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Journal

Daily Brain Dumps

Do you know what I miss most about my old blogging days?

The daily brain dumps.

I find writing so therapeutic, but I don’t tend to do it unless I have the blog accountability. It’s kind of like playing the guitar. If I’m not actively taking lessons, I don’t tend to practice.

This is one of the things I hate about myself.

I have been pondering about starting a daily blog again, like back in the day, but I always end up talking myself out of it.

Mostly it’s my perfection gene kicking in.

What’s the point of blogging in a world full of social media sites?
I don’t have the energy nor desire to write those insanely long SEO posts for my recipes. I’m no longer in the weight loss niche. Do I have a niche? Do I even need a niche?

Ugh. Why am I overcomplicating this?

Overall, the personal blog feels dated and dead. No one reads them anymore. So why bother. Blah. Blah Blah.

I did give TikTok the old college try, but my word is that a lot of work –shooting video, editing, adding music and captions. I mean, it’s kinda fun, but it’s also overwhelming. And it doesn’t feel as authentic or raw as off-the-cuff writing. I rather enjoy just unwinding with my thoughts at the end of the day.

So, anyway, I decided to stop overthinking it. Here I am writing after a long Monday, dog and husband by my side, and I am rather enjoying it.

Marshmellow looking as comfortable as ever and The Husband’s feet kicked up after a long day.

The kids are in their rooms. They are much older now (15 and 10), so bedtimes are later. They are finally back to in-person school two days a week. It’s been a challenging year, to say the least, but I’ve been proud of them both. They have been keeping up with their school work amid all this craziness.

I’m wrapping up the third semester that the pandemic has impacted, and I may be struggling more than the kids. I fought so hard to get my teaching position back at the college because I love being in the classroom, and for the past year, that’s been nearly impossible.

I was one of the few teachers who did teach face-to-face the last two semesters, but it’s only been a course or two, and the students are mentally in another place. Between the masks and the lack of campus resources, it’s been challenging, and I feel defeated daily.

Then a student will ask a great question or send me a note of appreciation, and it energizes me. I remember why I like teaching so much, but it’s still hard to keep up the energy when everyone and everything feels so… drained… for lack of a better word.

Okay, well, I’m not sure I said much of anything in my first daily post, but you know what? I feel better. I’m glad I pulled out of the old laptop.

Oh! One more thing, I wanted to mention the flower picture I used for this post.

Easter Flowers Still Going Strong

Those flowers are from Easter! My brother and his girlfriend brought them over, and they are still going strong more than two weeks later.

I never buy flowers, and I’m not sure why. I loved having these in the house the last few weeks.

Are you a flower person? I think I may be becoming one in my old age. Is that’s a thing? I think that’s a thing.

Anyway, this was fun. I hope you had a good day. Good night!

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Teaching

Spring 2021 Student Snapshot

As you guys may or may not know, I teach technology courses at a local community college. I started teaching very early in my career, soon after getting my master’s degree in 2000.

I don’t think I really realized back then how much easier it was teaching when you felt relatively close in age to your students. At that time, I was able to relate to the majority of people in my classes. We listened to the same music, watched the same TV shows, and enjoyed the same movies, for the most part.

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Food Recipes

My Post-Holiday Food Notes and a New Blog!

I originally planned on writing this post last week over the break, but time just got away from me. I don’t know what happened. It was Christmas Eve and then… BOOM!

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Food

Why I Started Making Soup in Single Servings

Even typing the title feels strange. Who makes soups in single-servings? Isn’t the whole idea behind soup a big pot of awesomeness to soothe your soul and warm your heart on cold winter nights?

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Journal

250+ Days of Running: The What and Whys of a #RunStreak

In March of this year, I started running.

Again.

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Menus

A November Dinner Party Menu with Wine Pairings

Last Friday, I hosted a small dinner party with two of our closest friends. It was a much-needed date-night-in considering we really can’t get out.

The Menu

  • Cocktail: Candy Apple Whiskey Sour
  • Appetizer: Loaded Sweet Potato Skins
  • Salad: Pear, Maple Pecans, and Arugula Salad with Fig Vinaigrette
  • Main: Bacon-Wrapped Filet Mignon over Pureed Sweet Potato and Roasted Broccolini
  • Dessert: Ricotta Apple Fritters
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Cocktails Recipes

Peanut Butter Cup Cocktail

Happy Election day! Even though it doesn’t feel too happy. Frankly, I’m avoiding the news and will be watching some cheese horror flick instead. The results will be the same if I watch or not, so why put myself through the roller coaster ride?

Anyhoo, yesterday I was inspired by our leftover Halloween candy and made myself a Peanut Butter Cup Cocktail. It took a few attempts (which I didn’t mind), and I have settled on this combination of ingredients. I’m enjoying the one in the photograph as I write this recipe up.

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Journal

My Little Corner of Cyberspace

I can’t help it. I need a little corner on this thing we call the world wide web. Since returning to the classroom a few years ago, I’ve come to realize there quite a few people who don’t know what a website is. Everything is app-based, and the idea of a “blog” seems to be diminishing. Time is marching on, as it does, and every semester that passes, I find myself saying things like, “in my day…” and “when I was younger…” more and more.