Monday Linkage

A vending machine that vends salads? I am intrigued….


Now that California is finally getting some rain, I actually have a reason to purchase an umbrella.

I’m excited to see how Getty Images and Sheryl Sandberg’s collaboration turns out.

Go CVS! I know..I’m so not cool.

What do Dungeon’s and Dragon’s and Subway have in common? Azodicarbonamide! The recent discovery that Subway uses this chemical in their bread is making everyone flip especially due to the fact that it’s one of the key ingredients in yoga mats. Yes. I would flip too if I were Jared. Oh and DD yoga is now a thing.

Street art like this would only happen in Paris.

Champagne gummy bears? Ill take 14500098 boxes please.



Monday Linkage

Why are baby sloths so cute?

I love the Momofuku recipes I’ve tried in the past so I have high hopes for this banana cream pie.

My mom has a severe diet pepsi addiction. Really trying to get her to break it now that researchers are finding it is linked high levels of carcinogens and WILL KILL YOU. How silly we were before when we thought it was healthy and gave us super powers.

RIP Philip Seymour Hoffman. Eerily, I just watched a movie where his character gets murdered last night.

10 reasons I am happy to be doing what I’m doing.

I need one of these for when I travel to Lake Misurina and stay here.

Another reason to go hug your dog.

A “what career should you really have chosen?” quiz. Apparently I should have gone the astronaut route.

La Boheme

6. Attend an opera


This weekend I had the opportunity to attend the opera La Boheme. Initially an opera sounded like a great addition to “the list”, but as the show date drew nearer, I began to have a feeling of unease. This was probably because of the three hours of slow-paced Italian music that would soon transpire. Luckily, La Boheme is extremely opera-novice friendly. While the total time commitment was indeed three hours, it was divided into about 30-40 minutes of showtime broken up by two intermissions of about 15 minutes each. My prior conceptions of operas in general were that they were all sad, and accordingly, very serious. So I was surprised to find that La Boheme was actual somewhat of a comedy.

The story takes place in Paris in the early 1800’s. Rodolfo, the male lead, is a starving poet who lives in a crowded apartment with his artist friends. One night he chooses to stay in with his poetry while his friends go out. It is on this magical night that his neighbor, Mimi, comes to the door asking if he can “light her candle”. I know right. But this is a literal statement….It’s dark and she needs candle light. From that point on, the two fall madly in love and romp around Paris with Rodolfo’s friends and the risqué Musetta (my favorite character). Alas, the metaphoric side of the candle lighting comes about. It’s all very jovial and you almost forget that Mimi has consumption. But, it is an opera, and someone has to die. I won’t ruin it and tell you who. But… don’t forget…Mimi has consumption. We’ll leave it at that.

Fun facts:

  • La Boheme’s premiere was February 1st 1896. I saw it February 1st 2014.
  • The musical Rent is a modern interpretation of La Boheme.




Monday Linkage


What an inspiring couple. If you aren’t inspired then its likely your heart does not have the capacity to love. True fact.

This might be over played, but it will never cease to make me laugh.

A video of a baby goat playing. You are welcome. 

Could NBCs next remake be as big of an atrocity as The Sound of Music was? I hope not…

I just ordered these for my little brother who loves ketchup. Over priced? Yes. Worth it? TBD

 Trundle beds make me oddly nostalgic. Plus I had no idea how fun they were to say. 

Annnnnd lastly, I was already beginning to become a Bronco’s fan after this past weekend’s plalyoff game. This might just seal the deal. Namaste y’all.


I Can Do Hard Things.

This past week was the start of my internship at DMC. And it was… HARD. Not because the work was above what I have done in the past. I actually spent most of my time observing. It was hard because I found it stressful to work with patients in such a critical state. It was hard because it requires me to be up at 5 every morning, and then to be on my feet until 5 that afternoon (don’t judge…I was a desk-bound student 3 days a week prior to this). It was hard because I constantly found myself wondering if the other SLPs felt I was knowledgeable or experienced enough to be working with them. This week was HARD.
Now for the irony. I absolutely could not stop thinking about the patients I saw throughout the week on my time off. I had an ache inside me to go back and do the whole week again. Not because I feel that I did a poor job, but because I loved it. Doing hard things can strengthen us and invigorate us. However, we are human beings prone to choose the path of least resistance. Thus…we need to be reminded that we can, in fact, do hard things.

I recently came across this article from Business Insider about the importance of doing hard things. Some of my favorites:

  • You have to give more than you get in return right away.
  • You have to care more about others than they care about you.
  • You have to feel unsure and insecure when playing it safe seems smarter.
  • You have to make mistakes and look like an idiot.
  • You have to keep moving towards where you want to be no matter what’s in front of you.

Read more:

So. Let us all channel our inner Rihanna, and be HARD.


26 Before 26.

The forecast for my 26th year shows that there will be quite a few milestone accomplishments to come. I will graduate with a MS in speech pathology, move back to my hometown,  find myself employed as a speech pathologist in the summer (hopefully), and move into a house of my own. The year will bring so much excitement yet, at the same time, moving back to my hometown also carries some reservations. I fear that I will grow stagnant. Become boring. And loose the determination I have manifested over the past few years. So in attempts to maintain fluidity in my life I have complied a list of “things” that I hope to accomplish before December 12th 2014. Some of the things are adventurous (hike half dome) and others are weird (try moon shine, roller blade in Santa Cruz, attend a dog show? o.k. a lot are weird…). And some might seem a bit boring but I knew I wouldn’t get to doing them if I didn’t visually place them somewhere to be crossed off.

*This list was inspired by Sarah at Not gonna lie, one or two were directly snagged from her list… What can I say. She’s got great taste in adventure.

My list is still a work in progress. But here’s the start:

1. Try aerial yoga

2. Read “Tuesday’s with Morrie”

3. Stay the night in a tree house (thinking of this one)

4. Make homemade Siricha

5. Try “miracle berries”

6. Attend an opera

7.  Pay for the person behind me in line’s____.

8. Try Ethiopian food

9. Watch a live dog show

10. Go wine tasting.

11. Try moonshine

12. Bake with lavender

13. Make homemade wine

14. Hike half dome

15. Roller blade in Santa Cruz

16.  Participate in a community service project

17.  Attend a church of a different religion

18. Watch the following Grace Kelly films: The Country Girl, Bridges at Toko-Ri, Mogambo, and High Noon

19. Find a pen pal

20. Make homemade bagels

21. Watch all 6 seasons of Dawson’s Creek…. Which is just going add SO much insight to my life…I can tell already

22. Discover my go to cookie recipe

Can yah dig it? I am.