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Summer Bucket List

This is that strange time  of  year when it could be snowing one day, and warm enough to wear shorts the next. I mean, just yesterday I had to  clean snow off of  my car before work. Today, it’s 60 degrees and sunny. As I sit at my desk at work, attempting to drown out the cacophony of my coworkers’ coughing, I can’t help but think about all of the things I want to do, once the weather really, finally warms up for a few months. Here’s my list of all the things I want to do this summer:

  1. Go hiking. I love hiking, but I don’t do it enough. Last year, my friends and I decided we wanted to have a summer of hiking, but we only went once when we were in Vermont. But we live in New Jersey, and there is hiking everywhere! Rachel and I have big plans for this summer.
  2. Go to California. This might be cheating to put on this list because I already know for sure it’s happening. I’ve never been to California, but Amanda and I just booked a trip to San Diego for June! I’m so damn excited.
  3. Play hooky to go to the beach. I did this  one day last summer – just took a random day off work to go to the beach with Amanda and Justin. I grew up near the Jersey shore, and I used  to go a million times  a summer. Now that I work, I’m forced to only go during weekends or on holidays, when it’s  sooo  crowded and miserable. There’s something about being at the  beach when you are supposed to be at work that makes it that much better.
  4. Go to the  Camden aquarium. I love aquariums so much. But I’ve  lived in New Jersey my entire life, and I’ve never been to the aquarium in Camden. It’s shameful, really.
  5. Go to concerts. I usually go to at least one concert every summer, but I didn’t go to any last year. I already  have tickets  for June to see Train and The Fray. But I want to go to more! I love live  music.
  6. Have a scavenger hunt. I love scavenger hunts. My friends and I  have talked about doing one  in New York City, and I want it to happen so badly. There are a ton of different options. Like this. Or this. Or this. I’ve never really gotten to be a tourist in NYC, even though I’ve been there a million times. What better way  to see our city than making it a game?
  7. Go geocaching. This goes hand-in-hand with going on a scavenger hunt. It’s a similar idea. I love the idea of geocaching and how it can bring you on an adventure in your own neighborhood. I think it’s so fun, and I want to try it.
  8. Have a  barbecue. This probably shouldn’t be on my list because every summer always has BBQs. It’s not like I have to  go out of my  way to find one. But I’m hungry right now and I want a hamburger.
  9. Go strawberry picking. I’ve been apple picking a million times, but never strawberry picking. New Jersey  has the best strawberries, and I want to eat them  all!
  10. Reread Harry Potter. So I’ve read each book at least three times. Doesn’t mean I love them any less. And, seriously, is there  anything better than sitting outside in the summer, reading and drinking lemonade? No. There isn’t.

So, there you have it. All of the things I could think of, off the top of my head, that I definitely want to do this summer. What am I missing? What’s on  your list? Are you as ready for this  winter to be over as I am?


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Free Time Equals New Projects

For the first time in my life, I have a new job that requires almost ZERO “outside of work” time.

I go to work, run around and play games all day, and then I can come home from work and DO NOTHING. Or I can come home from work and go be social! Or I can come home from work and go right to bed without fear of not doing some task or project my job required. No grading papers, no writing lesson plans, no sewing until the wee hours of the night, no hot gluing my fingers together, no stress about deadlines.

I’ve decided that once I’m done with my current three theatre shows in mid-March, I’m going to go on a theatre/costume hiatus until I feel that costuming is less of a stressful job, and more of a fun and creative hobby again.

In the meantime, I realize that I will suddenly find myself with a ton of free time that I previously did not have. I used to constantly be crafting, running to meetings, rehearsals, coming home to sew, etc. Currently, I wake up in the morning, go to my job, leave my job and head straight to the theatre, rehearse/run the show/have performances, get home, go to sleep, do it all over again.

So what can I do to spend my time when my schedule simply becomes “Go to work, come home, ?????, Sleep, repeat”??

So, the next thing that I have decided is that I come going to try or take up or work on a new hobby every month. I’ve already written that it’s easy to take a new hobby, as long it’s something you want to do. I want to try new hobbies so that I don’t come home from work and just sit like a lump in front of the Netflix. I want to keep my mind stimulated, my fingers busy, and also enjoy the calm of a hobby. I still have to finish my TARDIS blanket, but I want to add other hobbies to the list, since knitting is already ranked high up on my skill list.

Here are some of the ideas I’ve come up with so far:

 

  1. Cross stitching and embroidery. I was inspired by these 2 Buzz feed lists http://www.buzzfeed.com/alannaokun/embroideries-that-totally-get-you#.xsK4d7RqE http://www.buzzfeed.com/alannaokun/whole-ass-one-thing#.vglxzwlr0 . I think it would be very neat to make a bunch of hoops with quotes and sayings on them, paint the hoops, and hang them up on my wall when I move. It’s an unexpected decoration for an apartment, and it’s a little whimsicle, which I’m totes into. But first, I need to learn how. Challenge accepted.
  2. Practice some fierce face painting and makeup. The show that was running this weekend and plays its last show on Wednesday is Cats. If you are unfamiliar, the show requires almost a literal ton of face painting to transform the teens into cats. I painted 4 of the faces, but also came up with almost all of the designs. I’ve gotten so many compliments on both the designs and the makeups that I’ve done, that I think I would like to practice and have fun some more. Think of all of those cool people on YouTube who just sit around and practice painting crazy designs and characters purely for their enjoyment. I’d like to do that! I’m not much of an artist, so outside of basic makeup, I’m a total newbie at extreme designs. Let’s see if I can change that!
  3. Spend more time coloring. I did end up buying adult coloring books and I use both pens and colored pencils to fill in the illustrations. I think I’ve only completed 2 designs though, because I simply don’t have any “zen time” right now.
  4. Beading. I used to make earrings and necklaces way back in the high school days, but I stopped once I went to college. I still have a wide variety of beads under my bed, and I’d like to use up the supplies that I have. Perhaps I’ll enjoy myself so much that I may buy even more beading supplies. I’d like to practice my wire wrapping skills, but also some of the intricate beading designs that require threading and sewing, which I have never tried before.
  5. Read more. Everyone knows that I love to read, but I have to sadly admit that I haven’t picked up a book probably since June. I haven’t had the time. By time I get to bed, I’m too tired to read. Maybe it could be something as simple as “Come home from work, read for an hour, then do other hobbies” or something, since I know that reading in bed is a one-way express train to snooze town. However I accomplish it, I really want to put reading back into my life.
  6. Puzzles? Just kidding.
The amount of stress and swearing happening while we helped Lori with her puzzle was pretty outrageous. No more puzzles.

The amount of stress and swearing happening while we helped Lori with her puzzle was pretty outrageous. No more puzzles.

Who else has some hobby, craft or pastime activity ideas for me? I’m open to trying lots of new stuff, as long as the supplies aren’t too costly.


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Inexpensive Adventures

So Lori and I have recently brought back up our idea of doing more activities and not just sitting at home binge watching Netflix on the weekends (thought there is absolutely one hundred percent nothing wrong with that). Even though it’s winter and basically cold and/or gross out every weekend, we can at least think of things we want to do. The less expensive, the better. Free even! We didn’t talk too much about what we wanted to do, aside from getting outside and trying to find some local places to go hiking when the weather is nice. But I tried to come up with some things after a little bit of research. I also went back to my New York City bucket list and figured there’s definitely things there that can be done without spending a bajillion dollars. So here’s some things that I think would be fun and a little adventurous. Gotta take advantage of what’s out there because YOLO.

1. Hiking, because New Jersey’s got tons of mountains and trails. These rookies just gotta find them and not get lost. Not about to go all Surviorman up in here.

2. Round Valley Reservoir. I live pretty close to it and it’s only $10 to park on weekends. It’s not super crazy to walk around, but there’s some nice paths and you can get some pretty awesome pictures if you’re into photography.

3. Duke Gardens Estate. You know that school, Duke University? Yeah, the family who started that school is from New Jersey, and one of the main properties is now a giant park. Super pretty in the spring with all the flowers blooming and all. Lots of walking paths. I’m into it.

4. Turtleback Zoo (~$11-$13) or the Bronx Zoo (~$25). I haven’t been to a zoo since I was in Peru. Even though there’s a cost for a ticket and the travel cost, zoos are fun. Why not?

5. Camden Aquarium (~$26). I haven’t been here since I was a kid, though I’ve not really had a desire to travel to the murder capital of the US. I’m sure a trip to the aquarium wouldn’t be so bad though, right? It’s far but tempting.

6. Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty ($18). Admission to both are free, but you’ve got to pay to get there, and that’s where the boat comes in. Damn ferries, why you gotta be $18? Anyway, I haven’t been to either of these places in almost ten years, and they are such interesting places. I’m also drawn to them having had family members go through Ellis Island as immigrants.

7. Museums. I’m super nerdy and am down to go to museums. You can never stop learning, and there’s so much history that we don’t know about, so why not find those places. For example, the Thomas Edison museum. I went there when I was a kid, but why not go back and see it differently as an adult? Bonus: some museums are free!

8. Liberty Science Center. Always something fun here.

9. Biking along the Delaware River canal. I’ve heard that this is a thing you can do, and it can be considered fitness, so when the weather’s nice, why not?

10. Princeton. My sister goes here often with friends and just walks around, goes to the restaurants and all the little shops. It’s supposed to be a cute town so why not spend a day exploring?

11. The beach. You all know my love for the Jersey Shore by now. Sometimes the offseason is a great time to go. You may not get a tan, but it’s nice to relax, not have to deal with the crowds, or pay for a badge!

12. Finding the best places to eat in our town/city/state. We’ve talked about food tours in New York City, but I’m up for exploring anywhere really. Every year the newspapers and magazines come out with a “best” type of every kind of place to eat. So let’s just make our own.

 

So those are just some things I’ve come up with to keep busy when I might have some down time. Any suggestions of fun things to do (the cheaper the better!) are welcome! And they can be different and a little crazy…we’re always up for a good adventure, right?


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Check Out Our New Blog!

Remember last time I attempted to start a new blog? No? Good, let’s keep it that way.

This time, however, has been a much bigger success. Food365, launched a couple weeks ago, is based around an idea that this blog post from Kaely from back in February inspired (if you are so inclined, read our comments on that post for proof).

Basically, I have challenged myself to celebrate a year’s worth (at least) of food holidays. For days that I can’t do (or don’t want to do), I have enlisted the assistance of my Honesty Time pals.

The goal of this blog is not to share recipes, as I am not a good cook. It’s mostly about expanding my food horizons, discovering new things to make, and writing about my silly adventures. It’s been really fun so far, and I haven’t even gained any weight yet.

So, yes, I am shamelessly self-promoting a different blog on this one. But there has been talks of having an Honesty Time hiatus, so I figured I’d throw this one out to the world just in case anyone is hankering for some more of our brilliance in another format. If you read it, I promise that none of us will ever use the word “hankering” again (I’m not sure that’s a promise I can keep).

So if you like food, if you like my weird brand of humor, if you like holidays, if you like our beautiful faces (awkward selfies upon awkward selfies), check out Food365. I’m pretty proud of what we’ve done so far, and I think it will only get better.


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My Day in Pictures

I decided to take pictures of my day today. I’m not sure why, but I really did think it would be more exciting. Ah, well. Warning: I took all of these on my phone, paying zero attention to photo quality.

And so my day begins, as all days should, with a little RHAP as I get ready.

And so my day begins, as all days should, with a little RHAP as I get ready.

What should I wear today? Well, this will do.

What should I wear today? Well, this will do.

There has never, not once, been a more attractive picture of me. Eating a breakfast burrito!

There has never, not once, been a more attractive picture of me. Eating a breakfast burrito!

Time for work!

Time for work!

I have the coolest desk.

I have the coolest desk.

Emails. Google docs for days.

Emails. Google docs for days.

This is how we decorate our section of the office.

This is how we decorate our section of the office.

Gotta check my TimeHop.

Gotta check my TimeHop.

I def don't spend too much time on Gchat.

I def don’t spend too much time on Gchat.

I forgot to eat lunch, but I did have a snack...

I forgot to eat lunch, but I did have a snack…

Wise words from Rack Attack.

Wise words from Rack Attack.

I go home to find this fancy guy still in my favorite spot outside my apartment.

I went home to find this fancy guy still in my favorite spot outside my apartment.

Time to hang out with Linus, Reginald, Rufus, and Guadalupe

Time to hang out with Linus, Reginald, Rufus, and Guadalupe

This is my workout face.

This is my workout face.

Chicken francese, brown rice, veggies, and apple juice for dinner

Chicken francese, brown rice, veggies, and apple juice for dinner

Getting some writing in with my favorite pens.

Getting some writing in with my favorite pens.

So. There you have it. My super exciting life. I’m probably going to spend the rest of the day fooling around online until Big Brother tonight. Until then, here’s this adorable #tbt I posted today:

 


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Adventures In WWOOF-ing

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So as you may have noticed, here at Honesty Time we all have super important jobs with huge responsibilities, and definitely DO NOT spend hours a day g-chatting with each other, I won’t mention any specific names. (If our bosses are reading this, I swear, we do our work too.)

Lately it seems that we’ve been feeling a bit wanderlust-y and have been talking frequently about the cheapest way to see another part of the world.   The question that we’ve been asking ourselves is, how do we get someone else to pay our expenses so we can just go on adventures?  Win the lottery?  Find wealthy husbands?  Turn Honesty Time into a for-profit travel blog?  How?  Enter WWOOF-ing.

For any of you who are unfamiliar, WWOOF is an acronym for World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms.  Basically the way it works is, there are participating countries that each have their own website that will link people with farmers who are practicing organic and sustainable farming methods, and you can go and learn and work on the farm for a pre-determined amount of time.  You do have to pay for your own travel expenses to the site, but once you’re there, it’s basically free room and board for a 4-6 hours of work a day.

I fully realize that we talk a big game here at Honesty Time about all of the adventures that we’d like to have and all of the challenges that we’re doing, or I do at least.  This one I would really like to explore.  My top choices would be Costa Rica, South Africa, or Thailand.  Would you ever try something like this?  Where would you want to go?  I think it would be a great way to travel,  learn something new, and also give back to the community that you are traveling in; but I also fully understand sometimes when you just want your vacation to be relaxing.  Ideally I would like to take a week either during winter break or next summer to do something like this.  So, I’ll keep you posted if it looks like this could actually come together!


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Revisiting Resolutions

I’ve decided that since 2014 has reached its halfway point (flying by, I know), I decided to take a look at my New Years Resolutions. I know that I’m not doing as good a job at them as I wanted to. Does anyone really? I’ve never been good at keeping them, and I realized it when I found myself recently saying how I want to change something and then remembered I had made that one of my resolutions. Great job, Rachel. Excellent. So let’s see how much I’m failing.

 

1. Get a job

Well, I still don’t have a full time job doing something in the field that I want. I’m still at my part time job, and my boss wants to make me full time in the coming weeks. It is a little complicated and different in this situation, but I’ve got nothing else to do. I’m not entirely happy here, but I’m also not hearing back from anywhere that I apply, and there are many. It’s really frustrating, but I, like anyone else out there, need the money, and I figure it will be something more to put on my resume. Still, if anyone wants to hire me….

2. Save money

Eh, I haven’t quite saved as much as I wanted…although, I haven’t been working as much so hopefully when I start being “full time” I’ll be able to set aside more for saving long term.

3. Move out of my parents’ house

Still here! And paying some rent, just because I should be. They buy food and pay for all the things that go into a house that I use, so what’s a bit of money from me? Would be nice if I could save that money and put it towards a future apartment or something, but it unfortunately doesn’t look like that will pan out any time soon. I haven’t moved out, but I try to be out of the house as much as I can.

4. Get fit

Well, this is taking some time. Not that I expected it to just magically happen. I am indeed back to running, though I do still feel some aches and pains when working out. I haven’t pushed myself too much because I am a little bit afraid still to hurt myself. But I’m doing cardio at the gym and going to a few local parks to run which feels good for a while but still exhausting…I’ve never exactly enjoyed running a ton. Probably why I took up horseback riding and not soccer….I’m hoping to start doing more strength training on my own soon, because I think that will start to get me on the right track. Even though I’m getting more and more active, I still feel like a blob.

5. Eat healthy

This is the worst. At the beginning of every week, I tell myself “okay this week I’m going to start eating healthy, for real this time, for all of my meals.” Yeah, not so much. Also a part of still living at home I guess. I eat what’s provided. And I feel like a blob. I’m no chef, nor do I feel any kind of inspiration to try to cook something decent for myself. I really need to change that. I see things that look good, but, lazy. I’m pathetic.

6. Have fun

I think I’ve been able to do this pretty well so far this year. After getting back out in the real world, I wanted to take advantage of doing things because I was on a couch for a month. I knew for early parts of the year that going out with my friends would cause me to be physically uncomfortable after time and I would certainly pay for it after the fact. But I’m glad I went out and did those things. I was pretty terrible at keeping up with my 100 happy days (oops) but I think I’ve still been able to recognize what’s enjoyable for me in life. This year has certainly been an improvement, and while it’s had it’s not so great moments, it’s been going well and I’m sure that it will continue to.

 

If you’ve forgotton about your new years resolutions or haven’t kept up with them like me, I think you should revisit them. It’s not too late! We make these resolutions because we want to change and improve our lives. Time to do it!