Saturday, June 30, 2012

June Foodie Pen Pal

Oh my goodness this has been a long two months. Hopefully once life settles down a bit I will be able to write more. Someone actually gave me a great idea for a link party that I might just have to do. 

Okay, so on to this month's goodies. 

My pen pal was Carrie and she sent me all kinds of great goodies from her home state of Kentucky.  

The good stuff included:
1) Coffee (that was delicious with toast and the almond toast sprinkle from last month)
2) Garlic salt 
3) Tea
4) Homemade cherry granola
5) Sour Cream scone mix which I plan on making once I get my whole life unpacked in my new apartment
6) Blackberry Bourbon chutneyt

I'm really excited about all of this, but when I saw the chutney I was a little unsure of what to do with it since I don't eat meat. I've never known it as anything except a meat topper so I went searching. I don't know why I didn't think of adding it to a veggie sandwich, but I think that Blackberry Bourbon Chutney would be great on a cucumber and red onion sandwich. 

So, again, once I unpack my whole life, I will be making sandwiches. 

Thanks Carrie :)

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Finding things to talk about

I wrote a long post earlier today, with lots of pictures, talking about the food ethics movies I've been watching recently. And, because blogger is the bane of my existence, it didn't save. I'll get back to that sometime soon then. 

On a different note, I haven't written much about how I have an online dating profile, but I've had one since about March of 2011. I've met some cool guys who, it turns out, I didn't have anything in common with. I met a few who I had a lot in common with and who I dated for a short while but it didn't work out. I also met one crazy man, but that story is for another time. 

I've deactivated and reactivated my accounts a few times. I had a free OKCupid account for about a year and when I got my tax return I decided that I was willing to pay for Well, I really don't like Match as much as OKC, but I have found that people on Match tend to be more mature and doing more with their life. (Don't even get me started on those that lurk on Plenty of Fish). But the point I'm trying to make is that finding something to talk about is hard with people who you don't know a ton about when the obvious intention is to get to know each other to decide if you would like to no longer be forever alone...together. 

I wish I would have remembered this sooner. 

When I was 18 I had a best friend who turned into a boyfriend of 5 years. One of the first times we spent time together we shared our answers to this list. It was basically the most amazing conversation starter I have ever encountered. It is a little high school-ish (we were 18 after all), but it is still great conversation starter. 

However, when I went back a hundred years on my Xanga (holy crap, xanga. I almost forgot about you) I found that the list is super super melodramatic. 

So I went searching for another. 

The following list is from

1. List 20 random facts about yourself.
2. Describe 3 legitimate fears you have and explain how they became fears.
3. Describe your relationship with your parents.
4. List 10 things you would tell your 16 year-old self, if you could.
5. What are the 5 things that make you most happy right now?
6. What is the hardest thing you have ever experienced?
7. What is your dream job, and why?
8. What are 5 passions you have?
9. List 10 people who have influenced you and describe how.
10. Describe your most embarrasing moment.
11. Describe 10 pet peeves you have.
12. Describe a typical day in your current life.
13. Describe 5 weaknesses you have.
14. Describe 5 strengths you have.
15. If you were an animal, what would you be and why?
16. What are your 5 greatest accomplishments?
17. What is the thing you most wish you were great at?
18. What has been the most difficult thing you have had to forgive?
19. If you could live anywhere, where would it be and why?
20. Describe 3 significant memories from your childhood.
21. If you could have one superpower, what would it be and what would you do with it first?
22. Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 10 years? 15 years?
23. List your top 5 hobbies and why you love them.
24. Describe your family dynamic of your childhood vs. your family dynamic now.
25. If you could have dinner with anyone in history, who would it be and what would you eat?
26. What popular notion do you think the world has most wrong?
27. What is your favorite part of your body and why?
28. What is your love language?
29. What do you think people misundertand most about you?
30. List 10 things you would hope to be remembered for.

Heck, maybe I should fill out this list before I start asking other people these questions. 

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Some quick things I am excited about

Okay, so I felt like crap this morning, but now I've taken Tylenol, napped, and had Aladdin's Veggie Chili for lunch (a.k.a. my favorite food EVER) so I feel ready to go. 

Part of me wishes I've had more time recently to write because the things I want to share have really been piling up, but the things I want to share are also the things that have been consuming my life so now I'm gonna do a quick update (cause I kinda feel like I'm bursting with excitement now): 

1) As of yesterday I am officially credit card debt free. I messed up my finances when I was 20 and racked up I think the final total was $5,000 in high interest credit card debt. Then when a boy broke up with me I stopped functioning for a while...and stopped paying my bills. Well, after several years of trying to be strict with my money and a lot of luck I am officially credit card debt free for the first time since I was 18. I just have 40 bazillion dollars in student loans, but the interest rate there is much more reasonable so that's a little better. 

2) After my first three weeks of grad school work was were graded I officially have a 100% in one class and an A+ average in the other. Basically, those are the best grades I've had since I was in, oh, probably kindergarten. Now that we're past the easy intro stuff I'm sure I can keep those grades up with such a nice buffer going. 

3) I officially have my first apartment (well, signing the paperwork tomorrow, but everything else is official). I move in July 1st. It's on the third floor...which means I'll also be working on my buns of steel in the process :) A trip to Ikea is definitely in order and I am working very hard to not get too out of control on Pinterest in terms of planning organizational craziness I don't have the money for. 

4) Yesterday was my last day with students for the school year. Friday marks my last day of work for this school year. I officially am taking a 5 week "teacher summer" where I'm not working. I will be living on the cheap cause my salary without sub pay is just JUST enough, but that means for the first time since my son was 7 weeks old we are going to get to spend some serious time together. I am a little nervous (okay, a lot nervous. He has WAY more energy than I do) but also really excited. And we have a zoo pass and will be acquiring a pool pass so we've got lots of outlets for that energy. Mama is gonna sleep well this summer. 

5) I made a new friend who is also a vegetarian, and my Foodie Pen Pal for the month is a "wannabe vegetarian".  I couldn't be more excited. And I finally found time to make Zucchini Tots. They are a little more like mini zucchini quiche than tater tots, but they are definitely yummy. 

Finally, I recently found the Vlog Brothers. John Green (the author of , a.k.a. one of the best books ever) and his brother do some pretty hilarious vlogs. I wanted to share one that I've been particularly loving recently. My high school kids loved it too too. 

Monday, June 4, 2012

Where I was 5 years ago

Maybe it's because my first class of seniors graduated and it made me think about my own high school graduation. Maybe it's because I'm getting ready to take a huge step in my adult life (moving into my own apartment, just me and the baby). Maybe it's because I'm trying some new things and every day realizing more and more who I want to be. 

I have been thinking a lot about where I was 5 years ago, and where five years ago I thought I would be today. 

Five years ago was 2007. I was 20, living in an apartment with a boy who I had been in love with for two years, going to college to be a teacher, and working at Starbucks (June 6th, 2007 was my first day. It's weird I remember that). 

If you would have asked 20 year old Teresa where I would be when I was 25 I would have said that I would be married to the boy I was dating (heck, until 2009 I still thought I was going to marry that boy) because I needed him. I would have said I would be teaching English at a huge public school in some nice suburb, I would be spending my weekends reading and swimming, I would be living in a small house in a nice neighborhood and working towards that American Dream. I honestly didn't think I ever wanted kids. 

I am so glad life has taken me to places I never expected. 

That boy and I are no longer together, but we are still friends. I am looking for someone to come home to but have realized that I want someone who wants me, not someone who needs me. I am teaching public speaking at a private catholic school and spend my Saturdays at speech and debate tournaments. I am just now moving into my first nice apartment, without a man or even a roommate, just me and my son. 

Life is unexpected, life is impermanent, and that is more often than not a great thing. 

Five years ago, did you think you would be where you are today?