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On Taking a Week Off…

Right after I write a post about how well I’m doing on this habit stuff…I go ahead and let it lapse for a week.

And that’s ok! Because I did some pretty nice and productive things during that week! Here’s a little bit of what went down.

The dude was out of town on a work trip last week and I made it a point to make the house as clean as possible for his return. Over the course of three days, I took on two rooms a day and made them as spotless as I could. It gave me one extra day to do little fix ups here and there as necessary. If you know me, you know that I have this problem where I hate to clean but I also hate feeling cluttered, so though I had to drag myself to actually get the cleaning done, there was a nice sigh of relief after it was finished. My goal is to keep this level of cleanliness going for the next three weeks before my parents come to visit. We shall see how that goes!

I also found some great Netflix fare to reward myself for being an awesome girlfriend that cleans an entire apartment all on my own. I finally watched Chef, which was recommended to me at least a month ago, and if you’re a food lover I highly recommend it to you too. I think anyone could make a movie that includes gorgeous shots of delicious food, but Jon Favreau did so much more in adding in a heart warming story. Without giving too much away, it’s a story to which I can relate – it encourages people to follow what makes them happy, even if that thing isn’t the coolest, sexiest, most raved about thing in the world. You can be miserable in a job that you think you’re supposed to have and that sounds good when you brag about it, or you can go for something that might not be what people expect, but makes you inexplicably happier, and in turn probably makes you a better person. As my loyal readers know, I went through that recently and the latter is definitely worth it. Chef also brings on the “awws” and some may say it’s not realistic in all its portrayals of human relationships, but honestly with all the fairly depressing stuff that I love to watch (Six Feet Under, Mad Men, House of Cards) it was nice to watch something that I could sit back and enjoy and not expect someone to die.

I’ve also started rewatching Parenthood – an NBC show that actually just ended. I started watching this show back when it first premiered and I enjoyed it, but I was in college and real life things got in the way of me following it and I didn’t have a DVR or Netflix at the time so I basically let it go. I’ve caught episodes here and there since then and always wanted to jump back into it. After a visit home where my aunts were talking about how great it was, I decided it was time to re-acquaint myself with the Braverman family. And I’m so happy that I did. It’s an incredible show that, yes, is at times a little cheesy and predictable, but it addresses real issues too. And it has a way of bringing tears to my eyes on a regular basis and reminds me that I do still have a soul. Oh, and the music choices in it are on point – I’m a sucker for a good use of “It’s Tricky” by Run DMC.

This past weekend I finished Hard Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World and I really loved it. Much more Wind Up Bird and less Norwegian Wood for those familiar with Murakami. It made me want to read more of his works, which I plan to do in the future. As far as where that puts me for the 26 book challenge for 2015, I’m counting it as #11: A book you started but never finished. Other contenders for this would have been Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson (a book that made me SO NERVOUS that something awful was going to happen that I had to stop reading it because it gave me anxiety) and Scoop by Evelyn Waugh (a book that put me to sleep more than once). I just started reading my next book last night: Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand (the author is my aunt’s cousin!). This one will count as #4: A book your friend loves. It was lent to me by my best friend from college – whose wedding I also happen to be in this summer – and just a few pages in I’m already hooked!

Other fun and important things that have happened since my last update: I discovered that I can make potato pancakes out of leftover mashed potatoes and the dude has figured out how to make the most PERFECT fried eggs. We take our breakfast foods very seriously here so this is a breakthrough for us.

Anyhow, that’s it for my update! Stayed tuned for more posts this week, and as always, thanks for dropping by 🙂

On the Way Snow Storms Seem to Follow Me…

It’s probably obvious by now, but I’m a Buffalonian through and through. Along with my love of chicken wings and often disappointing sports teams, I have a love/hate relationship with snow.

I wasn’t even being thought about when the Blizzard of ’77 struck Buffalo, and this storm is the first thing most people think of when I mention that I’m from there. When WNY’s reputation for snow is brought up, I always tell people, “Central New York gets more snow, we just get the publicity.” I was born in Syracuse and spent the first 6 1/2 years of my life there. In those six years I experienced at least two awful blizzards. When I moved to Buffalo, I definitely remember snow days here and there and some power outages, but nothing compares to the “October Surprise” we got during my senior year of high school. It was right before homecoming weekend when a freak snow storm hit Buffalo in October. Trees hadn’t lost all their leaves making their branches quite heavy with snow piled on them, and taking down power lines in the process. My family was without power and heat for nine days, and when I think about it I can still hear the hum of the generators rising from my neighborhood.

Snow followed me to college in Oneonta where classes were rarely cancelled and I trudged through a foot of snow more than once to get to class (I even sometimes trudged through it to get to the gym. That’s dedication). It even thwarted New Year’s Eve plans in 2008 when I set out for Oneonta and could only make it to Syracuse (where I hung out with my best friend instead and it was even better than I had hoped). And when I took two internships in New York City my senior year of college and lived in Jersey City…they experienced record snow fall the day before I got there.

While being a resident of New York City, I experienced a hurricane and at least one crazy snowfall in January of last year (though I’m pretty sure there were others). You could say, “that’s what you get for living in the Northeast,” but I’m convinced at this point that I’m the Snow Queen – and I haven’t seen Frozen so no it’s not a reference to that – and I leave a trail of snow in my wake.

This has proven to be true as the Capital Region has now been hit with two Nor’easters in the nine months that I’ve lived here. I’M SORRY, YOU GUYS. My heart definitely goes out to those in NYC, Philly, DC, and Boston (as I know people in all those regions) – stay safe, my friends! Albany won’t get hit that badly (I hope), but there’s something I really love about being snowed in. I love watching snowfall from my warm house with a cup of coffee in hand, a cat in my lap, and the comfort of having a job that will allow me to work from home if necessary. I never realized how important that last part is until I didn’t have that option in my last job.

I hope any of you affected by the storm stay safe and warm! And again, I’m sorry for bringing this on you.

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