Life Lately

Today I’m going to take us back to 2013 and do a blog post just about my life. Remember those? Ah, the good old days. Life has been good to us recently and I want to share that. Here’s what we’ve been up to.

Tried Blue Apron. Way more involved than anything I’d ever make on a regular day but hell, now I know how to blanch and shock asparagus and I feel fancy AF. Also fun to find out that “roughly chop” means “finely dice into microscopic pieces” to your husband. Delicious results either way. Nav also noted that this would be really great to do with kids because the instructions are easy to follow and you learn a lot of basic cooking skills.

Watching Tyrant and 12 Monkeys. Got hooked on two new (old) shows with multiple seasons available on Hulu. Is that not the millennial jackpot?

Tyrant has three seasons and is about an American man from a fictional middle eastern country who returns to his home and powerful family. It is loosely based on the rise of Assad in Syria. The show creator is the same guy who created the Israeli show that Homeland is based on.

Of note, I find it to be irresponsible and inappropriate that a white man was cast as the lead playing a half middle eastern man. This happens frequently in Hollywood, particularly when casting middle eastern characters. It’s something I notice because I always joke that Nav should have become an actor since they always cast the same three middle eastern actors or just cast a white guy. Casting directors: do better.

I’m also really in to the show 12 Monkeys. It’s a SyFy show that involves my two favorite plot devices – time travel and virus based apocalyptic future scenarios. It’s scarier than I thought it would be but also really good. Neither of these shows are ones you can watch while scrolling through Instagram or Twitter. You’ve gotta pay attention or you’ll miss something.

The Bachelorette. I didn’t watch anything from this franchise for like 20 seasons and somehow got hooked on Jojo’s season. Rachel is clearly one of the most likeable leads in franchise history. Peter is my favorite and I like that Rachel got to bring her dog on the show because of course I would demand that if I were her. It just made me like her more. Also I always debate ruining this for myself by reading the Reality Steve spoilers. Anyone else?

ClassPass. I was looking to mix up my fitness routine since I ran a half-marathon last month and am no longer training (also, it’s too hot to run outside). I finally tried ClassPass and since have tried all kinds of fun new fitness classes. Favorites so far include RowZone (a rowing machine based class) and BollyX (like Zumba but harder and set to Bollywood music). If you’re bored with your workouts, see if ClassPass is available in your area. If you use this link, you’ll get a $30 account credit (and so will I!).

Summer bronze. I’ve used up a whole bottle of St. Tropez Gradual Tanning Lotion in Light/Medium. I like the product but unfortunately I just blew through a $25 bottle in like 3 weeks so now I’m looking for a cheaper option. Next up on my “to try” list is Nkd Skn gradual tan lotion.

Sweet Tea. I’ve been making a knock off of Sweat Leaf Mint and Honey Tea (my absolute favorite). I make a big pot of tea and use half green tea, half mint medley tea. Then I sweeten with honey. I’ve got a whole pitcher in my fridge and it is divine. It also keeps me from walking to the market around the corner every day to buy a Sweet Leaf tea for nearly $3.

Archie. This guy got his teeth cleaned at the vet recently. It was terrifying knowing he was being knocked out and I hated leaving him at the vet. I may have told the vet tech (while holding back tears) that “he’s the love of our lives and I’m just really scared”. Life rewarded me later with the cuddliest post-anesthesia puppy on the planet who just wanted to lay on me while snoring loudly.

Recent Philly eats. Skip this if you aren’t local. I recently tried Wm. Mulherin’s Sons in Fishtown for brunch and it was They’re making a play for the best brunch in the city. We also had dinner at Audrey Claire which is always solid (and extra lovely if you can get outdoor seating). I’ve been loving Lil Pop Shop on these hot days. I’ve also wandered over to Fortune Chinese on South Street for bubble tea more times than I’d like to admit. And finally, I ordered little desserts for a friend’s baby shower from Miel on 17th and Chestnut and they were heaven. Because I am not crazy (and have no self-control), while I was picking up the little desserts I bought a chocolate croissant and I must say, it was the most French tasting croissant I’ve had in America. Flakey perfection. I may not Instagram my food frequently but the food scene is one of the best parts of living in Philly and we definitely take advantage.

Blending. My Mom got me a Magic Bullet Nutribullet blender and now I’m one of those people who makes smoothies all the time. Except when I said smoothies I meant milkshakes with frozen fruit in them. Or sometimes just milkshakes. Either way, this blender changed my life.

Deep Cleaning. I bought a Bissell little green pro heat deep cleaner and am way too excited about it. Is this what adulthood is? Being totally jazzed about a deep cleaner? I used it to deep clean a chair I found at the side of the road on trash day. In case you were wondering, yeah, that’s the kind of thing I do.

Insta Stories. It seems that most of my favorites (The Daily Tay and @k8h_Small Things) have transitioned from using Snapchat to using Insta Stories more frequently. I really prefer watching stories where the person talks directly to the camera like they’re talking to a friend. I debate doing this for my own story but am too intimidated or maybe worry that I’m awkward and also hate the way my voice sounds when played back. I should give it a shot though. What Insta Stories are your favorites?

Short summer hair. I chopped my hair off. I hate it but after a run in with some bleach around December, I had some major damage that just wasn’t gonna let long hair happen. And so for the 12th time in my life, I chopped it to start over. My hair isn’t strong enough to be platinum. Let’s hope I learn my lesson this time.

So that’s most of what’s new in the world of Nadine. Except for the mention of Snapchat, it almost felt like 2013 again for a minute. Thanks for indulging me.

  • I love the idea of classpass and enjoyed my trial, but i hate that they nickel and dime you. A few to put your membership on hold, a fee to reactivate your membership, a fee to cancel the class within 12 hours… Like, geez… sometimes things come up last minute! I basically used it to find a studio I reallllly liked and just paid for a membership directly through the studio (no cancellations/hold/react fees there). It’s a really great idea though!

    This post was fun to read. I miss these kinds of updates in blogland. Everything is so “profesh” and editorial these days. *eye roll emoji*


    • I haven’t experienced any added fees yet with ClassPass but I can see how that would be super annoying. I used to take PureBarre and they did the same thing – $10 for a late cancel (within 4 hours of class). I think what I’d like to do is figure out what studios I like and then buy classes directly, like you said. But I have so many classes to try before I can do that. I’m trying to make myself like yoga haha.

  • Lauren Harrelson

    Wait. A blog post not sponsored? 🙂 Love it! and I had to delete snapchat once my neighbors KID friended me, but i love instastories, and the daily tay – obviously.

    • I know, right? I’m trying to bring a little old school blogging back. I don’t think everyone needs all the how-to’s that are out there these days.

  • Cara

    LOVE Mulherins- I haven’t had brunch there but dinner is great too and they have some really interesting drinks. We are on a mission to try new places in Philly- next on the list are Vernick and Vetri.

    • Such good choices! I still can’t believe I’ve never been to Vernick or Vetri. I’ve got my eye on Laurel one day. I want to go so bad!

  • LOL at the Blue Apron revelations. That does sound fancy. I’m intimidated by Class Pass. Such a great idea. So intimidating.

    • Aw I promise it’s not too bad. Group exercise classes intimidate me a bit but what I found is that the studios who are on ClassPass are used to having new people so they are a lot more welcoming and helpful getting you set up and comfortable.

  • Tori M

    Umm, more detail on the sweet tea please. That sounds amazing! How many tea bags of each do you use?

    • It sounds so yummy! Can’t wait to make some 🙂

    • So I put a big pot on the stove (big enough to fill the pitcher you’re going to keep the tea in). Once it’s boiling, I turn the water off and add 4 green tea bags and 4 mint medley tea bags. For reference, my pot holds about 2 quarts of water. I let that sit while it cools off and then remove the tea bags and pour the tea in to a glass pitcher and refrigerate.

      I sweeten by the glass so the tea stays good longer. I just add a bit of honey to the bottom of my glass, add maybe a 1/2 inch of hot water from the tap and swirl so it dissolves. Then I add the tea and some ice. Enjoy!

  • Ah, that Sweet Leaf flavor is my favorite too! Love it!

    • It’s my absolute favorite! Philly has a soda tax on sweetened beverages so the price of one is now over $3. Making my own became a necessity. It’s really easy to make a super solid dupe at home though.

  • Madeline Mihaly

    I think life lately + personal posts are my favorite. And I’m totally on board with instastories…I like seeing the real and messy parts of people’s lives.
    PS. would also be pumped with a deep cleaner!

    xo, Maddy

    • I need to be more brave about adding insta stories for sure. They’re so fun to watch. Kind of feels like you’re your own reality tv show.

  • I love this post so much! I love bringing old school blogging back!

    • I’m going to do my best to mix in a lot more personal in this space in the future. Thanks!

  • I am so intimidated by talking directly into the camera! Agh – maybe I should get over this :/

    • I know! Me too! But those are totally my favorite insta stories to watch. I think I need to do a better job of putting the content out there that I know I’d enjoy watching.

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  • I always feel like a horrible cat mom when I drop off the cats for vet stuff even though I know it’s for their own good. But I do love that they’re snuggly when they get home!

  • Blue Apron is so key to cooking in our household. It really keeps us from over spending on food items that we may or may not end up using.

  • I really liked Tyrant! Was bummed that they cancelled it! And I’m with you on digging Insta Stories. I was never into Snapchat but for some reason have been getting onboard with IG!

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