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"I don't have time to be sick." I muttered that to myself when I woke up last Monday with a fire burning in my throat, chills running through my belly, clogged nostrils, and lungs swimming with phlegm. I didn't have time to be sick. I had a couple of meetings that I didn't want to reschedule. I had a looming deadline for a major project I'm leading. I had a million-item-long personal to-do list. I had a weekend full of plans ahead. I had goals that weren't ready to be put on hold. But, I suppose, sick doesn't care about any of those...

I've always had a tumultuous relationship with my body. It was my body that stood in the way of me being a dancer because no matter how hard or often I stretched it, it refused to get more flexible. It was my body that rejected sex and refused to let me lose my virginity (that is a story for another day). And now, it is my body that is making me feel ashamed, ugly, uninspired. I know, I know, I'm supposed to be "body positive." I'm supposed to reject what the media says bodies should look like. To embrace my figure....

February was short, 28 days, but it felt, in many ways, much longer. February is always a weird month, a transition from gung-ho January into the reality of a new year. Over the last month, I feel like I got a little more lax with my "diet," it got a little harder to get up before sunrise to get myself to the gym. I mean, when you wake up, daily, to this, it's hard to want to get out of bed and leave your apartment. And, with the freezing Chicago weather, it's also been really hard to not want to spend the...

I've been working on my bad habits. One of those bad habits is soda. I drink a lot of soda. Mostly, Coca-Cola. I hate to admit how bad my addiction is, but I would drink Coke at least once a day but, usually, more often than not, two or three times a day. I've been doing good though, with cutting it out. In January I only had two Cokes in total and, instead, drank mostly water and sparkling flavored waters like Spindrift or Waterloo. I've also been working on my habit of biting my nails. I've bitten my nails for my whole life. The...

I'm single. And being single means Valentine's Day is filled with sugar and alcohol. Sugar and alcohol that I have to buy for myself thank you very much. So if I'm going to spend the day stuffing myself silly with my vices to compensate for the fact that I have no man in my life and am probably going to grow old, alone, with no one beside me but my cats, I might as well make my favorite alcoholic sugary-filled treat and make some of these Valentine's Day pudding shot recipes. OK, so really I just had to make something for...

I've never made a cheesecake from scratch. It just seems like one of those things I'd probably screw up. It wouldn't set. It would jiggle too much and fall all over the floor. It would taste like cream cheese and nothing else. I don't know. I just know I'd screw it up. So instead of even attempting to try to make a cheesecake, I think I'll stick with something I know I'm good at making and make these strawberry cheesecake pudding shots instead. Because you can't screw up pudding shots. I mean, I guess they can get too liquidy. But, if that's...

Chocolate covered strawberries have always been one of my favorite sweet treats. A sweet, juicy strawberry, coated in a hard shell of chocolate always gives you that fresh bite that's just a little bit sinful. So when I was thinking of Valentine's Day pudding shot recipes, one of the first ideas that popped into my mind was making chocolate covered strawberry pudding shots. To make these pink pudding shots, you start with my basic strawberry pudding shot recipe, taking the directions from the back of your instant pudding mix, replacing half of the milk with alcohol (in this recipe, Baileys' Strawberries...

This strawberry pudding shots recipe makes a creamy dessert with a boozy punch. The pink pudding shots make for a fun alcoholic dessert for a weekend party, a Valentine's Day dinner (personally, I made them for a Valentine's Day pot luck), a Galentine's Day brunch with friends, or a spring Fourth of July picnic (you can even make them red white and blue by layering them with vanilla pudding shots and blueberries.) This recipe is made with the standard pudding shot ratios, taking the directions from the back of your instant pudding mix, replacing half of the milk with...

It's been a year since I adopted my cats. I'm not sure exactly which day to count as their official "adoption day." The day I decided to adopt them? The day I sent the email requesting to adopt them? The day I signed the paperwork? The day I got the paperwork back? The day I got the paperwork back that they actually remembered to sign? In any case, it was sometime last January. By the time I adopted my cats they had already been living with me for seven months, so, really, at that point, it was mostly just legalities. And I...