Sunday, October 16, 2011
So I'm having a dinner party tonight for four special friends and my husband was a challenge to do carb-free, since yesterday was my binge day (and I will admit, I had to purge when I got home - carbs really don't make me feel good - maybe I will learn someday). Japanese cuisine - with more meat. Edamame, pickled cucumbers, and little sausage bites (not real tasty to me anymore, since they are so processed) for appetizers, a mushroom-chicken broth soup, fried rice (that I won't eat), and steak, chicken, shrimp, zucchini, onions, and mushrooms sizzled on a skillet on the table, Benihana style, with a soy-ginger sauce. I'm excited to serve my friends delicious food as we celebrate all that is wonderful in our life.
Stay tuned, if anyone's reading this!, to see how I continue my low-carb lifestyle, even as I hit Vegas in two days! Bon Appetit!
Posted by Cyndi Johnson at 12:15 PM
Sunday, October 9, 2011
The problem is this. Yes, I love to travel. But I also love convenience. Do I want to sit on a plane for more hours than I work in a day to try to figure out a culture that doesn't have the conveniences I'm used to? I don't know the answer to that, by the way, I just know it's something I think about. Vacation time is precious, and I'm not sure I want to spend it navigating the streets of a third-world country, even if it means some seriously cheap beach time. I love the U.S., despite all our faults. I'm patriotic, and I think we have a lot of amazing things to see and do within our borders, that don't take me 3 weeks to acclimate, just a quick plane ride, or a tank or two of gas.
I'm always on the hunt for more money easier. That won't change, but as far as making enough to finance a permanent retirement, I am not sure that is what I want. After all, I do go to a job where most of the people there are my friends and family, where I am reinforced for helping people and making them laugh, and where I never have to worry if my paycheck will be in the bank or not. My husband and I take several really nice, albeit short, trips every year, but we see more of the country that way. I would argue that I already live a pretty great lifestyle. I'm not sure there's much to change.
Posted by Cyndi Johnson at 2:48 PM
Saturday, October 8, 2011
2011 has been a year of sheer production for me, work is intense, school is intense, my passion for cooking and eating sustainable food is intense. But I have learned something. Stop taking yourself so seriously. Simple as that. Love deeply, laugh heartily, and try things you never thought you would. That's my new outlook on life. I won't be an HR Director by the time I'm 40. I could be, I could have been one now, but I made choices that I don't regret, in the pursuit of the quality of life. I won't have a 4.0 when I get my PhD. But it doesn't matter. I have a life that is full of friends, and fun, and things I never thought I'd get to do. And I'm only 36. What more is in store for me, I'm ready to find out!
Posted by Cyndi Johnson at 9:10 AM
Sunday, October 2, 2011
I love this Sex & the City quote. My best friend lives 3 1/2 hours from me, and it's hard to go through life's up and downs without being in the same city. We met in 2002, at the hospital where I worked. She was a clinical pharmacy instructor needing access, I was an HR rep who could grant her the access. She had a Sex & the City party, and I was the only one who showed up. We learned that we were the only ones we could rely on, so we started having dinner together regularly. She helped me through a divorce, a new love, and a new marriage. I helped her through single-hood, and unfortunately, had moved away when she had the first of two broken hearts. It's a helpless feeling being so far away from someone you love so dearly. She's one of the strongest people I know, and certainly the most kind, generous, and deserving of love and happiness. While I complain about things that really didn't matter, she listens and reassurs me that everything would be okay. We've been friends for nearly a decade, we haven't had a single fight, not even an argument. I have many friends, scattered all over the country, but this is one of the best friendships I've ever cultivated. I wish I could see her more, but she's always in my heart.
Posted by Cyndi Johnson at 10:35 AM