8 Staples in a Spanish Kitchen

20 Jul

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1. Mayonnaise. Whether purchased or home made (they swear that it tastes better but my foreign palate doesn’t notice the lack of preservatives), they always have it for Russian or other cool summer salads. I can’t say for sure but I wouldn’t be surprised if they eat it with a soon sometimes.

2. Olive oil. My family has a 2 gallon container and we need it! It’s about 30% cheaper here and they even use it for deep frying.

3. Wine. You knew it was coming… Spain boasts of having some of the best wine in the world. Unfortunately it’s completely wasted on me. I do have some cool corks though!

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4. Tomato. Paste for toast, sauce for pasta, eating by itself, and Gazpacho (Every night baby).

5. Galletas. Cookies here are basically jazzed up gram crackers:galletas dipped in chocolate, chocolate galleta sandwiches, plain galletas… if they had some sort of tomato galleta I wouldn’t be surprised.
**I introduced my family to s’mores with a galleta base and it was a hit!

6. Coffee. This isn’t so much a staple as much as a lifestyle: after lunch we get coffee. Period. Unless you’re craving a fanta limon like I usually am…. that’s cool too.

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7. Cigarettes. Although not technically a food, they’re definitely a staple. Thankfully it’s been illegal to smoke inside buildings for the past ten years because the most frequent smokers I see are restaurant cooks standing in front of their joints.

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8. Jamon. Ham from pigs that only live in a certain region and eat a certain blend of nuts. If you’ve spend any time in the snack section lately you know that Planters bridge mix is a little more than kroger brand cheese puffs. Since pigs are up the food chain… I’ll leave price up to your imagination.
**they have the midst DELICIOUS jamon-flavored ruffles. It sounds weird but man it’s goooood.

Why Spanish Women Should (and do) Wear Perfume

17 Jul

Sorry that its taken so long for me to update… before I came I thought that I would have more time, but I’ve been so focused on learning spanish and sight-seeing that I’ve barely had time to enjoy the tapas!

Before coming to Spain, I knew that Europeans kiss on the cheek when meeting someone for the first time, but for some reason I thought that my passport would give me immunity.b_w_humor_kiss_vintage_black_and_white_funny

Of course, my first day at work was a whirlwind of kissing and pleasantries. When I first got to the office, my co-worker took me around and introduced me to every single person.

The Spanish way. Continue reading

Words of Wisdom (continued)…

17 May

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Katie Spero – Let Yourself Learn

When I meet someone who asks me questions and seems genuinely interested to hear the answers, I find myself feeling great after our conversation.  It is easy to focus on how we look in the eyes of others, what they might be thinking about us, and whether or not they like us.  But when people meet, both parties in the conversation are focused on themselves.  Neither is as invested in the other person, as they are in what that other person might bethinking about them.  The “irresistible person” isn’t worried about how they seem to others, but rather is genuinely present and interested in the other human being they are interacting with. 
 
There are three steps that can lead to being fully present with other people:  
 
1.  Let go of what you feel the other person is thinking or not thinking about you.
2.  Allow people to be themselves without labeling them, or creating judgements about them.
3.  When listening to people, be aware of the voice in your own head responding.  The quieter the voice, the more you are truly listening to, and becoming present for, the other person.  

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Maybe I Don’t Know Everything… But Keep that A Secret From my Mom

15 May bus

I’m always on the hunt for new and improved ways to become Irresistible.  On Mother’s Day I was scanning wordpress and I re-realized how many interesting and exciting bloggers are out there!

Growing up, my mom occasionally gave me the speech about how true it is that teenagers think that they know everything .  I’ve known that I didn’t know everything since I was 6 and sat on the wrong side of the bus on my first day in kindergarten. There was a boys side and a girls side. Guess which one I chose? And I’ll leave it up to your imagination to figure out how long I cried after I chose…

I learned very quickly that although at home I “knew” everything, in school I definitely didn’t.

I just didn’t tell my mom.

Now I look to others for advice and answers to my questions which is the point of this post!

Thankfully, there are some awesome bloggers out there who have much more talent, writing skill, and wisdom than I do… and a few of my favorites have agreed to indulge a little question that I’ve been itching to ask them:

What characteristic makes you (or anyone else) Irresistible? What three tips would you give someone who wanted to develop that characteristic?

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How to be Friends Without Creeping into the Mary Kate and Ashley Territory

7 May

I’m no friendship expert, but I think that the best friends are the ones that are most different from you.

I have a friend… we’ll call her “Kelsey”. While we’re at it, lets give her a really cute last name too… How about “Darling”?

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Kelsey and I are about as similar as MAC and NYC make up brands (not NYX (for the uninitiated male go to this link (I think that I should nest parenthesis more often))).

She cleans the dishes, and I take too long to pull my clothes out of the laundry.

She’s five minutes early; I’m like the eagles that opportunely appear throughout the Lord of the Rings movies… just on time.

She subconsciously only buys earrings with triangle designs. I buy every cute pair of earrings I can find for under $10.

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She hates my major. I hate her job.

What in the world could we possibly have in common?

We both like cheesecake, we’re both really good about maintaining the TP supply in our respective bathrooms, and we both enjoy dating Ryan Gosling (although neither of us has ever tried it).

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Buddha Breaks Through Again

2 May

what matters most

Happy Ever After: A How To

27 Apr Happily Ever After

What is the two-word difference between an uplifting movie and a downer?

“The End”

Actually, it’s the location of the words “the end”

Audience-pleasing movies and stories always leave off at a point where the characters are happy and the villain is either dead, imprisoned, or frozen in ice.

Disney is notorious for creating stories with supreme endings.

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They just forgot to mention that Ariel ends up as an exhibit on the Las Vegas Strip

In fact, they can make twice as much money if they hold off the romance or stretch the plot until the second movie.

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They also forgot to mention that the Charming’s dog gets bad diarrhea from fruit (especially apples)

What if a movie had been made about Lance Armstrong right after he overcame cancer and won the tour de France seven times? A few years later…. Drugs, lies, and lack of respect?

He’s hardly turned out to be prince charming.

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I don’t know why this picture creeps me out so much. But it  might be the fact that John’s loin cloth is the same color as Pocahontas’s skin… I’m sure that their tribe didn’t take scalps.

 

Fortunately, you can choose your endings. This isn’t a Lord of the Rings situation; (One Ending to Rule them All) you get to have endings all the time! Graduation. Getting a new license. Birth. Death.

Most people hate endings. Resisting change is natural because it’s easier to stay in the castle with your cute prince than to go out into the scary world where trees attack you, hold you hostage, talk to you, and selflessly let you chop off every part of them.

 

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However, I appreciate the Disney Happily Ever Afters in my life because they mark the end of one period and the beginning of another. I prefer to look at change as an opportunity to be happy. Not a happily never ever after.

Many of my friends and family members are experiencing big changes right now… the following collage is a shout out them. Enjoy your brief Happily Ever After and remember… Hakuna Matata!

 

Happily Ever After

In Order from Left to Right/Top to Bottom: Katy graduated and is going to work for Amazon, my cousin Jeff is graduating from law school (and going to live in the most boring little town in the west…), Ana graduated AND got married, Cree’s concrete canoe didn’t sink (that’s the condensed version of a dramatic 20 minute story involving a LOT of duct tape), Dannaea is getting married to the sweetest guy ever!!, Josh is going to do summer leadership at a few boring accounting firms, Brittany is learning more about life working at a pizza shop than I’ve learned in all of my classes about sociology AND psychology in college, my cousin Josh is coming to BYU next year (Plus he’s graduating but that seems a little repetitive at this point), McKinney and Mallory are going on missions, and last but not least – Kelsy has a sweet (literally) job at a toy shop where she gets paid to create structures out of toys.

 

 

 

 

Girls Don’t want “Bad Boys” they Want MEN (who are Confident)

20 Apr

I recently went on a Tinder date with a guy who told me a story about a fist fight he won in high school. I swooned.

Not.

Apparently, he was doing it to protect the honor of a girl in his school who was being mistreated by some guys in law school (not your typical miscreants, but maybe things are different where he grew up in Mexico). By the end of the date, I’d heard plenty of other stories proving how macho hard core he was.

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We  went on a few dates after that, and my dislike for that part of him continually mounted until the pivotal point when we were having a conversation about relationships and he said, “You like me because I’m a bad boy.”

A. I never said that I liked him

B. I would never like someone who labeled himself as a “bad boy”

C. I wish that I slapped him, but then we might have gotten in a physical fight and he has a MUCH stronger history of winning than I do (plus I’m not a fan of violence)

Labeling himself as a “bad boy” was a pitiful attempt to differentiate himself from guys that he considered to be softer and less manly. Or that was my impression of the situation, is that why guys do that?  I have no idea… if you have an opinion please comment below.

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Unfortunately, in our society “good guys” get a bad wrap because they are stereotypically boring. (At least that’s my problem with every guy who says “I don’t understand why girls won’t date me, I’m a great guy!”)

Women People want to be with other people who are confident and passionate about life.

 

 

 

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I would take a “nice” guy who is confident and passionate about his life over some narcissistic guy who has muscles large enough to guard frail female honor and a sports car small enough to barely fit his ego.

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17 Apr

time to make soul happy

I Can’t Stand Running for Elected Office

14 Apr

 

lincoln_no_beardThe writing challange on Daily Post this week is to write a 50 word story. This is my attempt to capture my thoughts about the moment when I made the pivotal decision to take some responsibility in a non-profit organization of which I’m a member.

 

It’s time to move on.

Two leave; one doesn’t want the responsibility.

Improving the financial mobility of minorities will soon end

Unsure of my true motivation — Passion or power — I opened my phone

“What do I need to do to become the president?”

I’ve been volunteering for a local non-profit this semester and pretty much all of the leadership is leaving to go to grad school at the end of the summer. There are only a few members of the organization left.  I don’t feel qualified or experienced enough to apply for the position but why not give it a shot? (AND write a dramatic blog post about it!)

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