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22 // Cooking

I don’t usually have the urge to cook, but tonight I did. Ever since I’ve been starting to watch what I eat, I finally figured out that I will have total control over what I’m consuming if I actually prepare it myself. I came across the most wonderful blog, Skinny Taste, and I swear it’s my new favorite thing. This blogger is just a regular woman (mom with kids) who was looking to make healthier meals for her family.

Her recipes are all pretty amazing. Some of them feel out of my skill level, but I decided to tackle one of them tonight. I made a Carmelized Onion, Red Pepper and Zucchini Frittata. And oh man, was it good. And HUGE. And low in calories and everything. My mom helped me ¬†primarily with the chopping of vegetables¬†(she deemed my knife-wielding skills to be inferior to hers … she is right) and it was incredibly easy to put together in the end.

All it consisted of was 4 eggs, 4 egg whites, a red bell pepper, an onion, half a zucchini and some salt and pepper. I’m strangely satisfied after eating it, and I am just so excited to know that this kind of blog and this kind of recipe can help me stay on track. I’ve still got quite a few calories left in my day, so I have a treat waiting in the freezer that I plan on devouring while watching Project Runway.

I like the idea of cooking. I’ve been dabbling in it a little within the last year, and I think I’ll keep going thanks to the Skinny Taste blog.

9 // Having the House to Myself

I have been dying for an apartment for about a year. It’s one of those great life transitions that I feel I should experience, and I thought I had it worked out. I secured that elusive ‘real job’ after graduating college. I would stay with my parents until I saved enough money, preferably only a quick 6-month ordeal, and then I’d be off on my own in some fabulous apartment furnished with Ikea furniture and mood lighting.

Fast forward to a full year and then some since I started my job and moved back in with my parents. I’m still here. Laughing at my naievity in how the real world would be once I got that college degree.

Now. I have to admit it’s very nice to not have bills. I don’t pay rent, heat, water, any of that. But the wanting of my own space is so apparent. I’m almost 24. I need my own place to just be. I love my parents and it’s nice having their company, but I want that little slice of independence. Due to a myriad of reasons, the whole apartment thing just hasn’t happened yet.

But that’s why I like nights like tonight. I have the house to myself. My parents are off at some thing at Dave and Buster’s, and I’m alone. Sitting on the couch in my pajamas with my dog. I’ve got a sandwich with my name on it and I might watch some TV and just revel in the alone-ness of it all. I’m a little bit of a homebody. I’m very aware of it. But it’s nice to come home and clear your head. To just be by yourself for some time. No one asking you questions, no one trying to make you do things. Just you.

So tonight, for a while, I’m on my own. Miss Kelly Clarkson said it best: “Doesn’t mean I’m lonely when I’m alone.”