Monthly Archives: May 2013

It’s Finally Friday!!!

Quote of the Day:

i believe in miracles

Climbing the Ladder:

10 things really amazing employees do.

10 things really amazing bosses do.

Feed Your Mind:

65 books you should read in your 20’s.

How Does Your Garden Grow:

35 tips and tricks to keep disease and pests out of your garden.

Wine Me, Dine Me:

How to pick and cut the perfect melon.

Cook juicy, delicious, boneless, skinless chicken breasts every time!

Nesting:

Keep your home pest free.

Giggles and Such:

You might just be a bitch

Do you guys know you’re letting me use nice things?

addicted to reading

could give two fucks

barefoot

Have a great weekend!

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Nothin’ but a Number?

Have you ever dated someone significantly older or younger than you?

I used to rag on my guy friends for constantly robbing the cradle.

If your girl can’t go to the bar with us – she’s too young!

But what about when you’re past legal drinking age, does it still matter?

I dated a younger man once. He was 22, I was 27.

me and rich

Me and my “snack pack”

The most significant difference had to do with our music choices.

In his defense, he did like good music, I’m just a sucker for the classics.

He would jokingly call me his cougar.

Which I found more adorable than annoying – most of the time.

It’s  expected for the man to be the elder in a May/December romance.

Gross, but socially acceptable.

Gross, but socially acceptable.

But when it’s the woman she’s looked at as some sort of desperate predator.

What does May/December even mean??

Technically that’s just six months!!

mariah and nick 2

A decade apart. Does that make him really mature or her seriously immature??

Five years isn’t that bad of an age difference – we still had a similar world view.

And we were also in the same place.

Neither of us was really looking to settle down.

But what about a ten year age difference? Or more??

No matter who’s older, ten plus years is a whole lot of difference.

He probably can't get it up but I bet you have to change his diaper.

He probably couldn’t get it up but I bet she had to change his diaper.

Having sexual relations with a wrinkly, old man sounds gross enough.

But if you hitch your star to an older wagon, you’ll probably have to change his diaper or help him use the bathroom at some point in the not so distant future.

That’s definitely where I draw the line!

adult diaper thong

The opposite of sexy!

Your life experiences are different as well.

Twenty-somethings haven’t really thought about having children, except how to prevent them.

But thirty-somethings have more than likely thought about it and come to a definitive answer.

And then there are those who are past their prime, can’t get it up without pills, but could still father a child who will graduate high school when they’re eighty.

Excuse me while I go vomit…Belch!

Who wants to chase after a toddler at 90?!?

Who wants to chase after a toddler at 90?!?

If you get along, want the same things, and genuinely care about one another – does age matter?

What do you guys think?

Would you date someone significantly older or younger than you??

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It’s Finally Friday!!! (sort of)

This weekend is the official start of summer! Yayy!! Adventures in Adulthood is taking some much needed time off and skipping straight to Friday this week. Don’t worry we’ll be back to our regularly scheduled programming next week 🙂

Quote of the Day:

fear is stupid

Climbing the Ladder:

Networking sucks. Treating networking like any other friendship can help! And who doesn’t want to make their friends feel smart and insightful?!

DIY:

Does your place have super annoying bi-fold doors?? Turn them into some fancy french doors for next to nothing!

Not just for kids! Super bubbles!!

Round the World:

How absolutely amazing would these trips be?!?

children's book guide to travel

Inspirational:

Life is about choices.

Wine Me, Dine Me:

For those of you who are lactards like me, finally an ice cream you can indulge in! (Also Paleo!)

Fake sugar will rot your insides. How to make your own stevia extract.

Giggles and Such:

Working out at home never works out…

I just lost my grain of thought!

me

da fever

Have a great weekend and Happy Memorial Day!!

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It’s Finally Friday!!!

Quote of the Day:

make mistakes george benard shaw quote

Climbing the Ladder:

Feel like the walking dead at work? How to get rid of fuzzy brain.

How to accept and decline job offers like a pro.

Body Lovin’:

Think you don’t have time to workout? All you need is 7 minutes!

Round the World:

Unbelievable places that actually exist.

Techie Love:

Do you use Spotify to listen to your favorite tunes? Check out these tips and tricks.

Inspirational:

Goosebumps are the smiles of our spirit. 101 ways to make your spirit smile 🙂

5 ancient mantras to transform your life.

Giggles and Such:

Inconceivable!

43 revelations guaranteed to blow your mind and make you feel wicked old.

FridayHave a great weekend!

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Goldilocks Had It Easy

The absolute worst thing to say to someone who is single:

“Why don’t you have a boyfriend/girlfriend??

You’re so pretty/handsome/smart!

I don’t understand??”

The worst part about this question is there’s no acceptable “real” answer.

No one really wants to know.

Which makes this an even ruder invasion of privacy.

Like Goldilocks, I’m still trying to find the one that’s juuust right.

goldilocks

Lucky bitch only had to slog through three options!

Usually when asked I just say, “I haven’t found the right one yet.”

(A true yet vague statement)

However, since I’m a little bit of an asshole, what I really want to say is:

You know why I’m single??

My last foray into dating ended abruptly, when I was informed via email, that he needed to figure out how to be “happy” by himself before he could be happy with someone else.

(This was coincidentally, after I refused to sleep with him on our second date)

personal challenge

Or how about the last guy I was foolish enough to catch feelings for?!

At first I thought he actually cared about me but, it turned out he was just a man-whore looking to get laid while keeping every.option.open.

(That really made me feel like I was special)

you look like a bad decision

The one before that, I only went out with a few times (Thank God!) when I found out from a fellow bartender he’d been dating another girl for the last 4 months.

And then there was the guy before that, he told me he loved me and proceeded to cheat on me with his stripper ex-girlfriend.

That’s right – I said:

stripper

ex

girlfriend

That about sums it up.

I either have a douchebag magnet implanted somewhere on my person or colossally bad taste in men.

douchebag magnet

I’m going with six of one, half dozen of the other.

So if it’s okay with you, I’m taking a little break from dating for awhile.

It’s been a rough year.

Do you have any other intrusive, super personal questions you’d like to ask me?

I didn’t think so…

Other things to never say to your single friends.

On behalf of singles everywhere, we thank you for your cooperation 🙂

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It’s Finally Friday!!!

Quote of the Day:

lead nowhere

Inspirational:

The best time to do anything.

Shake off that bad mood.

Climbing the Ladder:

Writing cover letters sucks. Make your cover letter suck less.

Looking for Love:

Would you sign a marriage contract??

Nesting DIY:

Upgrade those dingy plastic blinds that came with your apartment.

Wine Me, Dine Me:

Bananas+Chocolate=LOVE

Body Lovin:

that ass

Giggles and Such:

Bread bowl gives you wings!

bananas

sun shines out your bum

crop circles

Have a great weekend!

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It Takes a Village

Hillary Clinton said it takes a village, and who am I to argue with Hillary??

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton checks her PDA upon her departure in a military C-17 plane from Malta bound for Tripoli,  Libya

Sunday is that one day of the year when we take the time to say, “thank you” to the women who raised us.

(By the way, how about we start doing that a little more often?!?)

Which got me thinking about all the women who have influenced my journey through life.

There are two I feel I lost just before I needed them most:

Aunt Joan – I will always have questions for you. Things I wished I’d thought to ask before it was too late. But, I’ve started to realize, the world you grew up in was far, far different from the challenges I encounter today. Sometimes the choices I have the freedom to make are daunting. I wish you were here to talk to.

aunt joan

Grama Gloria – If the woman you raised is any indication, you were a force to be reckoned with. I wish I remembered you more. I wish I had the foresight to ask for your story. In my mind you will always be an adventurer. From what I hear, that’s not far off.

grama gloria (2)

There are those I still have the privilege to know and love:

Aunt DJ – There are no words for the strength of spirit I have witnessed over the years. I can only hope to one day approach life with the grace and class you exhibit every day.

me justin and aunt dj swimming

Mom – my crazy, smart mother, who knows more than I can ever hope to – which I will never admit (again). You taught me anyone can learn anything if they set their mind to it and put in the work. I can never express how truly you inspire me every day to be a better person.

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Barbara – my beautiful cousin who showed me family could be friends. You have taught me being vulnerable is a gift not all people receive. I only hope you know how very wondrous and fierce you are.

babs genie

Those who have shown me professionalism and class are NOT mutually exclusive:

Maura Deedy – the first real female work friend I had in the “professional” world, she taught me that you CAN be a rock star at work without throwing your fellow woman under the bus

Erika Cook – my first female boss. I might have been just a waitress but you set the standard that for 20 years has made me believe women can be supportive and caring of their subordinates. Shame on you 🙂

And last but certainly not least:

My girls – that seems like such a lame word for the women who have held me up and encouraged me over the years. “Girl” completely discredits the reckoning you encompass. You are so much more than words could ever describe. Imagine that! I’m at a loss for words!! You know who you are. I love you fiercely.

Just a sampling of the “girls” who warm my heart:

ange martini

bend over

me and amina

me and amber

me and rach

me and lindsey on the bridge

I thought long and hard about the women to include in this post. There are far, far, many more goddesses who have helped show me love and kindness on my journey. I honestly did not have room for you all. (I fully relish the excess and decadence this sentence implies.) But that does not mean, in any way, shape or form, that your presence has not been felt, nor made a significant difference in my life. It has. You are appreciated and loved. Thank you from the very bottom of my heart.

Are there women in your life who have lent a helping hand on your journey?

Tell them!!

Who do you owe a “thank you”?

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