Just Say Yes

All my life I have been known as the friend who is the opposite of
spontaneous. I know a week ahead of time eacactly when I’ll be going
to the gym, when I’ll be watching my tivod shows, and where my money
will be going. So when a friend texts me asking to join them for
dinner right that second while I’m laying on my bed reading, I say no.

Lately tho (call it a mid year resolution), I have realized that the
funnest things and best experiences tend to happen when they’re
unplanned. Like making new friends, taking pictures that will last a
lifetime, or other occurences that you don’t even know will affect you
weeks later.

So now I am living by the mantra “just say yes” which is my modern day
version of “carpe diem.” Many may associate this phrase with the 90s
slogan “Just Say No [to drugs], and I assure you they have no
relevance! I have already found a positive affect in my life from this
newfound mantra, and it has even spread as far as me being the one
initiating the spontanteous activities!

I hope I will be able to continue on with this lifetsyle and report
back on it’s success!

I’m Beginning to Think I’m No Good at This…

Whoops! I believe my last post was about a month ago…

In my defense, I just began an externship at Google. Most people’s reaction was “uhh you majored in nutrition and went to culinary school… why are you working with computers?”

For those of you unfamiliar with this awesome company, they feed you!! And I am proud to be one of the many cooks providing this delicious food. I can’t imagine the luxury of working as a software engineer, creator, etc for this company as just my limited experience on their campus has been a fabulous one.

Today is officially the start of summer though, and you know what that means… pool time! Unfortunately I do not have a pool, but one of my newest friends does and you can bet your bottom dollar I will be taking up her offer to lounge by it. Summer always marked the beginning of fun filled weeknights and weekends in the past, but now as an actual adult with a 40 hour a week job it will be interesting to see how this summer differs from the last. The fortunate aspect is that I already have exciting things planned to spice things up – Vegas, birthday extravaganza (or as much as I can make of a 23rd birthday) and a family reunion. Lots to look forward to!

Hope those of you in Cali are enjoying this heat wave and that other parts of the country are getting your Vitamin D as well!

xoxo

M

I’ll Be Workin on My Fitness

I’m the M to the I to the T Z Y … It’s Mitzilicious

So you’re at the gym and you have your iPod on shuffle. All of a sudden Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On” comes on. Hold the treadmill – this is not a workout song! What you need my friend is an upbeat playlist that will keep that heart pumping and motivate you to the last mile, last step, or last bicep curl.

I believe that every good playlist needs songs that aren’t necessarily on Billboard’s top charts or have the best lyrics, but instead keep you in rhythm throughout your workout. I am one of those people who cannot work out without music, and have even actually turned around to get a second charged iPod (usually a roommates) in order to finish a run. I also believe that no good playlist is complete without some BSpears, but that’s just me 🙂

Here are two of my favorite upbeat playlists for running:

*30 Minute Outside Run*
Don’t Go – Fefe Dobson
3 – Britney Spears
Party in the USA – Miley Cyrus
Love Drunk – Boys Like Girls
I Kissed a Girl – Katy Perry
Check Yes Juliet – We the Kings
Boots & Boys – Ke$ha
Jump Then Fall – Taylor Swift
According to You – Orianthi
Popular – The Veronicas

*30 Minute Gym Mix*
Hammers & Hearts – Daphne Loves Derby
I Don’t Care – Fall Out Boy
Hips Don’t Lie – Shakira
That’s What You Get – Paramore
I Look So Good (Without You) – Jessie James
When I Grow Up – Pussycat Dolls
Big Girl Now – New Kids on the Block Feat Lady Gaga
The Way I Am – Ingrid Michaelson
Beautiful, Dirty Rich – Lady Gaga

My Three Favorite Things

The three things I’ve recently come to love:

1. St. Ives Apricot Scrub

Using this exfoliating scrub is my new favorite thing to do in the shower. The mixture of the beads going into your pores while they’re open from the steam is such a great feeling, and mixed with the smell you will come out feeling refreshed and cleaner than usual.

You can buy it for $3.00 at Walmart

2. Happy Endings

This show premiered this week in place of Mr. Sunshine, which I was initially skeptical about as I was still missing Cougar Town. But five minutes into it, I was already excited for the second episode that would follow at 10. This show is hilarious! It has the hilariousness of Friends with the awkward tension of exes that How I Met Your Mother has. Each character has a different personality, bringing so much into the mix it’s awesome.

Watch it Wednesdays at 9:30 pm on ABC, or online here

3. Hot Chai Tea

I’ve been drinking this tea for a few months now, trying to ween slowly off the coffee. I quickly tired of black and green tea, and thought chai tea was the perfect balance between the caffeinated beverages. I’ve tried Starbucks, Peet’s, and Bigelow Boxed tea, and they’re all delicious. I think my favorite is Starbucks – as much as I don’t want to admit it! However, there is a coffee shop in Los Gatos, CA called Great Bear Coffee, who brews their own chai tea. I’ve only had it once but it was delicious!

Great Bear’s Facebook page can be found by clicking this link

Hope you can find some happiness from these things as well!

❤ Mitzy

Food for Thought

As a new chef, people ask me all the time what my favorite food is to make or eat. The horrible thing is, I have no idea! I know I could eat eggs,  or turkey sandwiches every day if forced to – but those are things that don’t take a genius to make (for the most part).

Being the frugal girl I am, I loove a buffet every once in awhile. My favorite find is the $17 all you can eat sushi factory here in San Jose. Now I know it sounds shady, but at the particular place I go to, they actually make all your rolls to order, so it’s not like an actual

buffet where the fish is sitting under a lamp for hours on end. I’m not going to sugarcoat it, the service absolutely stinks. But if you’re nice enough to the

waitresses and don’t drink your water too quickly, they’ll seem adequate enough

for the price you’re paying.

* SUSHI FACTORY San Jose (408) 723-2598

So thinking about this abundance of food made me wonder: If you were given only one food to eat for the rest of the month, what would you choose?

I’m Walkin’ on Sunshine

Sunny days make my heart smile =). Although I am sad that seemingly every weekend I visit San Luis Obispo it gets cold – even after a week of sunniness!

It’s been five days since I graduated culinary school, and in order to not lose my skills I have been trying to cook for myself – which is hard after a day of bike riding, packing, or hanging out with friends. However today I decided to go big and bake banana bread, chocolate chip cookies, and some cold potato leek soup.

Since I was already experimenting with the soup and cookies, I decided to change things up a bit with the bread as well. Banana bread

is something that is sort of a specialty of mine so I switch things up now and then. Today I decided I was going to use the uber delicious banana muffin recipe I had as a bread. It turned out delicious but super fluffy (which made it hard to slice off the loaf). Now to figure out how to fix that… Too bad I only majored in food science.

So now it’s off to Long Beach, LA, and San Luis Obispo for the rest of the week to hang out with some of my favorite people in the world!

❤ Mitzy

 

 

Chocolate Chip Cookies

9 oz butter, room temperature

6 oz sugar

6 oz light brown sugar

– Cream above three ingredients together

1 egg

1 tsp vanilla extract

— Add egg and vanilla to creamed butter and sugars

13 oz flour

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp salt

— Mix dry ingredients and add to remaining batter

– Add 12 oz dark chocolate chips and (optional) 6oz chopped walnuts

Place dollops on greased cookie sheets, preferrably on parchment paper

Cook at 375 for 9 minutes – they should come out soft

Remove from sheet tray immediately but let cool before placing in air-tight container

Movie Review: Beastly

So after waiting a year, I finally saw Beastly! When I first saw the preview early last year, I thought the story line looked great, the main character was hot, and I love Neil Patrick Harris. Then when July came and went without a movie release, I was stumped and bummed. While I still don’t know why it released so late, I was happy to finally find someone who wanted to go see it!

Critics gave it less than 30% on Rotten Tomatoes, viewers about double that. I would probably give it a B-. Not something I would buy on DVD, but would definitely watch it when it airs on TV.

The premise of the movie is a twist on the classic “Beauty and the Beast. A ridiculously arrogant, yet attractive, high school boy is rude to the “witch” of the school who curses him with a face covered in scars and tattoos, making him a beast. He has one year to find someone who loves him for who is on the inside or he will “stay like this foreverrr” (imagine that being said in a really weird and creepy whisper). Through a series of events, the beauty ends up living with the beast, learning things that he hasn’t let anyone else see before.

I would recommend the movie for girls my age or moms who love movies like 13 Going on 30. It’s not one to take your boyfriend to, unless he loves Vanessa Hudgens or you’re just really mad at him. haha.

Let me know if you’ve seen it or if you do!

xoxo

Mitz

 

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I wish I was as smart as Mark Zuckerburg

Does anyone (besides our parents) remember the days before texting, Facebook, or Myspace? Granted [relatively] no one uses Myspace anymore, as it has zero quality compared to Facebook, but the use of technology as a means to communicate has escalated beyond anyone’s wildest dreams.

Gone are the days where you pass your best friend a note during class, are forced to speak to a boyfriends’ mom because you have to call the house phone, or God forbid send out an invitation including the phrase “R.S.V.P.”

Now I’m not complaining, because I love Facebook and texting, and am probably the worst person at having conversations on the phone, or even talk to boys in person before texting them for weeks beforehand. But it is weird to think how much has changed since1999.

Who knew Prince’s song had so much foresight about the change of the century?

Hey California, Make up Your Mind

Friday’s forecast: 50/50 chance of snow

Two days later: It’s 67 and gorgeous outside

What is going on?! One, it didn’t really snow on Friday. Two, I’m not used to having to deal with fluctuations in weather. If I wanted that I’d live on the east coast haha.

Anywho, I do love California, but the months of November-February don’t make me very happy!

 

I need some interesting weather stories to make me feel better about the weather that doesn’t even exist lol

 

❤ Mitz

The Ex-Mrs. Hedgefund

The Ex-Mrs. Hedgefund

by Jill Hargman

 

 

 

 

From Publishers Weekly

In the gilded age of a few months ago, hedge fund managers were the kings of ka-ching. Of course, now they’re not, and there’s a sparky frisson to Momzilla author Kargman’s lively chronicle of a queen of ka-ching who ditches her hedge fund manager hubby. Hedge-fund wife Holly Talbott, 34, has forgone Botox and boob jobs and considers herself more J. Crew than J. Mendel. She also thinks she has a happy marriage despite her ferocious mother-in-law and the cattiness of keeping up with the yummy mummies of her son’s schoolmates. But once she and best friend Kiki discover her husband’s cheating ways, the knives come out: among other things, the tough pre-nup makes divorcing the ultra-rich hedgie trickier than she expects. Dating isn’t much easier, but readers will know to hold out for the glowing happy ever after. Effervescent Holly’s romp through wealthy Manhattan is a gleeful little bonbon.
**I went into this book skeptically, thinking it was a book I began a year ago and ended up returning after being bored the first two chapters. Not the case! While I still can’t figure out which book that original one was, I loved this book from the beginning. With Holly (Holland) Talbott’s funny narrative remarks and humorous thoughts, each chapter kept me intrigued towards reading more. As a 22-year old non-divorcee I cannot relate to the main characters’ life troubles, but I think that any married or recent divorcee would find this book to be the perfect accompaniment to their morning cup of coffee**

 

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