What I’m Listening To, Volume 6

I feel like I’ve been taking a bit of a blog break. Probably for a couple reason. First, I was working on two time-intensive projects at the same time. No extra time to share my favorite recipes or attempts at being interesting. Second, I’ve been in a personal rut. I haven’t really felt like myself in a really long time. I think that makes my creative pursuits suffer a lot. Plus I haven’t really felt like exposing myself to anyone who may stumble along this or have it bookmarked.

We spend so much of our lives curating the person we want others to see, and sometimes it can feel draining. Not to mention when you hit emotional lows and feel like you just can’t really show that to other people. It’s almost like the masks I (we) continually wear have just been exposed revealing far too much to the outside world. This feels way too deep for a measly little post about a playlist I made, but hey what can you do?

While working on a project I was inspired by something I was asked to write which kinda had to deal with how I have been feeling, so I decided to dip my toe back into this blog. And I’ve done so in the best way I know how: music. It’s pretty much been my entire life and I’ve always made playlists as a way to focus my energy or put my emotions elsewhere. It feels like it’s been a hot second since I put together a playlist of everything I’m listening to right now so here it is.

This playlist literally sits in my streaming accounts with me occasionally tossing in songs I listen to a lot. These songs have seen me through long days staring at a computer screen doing data analysis, countless spreadsheets, and far too much keyword planning. Some of the songs have been my gym inspo to keep on fighting when I just can’t run anymore. Not to mention the ones that kept me company late at night when I couldn’t sleep. As always it’s a little hodgepodge of everything that’s been playing through my speakers and headphones for the last month or so.

Perhaps you’ll find something interesting or new to listen to. Something that will be your friend when it feels like everything sucks. I hope to keep updating this blog more frequently. After all, it was started with me trying to figure out life, so when did that ever stop?

Listen on Spotify


Links I Love 007

Ask and you shall receive. A brand new installment of Links I Love is here. The perfect supplement for a Tuesday morning. Whether you need a break from work already or just are trying to waste time on the internet, there’s so much to look at. With so much available, why not look at the good things? Okay, maybe what I consider to be the good things…

I Tried a Gratitude Journal for 31 Days & Here’s What Happened

I have always been prone to periods of time where I am truly the worst Debbie Downer. Hey, it happens. I can’t always find the silver lining and sometimes people (and things) are overwhelmingly annoying. For a while now I’ve felt a combination of anger, frustration, stress, and even deep depression and anxiety. So as soon as the calendar ticked over to January 1st, I decided to give the idea of a gratitude journal a chance. What did I have to lose, right?



My 2018 Cooking #GOALS

Okay, real talk. Looking at all of the social media posts of meals couples made on their Valentine’s Day dates was barf-inducing. So finally after logging out when I just couldn’t take anymore, I went browsing my bookmarks, Pinterest, and Tumblr to create a list of #GOALS for the year. Being single can suck when it comes to cooking because when it comes to purchasing ingredients you have to be really strategic. Most ingredients, if not all, aren’t packaged for one so creating a menu of meals has to use whatever I’ve purchased so it doesn’t go to waste. Good news is I learned how to cut the recipe for pancakes for a single serving. That’s really all someone needs, right?

Fortunately, I sometimes can get people to try whatever I want to cook which makes things a lot easier. I get to try to make something I haven’t made before, learn a new skill, and they get something (hopefully) delicious in return. It’s a win/win. I have collected maybe hundreds of recipes in tons of places especially virtual places. It’s still a pretty new year so I’m still pretty positive about trying new things so I thought why not choose 12 recipes I really want to try this year. Consider them my #goals for the year in the kitchen. Since it’s February I should probably get started.

There’s a variety of things including brownies that are claimed to be loved more than the recipe sharer loved Hanson in the 90s. There’s plenty of pasta and some things I’ve never tried to make before (a chocolate tart). There’s also a recipe featuring my arch nemesis, polenta, because the recipe looks way too delicious to pass up. I’m even giving a pass to rosé pasta sauce since everything should be tried at least once. Only time will tell if I end up making any of these during the next 10 months, but I’ll be sure to keep the blog posted on any updates to this list. I’m talking about all the good experiences and the bad.

Below you’ll find my kitchen #goals for the year. If you want more suggestions you can check out my food Pinterest board or the food tag on my Tumblr.


Loaded Mediterranean Street Fries


1970s love songs playlist

Mix No. 14: 70s Love Songs

Before anyone reading this lets out an audible groan, just give me a chance to explain this cliché mixtape timing.

I think every February my go-to mix is “love” themed in some way at least. I think last year I was honest and made a lonely Valentine’s Day mix, and I still definitely feel that way. I was going to skip a monthly mix altogether because I think love sucks right now. I mean you give so much of yourself to someone else only to be treated like you’re nothing. But I digress.

Now, how did I stumble on such a niche theme like love songs from the 1970s? It’s relatively simple: Fondue parties. Oh yes, that wonderful, dinner party staple from the 1970s is back. Okay, maybe it’s just back for my friends and myself, but I’ve been to a few fondue parties in 2018 so that’s where I got this idea. It came to me because while enjoying melted delicacies with a long stick dipped into a hot pot, we frequently listen to music from the 1970s. Get where I’m going with this?

Cool. So, just for fun, if you don’t know, fondue is melted cheese (or chocolate) in a pot kept over a flame. You use a long stick to dip bread, fruit, veggies, and tons of other stuff inside. In 1930, it was declared the national food of Switzerland in order to increase cheese consumption. But quickly became an American craze after its appearance at the 1964 New York World’s Fair. Sure, sharing a pot of boiling hot cheese with your friends sounds fun, but there are even traditions that come with the experience. It’s suggested to consume white wine in order to avoid indigestion (this has not been proven but who needs an excuse to have wine?), and women must kiss their neighbors if they lose bread within the pot. Seems a bit unnecessary to me but, hey, the 70s were a different time.

But back to the mix. While hanging out at these parties and enjoying the 70s tunes, I realized a lot of my favorite love songs come from that time period. I figured it’s Valentine’s Day and some people probably have a relationship or at least a Valentine who isn’t their dog so why not run with it? But I couldn’t strictly make a mix of songs I love so I decided to include some classic ones everyone loves and other downright cheesy ones everyone pretends they don’t like (but secretly love). It’s a real smorgasbord of a mix. You know as diverse as the offerings at a fondue party.

Whether you have a Valentine or not, you can enjoy this playlist on Spotify right now. Happy Valentine’s Day or whatever

If you’re interested in throwing a fondue party here’s a guide. Just look how much fun these people are having! 



Five Fun Things: Super Bowl Edition

It seems like this year everyone has Super Bowl Fatigue. I get it. Who wants to watch Tom Brady win yet another Super Bowl? It’s like Groundhog Day. Just the same thing over and over. Trust me, as someone who lives in a different kind of Groundhog Day scenario, I get it all too well. But, truly, even if you can’t get behind the game itself, there’s always the commercials and the food.

In honor of the big game that will be shoved down our collective throats for at least the next 72 hours, I thought why not make the most of it with five fun things. These things will either enhance your Super Bowl 52 experience or just be (hopefully) entertaining for about 5 minutes.


Super Bowl parties are all about the food, right? So why not try some Fully Loaded Black Bean Nachos or Bob Armstrong Chili Con Queso.


Maybe you’re excited about Justin Timberlake’s Halftime performance or maybe you’ll just use this 15 minutes to stare blankly at a wall instead. But maybe use the time to see all 51 previous Super Bowl halftime shows ranked by CBS Sports.


Want to be the MVP of your Super Bowl party but don’t know a single thing about this year’s match up? Here’s a cheat sheet: 52 Things You Need To Know About The Patriots vs The Eagles.


I’m not a fan of the “leaked commercial” but if you are, here is all of the Super Bowl commercials already released.


Every Super Bowl party needs a stylish outfit, and since my team is definitely not playing (but damn we were close), jerseys and other team-centric outfits are not an option. So I’ll be pulling my outfit inspo from this look.


When I’m Bored I Browse…

I won’t sugarcoat anything. January was a gigantic bummer. I had zero motivation to do anything. I’m not sure if it was just being over life’s bullshit or the existential crisis that inevitably comes with finishing college and wondering why I can’t get my life together if everyone else (seemingly) already has. But on the upside there’s a Zara gift card burning a hole in my pocket.

I can’t recall the last time I even bought clothes let alone went on a shopping spree. So I decided to browse Zara’s website and see what I could find. They just dumped a whole bunch of new stuff online so there was plenty of things to check out. The only upsetting thing is that most of it is for the transition period between winter and spring. You know where it’s still cold out, but sometimes gets warmer. The transition period Arizona quite literally never has and certainly doesn’t have this year.

Mini dresses are one of my favorite things to purchase. They always look stylish and, if taken care of, they can’t last a fairly long time. It’s my go-to when I need to buy a dress. Plus I can take chances I normally wouldn’t take on trendy things like florals. I love a good faux leather mini skirt, and I’m always trading off between trousers and jeans. None of these things I’ve chosen should really be any surprise.

Pearl mini dress, Crossbody bag, Dress with bow, Pearl sweater, Faux leather skirt, Military coat, Jeans with piercing detail, Floral mini dress, Jogging trousers, Leather effect leggings