My Brand New Car!

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I promise I still plan to blog after the January Blogathon, I just need a little break! My year started a little rough, but last week something amazing happened … I GOT A NEW CAR!

I had my old 2002 Toyota Camry for about 6 or so years (it was previously owned by my mother, she got a new car and gave me her old) and even then I was the 3rd person to own it. The car served me well, but as you can see in the photo the paint was coming off (it didn’t do well in the Ohio winters!) and besides that it had other issues: windshield wipers recently broke, driver’s side window would stick, and the driver’s side seat wouldn’t move (would cost over 1k just to fix the seat … and the car wasn’t worth that much). I had the Camry during my last few years of college and it went on my journey of driving from Florida to Ohio when I moved and back again when I moved back. The car served me well, but I’m glad I was able to get a new one.

My new car is a 2018 Kia Sportage in red. I almost got another blue car but my mother mentioned the red and I fell in love with the photos, so glad I decided to get red! It’s different going from driving cars to a SUV but I love it and don’t plan on driving anything else. I hadn’t planned on getting a new vehicle this year, but the timing was perfect and I couldn’t pass up the deal I was offered. I LOVE my new car!

Has a very spacious backset and trunk which means it’ll perfect to drive on roadtips! Since the car was driven from another state it already has almost 400 miles on it, but considering my last car was up to 155k miles it’s totally fine with me 😛

I love my new car and I can’t wait to see what adventures we’ll get into this year and the years to come.

February 28, 2018

The End

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Blogathon Day 31: The End. How’d you do in the blogathon? How did January treat you? Any favorite moments?

Overall I’m proud of myself for sticking to the blogathon and blogging every day! My hopes for the blog is to continue blogging weekly. The blogathon really brought back my passion for blogging and it’s something I want to do, I never missed a day and I’m proud of myself for that.

Overall January wasn’t the best month, but I turned 32 and had some good moments as well. Here’s to February 🙂

For the entire month of January I’m participating in a Blogathon. All posts associated with it can be found under the Blogathon category.

January 31, 2018

Hello, February

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Blogathon Day 30: What do you hope for in February?

February is right around the corner, so let’s go over some hopes and goals! These may be similar to my yearly ones. January ended up being a very up and down month, so I’m hoping February is a little easier on me lol.

1. Job

Finding a new job would be amazing! Or at least just some odd jobs to do to make extra money.

2. Weightloss

Goal in the next month is to continue to eat fairly healthy and to get into the habit of working out weekly, even if it’s just going for a walk.

3. Creating Content

I hope to continue to maintain my streaming schedule of 6 days a week and uploading several videos a week.

4. Relaxing

I’m really bad at actually taking time to myself to relax which I’d like to work on and hope to do more in the next month. Even if it’s just sitting down and watching a movie, I have a hard time truly relaxing and always end up working on something instead.

Hopes and goals for next month are pretty simple, so I hope to be able to do them! Do you have any for February?

For the entire month of January I’m participating in a Blogathon. All posts associated with it can be found under the Blogathon category.

January 30, 2018

Living In Azeroth

Posted in Blogathon, Gaming

Blogathon Day 29: If you could enter the world of any game, movie, tv show, etc. which one would you enter and why? What is one you wouldn’t want to live in?

In a previous post I mentioned wanting to live in the world of Harry Potter, so for this one let’s talk about a game!

One game I’ve played for 10+ years is World of Warcraft and I’d LOVE to live in Azeroth. As you level your character you are met with more and more breathtaking zones filled with gorgeous scenery and some interesting creatures to fight along the way. Now of course if I lived there I’d want it to be during a peaceful time of no war please 😛

What world would you love to enter?

For the entire month of January I’m participating in a Blogathon. All posts associated with it can be found under the Blogathon category.

January 29, 2018

Interviewing My Grandparents

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Blogathon Day 28: Who is one person (dead or alive) you’d love to interview?

When I first read this prompt I immediately thought of more than one person, so I’m going to cheat and talk about 4 people instead. If I could interview anyone dead or alive, I would hands down choose my grandparents. When I was 6 I lost my grandfather (my dad’s dad) and 10+ years ago I lost my mother’s dad. Last year I lost my grandmother (my dad’s mom) and a year and one day before that I lost my other grandmother (mother’s mom). Sounds complicated, but basically the only grandparents I have left are my stepmom’s and although I love them dearly, I miss my other ones too.

After their deaths suddenly a list in my head began to form with questions I wish I asked but never did. I’m still thankful for the memories that I do have and the photos and the recipes that they passed down, because it does allow their memory to live on.

For the entire month of January I’m participating in a Blogathon. All posts associated with it can be found under the Blogathon category.

January 28, 2018

Learning Guitar

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Blogathon Day 27: What is one thing you wish you were good at?

One thing I wish I knew how to do was play guitar. I got an acoustic guitar when I was about 15/16 for Christmas and a few years ago I tried to teach myself how to play, but then I moved (couldn’t bring it with me) so I had to stop. Now that I am back in Florida and have my guitar again I’d really like to learn how to play it.

I know a little bit on piano, but I’ve just never really learned how to play an instrument. One day!

For the entire month of January I’m participating in a Blogathon. All posts associated with it can be found under the Blogathon category.

January 27, 2018

Friday Favorites

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Blogathon Day 26: Friday Favorites, tell us about some of your favorite things.

Here are just some of my favorite things this month.

1. Video Game

Overwatch, of course. But I also recently started to play (finally) Skyrim and I’m really enjoying it!

2. Food

Made manicotti for the first time this week and it was AMAZING, it’ll be on my list of things to make again! Was so easy and delicious, even tasted amazing heated up the next day.

3. TV Show

Going to pick 2, one that is new and currently airing and one that I’m rewatching. So for the new one it’s 9-1-1, it’s a show basically about first responders from 9-1-1 operators to fire firefighters etc. Show only has 4 episodes so far, but it’s really good. A show I started rewatching is Monk, I watched the show about season 4 or 5 when it originally aired but I never saw the entire thing (or even the ending, I think I moved away for school around that time). I’m currently in the last season, season 8!

I couldn’t come up with more than 3 things because I suck, but maybe I can do these monthly and include other things in the list as well.

For the entire month of January I’m participating in a Blogathon. All posts associated with it can be found under the Blogathon category.

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January 26, 2018

5 Things In 2018

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Blogathon Day 25: 5 things you want to do in 2018.

These are kinda more so goals then things I want to do, but sorta both 😛

1. Travel

I don’t care where to, but I want to travel somewhere. I haven’t had a proper vacation in 6+ years and I need one, even if it’s a small vacation by myself for a few nights in a nearby city.

2. New Job

One of my major goals this year is to not only get a new job, but to get a job that I truly love.

3. New Car

My car is getting up there in it’s age and for now it’s running pretty well (knock on wood!) but my goal this year is to get a new car, or at least by next year.

4. Streaming/Creating Content

My main goal this year is to continue streaming on Twitch every week, uploading weekly videos to YouTube, and blogging here!

5. Eating Healthy/Losing Weight

I did a great job last year by losing about 35lbs, and I’d like to continue it this year. Goal is to lose another 35 this year or more!

For the entire month of January I’m participating in a Blogathon. All posts associated with it can be found under the Blogathon category.

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January 25, 2018

Chicken Teriyaki Recipe

Posted in Blogathon, Recipe

Blogathon Day 23: Favorite recipe? Feel free to include step-by-step guide with photos!

One of my favorite recipes is a chicken teriyaki stir fry that my mom has been making since I was a kid. It’s something that I make for myself at least once a month, if not more. So here’s how to do it.

You Will Need

  • 1lb of chicken breast (I prefer boneless and skinless, doesn’t have to be exactly a pound. I also sometimes use tenderloins)
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce (I prefer low sodium)
  • 2 tablespoons corn starch
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 bag or head of broccoli
  • 1/2 cup karo dark corn syrup
  • Handful of baby carrots and any other optional veggies (diced onion, peppers, etc).
  • Salt & pepper

First in a medium sized bowl whisk together 1 cup water and 2 tablespoons of cornstarch. Then add in 1/2 cup of soy sauce and 1/2 cup of the corn syrup and whisk again. I also sometimes add a few drops of honey to it, but it’s not necessary. Set aside.

This is what the sauce should look like when mixed together.

Before starting the chicken I like to start the rice first since it can take about 15-30 minutes depending on the brand you use. The kind I like is jasmine rice, but you can cook whatever rice you like.

Cook the rice according to the directions on the package, for me personally I use a rice cooker.

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January 23, 2018