Taking Back My Twenties


Life This Week

Posted on Mar 20, 2014 | 4 comments

Oh hey. Happy spring. And happy 60th birthday to my mom! I’m very jealous that she’s celebrating with the rest of the fam!

It’s been a busy week here, and I loved it! I had a bunch of interviews Wednesday and started working at Equinox this week. Although I’ve been substitute teaching since the fall, it’s been less consistent lately and I just needed more steady income. It’s also nice to have more structure to my week, as it looks like I’ll be working mornings. I’ve been busy in the kitchen too! Matt has made it home for a majority of meals this week (which has been very rare as of late)!! It’s so wonderful having him as a dinner date, and I definitely put a bit more effort into dinner (and don’t eat at like 5pm) when I know he’s coming home. I made a pineapple crockpot chicken this evening:


Speaking of food, I re-introduced a little dairy (anyone have any experience with this?) since it’s been a loong time now, and can’t conclude much. I’ve been taking a new probiotic (VSL3), which I used to take when I first saw my gastroenterologist back in Boston (he said it’s the best), and it’s been really helping! I also took another round of Prevacid, which seemed to change something in my stomach, at least temporarily. I seem ok with a little bit of hard cheese, but I’m not so sure about yogurt:(

Lastly, I watched Clueless tonight #imighthaveseenpaulruddinvegas. I definitely picked up on some things that I didn’t catch back in ’95. And the soundtrack brought back so many memories!

After last weekend’s crazy adventures, I’m pretty excited to take it easy on Friday, grab brunch with friends, and hopefully have a date night on Saturday.

See ya.

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Posted on Jun 18, 2011 | 4 comments

Yesterday afternoon I said goodbye to the high school


and hello to the bar:)

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Let’s just say the beers were going down fast. I had a Sam Brick Red, Abita Purple Haze, and a Long Trail Ale over the course of the afternoon.


I hung out with my co-interns as well as some new people and there were lots of good laughs. It was a really an amazing afternoon.

Then, Matt arrived and bought me a mojito!


A group of us wanted to continue the celebration, so we headed over to a little tapas place in Washington Square. I had actually eaten there with Lauren and Evan right after we moved to Boston and met them, so it was appropriate that we returned for a sort of going away dinner.

I went all out and got a flight of tempranillos (the prices were amazing, I guess that’s what happens when you venture out of the city). There were subtle differences between the wines, but since they were all from the same family, they were much more similar than different. I couldn’t pick a favorite.


Matt and I split…


grilled brie with apples and raisin chutney,


the trio of sausages with mustards and flatbreads (minus the onions!),


goat cheese empanadas in some kind of red pepper and cinnamon sauce,


and a pork tenderloin with mushrooms and white beans.

The empanadas were my favorite, but everything tasted delicious by the time we ate around 9!

I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect afternoon and evening of celebration with some of the friends that I will really miss:( Every second of yesterday was a blast!

This morning, we got up at 8:30 and started more packing and sorting and we’ve been working for five hours now. I’m a bit overwhelmed, but very thankful that I have an entire week with no work to get everything ready to go. And we’ve def. made some good progress. We’ve been saving a giftcard since Christmas to a fancy restaurant, so we’re headed there tonight. Only more more weekend after this one, so we’ve got to keep enjoying bean town. Talk to ya tomorrow.

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And just like that it’s over

Posted on Jun 17, 2011 | 6 comments

…and it feels so.damn.good.

This internship has been a wonderful experience and I couldn’t be happier with the placement I chose. I definitely want to share some of my reflections with you, especially in response to my working woman mission. For now though, I’m going to enjoy this last day and spend my afternoon consuming pints of water, malt, yeast, and hops.


PS: check out my man legs in Thursday’s snapshot. I actually ended up taking off the boots and belt because Matt and I agreed that this was just not appropriate for work.

Happy Friday!

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Off My Shoulders (and Toes)

Posted on Jun 10, 2011 | 4 comments

I feel like a huge weight is off my shoulders. I’m finished with all of my assessment cases and IEP meetings. A few more counseling cases to see next week and I’m done and done with this internship. Whew.

And it’s [fashion] Friday!

I snagged these wooden shoes for $19 with a gift card at Urban. The color isn’t exactly what I was hoping for, but at that price, I couldn’t resist.

And this toddler at the retirement party seemed to be a big fan as well:)
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jk, she was actually obsessed with nail polish and spotted my toe from across the patio and started saying pretty, pretty.

Tonight, I’m going out for a drink with my bf, and then cooking a simple meal at home. Have a wonderful weekend.
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On the Menu

Posted on Jun 9, 2011 | 0 comments

Greetings. I’ve been in an exceptionally good mood recently. I think it’s because I’ve finished nearly all my work at my internship. I’ve also been working out in the morning more frequently and it makes my whole day more position when I get exercise out of the way. And, I got a really nice job rejection – not good, but much better to get nice feedback than hear nothing at all.

I babysat today because my family needed a bit of extra help this week. I’ve been loving babysitting now that it’s warm because I can take the little guy to the park and read my book while he plays. Reading outside in the shade of a huge tree with a nice breeze is just heavenly. What wasn’t so pleasant was the thunderstorm that popped up right when I needed to leave. Luckily, it moved quickly and I was able to get home. It did delay me by about 40 minutes though, so I was quite hungry by the time I got home. But, blackened tilapias were on the menu and it doesn’t take too long to make these guys. I just dip them in a nice helping of butter and spices and throw them on the skillet.


And it’s one of my favorite meals!


I made a dill yogurt with fage and served it over couscous + corn.


Mmmmm…blackened fish + butter reminds me of the south.

Tomorrow is my LAST IEP meeting!!!! I’ve got to go in pretty early tomorrow, so I’m getting in bed soonish. And then I have a relatively free weekend! I keep forgetting it’s summer because, for the past 20ish years, I have been finished with school by mid-June, but the real summer starts so soon!

Is anyone doing any fun summery things this weekend?

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Back to Lentils

Posted on May 31, 2011 | 4 comments

Whew…I am tired. So tired I didn’t bother to shower after the gym (ewww, gross – I know). I got up at the crack of dawn to prepare for an IEP meeting for which the parent did not show up:( The good news? I’ve only got three more assessment cases to close the door on before I will be officially finished with the work load at my internship. The.end.is.near. I’m starting to feel stressed about the move though. Like all the logistics of moving my whole life. So do I buy boxes or just put clothes in trash bags? When do I change my mailing address? When do I stop buying groceries and start eating only gross pantry combos? There’s just so many things to think about. Speaking of pantry combos, tonight’s nourishment came in the form of spicy black lentils and kidney beans from a Trader Joe’s Indian meal. We had that strange South Indian bread on the side instead of naan and the texture combination was pretty awesome.


Now I’m suffering from the I was just on vacation indulging in amazing food and I want to eat everything in sight syndrome. Do you guys get that after coming back from a trip?

Despite my glorious weekend, I didn’t get much rest, so I’m getting in bed as early as possible. Oh, and tomorrow is already Wednesday…lovin’ this short week!

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