GUYS. I have a present for you. A present in the form of carrots.
Your first time living alone will bring lots of surprises. Things you never even thought to be prepared for, will suddenly come up and leave you feeling lost, and quite frankly like a teeny tiny child who is missing cuddly BooBoo the Teddy Bear.
No one plans to get sick, but being prepared with some of the essentials can make it go from “oh man life is the worst” to just plain “ugh”. Even if you don’t live alone there’s a good chance you’ll get sick while your partner or roommate is out of town and you’re left to fend for your own snotty sneezy whiny butt.
Remembering people’s names never seemed to be a problem until my first week teaching swimming lessons. After 1 week approximately 20 classes and about 100 students later you realize you have to come up with some sort of game plan. It took a while but I realized the answer was in 2 parts. So here is how I managed to remember most kid’s names (even some parents!) with minimal embarrassment and effort
One of the inspirations I had for writing this blog was those awkward moments in conversation with people who seem to know EVERYTHING and you start getting lost, to the point where they drop references or make jokes about concepts you’ve never even heard of. Like “oh it was like the time Sir Jiminey el Cricketo bungled the major battle of 1774 and lost the Whositwhatsit! HAHA!”.
In my opinion, one of the worst feelings is feeling stupid or inferior to someone. I’ve gotten better on calling people out and just saying “I have no idea what you’re talking about” but sometimes people don’t even give you a chance, or it’s someone like your boss’s partner and you want to pretend you’re the knower of all things and make a good impression. Then it’s left up to your trusty memory to go home and google that thing. Chances are you either forget or are just too lazy (ahem…definitely not me…)
Journey to the Centre of the Earth
Before heading on vacation one of the more obvious pre trip purchases is stocking up on books. I’ve also realized that I haven’t read enough of the “Classics” so while scoping the bookstore I came accorss Journey to the Centre of the Earth by Jules Verne. Since I’ve been trying to break out of my literary comfort zone (big kids read more than just Harry Potter over and over) and start reading new genres. Being a history nerd I thought this would be a great place to start.
I know, as we’ve discussed adulting is hard, you have more chores than you thought ever possible (like regularly cleaning your bathroom fan, who knew that was even a thing?) and it seems like less and less time to do it in. Some of us have teeny tiny apartments so things like vacuuming, properly and including baseboards, actually takes under 7 minutes; but then organizing small spaces can be a royal pain in your glorious backside. So after trying out lists, apps, schedules and routines I finally found something that works…
We’ve all been there, scrolling through Facebook and getting more pissed off by the minute. With all of the terrible grammar in peoples statuses, the ignorant ‘political’ posts, the terribly sexist comics you decide to just give up entirely and delete it.
Well that works for a few days or weeks (depending on how stubborn and strong willed you are) but finally you give up and sign in. And maybe this time you are able to just shake your head and laugh at the … ahem… “uniqueness” of your friends and acquaintances but more than likely that wonderful sense of humor only lasts for a few minutes before you feel the rage and exasperation creeping up inside of you. I dont know about you but when I get that feeling I manage to convince myself that pizza is the only way to fix the rage.
This year, like every year, Father’s Day crept up way too quickly. I had big wonderful plans for individualized home made gifts for the Fathers in my life but, time was not aligned with my ideas. So I took to Pinterest for inspiration (where else would you go?!) and found a fantastic recipe for the Dad-est condiment ever: BACON JAM. I adapted this recipe from Dinner with Julie which fit very well into 3 jars.
I had some brown paper bags already but they looked slightly sad with just the one little jar in each so I grabbed a box of crackers to even it out. Which turned out to be a great idea since they were such a hit my Uncle had something to try his with right away!
I now know that whenever you are in doubt…. bacon is ALWAYS a good idea