I turned 33 the other day…

My 33rd birthday passed without much fanfare, just as I would prefer. I didn’t accomplish many of the things I set out in my 33 before 33 list of goals. But I’ve come to realize that while goals are good, there needs to be room for them to evolve and change. And an arbitrary schedule for goals may not be all that useful. I did publish a 6-month update to that list. I may or may not publish a final accounting just to tie that year up with a bow. One thing that I definitely and very obviously didn’t hit […]

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33 Before 33 – 6ish Month Update

In February, I shared a list of 33 things I planned to do before turning 33, inspired by my friend Ryan. Now that it has been about six months, it seems to be the right time to share an update on where things stand with all these goals and intentions. Visit South Korea. Not yet but tickets are booked! Visit Japan. Not yet but tickets are booked! See 3 of my favorite friends marry the loves of their lives. One down, two to go! Serve on the committee for the Swissvale Community Garden’s second growing season. I continue to do […]

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Challenge Aborted

Just under a year ago, I published a post entitled Challenge Accepted. It chronicled my thought process in what I now know to be the ill-advised decision to embark on the Rachel Carson Trail Challenge this year. Today, after weeks of stress, frustration, pain, soreness, etc., I’m publishing this post: Challenge Aborted. And I’m going to tell you why. When I conceived of this post, I was super angry, and I was going to name names and be as bitchy as I could be (folks who know me know, that can be pretty damn bitchy.) But I’ve come around a bit […]

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I can’t remember the last time I got on a scale

And I might be the happiest I’ve ever been. I’ve been fighting my weight since I was eight years old. It breaks my heart to look back at photos and think how unhappy I was during a period of years when I was not that overweight. And then I got actually quite overweight. Ups and downs occurred, but I’m still actually quite overweight. But, I have energy. I sleep relatively well. My mood and depression issues are not solved (they never will be solved) but I’m in such a good place that sometimes I need to pinch myself to make […]

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For Fun

Apparently, I’m going to make it a trend to steal my friends’ list ideas. First it was the birthday list I took from Ryan, and now it’s this “just for fun” list from Britt. I’d like to say that all 25 posts I promised to write before turning 33 will not be stolen from friends, but I just don’t feel confident making that commitment right now 😉 (X) Shot a gun. I’ve shot a 12 gauge shotgun at flying discs of clay. My brother-in-law and dad like to shoot sporting clays as a recreational activity, and when I visit, it’s […]

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33 Before 33

I am not big on my birthday. I don’t like lots of attention, and my childhood memories are fraught with poopy birthdays. As an adult, I try to make just enough plans so that I get out of the house, get a hug from someone I love, and eat some tasty food. This year that all worked out despite having a rocking headache so I call the day a win. For so long, my birthday was something I hated, but I am preferring the gentler approach of it being a little different than any other day, but not the greatest day […]

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Breaking Up with Bullshit

I’ve been dabbling with digital detox for the last few months. I deleted the Facebook app off my phone before going on a vacation and then just left it off. I also installed a Chrome extension called News Feed Eradicator on my work computer that replaces the feed with an inspirational quote. The inspiration is questionable as the seemingly small pool of quotes started repeating after about a week. I’ve kept the Facebook Groups app on my phone to stay connected to groups I find valuable, the number of which is steadily decreasing. Sometimes when I consider how limited my […]

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On Leaping

When my favorite women’s entrepreneur group announced that September’s theme would be leaping, the first thought that came to my mind was “Oh no.” The second thought was “Huh, well that’s an interesting reaction. Let’s unpack that a bit.” For me, leaping conjures up visions of literally leaping across rocky chasms or epic leaps of faith like quitting one’s job or selling one’s house and moving to another continent. After taking a breath and realizing that those are quite extreme and not necessarily the focus of what leaping meant in this context, I felt better. Leaping can be anything big or […]

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Project: Food Budget Wrap Up

This iteration of Project: Food Budget has come to a close, and I’ve learned a few things over the course of the last three months: -I can keep up with a weekly blog schedule! Who knew? -It is pretty awesome to have things you know you need monthly just show up on your doorstep. Amazon Subscribe and Save is my friend. -Running into the store “just for a…” at the last minute is never a good idea. Ever. -We could stand to plan more. In fact, we should plan more. Especially in those this-week-is-going-to-be-insane-and-I-will-want-a-quality-meal-but-won’t-want-to-cook-it moments. -Spending less than $100 at […]

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Project: Food Budget 12

Weekly Budget $125 Actual $ Spent $264.47 Giant Eagle $90.27 Penn’s Corner Farm Alliance $38.84 Costco $135.36 So, um, yeah. Totally doing the budget learning thing backward. There’s some last minute “we need chocolate for camping” purchases made there and some unsanctioned snacks purchased at Costco by N. Let me be clear that unsanctioned does mean they were not totally delicious.  But overall, I think I’m learning that the bulk protein purchases we did prior to PFB, made a huge difference and we should probably do that again. We do have some random cuts left. There are beef bones for […]

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