Taking Back My Twenties

Hello 2015, Goodbye TBT

Posted on Jan 11, 2015 | 14 comments

Happy 2015! I apologize for the lack of posts over the past couple of weeks. Matt and I traveled to Argentina over Christmas break, and then I needed some time to think about how I would write this post. You see, I’ve decided that it’s time to close the door on this little web space of mine. Not necessarily because I’ve successfully reclaimed my twenties, but because I’m at a point now where I no longer desire to take them back.


When I first started my blog in 2010, I was in denial about being an adult. As you might remember from some of my early posts, I was struggling with entering the working world, and trying to balance my new life with the person I was in college. I would have given anything at that point to go back to Davidson and re-live it all. I wrote:

I think of my time in college as the best four years of my life. I had (and still have) an incredible group of friends; I loved my classes and found my passion for psychology; and I met my amazing boyfriend of almost five years. Life just seemed easy for many reasons, but mostly because there was so much flexibility in terms of how you decided to spend your day. Aside from attending classes and completing homework assignments, there was time to exercise outdoors, eat lunch with friends, participate in clubs, volunteer or work off-campus, watch TV, play on the internet, go shopping, party, or (my personal favorite) just sit around and enjoy the company of interesting people. Because of this, I was very very sad to have to leave the college community and enter the real world.

Do I still miss college some days? Sure. Do I sometimes wish away the work week and complain about getting getting up early? Absolutely. Would I like to drink 5 beers and feel fabulous the next day? Obviously! But at some point there was a mental shift, when I realized I no longer needed to be like a younger version of myself to be happy. I’ve come to embrace this new chapter in life. And I love it. I have so many things going for me that I didn’t in my mid-twenties – a job I’ve always dreamed of, financial independence, a loving husband, and now a house of my own. II’ll be turning 30 this year, and if this is what 30 looks like, then I’ll take it!


To my faithful readers, I’m sorry that my content has suffered over the past year. I should have written this post a long time ago. I still very much enjoy blogging, and I’ve loved being part of the blogging community. Selfishly, I also cherish this space as an online journal. However, as I’ve gotten older, I’ve become more private and you’ve probably noticed that my writing has focused primarily on food, travel, and more food.

But that’s what I truly love writing about, so I’ve created a new blog where I will do just that: www.tasting-tour.com. I’ll continue to share glimpses of life through Instagram, but my posts will be centered around dining experiences and travel. So this isn’t goodbye, it’s just a shift to a new space, and a shift in my focus.

Thank you so very much for reading over the past 4+ years, and thank you for the supportive and encouraging comments along the way!


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Happy Holidays!

Posted on Dec 23, 2014 | 1 comment


It’s been a while, my friends. I was sick the last week of school, so I spent a lot of time laying on the couch and not getting anything accomplished. I’m so thankful to have two weeks off for Christmas break! I finally felt normal-ish on Saturday and went to spinning, got a haircut, and went to a Christmas party with tamales. I love that that’s a thing here.


I also watched The Giver. I remember loving the book when I had to read it (in middle school or high?). The movie is enjoyable and leaves you thinking. I’ve been meaning to see Gone Girl and Wild too. Are they good?

Sunday night, Matt and I went to see the musical Once! We grabbed an early dinner at the famous Tei-an. I enjoyed the restaurant, but I think I made poor choices, because I wasn’t that into anything we ordered. I must go back and get the ramen!


Our seats for the musical were really high up, but we moved at intermission because the theater was so empty. The actors play all of their own instruments on stage, which was so neat. The music was powerful and I loved the simplicity of the set. It was funny too.


Today was spent packing – we are heading wayyy south for the break and I’m pumped for warm weather. I stocked up on novels and bought The Art of French Eating and Me Before You.

I hope you all have a very merry Christmas and a happy start to the new year!

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A Night In, A Night Out

Posted on Dec 11, 2014 | 1 comment

As is tradition on Thursday nights, I’m just getting around to posting about last weekend. It was a nice weekend, but one of those where you have no idea where the time went.

Friday, we stayed in and I made a giant lasagna to go with a lovely wine that we brought home from Sonoma. This is the first bottle we’ve had since the trip, and I’m already sad that one is gone. I’m one of those wine hoarders who rarely opens what I buy because then I’ll be sad!


I’ve been sleeping poorly lately, so I didn’t make it up for my favorite Metcon class at the gym. So sad because it’s one of my favorite workouts all week. I ended up just doing some intervals of running and lifting and then who knows how morning turned into evening. Matt’s company had a big Christmas party downtown, and it was fun to get dressed up.


We spent a good part of the evening at his group’s pre-party where they had the best jumbo shrimp and Manhattans. I’ve finally figured out that I need to order bourbon drinks straight-up so that I’m not racing against melting ice for the best flavor.


The food at the main event was pretty good and I loved the mini pies for dessert. Sadly, we didn’t do any dancing because we were so deep in conversations. Does this mean I’m getting old?


We ended the weekend at Malai, where we tried the Thai-inspired brunch. I really enjoyed the shrimp eggs benedict on coconut biscuits!

I’ve been going to bed ridiculously early this week. I’m feeling a little off, but not sick, and with 20+ cases of flu at my school, I’m trying to take care of myself before it’s too late!

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