Am I a shopaholic?

I need to stop doing this to myself! When browsing for gifts, I keep finding things I want for myself, and that’s definitely not going to be good for my wallet. When I visit website, I see a good 12 things I want for myself! But I suppose that’s natural for a self professed shopaholic. Oh well, I suppose I will just have to get really good at self control! I have a month or so to get it together!

-Michele

Posted on October 22nd, 2014 by Michele  |  No Comments »

Pumpkin season yet again!!

I’ve spent so much time dreading fall that I’ve kind of let my favorite thing about it fall by the wayside. Even though I’m not prepared for the impending doom cold weather, I definitely want to partake in the most delicious seasonal vegetable this world has to offer, the pumpkin! So it’s time to get started! Here I will make a little list of all the recipes I want to try out this fall. Let me know if you know of any that I simply must try so I can add them!

Glazed Pumpkin Donuts
Pumpkin Spice Latte
Pumpkin Pancakes
Pumpkin Apple Streusel Muffins
Pumpkin Torte (Holy cow that one looks delicious!)
Pumpkin Cake Roll
Cream Filled Pumpkin Cupcakes
Harvest Pumpkin Soup
Pumpkin Waffles

Ugh, I just made myself salivate. Time to go whip up some pumpkin pancakes I think!

Posted on October 22nd, 2014 by Michele  |  No Comments »

Being a good friend

A friend of mine was asking me recently about some highly rated music equipment. If I’m being quite honest I don’t know a whole lot about this stuff, but I do know how to do my research! Of course I couldn’t leave him hanging!

I think we settled on some pretty good options. I’m pretty excited to see what he comes up with when using them as well! He has quite a bit of talent, so I’m sure it’ll be amazing.

-Michele

Posted on October 22nd, 2014 by Michele  |  No Comments »

What I’m ______ | My Weekly Hot List

Yeesh, I had to go all the way back to 2013 to find the last one of these I did! I’ve been so bad of a blogger this last year. I just kind of feel like I had nothing to say for a long time. Hopefully I can work that out and get back into it! So here it is…

My list of favorite things for this week.

  • Listening to: Anything by Kacey Musgraves! I was a huge fan of the few singles I had heard before seeing her at Farm Aid last year, but after that I became completely obsessed with her. She did a cover of a Miley Cyrus song that I can only find on Spotify and Myspace called See You Again. Ugh so good! Even if you don’t like country music, you’ll love this! Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on October 22nd, 2014 by Michele  |  No Comments »

Motorcycles are sexy

Stupid, but yeah! Undeniably sexy. I have a close friend who is trying to get me into them. He’s been restoring them for years, and it seems like every time we get together he just has to show me his latest project. I must admit the two rides I’ve taken with him have been quite exhilarating, but I’m just not sure it’s something I could see myself doing. I’m way too scared, and I’ve had far too many friends get into accidents.

BUT I think I could get into restoring them. I love fixing things, so I think it would be a lot of fun! I’m sure I could motorcycle parts from here, and my buddy is willing to show me the ropes.

Michele

Posted on September 18th, 2014 by Michele  |  No Comments »

Counting calories is a pain

I mean, not THAT much of a pain… but it is time consuming. I just wanted to whine about it. I’m 2 days in, and it feels like all I’ve done is measure and track every little nibble.

I will say that it’s nice to see where all my calories are going though. Having it all right there in front of you really shows you the little changes you can make, and the things you can do without that are wasting calories. It’s also very interesting to see what a “serving size” is.

In other news, I realized today just how uncoordinated I am. I was trying to follow a dance/exercise video and man was I a mess! I had arms flailing, feet tripping over each other. I’m going to stick with it, but I’m not sure it’s really the safest idea for me. I’d hate to hurt myself or one of my innocent bystanders (kitties). I’m definitely open to suggestions for some “standing in one spot” kind of workouts!

-Michele

Posted on September 18th, 2014 by Michele  |  No Comments »

Self Employment Woes

Being self employed is so empowering but sometimes it has its downsides. Being responsible for all of your own finances can sometimes be a bit overwhelming. So I’ve been looking into some of these accounting firms in charlotte nc, just to get an idea of what to expect when I do find myself needing some extra help.

For now I’m doing alright, but if I ever want to expand my business I’m going to have to start considering some options!

-Michele

Posted on September 5th, 2014 by Michele  |  1 Comment »

Quick and Easy Greek Yogurt Topping

Lately I’ve been obsessed with Greek yogurt. I love the minimal ingredients in it, the creaminess, and the high protein content. But I think I’m not alone in needing a little bit of sweetness to cut the tart flavor. There are plenty of choices of Greek yogurts that come with fruit already in them, or a little cup of fruity jelly on the side. That’s lovely I’m sure, but the problem I have is with the high sugar content in most of them. So I’ve come up with a solution that helps keep me in control of my sugar intake.

Homemade fruit topping! It’s fresh and delicious and so easy to make! All you need is a pint of your favorite fruit diced up, 2-3 tablespoons of sugar (depending on how sweet you want it), and a splash of vanilla extract. Simmer together in a sauce pan on medium until some of the liquid from the fruit has reduced. Then I let it cool for about 5 minutes, and mash up some of the bigger chunks with a fork. It keeps in the fridge for about a week, and ugh it’s so so delicious!

-Michele

Posted on September 5th, 2014 by Michele  |  No Comments »

Songwriting isn’t for sissies

Another thing that’s been keeping me away from blogging lately is that I’ve been slowly easing back into writing songs and poetry. While I adore blogging and the community it puts you in touch with, I find that poetry/songwriting is a much more fulfilling form of expression.

Now the only problem I’m facing is that I need to find a way to put my songs to music, and I have no idea where to really begin with that. I’ve been browsing musiciansfriend in search of the right equipment to really bring these little pieces of me come to life. Wish me luck!

-Michele

Posted on July 28th, 2014 by Michele  |  No Comments »

Can I get off the roller coaster now?

Wow, long time no blog, huh? Life has been so hectic lately, it hasn’t really slowed down long enough for me to form any thoughts to even put into a blog. So what have I been up to? Working mostly, a bit of quality time with the pup, some Spanish studying, a little breaking up with my boyfriend of two years (let’s not get into that). So yeah, you can imagine just how busy I have been.

I’m going insane, there are so many things I need to be doing, and all I really want to do is nothing. I want to bury my head under the covers and tell the whole world to please kindly go fuck off. I’m not really sure what to think of myself these days. I’m trying to be optimistic about everything, but I’m beginning to realize just how alone I really am. I’m the only one that can fix this mess of a life, and that’s a big burden for one person.

But I’ll get through it, I always do. I have goals and ambition, and now that I don’t have anyone else to worry about I can focus on working on myself. All these big dreams my friends are so sick of hearing about? Well, I’m going to finally be able to make them come true for myself. Enough talking, time to start walking.

-Michele

Posted on July 28th, 2014 by Michele  |  No Comments »

Business ventures

Today I realized just how tired I am. Tired of everything, tired of working for someone else, tired of being tired. So I’m thinking it’s time for a change. A friend told me about a company called AMS Fulfillment, and I am thinking of giving it a try. I remember seeing an ad for them years ago, which tells me they have a lot of staying power. To be around that long they must be doing something right.

I know that working for yourself is no cakewalk, and it usually seems to take more of your time and dedication than working for someone else, but being able to make my own hours would be worth it. I should be used to having to drop everything to be at work when I am scheduled, but it never seems to stop being an annoyance for me. I know having a job is part of being a responsible adult, but how many people really get ahead working for someone else?

Who knows what this could turn into? People talk about not having the opportunity to make it on their own, but I think you have to make your own opportunities. Some people are lucky enough to have their dreams handed to them, but that was never me. I’ve always been a fighter, I’m no stranger to struggle. I think if anyone could make this work for themselves it would be me. Wish me luck!

-Michele

Posted on April 24th, 2014 by Michele  |  1 Comment »

Spring cleaning time already?

Ugh! I can’t believe how quickly this year is already going by! It feels like just yesterday that we were ringing in the new year, and now here we are welcoming the warmer weather. It’s time to snap out of hybernation mode, and start getting caught up on all the things we neglected during the months that we were too frozen to climb out of bed.

A big project of mine is going to be reorganizing all of Chris’ keepsakes. I would like to organize them into plastic tubs. In order to protect them I am going to have to find some good packing materials. http://www.foambymail.com seems to have some pretty good stuff, I’m thinking that’s probably what I’ll end up doing. This isn’t going to be easy, so wish me luck.

-Michele

Posted on April 16th, 2014 by Michele  |  No Comments »

A never ending wanderlust

For as long as I can remember I’ve dreamed of travelling the world. I’ve thought of what it would be like to learn as many languages as I can. And I don’t just want the language, I want to submerge myself in the culture of the people who speak it. I’m not sure why I find the way other people live so fascinating, but I want to try everything this world has to offer.

Who knows when that will happen though. Travelling costs money, so until then I think I will just work toward learning a language to get started. Perhaps if I do I could get hired at a translation service in another country, or even become an English teacher. If so, I could use my spare time to learn another language, and then move to that country when I become fluent. It sounds like a fascinating plan doesn’t it? I know I’ve mentioned it before, but it’s still right there at the top of my list. Chris gets frustrated with me for dreaming so big, but I think if I don’t have big dreams I’ll probably just resign to living a mediocre life. I don’t want that for myself. I want to always be dreaming and scheming for the next big adventure. I am still young, with a lot of time to make big things happen for myself.

-Michele

Posted on April 16th, 2014 by Michele  |  No Comments »

Make some noise!

I feel like making some noise! I’ve always wanted to look into music productions because I feel like I could be great at putting different sounds together to make music. I love distorting natural sounds to make them sound different, like if I were to use lovepedal effects at musicians friend. A lot of people look down on electronic music, but I feel like it’s a really creative form of expression.

-Michele

Posted on February 22nd, 2014 by Michele  |  No Comments »

Next on the list: Eggs Benedict

When Chris and I visited Manhattan earlier this month, we went to this great little diner near our hotel. Neither Chris or I had ever tried eggs benedict, so he decided to order them and give them a go. They were delicious! So I’ve decided to try our making them myself. I’ve always heard that hollandaise sauce could be kind of intimidating, but I think I can handle it. All I need is the cayenne pepper and I’m set! I’ll let you all know how it goes.

-Michele

Posted on February 21st, 2014 by Michele  |  1 Comment »