Monthly Archives: August 2013

The Power of Writing

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I’m not going to spout the pen is mightier than the sword hoopla. I’m going to give an honest and personal explanation as to why writing is so valuable.

Not for the fame or the money, but for the simple fact of staying relatively sane.

A woman by the name of  Susan Sontag would argue with me about even having a shred of sanity. To her, “Sanity is a cozy lie.”

I would then proceed to agree with her, because in the end humans are known to have unpredictable bouts of insanity. Making no sense in their actions whatsoever. I say sanity is what we hope to achieve and yet most people are constantly saying they are “losing their minds” whether it be over an exam they just wrote or arguing with a loved one with no rhyme or legitimate reason to justify why the disagreement started. Now ‘losing my mind’ has become more of a saying for the majority of the population. However, what happens to those individuals who truly feel as though they can never quite get ahead, are struggling to make it through everyday and quite possibly want it all to end? What do those people do to cope?

There are a variety of ways to keep going everyday from the most minor to extreme methods. From coffee to drugs or seeing a counsellor to get all the emotions and things pushing a person’s sanity further away; we all have our tricks.

My personal way to cope is by simply writing in a journal. Not everyday, and sometimes no more than a page. I actually have two journals. One for the rants involving stresses of day to day life that build up over time, and the other to document profound, exciting and/or devastating moments in life. Shit happens.

As Forrest Gump’s mother once said, “Life’s a box of chocolates, Forrest. You never know what you’re gonna get.”

I absolutely love that story and movie!

There’s the honest truth about writing. I bet you every creative writer who has ever lived did not simply put pen to paper and come up with a masterpiece. They took their time. Poured their heart and soul into every word. Felt emotion as they wrote the happiness, the tragedy or the excitement as their story unfolded. A fictional story versus a non-fictional story has only one differentiating fact in my mind. The separation of fantasy versus reality. Each style of writing carries some piece of the author. It may be as subtle as a name change for one of the characters who actually has the same characteristics as a very dear friend or the setting is really a place the writer has been to and adds some more imagination into the details. This is how great stories are born. From people taking their deepest fears, daily stresses or zeal for life and sharing it with the world.

I find great satisfaction from writing my own personal story and reading those of others. Mine will never be published but the power behind my words is what keeps me going. I feel better after writing. Like a weight has been lifted and I can continue with a clear head onto the next day.

That my friends is the sheer awesome of writing

 

Stay classy,

~E

Modern Home Maker

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Hello, my name is Erin and my secret identity could either be Batman (always a possibility) or Suzy Home Maker (I have an inner mom/girly/all things pretty for the home crazy person living inside me). I believe I have a problem with loving all the pretty things for kitchens, bedrooms, etc.

Actually it is more of a leisurely activity rather than a problem but I still think the intro is quite clever so I’m stickin’ with it!

Upon sending a friend the umpteenth link to a great deals site for top quality brands of home ware, she pointed out my dreams of making a fantastic home. I say fantastic because of course I would pick something cool and timeless that could go through the ages and stay in style. I say this with confidence because:

1. I’m frugal as they come. Being part Irish and mostly ginger I attribute this to the fact that potatoes were once in short supply. Such a tragedy which I think the need for frugality stemmed from. Pointless rant/explanation complete.

2. If I buy something, I want it to last because of point numero uno and high quality usually guarantees a lifespan of more than a month.

3. My mom and dad have definitely influenced my sense of style, organization and whatever else parent’s do. Which is generally not too weird or crazy such as shag carpets. Never had one. Never want to. Thanks!

The reason for this post…hmmm…oh yes! To say I will start blogging about the cool things acquired during my online/mall/random shopping moments whenever I’m struck by the idea for something useful, cool and worthy of showing the world.

Stay classy,

~E

Foodie Overload!

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Market tomato and fresco cheese salad with olive oil/balsamic drizzle and a dash of Bolivian rose salt. Oh the wonderful things Mike whips up!

Market tomato and fresco cheese salad with olive oil/balsamic drizzle and a dash of Bolivian rose salt. Oh the wonderful things Mike whips up!

Mike and I have been doing a lot of awesome cooking lately but I just haven’t had the time to post anything so here’s a triple threat for the blog! We have a tomato salad appetizer, mixed berry pie dessert and lamp chop entree’ in an unconventional order. I’m just cool like that. Dessert BEFORE dinner! Rebel right here! haha

I hope you enjoy the food porn my man and I have created. Be excited for more! If you want more updates about the awesome food Mike makes you can follow his instagram @chefmd81 for the scoop! Literally people. We scooped ice cream onto that pie and it was delicious!

Blueberries, strawberries and rhubarb mixed with market honey and some four in my very own homemade pie crust.

Blueberries, strawberries and rhubarb mixed with market honey and some four in my very own homemade pie crust.

Grilled marinated lamb on a bed of a yellow zucchini & mushroom risotto and purple cauliflower puree accented by fried beet chips and brussels sprout leaves.

Thanks for drooling over the photos and let me know if there’s anything you would like to see Mike or myself make. We always love to try new things.

Stay classy,

~E