brunch ideas for lazy people

brunch ideas for lazy people

When I was in Nashville two weeks ago, Tory and her roommate were hosting a brunch potluck.  I was so excited.  If you’ve been around here for a little bit, you know how much I absolutely love brunch.  If you’re new, you can read this, this, and this post to figure it out.  Now, I think I’ve mentioned that Tory’s in med school.  And med school is really quite stressful and kind of takes over your world (as far as I understand).  So Tory’s roommate made a list of items that people could bring if they were feeling extra-specially lazy that day.  And you know what, I absolutely loved it.

  1. Alcohol
  2. Pre-made Doughnuts
  3. Coffee from Dunkin Donuts
  4. Bread & Butter (to make toast)
  5. Cereal & Milk
  6. Fruit
  7. Juice
  8. Eggo Waffles
  9. Bagels
  10. Yogurt

So easy, right?  I definitely think there’s a middle ground of – look, I made cinnamon buns or I made muffins or I made egg strata.  And I definitely think there’s the “I’m an over-achiever”, for instance if you made crepes and brought all the accoutrements, poached eggs for everyone in attendance, or individual little yogurt parfaits.  But I think this is a really solid simple list.  What do you think.  Did we miss anything?

one down, one up 07

one down, one up 09-11-2014

This is the second week of the one down, one up link-up.  So if you’re a blogger or a writer, feel free to play along – directions are listed below.  Just have fun with it and tell us about your week.  Thanks to all of those who play along – and thanks to all those who read, and don’t forget to check out how some other people’s weeks went too.  Share in people’s joy and commiserate with people’s blech.  That’s the official word for it.

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Allergies are starting to kick back in as the weather gets cold again.  I swear I didn’t have allergies as a kid.  Now, all of a sudden September rolls around and all of a sudden I’m short on breath.  The first time this happened was my first year working in the real world.  I was traveling for the first time, I was staying in hotels, I didn’t really know any of the team yet and all of a sudden I found that I couldn’t breathe very well.  I tried to calm myself down, but that didn’t work; then because I didn’t have the right pass on my laptop I couldn’t take it out of the building with me and on top of it I was late for choir.  Nothing was going right and I went into complete panic attack mode.  This rolled into chest pains because I worked myself up so far and the next thing I knew I found myself shaking uncontrollably at dinner one night and had to excuse myself to stop getting strange looks.  Anyway, now I know the problem is fixable.  I felt it happen at work this past week and I went to the store to go buy Claritin during lunch.  Goodness gracious, that stuff is expensive.  And then you need to make the decision of whether you’re going to spend $25 on 20 pills, $32 on 45 pills, or $39 on 70 pills.  And then you feel sad because you spent $40 at lunch that you didn’t mean to spend so you don’t buy yourself a pretzel on the way home.

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I went to Nashville this weekend to visit my friend Tory.  I havn’t seen her in a while and she just started med school and it was awesome to catch up for the weekend.  I also got to see her in her med school world and meet a bunch of her friends, so that was pretty cool.  I didn’t get to see much of Nashville this trip, but she’s got a couple of years (7?) left.  So it should be fine.

I think one of my favorite parts of the whole trip though was the alone time that I got on the plane.  How sad is that?  About equivalent to the fact that my favorite day of the week is Tuesday because Tuesday is trash night.  Priorities, man.  I was upgraded to first class and just got to relax.  I sat next to a really nice curly-haired red headed lady who shared the same sense of humor as me.  I asked for chardonnay and I took two packs of milano cookies from the basket.  I sat there and wrote another 2,000 words of my novel that I haven’t gotten a chance to work on in months.  And then I took a nap.  It was glorious.

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conquering the negativity

conquering the negativity

I found this post written in my stash from 5 weeks ago.  Today seemed like a good day

You know how when shit hits the fan at work you don’t always necessarily feel like you’re (a) in control anymore, or (b) cut out for your job?  Welcome to the last week of my life.  A three-year client project ended in a complete whirlwind with work being done up until the absolute last second, and goodness gracious was I reconsidering things.  It was actually the perfect week to run across this article that I found on Darling Magazine called “Conquering the Negativity” and the first point it lists in the article is “list your strengths”.  What a good idea.  That way, when life seems to be spiraling out of control you are at least able to look back at a list of things that you remember that you can do and you are good at.  Here’s the list that I was able to come up with in the middle of fighting fires.

  1. Representing things visually
    I didn’t realize that this was actually a skill until recently. If you give me a large set of a data or a list that needs to be displayed in a way that is pretty, I can absolutely do that for you.  Give me a color scheme and a font choice and I will draft you something that explains the entire picture that you’re trying to create.  I guess I should have realized that this might have been a strength of mine in the last year when I bought a book on designing PowerPoint presentations for fun.
  2. Coordinating logistics
    Not only am I good at coordinating logistics, but I prefer to be the one coordinating the logistics. Having trouble with who’s renting a car this week, I can sort it out for you.  Need to figure out who’s going to be driving who to the hotel, I can come up with the most efficient solution.  I believe it’s the engineer/musician/hostess in me that likes to see all of the loose ends tied together and because of that, it makes me work harder than the average person.
  3. Diffusing awkwardness
    Please don’t get me wrong, I am just as good at creating awkwardness as I am at diffusing it, but in the situation that awkwardness needs to be diffused, I’m your girl. I can interpret what other people are saying, I can take the focus off of a person and onto me, I can change the subject on a whim.  I am able to make people feel comfortable in almost all situations, and that has turned out to be very useful in my life.
  4. Making things a game
    I call a lot of things a game that shouldn’t be called a game. Choosing a dinner location?  I can play that game.  Need to get from point A to point B?  I can play that game.  Everybody needs to introduce themselves at a party?  I can play that game too.  If you turn things into a game, it’s more exciting, and it feels like there’s a goal to be accomplished.  My last week in Louisiana I actually made a to-do list that listed all of our favorite places around the city.  Out of a list of 31 items, my team was able to check off 22 activities.  Not only that, but we had fun doing it.  There’s just something so gratifying about checking things off of a list.
  5. Speaking in my own voice
    I’ve been blogging for three years now. These past few months I had been given the task of writing standard operating procedures for the client, turned the procedures in to the manager on the project and the first comment that I got?  Your wording is too colloquial.  It sounds like you are talking to me and that shouldn’t be the case, this is a procedure manual.  While I did need to go back and write all of the procedures again, part of me was proud that I had found a voice so secure in my writing that it was coming out in other types of documents as well.  I went back and edited all of the documents to say, “the person does [this] action”, but the whole time I was smirking to myself thinking, wow, maybe I really am a blogger.

I challenge you to write down some of your strengths.  The article that I read actually asks people to ask ten other people about what their strengths are.  Did this exercise help you out at all?  I wish each of you the power to be able to see what you are good at in life and make the most of it.  Everybody has their own skills, and at the end of the day, when we all work together, that’s what gets things done, and it’s wonderful.

homemade cards for me and you

I have a brilliant beyond brilliant idea (Parent Trap anyone?).  Actually, my friend Luann had a brilliant beyond brilliant idea.  A few weeks ago she said to me, “you should sell every card you make.”  I’m not sure if this is what she meant or not, but what I interpretted that to mean was that for every card that I make, I should make a second version of that card to sell.

What a perfect idea.  Cards take a decent amount of time to design, but once you design them, making them is simple.  Not only that, but I spend so long designing cards and it’s a shame that I have to let go of the design so quickly.  So I’ve decided to give this a shot.  For every card I make, I will make a second one.  My goal is to sell each one in my new Etsy shop venture (which I hope to be opening officially this month).  I’ve got 16 cards ready to go already.

I wanted to share a few cards that I’ve made with you recently in the meantime while I’m still pulling all of my ideas together.

Zoha’s Going Away Card

Card For Zoha 01

Card For Zoha 02

Card For Zoha 03favorite part: All of the bright colors
most complicated part: Cutting out those letters with an exacto knife, especially the inside of the ‘o’ and the ‘a’

Watercolor Cards

Watercolor Cards 03
Watercolor Cards 02
Watercolor Cards 01

favorite part: The simplicity of the card
most complicated part: Getting a wide enough range of shades of color

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What a crazy idea for a new venture, right?  I’m excited.  Let’s do this.