What is the hardest goodbye you’ve ever had to do?

Tough question. I think the hardest goodbye I’ve ever had to do was when I first moved into college and away from home, away from my parents the first time. I am the youngest (of two) and less independent than my sister was. However, I think after the first day/night, I got over it pretty quickly. Made friends with the people in my dorm/classes and just lived life. I had been away from home before, both on vacation, and at sleep-away camp. But this felt more real. Like I was being unleashed and let into the world.  I felt like I was really on my own for the first time. No camp counselor looking after you. And while I was only in the next state, it still felt far away. Far enough away to feel this sense of alone-ness. Close enough to visit often with no problem. Still in the same time zone. Less than 3,000 miles away. So happy it was not any of those things. Happy that I decided to stay somewhat local. Still not sure how I moved by myself to San Francisco. Which was/is 3,000 miles away, and in a different time zone. But, I think it is the things I learned about being away for two years in college that made it easier. It was also that I had done it before. I had moved away from home. New (drastically new) things are hard for me. I am okay with trying something once. Fine with changing my haircut, eating a new food, but moving somewhere and living somewhere new was something I had not experienced until college. I lived in the same house the first 18 years of my life. I think it is not really that common for someone to do that. Even my sister moved for the first time when she was about five-years-old. I guess, for me, having to move, and saying goodbye to that old living space is the hardest part. It is leaving that comfort zone where you know how to get around and where the closest grocery store is and where to get that midnight snack or where the closest laundromat is or whatever it is you need to get to often. I am happy I made the move and marked that chapter in my life story and am happy to have said “goodbye” to Connecticut and “hello” to California. It is different from what I expected and I didn’t really know what to expect. I am also happy to say “welcome” when I meet someone who just moved here, as if I have been here my whole life. I like giving directions like a real local. I remember the first time someone asked me for directions in my first year here. It was such a great feeling knowing that I looked like a local already! I know some people who are moving away and some people who are planning on moving here. People ask if I will stay here. I think I will stay here for now. Happy to be here and definitely not saying goodbye yet. If/when I do, it will be a hard time leaving such a wonderful city.

Breakfast for dinner

We’ve all done it. Don’t act like you haven’t had pancakes or waffles for dinner before. You won’t admit it (or maybe you will) because you are afraid that it is wrong. Like eating dessert for breakfast. Who hasn’t had a piece of cake for brekkie? Why am I using this British word? (because it’s English–ha ha–get it?) Anyway…last night I had pancakes for dinner and it was fantastic. They were chocolate chip pancakes. No syrup required. These were more like chocolate chips with pancake batter. Uh, yeah…that was actually just the last one because all the chips sank to the bottom of the bowl and didn’t pour out evenly like I wanted. I should’ve just added them as I went, but clearly, I was being lazy. But it didn’t matter because I was the only one eating them. Pancakes for one. Which reminds me of a song. And since I’ve been about posting videos lately, I will post a video of the song it reminds me of. Maybe next time you have pancakes (no matter what time it is) you’ll think of this song. Or not. Whatevs. Enjoy your breakfast.

What is one thing you would never in a million years eat?

While I have already talked about some foods I am not a fan of, today I am talking about something I do not think I would ever try. That is anything that falls into the worm/grub category. I know that people eat them in other parts of the country and they can be good if prepared correctly, but that they were once crawling in the dirt, even eating the dirt just grosses me out. Not to mention the slimy-ness of it all. I know there has been chatter about eating bugs and how they are rich in protein, etc. But I do not see myself eating them in the near future.  I think this post needs no more explanation. I simply will not be eating worms, grubs, or bugs (on purpose). Sorry for a short post, but that’s really all I feel like saying on the subject. In case you are interested in what insects can do for you, here is a video that tries to convince you to eat insects:

 

Which podcasts do you listen to?

I first got introduced to podcasts by my sister, the one who has introduced me to a lot of the “cool” things in my life. (Not that I have more than one sister, there is only this one!) I can remember the time she taught me about wearing jeans and how they were cool and better to wear than leggings. This was when I was about 7 or 8 years old. She is about 6 years older than me, so for this reason alone, I listened to what she had to say. Anyway, to this day, I still listen to what she says, but have more of my opinion on it. She introduced me to the world of podcasts with This American Life, RadioLab, and On The Media. The latter of which I no longer listen to. I do listen to Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me, the NPR news quiz show. On more than one occasion, this has been my way of hearing about important news stories. Not the most popular ways of getting the news, I know. This was before I started listening to Morning Edition and The California Report. (Listened to on the radio only) I now also listen to The Moth, a podcast of easy to listen to, mostly funny stories. Most recently, I introduced myself to the Joy The Baker Podcast, which is about…blogging. There are more topics that she (Joy) and her co-host Tracy, from the blog Shutterbean, talk about such as photography and the boys in their lives. These are all the podcasts I listen to and enjoy. They make me happy and they inspire me and they even make me cry. These podcasts are a wonderful addition to my iTunes library and I recommend them to anyone because I feel that anyone can connect with the topics on each of these podcasts and I think that they will peak a certain something in everyone that listens to them.

Chicken Soup For The Soul

Do you remember those books? So many different versions of basically the same thing. I think I had the teenage version. I may have read like one story and the poems in the beginning of each chapter before getting bored with it. I do like the comforting words I read and hear from my friends, family, and other bloggers about success and striving to do well in life, but I do not need a book to read to remind me of that. I just need to learn the lessons of everyday life in everyday life. As I said before, live each day to its fullest and just live day by day. It will make you feel good that each new day is different and you just have to take it easy. I know that is so cliché, but it’s the truth. You have to find what you love and make it your life. I feel that it is important to like the things you do each and every day. Stay true to yourself and believe in yourself. Since I’ve been sick for a few days now, I have had some time to think about life in this way. It’s weird the way your brain works when you are sick. Anyway, this is my bit of advice and words of inspiration to you all. Have a great day!

National Cherry Tart Day/International Picnic Day

I feel like these two days go well together. A cherry tart at a picnic? Perfect! I went to a picnic today. It was beautiful here in SF…until the fog rolled in. But, while at the picnic, it was nice. The sun was shining and everyone was having a good time. There was great food and great company. Couldn’t have asked for a better Saturday afternoon. What is your favorite picnic food? How about picnic activity? Today, the game was bocce ball. There were also dogs to play with and a frisbee to throw around, but I was being lazy and taking in the sunshine while it lasted. I also can’t believe it is the middle of June already. Where did the first 1/2 of the month go? Where did the first 1/2 of the year go? People are already thinking about their July 4th plans. I say take one day at a time and enjoy it while it lasts. Now I am off to yet another party…in celebration of my friend’s birthday! Should be a fun night! :)

National Apple Strudel Day

So yesterday, I wrote that today was going to be Eat All Your Veggies day, but I looked at another website, and found that it is (also) National Apple Strudel day, which, to me is way more exciting than eating veggies. Not that veggies are not a good thing to eat, and I do encourage people to eat their veggies, today, and everyday, but apple strudel is much more yummy. Also, this is a dessert blog, and while I might be off topic some of the time, I try to stay with the dessert theme about 90% off the time. So apple strudel. Not hard to make; but I’ve never tried one with from scratch dough. I mean, I’ve made puff pastry before (many times in the CIA) and I can make it, but I am lazy like most other home bakers and would buy it from the store. It freezes well (and usually comes frozen) so I don’t have to worry about it for a while. Also, sometimes it is made with phyllo dough, which I have not made from scratch, but I think it is a similar process. Here is a Paula Deen video on how to make apple strudel (made with phyllo and of course, extra love that comes in the form of butter!) Happy Apple Strudel Day!