Archive for April, 2012

Nicely done Google Chrome

This commercial is probably a little sappy. Maybe that makes me a little sappy, but it also makes me smile. A lot.

I hope Mark Potter got his girl back.

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MY element

Back in February, I shared a TED video of Sir Ken Robinson. He spoke about how schools kill creativity and stated that degrees aren’t worth anything. I was so intrigued by his thoughts that when he mentioned he was writing a book, I knew I wanted to read it. ASAP. His book, The Element – how finding your passion changes everything, was an amazing read.

I already knew 2012 was going to be a year of self discovery and really pushing myself towards something more, but his book helped me realize a lot of different things. Mainly, that it’s okay to ask for help and that it’s okay if you fail. Without those tidbits of knowledge, I had been feeling really overwhelmed.

How was I going to take the next step?
How was I going to put my big ideas into motion?
How was I going to get to where I wanted to be?

I still don’t have all the answers, but I feel calmer. And while my mind races on a daily basis, I make sure to document all my ideas and to focus on what’s happening now.

As always, when I read, I highlight passages that mean a lot to me. I really wanted to share so in case you don’t read The Element, you might feel just a little bit inspired too.

The result is that too many people never connect with their true talents and therefore don’t know what they’re really capable of achieving.

She just needed to be who she really was.

What is true is that if you’re not prepared to be wrong, you’ll never come up with anything original.

A lot depends on the opportunities we have, on the opportunities we create, and how and if we take them.

I could aim for the stars combined with the knowledge that if I didn’t reach them, she wouldn’t love me any less. She helped me understand that failure was part of any life.

Take good advice, make sure it is good advice, then do it your way.

And last, but certainly not least…

You’re going to be something…there is no other compromise, there is no if or you might; you are going to be something.

ZOMG, I’m so excited!

I think I mentioned awhile back that I was headed to Seattle in May, yes? YES! I may have also mentioned that I would be running a 5k called The Color Run. In case you missed that update, here’s what I’ll be doing on May 13!

Happy Thursday!

From the archives: Cats for gold

Remember the good old blogging days? When Vox had their daily questions and we all referred to each other as hoodies? I was reminiscing a little bit today after I made a comment over at Cranky’s place and thought I’d take a stroll down Channel M’s memory lane. Part of me wishes I still had my original blog posts here on ZigZagMags (don’t worry, it’s all tucked safely away on another WP account), but then I remembered that I started over in the blogosphere for a simple reason…because I wanted to start over.

I admit, it took me awhile to get into the swing of things (as is evident of last year’s attempt) and I know I don’t have the readership or blog buddies I used to, but it doesn’t bother me anymore as now I blog for me. And I think that’s what was lost over at Channel M, all those years ago.

But don’t worry, just because Channel M is locked away doesn’t mean we can’t open the vault from time to time and enjoy some of the treasures from my early blogging years, like this gem…CATS FOR GOLD

“Go from pretty to kitty”. Classic lolz!

Adventures in banana bread

It’s Friday night and I had big plans. I was going to make banana bread and make it I did! Like anyone else who sets out on a banana bread adventure, it’s likely resulted from over-ripe bananas and you just can’t bring yourself to a.) eat mushy nanners or b.) throw them away.

I had never made banana bread before, so this was all new for me. I looked around on the interwebs and I found quite a few “easy” recipes, but I wanted a recipe that was also relatively healthy. Luckily, a few days ago, my roomie introduced me to this site called Hungry Girl where the chick makes nomtastic foods but with less calories. I had a look at her recipe and I decided that not only could I make it, but that it would probably be a good healthy alternative. Hungry Girl also compared her recipe to a standard banana bread recipe. Did you know that ‘regular’ nanner bread has 326 calories per slice and 12 grams of fat??? Gross.

But healthy banana bread has only 140 calories per slice (wait til you see the size of these slices!) and .5 grams of fat. Oh and the best part? It’s actually good! It’s definitely not as sweet as normal banana bread, but I liked it a lot and was happier knowing that I wasn’t consuming a quarter of my daily caloric intake!

Without further ado, my adventure in banana bread…

All the ingredients – luckily, my roomie had the random things like whole wheat flour and I only had to purchase a few items.

First, mix your dry ingredients in 1 bowl and your wet ingredients in another, then mix together. Stirring until just blended.

Spoon into your greased bread pan. I just dumped it in.

Bake at 350 for 50 minutes or until done. Done = clean knife when you poke it.

Allow to cool slightly and then remove from pan. Allow to cool a bit longer before you slice it. Serves 8. Voila!

Can you believe the size of those slices? Only 140 calories each! NOM NOM NOM.

Want to make your own banana bread? Get Hungry Girl’s full recipe here.

Birthday shenanigans!

It R mah birfday today! But I couldn’t help but celebrate this past weekend with a little pub golf. If you’re not familiar with the concept – it’s really quite easy. Dress in golf gear, play/visit 9 or 18 holes/bars, have fun. Some professional pub golfers add in rules and set par at each pub, but I couldn’t be bothered with all that. I knew it would get messy on it’s own – no rules required!

Here are a few pics of the epic night out…

And just one more of me and BF…the cutest golfer on the circuit if you ask me 😉

Squee: sloth photobomb

ZOMG – Happy Thursday! How cute is this little fella??

I literally LOL’d when I saw this. This is why I lubs the interwebs.

Full story here

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