Sweet or Savory

Funny moment on my flight from NYC to London last week that I just had to share. It was a moment similar to Cady’s thoughts in Mean Girls about her first time at the mall and how it reminded her of being in Africa by a watering hole:

I’m on the flight, which I spent 3 hours of watching The Wolf of Wall Street and another bit eating breakfast (morning flight)/reading/sleeping, when suddenly my flight mates and I were awakened by the flight attendant for last-minute drinks and snacks.

 

“SWEET OR SAVORY”, asked the flight attendant, for a second time, to a foreigner a few seats ahead of me. Sweet or savory, on a British airline, refers to having a sweet snack (like a cake) or a savory snack (like salty pretzels and crackers).

It was so funny to me how:

A. people wake right up for food! It’s as if they’ve been starved of food for days…and,

B. how people inquire so intensely about each. What is in the savory? REALLY? Does it really matter? It’s not sweet. So if you’re sooo hungry, and you don’t want sweet – grab the savory. Chances are you’re going to inhale it the moment you open it anyway right?!

We’re just a bunch of animals, seriously.

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Zooey Deschanel for Tommy Hilfiger

I have a warm spot in my heart for Zooey Deschanel. From New Girl back to Almost Famous in the 2000′s, when I actually thought she was Katy Perry for a while, Zooey is just fantastic is her own right.

I thought I’d share that love ahead of shouting out her new collab with Tommy Hilfilger because I think it’s a great fit. The new line has the classic Tommy nautical boat-y feel and happens to be reminiscent of 70′s styles and cuts which work great on Zooey. The line is called “To Tommy From Zooey” and was apparently designed by Zooey “with” Tommy. See(!) she’s even a fashion designer!

Below are some of my favorites, and you can shop the line here.

 

[ images source: who what wear ]

Kitchen Domestication Chronicles

My friend Peter posted this last night on Facebook and I could not agree more,

If I could sell the feeling of laying in my bed right now, I’d be the wealthiest person ever.

Although I’d edit it a bit, and say something like “if I could sell the feeling of just being home all weekend…”, there’s still nothing better than being home. Along with choosing to stay home though comes hunger and binge snacking whilst binge watching Netflix. Since I knew I’d be home all weekend, and don’t normally have anything in my fridge other than these items, I chose to go food shopping Friday night and prepare for a couple of “cooking” sessions in my kitchen; which as we know is barely used because I don’t cook.

Enter my new project, “Kitchen Domestication Chronicles”. Follow me in my attempt to domesticate myself in the kitchen by buying random things from the supermarket and trying new recipes.

This weekend I tried Challah French Toast and Stuffed Peppers with Ground Turkey. Both came out pretty good!

Stuffed Peppers
LEARNING: I have to make sure to consider the measurement of ingredients, i.e. I used the entire can of diced tomatoes when I didn’t use the entire pound of ground turkey. I should have adjusted measurements for everything based on the fact that I used half the pound. The extra diced tomatoes made the mixture a bit runny, but very good nonetheless! I used this allrecipes.com recipe.

challahfrenchtoast

Sorry I didn’t have an after picture… I forgot to take it they were so good!

LEARNING: Make sure the oil doesn’t get too hot before you put the bread in the pan. I kind of burned the first two pieces because it was too hot. Flame should be relatively low as to allow the challah to cook on the inside, as well as brown on the outside. Otherwise, deeeelish!

The Mindy Project

While I won’t be home in time to watch it, I’m super pumped that The Mindy Project is back on tonight! The Mindy-Danny relationship has built up so much over the past couple seasons, from the tension throughout the last few episodes to the kiss mid-flight in the finale, I’m seriously looking forward to what happens next… and it better be a blooming relationship that lasts forever. Mindy better not f this up! She’s come such a long way. This is going to sound really bad but I just love that “the brown girl” got the Italian “white guy”… a really HOT Italian white guy to boot.

Reminds me of this story I read recently on Huff Po (originally written for goodmenproject.com) by Mark Radcliffe regarding your soulmate and how “it’s not who you think it is” but actually the person right under your nose that you’ve never noticed. Mindy should have read this ages ago! Mark says,

The person who’s truly right for you is probably cleverly disguised as the one you work with every day. Or the one who you’ve casually known in your circle of friends for five years. Who has seen you at your best and at your worst. And is still there, a big believer in your immense potential. And is probably an amazing kisser if you’d just give them a chance.

That’s the person it’s going to be genuinely easy with over the long haul.

So the next time you’re looking for the one, don’t look up on some stage or pedestal for some shining realization of your fantasies. Turn around and look behind you. At the person you might have overlooked. The person who is quietly everything you need them to be and more, but might have missed.

What are your thoughts on soulmates? Do you agree with Mark?

A Song For My Future Husband

Something of a “Part 2″ to my recent “Prayer for My Future Husband“, this is a song I’d like him to listen to before he ever plans on proposing. Yes, I can call him “my husband” because he’s going to love me so much that he’ll propose anyway after reading these lyrics, and of course I’ll say yes.

It’s just that… I heard this song for the first time this morning and it’s totally me because “I Am Gemini” <- really good read for the Gemini’s and/or future Gemini daters out there.

So, future husband, please read this because, without a doubt, I’ll feel all of these things throughout our marriage.  And Pink and Butch Walker, thank you for writing this.

“Leave Me Alone (I’m Lonely)”

Go away
Give me a chance to miss you
Say goodbye
It’ll make me want to kiss you
I love you so
Much more when you’re not here
Watchin all the bad shows
Drinking all of my beer

I don’t believe Adam and Eve
Spent every goddamn day together
If you give me some room there will be room enough for two

Tonight
Leave me alone I’m lonely
Alone I’m lonely
I’m tired
Leave me alone I’m lonely
Alone I’m lonely tonight

I don’t wanna wake up with another
But I don’t wanna always wake up with you either
No you can’t hop into my shower
All I ask for is one ***kin’ hour
You taste so sweet
But I can’t eat the same thing every day
Cuttin off the phone
Leave me the ***k alone
Tomorrow I’ll be beggin’ you to come home

Go away
Come back
Go away
Come back
Why can’t I just have it both ways

Lyrics source.

International Day of Happiness

Oh happy dayyy!

Not only is it International Day of Happiness, but it’s also the First Day of Spring! How perfect!
Are you happy? Because I’m happy! I’m grateful and happy today for my family, my amazing life and my upcoming trips to Italy and New Orleans! Like Pharrell.

Kudos to the UN Foundation for teaming with Pharrell to use his “Happy” song as today’s anthem. What are you happy for?

Froid, Frio, Freddo

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Froid (French)

Frio (Spanish)

Freddo (Italian)

I thought that maybe saying “cold” in other languages might make me feel less abused by the unbearable winds that slapped me unapologetically across the face this morning. I was wrong.

It still feels just as cold as it did this morning and I’m frustrated. What is with this weather? I mean, I really am one of Winters’ biggest fans. But, like, this is getting a bit excessive and quite uncomfortable. It’s sad. I mean, look at that selfie above.

I look like Jon Snow, in The North, in the snow.

Stay warm friends. It will all be over soon. Spring is coming.