfast to go from the bagel place, and made it to class only five minutes late.   Not so terrible I guess.

My leggies were tired and sluggish today, but I think I maintained a decent 10-ish minute pace per mile.  Except on the uphills.  Those weren’t pretty.  But we won’t talk about that, now will we?  I managed to get in 7 miles in about 70 minutes.  Hopefully my legs will pull through for a little speed work tomorrow (which should have been today but I knew within the first mile of my run that my legs were not going fast this morning.  No sir).  I started feeling really tight in my hamstrings toward the end of the run and now I have this funky knot in the back of my right leg.  No amount of stretching or massaging has helped.  Suggestions for hamstring soothing?

Food: I have never done Blogger Secret Ingredient before, but when I heard that Joanne was hosting this week and the ingredient was carrots, I knew I had to step it up.  I wanted something unique but also relatively simple, with lots of individual flavors that came together to make a fun, interesting dish.  I wanted it to involve sweet and savory flavors.  I think I have achieved all of those things with this baby; it’s one of my best recipes ever and I am a very proud mama.  Feel free to try it and let me know what you think!

Introducing…

Sweet and Savory Carrot-Apple-Sweet Potato Omelet!

1 small sweet crunchy apple (I used golden delicious)

2 small/medium sized carrots, w ashed and peeled

1/2 medium sweet potato, washed

1 tbsp butter

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp salt

1 tsp coconut oil

2 eggs

1-2 tbsp white cheddar, shaved or grated

1 tbsp maple syrup

Directions:

1. Dice carrots and sweet potato.  Here’s how I did so:

2. Cut tablespoon of butter into smaller pieces and add to a non-stick skillet.  Heat on medium-high.  While it melts, dice up the apple.

3. Add carrot-apple-sweet potato mixture to skillet.  Use spatula-type utensil to stir frequently.  Add in spices (salt and cinnamon) and make sure that the mixture gets relatively evenly coated.   Continue to sautee the mixture for 10-15 minutes or until veggies are cooked through (the sweet potatoes should be just fork-tender).

4.  While veggies are sauteeing, grate (or in my case finely chop, if you have no grater) cheese.

5. Set cheese aside and crack two eggs into a bowl.  Whisk until thoroughly scrambled (use a fork if you don’t have a whisk).

My egg totally looks like it has a pirate hat.  Awesome!

6. Remove cooked veggies from pan and set aside in a bowl.  Switch pan to a different, not hot burner!  Let it cool while you measure out your coconut oil.

Melt coconut oil in pan.  When it has melted, add in scrambled eggs.  Cook them SLOW AND LOW.  Medium-low or medium heat works best!  When eggs appear almost cooked through, toss cheese on top.

7. Cook egg/cheese mixture another few minutes until eggs are cooked through.  Take as much of the veggie mixture as you can and pile it high on half the eggs (i.e., pick one side).  I used about two-thirds of the mix and will have the rest as leftovers later on this week.  Immediately use spatula to flip other half of eggs over and press it down onto the veggie mixture.  The melty cheese should help it stay in place.  This should just take another minute or two.

8. Transfer omelet to plate and drizzle with maple syrup.

9. Consume.

The carrots, sweet potato, apple, cinnamon, and maple syrup make this dish perfectly sweet, while the eggs, cheese, salt, and butter make it subtly savory.  This, my friends, is a most wonderful meal: breakfast, lunch, dinner, or snack.  You might be seeing this in my future.  Um, like, a lot.

Have you ever done BSI?  What’s your favorite way to eat carrots?

Pray that I survive my Contemporary Civilization midterm tomorrow.  I cannot seem to keep Hume, Rousseau, Kant, etc. straight.  They’re all so painfully similar.

Perfect Winter Stir-Fry

Today’s Mini Goal: Forgive myself.  I am okay.  I am a good person and I deserve not to constantly carry around guilt over silly little things.

The past few days have been super busy, and as a result I feel like I haven’t eaten healthfully enough or haven’t exercised enough.  I walked and did yoga and abs yesterday and more walking today; breathe Caronae.  This is enough.  You are enough.  And the fact that I have eaten a few bowls of cereal as dinner the last few nights is also okay.  This will not kill me; I have eaten plenty of healthy things like grapefruit, oats, eggs, carrots, peppers, and almonds too.  I am okay.

Anyone else ever feel like a few days of less-than-perfect-health will kill them? The funny thing is, my idea of less-than-perfect-health is probably not all that bad, especially for a college student.  I don’t have to spend hours running everyday to be healthy.  Part of my guilt comes from not following my NYC half-marathon training plan precisely, but I know this is illogical; I ran 40 miles last week, I could get up and run 15 miles right now if I had to, and I have run distances longer than 13.1 miles dozens of times.  Two days sans running was a good mental break for me.

I went to a fun poetry/song/music event tonight with some friends.  I read a piece I wrote in 2007.  I wish there was more of a close-knit writing community around me; I miss the friends and support I had through my writing in high school.  That said, I know I’ll always have a need to write, and I don’t terribly mind it being a very solitary activity now.  It’s funny to think I’ve been writing since 2003, the summer before I started high school.  I don’t remember what my first piece was about, but I know I used the phrase “tangerine sunset” and I was so proud of myself.

I ended my busy day with a fun, healthy recipe!  I love making big stir-fries once or twice during the week; that way I have two or three servings of leftover veggies ready to go for lunches and dinners later on in the week when I don’t have time to make a healthy meal from scratch.

Sweet And Spicy Winter Stir-Fry

1 teaspoon (ish) butter (could also use coconut or olive oil)

1/2 a large sweet potato

3 big washed carrots

1/2 a huge bell pepper

1 big apple (pretty much any variety will work)

1 tablespoon maple syrup

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon crushed red pepper

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon ginger

Melt butter or oil on medium-high in a non-stick skillet.  While it’s heating, chop roughly dice sweet potato, making sure the pieces are relatively thin.  Add sweet potato to pan and give it a quick stir.  Dice pepper and carrots (into thin rounds) and add in to pan.  Shake the mixture around a bit.  Dice apple and toss that in to.  Let it all cook for a few minutes while you make the sauce, stirring occasionally.  To make sauce, simply combine remaining ingredients in a bowl and stir until a paste forms.  Drizzle paste over veggie mixture and stir so that the mixture is evenly coated.  Give it another five or so minutes until everything is cooked through and slightly tender.  Serve immediately; store leftovers in the same container used to make the sauce (don’t wash it).

I know the flavor combination probably sounds a bit funky, but trust me, it works!  The veggies get nice and caramelized and absorb the spices.  Yum.  I’d serve it with pinto beans and squash or baked tofu and brown rice for a simple, flavorful winter meal.

I am a messy individual:

Sauce all over my shirt 😦

This is my “really, Caronae?” face.  Ugh.  More laundry for me.

Alright, Q and A time!  What’s your favorite stir-fry combination?  Other favorite way of cooking or eating your veggies?

Lauren, the Biochemista, gave me the Honest Scrap Award!  It made me so happy; I’ve only ever gotten one bloggie award before (from Stef) but never got around to doing that one.  This one, however, involves talking about myself, which you all know I am very good at doing.  So I’m sharing.

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Best Meal Ever:  Probably this Italian dinner I had somewhere on the Upper West side this past fall (oof, I can’t remember where!).  My mom’s friend was in town and she took me out and everything tasted like it had been served directly from the pasture/cow/wheat field/tomato vine directly onto my plate.  Best cheeses and pastas I’ve ever had.  I’ve been to France twice, but I honestly think this was better than any of the wonderful authentic Parisian food I’ve consumed.  Although genuine cassoulet is a close second.

Best Sleep Ever:  I have serious sleep issues so this is actually pretty tricky.  Probably when I took time off from school and was home last spring/summer.  I had very little to stress about most of the time, and some nights I would crawl into my mom’s bed and sleep next to her (yes, I am indeed 20 years old).

Best Romantic Moment:  Not a lot of these thus far.  I’ve only ever gotten flowers from my father or mother.  Can it be someone else’s romantic moment?  If so, then probably at my cousin’s wedding in Paris a few springs ago.  She got married in this park on the most beautiful day and she literally arrived at the wedding on a rowboat.

Best Childhood Memory:  My mom wasn’t usually home when I got out of school, but one day I came home and she met me in the driveway and made me a snack and I was totally thrilled.  It was cookies and cream ice cream with a side of sliced cucumbers.  She always had to healthify things!

Best Moment in Life:  Coming back to school this past September and falling in love with New York for a second time.

Best Revenge:  I’m really quite passive and don’t really do revenge.  But I don’t mind knowing that my wonderful life is just beginning while all the mean popular girls from high school have mostly already seen their greatest days.

Best Thing I’ve Ever Done for Someone:  I try to do little things on a regular basis; I don’t know if I’ve ever done any big things.  I like to bake cookies or other delicacies for friends who are in distressed, and when I’m home I like making dinner for my family so that they can come home from work and not have to stress about cooking.

Best Life-Changing Moment: There are a couple here.  Realizing that I needed to take time off last year was big, as was my trip to NY in 2006 with my poetry team.  That trip made me realize how important writing was to my selfhood, and that week was honestly the closest I have ever felt to other human beings.  Also, being published in The New York Times last year (you can see my essay here) made me understand that I can actually take my story and my writing somewhere and not just help myself, but help others.

Okay, so I have to nominate five other bloggers now!

1. Pen from Pen At Peace

2. Kate from The Eggplant Executrix

3. Joanne from Eats Well With Others

4. The Empty Nut Jar

5. Maggie from Say Yes To Salad

Alright.  It’s 1:30 AM and I have ten billion things to do tomorrow so I’m off!  Happy Friday everybody!

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