Friday, January 30, 2015

Really Simple Recipes for People Who Really Suck at Cooking. Really. - Stir Fry

I'm having so much fun with this series. These 'recipes for dummies' are great for my time, money, health, and sanity!

Last night was stir fry!

Yes, I superimposed the rice into this photo because I forgot it in the beginning! How could I forget the rice? My favorite carb!

1. Assemble the Ingredients:

  • Stir fry meat. Not sure what it's really called. Just look for the beef that is in strips like the photo above.
  • Soy sauce
  • Veggies. We buy a fajita pack (use it all) and a broccoli/cauliflower pack (use half). I also had some asparagus left over so I cut those up and added them as well.
  • Rice. We use original but I'm sure you can mix it up if you prefer a different kind.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Good Morning America Gender Role Conversation Goes from 2015 to 1950 in Two Seconds

(Jump on the treadmill. Turn on the attached TV and find Good Morning America. Plug my headphones into my phone for some running music. Flip on the closed caption for the TV.) 

(Listen to the cast talk about Kristin Cavallari's Instagram photo of tweets from her NFL husband.)

Oh, I really like Kristin. She never takes things too seriously. 

How funny that she shared those texts from Jay.

Wow, this is a positive conservation about gender roles. You go, GMA! Look at you modern men and women shedding a positive, light-hearted perspective on this tough subject.

Oh, wait. Did he just say that? Surely he didn't mean... I must have read that wrong.

Oh no. No no no. Stop. You're digging yourself in a hole. 

Monday, January 26, 2015

6 Tips for Dealing with an Angry Customer

No matter where you work or what you do, you will inevitably face a member/client/parent/customer/sponsor who is really MAD. And guess what? They want nothing more than to scream at YOU. Here's some tips for how to deal....

1. The customer is not always RIGHT, but they always deserve to be heard and respected

Yup, I said it. The customer is NOT always right. In fact, there are times when they are very, very wrong. They missed a deadline and have a lame excuse. Or they simply ignored all of the emails you've been sending and just made assumptions. Whatever the case, there are many times when the customer is 100% bonkers.

With that being said, whether they are wrong or the fault is with the company, you still need to remember to treat that person with respect and courtesy. Providing consistent customer service, regardless of how much this person is screaming in your ear, is a valuable skill to learn. Most of the time, the customer is just very confused, and in turn, very frustrated. So, set the tone that you are here to help and walk them through it. Ensure them that you can clear up any confusion.

2. Don't throw anyone under the bus, especially your team members.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Really Simple Recipes for People Who Really Suck at Cooking. Really. - Chicken Florentine Pasta

I told you all I was going to start trying a new recipe each week! This week's was Chicken Florentine Pasta, recipe from The Pioneer Woman.

I'll have to admit something about this one. There was a lot going on at one time that it just barely fit into the "Really Simple Recipes for People Who Really Suck at Cooking. Really." family.

The recipe uses words like "mince" and "reduce" and that's taking it a bit too far for my kitchen.

1. Assemble the ingredients. (See the original recipe for exact amounts/instructions.)

  • Chicken (we used some we had left over from the wraps!)
  • White wine (extra to pour in your drinking glass)
  • Olive oil
  • Butter
  • Baby spinach
  • Tomato (we don't like tomatoes so I threw in a pepper to still get some color)
  • Chicken broth
  • Garlic
  • Parmesan wedge 

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Women and Work Series - Part Two

Last week I shared Part One of the New York Times Women and Work Series by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant (When Talking About Bias Backfires). Below are some excerpts from Part Two and a link to the full article.

Speaking While Female

"We’ve both seen it happen again and again. When a woman speaks in a professional setting, she walks a tightrope. Either she’s barely heard or she’s judged as too aggressive. When a man says virtually the same thing, heads nod in appreciation for his fine idea. As a result, women often decide that saying less is more.


This speaking-up double bind harms organizations by depriving them of valuable ideas. A University of Texas researcher, Ethan Burris, conducted an experiment in which he asked teams to make strategic decisions for a bookstore. He randomly informed one member that the bookstore’s inventory system was flawed and gave that person data about a better approach. In subsequent analyses, he found that when women challenged the old system and suggested a new one, team leaders viewed them as less loyal and were less likely to act on their suggestions. Even when all team members were informed that one member possessed unique information that would benefit the group, suggestions from women with inside knowledge were discounted.


Professor Burris and his colleagues studied a credit union where women made up 74 percent of supervisors and 84 percent of front-line employees. Sure enough, when women spoke up there, they were more likely to be heard than men. When President Obama held his last news conference of 2014, he called on eight reporters — all women. It made headlines worldwide. Had a politician given only men a chance to ask questions, it would not have been news; it would have been a regular day."

Click here for the full article.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Really Simple Recipes for People Who Really Suck at Cooking. Really. - Grilled Chicken Wraps

Welcome to my new cooking series (HAH.. never thought I would type those words), "Really Simple Recipes for People Who Really Suck at Cooking. Really."

If you know your way around a kitchen, SWIM AWAY SWIM AWAY!

If you can burn water, please stick around!

Today we are talking about grilled chicken wraps. These are fun because they are easy, inexpensive, somewhat healthy, and best of all, you can put whatever the heck you want in them!

Here is what we had on hand last night for ingredients.

Also worth noting, my phone that normally takes really crisp photos must have had one too many Chardonnays last night because man these pics look blurry today. Guess the photos will have to be as sub par as the cooking. #bloggeroftheyear

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Women and Work Series - Part One

Check out this really fascinating article that served as part one for the New York Times Women and Work Series by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant.

When Talking About Bias Backfires

"In another study, Professors Duguid and Thomas-Hunt told managers that stereotypes were common or rare. Then, they asked managers to read a transcript from a job interview of a candidate described as either female or male. At the end of the interview, the candidate asked for higher compensation and a nonstandard bonus. When the managers read that many people held stereotypes, they were 28 percent less interested in hiring the female candidate. They also judged her as 27 percent less likable. The same information did not alter their judgments of male candidates.


Rather than merely informing managers that stereotypes persisted, they added that a “vast majority of people try to overcome their stereotypic preconceptions.” With this adjustment, discrimination vanished in their studies. After reading this message, managers were 28 percent more interested in working with the female candidate who negotiated assertively and judged her as 25 percent more likable.


When more women lead, performance improves. Start-ups led by women are more likely to succeed; innovative firms with more women in top management are more profitable; and companies with more gender diversity have more revenue, customers, market share and profits. Acomprehensive analysis of 95 studies on gender differences showed that when it comes to leadership skills, although men are more confident, women are more competent."

Click here for the full article.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Commit to Fit Update - Week 4 of 5

So we are on our second round of the Commit to Fit Challenge. This one is 5 weeks long and we are just starting out the 4th week.

This challenge is really great for just holding me accountable. We have a Facebook group of everyone participating and there are constant posts and pictures of people on runs, at the gym, in the pool, etc.. It makes you want to post and share your own successes. And it also makes you not skip a workout because then you have nothing to share!

So, that's been going well. Despite my trip Chicago that put me back a few days...

Still haven't mastered working out while traveling.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Too Young To Be This Nostalgic

I was leaving a work lunch downtown one day and headed to the parking garage across the street where I parked my car.

As I was climbing the stairs, I was met with this quote on the cement wall in front of me.

"Too young to be this nostalgic."

I don't know who said it, or who wrote it on this wall, but I felt compelled to stop and take a picture of it.

Because I can totally relate to this. I never thought of it in this way, but it's exactly what I feel sometimes.

I'm 26 years old. In the grand scheme of things, that's young. Really young.

Everyone older than me (from 30 year olds to 50 year olds) tells me I'm experiencing the best time in my life and to "live it up." Which I think I am doing. I appreciate that this is a great time in my life, and that it won't last forever.

But the problem is that sometimes I appreciate it too much. I start to worry about how quickly time passes and how we can't make it stop.

I start to worry about what will happen when I'm older. My 26 year old mind turns into a 75 year old mind and I start to panic for myself and for those I love.

I want to soak up as much of my life as I can. I want to take advantage of time I have with my loved ones. Which is turn makes me fret about what it's going to be like when that's all over.

And I'm 26 freakin years old!

So this quote spoke to me. I have plenty of time to worry about these things 50 years from now. I need to remember that the next time I start to go to that place.

There's nothing I can do about this now. In fact, there's nothing I can do about it when I'm 75 either. So stressing about it is just wasting energy.

So here's to remembering that I'm too young to be this nostalgic. And here's hoping that I can stop worrying about living in the moment, and just do it.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

New Years Eve in New Orleans

I love New Years Eve. Just something about that holiday is so magical to me. It's a the end of a year and the beginning of something bigger and better. It's suppose to be fabulous. And this year it was.

We spend NYE in NOLA and it was a blast. It was such a blast the first night, that we were all a bit struggling the rest of the time. :)

Tim and I went with another couple and man, it's so fun going with your friends! The French Quarter is like this little piece of Europe smack dab in the middle of a modern city. It's so rich with culture and history. 

And the open container law isn't too shabby either.

Monday, January 5, 2015

2014 Workout Summary

Welp, 2014 is now donezo. Which means Map My Run just emailed me my 2014 Yearly Workout Summary. You may recall last January I shared my 2013 Summary. Which was rough. Really rough.

To refresh your memory...

I am happy to report that 2014 kicked 2013's butt....