Thursday, February 6, 2014

Denver has made me soft

It finally got cold here. Last night I walked to my car and my muscles convulsed trying to keep my body warm. I checked my phone and it said it was 1 degree F.; which is definitely freezing, but it shouldn't have completely silenced all normal thoughts besides how cold it was. 

Denver has made me weak and soft.

I no longer know how to take 3 deep breaths and plunge my body into an arctic blast. I whimper and whine instead. I have forgotten how to hold on tightly to memories of summer while my soul bleeds from the winter. I haven't participated in a polar plunge in two years.

Time to put some tights on under my jeans and man the fuck up.






Friday, January 31, 2014

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Solar Energy Thoughts



Every parking lot ought to look like this! — Shades the cars while producing free energy. Germany has created over 500,000 new jobs by pushing hard into solar and wind energy - providing incentives for everyone to install and as a result, they will be able to move forward with their plans to shut down all their nuclear power plants in the next decade.


What are your thoughts, if any, on solar energy? 

My professor who has been involved in environmental law for some time now, told me that she thought solar and wind energy were so much "sexier" than natural gas or oil. I guess I hadn't thought of it that way, but if that is what is going to get the people to get behind solar, then yeah, sex it up!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

I Have Decided


Law School, in a Nutshell

I know I've been kinda slacking on blog posts lately, but it's only because I've had to spend some extra time understanding what is going on during my classes this semester. 

Every time I asked I question I feel like Homer


Saturday, January 25, 2014

Dust If you Must

Dust if you must, but wouldn’t it be better
To paint a picture or write a letter,
Bake a cake or plant a seed,
Ponder the difference between want and need?

Dust if you must, but there's not much time, 
With rivers to swim and mountains to climb,
Music to hear, and books to read, 
Friends to cherish and life to lead. 

Dust if you must, but the world’s out there, 
With the sun in your eyes, the wind in your hair, 
A flutter of snow, a shower of rain. 
This day will not come round again. 

Dust if you must, but bear in mind, 
Old age will come and it’s not kind. 
And when you go - and go you must - 
You, yourself, will make more dust. 

~ Rose Milligan 
Originally Published in The Lady (1998)

Friday, January 24, 2014

Hilarious Greeting Cards

I found these funny cards on Etsy yesterday and I had to share- they're so awkwardly Lena-Dunham-funny:


My reaction to my friends getting engaged (which I assume is similar to every other girl on the planet's reaction)


I wish I would have found this pre-December because then all my friends would have been wished a season of cookies and bourbon, instead of a season of nothing.

No more jungle juice.

THIS IS MY FAVORITE!  






Monday, January 20, 2014

Parsnip Oven Fries


I made Parsnip Oven Fries the other day after finding a recipe in the Thrive Diet Book by Brendan Brazier. They were so good (even though my smoke alarm went off while making them....oops) and satisfied my craving for something salty.

Here is the recipe (so easy even I could do it!):

2 pounds parsnips (about 2-3 large roots)
2 tbsp coconut oil, melted
Salt and pepper to taste

Preheat the over to 450. Peel the parsnips and cut into sticks. Toss in bowl (or large wok) with melted coconut oil, salt, and pepper until coated. Spread out on baking sheets. Bake for 25-30 minutes until golden brown.

Parsnips are packed with potassium and minerals and are an excellent source of fiber. Check out their other health benefits.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Fabletics

Whenever I find something awesome- whether it be food, a book, a new song, moisturizer, I feel like I HAVE to share it with everyone I know. Case in point is the new athletic-wear website that Charlotte introduced me to: Fabletics.

You sign up, take a lifestyle quiz (basically how you enjoy working out), and receive monthly outfits to choose from based on your needs. 3-piece outfits (usually a shirt, tank, pants/shorts) start at $49.95 and you don't have any obligation to buy if you don't like the outfits that month. Pretty awesome, in my opinion. It's especially convenient for me because I blow through workout clothes like crazy and I don't have a lot of time to shop.





I just got my first set in the mail and I've been wearing them constantly- a loose grey shirt that is probably the softest shirt I've ever owned, a purple tank (with a built-in bra that is actually supportive!), and grey yoga pants. Rad.


Friday, January 17, 2014

Because I'm feeling 27....

I have recently been working on a merger/acquisition at my job and have been looking at financial statements of an individual involved in the venture. His financials are a MESS and it has inspired me to get my financial house in order in 2014. Just last week, I set up a meeting with an adviser and made my first investment, eek! I organized all of my files at home, updated my personal budget (which sat dormant for the fall of 2013), and made some economic goals for 2014.

Where is this play-by-play of my personal financial actions going? It's just one more way I can tell that I'm 27. 

It gave me relief/joy/confidence to start 2014 off in a responsible way by organizing my finances....all of the feelings that vodka used to give me (what would my 20 year-old self say?!?!). 

I've also made it a goal to be more intentional about my grooming- which sounds weird, but I think it's about that time....because I'm 27 and I need to look like a grown woman now and not like some college kid who rolled out of bed with chipped nails and a face full of sleep lines (which I did yesterday).

Just a few things that I didn't care about as much even a few years ago. I can also legitimately appreciate these stupid BuzzFeed posts about "something something something late twenties".


Monday, January 13, 2014

The Start of the Next Semester

Here we go.

Last semester was a HUGE learning process. I was adjusting to a new city, new job, new people, starting school, and...the altitude (which I blame for literally everything). It was not easy.

But I also learned that I am more capable than I originally thought and that I still have room to grow (which is exciting in itself!). So, here's to new beginnings, new adventures, and greater confidence that I do "belong here." 

Here are a few things that help keep me inspired when I feel that light growing dim- I hope that they touch your life in some way, as well:




Friday, January 10, 2014

It's a wedding!

Laura and Scott got engaged yesterday!!!!!!!!!!!
 (Why yes, I did yank all of these photos from Facebook, sorry Scott).




Laura sent Michelle and I a cryptic text about engagements so I immediately grabbed my cell phone and ran outside (because I get terrible reception in my apartment) onto my porch to call her. She confirmed that Scott had proposed, and it wasn't until about 3 minutes into the conversation that I realized I had run outside in only my skivvies! She told me the whole engagement story (her parents have known since before Christmas!) and showed me pictures of the ring. I told Scott it looked like a tiny galaxy inside. I'm sure he thought that was weird. Laura and Scott have been dating since Junior/Senior year of college and I'm so excited that they are engaged. I know it has been quite the journey- from living in Chicago and Indy, time spent apart between Chicago and Bloomington, post-graduate undertakings, and multiple jobs- and I'm so happy for them. Now Laura will always have a hilarious birthday cake to look forward to, someone to drive around and listen to Paul Simon with (in my and Michelle's absence, of course), insanely creative Halloween Costumes, and attractive children with incredibly long torsos :)

Let the wedding planning begin!

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Thought for the day

“Compassion hurts. When you feel connected to everything, you also feel responsible for everything. And you cannot turn away. Your destiny is bound with the destinies of others. You must either learn to carry the universe or be crushed by it. You must grow strong enough to love the world, yet empty enough to sit down at the same table with its worst horrors.”
 
— Andrew Boyd

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