Self-Care Sunday: Imaginary Life of a Chef

We’re back for round #3 of the 5 imaginary lives prompt from Aileen’s 5 imaginary lives. If you need a refresher (or are new to this series), check out her video here, and my first two lives, of wolf reserve owner and photographer.

This week, I’m going to share about how I wish I could be a chef. Everyone I talk to who has been in the food industry, says that if you love cooking and experimenting with food, that being a chef is the devil and will ruin it for you, for at least a long while. Which I can see, as doing something you love as a hobby, can almost ruin it for you.

I’ve always loved food. I love all types of cuisines and I’ll eat just about anything. I’ll try something at least once (or most things really). If you haven’t seen some of my food posts, check out some, and be on the lookouts every so often on Mondays and Fridays as those are my food days.

Not only do I love making food, but I love seeing if others like it as much as I do. I have hardly ever made a really gross dish, which is lovely. I cook with intuition when I’m trying to tweak a recipe, and it’s worked out amazingly so far.

Unfortunately, my man is usually subjected to the food (who, mind you is a meat and potatoes type of guy, but I did manage to get him to like spinach!). The only thing that bugs me about being more introverted, is the fact that I don’t have others to come over and try my food haha.

Last month, while spending time with my dad, for Easter, we made dinner together. I suggested we make something I have done and enjoyed as a side dish before, and seeing him go from “would this actually work” to “wow, that did work” in the matter of grocery shopping to eating it, was very enlightening. I usually don’t do that with my dad, as I get the experimental cooking gene from him.

Both of my parents cook very well, but my dad does do a lot of the “odd” and fancied dishes between the two. As you can tell, I was both spoiled and blessed on this front, and is most of why I love and enjoy both cooking and eating.

This month though, I’m pushing some of my limits though. For the month of May, I’m cleaning out my cupboards and fridge/freezer storage. It was a perfectly timed challenge from a YouTuber I follow. I have the 2 week trip to California next month, and we do have a rather full cupboard (considering we live in an apartment).

I love trying new things, and now that I literally feel like I have every stupid gadget on the planet, I feel like I can take on the world and try everything that Amazon food and my local grocery store allows me to (which is less than I’d like to, but hey, there’s trips with friends or family to cure that!)

What do you like to cook? Or what’s your favorite dish/type of food?

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Take Care Tuesday: How I Planned My Summer

I have one heck of a summer planned. I want to share my journey on how it came about, and how I planned (well, my end of) it all. Look below on my monthly outlook, and I’ll share month by month, what I have currently planned. I have some tentative plans, that I want to wrap up by the middle of May or so, that’s really happening during my June trip to CA.

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June is totally my busy AF month. I’m taking a 2 week vacation from work (well, my “day” job. I’ll still have stuff planned for here during that time, plus creating stuff from these 2 weeks, for content). I’m half the envy for June at work, since I’m doing a cross-country trip, let alone for 2 weeks.

Backstory: my grandparents asked me back in the fall, if I wanted to visit Yosemite with them, as I’ve hardly seen the states. They didn’t have any concrete plans outside of doing it when my mom was also off, near the summer. Of course I said yes! Awhile later, some other things fell into place, on both of ours end, and they asked how long I wanted to be out there, so they could plan out the airfare. Grandpa always finds good deals, so I told them I wanted to be out till a Monday, since I’m off Mondays and Tuesdays, and it’d make things easier.

We crafted a 14 day plan, with 2 days of flying, both on Mondays. Since then, I’ve added some stuff, and have others in mind, keeping in mind of what some other family members might want to do, which is my focus for May.

Other than the 2 days of flying, there’s 3 hard days in Yosemite, VidCon (which is always up to the day, what we do), a solo date to Kevin Hart and Disneyland, plus whatever last few things come about.

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I have a Panic! concert that was so impromptu, it’s not even funny. And taking off for it, was so fitting for my wisdom teeth surgery. It’s a very basic month. I’ll also be trying to do something with my step-sister and dad for their birthdays.

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August is also gonna be a chill month, but come September, I’ll have some more stuff coming along.

I have a long awaited concert as well, which I planned before Panic!, which will be fun. That’s really all the plans I have. I’m sure I’ll need more me time to unwind from everything, plus the struggle of working full weeks again, off and on.

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September is my birth month, and even though I’ll be working (probs) on my birthday, I already have 2 things planned.

My dad and I have been doing Renaissance faires off and on for years now, going to the same one up until this year. This year, we’re going to the one on the other state. This year, I’m going to drag babe along again. This will be a first for all of us. My step-mom might even come along, so double date much?

Then, I have plans *hopefully* just for babe and I to do a full moon tour for a wolf reserve, a couple weeks later, for a wolf reserve an exit or two prior to where we will get off for the Renaissance Faire. It’ll be an evening tour/chill session, to hear them all howl at dusk. I’ve been having a calling to visit a reserve for awhile now, and I believe this will be a cure.

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Of course, I have to share with you, the fact that I’m marking how long till each thing happens. This is all the stuff I have planned, and as of this morning, how long it is until they happen. It’s just a free app for countdowns.

I’ll send my mom screenshots like this every so often, as she gets excited for the June trip. I haven’t seen my mom’s side of the family since 2014, and that was only my maternal grandparents and mom.

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Of course, the next most important part is, thanking those who take care of you. My grandparents paid for half of my June trip, easily. I don’t know what they spent on it, but I did spend a pretty penny on my end, and I couldn’t have done what I will do, without them. And that’s just speaking on this trip.

I’m staying with my mom for the other days I’m out there, and not somewhere, so she deserves thanks as well. I have hidden gems in these cards for them, plus wherever I can manage to spoil them during the trip, I will.

I’ll be adding thank you notes, as I finalize the rest of my plans for the summer.

So what are your plans for the summer?