Category: Just My Life

How Do You Know When You’re Adulting?

I recently turned 31, and cliched though it may seem, I still feel like I am either college age or close to it, not eight years past commencement. But then there are other times when I really like I am #adulting so hard, like this past week when I went to open my very own IRA and was talking about all sorts of investment stuff with this guy and nodding along because I actually understood about 70% of what he was saying. The other 30% of the time I was thinking to myself how glad I was that he was going to have to deal with getting my accrued money from my former employer’s retirement system, sucka! If you read personal finance blogs or have ever read one of those Dave Ramsey books, you know that multiple income streams is the optimal way to gain more money over the course of your life, right? It makes perfect sense because if one thing fails, there’s a backup. I’m thinking of this IRA as another (very, very far in the future) income stream. It’ll be hanging out, doing some stock stuff (riskier), doing some bond stuff (not as risky), and hopefully churning upwards so that I’ll have it for later. And in the meantime, my finance guy was telling me, the initial amount I am putting in can be a little...

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Kindle vs. Book

For a long time I resisted e-readers and felt somewhat smug in my decision to do so. In 2013 I did use my husband’s Kindle to devour all seven Harry Potter books over several weeks prior to a trip to Orlando that of course included Harry Potter World. The ease of transitioning from one book to the next while I was outside reading during my lunch break made me see some of the benefit to the e-reader. Then last year on our trip to Puerto Rico, I wished I had a slim e-reader like he did, rather than the four books I packed, only two of which I ended up reading. As I have been exploring a greater variety of books thanks to my book club, I have a growing GoodReads list where I add things that I see suggested on blogs, that other book club ladies suggest, the books we plan to read, and my favorite, ones from the Recommended feature (add me if you want- I read a lot of fiction and feminist narrative!). But I found that most of these books were unavailable in hard copy through my local library. So in the fall, I asked Patrick to keep an eye out on Kindle sales for me, as I decided I wanted a Paperwhite just like his — mostly for ease of IT support on it. Currently...

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Insta Lately

Like every good millennial, I take most of my photos on my iPhone (6). I used to haul my Canon Rebel around everywhere, but for one, it’s chunky and for two, it’s incredibly old and the standard lens on it is scratched from years of abuse. When I upgraded my iPhone last year, I got a special case with a camera hood that’s supposed to make the photos even better. I like to think it works. Walked into Earth Fare, saw this display, couldn’t resist. I’m a sucker for rainbow organization. You know those Facebook videos that are everywhere these days? One from Huffington Post caught my eye recently on the topic of matcha tea. It claimed that matcha would work way better than coffee and give an extended energy release to combat the afternoon slumps, from which I suffer greatly. On the same trip to Earth Fare where I took the bell pepper picture, I snagged a (very expensive) container of matcha powder by the Republic of Tea and brought it back to the office. Since I was lacking milk or a sweetener other than white sugar, I just heated up a mug of water and swirled in a spoonful of matcha. Uh, this stuff is grassy, ya’ll. I am definitely going to bring some almond milk next week to sweeten it up a bit. As for if...

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On Doing

I’m lifting this doing meme from How Sweet It Is as a quick catch up session. I feel like I’ve just been dropping by and chunking up a food post and disappearing for a while. I don’t want to be like that to my little blog. Wishing: That it would warm up so I can get Radar shaved. Her fur is out of control shedding right now and it’s everywhere. EVERYWHERE. Reading: Bad Feminist Essays by Roxane Gay Deciding: To focus my time and energy on activities that are worthwhile and fulfilling to me and for a bigger purpose. Not everything that is done is fulfilling a need, sometimes its just fluff to pad one’s resume or emotions. Seeing: My kitchen coming together bit by bit. Things have slowed down since my last post as we await the finishing touches, like the granite windowsill that was just recently installed, some drywall finishing, a pendant light, and shelves – the last two of which are being custom made for me by local folks. Tasting: Reese’s loaded peanut butter cup cookies because Patrick bought this enormous two pack of Reese Cups from an after Valentine’s Day sale. Each cup is bigger than my palm and about an inch thick! So I chopped them up and put them in cookies to bring to work. To catch some of my less Instagram worthy...

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What You’ll Eat During A Kitchen Renovation

Like most people in these times, I turn to Google with questions. Medical ones, common sense but I forgot the answer ones, and ones I shouldn’t call people about at that time of day questions. So it only made sense that I asked Google what to eat during a kitchen renovation. What I found is that Google is an optimist. It didn’t tell me “LOL takeout, canned soup and microwaveables, sucker” but that turned out to be the case for most of the first two weeks of not having a complete kitchen, and also having everything that was once in said kitchen scattered throughout our house, stuffed in boxes in various nooks in every other room. Our home turned into a funhouse, where getting from the bedroom to the front door involved squeezing through narrow passageways and twisting to avoid knocking over a precarious stack of cabinetry. Before everything was ripped out of the kitchen and the stove shoved into the hallway, I did try to plan ahead and bought several frozen microwaveable and toaster oven meals from Trader Joe’s. But did you know those things leave you feeling hungry when you’ve been flexing your muscles destroying your home? True story. There goes convenience dishwashing… Another inconvenience of not having a kitchen is not having a sink or dishwasher. So we stacked coffee cups, spoons, and knives in the...

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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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