reflections

Passion and Money

There’s a thought I have occasionally – that I’m sure we all have: What would I do if I won the lottery?

I would not stay at my job. I would probably donate some money. I would buy a plane ticket to an exotic land. I would pay off my family’s loans.

But then I think about the first part. What job could I possibly get that would fulfill me enough that I wouldn’t quit if I got a million dollars? Is there a job out there like that? You hear of people that say ‘I love my job’, but I’ve never actual met those people in real life – its like a unicorn!

There’s the advice to ‘follow your passion’ of course, but currently, I don’t know what that is. I like a lot of things – cooking, writing, photography etc, but not enough to devote my life to it. And what if your passion doesn’t help you make a living? I have a friend that adores horses and applied for a job at a stable. But it didn’t pay enough for her to live on. What kind of sacrifice is worth it? A lot of passions don’t really pay well, and there’s more than a handful of disgruntled workers out there.

I guess the thing I’m passionate about is travelling, but I’m not really sure how to make that support me.

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Once Again

Once again, I find myself ignoring this space for a little too long. I do try, I really do, but time seems to slip through my fingers at lot more easily these days.
I don’t know if its just life as an adult or the summertime in general, but the last few months have been insanely busy. When I’m not working – and lately, I’ve been getting a lot of overtime there as well – I’m trying to cram everything I think I want to do into the free hours. This has lead to a lot of fun days/night/weekends but also a very drained and tired me. These are times I’m glad I live alone, so when I do overextend myself and need a break, I can hole up and not talk to anyone or lay on my couch for a few hours without feeling bad about it. I think things will slow down now that we’re technically entering the fall, but who knows what the future months will bring. My friend and I are discussing moving together, I’ve got a couple ideas for trips and I want to see my new baby nephew as much as possible! The only guarantee for slow months is when it snows and then no one wants to discuss being on the road anyway.

On that note – Criminal Minds is now on Netflix and my life is basically over. Also, tv season is back! I’m borderline obsessed with television and cannot wait to see new pilots or my old favorites come back. Premiere season is the best, followed closely by finale season. For new shows, I’m pretty excited for Gotham,  How to Get Away With Murder and The Flash. I’m cautiously optimistic about Mulaney (he’s one of my favorite comedians), Scorpion (looks like Numbers, which I loved), Forever and Constantine.  Now if only they would release Arrow’s 2nd season on Netflix!!

I wanted to write a quick review of my newest cookbook that I love. Regardless of the fact that I live alone, I asked for (and received) the book Dinner: The Playbook by Jenny Rosenstrach, who co-writes the blog Dinner: A Love Story with her husband. I literally read the book cover to cover – and yes, I read recipes for fun – on the plane to Vegas a couple weeks ago. I kept bothering my two friends I was flying with – “Ooh doesn’t this look good? Should we make this sometime?”. They thought I was super weird, but the book has a lot of great ideas! The general idea of the The Playbook is devising a plan for a daily family dinner. It gives tips on how to prep recipes ahead of time, great ideas for grocery shopping and of course delicious meals to try. My only issue is that the meals are designed to be served to a family, and I again, live alone. So I made these super delicious shrimp rolls below…but I ate them Monday, Tuesday and probably will again tonight. I probably could have halved the recipie – but I had a two lb bag of shrimp, and just figured I would do the whole thing anyway.

Shrimp Rolls and the cook book! I think I captured the book's vision pretty well.

Shrimp Rolls and the cook book! I think I captured the book’s vision pretty well.

Anyway, pick it up! I can’t wait to try the Black Bean and Goat Cheese Quesadilla and the Chicken in Mustard Sauce. But next on my list is the Chicken BLT…yum.

 

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Thoughts

There are days, like today, where I wonder if I should have taken different paths. I could have applied to law school, I could have gotten a teaching degree, I could have taken that job out of state or even just moved out of state on a whim.
I tend to believe that things happen for a reason – not necessarily in a fate like manner, or even a ‘god has a plan’ way – but more that the decision you make, shape who you are. You can only decide things with the information you have in front of you. And you have to own that decision. Obviously, when I chose not to apply to law school, I was making the choice based on my average LSAT scores and desire not to go into more debt for something I wasn’t 100% sure about. What I didn’t know what six months from graduation, I would be offered the chance to live overseas. If I had gone route A, Route B wouldn’t have been a realistic opportunity.
I chose several months ago not to take a job out of state. At the time, I was deciding based on the idea that it financially didn’t make sense – the job would have been in an expensive city and I wouldn’t make enough to cover a lot of expenses. But now, I wonder if I should have risked it.
I try not to regret things – you can’t change your past. I do my very best to step forward and work from the choices I’ve made already. But man, that city would have been cool to live in.

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Long time, no see

Its been a year since I’ve written here. Over a year actually, but I’m rounding down. Obviously a lot has happened – nothing significant or aww worthy like weddings or babies, but a lot of little things have compiled to make me feel different. I bought a new dining room table! And a mattress! That kinda makes me an adult, right?

Also something obvious – I haven’t stopped cooking. I mean duh, I have to eat to live. But I think part of the reason I stopped writing in here is because of the pressure I gave myself to put up food related posts. And sometimes, I just need to write. I need an outlet to vent to the invisible people of the internet. And I’m not the best writer, so I need practice. I resolve to write more. To get thoughts on paper. Some days, I may put a recipe or two on here.

This year, I wrote a murder mystery party. I was told it was fun (which yay!) but they problem with writing one is that you don’t get to participate! I didn’t even think of that.  I basically watched everyone else have fun without me. I’ve also taken up cross stitching as my new outlet for creativity – I think I’m doing well:

Cross stitch for your bathroom!

I wrote a few poems in birthday cards, and one for a baby book shower but all in all, my writing has gotten lax. I need to sharpen that instrument!

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Alternative Valentine’s Day

I have never been a part of a romantic, big gesture, Valentine’s Day. Despite my best efforts and my romance novel addiction, my life has not played out in that fashion. But honestly, its never bothered me in the slightest.

The people in my world – family, friends, neighbors – have never once put the notion that Valentine’s Day was exclusive to romantic love. In my world, its always been a celebration of all kinds of love.  My dad put heart shaped boxes of chocolates under mine and my brother’s pillows. I don’t think I ever saw my parents go on a date for the big day – they would take the children out instead. Me with my dad and my brothers with my mother. There was no mentions of gifts, though my mother got a much bigger box of chocolates than the rest of us.

My friend use to buy the girls in her life a rose for Vday. My best friend sends cards. My grandparents sent cards. (We’re a big card buying group of people). The neighbors would bake cookies to share. My aunt sent me candy a few times. These people love me, unequivocally. I don’t need a date on a random day in February to know I’m important to other people – I have wonderful people that are willing to illustrate it without effort.

I think its a myth that you need to be part of a romantic couple to enjoy a day that celebrates love. There’s all different kinds out there that are accessible. While I’m single this year, and not thrilled about it, I’m not going to sit home and dwell or be sad. I’ll call my dad, I’ll send some cards to friends and maybe watch a cheesey rom-com. I’ll tell someone I love them, and mean it.

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