Category: Just My Life

Looking Back at 2016

I love looking back at these reflective surveys each each and seeing what I was thinking, feeling, and experiencing at the time. Some things never change, and some things do, radically. Here are ones from New Year’s Eve 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011. 1. What did you do in 2016 that you’d never done before? I got a really good job that pays well that I really enjoy and was able to put some of that extra income to good use knocking down about $7000 of debt from the kitchen remodel in six months. Also, I went ziplining (twice). 2. Did you keep...

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Less Formal Friday Fashion

Fashion is such a fascinating thing to me. I both love and hate it at the same time. I want to want fashion to be my top priority, but comfort always wins. It just does. If I am able to enjoy an event in flat shoes rather than suffering through a bit of it before leaving early in painful but chic heels, then there is no question which direction to go. But as I have gotten older and need to deal more with using my clothes to direct the level of authority that I need to be issued in the office, I have noticed two things happening simultaneously that are to benefit of the people like myself who need comfort to be the top priority when choosing clothes in the morning. First, the level of formality in clothes that is expected by society is lowering. It’s happening slowly, but pushing forward faster by millennials and even Gen X, who are realizing that they can run top corporate companies just as easily in jeans as they can in suits. The only example we need: Zuckerberg. Secondly, fashion companies are taking notice and offering items that can pass as business-casual clothes for people to wear to the office on “I don’t have a meeting days” that are both fashionably strong-minded and comfortable. Luckily I work in a business casual office that embraces...

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Pampering vs. Grooming

It’s all too easy for me to make myself anxious about what I should be doing to the point of where something that is supposed to be purely for enjoyment becomes a chore. One thing that I like to think about doing is enjoying a night to myself that involves putting on some tv shows or a movie and luxuriously and languidly enjoying an epsom salt bath, a charcoal mask, touching up my pedicure and maybe putting a coat of polish on my fingers. But then that’s like, four or five things to do. Doing stuff that involves other...

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Radar Update

I just realized that after writing the post about the reality of owning pets that I hadn’t updated with how Radar is doing! But in a phrase, back to normal. In mid-July we took her to have a suspicious lump cut off of her right front arm, and as of that time we didn’t know what it was. But we did a week later, and though it turns out it was cancerous – soft tissue sarcoma – to be precise, the prognosis seems good. We had decided to remove the lump and just watch closely to see if any...

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The Reality of Owning Pets

This isn’t a food related topic but it’s one that I think a lot of people can empathize with: pets. I’ve always, always had at least one pet in the home for my entire life, fish totally not included. There was always at least one dog around as a kid. Often there were multiple dogs because I started early in life with finding dogs on the street and crying until I got to keep them (this is what you call foreshadowing). When I moved out at the age of 20, I took our ferret Barrett to live with me and two roommates. After the apartment, I moved in with Patrick and his friend who had two dogs, who I immediately took to. We hung out a lot, those dogs and I. And within eight months of living together, we got a kitten. That was all Patrick’s idea, as I had never had a cat, and didn’t have much experience with them. But we brought this orange runt home from where he was abandoned outside of a gun shop in rural Orangeburg county and started the process of creating our family. We moved out of that house and into another one right before I graduated college. And after graduation, about 10 days after, I took myself on a Sunday afternoon excursion to get myself a little graduation present. I didn’t even...

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April Blake edits web content by day and writes by night, usually about local food, unusual flavors, and craft beer. Please follow me on Twitter, but not in real life.

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