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Today is my birthday! I’m officially 30 now, which means I’m no longer in my 20’s. It feels a bit weird! I do think we put a bit more emphasis on age than necessary sometimes. I mean, it’s not like I really changed or aged much between yesterday when I was still in my 20’s and today. It’s still a bit of a surreal feeling though.

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 #3

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It has been three months since the last time I did one of these posts. Oops. If you’re new here, it’s basically just a picture post that showcases some of the photos I’ve taken and things I’ve been up to within the last week.

Not too much has been happening this past week. I’m still getting settled in my new house, but it already has such a cozy vibe. I still need to hang things on the wall though. I ordered some wall decals today to put up in the kitchen, so I can’t wait to get them. I want the kitchen decor to be retro/diner style, so hopefully it turns out okay.

The basement is still just a storage space for now until I’m able to buy what I need to turn half of it into a little movie room. I wish I could do it right away, but I’m just not able to at the moment, so I keep telling myself to be patient.

Settling In

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It’s almost nearing two weeks since my last post, but like I said in my last entry, I would probably be too busy to post. That has definitely been the case. I’ve been busy packing, moving, and unpacking. I still have to unpack all my movies and books, but I’ve managed to get everything else unpacked and put away.

It still feels a little surreal that I’m a home owner now, but I am really enjoying it here so far. It has been so much fun decorating to my liking and putting my own personality into the house. I do not have anything to put on some of the walls yet, and I still need to get the curtains up, but it’s already looking so cozy. I am in love!

The Girl Behind the Green Door

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It’s a little hard to see from the photos, but my door is green, hence the title. I closed on my house today, so it’s officially mine now! I titled this post “The Girl Behind the Green Door” as a reference to One Tree Hill, when Brooke was sometimes referred to as “The girl behind the red door”. Of course my house is nowhere near as big or extravagant as the beautiful Colonial style house that Brooke lived in, but it will do. 😉

The closing went extremely smoothly today. It took place at Olde Towne Title, which is a real estate title company in my area, and they truly did an amazing job of making the experience as enjoyable as it possibly could be. Who knew that signing a bunch of paperwork could be fun? I knew ahead of time that there would be some refreshments on the table, but I wasn’t expecting everything we got. We had water, soda’s, candy, muffins, grapes, cheese and crackers, mozzarella sticks, pizza bagel bites, taquitos, mini pigs in a blanket (hot dogs wrapped in a crescent roll), and crab ragoon. Everything tasted so good! You know I love some free food. They even gave me the leftovers to bring home. The muffins were so moist and delicious, and I’m not even a big sweets person.

Fast Food & What I Will Not Order

When I did my Fast Food Thoughts & What I Order post, I never imagined it would be one of my most popular blog posts so far. It was just something quick and fun I did, but I’m glad you all enjoyed it. I thought I would do a little spinoff and post items from the same fast food places that you would likely never find me ordering.

 

McDonald’s
Hotcakes & McGriddles
I do like pancakes, but I can only eat a small portion or else they make me really nauseous. There would be no point in me ordering hotcakes, in which you get several, when I wouldn’t be able to eat more than one. McGriddles are somewhat okay, but you wouldn’t find me ordering any because I will always opt for the McMuffin instead.

Mexican Food & Bluegrass

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This post is going to be a journal entry of sorts. I don’t do too many of these simply because my life is pretty boring. However, every once in a while I might find something to write about. I know I like to personalize my blog a bit so you can get to know me and my interests better, as opposed to just being another beauty blog.

I probably love food more than anything else. On my days off work, I usually spend half the day just eating. It’s funny that I love food as much as I do since I have IBS (a gastrointestinal disorder), so sometimes I’m in a great deal of pain or discomfort just from eating. I love eating out at restaurants too, but it usually makes me nervous because I’m always worried the food will cause a flare-up before I’m able to make it home.