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Solo Travel

Cambodia Travel Guide: Grand Tour of Asia : Condé Nast Traveler

Hi everyone.  So I’m looking for some advice… I’ve been thinking about planning a trip to South East Asia for a few years now.  It looks like it might finally work out this summer since I’ll be out of school and still have a little bit of money saved.  It’s basically the last time I know that I’ll have the time to take such a long trip.

I’m really excited but I’m not sure if I’ll be able to get anyone else to come with me.  I’m not so concerned about the safety (within reason) because it’s a well traveled area and I trust myself to be responsible.  My biggest hesitation is not having someone to share the experience with.  There are definitely pros and cons to doing it either way like being able to see whatever you want whenever you want, but all of the traveling I’ve done so far has been with a companion and I love being able to reminisce years later, and be reminded of details that I’ve forgotten.

What do you think?  Have any of you ever traveled alone?  I think I want to go badly enough that I will do it by myself but we’ll see!

photo from conde naste traveler

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Yes or No: Baths

An Overflow Bathtub with Fireplace

So last week, at the beginning of my break I decided that I would start off right by taking a nice relaxing bath.  And I was super excited because I used this soap to give it a nice peppermint-y smell and it was going to be great.  And it good for about a minute until I realized that I hate taking baths.  After about a minute of “relaxing” I could already feel the water starting to get cold, I was thirsty, I couldn’t ignore the incessant dripping from the faucet, I couldn’t get to a place that my entire body was submerged up to my neck so I was always a little bit cold in some spots, and I was distracted by how dirty the tub looked from that close.  I could stay in a nice hot shower all day (but don’t worry, I won’t because of the environment).

So, what am I doing wrong?  Someday if I get a nice big, deep bath tub (like above) will I find this relaxing?  Or will baths always be kind of boring?  Maybe I need more toys like when I was a kid, I’m pretty sure I liked baths then.  Do any of you bath people out there have any tips?  Or maybe there are just two kinds of people…

Bathtub photo (that I’m pretty sure I could learn to love) from pinterest.com


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Eating like a grown up

So, I have to admit — I’m not a very good grown up.  What I mean by that is mostly that I’m not good at feeding myself.  Between having an internship, going to school, doing homework, trying to get to the gym once in a while, and trying to occasionally have a social life, there is no time for dinner.  Sometimes I scroll through my Facebook and am genuinely amazed at people who have kids or even pets and manage to feed them nutritious food on a regular basis, let alone themselves.

I wish that I was one of those people who could say that they love cooking, and it relaxes them after a long day and blah blah blah.  Apparently, I’m not one of those people.  I hope to one day become one of those people, like when I have a kitchen that I can’t stand in a reach my arms out and touch both wall, or that has at least 2 sq. ft. of actual counter space, and when I don’t have to lug bags of groceries 5 blocks and up 2 flights of stairs every week.

But in the meantime I’m going to make an effort to cook a little more, and a little better.  Starting with some of these easy recipes:

Pad Thai – I usually stay away from homemade pad thai recipes because of the number of ingredients that they require, but this one looks like I already have most of the stuff!

Vegetable Pad Thai

One pot pasta, all day everyday.

One Pot Pasta Primavera

Homemade pizza is another weekly staple for me, any one of these 50 options would help to mix it up a bit.

If I can find the ingredients, I would love to try cooking Indian.

 Image: ShutterstockI’ve made something similar to this Mexican dish using rice, but I love quinoa also.  I also love anything that can be made entirely in one pan.

One Pan Mexican Quinoa - Wonderfully light, healthy and nutritious. And it's so easy to make - even the quinoa is cooked right in the pan!

Happy cooking!


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We now return you to your regularly schedueld programming.

Happy Friday the 13th/Galentine’s Day Honesty Timers!  Kaely here, reporting for duty.  I know what you’re thinking, “Where’s Rachel?”, “It’s Friday and it’s almost baseball season, seriously, we need to talk to her”, and also maybe, “Kaely?  We thought she died.”  Never fear, Rachel will be returning on Wednesdays for the time being and I’ll be taking over her Friday spot.

For anyone who’s paying really close attention, I mentioned a few months ago that I was moving to a new city and beginning a graduate school program.  Not only has the work load been taking its toll on my free time, I’m actually taking a full day of back-to-back-to-back classes this semester on Wednesday so clearly, blogging just hasn’t been happening for me.  Being the excellent bro that Rachel is, she has agreed to swap days with me for now.  I’m looking forward to getting back into the swing of things and coming up with some new ideas to share!

Sending lots of love to all of our bros and lady friends on this freezing cold Galentine’s Day!

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Holidays

Happy Christmas Eve to everyone celebrating!  I haven’t really prepared anything today since I’ve spent the morning running around doing last minute errands, cookie decorating, and gift wrapping.  I hope everyone has a happy holiday!  Santa came a little early today and left a big present for my little friend.  Happy Holidays from me and Tuck!

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Serial (yes, again)

Sorry guys, I’m obsessed with Serial.  I fully realize that this is the second time I’ve posted about it (also, I’ve been watching a lot of Law and Order since my exams finished so I’m pretty sure that I was actually supposed to be a detective).  I’ve been texting with my family all day about who did it and what the final episode will reveal tomorrow.  I’m trying to mentally prepare for the fact that we might not ever know for sure if Adnan is actually guilty or not.  In the meantime, I’m dying at this video.  Especially everything to do with Mail Chimp.

Who else is excited for the final episode tomorrow?  Call me, lets talk about it!

Chart from thebolditalic.com

 


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Self Care

 

Photo on 2011-03-02 at 14.06 #2

Here is a little throw back self-care, courtesy of Rachel and I, because I’m almost certain that we had a final to be studying for, instead of taking the 20+ photo booth pictures that I still have on my computer.

Happy finals week grad students, or else, happy holiday season everyone else!  Either way you cut it, the stretch between the holidays can be a crazy, joyful, wonderful, exciting, busy, and stressful time. Something that has been emphasized to me a lot recently is the idea of self care.  Whether you work in a helping profession or not, it’s difficult to be the best version of yourself without taking a little time to take care of you!  So while I’m in the middle of a crazy long stretch of working with high school students, and also preparing for 2 final exams, 2 papers, a presentation, and still trying to manage some semblance of a social life, I’m trying to make it a priority to still have a little me-time.  Today it was going for a quick jog when my first class was canceled, but sometimes it means watching an hour of Netflix at the end of the day and having that second scoop of salted caramel gelato, and other times it just means calling it a night at 11pm, even though there is still easily 3 more hours of work to be done.  This weekend, I’m especially looking forward to some quality bro-time and celebrating Manda-Panda’s birthday!  Whatever the holidays mean to you, make sure to take a little time away from the craziness to take care of yourself, I think that being able to really be present makes the season even more enjoyable!