My secret single behaviour

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Good morning Loves.  OK so I’m not single and I don’t really have secret behaviour because I do live with my boyfriend, but I do have some bizarre behaviours and personal habits that other people don’t know about me – and I’m going to share them with you right now.

There is an episode of Sex and the City where Carrie and the girls talk about their secret single behaviour – all the things they like to do when they are home alone, without their boyfriends on a Saturday night.  Miranda likes to wear moisturizing gloves while watching infomercials and Charlotte likes to look at her pores in a magnifying mirror.

What’s your secret single behaviour?

These are my three weird and not so attractive personal habits:

I love to eat French fries with gravy and ketchup.  I know it sounds gross and it really makes the French fries mushy, but I’ve been doing it since high school and I just love the taste.

I wear man socks.  It’s true and it’s not cute, but girl socks are just too thin.  I like to wear man socks because they are thicker, warmer and way more comfortable than girl socks.

I can eat a whole medium pizza by myself.  Should I do it? No.  It’s a bad personal habit, but I can’t help it – I really love pizza.  When my boyfriend and I order delivery we each get our own pizza, partly because I’m a vegetarian and he’s a meat lover and partly because I “Go H.A.M” on pizza – as my boyfriend puts it.

OK so that’s a little bit about me.  Now what’s your secret?

Love Always,

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Depression doesn’t make you a failure

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Good morning Loves.  To say that the past few years have been a little rough for me would be an understatement.  I am not going to ruin your morning with all the details, but if you are an avid reader of My Diary then you know what I’m talking about.  If you are new here – then welcome – I will give you the condensed version of my life over the last few years: It all started with the market crash when I lost half my income and ended up $50k in debt, then my best friend passed away very suddenly, I was physically attacked by my Dad’s girlfriend on my 30th birthday and to make a bad situation even worse my Dad defends her and is still with her today.

The emotions of depression

So to say that I have not been super cheery and high on life would be a fair statement.  Now that I am 33 years old I am starting to realize that life is too short to let other people ruin it for you.  Yes of course being in debt was so stressful that it made me physically sick, yes I still miss my best friend every single day and yes I wish my Dad didn’t live with a total psycho – but my life is what it is and I’m trying to deal with it.

Both my grandmother and my father suffer from depression, so I wish that I could just say sadness runs in my family but that seems like a cop out.  I wanted to be better than my sadness.  I decided that everyone has crap in their life that they have to deal with – my problems were not who I was, they were just what I had to deal with.  I decided to stop ignoring the sadness, stop letting it consume me and start dealing with everything that was wrong in my life.

Hiding it only makes it worse

I tried to hide my sadness because the last thing in the world that I wanted was to talk about it.  I tried therapy, but it didn’t work for me.  Talking to a stranger in an uncomfortable office just wasn’t my thing. I wanted to get better, but I had to do it on my own terms.

Now that I am overcoming my sleepless nights, anger filled days and hermit-like behaviour I want to talk about it to help other people going through the same situation.  I want people to know that depression is normal because sometimes we just have to face situations that we just aren’t mentally, physically and emotionally prepared to deal with.

You are better than your depression

Being sad is sometimes a part of life and you aren’t weird if you aren’t happy all the time.  The  key is to deal with the emotions and get better.  You don’t have to be singing and skipping all the time, you should just love your life enough to get out of bed every morning.

Love always,

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Friday Faves: Breakfast food is the best

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Good morning Loves and Happy Friday.  I have a confession to make, breakfast is my favourite meal of the day – it’s sweet and filling and you can eat it in bed!

I wish I could wake up every morning and have French toast with home fries for breakfast, but unfortunately this is just not the case.  I am the kind of girl who will do anything for 15 minutes extra sleep so waking up 30 minutes earlier to cook a proper breakfast and clean the dishes is just not happening in my life.

So what’s your favourite breakfast food?

I am not the kind of girl who can eat a yogurt for breakfast and be full until lunch.  I like to eat and I am always the hungriest in the morning.  Right now my breakfast routine consists of a Kellogg’s Special K chocolate protein shake when I wake up and then I have an Egg McMuffin (no meat) with a banana when I get to work.  It’s a filling breakfast full of protein and it gives me a portion

English: An Egg McMuffin breakfast sandwich fr...of fruit.  I don’t know why but for some reason I really love starting my day with a banana.

Are you getting hungry looking at all these pics?

My breakfast routine is simple, but it’s expensive.  I am always looking for ways to save time and save money in the morning so I am putting out a call for help.

I really really want to know what you eat for breakfast.

Love Always,

Photos by bcmom and  ralph&jenny

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A Domestic Disaster Tries a Little

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cooking

I am not a domestic person.

I’ve had many excuses for not being Holly Homemaker over the years — ranging from “I don’t have time” to “I refuse to be oppressed”. If you knew my husband, the latter would make you laugh hysterically as I am not oppressed in the slightest. In fact, he takes care of more of the domestic duties than I do…

Anyways, I am beginning to learn something. There is nothing empowering about not being able to cook or clean. While neither is “woman’s work”, both sexes should have basic skills in cooking and cleaning. Even me. *pouts*

A Top Chef I Am Not

As someone who was three years into adulthood before she learned how to make spaghetti (with canned sauce, mind you), I don’t seem to have the cooking gene. But I’ve learned something — neither does anyone else. Cooking is a very learned skill and takes lots of trial and error.

So here’s what I’m doing:

Trying. And then not getting hysterical when things don’t work out. Malcolm Gladwell says we need 10,000 hours of practice to master anything. I have like 16. If something doesn’t turn out, it’s really not the end of the world.

Carpet Lines Can Kiss My Ass

Cleaning is also not a skill I possess. Mostly because I get frustrated when things get messy again. Geez, I’m a whiny brat.

So what am I doing? You guessed it:

Trying. I made a little cleaning schedule with daily, weekly, and as needed tasks. My apartment is 400 square feet and I don’t own any furniture, this isn’t difficult stuff. It isn’t fun, but it certainly isn’t hard.

This is me, trying to acquire skills that every person should have, 6 years into adulthood. That’s embarrassing…

What about you guys? What do you need to just try to do? Anyone else lacking the domesticity gene?

Peace, Love, and Paring Knives,

Erin

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Movie Review: Ender’s Game

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Ender's Game (Movie Tie-In) (Ender Quintet #1)

In 3 words Ender’s Game is intense, dramatic and heart warming.

Good morning Loves.  As you know I absolutely LOVE going to the movies.  When I heard from my friend that the book Ender’s Game was being made into a movie I was excited to see one of my favourite book series come to life on screen.  But then I had a second thought…I said to myself, “Oh I hope the movie industry doesn’t ruin the book.”

Books into movies are usually Blah, but not this time

This often happens when books are translated into a movie script – a la Twilight Saga; which is funny because Ender’s Game was created by Summit Entertainment, the same company that made the Twilight Saga books into movies.  Anyways, I am happy to say this is not the case for Ender’s Game.  I am usually not into science fiction, but Ender’s Game is absolutely the exception to my usual crime-thriller book rule.

I fell in love with the characters in Ender’s Game and I couldn’t stop reading the books – To date I have read 4 of the 5 books in the series and I am right in the middle of the last one.

Even if you haven’t read the books you should still see the movie

The movie story line tells itself and even if you don’t know what’s going to happen next because you didn’t read the book, the movie is still awesome.

Actually it’s probably better that you don’t know what’s coming next in Ender’s Game because the suspense is exciting.   I knew what to expect next and honestly the movie seemed a little rushed for my liking compared to the book, but I understand that the movie producers had to fit everything in.

Even if Sci-Fi isn’t your thing, you will love Ender’s Game

Ender’s Game is a science fiction book because it’s about an alien invasion, but that’s just the undertone.  The real story of Ender’s Game is the relationships between the characters and the heroic young Ender Wiggin.  Who doesn’t love a good old-fashioned American Hero?! When Ender is pushed to his limits he still comes out victorious – You gotta love that.

Ender’s Game could have been in any type of setting other than space – it could have been about hunting animals in the woods or fighting creatures in the deep blue sea – and I would still be in love with it because it’s about the story of the characters.

OK No Spoiler Alert

No I didn’t spoil it for you by telling you that Ender comes out victorious in the end.  We all know the hero wins at the end, the real story is about how he gets there and what he has to go through to win.

Oh and there is a big cast – Harrison Ford, Ben Kingsley and Abigail Breslin. LOVE IT.

PS – If you have read the book I just have to say that little Bean is TOO CUTE.  Kind of like a young Taylor Lautner.

If you saw Ender’s Game – what did you think?

Love always,