The Healthy Alternative

Over the winter I’ve realized that I have gained some weight. It’s not like I’m fat of anything but there is a little extra chub. I do not appreciate this extra chub. I want to get rid of it right now so I decided to do some more exercising. I don’t go to the gym or anything, I just do a few things at my house to help tone that extra chub. Exercising helps but the reason that the chub got there in the first place was mainly my choice of food. I eat a lot. It’s not a secret. I admit it. I actually love to eat because food is so good. It makes me happy, believe it or not. You see my problem. I love to eat and as a consequence to that I gain extra chub. Now I need to change what goes in my body and how much of it. Out with the old and in with the new. Out with the junk and in with the health. I’ve decided to share some of my healthy alternatives with you in the hopes that you will be inspired to eat healthier or maybe just be introduced to a new snack idea.

#1 Banana Dogs

These treats are perfect for snacks. They are large enough to hold you over until meal time and they contain three different food groups. All you need is a banana, peanut butter, and a whole wheat tortilla. Spread the peanut butter so that it covers one side of the tortilla. You can add as much or as little as you please. Next peal the banana and lay it on one side of the tortilla. Roll it up and you are ready to go. They only take a few minutes to make so you can whip it up quick and be on your way.

#2 Ants on a Log

You have probably already heard of this snack but it a good one. You can’t go wrong with a classic. Cut up some celery into 2 inch pieces and fill it with peanut butter. Place some raisins in top and then you’re done. I like this snack because it has peanut butter. Anything with peanut butter is pretty much great. I also like it because there are different food groups. The peanut butter gives you protein. The celery is your vegetable and the raisins are your fruit. It’s a dried up fruit but a fruit none the less.

#3 Deli Roll

This one is easy as well. Roll a piece of deli meat, whether it be turkey, ham, or roast beef, whatever is your favorite, a piece of low-fat cheese, and a piece of lettuce into a tube. That’s it. Now you have a simple version of a sub sandwich.

There are lots of other things that you could eat like nuts, yogurt, or fruit salad. These are just a few of my snack ideas to help you in your quest to loose chub just like me. So next time you reach for the potato chips, stop and think about these ideas. It could be the difference between losing the chub or not losing the chub. The choice is yours.

It’s Too Late to Apologize. Or is it?

We’ve all heard the song “Apologize” by One Republic. The song is talking about a back and forth relationship where the girl always does stuff that she needs to apologize for. The guy is tired of her apologies and says it’s too late to apologize. It seems pretty logical to feel this way, but I think apologies are never too late to give. The guy might not appreciate the apology until a lot later in life but an apology is an apology. Now, if she was going around doing this and that every week and giving all these apologies, then I would never forgive her because I wouldn’t believe that her apologies were sincere. But still, apologies are always welcome in my book. I might not believe it but at least you tried right? Well the other day I got an apology. I was not expecting it at all because we were in the middle of class. He said something to me, I turned around and looked at him, and then there it was. He only said a few words but somehow it made me feel a lot better. I knew that he was being sincere. I could see it on his face and hear it in his voice. It was just a short apology, nothing longwinded, but it made the difference. I think the thing that made it even better was the fact that I wasn’t waiting for him to apologize. I didn’t lie in bed at night and think about how he hasn’t apologized and when he would finally do it. The apologogy was unexpected and sincere. I think those are two key things that make an apology easy to accept.

A word of advice for all of you out there: apologize to someone that you’ve been meaning to apologize to but haven’t because you thought it was too late. I’m telling you, they will most likely appreciate it. If they don’t then that’s their problem. You did your best to fix it and chances are, you will feel a lot better.

Oh. It’s you again.

What is it about April that makes everyone feel the need to cram everything into one month? I mean seriously. There are other months in the year besides April. This time of year is always extremely busy for me. Since it’s the Spring, I have tennis. Don’t get me wrong. I love tennis. It’s the thing I look forward to at the end of the day but it does take up a bunch of time and makes my nights even shorter. This week alone I have three tennis meets. Then there is the ACT which is this weekend. I’ve never taken it before so I’m a little nervous, but I realize that I can take it more than once. I know that it’s only a one day thing but it’s just another thing that I have to worry about and just another thing that takes up time. Then there is orchestra. I had a music contest the other day and I have some upcoming performances I’m preparing for and have to remember the dates to. Also I take lessons and that takes up time and tennis takes away from my practice time so it’s hard to be adequately prepared for my lessons each week. It’s a lot to handle all this stuff on top of school and my weekly church duties. I do my best to stay on top of things and still get enough sleep but I could always use more of that. It’s April and that means that I’ll be busy for a while but then it reminds me that June is just around the corner and I will be free to do as I please when summer finally rolls around. I can’t wait. Relaxation here I come.

This is going to be boring but read it if you please.

Today at church was Celebration Sunday. We were celebrating Jesus resurrection. My youth group led the service, meaning we read the Bible verses, served communion, ushered and greeted the members as they walked in. We also decorated the sanctuary of the church with balloons and flamingos. The flamingos are a signature thing my church does for fundraising but that besides the point. We even passed out beaded necklaces to everyone to spread the cheer. At the beginning of the service we walked in singing a fun song that everyone knows. We got the congregation to join in singing the song. At certain parts of the song the people are supposed to stand up or sit down. Everyone was singing and had a smile on their face. Later in the service, the other kids and I passed out instruments to people in the pews. They were encouraged to play them as they please during the hymns. In the beginning, the music had some sort of rhythm going but towards the end more kids had the instruments and it sounded more chaotic. It was actually pretty funny. I made eye contact with the kid that was sitting next to me a few times and we just laughed at all the noise we were hearing. It was definitely a new experience at church but to be honest I like our normal services better. All those instruments were kind of awkward and made it hard to heard the singing. Plus, I didn’t really care for playing an instrument myself. I just like to sing. I guess people are right. Lutherans don’t like change. Haha oh well.

Turning over a new leaf…..hopefully

I’m going to go off of my usual topics for this post. There have been some events in my life lately that I think I need to share. Listen up. This could actually apply to you.

So it’s April and a bunch of people at my school are getting asked to prom and ordering tickets. It kind of makes me sad because I didn’t get asked and no one is going to ask me. That seems like a pretty Debby Downer thing to say, but it’s true. The prom at my school is a senior prom so only seniors can invite dates. I would have to get asked by a senior guy to be able to go and frankly, I don’t really know any senior guys. My chances are none existent. I did go to prom last year though so I can’t be that bitter for not being able to go this year. It’s just all these people getting asked makes me really pray to Jesus that I get to go to my prom with that one special someone. I don’t want to go stag and you can trust me when I say that there is no way I’m going to prom dateless. I refuse to go dateless which means I have to have a date. Having a date means that I know a guy well enough for them to ask me or me to ask them. This means I need to step up my game. As of right now I have no guys in my life that I could consider asking. This is a problem and it is manly caused by me. I’m shy. I don’t really talk much in class. The thing is, I’m really not a quiet person. I love to joke around with my family and friends. I do it all the time. The cat comes and grabs my tongue when I’m around people I don’t know as well. I don’t understand why I’m like this. Personally, it’s frustrating. I know what you are thinking. “Why doesn’t she just talk to people? Talking to people is natural. It’s an everyday thing.” You are absolutely right but it’s easier said than done.

The guys that I want to talk to are usually in the “popular” group of kids at school. I am not “popular.” This is again most likely attributed to the fact that I don’t talk as much as I probably should. Since these guys aren’t in my circle of friends, I don’t ever see them outside of class. They never see what I’m really like. Another reason they never see what I’m really like is the fact that I never end up sitting by them in class. Since I don’t sit next to them it makes it very difficult to talk to them. Plus, they always seem to be near all of their friends and always talking to them. It always seems like I have bad luck with this kind of thing but then I realize that I actually have to do something about it. I can’t just sit there and wonder what would happen if I talked to someone. I have to make it happen and find out for myself.

There’s this guy that I’ve had a crush on for like three years now. It’s been off and on but I always seem to go back to him one way or another. It’s been that long and here I am having said minimal words to him. I know. It’s pathetic. I realize that. I definitely have some work to do. I need to break out of my shell. I need to show people what I’m really about. Chances are someone worth while will notice and take action. Chances are that person will the one I’ve been waiting for. Who know? All I know is that I have got to change. Changing is the only way that I will be getting a date for prom next year because what I have going for me right now is clearly not working. There’s not a guy in sight. Wish me luck! I’m going to need it.

The Hummus and Pita Co.

Over Spring Break I went to New York City. I’ve wanted to go there for a very long time and I finally got the chance. I went to see Spiderman on Broadway, which was surprisingly good, and see the Artemis Quartet perform at Carnegie Hall. I got a bus tour of the city just to explore the different regions and see landmark buildings. When the bus got to Chelsea, we stopped for to get some lunch. Me and two others girls went to a place called The Hummus and Pita Co. When we got off the bus we looked around to see what restaurants were around and decided that one looked interesting to try. We walked into the building and the aroma was great. I can’t remember what it was but I can tell you it was nice and made me curious as to what this place was all about. The restaurant is set up like a Subway where you walk in and they make your food the way you want it right in front of you. You choose the type of meat you want to put in it and the type of wrap you want, such as a pita or a laffa. Then you get to fill it with the different things they have like Israeli cous cous, Mediterranean rice, or Moroccan beans. As the name of the restaurant implies, you can choose a type of hummus to add as well. You finish off your order by adding sauces and lettuce, tomato, etc. I ordered a pita with chicken, Moroccan beans, the original hummus (which is a family recipe), and feta cheese. I wasn’t sure how I was going to like it. I didn’t recall ever having feta cheese and the hummus I tried in the past wasn’t anything I cared for. After I paid and sat down I was very hungry and ready to give my creation a try. To my surprise, it was amazing. I mean AMAZING. It was the best thing I had tasted in a while and it was by far the best thing I ate while I was in New York City. When we decided to go there I was not expecting anything really great. I don’t really eat the type of food they serve so I didn’t know what to expect. When I saw the name I thought, “Well, I really like pita, but not hummus so much.” I never really expected that it would delicious, but oh my gosh it was. My friend and I googled the place after we left in hopes that it was a chain. It turned out that it was the only one. We were heart-broken but then we came to the conclusion that we had another reason to come back to New York. If you’re ever in New York City you need to stop in Chelsea and eat at The Hummus and Pita Co. You won’t regret it!

Pecan Pie Bars

Maybe I’m crazy, but I don’t really like nuts. Hey now, get your mind out of the gutter! We are talking about food here. This is not that kind of blog. Anyway……I mainly like peanuts and cashews, otherwise I don’t like nuts. I’m the type of person who doesn’t care for nuts in her cookies or brownies. I just don’t like the added crunch that nuts give to my cookies or brownies. I like them smooth. There happens to be one exception and it goes by the name of Pecan Pie Bars. I don’t understand how these bars taste so good because they are made of nuts but man they are delicious! Like OH MY GOODNESS! I could have eaten the whole pan but I had to hold back the urge. They are very easy to prepare and the recipe is provided below so I encourage you to make them. The crust is soft, buttery, and a little crumbly but not too crumbly that it makes a huge mess. The corn syrup mixture seeps into the crust and kind of makes this gooey middle layer that is wonderful and then the pecans sit on top. I think everyone would like this dessert, even if you don’t like nuts. I don’t really like nuts and I LOVE these bars. So what are you waiting for?! Go make them already!

Ingredients:

Crust:

2 + 1/2 cups of flour

1/2 cup of sugar

1 cup of margarine

1/2 teaspoon of salt

Filling:

4 eggs

1 + 1/2 cups of Karo light or dark (I use light)

1 + 1/2 cups of sugar

1 + 1/2 teaspoons of vanilla

3 Tablespoons of melted margarine

2 + 1/2 cups of chopped pecans (small pieces)

Directions:

Grease bottom and sides of a 15 x 10 x 1 inch baking pan. Prepare crust in a large bowl by mixing together flour, sugar, margarine, and salt until it resembles course crumbs. Press the mixture into the pan and bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. For the filling, mix the eggs, corn syrup, sugar, margarine, and vanilla. Stir in the pecans and spread over the hot crust. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes or until set. It makes about 48 bars.

Ombre

Spring has arrived! Well, sort of. It’s still pretty chilly where I live but it is warming up ever so slightly each day. Hopefully the warmth will show up soon. With the new warmth of Spring comes the outdoor activities and Spring time clothing. It also brings the opportunity for a new hair style to rock during the Spring and Summer months. You may own a sweater with the ombre effect, but now you can have it in your hair. For those of you who do not know what the means let me explain. Ombre is colors fading into each other for example dark blue fading into light blue. The effect can go the other direction as well by going from light to dark. It all depends on what you want. You can even do it with two different colors like pink fading into purple. The possibilities are pretty much endless.

I see these pictures of people on Google or on other websites that have crazy colored ombre hair and it looks super cool. Blue, pink, purple, a combination of the three, you name it. I don’t have the guts to do it to my hair though. Personally, I don’t think that I can pull it off. Also, lots of people have told me that they like the color of my hair and I like it as well so I’ll probably never dye it. I take that back. I won’t dye it until it starts turning grey. No one wants to look old.

 

 

In this photo (which I got from The Vainest Rose) shows a girl with pink, orange, and purple ombre hair. I think it looks really good on her. I think one of the things that makes it look so good is the fact that her hair is wavy and messy looking. This makes the ombre seem more blended together. If her hair was straight it wouldn’t look as natural as it does in this picture.

The above website also provides a video of the stylist applying a washable hair dye that I think is great for this type of hair style. You can make your hair all these crazy colors and rinse it out at the end of the day. You won’t have to commit to the colors you choose for very long.

If I can get my hands on the washable hair dye I might just have the courage to try a hair style similar to these.

   Ombre Hair Profile Photo

Stay

You may have watched the Grammy’s the other week and you may have seen Justin Timberlake looking so freaking adorable on stage and Taylor Swift’s freak show. You may have seen another performance that I think wasn’t talked about enough. It was Rihanna’s performance. She sang her song titled “Stay” with Mikky Ekko, an artist I hadn’t ever heard of before. The performance wasn’t flashy or energetic like the others. There weren’t any crazy special effects or backup dancers. It was just those two singing up on stage, standing in one place the whole time. This performance didn’t need all that stuff because that song in itself was enough. It was slow and the words were meaning full and heartfelt. I’ve always liked Rihanna as an artist, but this song is different from the one’s I’ve heard her sing in the past. “Stay” was about something real and the way she sang the song really made me believe every word she was saying. It has become one of my new favorite songs. Another reason that I like it so much is because I know what she is singing about. I’ve felt the same way. There have been people in my life that I’ve wanted to stick around and be in my life forever that didn’t. Also, there are people in my life right now that I hope never leave. If you haven’t heard the song yet you need to look it up right now. It’s completely amazing and it is practically impossible not to feel something when you listen to it.

Here are the lyrics if you want to sing along.

Stay by Rihanna featuring Mikky Ekko

All along it was a fever
A cold sweat hot-headed believer
I threw my hands in the air and said, “Show me something,”
He said, “If you dare come a little closer.”

Round and around and around and around we go
Oh now tell me now tell me now tell me now you know

Not really sure how to feel about it.
Something in the way you move
Makes me feel like I can’t live without you.
It takes me all the way.
I want you to stay

It’s not much of a life you’re living
It’s not just something you take – it’s given

Round and around and around and around we go
Oh now tell me now tell me now tell me now you know

Not really sure how to feel about it.
Something in the way you move
Makes me feel like I can’t live without you.
It takes me all the way.
I want you to stay.

Oh the reason I hold on
Oh cause I need this hole gone
Funny you’re the broken one but I’m the only one who needed saving
Cause when you never see the light it’s hard to know which one of us is caving

Not really sure how to feel about it.
Something in the way you move
Makes me feel like I can’t live without you.
It takes me all the way.
I want you to stay, stay.
I want you to stay, oh.

Epiphany (Part 3)

I did not expect this situation to happen. It didn’t make any sense and it still doesn’t make any sense. Why didn’t he say that he was going to pick me? He knew that that was what I wanted. Why would you just settle for the next best thing when you could have the thing you want most? That question has been burning in my head ever since. That is the thing that bothers me the most. It’s not the fact that I didn’t end up with him. It’s the fact that he didn’t fight for what he wanted. He just let it go. That right there makes me wonder if he said he was going to pick me just because he could. Maybe he really didn’t want me. Either way, both of those situations are stupid.

I am by no means an expert at relationships as you may have found some red flags in my story, but I have learned a lot from this situation. I learned that just because you text someone everyday, doesn’t mean that what they are saying to you is the truth and there are some things that should be said to someone’s face. Maybe the person you are talking to is just spending their time talking to you because they’re bored. Another thing I learned is if someone really wanted to talk to you or hang out with you, they would talk to you or ask you first. But the biggest thing I learned from all this is that you should never settle. If you want something you should fight for it, especially if all you have to do to get it is ask. Life is too short for regrets and it is too short to pass up opportunities. Be brave and go out and get what you want.