3 reasons why: i’m okay with people thinking i’m a failure

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And then I changed my mind, and that's okay too. Preface: I wrote Part I three weeks after I arrived in Asheville. Part II was written a month and half later. Part I About a month ago I packed all my belonging into a tiny trailer and picked up and left my hometown. I took three days to drive to my destination, my new home. Me and Momma road tripped, got lost in Amish Country, just got plain lost, ended up at a, shall we say, a less than pristine campground, and yet we made it. It was a ton of fun, the anticipation, the excitement, everything in my being told me this was the right move.  I arrived and had the weekend to show Momma around before I started my new job. I had an apartment … [Read more...]

dessert in a dash

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So I have been trying to cut back on my sweet tooth surrenders. I find the moment I give in and have any form of sweet I'm constantly shoving my face full of sugar for the rest of the day. I had made it all the way through dinner the other night and was seriously needing some dessert.  I have had this smoothie before at the organic cafe near my house. I had the ingredients but it took a bit to figure out the proportions. So here I give you a quickie dessert [this smoothie legit tastes like cake, but it's healthy] in a quickie post: Black Forrest Smoothie 1 overripe frozen banana 8 small frozen strawberries 1/2 cup frozen cranberries 2 dates 1 tps coco powder / or cocoa nibs 1 1/2 … [Read more...]

it’s 2am and i can’t feel my arm.

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This has been pretty normal in my life lately, along with being woken up at all times of the night,  cleaning up accidents, and general mom duties. If you follow me on Instagram (if you don't, well you should: button to the right!) you've gotten a sneak preview of why. I work  at a Non-Profit Animal Shelter as the Volunteer and Event Coordinator. We take in cats and dogs from all over and adopt them out to good, fur-loving homes where they will be loved forever and ever. It's work that I'm really proud of. I told myself I was not going to adopt a dog even though every fiber of my being wanted to. I don't have a place of my own, it's practically having a child, early mornings are not my cup … [Read more...]

who’s umami?!

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you have to say it fast, and with some attitude. who's umami?! who's u mami?! who's your mommy?!? See, it's funny. I read a great article on NPR, you should check it out. It's all about some "philosopher" [this dude is getting air quotes because, seriously, lets stick to what we know, you "think", i'll "eat"]  who decided there were only 4 tastes. Salty [a personal favorite of mine], sweet [again delish], bitter [ehhh? I guess it has its place] and sour [sure, I'll take it]. Umami is this awesome relatively newly discovered taste, not to my mouth, but as a general knowledge type thing. I guess my best personal description is savory, meaty, or earthy [as I prefer to call it]. Yeah, I … [Read more...]

here fishy fishy.

Untuna- As good as it looks.

Now, my hometown is a small town, surrounded by water. It's at the end of the highway, and I mean the end. When giving directions I tell people stay on the highway until you hit water and you've made it. Knowing that, you can probably understand why the two restaurants closest to me are called the Red Skiff and The Fish Shack. My uncle was a lobster man [lobsta if we're getting authentic] and was perpetually a nice dark shade of Italian from his year round days with the sun reflecting off the ocean. Growing up, my dad was a captain on a whale watch boat. He likes to tell stories of how they would block off the pilot house and let me sway with the ocean in my rolling activity center [ it took … [Read more...]