Weekly Photo Roundup #6

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What have I been up to since I got back from Ocean City? Not too much, aside from going back to work, watching movies, and eating lots of food. I got to try some new food places recently, which I’ll get to later in the post. I seriously get so excited about food! Haha.

At the end of August, I got bored one evening while I was still on vacation, so I decided to get all glammed up. Where did I go? Nowhere, but who cares. Sometimes it’s just fun doing your hair and makeup for no reason other than you just feel like it.

Ocean City 2018

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I just got back from Ocean City, MD yesterday evening. I went with my mom and aunt, and I also met up with Brandy while I was there. That was my first time seeing her in six years. We initially met through blogging and social media over a decade ago, and we’ve met up in person a total of five times now. It just worked out that we were able to take a trip to the beach at the same time, so our paths crossed again.

I hadn’t been to Ocean City since 2009, despite living only four hours away. We were only there for a few days. We left Monday morning and got home Wednesday evening. That’s more than enough for me though. I was so glad to be coming home. I absolutely love the beach, but going away on vacation is so exhausting. I’m highly introverted, so being around people non-stop for days straight with absolutely no alone time had me feeling tired and overwhelmed. Add on the swimming, walking, being in the sun all day, and lack of sleep, and it just about killed me. On the drive home, I felt so terrible. I had a throbbing head, my muscles were sore, and I was feeling a little queasy.

Vegan for a Day

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Today’s post is a little bit different from what I usually post here on my blog, but I am super excited about this one! I am pretty much obsessed with food, and yet I am not skilled at cooking, and I’m basically the queen of takeout and frozen meals. Rarely do I ever prepare my own food. I usually order food and go pick it up, or I just pop something in the microwave for several minutes and voila. Most of what I eat on a daily basis is not exactly healthy, and some type of meat is usually included. I’ve wanted to do something like this for a while, and I finally decided to go for it.

I thought it would be a fun experiment to step outside of my comfort zone, at least for one day. Not only would I be preparing all of my own meals, but each meal would be vegan. It sounds easy enough, right? For someone like myself, who never thinks about what I’m putting into my body and just eats whatever I’m hungry for, this took quite a bit of planning and dedication on my part.

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Weekly Photo Roundup #5

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Not too much has happened over the last week. I swear, I live the most boring life. I mean it’s not really boring to me because I enjoy being a reserved homebody, but I’m sure it’s probably boring to a lot of people. Some blogs I read make me a bit jealous because these bloggers lives seem so full of fun and adventure. They visit new restaurants all the time, try all kinds of amazing and versatile foods, they get to travel to different places. Even when they stay close to home, it still seems like some adventure awaits them. I feel like there’s nothing much to do where I live, hardly any sights to see, and I’ve always been a bit of a recluse.

The One with the Basement [Weekly Photo Roundup #4]

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Happy first of July! I can’t believe June is over already. This whole year has just been flying by so far! I still remember sitting alone in my room on New Years Eve and thinking that 2018 was going to be just another less than stellar year that blends in with previous years. I couldn’t even have told you when the last really good thing to happen to me was. I had no idea at that moment what 2018 had in store for me. We’re now six months into this year and my car has been paid off, I’m sitting in my own home that I purchased (and just made my first mortgage payment), and I’ve finally got my basement set up, which has been a dream of mine for quite some time.

One Year of Blogging!

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It’s June 21st, which means I’ve officially hit the one year mark here on my blog! Of course I’ve been blogging way longer than a year, but this was my first year being back after a six year break. It’s hard to believe that it has already been a year since my first post here at Surrealistique.

I would be lying if I said I still showed the same enthusiasm as I did when I first created this blog. I don’t want to be negative, but I want to be real, so I figured I would share my feelings on the matter. As much as I do enjoy blogging, it does feel like a chore at times. I think it’s the pressure from the blogging community that you have stick to a certain schedule and don’t go too long without posting. Do this. Do that. I just can’t stick with that rhythm any longer. Writing and posting is enjoyable to me when I feel like I have something I want to share, but I don’t want to force it.

Some More Decor

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I put up some wall art in my house over the weekend, so I wanted to share with you guys. I ordered all the wall art from Retro Planet. This is not a sponsored post, but I wanted to let you know where I got these goodies in case any of you ever want to get anything similar. They have some really cool retro style stuff!

I don’t have the money to create my dream diner kitchen that I’ve always wanted, but I still wanted to go with a retro diner/cafe style decor for it. I am absolutely in love with this Eat decal! It looks like it’s painted on the wall, and I just feel like it gives the kitchen a nice vibe. Plus, I love to eat. The table is bare because I need to figure out how I want to decorate it to give it a diner vibe. I might add a retro style table cloth or something. I will also eventually be changing the valance/curtains.