Monday, January 31, 2011

A Song to Match Your Mood - Day 8

This is a fun one, I like it. :)
It was kind of a difficult one to come up with, yet at the same time pretty easy. 
The song I chose is called “Flowers In Your Hair” by The Lumineers.  I’m sure it seems silly that I chose to do a song by the band that I manage, but I can’t help it.  Their music hits me on so many levels, which is why I feel like I’m such a great person to work with them - I can really get behind the music and they won’t just be “another band on the roster.”
This lyrics is the song remind me of growing up, something that we face everyday yet it’s also just a fun-loving song that makes you want to get up and dance, bob your head or stomp your feet.  It represents life and love - “the beat in my heart.” 
Enjoy this video from the ‘Bar Bar Apartment Sessions’ in Portland, OR in September 2010: 
ALSO, I can FINALLY announce that I received a promotion at work!! The anxiousness can finally subside and we can celebrate!  I not only received full-time, but I got the position I wanted a few months ago but couldn’t get due to my limited availability at the time - office admin!  Basically this means I am no longer working on the sales floor, but rather taking on duties that allow me to support the entire staff.  The people that I work with are pretty amazing so being put in a position to support them, is very exciting for me!

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Your Dream Wedding - Day 7

I don’t think I like this topic.  I was never one of those girls who spent her childhood dreaming up her perfect wedding because truth be told, it’s more about the person you’re sharing the day with, than it is about the event.  That’s not to say that when I get married (assuming I find that person and get married) I won’t want a beautiful wedding, because I do but I could dream something up right now that I could blow out the door the moment that I meet that right person and he gets down on one knee and puts a ring on my finger.  
This is a blogging challenge for a reason though.  It’s an opportunity to get myself in the habit of writing everyday while at the same time, supplying me with a list of topics that I wouldn’t otherwise choose to write about, some easy and quick, others more of a challenge.  I’m sure this topic wasn’t meant to be a challenge but for me it’s shaping up to be that way.  Anyway, enough procrastinating...
-I want an outdoor wedding.  I used to think I wanted to get married on the beach, this still might be true, not sure yet.
-My dress will be white white.  Not off-white.  Not cream-white. White white.  Not sure of the style I’d be looking at.  Definitely something fitted up top and probably strapless.
-Bridesmaids most likely in black with bright red heels (most likely, I would also be in bright red heels!)
-The boys would have bright red ties, the same color as the shoes.
-Flowers would be a mix of reds, yellows and oranges.  I like the “pop” of color.  (I’m sure my family and close friends are surprised that I didn’t specify ‘yellow roses’ as those were my favorite flower growing up.  I think I’m moving away from them.  I think I got maxed out on yellow roses..maybe not, not sure.  I’ll let you know if I figure out my new favorite flower.)
-This sounds like a fall wedding, so I guess it would most likely occur in the fall.
and most importantly....
-I’d be surrounded by friends and family as excited about the day as I would be, and of course, the groom that I would be very excited to spend the rest of my life with.
Now to work on finding the groom...Good thing I’m in no rush! :)
my sister and I before my friends Sarah’s wedding a few years ago.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Five Things You Couldn't Possibly Live Without - Day 6

Five Things You Couldn’t Possibly Live Without:
  1. Music
  2. Family + Friends
  3. Love
  4. Paper + Pen (my computer would do as well, but really I just want the ability to write)
  5. Water (which I will turn into tea or coffee or some other beverage! ;) )
This is an interesting topic really, that actually challenged me.  And I feel like when I look at this list, it’s kind of a “cop-out.”  I mean really, the things that I have on this list, I would expect most people to have (or at least most of the things on this list).  Here’s my breakdown:
Music is my life.  It’s what I went to school for, it’s what I wake up each morning for, it’s what helps me clear my head, it’s what I know and love.  I couldn’t imagine a life without music being involved.  If I was ever stuck on a deserted island, I’d need to get a radio station with non-stop music, a guitar, or something so that it could still be in my life.  Otherwise, I’m not sure how I’d continue.
I know, I know, everyone would say their family and friends.  But let’s stop for a minute and realize the truth in the statement.  We surround ourselves with people who make us feel good about ourselves, who support our every decision (no matter how crazy they may seem at times).  The people who take what little time they have to come over when you’re having a bad day to try and cheer you up.  The people who want to spend time with you.  It’s crazy sometimes how we can think we know who our friends are and then when something happens, all of a sudden we realize who our friends are not.  Or suddenly they drift away all because they’re stuck in their own little “high-school” world and we hung out with the wrong person and now we’re not considered “cool” anymore.  Those aren’t the people we want around us anyway.  We want the people who drag you to hang out after finding out you and your boy broke up, despite the fact they know you really just want to hang home and mope.  We want the people who will do everything they can to see you when you come to town for 2 jam-packed days before heading back to the west coast.  We want the people who are so proud of every step we take in our lives, they don’t mind being a financial assistance for longer than some would deem necessary because they know it’s appreciated and not being taken for granted (thanks Mom and Dad!)  Sometimes we have to stop, take a step back and look around to realize how difficult life would be without some of these people.
Just some of the ladies at the ‘final’ Wesley Jeremiah (aka now, The Lumineers) show in New York City before I moved to LA and the band moved to Denver. 

There’s just not enough Ida in my life.... <3 you purdy lady!  (P.S. This picture is from when you refused to marry me!)
Did I mention it’s also the people (and musicians) you wouldn’t mind being stuck on the side of the road with when you’re on tour trying to get to a show on time...

And while it’s in the current state of affairs - it’s the friends who remind you that you’re beautiful after some dumb guy at the gym (who really was probably trying to find a reason to talk to you but came off as a jerk instead) makes you feel bad about yourself. 
3 - LOVE

I’m a hopeless romantic..what can I say?  Yet, I really don’t believe in love.  In many ways, I’m pretty sure Disney has been lying to me all these years (right Melissa?!)  For some reason, they decided to put these “princesses” out there for all little girls to dream that some day their “Prince Charming” would come sweep them off their feet and they’d live happily ever after.  Well y’know what?  That’s not how it works.  Sorry to break it to you but love is not easy.  In fact it’s full of pain and heartache.  It’s one of the most bittersweet concepts out there.  But I’m not just talking love between two people, but rather love and passion for different things in our life - our careers, our family, our friends, our pets, our hobbies, our passions, etc.  Love like that is what keeps us going everyday - like mine for music! :)


My computer would do as well, as really all I’m looking for is something to write and record my feelings and inner thoughts.  Writing is freeing and really allows you a moment to say everything that is on your mind.  Whether it be writing in a journal (for your eyes only), writing a blog (for the whole world to see), a play or movie or book, or a song (which I find extremely personal), writing allows you to express some kind of emotion.  It can help you get through some of the hardest times in your life or share and document some of the best times in your life.  It’s therapeutic.  It’s something that I can’t and wouldn’t want to lose. 
Let me admit right now (though I’m sure most of you know), I have a major addiction to caffeine!  I drink many cups of coffee or tea each day, but I’m also the girl who is often carrying (and guzzling) a bottle of water through out the day.  Aside from the fact that we need water to survive, it’s delicious and versatile.  So if the only thing I had was water, I could not only keep hydrated while working out and at different points throughout the day, I could feed my need for caffeine.  Now that’s important! ;)

Friday, January 28, 2011

A Picture of You from 2 Years Ago - Day 5

Well this is an easy one...“A picture of You from 2 Years Ago”
This picture is from the trip my family and I went on 2 years ago to Paris, France.  My sister was in the Peace Corps in Senegal, Africa and this was going to be the first holiday we weren’t all together.  My parents decided that it would be fun for us to meet in Paris.  I flew to Illinois (from NJ, where I was living at the time) and we spent Christmas in IL, then the day after Christmas my parents and I flew to Paris and met up with my sister.  Bethany spent Christmas with a friend in London and then joined us in Paris the next day.  We got to hang out in Paris for a few days sightseeing, taking pictures, walking and (as this picture reflects) being very cold.  There was one night when Bethany and I decided to go walking down where they had a strip of outdoor “shops” and drank hot chocolate and vin chaud (hot wine).  It was fun.  It was a really great trip and I hope to someday make it back to Paris (maybe even March?!).

And for a few more pictures from the trip, because I can. :)

The Eiffel Tower all lit up and beautiful at night.

The breakfast I ate every morning we were there: baguettes (1 with cheese, 1 with apricot spread), applesauce and cafe au lait...DELICIOUS! :)

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Your Favorite Photograph of your Best Friend - Day 4

I’m not sure if this is my favorite photograph of Tracey, as she’s super fun and there are many pictures in this world that display her awesomeness, but this is one of my favorite photographs of the two of us.  Please note this picture is nearly 6 years old (can this be right?!)  We were seniors in high school and went to Disney World with the band and choir (I was in Choir and Tracey was in both)

I don’t remember exactly where we were in Disney when we took the picture, but the picture is adorable anyway.  
While I have many really good friends (who I would like to consider some of my best friends), Tracey is the person who I have been through some of the hardest times and some of the best times of my life.  She’s the kind of person who weeks can go buy and we don’t have a chance to talk and catch up, let alone see each other (we maybe see each other once or twice a year), but it’s like we’ve never been apart.  She’s also probably the strongest person I know and I can’t put into words just how happy I am we’re still such good friends after all of these years.  I love you Tracey! :)

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Your Idea of the Perfect First Date - Day 3

Today’s Topic is: Your Idea of the Perfect First Date
This is kind of a difficult one, kind of not.  When you think of a “perfect” date, your brain automatically goes to imagining some kind of romantic night but that’s not how a first date will (or necessarily should) happen.  A first date should consist of plenty of time to talk and get to know one another, whether you’ve been friends for years or you’re just meeting - this is your opportunity to really find out just how much chemistry could possibly exist between you two.  Being the music lover that I am, some soft relaxing music in the background and a delicious bottle of wine would also hit the top of my list.  Dinner would always be nice but if this is your first time meeting or talking to someone it could also be difficult picking the place depending on their diet restraints which you may not know yet (picky eater? vegetarian? kosher? etc).  I would also enjoy some kind of fun activity, like going for a hike on a nice day and then grabbing coffee or frozen yogurt after for a day time date.  I would look for us to have time to talk yet have fun as well.  A first date should not include a movie because while movies are fun, they offer no time to get to know the person with and that’s just awkward. 
Maybe a glass of wine as delicious and beautiful as this one.

Anyway, yay for a day off!  I have a lot of things on my agenda for the day but there is fun to be had as well!! 
I started my morning with a quick trip to the gym.  I originally planned to do a quick 20-30 mins of cardio followed by some weights but I met a friend there and after chatting on the elliptical for a bit, I realized I was hungry and a lack of caffeine headache was starting to find it’s way in so I came back home.  I made my usual breakfast and pot of coffee, which was so amazing I’m currently brewing a second pot.  After a bit of band related work, I will be spending my afternoon with some friends hiking at the Griffith Observatory in Hollywood!  It will be fun, relaxing, and a great workout, all in the company of some awesome people! :)
Photo from a hike while living in NJ a few years ago. 

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

A Photo of Something You Ate Today - Day 2

Day 2 of my 30 day writing challenge: A photo of something you ate today
Well breakfast this morning consisted of the usual coffee with warmed soy milk but since I’ve been craving pancakes for DAYS (weeks?), I decided today was the perfect day to finally fulfill my craving.
I made Kodiak cakes - a whole wheat pancake mix (just add water) and stirred in some cinnamon and vanilla, and topped with banana, peanut butter and a drizzle of maple syrup (maybe a little too much syrup...)  Bu they were so delicious and I wasn’t feeling all that full so I decided to eat more.  I am now uncomfortably full, I think all I needed was an orange and I would have been perfect.  But it was still delicious and I think I may only need a snack come lunch time. 

(Yes, I ate more than are shown in this picture)

I’m feeling a little sluggish today and considering a nap before working 3pm-12am, but I also think I’d feel better pulling out my yoga mat and doing a restorative flow, especially since I’m feeling so full.
Tour work is coming along.  Not as quickly as I would have liked but we are putting things together in new territories which is always exciting.  I need to put some additional focus in the areas they’ve played before and get something confirmed as soon as possible so I can start some major promotion.
Work on starting my company is also taking a bit of a hit.  Aka, I haven’t really done much.  I bought the web domain and I have great ideas on how to make it all happen but I need to work on a business plan which is extremely overwhelming and stressful task, which I think is why I’m “slacking” on it.  I also want to get a simple website up (iWeb for now) and get new business cards ordered.  My TO-DO list is ever so long, but I’m still feeling extremely excited and optimistic about the decisions I’ve made in order to get me here.  I’m changing my life in a positive way and making my dreams come true in a way that works for me.  I’m not sure it gets much better. 
And with that, I must pull the laundry from the dryer and get to the rest of my day.  Look at these adorable heels I bought yesterday while on the hunt for a pair of boots!  They were only $30 at TJMaxx and super comfortable!

Monday, January 24, 2011

30 Day Writing Challenge - Day 1 - Five Strange Facts

I’ve really been enjoying writing this blog every day and while I haven’t been short of something to say (so far!), I decided I wanted to try a 30 day writing challenge to help me stay full of topics and really making blogging a daily habit.  I found a couple challenges online and merged parts of them to create my 30 day challenge.  There’s still some cheesy and dumb topics, but that’s part of what will make this fun.  Here is my 30 day blog challenge:

1) Five strange facts about you
2) A photo of something you ate today.
3) Your idea of the perfect first date.
4) Your favorite photograph of your best friend.
5) A photo of yourself two years ago.
6) Five things you couldn't possibly live without
7) Your dream wedding.
8) A song to match your mood.
9) A photo of item you last purchased.
10) A photo of our favorite place to eat.
11) What’s in your makeup bag?
12) A photograph of the town you live in.
13) Your favorite musician and why?
14) A TV show you’re currently addicted to.
15) Something you don’t leave the house without.
16) A scar you have and its story
17) A photo of you and your family.
18) Something you crave a lot.
19) Another picture of yourself.
20) The meaning behind your blog name.
21) A photo of something that makes you happy
22) A letter to someone who has hurt you recently.
23) A moment you wish you could relive
24) A photo of something that means a lot to you.
25) What’s in your purse?
26) A photo of somewhere you’ve been to.
27) A recipe
28) A photo of you taken over ten years ago
29) Something you could never get tired of doing.
30) A photograph of yourself today + three good things that have happened in the past 30 days

And with that, here is Day 1 - Five Strange Facts About You:

  1. I received a 4 year degree in a matter of 2 years.  (No, I do not recommend this unless you want to be totally overworked and exhausted upon completion).
  2. After dislocating my knee cap a few years ago, I was put on a long, hard board and slid through an Emergency Exit on the Amtrack Train I had been riding when it happened. 
  3. I went to music school and now hardly sing or play guitar anymore.  (I think this may be more sad than strange...)
  4. I lived in the same house from the time I was a year and a half until I was 18.  Since then, I have lived in at least 8 different places (apartments, dorms, etc) over the course of 5 years.  3 of those places have been since I moved to LA a year and a half ago...
  5. I manage bands.  This is more of a fun, awesome fact (as well as my career) but not everyone does it or gets it, so to some, this may be strange. 

The band I manage, The Lumineers, live in San Diego in December

Sunday, January 23, 2011

5 Things Worth Admitting...

I’m at the gym this morning reading ‘Real Simple’ while on the elliptical and there is an article titled “5 things worth admitting to.”  Because I’m sure you’re curious this is the list:
  1. You don’t have all the answers.
  2. You spent a small fortune on yourself.
  3. Your house is usually a disaster.
  4. You’re tired of hearing about it.
  5. Everything.
And this is what it said under #5...
“Be frank about your age, your sexual orientation, your criminal record (if you have one), your tattoos, your scars, and your prescriptions.  Admit to your bad moods, your neuroses, your fantasies, and your fears and it will be so cathartic you won’t need therapy.  Better still, you’ll be able to gossip without hypocrisy.  I am candid about myself in my column, and that frees me to investigate the private lives of public figures.  The same applies to everyday gossiping: No one can fault you for talking about others’ indiscretions if you’re the first to reveal those things about yourself.” - Michael Musto (gossip writer who column, La Dolce Musto, has appeared in the ‘Village Voice’ for 26 years.)
Really?  Don’t you think there are some things that you’re better off NOT admitting.  I mean, don’t get me wrong, you need to personally admit some things for your acceptance of yourself, but I don’t think I need to admit everything to everyone.  I feel like there are some things certain people are better off just not knowing, because they may not be able to handle it.  I’m not saying don’t be true to who you are as I do believe being open about your sexual orientation, age, etc are important but when it comes down to tattoos, prescriptions, fantasies - why does this need to be everyone’s business?  And if I’m in a bad mood, I don’t want to share it with everyone.  They say a smile is contagious, isn’t a bad mood too?
I also have a major problem with this statement:  “I am candid about myself in my column, and that frees me to investigate the private lives of public figures.”  
Why does that give you the right, sir Musto?  Yes these people are in the public eye and therefore will be scrutinized BUT their private lives should be able to remain private.  It does not give you the right to INVESTIGATE their lives.  Being in the public eye allows others to view some aspects of their personal lives whether they want that or not, but it doesn’t give you (or anyone else for that matter) the right to investigate into their lives.  Let them live their life and choose to share what they want.  It’s people like you who take little “things” and turn them into a media craze, even if it’s all false information.  That hurts people.  Is that part of your freedom? 
His comments had me worked up.  Let’s look at the ocean and remember to breathe...

Fortune Cookie...

Consider this my Saturday post that was just a little bit late:
Yesterday (Friday) in my anticipation and excitement, a manager of mine pulled me out of the store and handed me a fortune from inside a fortune cookie.  This is what it read:
“Tomorrow will be your best day of the week.  Act accordingly.” 
Let’s just watch my anticipation grow until more information can be revealed. :)

Friday, January 21, 2011

A Word of Advice...

Dear People of the World,
Here is a word to the wise:  Just because you know or meet someone who works at Apple, does NOT give you the right to ask us for a discount.  If you’re family or close friends, then yes, you probably can expect we would love to give you a discount and will probably offer one to you.  But if you’re someone who we hardly ever speak to, haven’t spoken to in years, or just meet - good luck doing anything but making us angry by asking and know we will NEVER give you one after that.
With that, I have a story.  The other day after work I decided to stop at the grocery store on my way home.  I was wearing my new Apple track jacket.  It’s very simple just with a small Apple logo on the front.  As I was checking out the man ringing me up said “Let me guess.  You bought a Mac computer and they gave you that jacket?” And my response was simple “No, I work there.” Mistake.  BIG mistake, Katie.  You should know better.  His face lit up and he started going on about how much he loves his iPhone and iPad, but in the “I feel uncomfortable kind of way.”  He then goes “Do you get a discount?” and after telling him yes he says, “if I give you money, can you get me a discount on a computer?”  To which I promptly without a moment to stop and think said “no.”  His face immediately dropped and in as serious a tone as someone can he asked “why not?”  I couldn’t believe what was happening in front of me at that moment.  I said “because they go to me or my family first” his shocked continued “and you already used them?” “Uh...yes! Yes I did” (LIE) He then asked if I could get him one next quarter.  I grabbed my bags and said “it doesn’t work like that” and walked out.  There are SO many things wrong with that conversation!  Did I ask for a discount on my groceries? No!  Have I ever met you before? No! Do I even usually shop at this grocery store? No! And will I ever go back to it? No!  
People, please do all of us a favor and stop asking for a discount, especially when you don’t know us!  We get asked about it ALL the time, so you can bet we are sick of getting asked, we only get a limited number, and chances are there is someone else in this world we would rather give it to.  (cough-real-friends-and-family-and-ourselves-cough)
On another note, I have something else to put out there for you all.  I know I’m a lady and I know that according to a some stupid stereotype, I shouldn’t know technology that well...SURPRISE! I do! SURPRISE! I was hired by one of the best tech companies out there!  SURPRISE! I DO know what I’m talking about!  Do I know everything? No, but I can admit the things I don’t know and pull someone else in to answer those questions for you, but I will also hang around so that I can learn and know the answer next time.  So, if you’re looking for help and I answer your question, please don’t look at me like I don’t know what I’m talking about or make me check with someone else because you don’t trust my answer.  Please understand that if I wasn’t able to help you, Apple wouldn’t have hired me.  If I answered your question without thinking about it or with a great deal of confidence, it means I REALLY know what I’m talking about.  Are you running 10.5.8 on your computer? That’s a version of Leopard, NOT Tiger...TRUST ME!  Also, let’s remember that you had a question because there was something that you didn’t know so what makes you think you know if my answer is incorrect (especially when it IS correct)? ...I’m just saying.
Once again I’m stepping off my soap box and climbing in to bed.
Good night MacBook Pro.  Good night MacBook Air.  Good night Moon.  Good night world.

My pretty little 11" MacBook Air during the video from the first time you turn it on. 

What's the difference between Facebook and a MacBook? ...and it's a sad day

“Hey lady!! Hey lady! What’s the difference between Facebook and a MacBook?”
That’s the question I got yesterday from this adorable older lady at work.  It was one of those questions that you couldn’t do anything but giggle inside as you help her understand.  When I finished helping her, I went over to one of my managers and told him.  I pointed out who she was and he was like “oh I love that lady!”  Apparently she has been coming into our store for years, attending numerous workshops to learn how to use the computers but she does not own one yet because she does not think she “is ready yet.”  It’s really adorable and totally made my night. :)
So other than that, I’m a mix of emotions today.  I have some very potentially exciting things going on at work that has me at the edge of my seat waiting.  If all goes as planned, I will have been told some good news tomorrow, though I may not actually be able to share the news for awhile.  Sorry folks.
At the same time this excitement is building inside of me, I’m also a little sad.  I got a call from my parents this morning that they had to put my childhood cat down this morning.  Apparently Smokey had lost a few teeth and they took her to the vet, assuming she probably had gum disease.  The vet did some x-rays and a biopsy and confirmed what she really had was cancer of the jaw.  The vet said if she tried to force open Smokey’s mouth, she would most likely break her jaw.  They had to put her down.  I’m glad she’s not in pain but it does make me sad.  My other cat growing up, Star, was put down last year and every time I went home it was always very weird not having him run to the door to greet us or sitting in the window sill watching us walk up the sidewalk.  Now when I go home, Smokey won’t rub against my legs while eating dinner hoping that we’ll either drop food, pet her or both.  I won’t find patches of black fur on the chair or at the bottom of my bed where she took her last nap.  Sometimes it really surprises me how much animals become a part of our lives and how we miss their personalities and little behaviors just like we do after we lose a person we care about.  
This picture is a little old but here is my mom with both Star and Smokey on her lap.  r.i.p. my kitties.  

Thursday, January 20, 2011

There's a birthday...

Nope, it’s not mine.  Today it’s my sister’s birthday - Happy Birthday sissy!!
Here is a picture of us from her going away party before leaving for Africa a few years ago, our sleep deprived airport picture before the plane took off, and then one of us on top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris a couple years ago.

Happy Birthday Bethany!  I can’t wait to celebrate a dual birthday later this year in some fun part of the world! :)

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

A Day of Food

While I don’t intend on making this blog strictly a food blog, I am a bit of a foodie and love to read food blogs so I thought documenting a day of food would be fun.  I have to say it was fun, but it’s also a different mind set (remembering to take a picture before you eat) and sometimes a little weird (friends looking at you like WHY are you taking a picture of your yogurt?).  I also often have people tell me how much they admire how I eat as I try to eat relatively healthy.  Now people, don’t be fooled.  I DO try very hard to eat healthy, but I also have my major slip-ups or over-indulgences.  No really, I threw cookies and ice cream away last week because I was having trouble keeping my paws off them... I also have a major sweet tooth that makes eating healthy a challenge at times, but as we all know it’s about eating everything in moderation.  I’m in the process of trying to get my sweet tooth under control by drinking more tea with soy milk, especially at night when the sugar cravings hit hardest.  Wish me luck.  
Anyway, here is what went into my belly yesterday:
My breakfast almost every morning - whole grain toast with peanut butter and 1/2 a mashed banana along side coffee with soy milk (coffee x2!)

I was meeting a friend for a late lunch in Santa Monica but after the gym I was STARVING!  A small container of Chobani blueberry greek yogurt with some granola was perfect!

We went to this restaurant by the promenade in Santa Monica called Real Food Daily (RFD -  It’s organic and vegan food and super delicious!  I got the “Living Wrap” - red pepper, sunflower spread, cucumbers, guacamole, lettuce, tomato, salad greens, citrus herb dressing, collard greens.  This was a little pricier than I usually aim for lunch (I spent $14 total), but it was delicious and I was in great company.  I will definitely come back, it just can’t be a frequent stop or my budget will hate me even more!

We walked around for a bit and then headed over to watch the sunset...look at that view!  It was just beautiful!

It’s not often I make myself a dinner that takes a lot of preparation, though I do enjoy cooking!  I have a lot of recipes that I want to try and I decided to pull one out last night.  I made some changes due to ingredients that I had or didn’t have, but this was a delicious Tai inspired noodle bowl with black tea and soy milk to drink.

Last night was also one of those nights when I gave in to my sweet tooth.  Or rather I had a friend tempt my sweet tooth, so we took a trip over to Yogurtland for some frozen yogurt.  I tried to keep my bowl small and under $3.00 - it was $2.46 - yay!!

What a delicious day!  Now I’m off to finish up the last bit of coffee and meet a friend for a fun hike in the sun!