Proud Adulting Moment

Hello, dear readers! I promise I haven’t forgotten about you. The past month has been just been insanely busy.

This morning was extremely frustrating. On my way to work, I decided to grab some caffeine to stop the pounding headache I had (okay, I’m addicted to coffee…let’s move on). I was in the drive-thru lane of Starbies,  AND MY CAR STOPPED WORKING. WHAT. That’s not supposed to happen. Luckily, I was able to pull into the parking lot so I wasn’t between a million caffeine-crazed people and their coffee beverages.

For those of you who know me, you probably definitely know that I don’t deal with car-related issues well. I loathe having to deal with car problems. I mean, my car doesn’t really have problems, but still. When it does, I tend to fly off the handle a bit. My philosophy is the car has one job to do, and I should just be able to turn the key and go. Anyway, if this had happened a year ago, I probably would have called either my mom or brother in tears, begging them to deal with it. Yes, I realize this is irrational since my mom lives 70+ miles away, and the brother I would call lives 600+ miles away. Whatever.

Today, though, I calmly called my insurance company to have them send a tow truck since I now have roadside assistance, and then I called my mechanic to let them know I was on the way. The whole process actually went very smoothly. I’m proud of the way I handled the situation, and I thought I would share that adult moment with you all.

Also, in case you were wondering, I did not get my caffeine fix at Starbies. The mechanic I go to has a Keurig machine in the lobby though, so I made that work.

Brunch Days are the Best Days

One of the biggest perks of adulthood is brunch. Brunch is simply the best meal ever invented. I mean, you can eat anything and drink booze and coffee. What’s not to love? If it’s good enough for Meryl and Hillary, it’s definitely good enough for me!

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Today was Brunch Day, which meant some friends and I got together to eat, drink, talk, and laugh for several hours. I mean, we turn brunching into a marathon. If brunching was an Olympic event, we would win the gold metal.

Brunch Days are potluck, so I decided to bring a quiche. Since it was so easy, I thought I would share the recipe I threw together. The best part is that it can be assembled the night before! That way, all you have to do in the morning is slap it in the oven! Quiches are also very versatile, so you can be pretty creative with the ingredients. Mine usually have an assortment of veggies and cheese in them (although, sometimes I use fruit like apples or pears).

To make the quiche I took for brunch today, you will need: 

  • 1 Pillsbury seamless dough sheet
  • 6-8 eggs
  • 2.5 C diced peppers, mushrooms, asparagus, and red onion
  • 1/4 C sharp white cheddar cheese
  • 1 dollop cream cheese
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 tsp thyme

I realize that it’s probably pretty easy to make a crust for the quiche, but I’m lazy.  I used one Pillsbury seamless dough sheet. I put it in a 9×11 dish and baked it at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes while I sauteed the veggies in some olive oil.

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                                                   sauteed spring veggies

In a separate bowl, I whisked together the eggs and cheeses. After the veggies had softened, I added the salt, pepper, and thyme. Then, I added everything in the pan to the egg mixture. By that time, the pastry had baked enough that it wouldn’t get soggy. I threw the veggie and egg mixture on top of it, covered it with some tin foil, and put it in the fridge to hang out overnight. This morning, I heated the oven to 350 degrees again, and baked it for 35-45 minutes until the eggs were solid. Voila! Quiche!

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Today’s brunch featured toast with an assortment of sweet and savory spreads, fruit, cheese and crackers, fresh veggies and hummus, quiche, chocolate cake, and (of course) coffee and mimosas; it was a delicious feast! What’s your favorite brunch food or cocktail?

Why am I here?

First, let me clarify that I mean here as in this blog – NOT the eternal “what is my purpose” question (although, that may come later).

Yesterday morning as I was grabbing coffee from my favorite local coffeehouse, I ran into my very first college professor. While we were catching up, he asked what I’ve been doing lately. I told him I finished grad school, co-authored an academic paper that’s going to be published this fall, and got a new job. As I was listing off these accomplishments, I found myself thinking, “Man, I’ve really got it together!”

HA!

While I may seem put together, keep in mind I also think beer and M&Ms make an acceptable dinner.

Dinner.

So, that’s what this blog’s about: how I’m navigating through (into?) adulthood with as much poise and dignity as I can muster while still clutching my not-so-adult tendencies.  It should be a fun ride.