My Favorite Things in 2018

Does that title rhyme slightly? Just me? Great.

I wanted to do this wrap up of the stuff I really loved this year that I didn’t talk about and/or barely talked about. Sort of like a giant Sunday Summary, A.K.A that thing I don’t do anymore (but can still be viewed if you’re into that).

Best Hair Product of 2018:

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The Tragic Before

Technically, this isn’t a product. HOWEVER, I discovered this dry shampoo blow drier trick and it is a game changer. Had bun hair all day and then someone wanted to hangout (and i did not want to have bun hair) so I tried this trick. Here’s the post I did and how it ended up going for me, but spoiler alert, it works.

Best Book in 2018:

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If you need to know anything about me, it’s that I love to read. I’ve been slacking slightly with how much, but I’ve been picking up major speed with it lately. I’ve read roughly 20-ish books this year, which is kind of a lot. Trying to narrow it down to the best was hard, but some of the books I read just sort of ran together. Really thinking about doing a monthly post about the books I read the month before (mostly just to push myself to read more). OKAY on to my actual pick: You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero. I know what you’re thinking “Self-help book? That’s for sad weirdos.” Here’s the thing: You’re right! BUT, I’d argue that everyone is kind of a sad weirdo sometimes! I read this when I really needed something to give me things to do after I quit my job and when I needed a distraction from going down the “what if I have to move home because I can’t find a job” hole. I would honestly read it again, that’s how much I liked it. If you’re stuck in place in your life where you have no idea what you’re doing, read this. If you wanna make a crazy change, read this. It’s 2019, the year of making goals and gettin’ bread—as the memes say, so read it!

Best Makeup Product of 2018:

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Okay I almost put something else for this that was expensive and to be fair, very good. I feel that I should instead pay homage to a brand who had my back when I was too broke to go to Sephora and get new stuff. That’s right I’m talking about ELF. You wouldn’t think with $1 brow pencils and $3 concealer would be worth putting on your face. I’m here to tell you, your assumptions are wrong. My brows are perfectly filled and my pores CONCEALED! Was actually not a fan of the bronzer cause it was too glittery for my tastes but that doesn’t mean it’s not quality! Okay done with my spiel.

Best Skincare Product of 2018:

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Spoiler alert it’s like 2 dollars. Spoiler alert again, it’s lemon juice. I started using it and it felt like a miracle. Then I stopped for a few weeks recently, because I’m skeptical person and sometimes I don’t feel like buying lemons ya know. Started using them again and wow I forgot how good they are. My skin just has so much less redness and blackheads! It’s so great and so cheap.

Best Movie of 2018:

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I know you all want me to say A Star is Born, but I’m sorry I can’t. The music is amazing, yes. Bradley Cooper is hot, yes. I absolutely knew what was gonna happen at the end and so I didn’t like it as much. Maybe if there was a world with no spoilers and people wouldn’t have talked about how amazing it was and subsequently ruining it. I also really don’t watch movies in theaters that much. I’ve seen maybe 3 movies this entire year, so I fell like I can’t say what the best movie this year is. I can say what the best movie saw this year. It’s not new, it’s just new to me. Okay, it’s Steel Magnolias. This is a weird pick for me, since every time anyone would bring this up I’d immediately think “How can that be good? It sounds so corny.” It was on Netflix a few months back and it was a rainy Saturday, so I thought I’d give it a try. It’s set in a small town in Louisiana—hence the name. The thing about movies centered around the South is they’re always over exaggerated. Every other word is “crawfish” or “gumbo” or “pea-can pie!” I get it, its a movie, but that why I never really like them. This one doesn’t do that. Overall, its pretty reflective of life in smaller southern town and I loved it. I cried, I laughed and now I know why it wont so many awards. It’s not on Netflix anymore, but find it somewhere because it’s so good.

Best Show of 2018:

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Okay this is so hard because I’ve seen so many good shows this year, but there’s only one that filled me with the most joy every time I turned it on: The Great British Baking Show. Am I late to this game? I really don’t know but this show is so good. I really loved watching to the point of watching two seasons in a about a week. I did it in a weird way where I watched seasons 5 & 6 first and in my humble opinion, those are the best seasons. After that, they change the hosts and Prue isn’t one of the judges and I need her color coordination in my life. I love the accents, the stuff they come up with and  Paul Hollywood is a cutie, I’m just gonna throw it out there. Really into shows that make me laugh and aren’t super dramatic lately and this one definitely fill that for me. I even watched it twice, so if you haven’t yet, here’s your notification.

Best Clothing Purchase of 2018:

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This was the year I bought so many clothes, it’s obnoxious. Trying to “re-vamp” my wardrobe and also buying things for a 9-5 job was tough. I think the best purchase and the thing I got the most use out of were my Lululemon leggings. As you know, I’m more of a quantity over quality gal. Trends come and go a lot for me to be buying something that I may not wear in a few years that costs an arm and a leg. Also let’s keep it real, I’m still washing my clothes in a laundry mat for god’s sake. I’m in no place to be buying anything over 50 bucks. I completely believe in a good splurge for things that may be expensive, but you’ve been lusting after for a while. Hence, my purchase of these leggings. I really wanted to see if they are so different from the $20 Forever 21 leggings and I’m here to say yes they are. They fit like a glove, the length is always perfect (aka no bunching at the bottom) and they stay in place when I’m running. I still only have one pair so far, but 2019 I’ll be getting some more and really coming into my basic white girl form.

Best Workout of 2018:

 

So, I’m splitting this up by home workout and workout class, okay great:

Best home workout is always Tabata with Raneir Pollard hands down. He’s so fun and at the same time, the workout is always intense. It’s always my Monday go to for a good strong beginning to my week. Also, they just uploaded a new one!

Best workout class I’ve been to in the city is Yoga sculpt at Corepower yoga. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, If I were a richer woman, I’d be doing yoga twice a week at minimum. This particular class is not only yoga, but a little bit of cardio to satisfy my needs. They have them all over, so check them out if they’re near you!

 

Cheers to 2019! Can’t wait to make many more posts and let me know if there’s anything you’d like to see more of on the blog 🙂

Staying Motivated and Getting Through the “Funk”

Ever have those days where you internally “ugh” at everything in your life and you wanna just stay in bed until you’re 30 and will hopefully have everything figured out?

A sum of of my emotions this past week would be a resounding “over it.”

Work?

Over it.

Commuting?

Over it.

Dating?

Over it.

Paying bills?

Over it.

Being an adult and having to do things I don’t wanna do all the time without crying or throwing a fit?

Over.It.

I like to call this the “funk” and let’s just say the weather this week has definitely matched my mood. So how do I get out of it and return to normal again? Here are some tips.

  1. Recognize it

Sometimes, I’ll get in the “funk” because of stupid things and just wanna give up on everything. Suddenly, everything is questionable in my life and its just a scary spiral of self-doubt. Is my life actually trash? No doofus, your life is fine, it’s your emotions that need to get it together. Lately it’s just been me putting pressure on myself to be at a certain point in my career. Everyone moves at different paces in their lives and there’s no “certain time” to have accomplished anything. Take a step back and remember it’s just a feeling. Also, probably stop looking at blogger Instagrams where all they do is travel with their friends (not real life guys, sorry).

2. Wallow if needed (a little)

Sounds counter productive, but feeling sad/mad/annoyed about something for a little while can make you feel so much better after. Yes, there’s no real reason I should feel that way because I have ___ or ____ and I’m so lucky, but that doesn’t mean my feelings aren’t valid. It could be worse, of course, but don’t beat yourself up about being a human. No one can be happy all of the time.

3.  Do your version of “a hot bath”

This could be literally taking a hot bath, or maybe going to a yoga class, or watching some Netflix with wine, or hanging out with a friend. Mine happens to be writing (hence this post) and watching one of my favorite movies. This is just your idea of something to relax you, make you feel good, and forget everything for a while; whatever that may be.

4. Reset your goals

Sometimes, the “funk” happens because you’ve just been floating through life and you’ve been neglecting the goals you set for yourself. Remember why you started and think of what you could be doing in order to get closer to those goals. Living in the moment is great, but also remember where you wanna be and what steps you still need to take in order to get there.

 

With all the social media you’re exposed to, sometimes you can feel like you’re not where you should be in your life. I sometimes get down because I’m not making X amount of money or I don’t get to go on as many trips as other people or I should just be doing more in general. Your journey is your own and try not to get down just because other people appear “better off.” At the end of the day, we’re just some floating blobs, on a dust speck, worried about how much green paper we have.  In deep trench of the “funk” remember that everything can change in a second, good or bad, try not to over think it.

 

Week 2: The Struggle Bus

As the title insinuates, this week was a struggle. I got hit with temptation left and right and man did I want it. 

First, was Monday. Unfortunately, my coworkers decided to have a little snack-fest for someone’s birthday. It included every food I’ve ever loved: Starburst, chips, salsa, chocolate, and Magnolia Bakery cupcakes. I was internally screaming the entire time. Luckily, there was wine. Did it have sugar? Not a clue, I did try to check. Did I care? No, I needed to do something with my mouth other than moan. I managed to get through it, unscathed. The next day, someone had the audacity to put Baked by Melissa cupcakes just sitting in the break room?? Tempting, but those cupcakes are the size of my fingernail so really not. 

This week I was also visited by my lovely mother nature monthly friend (Did I sugar coat that enough for you?)!!! Maybe TMI, but I wanted to eat everything in my line of vision, including things in my Instagram and in my imagination. I just felt a general ew and bleh all day and could’ve used the sugar as a pick-me-up. I know my ladies out there know this struggle. I resisted because I knew the feeling would pass and I’d feel normal again. I talk a lot about how great this diet is, but ya girl was NOT having it for a few days. 

Luckily, I was right and by Friday I was feeling like a normal person again and I gotta say, my body is already changing. I feel great and I look it, if I do say so myself. It gave me the little push I needed to keep going. On Sunday, I woke up hungover and eating fruit and eggs perked me up way better than any pizza would have (but lets be real, I did still really want the pizza). 

Ive also found I’m not trying to kill myself working out, either. I love my cardio, of course, but I used to have to SMASH my workouts and HAVE to do cardio because I was “working off” something that I ate. I’m less worried about working out on Saturdays as well since I’m not gonna eat something to feel bad about after too. Does it seem like all i do is gush about how much I love this challenge because I DO. 

 

Snacks/foods that are getting me through this

 

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All the healthy people are talking about this stuff and every time I heard it I was like “wha” and never looked into it. I decided to try this stuff when I saw it at Trader Joe’s and man I’m glad I did. I use this stuff as my new go-to salad dressing. I mix it with olive oil, salt and pepper and it’s so good. 

 

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Is it weird that I love arugula? I had no idea I liked it, but when I added it to my salads I was like What have I been doing my whole salad life without this? I still love my kale, so I use this just as a finish-er. 

 

 

 

Also side note: still eating terrifying amounts of gum, in case you thought that was a phase.

 

So looking forward to trying new things next week!

A Survival Guide to NYC: Winter Weather Edition

I’m gonna spit some hashtag realness on you real quick. I am struggling with this whole “real seasons” thing NYC has going on. Coming from the South, all we really get is “hot” and “so hot you might die” weather. It’s March, so by now they are in the “hot” weather stage where you get to go outside and enjoy it while it lasts. Here, however, we are still getting 30 degree weather, aka weather where all you wanna do is stay in bed all day in a big blanket. Some more realness? This has me moody as hell and I now know why everyone says New Yorkers are mean. Turns out, we’re all just really cold and on the verge of tears about being outside in it (just me???). Here’s how I’ve been combating the cold weather and attempting to be warm:

 

  1. Heated Blanket

This is number one for a reason, ladies (and dudes I guess). 100% the best purchase of my life was when I bought my 35 dollar heated blanket. I discovered these beautiful babies when my college dorm roommate decided she wouldn’t ever turn on the heater. Ever. I saw one at Target just as winter started and it was as if God himself came down and said “You gon be alright.” I knew I was gonna have to get one when I got here and thank god I did. My room stays pretty warm while I sleep but it’s damn cold as soon as I wake up and as soon as I walk in the door after work. All I have to do is turn it on and it takes maybe 5 minutes to heat up. Okay I’m done gushing I just love it SO MUCH.

2. Buy some sweatpants (thick ones)

This might be like a “duh,” but I really never wore sweatpants back home because I was really never that cold. Leggings always seemed to be just enough, so my sweatpants went too good ole goodwill when I moved. I came to immediately regret this as stepping outside just for a coffee was torture on my legs that somehow felt bare. I also decided to pick up running after a few months off for medical reasons (let’s be real I gained a couple pounds and was not having that shit), so

3. Get a big, warm coat that also happens to be cute

I got my big coat from Express right at the beginning of December and its the best decision I made besides my heated blanket. It’s over sized, wool and hits me right at the calf. You definitely want something as long as possible too keep warm and even better if it fits basically like a blanket. I wear mine basically everyday (cause people who have like 8 coats must also have 8 closets to put them in when its summer) and it just happens to be really cute so a win-win. 

4. Earmuffs are a real thing not just a cute accessory in the movies

I HAAAAAATTTEEE the way I look in hats and beanies because I think maybe my head has a weird shape? Also I kinda look like a skater girl or something which is not a good look on me. Hence, the reason I got ear muffs. They have saved me while running (yeah I actually try to run in this weather too like an idiot) and when I just wanna pretend I can’t hear cat-callers and weird dudes. 

5. Snow boots, UGG boots, just any fur-lined boot.

Here’s a scenario: You want a bagel. It’s Saturday at 11am (yeah you’re being lazy today). It’s also 20 degrees. What do you put on to grab said bagel? Tennis shoes= cold toes. Ugg boots with cabin socks=The perfect combo. Nobody likes cold toes and ain’t nobody trying to wear cute booties just to grab the weekly coffee and bagel combo. 

 

Here are some tips for when you’re moody about this weather and need a pick me up:

1. Do something every week that’s just for you

Get a pedi, get a mani, get some bubble bath stuff, get a pizza, go shopping, have a movie night with some gals, get some wine, get some new shoes you’ve been eyeing, get some fancy coffee, get a new book, literally just do anything that makes you feel good, heck do all of those things in one week. I can’t tell you how good it feels just to call someone and be like “dude I almost cried today thinking about going outside” and having you’re friend be like “Omg me too I hate everything.”

2. Plan a trip somewhere even if its just a staycation

I have the luxury of having every fancy hotel I could ever nee right here and sometimes, I just wanna not be in my apartment where I live with other people. It’s just great to get away, even just for a night. Even better, plan a trip somewhere warm for a weekend and have something to look forward to to get you through some of the rougher days (aka me dreaming of my NOLA trip in a couple weeks!!!)

3. Remind yourself that it’s temporary and in a few weeks, you’ll be sweating your butt off.

It’s kinda funny how we think about the future ally the time, except when we’re miserable and we can only be sad about what its like right now. Being upset is a normal human thing, but there’s no reason to be upset about something as fickle as the weather(most talking to myself here). 

Cheers to Daylight savings time ending and Spring being around the corner!!

 

Spiderbands: The Review

I haven’t gone to a cool workout class in FOREVER and I missed it so I decided to try this new workout craze called Spiderbands. I follow this media group (or whatever you call it) that posts a lot of really awesome stuff to do in NYC. Its mostly food and drink stuff, but sometimes they do talk about other cool things to do in NYC.

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Let me start by saying: MY HANDS!!! (insert crying emoji). This workout is centered around resistance bars that hang from the ceiling and of course I am death-gripping it. Subsequently, my hands cramped up every 5 seconds and by the end of it, they were shaking.

Its a mix of pulling down the resistance bar (which is hanging from the ceiling) and doing lunges, squats or various running in place moves. There’s only about two small breaks in the entire workout, which means it is super high paced. I wore a long sleeved shirt and that was an error on my part for sure.

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Side Note: They told me no one is allowed to take any pictures immediately after I took this one. Too late Spiderbands I’m above the law!!!!!!!!

I loved this workout overall. I was sweating and breathing hard and definitely felt my entire body being worked. There was a section where we were pulling down the resistance cord with one hand standing to one side, and I discovered that my left side oblique is stronger than my right side (very strange because I’m right handed). Also towards the end we did various plank exercises and the class leader (spider band director?) or whatever you wanna call her, said “if you put your knees down, I’ll make you do a bunch of pushups” and I do planks every other day so basically I had been training for that moment for a while.

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Happy to get back into doing cool workout classes and definitely gonna post about some more in the coming weeks!

My Workout Routine

Today I wanted to talk a little bit about my fitness journey/routine. As you all are aware, I am one of those weirdos who workout a lot. This sounds crazy, but I try to do six days a week. I know it’s obnoxious!!!!!!!!!! But I’m not lifting weights doing beach body challenge or whatever the heck that new craze is called.

My body has kind of always been a struggle for me and probably will be for a ll of my life. I started working out one day when I was a sophomore in high school because I decided i wasn’t happy with the way I looked and wanted to change it. By the time I was a senior until I was probably a Sophomore in college, I was limiting my self to only a few specific foods during the week and binging on everything in sight on the weekends. For me, eating the right foods and not eating a crap ton on the weekends has always been a struggle and probably always will be. Working out is usually the easy part be cause it less than an hour a day and barely even think about it anymore. One thing that I can’t stress enough is that the eating part is probably the hardest, but the most important. I can’t say I’ve ever been fat a day in my life but I have definitely struggle with self-image for a very long time (hence the binge eating I struggle with). The level of confidence I have now is only after years of pushing and working on finding a way to be happy with how I look.

Anyway, now that I’ve bared my soul, here’s what a regular workout week looks like for me:

MONDAY:

  • This is the start of the week, so I always like to make this the hardest day to sort of get it out of the way.
  • I do either an Insanity video or this 45 minute Tabata
  • I try to keep this simple and get it over with quick, because being real this is me dreading it, which is why I only choose between the two of them.
  • This workout is full-body and I probably burn about 300 calories give or take

TUESDAY:

  • I try to squeeze in a quick run every other day. I LOATHE  running while I’m doing it because I feel like it always lasts forever and I’m really just not the best at it.
  • I do a mile of running straight and then a little 5 minute walk afterward (mostly to get back to my apartment). It takes about 15 minutes.
  • Next, I go home and pick an ab workout of some kind. Sometimes it’s Insanity Cardio abs, sometimes its this video that I love.
  • I try to keep this one a little more chill not too crazy wild after my Monday craziness.
  • The ab workout is usually at least 15 minutes, this means I do 30 in total.
  • I try to burn about 200 calories in total as well.

WEDNESDAY:

  • This is my arm day. I try to do both toning and weight lifting with a little cardio thrown in. I do a bit of PITT for 15 minutes focused on arms. PITT, for those who don’t know, is like HITT, but with pilates thrown in. It’s sort of how I warm up and bast out some calories quickly. I like this video and this video for that.
  • Next I try to pick something more for just toning and is kinda low-key. Usually this focuses more on push-ups and arm circles and its not very cardio-centric. This is also about 15 minutes. My favorite videos for this are this and this and they hurt like heck.
  • Finally, I have a set of 10 pound weights and I focus on utilizing those for another 15 minutes. I do 12 for each exercise and try to squeeze in three sets.
  • Overall, this is another 45 minute workout day so I’m hoping to burn over 200 calories and closer to 300.

THURSDAY:

  • This is another running day so I basically do the same thing as Tuesday

FRIDAY:

  • This is dreaded leg day. I keep the same basic routine as Wednesday, but focused on legs.
  • For my 15 minutes of cardio I like this video and this video.
  • I then do a toning workout and I like this video and this video.
  • Also the other day I did this video for a crazy challenge and its amazingly hard.
  • Then I use my weights for 15 minutes doing squats and lunges etc.

SATURDAY:

  • This day is kind of a free for all. Some days I run if i’m feeling it, or I just do a quick 15 minute video or 20 minute video. Basically I just hope for the best and try to do something and move my body when my brain just wants to do absolutely nothing.

SUNDAY:

  • This is mostly a do nothing day and by that I mean walking and yoga. I hate yoga because its slow and sometimes it hurts like a bitch. BUT its been proven to be good for you so I gotta do it. I can only stand 15 minutes of it so this video is my fave (cause it kinda feels good I’ll admit).

 

My Week With Blue Apron

One of the things I’ve always wanted to try but never did are those weekly food deliver meal kit things (idk what the real term is). I almost did last year and then they wouldn’t send it to me because my roomie had already done it and they were like girl you been caught. So I never went through with it. One of my resolutions was to stop spending money on clothes and junk food, which sounds so easy but I love clothes and candy is life so its NOT. This was my way of “treating myself” to some healthy means for a decent price! A win-win!

So I received my lil box on Sunday and I was pummpppeeddd to try this stuff cause it looked damn good. I decided to start on Monday to do my week right, ya know.

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It started out okay….

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Then everything was not okay…

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Maybe it was just me dilly-dally-ing but this shit took me an hour to cook, so I didn’t eat until after 8 and guess who woke up twice during the night with what can only be described as pizza sweats. If you don’t know what pizza sweats are then I’m sorry you’ve never drunkenly eaten pizza and then gone right to sleep and you don’t know what living really is. Let’s be real they call it “flatbread” but its just a fancy word for “thinnish pizza.” The salad was the grossest thing ever, no idea what an endive is but its is horrible. Just leave it in the ground where it belongs if you ask me cause it is not for humans.

The next meal I made on Wednesday and lemme tell you by then I was very discouraged, didn’t even document it and made pasta just in case it was gross and/or took too long. I finished it in a decent amount of time and this one was DAMN GOOD. So good that I really would even make it again cause it had so many veggies and kale with so much flavor I would never even think to put together! It really restored my faith and was even really good the next day I was so impressed.

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By my last meal on Friday I was feelin’ like this:

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But it was my last one and it was tacos and potatoes so it had to be good right?

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The meat part really sketched me out because it was pork, the sketchiest of the meats. Also the directions called for a lot of water while I was cooking the meat?? I’ve never made ground meat so this was all weird for me. The tacos included radishes which lemme tell you are the grossest things ever. They had this weird bitter after taste and I am not about it. After eating I felt kinda gross and the only upside was that the potatoes were amazing, but like obviously.

Overall, I wasn’t impressed. This could be better maybe if I ate meat, but since I try to cut it out wherever I can’t, this really wasn’t for me. If I had gotten more meals like the Cauliflower Kale one, it would’ve been great. Next up I’m trying Hello Fresh!!!! Lets compare and see which one is better shall we?

Vegan Attempts: An Absolute Failure

As you guys are aware if you’ve ever followed this blog, I try my very hardest to be vegan. For the most part, it’s rather enjoyable and interesting to discover things I can substitute for dairy or meat in order to eat the things I love. Sometimes, it’s nice to be conscious of what you put in your body on a daily basis and require yourself to think before you eat. However, one of the worst things about being vegan is missing out on the glorious thing that is cheese. Cheese is beautiful and delicious and if you love it like I do, it can be a full meal all on its own. They are fabulous substitutes of milk and eggs, but I have found dairy free cheese to be the grossest stuff ever (although I haven’t tried every brand). Daiya makes amazing dairy free stuff and so I set out to try making vegan mac and cheese, aka my favorite meal of all time.

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I used just these ingredients because I wasn’t about to get all fancy with it and have it taste gross so I decided to keep it simple and hope for the best.

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First, I cooked the pasta and put a little of the pasta water with it because thats what PROFESSIONALS do thanks.

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I added equal parts milk and cheese and started melting it. Usually, with regular cheese and milk there’s more milk but since this is weird cheese and different milk I just made them equal so it wouldn’t be runny.

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It took foreeevveerrrrrr to melt and was extremely liquidy and so I got a lil nervous and added more cheese.

As it was melting, it smelled exactly like a boiling pot of playdoh. No joke. Here’s me feeling very nervous and hungry

Here’s it looking a lil weird, but fully melted!

And wow here’s the finishing product looks soo good right?

Here’s me chickening out cause it smells so bad and I don’t wanna eat it at all….

 

 

And here’s me thinking yes tastes exactly as it smells a steaming pile of playdoh with noodles

 

 

In conclusion:

So yeah, learn from me and don’t do this!!!! Maybe I’ll try some other cheeses and attempt this again, but for nowI am scared of vegan cheese and will not be attempting this until the playdoh taste is out of my mouth!

The Vibes? Cancelled

I’m very sorry to announce the cancelation of the vibes. It’s been about 5 months since I started this whole blogging thing. Still trying to find my niche and what I really wanna do with it. I love talking about the things I do or try that I’m really passionate about, but its hard to find something every single week that’s new that I’ve tried. I’ve thought about changing my domain (because really what does it say about my content?) and I’ve thought about adding videos to give it more of my own personality. I’ve also considered making it just about books or just about food or just about fashion, but then those are all of my passions and I don’t wanna limit myself to simply one or the other. As I said, the difficulty is talking about so many different things ever single week. Therefooorrreeee, I have decided to cancel the vibes. I decided I will just focus on the things I really enjoyed this week and the things that I did in the city in order to, not only post more, but post better. I sometimes find myself just half-assign my posts because I’m not really sure what to talk about and I definitely don’t want to do that. Writing is a passion and I never want this to be a chore or to feel like I’m posting something just to post something. I’m stuck between thinking I’m not talking about this enough/giving enough details about this to how long can I talk about this jacket that I like????? So I will be posting more often and more about things I do/read/try that I really like and feel passionate about and less like oh I have to post about this because it’s Sunday but I barely even liked it. I’m going to utilize my Instagram more for the content I post one here so definitely follow that as well (@katieohdam). I will also definitely be talking about the stuff I do around NYC that I loved, which is one reason I wanted to start putting videos on here as well (sometimes videos just capture things better ya know).

So there you have it. I want to make my content better and more interesting to read cause one day I wanna be bloggin from my studio apartment drinking coffee and not having to do that 9-5 stuff homies.

Thoughts I Had During Terrifying Turbulence

A few days ago, I flew to NYC in order to pursue my dreams of becoming an adult and getting a job (whatever or wherever that may be). My parents drove everywhere we ever went, so I’ve only flown twice in my entire 22 years of life (first time being last year for my first stay in NYC). Flying is the worst, I’m just gonna say it. The waiting is the absolute worst and that’s really all flying is, waiting. Waiting through security, waiting to get on the plane, waiting in line to get to your seat, waiting for them to take off (which can take FOREVER), waiting for the plane to land, waiting for the the plane to get to the little gate thingy (idk what its called but it feels like we drive around for 20 minutes just to get in that thing) and then waiting for everyone in front of you to get off so you can wait for you stupid bag and wait for your stupid cab. Basically, I’m taking notes from my family and I’m just gonna drive everywhere I ever wanna go (this will actually not happen since I have no car and I live in NYC and my family is in fricken Egypt, comparatively).

This particular flight was horrific because I narrowly missed my first flight for 6:30 am. To be honest, I shouldn’t have booked it that early. Who on planet earth wants to be up and functioning before 6 am? Sorry not me. I wanted to earliest I could get in order to avoid delays and get the flying part over with. Unfortunately, my mom(hey mom) set her alarm for 5 pm instead of am so we didn’t wake up until 5:30 aka the time I wanted to leave. I basically ran through everything and rushed to get out the door, but we didn’t make it until 5:50 meaning I didn’t get to the airport before 6:15. Unbeknownst to me, you can’t check a bag 15 minutes before your flight, so I missed it. I was already stressed and angry so after hearing this, I was basically spitting with fury and close to committing a murder suicide (obviously murdering this poor defenseless airline worker and then myself out of guilt). Weirdly, he was very calm and basically acted like this level of anger is normal in society (I mean maybe it is for him in this line of work, poor guy) and got me another flight for 12:25 with a 4 1/2 layover in Charlotte, NC. Not at all ideal, but I was flying out today, so I took it. My first flight was pretty smooth, I was all the way in the back, which was awful, but no one was next to me so that was a plus. Once I got to Charlotte I commenced the longest waiting game ever and a fight for outlets because my computer battery is a joke.

Around 7 pm is when the annoyance of flying turned into more annoyance and then horror. My dad texted me and told me the weather was supposed to be bad in Charlotte as we were leaving. I figured they would just avoid it because on my first flight, that’s what happened. At first, the plane was delayed for 30 minutes. Thank god I didn’t move because it changed back after like 10 minutes to being on schedule. So after boarding, we sit on the tarmac for an hour waiting to take off because of “traffic” (sounds fake tbh). It was so much more awful because every 10 minutes or so, the engine would pick up and I’d think we were about to take off and then, sadly, it would slow down again. Finally, we took off around 9:20. I settled in with my music for a nice flight, only to experience the worst turbulence I’ve ever felt, the kind where the whole plane goes up and down and your stomach drops and you feel like your looking death in the face. Here are some thoughts I had while think about my imminent death:

Holy shit I’m sorry I ever complained about being on the ground 

Thank God I out that rosary in my backpack before I left maybe it will save my soul after i die on this plane

I swear if I die on this plane with this psycho laughing next to me, I’m gonna be PISSED

 What if I end up like Tom Hanks and just go crazy on and island surrounded by dead people instead of dying???

Please be quick, lets just go out in a ball of fire or something.

Oh my god I can’t believe I’m actually waiting to die, this must be some sort of plane irony.

Finally, after ascending enough, we made it out of the wind and the flight returned to normal. I thankfully am not dead next to a man who thinks my suffering is FUNNY and made it safe and sound to NYC. More posts to come about my coming adventures:)