It can’t be just me: Morning Routines

After chatting with some coworkers it has come  to my attention that I may or may not have a strange morning routine. I personally don’t think so, but man oh man was I overruled. So! I decided to bring this to the masses to determine if it is weird or if it actually makes sense.

  1. Use Bathroom
  2. Fully dress from waist down (socks & footwear included)
  3. Brush teeth
  4. Wash face
  5. Apply toner
  6. Fully dress from waist up
  7. Finish skin care routine
  8. Apply deodorant

P.S. I asked my partner their opinion and apparently they get ready in a similar way…I am now convinced they rubbed off on me because I know for a fact this wasn’t my routine a few years ago.

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Unlikely Pairing

Prompt: Bacon and chocolate, caramel and cheddar… Is there an unorthodox food pairing you really enjoy? Share with us the weirdest combo you’re willing to admit that you like — and how you discovered it.

Okay, so I’m not sure if this is considered an unorthodox pairing, but it is the pairing I’ve received the most judgment from my husband over.

Here are the steps:

  1. Start with one container of Funfetti Vanilla Icing & one container of rainbow sprinkles
  2. Mix sprinkles into icing until there are no sprinkles left
  3. Place icing in the freezer to sit for a minimum of three hours
  4. Grab a fork & dig in!

To this day I still have no idea when or how I discovered this. My best guess is back in university when I would randomly pop in the store after work shifts.

Bonus Pairing: Marshmallows & BBQ Sauce

Unfortunately I can’t take credit for this one. I discovered it when one day, mid lecture, a former classmate randomly took it out right next to me…No, I did not try it (she also did not offer).

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It can’t be just me: 90 Day Review

Tomorrow morning is my 90 Day Review and when I tell you I am somehow both calm and stressed!

Of my past jobs only one ever performed a 90 Day Review and it was only because I negotiated it in my interview to discuss my salary down the line. In this instance, however, it’s mandated by H.R. and so…here I am in limbo.

Do I think I’ve performed well? Well, the beacon of confidence in my psyche says, “yes” while the workaholic with toxic work-life balance says, “we could have done more”. Then there’s the rational part saying, “you’ve done fine and if not you’ll be told how to improve on Monday”.

Whether these worries stem from imposter syndrome, fear of failing so early in a potential career or not managing to meet expectations- I know I shouldn’t overthink it. As such I’m taking measures this weekend to keep myself occupied…Let’s see how it goes!

artist: @artoshtu

Mouths Wide Shut

Prompt: Are you a picky eater? Share some of your favorite food quirks with us (the more exotic, the better!). Omnivores: what’s the one thing you won’t eat?

I’m ready for all the smoke that may come my way, BUT it has to be said:

I don’t eat/like the following
  • bacon
  • chicken
  • chocolate
  • coffee
  • eel
  • ketchup
  • peanut butter
  • pickles
  • turkey
I order these things all day
  • butternut squash soup
  • ceviche
  • goat cheese
  • goat curry
  • grilled octopus
  • grilled squid
  • guacamole
  • soft pretzels
  • tzatziki

With it all laid out in front of me I think it’s safe to say I’m probably a picky eater. If I had to pick the one thing I won’t eat…bacon.

I’m not taking any questions at this time.

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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

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

Insecurities? Eh…70/30

I think it’s safe to say no one is 100% satisfied with themselves.

This isn’t to say there aren’t people who are happy with their appearance or behavior, but it’s our curse to unnecessarily scrutinize every little potential fault. Whether we come to love our flaws is a case by case basis and everyone has something they fixate on.

For me it’s everything above my neck- save my eyes.

I’ve had bad skin for as long as I can remember and I’ve tried just about everything I can to temper it. Some months are better than others and every time I think I’ve FINALLY cracked the code, my skin just goes: HA! That was cute! Havin’ a laugh?

Thus the battle rages on as I continue to try and figure out how to manage my ghastly skin. Truthfully I’m aware I’ll never have perfect, glowing skin. My skin tone is particularly susceptible to scarring and discoloration- something I never really noticed until my skin started to clear. I always held the idea I would be happy once my acne cleared and I still do. Scarring and discoloration can fade with time and given how obsessed I am with beauty products, it gives me the perfect excuse to pamper myself! [not that I needed one] Still, there’s always the chance I’ll become obsessed with clearing my dark marks, but I really hope it doesn’t reach the level of insecurity I have with acne. Confidence is something I love to see in others and it can definitely be said I’m more of a “do as I say” versus “do as I do” person when it comes to it- although I have noticed that turning around.

I used to be the person who was confident in front of people I knew in an attempt to pave the way for them to be more confident. I think there’s something to “faking it ‘till you make it” because it definitely did help create my base level of confidence. A base that’s since grown as I’ve grown. I still have insecurities obviously, but at the end of the day we’ve got what we’ve got. Do I think I have a pretty face? Not really. Other people do though and whether they’re just saying it to be nice or not…that’s fine. There’s always someone who’s going to be drawn to things you don’t see as good about yourself- whether it’s for the right reasons is a conversation for another day.

Anyway, this went off course and now I don’t know how to finish it.

O.P. 21 July 2017