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62 Days Ago

Posted Oct 05 2009 10:01pm

Sixty-two days ago, I made a list:

  • More time
  • Better commute
  • Cheaper cost of living
  • Easy access to the city
  • Easy access to gym
  • More focus on blog
  • Pug
  • Travel money
  • Healthy food
  • Active social life
  • Friends and family nearby
  • Enough money
  • Laundry

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At the time, I was feeling pretty down-in-the-dumps about my life. Mal and I had just rescinded our offer on a house and I was totally overwhelmed by my lack of a work-life balance. Even though there wasn’t really anything wrong with my life, I just knew I could be happier. Basically, if I could paint a picture of my “perfect” life, this list would include a number of its elements.

So, 62 days ago, I set out to improve my life:

  • I moved closer to Boston for easier access to the city and a better commute to work
  • I found an apartment with in-unit laundry and a gym 0.04 miles away
  • I finally got my PUG!!! I love Murphy!

Unfortunately, a cheaper cost of living is not likely living in Boston and some of the items on my list didn’t need to be changed (healthy food, active social life, friends and family nearby), but there were still a number of things I wanted to improve– and they all seemed to be tied together. Do you see where I am going with this? ;-)

I have to admit that I’ve never had a clear idea of what I wanted to do with my life. (Remember when I almost became a personal trainer?) I also never realized how important it is do what you love. Of course, I had a number of great jobs over the years, but deep-down, I knew none of them were the perfect fit. Plus, sitting behind a desk for 40 hours a week never really “fueled” me, ya know?

Blogging has truly changed my life. When I first started out, I never intended for it to become my career, but I always thought “what if?”

Part II to come soon…

Dinner

Yummy dinner tonight! I love it when you just throw a bunch of ingredients together and the meal turns out well!

I started with the following ingredients:

  • Boil-in-Bag brown rice
  • 6 oz. jar of marinated artichokes
  • 4 green peppers (from my mom’s garden!)
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Handful of parsley
  • Fresh squeezed juice from 1/2 a lemon
  • Breadcrumbs

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With these ingredients, I made delicious stuffed peppers! :-D

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How to: After cooking the rice, I combined it with the rest of the ingredients (minus the breadcrumbs) in a large bowl. I removed the tops of the peppers, cleaned out the insides, and filled them with the rice mixture. I topped the stuffed peppers with breadcrumbs and baked on 350* F for 25-30 minutes until the tops of the peppers started to brown.

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They were SO good! And easy to make!

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Dessert

For dessert, I whipped-up a Silken Vanilla Cake using Nasoya’s Silken Style Creations. This time, I added peanut butter and chocolate chips to the cake. Holy yum!

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I ended up eating a second piece. It was so delicious!

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