It's Friday and I'm full of cheap coffee and a looming sense of doom!

I've decided not to make this a "thing" and I decided I'm just writing when the fuck I feel like it. That's it.

OK, onto the fixations.

My First Gel Manicure

I was in full speed job-hunting mode over the past few weeks and decided I was in need of some long-lasting nail color. I took the plunge and got my very first gel manicure at The Gel Bar in Koreatown. The process was pretty laborious compared to what I was used to with normal manicures. Each nail was "baked" under a UV light individually and this particular salon used little moisturizing gloves instead of water and lotion. It ran me over $60 for a single color mani and an eyebrow wax. Yeesh.

However, it's nearly two weeks later and aside from the grow-out it looks fucking flawless. I am a bit anxious about the removal process since I have heard horror stories about the nail damage that can come after soaking these things off. For now I'm still basking in the high-gloss glory and thinking of ways I can finance this new found beauty routine.

Peep that expert *~staging~*

Peep that expert *~staging~*

Roller Coaster Tycoon

I am not a cell phone game person. In fact, I am often the one silently judging the otherwise classy business lady next to me on the train when she starts tapping away at Candy Crush. In a moment of nostalgia I remembered one summer in middle school when I was bequeathed my family's old Gateway computer running on Windows 97 and was able to play Roller Coaster Tycoon in my room undisturbed. To my joy, there is, of course, a mobile version!

Ten years later I've found that I am still just as socially isolated and excited about making roller coasters for tiny virtual people that vomit entirely too much.

I don't know if it's the colors or the sound of tiny screams but in my current mental state this game has become my life once again. Old habits die hard I guess.

Crockpot Season!

I've been on almost an all-soup diet since October and I am loving it for the following reasons:

  1. It makes me feel like I'm "cooking" without any of the actual preparation effort that comes with actually cooking
  2. It's saving me money
  3. It makes the apartment smell delicious like a built in spicy potpourri simmer-pot
  4. It's manageable to clean up even when my depression is in full swing

Here are a few recipes I've made recently:

Butternut Squash Soup by Gimme Some Oven

I added some extra spice to this one. Also, to manage cutting the squash easier I just hacked it in half and threw the whole thing in the oven for about 20 minutes. After cooling it was so much easier to chop up.

Broccoli and Cheese Soup by Well Plated

I had suuuuuch a craving for broccoli cheese soup but had never made it before. I used extra sharp cheddar in this recipe and it turned out divine.

Crockpot Baked Ziti by Build Your Bite

This took a second try to get it perfect. Definitely requires some stirring to avoid uneven cooking. I also added extra sauce because I don't like my ziti dry.

This weekend I'm focusing on cooking up some more tasty treats and hopefully spending some time outside to enjoy this optimal fall weather.

Here's to hoping you've all survived another week as well.

♥ Rachel
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