Weekly Photo Challenge: Fresh

July 20, 2013 at 8:39 pm | Posted in Post A Day | Leave a comment
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Photo by Jamieson McKay

Photo by Jamieson McKay


Daily Prompt: 46-year-old me

November 3, 2012 at 5:30 pm | Posted in Post A Day | Leave a comment
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Another piece of advice for myself. Flickr photo by viewoftheworld

It is really hard for me to fathom writing to myself in 20 years. If I have learned anything about life, it’s that it is unpredictable. I can look forward in certain aspects, but not many. It is easier for me to look back and analyze.

The past eight years especially have been a whirlwind.  So many things have changed so rapidly in my life, I’m not exactly sure how to predict the future.

I think I will list things that I hope my 46-year-old self has accomplished by this time:

Own a home. Have a little plot of land that you can garden, grow, destroy and do as you wish.

Marry the man I love. Spend my life with him.

I want to say kids, as everyone says kids. For the longest time, I wanted kids. But now, I feel like I need to leave that up to fate and God.

Doing a job I love, or at least like.  I need to pay the bills. I am hoping to stay in journalism for the long run, but you never know where life will take you.

Be healthy. This is important, as I have so many diseases in my genetic pool, most importantly heart disease. I already struggle with my weight, but maybe by that time, I will be happy and fit.

Bucket list to 30 is finished; closer to finishing my 50-year-old’s bucket list.

Be debt-free. Oh, God, I hope.

I want to tell my 46-year-old self to be strong. You have been through so much in the first 26 years, and another 20 will only make you wiser.

I hope you cherished the years with your parents and your connection with your siblings is stronger than ever.

Don’t kill your mother-in-law; she might drive you CRAZY but she loves you and her efforts come from her good heart, even when it doesn’t seem like it.

Be the Wonder Woman and warrior you are. When life gets you down, you know that the grass is always greener on the other side, and that the sun WILL come out tomorrow.

Also, I hope that patience you learned a long time ago had come in handy.

Daily Prompt: A letter to 14-year-old me

November 3, 2012 at 10:00 am | Posted in Post A Day | Leave a comment
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Not quite 14 years old here, left at 10 o’clock.

Dear Bethany,

Your newly teen self is oblivious. High school is upon you; you made the cheerleading squad. You don’t know why some of your friends are upset by this. High school is definitely a bigger world for you, coming out of Catholic school and a class size of 19. But you are still the kind person, right?

Stay that way. Despite the pettiness that will surround you in life, keeping your kindness will not only bring peace to your life but maybe to the world. It will save you a lot of tears and worry. “Why don’t they like me?” you will say or think a lot, but if I could save you from much more of that now, I will.

Sometimes I wish you wouldn’t be so boy crazy; it will only get worse. You will give your heart away too many times to count, but hopefully this last time will be in it for the long haul. You have found someone that really knows you better than you know yourself. Sometimes you might not like his snoring, his farting, his chronic forgetfulness and how messy he can be, but he puts up with your yelling and the times you snore/fart/forget/be messy.

He will teach you patience no matter how much you hate that.

Life doesn’t get any easier as you get older. Freedom comes with a price. You might be “too sensitive” as your parents say, but in time, you will level out. You will be a little more worldly, a little more wiser, but still very privileged. And knowing that, you will be even more thankful.

That dream wedding? Probably not going to happen. It costs too much.

House and kids before 30? Good luck.

But that’s not all life has to offer. There is a big world out there, and you have explored some of it.

You also are participating in the evolution of journalism, so get excited. Study your heart out, and keep writing.

And don’t forget that fate is on your side.

Vegan MoFo 2012 fail and maple pecan French toast

November 1, 2012 at 12:56 pm | Posted in VeganMoFo | Leave a comment
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Finished maple pecan French toast by ‘Vegan Bites’

I seem to be incredibly good at failing at Vegan MoFo! As I have said before, my life is super busy, especially now that I work days. I write and edit for eight hours a day, and I am lucky if I can read or write after that!

I will be participating in NaNoWriMo, but that doesn’t mean you won’t hear from me! I plan on finishing out the rest of my Vegan MoFo dishes (about eight or nine posts) and then maybe trying post a day from The Daily Post. I don’t know if I will do this EVERY day, but it will keep my creative juices flowing.

See, I wake up early to run, and then I get ready for work. At work, I write, edit, blog, talk, meet, etc., etc. At 6 p.m., I go home. When I am home, I sometimes go to the gym. Maybe I cook dinner. Usually I am glued to Netflix, this time around watching “Gossip Girl.” Before I know it, it is late and I need to sleep. I catch up on blog posts on Google Reader as I drift into sleep.

Sometimes I need to do chores. Or go to events. Or meet with people. Or travel.

When do I have time to write? Well, I do but I am HORRIBLE at prioritizing.

So, onto the foods!

From Vegan Bites, which is a cookbook for single vegans, there were a few recipes that caught my eye. Since veganism has taken off so much, sometimes the recipes in cookbooks are just … all the same. I know how to make certain dishes, but for newbie vegans, these cookbooks are GREAT.

I saw a simple recipe for French toast, my ALL-TIME favorite food from the past.

Waiting to be placed in the pan

I will say that it is hard to make a quick vegan French toast. Usually the batter takes some time to cook, as was the case with the maple pecan French toast. I don’t mind too much, as long as it cooks through.

The ingredients were simple, but low in fat or calories this is NOT. It was 700 calories for the serving size of two slices.

Would I try this again? Sure. I have my Magic Bullet blender, a plate and a frying pan. That’s all you really need for this.

What is your favorite breakfast food? I miss brunch sometimes, because not many local places offer great vegan options.

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