Matt and Tia – A New Blog for Foodies

Hi everyone! I know I’ve been terrible about keeping my blog up-to-date (again). But that’s only because I have a new project to tell you about!

If you like food – eating, cooking, looking at pictures that will make you hungry – please check it out the new blog my boyfriend Matt and I have been working very hard on: Matt and Tia. Matt is a professional chef and I just really like to eat.

We want to bring you reviews, videos, recipes, pictures, and just about anything else you can think of that has to do with food.

We have also set up several other social media pages and we would really appreciate it if you could follow them, as well:

Facebook

YouTube

Instagram

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Thanks so much and looking forward to seeing you all on our pages!

30 Day Yoga Challenge: Days 21-25

Hi everyone! I apologize for the lack of updates – I have not forgotten about the DO YOU YOGA 30 Day Challenge! Life and work have just been super crazy for the past few days. Here are the videos I’ve done:

Day 21 -“Yoga on Your Back”

Day 22 – “Hamstring Flexibility Part II”

Day 23 – “Standing Eagle Flow”

Day 24 – “Half Moon Flow”

Day 25 – “Yoga to Restore”

I have no complaints about any of these videos, and I am feeling more flexible every day. Today’s video, “Yoga to Restore,” was slow, but my body definitely needed it. It was very soothing and provided some deep stretches. I also repeated days 13 and 17 for fun. I just wanted a little more from my workout.

On Sunday, I went into Manhattan to visit my friend Brit. We went to MoMA to see A Revolutionary Impulse: The Rise of the Russian Avant-Garde. It was a wonderful exhibit and featured works by El Lissitzky and Kazimir Malevich, two artists I really enjoyed while I was studying art history in college. We also saw Francis Picabia: Our Heads Are Round so Our Thoughts Can Change Direction. It was a retrospective and I found it to be absolutely brilliant. I wish I had taken more pictures.

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For lunch, we went to a Korean BBQ place called Jongro. We had samgyeopsal, tteokbokki, and haemul pajeon. Everything was very authentic and delicious. We also wandered around a bunch of Korean cosmetics stores and went into H-Mart so I could buy some snacks I missed!

How is your week going?

30 Day Yoga Challenge: Days 19/20

Yesterday, I did day 19 of the DO YOU YOGA 30 Day Challenge. It was called “Energizing Yoga Flow.” It was a little challenging because it moved more quickly than most of the other videos, and I tried really hard to focus on my breath. When I had finished, I definitely felt ready to tackle the rest of my day.

I went to the gym and used the elliptical for 30 minutes. Then, I went out with my mom to run some errands. At the supermarket, I bought a variety of healthy foods: oatmeal, quinoa, veggie burgers, yogurt, Special K bars. I’ve been making a serious effort to eat healthier lately and I’m proud to have stuck with it so far.

In the evening, I actually drove up to Jersey City to see my friend Michcella for her birthday. We went to college together and worked at the radio station there. Our friends Maria and Steve came out to celebrate, too, neither of whom I had seen since they graduated. It was a really nice night. As far as food goes, I had one Miller light, a mozzarella stick, one chicken tender, and a small piece of birthday cake (which was INCREDIBLE).

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Michcella, Steve, Maria, and me!

It was a long drive home, but I made it!

Today, I woke up and did day 20 of the challenge. It was called “Twisting Yoga Flow.” This one was really great for my back. Some of the poses were a little hard to balance in, but overall I found it to be another energizing video.

I have to be at work in a couple of hours, so I’ll be back soon.

How are you spending your day?

An Announcement

I apologize for neglecting my 30 Day Challenge for the past week. However, I hope you can all forgive me because I have something to share with you…

I got a full-time job!

Everything happened so quickly, really. I applied for an interesting position through Indeed and was asked to come in for an interview pretty quickly. Then, my second interview was scheduled before I even left my first one. Several hours after my second interview, I was offered the position with Zaksons Fine Furniture and Interior Design.

My position is in the administrative support department and it is entry-level, but I am very excited to be working in a creative environment. I will be helping a team of interior designers to place orders for their clients as well as keep samples (like fabrics and leathers) organized and updated. I also got to visit the Zaksons outlet location (right across the street) to help with an order today.

Everything is very exciting right now!

I have been tirelessly searching for a full-time job for the past three years. This is the first one I’ve been offered and I really think it’s going to be a good fit. I think Zaksons is a good company and I feel like there is a lot of room for growth. I still feel like I’m in shock.

Can’t wait for tomorrow!

30 Day Challenge: Day 22

Put Your Music on Shuffle and Post the First Ten Songs

  1. The Smiths – Suffer Little Children
  2. AFI – Open Your Eyes
  3. Blaqk Audio – The Love Letter
  4. Voltaire – The Happy Song
  5. All-American Rejects – Dirty Little Secret
  6. Queen – I Want It All
  7. The Beatles – A Day In The Life
  8. The Clash – London’s Burning
  9. Paulson – Window Frames
  10. RuPaul – Cover Girl

I have enough music in my digital library to play for nearly 13 days straight. This is such a small sampling, but I’m happy with the songs that came up!

Also, if anyone would like to do this challenge with me, it can be found here.

30 Day Challenge: Day 7

List Ten Songs That You’re Loving Right Now

  1. Dark Necessities – Red Hot Chili Peppers
  2. If It Ain’t Love – Jason Derulo
  3. Work From Home – Fifth Harmony
  4. Cake By The Ocean – DNCE
  5. SOMEONE LIKE U – Dalshabet
  6. Hot Pink – Exid
  7. On My Mind – Ellie Goulding
  8. Unicorn Wizard – Ninja Sex Party
  9. Cypress Grove – Clutch
  10. A Warrior’s Call – Volbeat

What have you been listening to lately?

Also, if anyone would like to do this challenge with me, it can be found here.

30 Day Challenge: Day 4

Write About Someone Who Inspires You

I was supposed to write this post yesterday, but I honestly had a difficult time with the topic. I don’t recall a time in my life that I’ve ever had a “role model” or someone I necessarily looked up to. Of course there have been people who have helped me to become the person I am today (my mother, my teachers, my friends). However, I wouldn’t necessarily put any one individual on a pedestal.

So, instead of writing about someone who inspires me, I’m going to write about something that inspires me.

Music

Anyone who knows me knows that my life pretty much revolves around music. I listen to music every chance I get: alone in my room, driving in my car. Wherever. Whenever. It has the ability to completely alter my mood and it is something that I crave.

I spent four years in college as a radio DJ and, during that time, I was introduced to so many new artists and genres. I had the opportunity to interview some of my favorite musicians and attend numerous concerts that I will remember for the rest of my life.

I also have friends who have referred to me as a human jukebox because I will burst out into song if I hear something at a bar or in a store. My tastes are not limited to any one particular style and I truly believe that this is something that has helped me to become a more well-rounded individual.

I’m going to go out on a limb and say that almost everyone likes some form of music. Therefore, I feel like I can relate to a range of different people because of it. My mom raised me on classic rock. I played cello in an orchestra from elementary school through college. The radio station I worked for played all heavy metal all the time. Pop music. Hip hop. Electronica. I like it all. Well, except maybe country.

But there you have it. Music is my inspiration.

What’s yours?

Also, if anyone would like to do this challenge with me, it can be found here.

30 Day Challange: Day 1

List 10 Things That Make You Really Happy

  1. Having long phone conversations with friends (not texting)
  2. Dancing in my room
  3. Getting dressed up for the Renaissance Faire, theme parties, etc.
  4. Going to museums by myself
  5. The smell after a summer thunderstorm
  6. Eating ice cream (any ice cream, any time)
  7. Crisp, autumn weather
  8. Sitting on the floor at a book store and thumbing through new age books
  9. Getting a card or package in the mail
  10. Experiencing good concerts with good friends

Also, if anyone would like to do this challenge with me, it can be found here.

Three Weeks Later

It’s been three weeks since I left Korea. I’m very happy to be home in New Jersey and able to see my mom and friends. It’s nice to have access to familiar things, as well, such as the lake I like walking around, the boardwalk at Point Pleasant, and even my favorite restaurants. Pizza and bagels were sorely missed.

I just got a job at a restaurant near my house. I won’t have to spend a lot of money on gas and I think I’ll be able to do some saving. In the meantime, I plan on getting certified to teach ESL in public schools here. There are a few tests I have to take, including math, but some friends have offered to tutor me. I’m really grateful for that. The other tests are for oral and written proficiency, which I’m not worried about.

Even though I was only in Korea for six months, it’s admittedly been a little strange getting reacclimated to life at home. It took quite some time to get over the jet lag, and all my days seemed to get mushed together. I got so used to using Facebook messenger or Skype to talk to my friends at home (the only person I texted or called in Korea through my actual phone plan was Hannah), but now I can communicate with them without needing the internet. I also don’t have to bow at people or handle money like a Korean (which I found myself doing for a while right after I got back). I’m also thrilled to have my car again and not have to rely on public transportation when I need to go somewhere.

Anyway, I’m still getting back into the groove of things, and it’s really nice to have found a job so quickly. I hate sitting at home with nothing to do!

I’m also thinking of changing the name of my blog. If you have any suggestions, feel free to leave them in the comments!

To Kate –

If you read my post yesterday, you know what a horrible mood I was in. When I got to work, though, things got a little better. I finally received a package I had been expecting from my friend Kate with explicit instructions not to open until we were able to Skype – and this morning, that’s exactly what we did.

There was a numbered order I was to open everything in: first was a lovely Christmas card, second was a hand-painted sign which says 친구 (friend) on the front and “I don’t know what I’d do without you” on the back, and third was the invitation to Kate’s engagement party which I sadly won’t be able to make. I thought that was so thoughtful, though. Last, however, was a big envelope with something inside: a bridesmaid proposal! I cried and said “yes” before I even finished reading it. I was certainly not expecting such an amazing surprise.

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Now, I want to congratulate Kate and Ryan on their engagement and write about how much my friend Kate means to me.

Kate and I met in 2013 when we were both interns in the curatorial department at the Museum of Early Trades and Crafts in Madison, NJ. We hit it off right away because of our shared love for history, sarcasm, and disdain for all the other interns working there that semester. We spent our time cataloging old stuff, reading old stuff, and doing weird things with the collection (like braiding locks of hair and rummaging through potentially hazardous apothecary jars).

What I believe really solidified our friendship, however, was when I did a stupid thing (read as moved in with a stupid boy) and she was there to get me the hell out. She came all the way out to the apartment I was at, helped me pack all my shit into both of our cars, and moved everything to my cousin’s house until I could get down to my mom’s. For that, I will always be grateful.

Taking our curator for dinner at Outback Steakhouse (and thinking I left my purse there when it was really in my car the whole time). Dancing the night away in Atlantic City. Murder mystery parties with too much wine and really bad fake accents. Bubble tea and ‘bolis.

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This is friendship.

It sucks that we’re so far away from each other right now, but a message on WhatsApp or a Skype session always cheers me up. Whether it’s sharing happy things or bitching about bad days, I love being able to talk to my friend while I’m all the way in Korea.

Thank you so much for asking me to be your bridesmaid. I absolutely can not wait to be a part of you and Ryan’s special day! I love you and I miss you and I can’t wait to see you when I come home.