By Heart

Prompt: You’re asked to recite a poem (or song lyrics) from memory — what’s the first one that comes to mind? Does it have a special meaning, or is there another reason it has stayed, intact, in your mind?

Hands down it would be “We Don’t Talk About Bruno” from Disney’s Encanto. Why? Because I’ve watched Encanto three times this month, the song is in my playlist, and whenever it comes up I let it play all the way through- no exceptions.

Do I try to sing all the parts? Damn straight.

SIDE NOTE: My favorite part is a tie between Pepa and Félix’s verse or Dolores’ verse.

My second choice would be “Stand Out” from Disney’s A Goofy Movie. I love this song so much I bought it from the iTunes store back when it wasn’t available on Spotify. That’s my level of commitment.

Could there possibly be a theme with my answers…maybe…but…

All I need is half a chance
A second thought
A second glance to prove
I got whatever it takes
It’s a piece of cake

artist: @artoshtu

Let It Be

Prompt: A restaurant that removed your favorite item from the menu, a bad cover of a great song… Write a post about something that should’ve been left untouched, but wasn’t. Why was the original better?

Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy. Do I have a bone or two to pick with this? You betcha.

First is none other than the Fontina Grilled Cheese from Panera Bread. When I tell you this sandwich had the most amazing combination of cheeses…just thinking of it makes me hungry, BUT I’ll break it down:

We were given four cheeses– fontina, monteau, sharp cheddar, and smoked gouda. I hadn’t even heard of fontina cheese before this sandwich and now I can never go back. That’s what this sandwich did to me.

By default it came on a country rustic loaf. Now was I a fan of the loaf? No, but that’s what was great about Panera- you could substitute! (and probably should of in this case)

My next grievance is with Yard House over the very missed Sweet Tart Martini. I can only describe it as liquid sour jolly rancher. Sounds amazing, right? Now imagine the heartbreak of heading to Yard House for dinner and finding out it’s no longer on the menu.

For those wondering, I present the ingredients:

– raspberry vodka – DeKuyper Pucker Island PunchDeKuyper Pucker Sour Apple – Sweet & Sour

Do I have hope that one day these items will return to their rightful place on menus? No. Do I know where to locally buy these ingredients? Yes.

artist: @artoshtu

Saying “Yes” to the Dress

This may not be common knowledge, but I used to watch Say Yes to the Dress quite often back in the day. It honestly might be why I boarded the 90 Day Fiancé train so early on…but back on topic.

After I’d nailed down a good portion of vendors I got the idea to start watching again. Since my partner was lovely enough to get Discovery+ this meant I was able to start from the very beginning.

SIDE NOTE: I 100% recommend this show when you want just a small fix of drama.

By the time I went to my own bridal appointment I’d gotten through the first few seasons and was feeling…calm, I suppose? I knew I didn’t have any family drama or tension commonly seen on the show. If anything my biggest concern was whether or not I’d be able to pick a dress in one ninety-minute session. After all, my mother, future mother-in-law, and future sister-in-law all flew in specifically for this. Did I call in advance to see if we could potentially come again in the same weekend? Yep.

I’d already picked a few dresses online though which helped move us along and then we were off to races!

I will say that while I liked trying on dresses it was very surreal to see myself in one. Since middle school my mother had always told me not to get married (this tune changed when she met my partner) and my father never married. In a way it felt foreign- not to say I didn’t have a good time. It was just…odd. Everyone in my party cried except for me.

In the end I tried maybe eight dresses and ended up picking the third. So yes, I said yes to a dress and it only took one appointment!

SIDE NOTE: Oh, and to clarify- I did not go to Kleinfeld Bridal.

Photo by Charisse Kenion on Unsplash

Starting the Year with a Bang

Eight days into 2022 and I can proudly announce: I’ve completed my data analytics course!

Did I keep to my original timeline? …No. Initially, I wanted to be done by New Year’s Eve, but for once I don’t feel any self imposed guilt. I mean, I still finished ahead of the course’s schedule and now I can start applying to new opportunities.

It’s weird because when I started this post I thought I’d have so much to say. Instead, I’m just content and ready to pursue the next professional chapter.

Purrs Against Illness

Does anyone else’s pet hone in on them when they’re under the weather?

In my case, my cat has a four prong system:

i. jumps/climbs into my lap

ii. a gentle head butt

iii. lays down on my chest

iv. purrs

Without fail, he does this a few hours into me feeling unwell and follows up every day until I’m well again. I can’t say if it actually helps, but it definitely makes me feel warm and fuzzy…It’s the little things.

artist: @artoshtu

Pick Your Potion

Prompt: Captain Picard was into Earl Grey tea; mention the Dude and we think: White Russians. What’s your signature beverage — and how did it achieve that status?

Hands down, bone broth. Specifically, beef bone broth.

My mom introduced it a few years back after asking a coworker how their hair and skin was so healthy. According to her coworker it was thanks to bone broth. They explained how when their husband underwent chemotherapy, they began taking bone broth every morning and it not only helped their husband, but them as well. So of course my mom got the recipe.

Have I had a cup every day since? Eh…I’ve fallen off the wagon a few times, but lately I’ve been on top of it. Shout out to my partner who now drinks it with me five days a week!

SIDE NOTE: I don’t make it at home or have the recipe. I just buy it at my local grocery store, but there are loads of great recipes online for anyone who may be interested.

Photo by Bluebird Provisions on Unsplash

Great Expectations

Prompt: Tell us about one thing (or more) that you promised yourself you’d accomplish by the end of the year. How would you feel once you do? What if you don’t?

My personal goal for 2022 is to take an illustration course and start drawing in my spare time.

Once I’m actively drawing I’m certain there will be plenty of days where I’m thinking, “Wow. This does not look good.“, BUT I know it takes continual effort to build skills. Am I going to wish a skill bar would update with each new illustration? If only. I just hope the small milestones will keep my going.

Now if I don’t manage this by year’s end…’bummed’ is probably the best way to describe how I’ll feel. In the past, I’ve always put what I’d call “responsible goals” first whether career or education related. Anything in the realm of hobbies simply fell to the wayside, so I really want to pursue something for the joy of doing it.

We are three days into the new year and I can honestly say I haven’t started a course yet- mainly because I still need to finish my data analytics course…There’s plenty of time though!

artist: @artoshtu