Tuesday 10: Things You Have to Accept When You Live Away From Home

  1. You may not be there in person with childhood friends/family to celebrate birthdays, holidays, engagements, pregnancies, etc. ($500+ plane tickets don’t make last-minute travel easy)
  2. You will inevitibly lose touch with some people
  3. You will rely on phone calls, snail mail, and sometimes very infrequent visits to maintain relationships and feel connected with your loved ones
  4. You won’t always know life-changing information right away, such as when someone is in the hospital or loses their job
  5. You can’t always make it back in time to say goodbye before someone passes away
  6. You’ll need to create your own familial network in your new location
  7. Your loved ones will likely still get together, even when you’re not there, and you can’t be upset about that
  8. You have to have more money in savings, because if you don’t succeed, you can’t move back home without uprooting your entire life
  9. People back home may not understand your lifestyle or decisions because they may be unfamiliar with your city and the culture within it
  10. Vacation time/annual leave will be used more for visiting family/friends than it will be for relaxing or exciting adventure

Tuesday Ten: Favorite Recipes

  1. korean bbq beef – http://damndelicious.net/2013/07/07/korean-beef-bowl/
  2. moo shu chicken – http://weelicious.com/2012/06/14/homemade-chinese-take-out-mu-shu-chicken/
  3. enchiladas – http://escapadesineating.blogspot.com/2013/06/5star-enchiladas.html (I swap black beans for kidney beans, add a chopped onion, and double the chili powder)
  4. spinach lasagna roll ups – http://www.skinnytaste.com/2010/02/spinach-lasagna-rolls.html
  5. corn casserole – http://www.food.com/recipe/jiffy-corn-casserole-5-ingredients-easy-delicious-313521 (I add a teaspoon of sugar and 1 egg)
  6. spinach artichoke dip and spinach artichoke quinoa casserole – http://natashaskitchen.com/2012/09/30/spinach-and-artichoke-dip-recipe/ (add extra monterey on top and bake for 5 min) and http://www.makingthymeforhealth.com/2014/02/16/spinach-artichoke-quinoa-casserole/ (add white beans for bulk protein)
  7. mom’s eclairs – http://www.kraftrecipes.com/recipes/graham-cracker-eclair-cake-105225.aspx (instead of putting frosting on top, frost each graham crack so there’s chocolate throughout. can also make with cinnamon crackers, pumpkin pudding, and cream cheese frosting)
  8. 5 ingredient chili – http://www.gimmesomeoven.com/5-ingredient-easy-chili-recipe/
  9. french dip sandwiches – http://www.campbellskitchen.com/recipes/dripping-roast-beef-sandwiches-with-melted-provolone-60570
  10. orange dreamsicle cake – http://www.betterrecipes.com/blogs/daily-dish/2012/08/28/three-ingredient-low-fat-creamsicle-cake/ (I top with whipped vanilla frosting from a can, and it makes it all the better)

Tuesday 10: Items on my bucket list

  1. Make my own cheese
  2. Visit a Michelin 2 or 3 star restaurant
  3. Get a DNA genetic/personal profile (preferably with medical indicators, which is currently pending legislation)
  4. Make a quilt
  5. Pay it forward – buy a meal or coffee for the next person in line
  6. Ride a mechanical bull
  7. See the northern lights, sleep in an ice hotel, and go dogsledding (all are great north activities, hence the grouping)
  8. Attend a black tie gala
  9. Read all the books I own
  10. Host a picnic

(My actual bucket list has over 70 things on it and is always evolving, inclusive of banal, sexy, crazy, and creative things. This is just a random sample.)

Tuesday 10: Favorite TV Shows

Caveat: this is of shows as of February 2015, not including some that have ended their run but inclusive of some out-of-season ones. The honorable mentions are shows I enjoy, but don’t get sad if I miss, and don’t make it a point to see each week.

  1. Suits
  2. The Fosters
  3. Grey’s Anatomy
  4. Once Upon a Time
  5. Shark Tank
  6. Broad City
  7. Scorpion
  8. Switched at Birth
  9. Orange is the New Black
  10. Orphan Black

RIP: Parks and Recreation.

Honorable Mention(s): The Mindy Project, Brooklyn 99, Law and Order: SVU, Food Network Star, Late Night with John Oliver, Love it or List it, Chopped, So You Think You Can Dance.