2.25.2014

Pay It Forward

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This morning, before leaving town to start seeing my patients for the day, I decided to make a quick stop at Starbucks for a black coffee and a banana. (These aren't typically items that one has to go to Starbucks for, but I didn't get around to the grocery store this weekend. We all have our weaknesses, and sometimes, after a long week, I like to do nothing on the weekend.)

When I pulled up to Starbucks, I noticed the drive-thru line was long - like, really long; however, as I was about to park, the line began to move. So I took my chances.

Much to my surprise, it didn't take long for me to order and get to the window. As I pulled up and began to hand my card over to the guy, he informed me that the lady in front of me had paid for my order. 

This has actually happened to me a few times (mostly around Christmas), but every time I'm immediately flooded with gratefulness. It's such a small gesture, but it's so thoughtful and generous. 

After being taken back by her generosity, I proceeded to pay for the car behind me. When I told the guy behind the window I wanted to do so, he threw his arms in the air and shouted with excitement as if he had just made the winning basket at the buzzer of a championship basketball game. 

I just smiled and waited for an explanation for his behavior... 

He then went on to explain I was the seventh consecutive person in line to pay it forward. So every one in front of me in that line had their order paid for by the person in front of them, which is pretty awesome. It honestly made my day - and I wondered all day how long this gesture continued. 

It was a great reminder that people are good and generous. 

2.12.2014

Making the Most of Brown Bananas

Sometimes Most times bananas go to our counter to die a slow, brown death. I'm particular about bananas. I like to eat them slightly ripe; I can't eat them when they are still firm and I can't eat them when they're too mushy. It's one of the few things I'm kind of a snob about. 

So by the time I set my newly bought bananas on the counter and let them ripen a bit, I usually forget they're there, and then once I remember - boom, brown. 

I typically throw them out because if I keep them them around to make banana bread, I'll eat it all. Seriously. Bread is my weakness. 

I recently bought an entire bunch (is that what it's called?) of yummy bananas - I usually pick a cluster that has five. So I sat them on my counter, forgot about then, and a few days later they were brown and mushy. I was tired of throwing them away and I was also (and currently) on a smoothie kick. I knew I couldn't use five in one smoothie, so I froze them. 

It's a pretty simple process to prepare. Collect your brown bananas. 

Chop (or in my case, break) them into small pieces. 

Put them in baggies and be sure to get as much air out as possible to avoid freezer burn. 

When you're ready to make a smoothie, throw them in there!

Boom. You got a smoothie. 

This is my current favorite smoothie. I was inspired by Island Green (ah, love those things!). 

Green Smoothie (makes two):
1/2 cup frozen mango
1/2 cup frozen pineapple
1/2 frozen banana
1 container of vanilla greek yogurt*
1 hand full of spinach
2 hand fuels of kale
ice and water as needed

*I'm not a big yogurt fan. At all. In fact, I try to avoid most dairy when possible, but I add it for the vanilla flavor and the protein. 

If you don't like smoothies (weirdo…) here are a few other ideas for your brown bananas



1.29.2014

Thoughts on the Southern Winter Storm

I can't speak for any state, city, or area other than my own, but it's making me cringe, literally cringe, to hear people (not affected at all by this winter storm) so easily state that the south can't handle two inches of snow or two inches of snow closes the whole city.

Where I live, it's most definitely not the two inches of snow that have closed businesses, left thousands stranded on the interstate, and claimed lives. No, not the snow. It's the ice.

People see a photo of miles of abandoned cars on a major interstate with a barely-there dusting of snow and assume we're pathetic. We're scared. We're stupid. (which, from what I can tell, is already a general assumption of most of us below the Mason-Dixon line). What you don't see in that photo is the one-half to two inches of ice under that non-threatning bit of snow.

I've lived deep in the appalachian mountains. I've driven down snow-covered, steep mountain roads and I've driven around snow-coovered, sharply curved mountain roads. My car never slid and it was never damaged or abandoned. However, put a thin layer of ice under that snow, then it's a game-changer. The type of game-changer that takes lives. The kind of game-changer that causes (thousands of) children to have to spend the night at school because it's impossible for vehicles (including four and all wheel drive) to get any where. The kind of game-changer that shuts down an entire city.

The thing about the south: we're prepared for extreme heat and we're prepared for hurricane season. We expect these things during their appropriate season. What we don't expect is a large winter storm dropping hours of freezing rain, sleet, and ice and then topping it with a couple inches of snow all while temperatures stay below 20. We especially don't expect it when the day before, it was 60 degrees.

Unfortunately, not everyone everywhere is prepared for everything. We down here in the south expect a winter storm of this magnitude the way a state like North Dakota might expect a significant hurricane; the way Hawaii might expect a large tornado; or the way New York might expect a week of temperatures above 90 with impossible humidity.

Yes, you're right, everything does shuts down here in the south when any type of wintery precipitation falls. We shut down because most people down here aren't experienced to drive through this weather. Our cities and states down here don't have the infrastructure to prepare the roads prior or clear the roads quickly afterwards... for something of this magnitude that might happen once every decade.

People are stranded without food/water and in extreme cases, have lost their life; this is our reality at the moment. It's also a reality that many people, not effected, are laughing at us. People are taking to social media and putting the south at the end of a thoughtless joke. Where's the humanity?

My whole point for this post: I just hate that we are a nation, a people, a human race that act so juvenile at times - picking and choosing which devastating situations warrant sympathy. And then (some) using that devastating situation to further prove their ignorant assumption regarding our intelligence.

Let the comments flow...

1.28.2014

Styled: Snow Day


scarf // gloves // fedora // boots // coat

slippers // mug // snow flake sweater // fair isle sweater // leggings

I don't know what the news is covering in your part of the country, but down here in Alabama, it's all about this winter storm moving through the south. I'm sure many southerners are complaining about the cold at this very moment, but me... I'm ecstatic to see the white stuff fall.

On these cold, wintery days you have two options. You go out and brave the elements or you stay home and snuggle up. Today, as the snow fell, I was lucky enough to be snuggled up and cozy (but boy, I'd love to be wearing that chic ensemble). 

1.20.2014

Boxers


dress // LOFT
pumps // UO {similar}
purse // Brahmin

My girls were photo-bombing most of my pictures. Since they did such a good job of getting tails and snouts in the majority of my pictures, I decided to share one.