Thoughts

Are You There, Angela? It’s Me, Your Blog.

I may or may not have made this post title using inspiration from one of my favorite comedians Chelsea Handler and her book, “Are You There Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea.” Great, funny read. A little racy, but a good laugh. Check it out sometime.

I just want to take some time today to fill you in on what’s been happening in my life, i.e. why my posting has been so sporadic and even non-existent at times. I truly hate being away from the blog. I have so many ideas swirling around in my head, so many big plans for this space, and just, frankly, things going on that are taking precedent or not leaving much time for me to create content. Not all of these things are bad — actually, I should say none of these things are inherently bad. It’s just different, and I need to work on finding a schedule that fits my life right now. A groove, if you will.

If you must know, when I typed the word “groove,” I definitely had a groovy mental tune playing in my head and did a little dance move in my chair.

So, where to start. Ugh, and yes, whenever I wrote “start” the very first line of  “Do-Re-Mi” from “The Sound of Music” popped into my head (“Let’s start at the very beginning, a very good place to start…”). Did you know I played Maria in my HS’s version of that six years ago? Well, now you do.

The beginning. A few weeks ago, things got a little crazy at my part time retail job and my hours were bumped up by a lot. I was happy to help out (and make some money, truthfully), but I was also simultaneously starting a full-time job as a legal secretary. No, that’s not in my field. Yes, I’m still looking for jobs elsewhere. And yes, my current job knows that. They’re wonderful.

Basically, for the past month, I’ve been doing my 40 hour weeks plus my part-time job right after, leaving little time to do anything else except wind down and watch the previous nights’ The Tonight Show while I eat some a lot of chocolate at 10 pm. I don’t mean to sound like I’m complaining because I am truly grateful that I do have two jobs right now when some people can’t find one.

Two jobs comes at a good time, too, considering I just got this:

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Meet Vivian (Viv for short) the Volvo. She’s a gorg 2007 Volvo s60 that my dad happened upon because he was in the right place at the right time. He has very good karma… good things happen to good people and all that. Anyway, she’s mine, and I love her, even though I have to pay for her 😉 I don’t really know anything about cars but according to Amanda this is a good one.

Hmmm ya. So I’m working a lot, driving my new car around a lot, and on the days when I have a few hours off I’m either at the yoga studio, with my family, or hanging with friends (which admittedly, ins’t a lot). I wish I had more time to put some love into this space because some things are in the works (aka a redesign… it’s happening slowly but surely). Until then, you’re stuck with the old N4L experience, and I’m going to cut down my posting to Monday, Wednesday, Friday with a random other day here or there just to make my head feel a little less boggled. Hopefully by setting this goal for myself, posting will feel more manageable.

I’ll be back on Friday with a new “Nutty For…”
Talk soon!

Questions of the Day:
>> Have you ever had a period in your life that left you feeling overwhelmed? 
>> What is your favorite job you’ve had? Hopefully what you’re doing now 🙂

More places to find me:
Twitter: @angiggy
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Email: nuttylifeang@gmail.com

Thinking Out Loud: Weird Edition

Everyone’s a little bit weird. That’s a fact. Google it. There’s a quote to prove my conjecture.

I have another theory: everyone thinks that they are actually the weirdest person in the world. I’d be lying if I didn’t say I thought so about myself from time to time. I recently learned that some people find it annoying when someone claims to be weirder than others, so that’s not what I’m really here to do. For today’s Thinking Out Loud (haven’t participated in a while!), I’m going to share some personal quirks. Because we’re all normal. But we’re all a little bit weird.

1. This is how I squeeze my toothpaste. I literally squeeze it, in the center. I’ve been told multiple times that I’m doing it wrong, but I really don’t care. IMG_1026

2. I’m convinced that if you dry your bedsheets after washing them outside they smell like sunshine. I rarely dry my sheets in our dryer anymore because it sucks (think: squeaking for the duration of the cycle and leaves black streaks on what you’re drying), so I don’t know what I’m going to do when winter hits.

3. I tried to open a banana with my feet this morning. The host herself, Amanda (thanks for hosting, by the way!) challenged me to the task yesterday. I need to work on my technique, as I couldn’t quite turn the banana around. I didn’t want it to drop on the floor, so I stopped before I could make a fatal mistake.

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4. Have I mentioned on here before that I HATE, with a passion, dill pickles. Maybe I have. Like I don’t even want them on my plate at a restaurant. I’ll make my brother take them off of my plate. Moral of the story: they’re nasty (sorry).

5. I really only feel comfortable walking next to someone if they’re on my right side. Left feels “off” and unbalanced.

6. I was totally in love with my first car. I know I’ve mentioned it on here before, but it was a 1989 Toyota Camry. I named him Norm because he reminded me of an old man. I also rarely cleaned the inside, so I liked to joke that he was a dirty old man. If you had asked me what I wanted for my first car years ago, that would never have been the answer. It’s so old! Right? Well, I feel so fortunate to (one) have had a car in the first place and (two) to have not had the newest car ever because now I know that a car is definitely not an investment but totally an expense.

Sadly, this past week my family had to decide to put Norm to rest. I might have teared up a little when I found out. He went in for an inspection and the amount of money we’d have had to spend to fix all that was wrong with him was exorbitant. Plus, we knew that even if we fixed him now, something new could go haywire at any time.

So this is like my little eulogy to my beloved first car. Norm, I will love you forever. You were the best first car I could have had. I will always miss your red velvet interior, your automatic seatbelts that scared the shit out of everyone in the passenger seat, the way everything shook when I pushed the gas, and even the way I had to manually open the sunroof in the last year of your life. rip.

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Questions of the Day:
>> Tell me something quirky about yourself!
>> Do you have talented feet?
>> Would you totally kill me over how I squeeze toothpaste?

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Balancing Alcohol Consumption With Healthy Living

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The other night, I drank half an alcoholic milkshake with my friend Kaitlyn. At 9:30 pm. It wasn’t my proudest moment, I’ll be honest, but I was a little bit buzzed. The shake was calling our names, and you know what? It was delicious.

Surprise! Sometimes I like to have a drink or two (or more). Maybe even in milkshake form. If you’ve been reading for even just a month, you probably get that by now. So, yeah, I do indulge in a little drinking now and again. Does that make me any less healthy than a non-drinker? In my opinion, no.

We all know that alcohol is not at the top of the 100 healthiest foods list (actually, it’s probably pretty close to the bottom of that list). Still, alcohol is something that the people I hang out with, including family, drink. It’s not going away anytime soon. I used to freak out about the calories in alcohol and the potential health risks that can incur in the future from consumption, but recently I’ve learned a big lesson in moderation.

It’s okay if you want to have a fun night out, or even a glass of wine at home. Like I said, though, moderation is key. I’ve learned that if I have only one or two drinks in a night, I’m infinitely happier than if I have four (or more). I feel clearer the next day, both in body and mind. But that’s not necessarily what I’m meaning to get at here.

For me, indulging in nights that include alcohol usually lead to some pretty fun and happy memories. Going out with friends or catching up with someone over dinner and drinks is a kind of release. It’s a way to unwind and tighten friendships. I know that not everyone treats alcohol in this way, but it’s how I personally treat it. It’s all about balance, like most things in life, really.

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again- healthy living is about more than just quinoa, kale, and running. Someone I met the other night while I was having a drink got to questioning me about this. If I was so “healthy,” why was I drinking? My answer was basically that if I restricted myself from alcohol merely because it’s not traditionally good for you, I wasn’t doing myself any mental favors. It’s one thing to actually not be able to consume something but it’s another to tell yourself you can’t.

So I’m going to keep eating oatmeal, making salads, and guzzling water. I’m also going to have a drink now and again. And that’s perfectly okay with me.

Questions of the Day:
>> How do you feel about incorporating alcohol into a healthy lifestyle?

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