Archive for August 2012

28 August 2012

Evolution of birthdays

By: Jessica B.
Tagged: Random

I may play it cool but I love celebrating birthdays. And when you’re a kid, birthdays are like a mid-year Christmas. Huge parties, friends everywhere, running around, gifts and CAKE.

As you get older, the birthday parties change a bit.

Then, once you hit college and/or 21 (whatever comes first), it begins the next phase of celebrating, which involves copious amounts of alcohol, dancing and maybe making out with someone at the bar.

I mean, that phase is fun, but the feeling of being the center of attention or that your birthday is super, super special, changes a bit. Rather than others coordinating your birthday celebration, you make it yourself, or whatever you want it to be.

And at this stage, I celebrate my birthday low-key and by doing whatever I want.

This year, it was pretty much perfect. In fact, the day went exactly in this order:

  • Sleep in (til 9 am people!!)
  • Got doughnuts
  • Took cab to massage (so I could properly enjoy my doughnut)
  • Massage and rain shower (I never wanted to leave)
  • Lunch (trio of BBQ)
  • Architecture boat tour
  • Dinner with dad

If I could have magically fit in a mani/pedi there, that would have been the icing, but it was still, a damn nice day. The plague even lightened up that day so I could enjoy it. And have a drink.

So now I’m another year older and I opted not to do a retrospective post because I realized I would just be saying the same thing.

I started last year feeling very uncertain about many things. And I’m still uncertain about them. But despite some serious bumps over the last year and last eight months, I’m feel like myself again and am happy. I continue to learn, be challenged and focus on the positives and important things in my life.

Recently, a friend tagged a photo that said 33 is supposed to be the best age because, “You’ve likely got love, work and friends down. Plus, you’re having fun and psyched about the future.”

I definitely don’t have all of those things figured out now, but I would agree, I’m psyched to see what the future holds.

Cheers to another year and trip around the sun.


26 August 2012

Turning the corner on the plague

By: Jessica B.
Tagged: Random

The last week (nearly two) have not been exactly what I had in mind. I had wood burning pizza class plans, drinks and dinners with friends, work to do and a quick work trip to do too.

The last thing still happened but overall, I have lost almost two weeks to (what I now refer to it as) the plague.

Let’s have a quick recap. The plague gave me all of the following in the last nearly two weeks:

  • Viral infection
  • Bacterial infection
  • Ear infection (no shit)
  • Pink eye (in BOTH eyes)
  • Congestion
  • Cough
  • Headaches
  • 101 fever
  • Muscle and joint pain
  • No appetite
  • Nausea

Yep, yep sounds like fun right??

Well, two doctor visits and multiple generic prescription meds later, I am finally turning the corner (I hope).

Seriously, it’s been a while since a sickness kicked my ass like this and I hope it doesn’t happen again soon.

But I rallied like a champ for my birthday. Priorities.

How is everyone else doing?


16 August 2012

And then I got pink eye. Again.

By: Jessica B.
Tagged: Random

Yes, it’s true. And it’s hilarious. Well, the meds may be making me LOL instead of freak out and cry, but it’s true. I have pink eye again. And I have no idea how I got it, considering I’ve been quarantined in my apartment since Monday afternoon.

I have a flair for the dramatic (shock). When I had pink eye last time, I hid myself in a high walled cube at work and refused to let the boy I liked see me in my glasses (NO EYE MAKE UP? THE HORROR!). He thought I was ridiculous and told me I still looked nice (swoon-worthy memory).

And this time, pink eye attached itself to me the same way it did before. Literally out of no where. I woke up and that skank had attached itself to my right eye like the skank whore she really is.

I hate pink eye.

And this morning when I saw it, I had a near anxiety meltdown because that means I’m back in glasses for at least a week, putting drops in my eyes and likely still having this thing on my eye for my birthday next week. That was enough to make me sob.

And instead of sob, I just started laughing. And could not stop. I’ve been breaking out in giggles all day about it because, really it’s kind of hilarious, and ridiculous.

So I’m off to the doctor tomorrow to get some drops and let her laugh at me too. Clearly, this beats having the mouth herpes any day. ANY DAY OF THE WEEK.

I hope this is the end of the ridiculousness of this week. Please let it be.

14 August 2012

Tales from the sick bed

By: Jessica B.
Tagged: Random

I don’t get sick very often but when I do, I go down like a tranquilized animal.

I also become a huge baby, which is not a flattering side to me.

And Monday, the office bug got a hold of me and I went from, hey there’s a tickle in my throat, to I need to leave right now.

I even took a sick day, which I haven’t done in at least a year.

And being home, immobile and feeling awful, sucks.

First, cold/flu OTC meds are expensive yo, even the generic stuff. And I hate spending money on it, but if it’s supposed to work and I feel that awful, just take my credit card.

Second, daytime TV is awful. Thank god for HBO Go. That is my lifeline.

Third, sleeping is even more difficult than normal. I didn’t think that was possible.

Fourth, any modicum of concern of how you look, goes out the window. Still sportin’ the same PJs as yesterday, probs will be tomorrow too.

So clearly, lots of exciting things are happening in my world right now.

Time for more meds.

How is everyone else?

07 August 2012

Kicking some pork butt in the kitchen

By: Jessica B.
Tagged: Food

Normally, I don’t cook with pork very much, but after this weekend, I am jumping on the piggy train!

Last Monday, I took a hog butchery class at the Butcher & The Burger in Chicago. It was a 2.5 hour session where we got to observe half a pig being butchered and learn about the meat, how to prepare it at home and where the best cuts can be found. It.was.AWESOME. And fascinating. I highly recommend it.

We also got to buy some of the meat butchered in class, which allowed me to walk out with two 1-inch thick bone-in pork chops. So Friday night, I had a hot date in my kitchen with those boys and the results were ridiculously delicious.

I made both pork chops with the intention to use different recipes to serve them.

First up, was a salad Jessi shared with me through @ replies on Twitter. It was insanely amazing.

Recipe One: Pork, mushroom and peach salad


  • Crumbled, gorgonzola cheese
  • Grilled or sauteed peaches
  • Sauteed shiitake mushrooms
  • Pork tenderloin (or pork chop) cooked
  • Arugula
  • Pepper (to taste)
  • So.much.butter

You can prepare the pork, mushrooms and peaches however you like and then combine together in a large bowl. Be sure to stir it up to let all the magic happen. It was insanely good, refreshing and tasty. The pork blended really well with the other ingredients and wasn’t too heavy (well, minus all the butter you cooked with).

Recipe Two: Pork with Mustard Sauce and side salad


  • ┬áMustard sauce w/shallots from this Epicurious recipe
  • Side salad: reusing arugula, gorgonzola and non-sauteed peaches (still delicious)

Oh, and the second recipe had a delightful dessert too: chocolate donut.

I won’t lie, it felt good to be back in the kitchen, cooking and trying new things. My trusty NSYNC music was playing in the background and despite a few oil and hot pan burns, it felt good to have both recipes turn out delicious.

Now I’m in the mood to try another butchery class or get some freshly butchered meat.