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Insomnia Musings

I’m writing this at 6am and I can’t sleep.  Who am I?! I hardly ever wake up until the last minute before I need to. I was up at 5 and couldn’t turn my brain off. All I’ve been thinking about is my upcoming trip to Toronto. Me. Going on a business trip. Still in denial. (Though, I’m posting this after the trip, all feelings still apply).

[[Toronto is pretty awesome – next time I may even explore, ha!]]

Things have been pretty good lately.  Work owns my life (good thing I really like my job and I like to think I’m good at it), and I’m not very good at making time for other things.  Things they don’t tell you about real world adult life – that sh*t is mentally exhausting!  I thought once I started working I would still have all the energy to keep up with hobbies and such, but alas, no dice.

It took me about 6 months to get back into working out – I kept saying I was going to join a gym back in January, but could never decide on one I liked that was worth the price.  Eventually, signs a new yoga studio popped up near me around March ish, and was offering crazy discounts for early members. So I joined! Granted it took about 4 months after I joined for the studio to finally open, but hey, it’s open now, and I couldn’t be happier with it.

[[prospect park, because it’s gorgeous. and my favorite place to run]]

I found a running group through meetup.com, and honestly, I probably wouldn’t do much running without them.  Self motivated after a long work day or work week is harder than you’d think.  Plus, I’ve met some really cool people in the process, and signed up for some fun races with the group.  Oh and I bought a bike. Though I mainly use it for grocery shopping (hey, you do what you can when you don’t have/want a car).

What’s this blog supposed to be about again? Oh right. FOOD. Even though I stopped blogging, I  most definitely didn’t quit my eating habits.  I just maybe eat a lot of the same things all the time. Because really, I most certainly don’t have time to make something new and creative every day.

[[skirt steak tacos with cilantro radish salsa, one of my few creative ventures]]

Maybe once a month or so I’ll try a more intricate recipe, but I usually get by on roasted, steamed, or raw veggies, rice or some kind of potatoes for carbs, and some meats and other proteins – nothing fancy.

And with lots of ketchup.  Seriously I have no idea when the ketchup obsession happened, but it’s real, folks.  Apparently I’m 5 years old, but ketchup makes almost everything better.  Who knows, maybe I’m making up for lost time since I can’t remember caring much about ketchup when I was actually a kid.

So yeah. Long story short, I have no idea where this blog is going. I guess we’ll find that out?

When Life Happens

Oh hey there. Remember me?  I used to write this little blog and post pictures of food and things.  So what happened?

A whole lot of stuff.  In one word, life.  

For a while now (maybe the past year or so?), blogging has felt a bit forced.  I kept at it, because it gave me something to do.  I was unemployed, and not doing much except job searching, the occasional workout, maybe a lunch with friends, and making and eating a lot of food.  So in a way I felt I had to keep blogging.  Makes sense, right? Yeah, not so much.

Anyway, I eventually I gave in, and gave up the blogging for a while.  I needed to let life run its course and figure some things out.

First off, I GOT A JOB.

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That’s right, I have joined the ranks of corporate america, working a 9 to 5 (kind of. it’s NYC, nobody actually works 9-5) job that I am very happy in.  It’s still kind of surreal actually, after so many hard months of (soul) searching.

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And my parents sent me a very fitting ‘congrats on the new job’ gift.  Chocolate covered fruit beats flowers any day ;-).

Needless to say, this is the first time in my life that I am occupied for 9+ hours a day.  This new routine has definitely taken some getting used to.  And to make things even crazier on myself, I moved. Two weeks after starting my job.

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I didn’t move far (from a sublet in the Bronx to my own place in BK), but I spent most of my free time during the first few weeks of my new job looking for apartments.  Looking for places to live in NYC is so ridiculously stressful! And I’m glad it’s over.

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I broke another plate in the process. This makes three in the past year!  Plates don’t like me much.

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And I finally have my own home!  Words cannot describe how happy this makes me.  I have moved so many times in the past four years (going to college halfway across the country from home, moving dorms every year, studying abroad, senior year apartment lease ending, etc).  i don’t think I’ve been in the same place for more than 9 months at a time.  So that fact that I signed a lease on an apartment – in a neighborhood I love – is a huge deal. So happy.

Shortly after, thanksgiving happened. I went home to Chicago for the week, had a lovely time, and didn’t take any pictures.

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Well, except one of the adorable Callie-dog.  I couldn’t resist.

Before I knew it, it was December!  Which was especially weird because Hanukkah had already started (the first day was thanksgiving day) and it wasn’t even real winter yet.  While I wasn’t the best this year about lighting the candles, I certainly did my fair share of celebrating – at latke fest!

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I had originally planned to do a full writeup of this festival (in short – it was amazing.) but days passed, it was long past Hanukkah, and a late writeup seemed a little out of place.

I had quite a few blog posts planned in December, actually, but after a long day of work all I wanted was dinner, cozy clothes, and a few TV shows.  Not a ton of exciting meals, and no desire to blog, write, or do anything productive.

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I tried to fit in some light movement, mostly yoga and the occasional run.  But even that fell by the wayside – lounging and doing nothing sounded far more appealing.  I found myself mentally spent after work.

Even so, I still managed to spend some time in the kitchen!

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(super soup to help me get over a cold, roasted veggies, baked chicken, and some treats)

Good food is definitely a priority for me, so even when I am busy or tired, I make time to cook.  It’s a stress reliever for me, and I genuinely enjoy cooking and eating healthy foods.  Even on the days when I don’t take the time to cook or make a lunch for work, I always seek out the salads.  Thank goodness the area near my offices has so many choices for fresh salads and other healthy lunches!

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I’m going to get more into a routine of making lunches, mostly to save a bit of money.  That and I like to cook my own food – keeps things interesting.

So there you have it.  Life lately has not been terribly interesting, but blogging was put on the back burner for a bit while I let things play out.  Writing about my foodie adventures makes me happy, and will motivate me to get back into the healthy routine that I love (read – bring some exercise back into my life).  And I like to ramble.

Writers – have you ever taken an extended break?

Those of you working full time in the corporate world – any life advice for this newbie?

Journey Into Unknown – The Transition Phase

For the first time in 18 or so years, I’m not going back to school this year.  It’s freakin’ weird.

I graduated back in May, and have meant to write about my experience since.  Truth is, it’s been hard.  College. Graduating. The world beyond.  I wanted a little perspective, I wanted some time to think and reflect on my college experience, but that has not done me too much good.

Now don’t get me wrong – overall I did not have a bad college experience.  I truly enjoyed living in what I now consider the best area in one of the world’s greatest cities.  I made some amazing friends, had some great nights, and some nights that I would rather not remember.

But school was no walk in the park for me.  I chose to study Physics – because it fascinates me.  No, I’m not a genius. Math and science are not second nature to me like they were for a good chunk of people in my program.  I had to work hard. Many Friday nights (and other nights) were spent at the Physics building until 2am or later working on homework assignments.  Most Saturdays were spent just recovering from difficult weeks, and Sundays were homework days.

Yes, I got to explore NYC.  Yes, I had some fun with friends.  But mostly I worked.  And when I wasn’t working, I stressed about all the shit I had to get done.

So I could not be more relieved that I’m not going back to school this year.

In waiting to write this post, I hoped I could say that it was all sunshine and rainbows at this point.  I hoped I could tell you about my shiny new job, shiny new apartment, and shiny new real-person life.  Three plus months later, I’m still in the transition phase.

And it’s still hard.  I have a full-time “job”, it’s called job searching.  And it’s not glamourous.  It tests your resolve, motivation, and self-confidence daily.  There are moments when I just want to give up, when I wish I could have someone else plan my life for me.  Hello, the world doesn’t work that way.

The unknown is scary.  Probably the scariest thing out there.

Few people get their careers and future handed to them on a silver platter.  Most of us have to work for what we want, and work hard.  It can be exhausting, but eventually, it will be worth it.  I’m only 22, and have a whole life ahead of me.  I know I will eventually find a job, I know I will eventually settle into some kind of life and career.

I’m glad I’m not going back to school, but the reality of life is that it still takes hard work.  But the good thing about hard work, is that it almost always pays off.

What keeps you motivated in difficult transition phases? Share your stories!

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