September 19, 2015

35 before 35

Tomorrow, I turn a whopping 35! Normally I have mixed feelings about birthdays (I don’t hate them but at the same time I often feel … down because I’m unmarried and have no children, though I want both – and wanted both by the time I was 25 – oops) but this year, I’m not only happy, but excited about my birthday! I’m throwing myself a themed birthday dinner party, tonight! The theme is “All That Jazz” and my color scheme is black, gold & white, I’m cooking a full dinner with desserts for 14 people and the playlist is jazz classics, swing, electroswing and modern jazzified songs. Which is all why I’m so excited!

In the meantime (in between bouts of cleaning and food prep) I thought it would be fund to share 35 random facts about me, before my birthday tomorrow. Kay has a great post from her 30th birthday, and she encouraged me to post mine (thinking of you and your family Kay! Hope all is well)

35 before 35

  1. My family is Jewish. While I actually refer to myself as Pagan, I’m still Jewish by birth and blood. There’s no changing that. I observe several of the holidays even now. One of which is Yom Kippur – the Day of Atonement. Traditionally, special memorial candles (called Yahrzeit candles) are burned on this day to memorialize those who have passed. Since I actually have to work on Yom Kippur, I purchased two Yahrzeit candles (for my mother and grandmother) to burn tonight at my party, as they will be with me in spirit.
  2. I was actually born on Yom Kippur, back in 1980. The rabbi declared that I was doubly blessed because of that. I’m still waiting for that whole doubly blessed thing to kick in ;)
  3. I have enjoyed my “dirty thirties” far more than I ever enjoyed my twenties. In fact, I’d pretty much like to forget ever being in my twenties. The whole decade was a series of crappy events.
  4. I often get mistaken for being 26-28. I’m good with that ;) It’s always a great feeling to have to prove that, no, I am indeed in my mid-thirties.
  5. I have two fairly disruptive disorders: I have Tourette’s Syndrome (constant and mostly uncontrollable tic(s)) – my tic is hiccups – and I have Alport’s Syndrome (genetic disorder that affects kidneys, hearing and vision). Tourette’s while annoying, is acceptable. Alport’s however can be life threatening, and even fatal because if it hits the kidneys, acute renal failure is pretty much a given there. There is no cure. I’m actually in the beginning stages of kidney failure, but under the care of a great nephrologist :)
  6. I attended culinary school and graduated in the honor roll and was part of the peer mentor program (helped those who didn’t quite grasp it). My goal is to open my own cafe/restaurant/bakery – haven’t decided which.
  7. Of all the things that I know how to cook, my favorite is always pasta-dishes. After all, I bleed marinara.
  8. My favorite alcoholic drink is whiskey. Straight, on the rocks, sours, with coke, it has never mattered.
  9. However, I’m no longer allowed to drink whiskey. Or coffee. (see #5)
  10. I’m a sucker for teal and for zebra print. Yes. Even mixed together. I don’t care.
  11. I’m half-Italian and half-Polish. It has been a lifelong dream of mine to visit both Italy and Poland.
  12. If I ever won the lottery, I’d spend a year just travelling, living out of a suitcase. Everything would go into storage so I could do so.
  13. After I came back from my holiday abroad, I would take more of my winnings and start a scholarship for single parents who want to go back to school, in my mother’s name. Single parents are no joke and they don’t get nearly the respect that they deserve.
  14. Halloween is my favorite “holiday” and autumn has actually become my favorite season.
  15. Despite loving halloween, I’m not a huge fan of scary movies. I can watch them. But I much prefer slasher flicks like Scream of Halloween. I hate the ultra-violent ones. I call them torture-porn.
  16. I’ll watch movies about demons and ghosts. But they actually freak me out the most.
  17. I’m originally from the Mojave Desert in Southern California – located about 90 miles north of Los Angeles. I lived there until I was 29 and moved to New Jersey. Then Pennsylvania. I now live in Washington State. I have been back to California one time since leaving in October 2009.
  18. Despite growing up in Southern California, I’ve been to Disneyland exactly 3 times. The last time I was 26.
  19. My music taste is eclectic and wide-varying. The only things I’m not a big fan of are most rap, country, and gospel. My playlists include hard rock, classic rock, pop, lots of alternative rock, oldies, heavy metal, industrial, jazz, swing, blues, greek music, classical, gypsy rock, etc. An example, my itunes has Madonna, Nine Inch Nails, Mozart, Dean Martin, Depeche Mode and Edith Piaf right after one another when I just hit shuffle. I wasn’t kidding when I said eclectic.
  20. I have a huge case of wanderlust. I live to travel. Nothing gives me a rush as much as travelling does. However, I’ve not had the money to do as much as I would like. It’s now my goal to go on one big trip once a year.
  21. I am a self-proclaimed eyeshadow whore and my collection rivals most department stores. I’ve been cutting it down a lot and give a lot of it to friends and my cousin.
  22. I am currently teaching myself Italian. Duolingo is a great app for anyone who is interested in learning a new language. They are limited in what languages they have to offer, but it’s a great (and free!) alternative if you want to learn a fairly common/popular language.
  23. My favorite body part would be my eyes. A) They are normally a bright green with a brown corona. B) They freaking change colors, whether I wear makeup or not. In high school, they called them my mood eyes. If I have gray eyes, stay away ;)
  24. I’m short. I have a big personality so people I meet online always assume I’m tall (I dunno why, but that’s the answer I’ve gotten). In reality, I’m 5’3. I’m half an inch shorter than even my mom, thus making me the smallest woman in our family. My grandmother was 5’3 and 1/4.
  25. I have two piercings in each ear (though I rarely wear earrings), a nose stud and a lipstud. I’d like to get another piercing but haven’t decided what it should/could be. I don’t want my eyebrow pierced.
  26. I currently have two tattoos – the cancer constellation on my right forearm (in honor of my mom) and a wanderlust tattoo (complete with paper airplane) on my left wrist. I have plans for some major tattoos. Including a Star Wars half sleeve.
  27. Yes, I am obsessed with Star Wars. I refer to Darth Vader as my husband.
  28. I also have a stuffed Wampa with removable arm. When you pinch his arm, he makes bone crunching noises. It’s the best thing ever.
  29. I hate spiders. I don’t care how good they are for the world, I freaking hate them.
  30. I’m also claustrophobic and afraid of the dark. Both fears stem from childhood.
  31. It is a goal of mine to be able to volunteer at a rape crisis center. I will make this happen. Hopefully within the next year.
  32. I’m not a huge fan of sports. Despite living in Washington, I don’t give a crap about the Seahawks. I watch soccer and baseball. I’m a HUGE Dodgers fan. GO LOS ANGELES!
  33. I’ve never met my father. Nor have I ever talked to him.
  34. But I talk to my two half-brothers from him, on an almost daily basis. (I’ve met one in person – I didn’t even know they existed until I was 14).
  35. My mother passed in February of 2008. She was my mother and my best friend (sometimes my worst enemy lol). I miss her every, damn, day. And I always will.

I promise I won’t be sad if you didn’t read all of these. Heck. I’d be surprised if you did. But I’d love to hear what you found the most interesting and I’d love to get to know you back, so leave me a fact about you in the comments! And come back for the birthday party post/pic spam :)

September 8, 2015

September Goals

I can’t believe that it’s already September. Where the heck has this year gone? It’s insanity. There have been so many good things that have happened. And yes, there may have been some not so great things, but the majority of this year has been positive and happy and I can’t wait to see how the rest of this year will go. In the meantime, I’m setting myself some goals for each month (I have to thank Kristen @ See You In A Porridge for the idea) and plan to spend each month seeing how many I can meet. As I’ve said before, I do love a challenge! My goals for September are the following:

— Lose 5 pounds. (I lost 5.5 pounds in August. And gained it back when I came down with a bronchial infection. So time to try again.)

— Stop drinking all sugary sodas from now until October 1st.

— Walk 160 miles. (In August, I walked a total of 140.3 miles. Now I want to add another 20 miles.)

— Create two skinny versions of meals that I love. (I created a Skinny Crustless Spinach Quiche last month and fell instantly in love with it.)

— Drink at least 2 bottles of water a day.

— Have an awesome 35th birthday party and takes lots of pictures.

— Get my actual journal back up to date.

So those are my goals for September. Not crazy, but not simple. I actually have to work to meet them, which is always a good thing. What do you hope to accomplish during the month of September? Leave a comment and let me know!

July 16, 2015

7 Things I Just Don’t Have Time For

01) Eating YOUR Favorite Things: I’m sor— No. Forget that. I won’t apologize for it. I don’t like cooked apples. I HATE gravy. I think brussel sprouts taste the way moldy old sweat socks smell. Kale is okay in small doses but I don’t want it in my smoothie. I’m 34 years old. I’m going to eat the stuff I like (healthy and crap) because hey, it’s what I like. What a concept. You eat your breakfast sandwich with canadian bacon. I’ll enjoy my lox and bagel, thank you very much.

02) Voicemails: I hate having to call a number to listen to the 10 second voicemail that someone left me, when they could have simply texted the same damn question. Even better? Listening to the voicemail just to get rid of that damn blinking icon and hearing just that quick CLICK as they hang up. You couldn’t have done that 2 seconds prior?

03) Are You Still Watching ______?: Eff you Netflix. Yes. Yes I am in fact marathoning 9 seasons of How I Met Your Mother followed by 4 seasons of The Walking Dead and 18 episodes of Futurama (okay, yes that is an exaggeration) and no, I don’t need your condescending attitude about my viewing habits. Don’t you have better things to do? Like making sure the third season of Hemlock Grove is finally added?

04) Broken Hair ties: As Caitlin said, there is nothing worse then that awful snap as your hair tie breaks and your hair tumbles down at the most inopportune moments. I have waist length hair and work with food. I tie my hair back with two hair ties a day and every so often comes that dreadful sound, that sounds like a car backfiring that echoes in your skull. *shudders*

05) Rudeness to People in the Service Industry: In my line of work, Customer Service comes with the job. I don’t mind it too much. It’s not too hard to smile, say hello and answer the same question 12 times a day. What pisses me off is when you say hello to people who can’t even smile back or acknowledge your existence at all. Hey, guess what. I’m human, not a droid. Don’t make me spit into your cake. Just kidding. I would never actually do that. But don’t make me want to. Please.

06) The other person chronicles: Robin really hit the nail on the head. If you are choosing to be the other man/woman, quit your bitching. I have no use for cheaters/homewreckers. You knew damn well what you were getting into when you started it. Oh and when they cheat on you? DO NOT think it is okay to start complaining about that. After all, if they were willing to cheat with you, why wouldn’t they be willing to cheat on you?

07) Bae/Fleek/Swag What?: I just … I just really don’t understand this new age of slang. I mean yes. Every generation has weird words. But at least Awesome is a word. What the effing eff is fleek? And why the eff do you want to refer to the person you love, as … poop? No thanks. I’ll stick with calling C douchewaffle. Hey. At least it’s two real words AND I know that I won’t have to think about the fact that 6.8 million people are calling their loved ones the same thing. Right?

What are some things that you just don’t have time for? Let me know by dropping a line in the comments!