Get a Life

Cooking Ramblings

I never feel like the gym on Tuesdays. I left after 15 minutes and took a walk. And then I found myself in Anthropologie, drooling. Luckily, Matt intervened and whisked me away to Whole Foods to buy fresh haddock.

Dinner was ready in just ten minutes.


Pan seared haddock + my favorite apricot glaze from this recipe + veggies + couscous.

Quick and delicious.

I’m so mentally ready for spring break next week. And then I remembered I probably will never get a spring break again. Sad. I was telling an older woman at work about my blog today and used the term quarter life crisis, and she said ‘quarter life crisis....ha, get a life.’ I can’t decide if her response was mean or if I deserve that reaction…
  • Felicity
    April 12, 2011 at 9:17 pm

    It sounds like her comment lacked tact and warmth. I don’t think it was deserved.

  • larissa h
    April 12, 2011 at 10:35 pm

    I am sort of in a similar place as you ( but i am not graduating this year) but sometimes i find myself just wishing to get to the weekend, sometimes i am really enjoying my day. While i have no idea the comments tone/ intention, i like to think these are some of my best days and its our greatest chance to live (relatively) free with not many commitments, no soccer practices dinner for other etc! Crisis or not i wouldn’t trade this time of life!

    • larissa h
      April 12, 2011 at 10:36 pm

      also you might never have another spring break- but you will have vacation and you can use that whenever you want! even better in my book 🙂

      • Laura
        April 13, 2011 at 4:51 pm

        good point!

  • healthcraved
    April 13, 2011 at 9:01 am

    Her comment was ignorant. There is such a thing as quarter-life crisis and post-graduation depression. Maybe she doesn’t understand because times have changed since she was that age. But these days, with the job market so competitive, technology demanding more and more, and the pressure higher than ever, there is definitely such a thing. It’s a tough transition. No one should make you feel like your feelings aren’t significant.

    • Laura
      April 13, 2011 at 9:03 am

      Thank you:)

  • Mom
    April 13, 2011 at 10:22 am

    Socrates said a long, long time ago, “The unexamined life is not worth living.” I say examine and ponder away, as long as you add some cupcakes with good icing in the mix.

  • Marianne
    April 13, 2011 at 4:06 pm

    While her comment may not have been warranted, she has a point. You seem very down and depressed about not being in school, being at a life-crossroads, etc, but honestly, EVERY time in your life, whether it be childhood, adolescence, twenties, thirties, eighties, etc, should be celebrated and enjoyed! Is there anything REALLY wrong with your life? Perhaps not, but your style and tone of writing even makes me feel depressed. Get a grip, talk to a counselor, and OWN your life, because it will be over before you know it. Maybe you should even try volunteering to help the less fortunate? I always find that really puts things in perspective for me when I start to feel down and depressed. Either way, you deserve to be happy in your twenties and all ages, and you CAN be!

    • Laura
      April 13, 2011 at 4:52 pm

      Thanks for the comment Marianne, I’m sorry you don’t like the tone of my posts. I’m not sure how long you’ve been reading, but the premise of my blog is to enjoy the little things and take ownership of the work week by incorporating those things in everyday life. I’m very fortunate to be able to ponder my career and this time of transition, and my blog is simply supposed to be a place where I can document those transitions while celebrating the things that stay constant in life, like good friends, food, travel, shopping, and beer:) Though I certainly get frustrated with my work situation and with some of my health problems, I am very much enjoying my journey and love sharing it through my blog.

  • Miranda
    April 14, 2011 at 4:58 am

    I think you should ignore Marianne – your posts certainly aren’t depressing and I have never gotten the impression from your blog that you are unhappy with your life! If anything you seem to have a lot of fun things going on and you’re using your blog as an opportunity to work out exactly what you want.

    I finished university two and a half years ago now (oh god I’m getting old) and I currently work as a lawyer. Do I love it? Yes – depending on which clients I have booked in that day, haha. Do I know if I want to do it forever? Absolutely no idea. Couldn’t tell you. I have a couple of other valid career paths I’d like to explore as I gain more experience and I also plan to do a bum degree just for interest sake when I have children.

    May I also point out something that I think a lot of people don’t think about – the point of life is not to be constantly happy. NOBODY is constantly happy unless they are medicated that way. You absolutely cannot enjoy the good times without the bad. My dad, who was my best friend, passed away last year after a very short battle with cancer and I vacillate between being absolutely overjoyed to have had him as long as I did and being so happy and grateful to have known him and to have learned as much as I did, to missing him so much that I have to stop thinking about it because it hurts too much. I make that point because there are times in your life where you will have more than one set of emotions and deciding what you want to do with your life career-wise is one of those times!! Especially because of the pressure our generation (I think we’re the same age?) face in making that decision.

    Sorry this was the longest comment EVER – that just really pissed me off so I had to have a rant. I think you sound fun and I love reading your blog!! Don’t change 🙂

    • Laura
      April 14, 2011 at 9:45 am

      Thanks Miranda! Your comment is very sweet:) I love your point that we are not *supposed* to be happy every single day. I’m sorry to hear about your dad, but I think its so cool that you are able to feel overjoyed to have known him. Good luck with everything! ps: love your idea to get a “bum” degree..i’ve never hear that lingo before:)

  • Sher
    April 14, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    I have never commented on your blog before–but felt I needed to. I love reading your blog first of all, and second of all, I completely understand where you are coming from. The lady at your work who said that is ignorant and it was a rude comment. You should never downplay someone’s feelings–ever. Having a quarterlife crisis is very real. I am a little older than you, but I had all the same feeling you do when I was in my last year of undergrad (currently I’m about to graduate w/ my masters this summer). I bought a book about dealing w/ a quarterlife crisis and it really helped. There is also a website: Check it out!! I think it will help you to know you are not alone and things will get better.

    • Laura
      April 15, 2011 at 4:27 pm

      Thank you, thank you! I appreciate the recommendations. Good with with your master’s!