Corned Beef Hash
I love my eggs over easy!
I personally think this is the best Hash I’ve had this side of Lake Washington.
Corned Beef Hash
I love my eggs over easy!
I personally think this is the best Hash I’ve had this side of Lake Washington.
Yesterday I watched a talk called “How to get a buttcrapload of people to read what you write” by Matthew Inman, creator of The Oatmeal, a comedic blog out of my city, Seattle, WA! I’m going to say right now that The Oatmeal isn’t really the breakfast I’d choose on any given day, but he did have some helpful tips. I didn’t actually write them all out, these are just the ones that gave me that Aha moment!
#1. Make blogs as short and concise as possible. Readers get bored. B.O.R.E.D when you write frustratingly long and meandering blogs.
#2. Make a statement without very many words – a picture if possible. I am not an artist, but I decided to at least try my hand at drawing a stick figure to represent how I’ve been feeling the last few days. Can you relate?
#3. Don’t pander for likes on twitter/facebook/pinterest/or any other social network because your work should speak for itself. I agree on this. I recognize that if you want to get your work out there that your work should really speak first instead of your marketing dollars or time. This frees up a lot of valuable resources, for me that is time. I hate wasting time searching the interwebs for people to like me.
#4. Try Try Try to do what you love if you can! Obviously the caveat here is that for awhile Matthew Inman wasn’t actually doing what he loved. He had to “figure” it out. We are all trying to figure it out and one day, his Aha moment came. It’s not financially feasible for everyone to just drop their job and pursue their passion, but he was doing his “passion” on the side and if that’s all you can do then that’s all you can do for right now. Try to figure out ways to monetize on your passion like Matthew: he somehow made writing comics (one of the least lucrative industries) into a full-time career.
#5. It’s okay if you don’t know how to draw! Though Matthew Inman knows how to design and do it well, he continues to draw things that I wouldn’t consider those of a well trained artist. Why? Well… he actually explains why. The less perfect something is, the more people seem to like it. I think this is both about people relating to imperfections and also what he says is making things undefinable so any drawing can just become a blank slate for the viewers idea of what it should be.
Well… let’s make this short and sweet! How’s your week going? Are you also wondering where it’s gone?
Dear Ms. Goldberg,
Let us start by saying thank you for being a woman who couldn’t give a damn about how anyone else views her thoughts/actions/life/wardrobe/aesthetic. Thank you for providing the fuel for burning down what a woman should be. We ladies of NighTraiN would like to continue that fire in setting social constructs ablaze! Ablaze! Ablaaaaaaze!
In addition to announcing our southern tour in June we’d like you to keep a look out for our new music video “Huntress” coming out this April. It’s guaranteed to give you a brain boner. 9 out of 10 witch doctors agree!
We’ll make sure to keep in touch and send you a postcard when we see someone in a Jumpin’ Jack Flash tee shirt.
Your Brand New Bestess Palz,
I decided to post a song I wrote about the lovely Virginia Woolf. I used to be really enamored with her when I was younger. I still love her writing but now I realize that you don’t have to be unhappy to be a fruitful writer.
Having dreams of holding hands while on a nice stroll through the park after grabbing a little Stumptown Coffee ice cream? Endless streaming thoughts of a romantic getaway? Building a life with a white picket fence in the suburbs? Or maybe travelling the world and volunteering to build huts for the less fortunate?
What do you do when get a text that says something like, “let’s grab coffee?” Do you ask yourself: Is this a date? Should I bring friends? What should I wear? What does this text mean?
If all of these are happening, then you are hardcore crushing. It’s okay. First you just have to recognize that you are in the middle of a crush and then you have to make some decisions. I hate to break it to you, but this is just a crush and will remain one until you get up the courage to wander over to your crush and actually say the words, “will you go out with me?”
It’s time to decide what you want to do.
Do you want to stop having this crush? Yes or No
IF YES: There are a few options:
1. Get up the courage to tell this person that you admire that you are interested and would like to grab coffee, lunch, drinks, etc.
What this will do: It will take the element of mystery out of the picture. Many times it is just the mystery of what things could be like and an imagination gone wild that fuel some of these unbearable crushes.
Often, when you let out the thing that’s been on your mind for awhile it releases all the uncertainty and tension you’ve had surrounding said person.
I know that you may fear rejection, but if you are rejected the sting will last a moment to a few weeks; something that for most is often much more bearable than the feeling of pining after someone for months or even years while getting nothing in return. You might even be able to move onto someone new that could be your next significant other by getting over this crush.
There’s still that “other” possibility, the one that you feel is less likely to happen, which is why you’ve been keeping this to yourself for so long and it’s that your offer might be accepted, but you’ll never know until you ask. So ask!
I’ve had the personal experience of having a crush workout. Okay… I did pine away for this person for going on a year and a half, but when I finally mustered up the nerve to talk to him we ended up dating for four years. Four years! Go out there and get em people!
2. Get to know the person better
This might seem counterintuitive when you’re trying to get over a crush, but for some people as I said before, it’s just the element of mystery that is fueling the crush. Sometimes once you get to know someones quirks, political values, and strongly held beliefs, you realize omg, this would never work! Thank God I got to know them better.
If all this does is make your crush worse still and you want to get over it. See #1 and #3.
3. Avoid, Avoid, Avoid!
Often the key to not having a crush is not seeing the crush. This isn’t an option for everyone. Some people work in a nearby space, have a class or two with someone or maybe it’s your next door neighbor, but for those of you that are popping into that same café every morning to stare dreamily at your barista, find a new coffee shop. If you are living in Seattle, this shouldn’t be hard.
Other avoidance measures:
Delete their number from your phone for awhile: If you think you will need their number again someday, give it to one of your closest friends and tell them the situation (though I’m sure they already know). Tell them that you are not to have access to this number for awhile.
Stop checking their facebook: Stalking got that much worse when facebook came around with access to all of your crushes whereabouts, favorite books, music choices, etc. I know this is a hard one. If you have a really really bad crush that is tearing you apart, I would go so far as to delete them from your facebook if at all possible, just so you don’t even have the ability to see who they’re hanging out with, where they’ve checked in and to cruise through their lifetime worth of photos.
1. Ask yourself why you don’t want to get over this crush?
If it is fear then I would like to redirect you to #1 in getting over this person. Fear should never ever keep you held hostage. I fear a lot of things, like heights, getting stapled to death, and ants, but… I don’t let them stop me. I still stand up on the back edge of risers (those staggered steps in choir) like a champ and I still staple papers together. Fear never gets anyone anywhere ever, except for in last place.
2. You actually enjoy having a crush
Well you are a rare bird. If you are one of the few people that enjoys having a crush because it stimulates some masochistic side of yourself, then go on ahead. Some people say crushes help them produce a large volume of work, like fine art, plays, music, and other ideas. Sometimes they call these crushes their muses. If your crush is your muse and you’re okay with it, then I say, “go on ahead.” If there is ever any point in which you feel like it is draining you too much and you need to finally move on, please see my previous ideas.
Well friends, those are my ideas. What has worked for you in the past? Let me know! Add a comment to this page and let others know so they can get over that never ending crush!
Last month I decided to do a series of interviews with people about their First Love and today I am releasing the first installment with my friend Nick!
I decided to name the podcast Durtee Lawndree in line with my blog, because it exemplifies exactly what I want my blog to be about and that is people “airing their truths.” I had a great time talking with everyone and am super excited about releasing future episodes.
What I’ve learned through this first podcasting process:
#1. Interviewing is a learning process and I can only get better
For those of you that know me, you probably know that when I start talking I can definitely hold me own, but when it comes to sitting with someone, asking questions and speaking with them, my nerves get a little itchy and inflamed. For this first session I had set interview questions because of this fear, which I think worked well for me. My hope going forward is that when I sit down and interview I will be able to sense the interviewee a little better and formulate questions as it goes along.
#2. Editing is a learning process and I can only get better
I’ve pretty much only used my Garage Band and some Pro-Tools for light music editing, which means I have never been in the position of splicing and dicing a whole conversation.
For this first interview I cut almost 45 minutes down to about 20. It hurt my soul to take out huge chunks of conversation that I thought were interesting and funny. However, I knew that I needed to shorten a lengthy conversation that did encounter some stumbles as well as had information that wasn’t necessarily relevant to our conversation.
This part of the editing process reminds me of when I’m editing my own writing and I think… this part is so intriguing and well written and I have to throw it in the garbage. Sometimes I can save the writing for later, but sometimes I can’t because it would be too disjointed as its own.
#3. DON’T Interview at a super loud venue like… a coffee shop
When I was scheduling times with people to meet there was no part of me that realized I needed to account for noise level. This is obviously the mistake of a beginning podcaster. In my mind, cafes are quiet and that’s why people are always there studying, right?
In reality, cafes are quite loud with the bustle of the baristas making drinks, flipping book pages, conversations, spoons in coffee mugs, all stuff I realized is white noise that I drown out while working on a project. At least I know I don’t have ADD.
Since at this point I don’t have a real mic and was using my handy iphone mic, I don’t have very much ability to isolate the conversation from the other noises, though I did use a variety of techniques to minimize it. I’m looking forward to getting a mic at some point for this project, but until then it’s gonna be up to Carmen, my iphone, to help me with the interviews.
As with any new skill it does test a little bit of patience. Editing itself is not all that hard, but getting to know short cuts and accidentally pressing the wrong one, deleting a section and not noticing till later is a little trying. As I edited, things ran more steadily and the process became a little faster. There definitely are still elements that I have to learn like making cuts and transitions a little more smooth, but I’m sure that will come with more editing experience.
#5. Podcasting is really fun
Though I write a lot and I have finished writing products, I realized there’s nothing quite like having a finished sound product. Strangely it felt like I’d accomplished more in this 25 minute segment than in all the thousands of hours I’ve done writing throughout my life. I’m still not sure why that is.
If you have any comments, questions, concerns, want to be interviewed, want to give me free editorial tutorials, have a mic you want to donate or anything else is on your mind, email me: firstname.lastname@example.org
Now here’s the podcast!
If your browser has trouble loading the podcast go directly to Podomatic and listen from there.
Most days the idea of cooking a meal is daunting and a chore. It’s something I very much want to love, but when I look at a variety of ingredients my mind doesn’t automatically figure out how to pair them.
For those of you that have friends that cook, as I do (I even have a friend that’s a chef), it’s often hard to relay to them your excitement about being a good cook while realizing you’re terrible.
“Oh it’s easy, you just put spice 1, spice 2, and ingredient in a bowl, mix them and voila!”
Whatever, friends that know how to cook; this is not what happens in my world. In general I’ll add spice 1, spice 2, and ingredient and it turns into some either extremely bland yet colorful dish or an extremely over-spiced, palette confusing mess. Just like outfits and color coordinating I have no idea how to mix and match ingredients.
I’ve been told multiple times that I don’t need to know how to mix ingredients, it’s all about just mixing it up and trying new things and seasoning it to my taste.
The fact is that I don’t even know what that means. If I don’t know even the very basics of cooking beyond the difference between dicing and chopping then how am I supposed to move forward? Where do I go from here? Why even keep cooking?
Well, I’ve decided instead of listening to all that totally wrong advice for me from people who actually know how to cook that I would listen to myself. If I don’t know how to pair things well, then I am just going to follow recipes exactly. When I say exactly, I mean down to the last grain of salt – sea salt that is.
Last night I decided to prepare a dish called Vegan Coconut Curry Red Lentil Soup that I found on Food.com. I chose this recipe because I knew that I had lentils and coconut milk in my cupboard, the only ingredient on the list that wasn’t at my house was the cilantro, so this made it a cheap meal for me. However, for you, I decided to calculate the price per serving just in case you are wondering.
I try to find the best deals when shopping and so I tend to shop around, though do a majority of my shopping at Trader Joe’s and Madison Market Co-op near my house. There were some things I didn’t add because I’m assuming that you have some basic staples like oil to cook with, salt, sugar, and water. Usually these products are bought in bulk and so the cost is fairly negligible.
Below you will find the cost of the product on the left, on the right you will find a note if it was changed or if I am noting how it was purchased.
Recipe for 12 Servings (I was making the dish for my band)
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