Albeit a bit late, I was rather inspired by my good friend Claire over at Ordinary Goodness. I always admire her ability to meditate, reflect and set goals. She is a very conscious and conscientious decision maker, something I strive to be.

So, in the spirit of her post, and in light of my recent birthday (which my boyfriend likes to remind me puts me in my “mid” twenties), here are 24 things I would like LOVE to do by the time I turn 25.

1. Lose (at least) 15 pounds. Yes, I know, I know. But, I have gained a significant amount of weight in the past two years (35 pounds). My back hurts, my knees hurt and I feel things that I thought I wouldn’t feel until I reached 40. Read: I don’t want to huff and puff going up the stairs anymore. The BF and I are doing couch to 5k. I will keep you posted.

2. Indulge my passions. Even writing this simple blog post feels amazing. I know what makes me happy, I just have to carve out the time to do it. I think I’ll put a post-it on the TV remote that says “DON’T DO IT!”

3. Be a better friend. My smart phone is wonderful, but it is also a source of great anxiety. I’m the worst at answering phone calls and text messages. I promise message-leavers, I still love you!

4. Spring Fall Cleaning. Ok, so, I dropped the ball this spring, but the BF and I moved in together this June and there are still remnants of our move around the apartment. A box full of books, a hamper used as a temporary storage device and a suitcase full of clothes. My parents are coming to town this weekend. MOTIVATION.

5. (GRADUATE) FIND A JOB. This is possibly most daunting but most necessary thing that has to happen. I really don’t have any energy to expand on it because well, I’m just tired of talking/thinking about it enough in real life.

6. Read good and do other stuff good too. I think this issue will be solved when I’m no longer required to read for school.

7. Spend more time out of the house. Apartment = downward spiral/eating my face off. Coffee shop/Library = People watching, inspiration and lots of writing. It also equals draining of wallet on delicious foods.

8. Work on my sense of urgency. Sometimes anxiety keeps me from gettin’ er done. Go, go Gadget Gracie!

9. Do more writing like this. Prompts don’t always have to be boring.

10. Go to a city. Preferably New York. 

11. Add a few new dishes to my repertoire. I’ve got stovetop quesadillas under control. Now it’s time for bigger and better things.

12. Work on self-fulfillment. Don’t look to others to fill the cup of happiness for me. “The most important relationship in your life is the relationship you have with yourself. Because no matter what happens, you will always be with yourself.” – Diane Von Furstenberg

13. Narrow down the goals of my business (plan). I can’t be a specialist at everything. That’s just not how it works. 

14. Draw. I used to be so consumed by the process to the point of zen. Where is that in my life right now?

15. Clean out my closet. I guess this is an addendum to number 4, but it needs its own line.

16. Walk my dogs.

17. Use what I have. Don’t overbuy. Everything from shampoo to taco shells. Yes, I went a little crazy on taco shells the other week. What?! They were on sale!

18. Have friend reunion(s). College, high school, roommates, coworkers.

19. Be understanding. When I was younger, I would always mark on personality tests that I was a good listener and empathetic. Now I know that this always takes work. It’s a process.

20. Sleep. At the right/normal time.

21. Stop comparing myself to others. Yeah, I’ll let you know how that goes.

22. Drink less Diet Coke

23. Keep a plant, of some kind, alive.

24. Be calm. Take baths, do yoga, drink tea. Whatever it takes!

Again, thanks Claire for giving me the idea for this post. We need to do number 18.

I’ve got to hand it to the designer who came up with candy blocks. When something is delicious and useful it’s a win-win for sure. Here is my new home being built in the shadows of the Diet Coke Forest and the Tower of Solarcaine.

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The bed is lookin’ pretty comfy at this time of night…

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But sometimes an evil giant comes and gnaws away at my progress…

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Last summer I bought a piece of art by this duo at one of Foxy Loxy Print Gallery and Cafe’s print shows. Unfortunately, in the midst of my move, I couldn’t photograph the piece, but it looks sort of like the bikini print in this picture except WAY smaller.

Photo Credit: Kay Wolfersperger and Benjamin Stanley

Photo Credit: Kay Wolfersperger and Benjamin Stanley

Under the nome de plume the Adventures of Ben and Kay, Kay Wolfersperger and Benjamin Stanley collaborate in printmaking. However, the two also have their own adventures.

Kay is also a graphic designer, designing logos for businesses including Foxy Loxy.

Photo Credit: Kay Wolfersperger

Photo Credit: Kay Wolfersperger

Benjamin dabbles in photography and printmaking and adventures. His tumblr. is pretty spiffy.

 

Photo Credit: Benjamin Stanley

Photo Credit: Benjamin Stanley

Would you like a Coke?

Can I really have a regular Coke?

Yes. But you might spring for something with a few more bells and whistles.

How about a Lipton Diet Sparking Green Tea with Strawberry Kiwi? Yes, this is real.

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If there’s one thing I can’t stand it’s over-modified products. Call me a purist, but there is just something chemical about that. I can’t even imagine what it would taste like.

Another over-modified product that drives me crazy is Diet Cherry Vanilla Dr. Pepper.

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Now, in Lipton’s product there were six modifiers: Diet, Sparking, Green, Tea, Strawberry and Kiwi. You may look at Diet Cherry Vanilla Dr. Pepper and think, “Oh, there are only four modifiers.” Wrong. You must account for Dr. Pepper’s 23 flavors, thus a total of 27.

I think I’ll stick to water for now.

 

For sometime now/Since birth… I have been making observations about the world around me. Some days, I see something particularly heinous and say to myself “Yes, this is real” in an effort to somehow process the absurdity of what is before me. This happens to me at least several times a week and I have decided that the only way to explain this sensation is to share my “Yes, this is real” findings with you in a column of sorts. Alas, we have our first feature, Chicken Spread.

Mmmm...gag, gag, gag.

Mmmm…gag, gag, gag.

First, let me say that there is a dancing devil man on this package. That doesn’t bode well. Also, the general notion of spreading chicken doesn’t sit well with me. Spreads should come in non-animal forms like mayonnaise or mustard or EVEN Vegemite, but NOT chicken. Underwood, the manufacturer of this delight also makes ham, roast beef and liverwurst versions of the same. Rewind. Did you notice that I said “manufacturer?”

Ok so maybe a lot of the items on our grocery store shelves are manufactured these days, but I much prefer “grown” and “raised” in sentences about my food. Lastly, the whole can is wrapped in a paper wrapping, like a small present. Only, how could this be a present? It is dog food put in human packaging. Even though it’s been 48 hours since I came into contact with Chicken Spread, I’m still laying here on the futon saying “Yes, this is real.”

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