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Yesterday, I went to NYC to pick up my chef’s uniform. I really like going to the city, but I honestly never went when it was raining. I contemplated going for a while, but Marie made a good point that I cant just not go when its raining on school days . . . DUH!

So, Marie, Will (brother), and myself made a trek up to the train station and off we went.

When we arrived in Penn Station, we hit up an SBUX and got holiday lattes. RED cup is back! I got the gingerbread which is SO much better than the pumpkin spice latte IMO.

It was cold, and rainy and windy. Luckily we all bought umbrellas, but they were CRAP umbrellas which snapped and turned inside out more than I could handle.

When we finally got to the uniform shop I was disapointed to find out that they didnt have my size jacket šŸ˜¦ I did pick up a lot of the other things I needed like my bar towels, aprons and . . . pants. I have a story about them, but I will save it for another post.

We started walking back toward the train station in hopes to find food. But, we were getting antsy and decided on Fork & Spoon which was a wholesome fast food eatery. They had a good selection, but I kind of wished we went somewhere where we could try something we havent tried before. I got some random food from the hot bar, kettle chips and HORRIBLE tasting tea that thank goodness came in a glass bottle I could use over again.

We decided to check out Macy’s before we headed home. Up on the 9th floor, they had all of their Xmas stuff set up. Lots of neat things. I started getting excited for the holidays.

We headed home right after . . .

Today I Learned . . .

  • Traveling in the city on foot, especially in the rain & snow is going to be a BITCH!
  • I need to spend a serious dollar on a QUALITY umbrella.
  • That each time I go into the city, I feel a little bit more comfortable.
  • I MUST buy UGGS or my feet will numb up and die at the first sight of snow.
  • I would be LOST without the iPad to guide me.
  • Chef uniforms are incredibly unflattering . . . the shoes are worse.
  • I really am excited to do this šŸ™‚

I love my iPad. Despite all of the drama it caused, it’s really helping me in a lot of ways that I couldn’t have imagined.

It has . . .

Organized my life with digital to do lists.

Allowed me to take a connection to the world anywhere I go.

Makes me take more images of memories since they can easily be uploaded.

Allows me to answer any question about anything on the fly.

Allowed me to start blogging my life so I can find my voice, place, and confidence in this world

I am incredibly grateful that my dad has given me this gift and thankful for all of the things above. However, there is one recurring problem lately . . .


I find myself always using it from the few seconds that from when I wake up to the few moments I have just before bed. I find myself craving it at work and find every excuse to use it when I am out and about.

Since it’s changing my life for the better, I don’t see a huge problem with it. But sometimes, I can feel my eyesight getting worse and I can see that Chris although supportive, is starting to make sly comments about my usage. Part of me thinks that most of it has to do with the fact that everything is so new and exciting. I spend most of my time in the blogosphere learning and growing and I want to continue that. I also think that the online magazine subscriptions and endless apps are so interesting that who wouldn’t want to continue seeing whats out there?

But, today I planned to head out for a nice walk/jog hours and hours ago and even when i put this little guy down, I always end up picking it back up and getting sucked in.

Might as well check my email after I check my bank account. Oh theres a comment on my blog . . Let’s check out her blog. This looks interesting too. Wonder who is on her blog roll. Oh I forgot to check this persons blog today. Let me go back to checking my email, oh wait . . . Wasn’t I checking my bank account?


I gotta find a balance here. Maybe a cut off time, or maybe I should limit my hours on here. Er, that seems too daunting. If it makes me happy . . . I should be on here a lot. But not at the cost of my personal relationships and the time I’m supposed to be hanging out with myself.

Do you struggle with the balance of staying plugged in? How have you dealt with it?

  • None
  • Ayla: My easiest dinner recipe? PB + banana sandwich. Takes 2 minutes which makes me a very happy girl.
  • kristisn: Yum! That looks like a great dinner.
  • Kate D: After two scarring experiences stuck in big city rush hour traffic (facing the wrong direction) while on vacation with my parents I totally understand

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