Friday, August 17, 2012

Weird Eating and (Hakuna) Frittatas in Muffin Pan

I have an annoyingly high-maintenance body, especially when it comes to eating. Because my maternal grandfather has diabetes, just about everyone on that side of the family has some issues with low blood sugar, and I am no exception. People who hang around me long enough know to ignore my crankiness, impatience, faintness, and overall inability to act like a human being when it's been a while since I've had a meal. (I'm like the hypoglycemic Hulk: you won't like me when I'm hungry.) Not only that, but for some reason (maybe I'm "blessed" with high metabolism), I get full after eating only about half of any meal, and become hungry again in no time. So, instead of eating the typical 3 big meals a day, I eat about 6-7 "mini meals" a day. Needless to say, these little quirks in my eating habits can be incredibly frustrating to deal with, so I'm always looking for new tricks to lessen my weird dietary issues.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Fueled By Newsroom

HBO's The Newsroom is my favorite new series on television. It is not only features witty dialogue, lovable characters and captivating narratives, but it also provides an insight into the challenges that American journalism faces today. Without giving too much away, the show is about a cable news anchor named Will McAvoy who has focused more on charming his audience than on uncovering the truth. But after his ex-girlfriend becomes his executive producer, he decides to quit his soft approach and actually report the news for a change. 

The Newsroom is a pretty new show––the pilot aired in mid-June of this year––and, for once, I feel like I'm ahead of the curve with television trends. (Seriously, I just finished Sex and the City this summer and am still inching my way through Mad Men.) So, while it's still a hidden gem, I'd like to share my reasons for loving this show: 

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Gone Camping: Volume 1

Even though I'm sure I went camping as a kid, and I've gone on cabin trips as a young adult, the camping trip I took this weekend didn't quite feel the same. This time, there was no electricity to light my room or parents to take care of me. Just myself, my boyfriend Ben, my friends––Shannan and Ben W., and a car-full of camping supplies and food. For me, the trip was an experience that made me think about all the responsibilities we take for granted in the modern. We were forced to deal with things that our daily lives generally let us ignore––the dark, the cold, bugs, dirt, and the worst creatures on the face of the earth and raccoons. All of that self-reliance, plus the copious amounts of meat I ate this weekend, helped feel just a little more in touch with my deeply-hidden, inner Ron Swanson.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Dear Readers, I'm Going Camping...

Dear readers,

I want to extend my apologies for not posting as much as I would've liked to this week. But I've got a good excuse, I promise. I'm going camping this weekend! And, since I'm not what you would call camping experts (and also because I'm a skilled procrastinator), the preparations have been taking up a significant portion of my free time over the past few days. But, my bags are (almost) packed and we're (almost) ready to go, and I can't wait to get the weekend underway!

Of course, I plan to update you all with an in-depth post about my experience sometime early next week. But, to tide you over until then and give you a little sneak peek, I'll leave you with just a few photos of some of the things I'm bringing with me. Enjoy!

Monday, July 30, 2012

Oh, Let's Go Fly A Kite: The Berkeley Kite Festival

This past weekend, in search of a new experience, I attended an event that is apparently not-so-new: the 27th annual Berkeley Kite Festival. Besides a lot of kites, I really wasn't sure what to expect from this event, but it seemed that it would, at the very least, provide some entertainment for the afternoon. So, in spite of not actually owning a kite, I decided to see what it was all about, and headed down to the Berkeley Marina with my lovely friend Vicki to do just that.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Summer Songs of 2012

Maybe it's the vacation mindset or maybe it's the sunshine, but summer is a season that needs its own soundtrack. While my summer playlists tend to favor catchy pop songs, glam rock tunes, and laid-back reggae-esque numbers, a good summer song can be of any genre. In fact, the only real requirement for a summer song (for me at least) is that it complements certain seasonal experiences––sunshine, road-trips, beaches, backyard BBQs, warm summer night parties, etc. Each year, regardless of whether I actually experience any of these summertime things, I make a playlist to coincide with the season, featuring some old favorites and some new discoveries. And while I don't quite have room to share my entire 2012 playlist with you, it's only appropriate that I share a few of the newer songs I've added to this year's list, considering the theme of this blog. So, without further ado, here are five of my favorite summer songs of 2012: