Tuesday Tidbits – The “New Stuff” Edition

  • New ‘do!  I used to play with the color and change it up quite often, but I’ve been the same plain brown for a few years now, only varying the shade slightly with the season.  I was totally ready for a change.  Something a little funky!  We darkened the color and added some red streaks.  I love it!

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  • “New” outfits!  I’m trying to keep the shopping to a minimum for my winter wardrobe, so I’ve been trying to put together new outfits out of what I already have in my closet.  I threw this one together last weekend and thought it was super cute–a dressy lacy tank top from Ross with an army green American Eagle button up with Michael Kors skinny jeans and knee boots.  I love putting together things that don’t really match.

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  • New restaurant!  Going out to eat as a vegetarian was no problem, but since going fully plant-based a couple of years ago I’ve found it more challenging.  I’ve been saying this whole time that I wish we had more options in this area, and then I very recently found out that there’s a vegan restaurant called Living Well only about a half-hour from here!  (They call themselves a “vegetarian” restaurant, but the owner said the only non-vegan thing under their roof was honey and that was only on-hand for people who ask for it with their tea.)  It’s been there for THREE YEARS, and I’m just now finding out about it?!  I went last weekend, and I hate myself for not knowing about it sooner.  It was AMAZING!!!  And SO CHEAP!  I had a salad, appetizer (tofu balls), and entree (roti), and my bill was $13.  I will be going back every chance I get.
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I had never heard of roti, but it was delicious!
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That salad dressing was to DIE for. I could have drunk it right out of the bowl.
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  • Off topic for a second…On my way home from the restaurant I passed this and had to stop to take a picture.  I thought it was simply beautiful.  The “southern snow” went on as far as the eye could see.

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  •  New beer!  I went to pick up some more of my favorite seasonal beer, Blackstone Brewery’s pumpkin ale, a few days ago, and this one caught my eye too.  After Leinenkugel’s fall brew flops, I was a little skeptical, but I had to try it.  It’s greatt!

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  • New iPod!  My several-year-old shuffle has been gimping along on its last leg for my last few runs.  It’s getting hard to get it to come on and even harder to make it stay on.  I can’t stand running without music (it’s dangerous to leave me and my thoughts alone together for too long haha), so I knew I’d best be procuring backup.  I know these things are pretty cheesy and old school, but if I’m gonna fall and break something or let something get ruined by rain or any of that other stuff that’s likely to happen on a run, I’d much rather it be an iPod that I bought on eBay for $40 than my Samsung phone!

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There’s Nothing Wrong with Change if it’s in the Right Direction

I’ve been reflecting a lot lately. My husband and I were talking about how far we’ve come one night a couple of weeks ago after I found out about my job, and then my bloggy friend Amy posted about how everything changes recently. Seems like it’s on everyone’s mind these days. Is it the milestone birthday I and a lot of my friends have had/will be having this year? Is it the new decade? I don’t know, but change is definitely in the air.

It’s amazing, really. Everyone likes to think they have their lives all mapped out and they think they know where they will be a few years down the road. But SURPRISE! They don’t have a clue. I don’t have a clue. You don’t have a clue. NO ONE has a clue. When I think about how drastically my life has changed over the last 5 to 6 years, it’s actually kind of scary. Is it possible that it could continue its unpredictable pattern? Could my life be as different 5 years from now as it was 5 years ago? I hope not. I feel like I’m where I’m really supposed to be, and I feel extremely blessed to be here.

It was 2004 when my life path took an unexpected turn. My grandmother passed away in January of that year. That in itself was devastating. Then in March my ex-husband left me. He decided marriage wasn’t for him. Turns out it interfered too much with HIS life plan of being a bar-hopping, alcoholic, broke-ass loser. At the time, I was a full-time student and only worked part-time. Obviously I couldn’t afford to keep the house. Had to sell it. Then in July my best friend and sanity-keeper moved to Germany with her new husband. Not long after that, my employer decided she couldn’t afford to keep me anymore. In the span of a few months, I lost my grandmother, my husband, my home, my best friend, and my job. And a lot of myself. Somewhere in all that–and I can’t be sure exactly where–I lost myself too. It all kinda messed with my head, ya know? But after a couple of years of rebellion and bad decisions, I finally got myself back together and came out of it all a much stronger person with a better perspective on everything.

And my husband’s story is not any prettier, but I won’t go into all his personal details. If he wants the world to know all his shiz he can start his OWN blog!

Long story short, we found each other. I am now with the love of my life, a man who loves me, appreciates me, and supports me in everything I do, we are financially stable, and I love my job. Since 2004, I’ve gone from mediocrity to rock bottom to being on top of the world. While it hasn’t always been pleasant, it was worth every heartache to get to where I am now. Change is scary and difficult, but if you keep your head in the game the end result can be what you make of it. Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anybody can start today and make a new ending.