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. first date friday .

June 10, 2011

Happy Friday, friends 😀 Today’s post will be picture heavy and word light…

… because it’s rude to talk with your mouth full…

… and I was busy nibbling away..


So get ready for a random mish-mash of today’s events 😀

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Red Bull Kombucha gives me wings…

… as long as I don’t look down *gag*


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And speaking of lookers, brown bananas are quite the eyesore…

… but with a little work…


… they can turn into something beautiful delicious too…

Blissful Banana Bread

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But what the heck was I doing inside when the weather was so gorgeous?


Boiling. That’s what.

Don’t ask why I bake on sweltering hot days.

I don’t know.

So when the bread came out, the shades did too…

… and it was time to head outside for a doggie play date.


Unfortunately, the bushes called the game early…

And even more unfortunate is the fact that Kaiah is probably chewing on my favorite pair of shoes as we speak, just to get back at me for posting such an unflattering picture…

But I can’t stop her because after my doggie date, I prettied myself up…


… and rushed out the door for a real date…

… but not before spilling my purse on the ground…

… and then stopping to take a picture…

It’s all about being fashionably late, right? 😉

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And speaking of dates, June 10th marks the 1 month anniversary of my cozy little place on the web. It feels like just yesterday that I decided to come back to the blog world, and I have a hard time believing that 30 days have already gone by…

I just wanted to thank you guys for making the past month so amazing. Honestly. I feel so blessed to be able to reach out and connect to such fabulous people, and I hope you guys know how much every comment and e-mail mean to me… They make me smile like a kid on Christmas morning, so don’t be afraid to say hi!

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Let’s talk dates: how far is too far on the first one?

61 Comments leave one →
  1. Tina @ vanillandspice permalink
    June 10, 2011 5:28 pm

    Your dog is gorgeous! Huskies are my favorite, by far.
    Good luck on your date!

    • June 11, 2011 6:07 am

      Thank ya! But she’s actually not a purebred husky. She’s a mixie that we picked up at the shelter, and we have no idea what’s in her…

  2. June 10, 2011 5:28 pm

    I love that nail polish colour (your Canadian like me…so I’m going to spell ‘colour’ the canadian way) ! I’m so glad that one month ago today you decided to come back to the blog world! You’ve been so inspiring in your posts and comments 🙂

  3. June 10, 2011 5:33 pm

    Ooooooh I hope you had fun on your date! I love how you stopped to take a picture of your purse dropping. That’s true blogger dedication right there!

    I think going too far depends on the person. Obviously you wouldn’t want to go *all the way” on your first date…sheesh! But in my opinion if there is chemistry, then there is no harm in an innocent snog. HA SNOG! Don’t you just love that word? Yeah sorry, I’m weird 😛


  4. June 10, 2011 5:54 pm

    I’ve never been on a date… can’t give you any advice there. Sorry :). LOL I don’t know why I bothered to comment at all! Oh, I know why: becuase your dog is gorgeous!

  5. Joanna permalink
    June 10, 2011 5:54 pm

    I think I discovered your blog right after you came back & have been hooked ever since! So glad you decided to start blogging again :O)

  6. June 10, 2011 5:55 pm

    ooooh, a date?! and you’re holding out on us?! nonsense! (just kidding, i don’t share that with the world either 😛 )
    you and kaiah are both such pretty girls!
    i hope you have some nice weather for the weekend!

  7. June 10, 2011 5:55 pm

    Love that picture of you!! 🙂

    Hope you have fun on your date!

    ❤ ❤

  8. June 10, 2011 5:58 pm

    I love how your accidental bag drop turned in to an amazing picture. Everything you do is beautiful 🙂

    You’re already planning on telling us all about your date night, right right? If not .. I will hit you up via twitter/facebook/email probing you for questions.

    KNOCK HIM DEAD, MAMA!! love you!!!

  9. June 10, 2011 6:16 pm

    Kombucha gives me wings too 😉

  10. June 10, 2011 6:23 pm

    Haha, love that first photo of you 😀

    I think that if a guy is automatically trying to make moves on the first date, he’s just looking for a booty call. At least wait until the second date, Mr. Horny! Have fun though, girl!!

    And I’m so glad, again, that you’re back to blogging – I love our email exchanges and your posts 🙂

  11. June 10, 2011 6:34 pm

    Ooh have fun on your date! I hope you spill the details with us tomorrow! 😀

    I totally eat Liberte Greek yogurt straight out of the container too. LOVE that stuff. Have you tried any of the other flavours? The Date and Fig kind is amazing!

    • June 11, 2011 6:20 am

      I’ve tried the vanilla, date&fig, and peach&passionfruit… I thought the date and fig tasted a bit too pruney, and the vanilla has kind of a weird after-taste, but I love the strawberry and peach&passionfruit.

  12. June 10, 2011 6:40 pm

    I can’t imagine blogworld without you, your posts always light up my day and keep me strong in my ongoing fight against my ED. 🙂
    Loving the nail polish and your pup–both SO cute!
    Hope you have a great weekend girly!!

  13. sunshinevegan permalink
    June 10, 2011 6:49 pm

    What a beautiful dogg!
    I can’t believe you’ve only been blogging a month! Your blog was one of the first I started reading when I was first in recover and words can not explain what it has done for me.. Still to this day when I read one of your posts it keeps me strong and helps me ignore that little voice in my head that is slowly getting quieter every day! Thank you so much!
    Have funn on your date by the way 🙂

  14. June 10, 2011 6:57 pm

    Heck, 75* is jacket weather after what we’ve been having lately! But hot or not..baking’s always welcome. Especially when it comes to banana bread!

    I’m the type that doesn’t even like kissing on first dates..except when I met my current boyfriend, it was totally different. We’re long distance so we talked for nearly a month before actually meeting in which case I jumped into his arms and kissed him right away. It was “technically” our first date..but by then I was already set on marrying him. 😉 haha!!

  15. June 10, 2011 6:59 pm

    I LEGIT just bought that OPI colour! defs one of the “likes” haha hmm and I also just bought a bunch of rotty naners! .39lb at the market! love it 🙂 days of banana bread and muffins to follow! PS – I always bake on hot days, when its to hot to got outside and its cold inside (air conditioner) why not bake! its normal…right? ahah hope so!

  16. June 10, 2011 7:04 pm

    I am so excited for you – Can’t wait to hear all about the date!!!! I love the nail polish color!! I’m sure your going to have a great time – ENJOY!!!!!
    P.S. i absolutely adore your blog and am so happy your back!!!!!

  17. June 10, 2011 8:17 pm

    I’m super nosy and want…no, NEED…to hear all about this date!!!

  18. June 10, 2011 9:06 pm

    I love banana bread. 🙂 It’s interesting (to me) that for your 75 is hot…whereas for me, 75 is COOL. (In the Philippines, low 80s and maybe high 70s are the “cold” temperatures)

  19. June 10, 2011 9:12 pm

    Too far = not leaving him wanting more. Let’s leave it at that.

    Your dog is so cute! And that weather is gorgeous, not hot at all. I am jealous!

  20. June 10, 2011 9:45 pm

    Coming back to the blog world was the BEST decision 🙂 It just wasn’t the same without you!
    Too far? It equates to what you do and then he doesn’t call the next day. Not that I know from experience or anything..

  21. June 10, 2011 11:01 pm

    hehe yay so glad to see a picture of you =)

    i drank that EXACT same gingerade kombucha today… so uncanny. we have the same taste in tea AND kombucha.

    that banana bread looks so good too.

    um please spill about this first date? so excited for you =)

  22. squigglefloey permalink
    June 10, 2011 11:23 pm

    Girl you’re so gorgeous! You need more posts with pictures of yourself in them! 🙂 Has anyone ever told you that you look a tad bit asian? Or is it just me? haha ❤

    • June 11, 2011 7:31 am

      Lol! Actually yes, I get that quite a bit, although I have any Asian in me…. that I know of 😯 Maybe it’s time to confront Mom… 😉

  23. Lenna (veganlenna) permalink
    June 10, 2011 11:28 pm

    Congrats on the blog anniversary:) Seems like you enjoyed your day a lot.
    Well, I am not sure about the date thing…I think it depends on how much you like your date? 🙂

  24. June 10, 2011 11:37 pm

    awww congrats on your anniversary!!! HAVE A BLAST ON THE DATE! why not!? 🙂

  25. Lilly permalink
    June 10, 2011 11:40 pm

    Both you and your dog are gorgeous! and all of your pictures too…. jeez girl! I am afraid to try kombucha although I want to, everyone seems to love it… but my wallet does not need another hobby or obsession 🙂 I am so happy your blogging, i just adore yours!

    • June 11, 2011 7:39 am

      Thank you, thank you 😀 I was iffy on trying kombucha too, and it definitely hurts the wallet… but it hurts so good that it’s hard to resist!

  26. Ellie permalink
    June 11, 2011 12:37 am

    why you so pretty 🙂

  27. June 11, 2011 1:03 am

    Aw, Im so excited for you!! Good luck with your date 🙂 I hope youll let us in om how it when 😉 And you are so beautiful, and deserves the best!!
    And, congrats with the blog anniversary! Im SO glad I found you- you motivate me om a daily basis! Love you!

  28. June 11, 2011 2:26 am

    A date? What was this? I can’t remember. It was too long ago and I didn’t really enjoy it… I’d rather spend the afternoon with your banana bread or running after Kaiah 😀 . But I hope your date went well.

  29. June 11, 2011 4:16 am

    Oooooh a date?! Sooo excited for you!! And OBVIOUSLY it I gonna be a good’un cos you are too gorgeous and anyway if you feed him your banana bread I bet he’d propose there an then! 😉

    I had a date yesterday too! But of the doggie variety…Buddy loved Kaiah by the way, and would quite like a date 🙂

  30. June 11, 2011 4:17 am

    ahh!! Have fun on your date!! 🙂 I haven’t had a first date in so long I wouldn’t know what to tell you I hope it went well and I want to know some more details!!!

  31. June 11, 2011 4:54 am

    Wooooh go you girly! BUT, make sure he’s a good catch because you are gorgeous and lovely and deserve the very best okay?! Sadly, I have never been on a proper first date..but if it was me, I think the first date should be casual, friendly, maybe just end with a hug. I wouldn’t go for a kiss or anything..just a nice friendly hug to start with for me 🙂
    And I am SO SO glad that you came back to the blogging world. It was so weird actually, because just before you did, I was re-reading the WHOLE of your last blog, reminding myself how amazing it was because you were my fave blog and wishing that you’d come back! I was actually going to message you and ask if everything was okay etc and then BAM you came back! I was so so happy! 🙂

  32. June 11, 2011 5:17 am

    can I say a few things
    1. IM SO HAPPY YOU STARTED to BLOG again- you seriously have the best messages, posts, pictures and foods 🙂
    2. i dnt think ive ever told u how gorgeous you are
    3. nanner bread rocks

  33. June 11, 2011 5:44 am

    Love that pic of you girlie! And that banana bread DOES look blissful indeed! I can’t believe it’s only been a month! I guess I found you when you first came back but it still feels like you’ve been around forever!

    Hope you had fun on your date!!

  34. June 11, 2011 6:37 am

    Ohh, banana bread… been so long since I’ve had it, so I might whip up a loaf soon. So good. Totally not weird that I put it in my coffee, then spoon it out… not weird at all.

    & date night, huh? In terms of how far is too far, depends what you’re talking about! I don’t think there are ANY rules; it’s all about the person, the situation & the chemistry! Going with the flow is always the best way x

  35. June 11, 2011 7:20 am

    bahahaha I hope you didn’t get a chewed shoe for posting that! =) and I def hope you had fun on your date! Happy weekend lovey! mwah!

  36. June 11, 2011 8:11 am

    :O what breed is your dog?? SO gorgeous!
    A real date? Yay!! I hope it goes well 🙂
    I wouldn’t go any further than kissing on a first date – one must keep mystery :-p

    • June 11, 2011 8:46 am

      We actually have no idea what she is. She’s a mixie that we picked up from the shelter when she was just a tiny little thing, and they couldn’t tell us what was in her. We think probably some husky, shepherd, elkhound, border collie mix.

  37. June 11, 2011 8:12 am

    I love Liberte Yogurt! So creamy! I just discovered your blog and I’m so glad I did! Can’t wait to try some of your recipes!

  38. June 11, 2011 8:50 am

    Kombucha most certainly gives me wings too! Right now I’m hooked on Guava Goddess , but I love Trilogy as well. And you’re so right about not looking at the mysterious particles at the bottom of the bottle…blech! :-p

    Banana bread, sexy nail color and a hot date sound like a perfect way to top off the day! I hope you had a fun night!

  39. June 11, 2011 9:02 am

    Happy blogiversary! And yes I love kombucha too…but that bacteria stuff reminds me of snot so I have to guzzle without looking down as well

  40. June 11, 2011 9:55 am

    OOH dates!! I’ve actually never been on one- a bit embarrassing as a nearly 21-year-old, but I’m also a bit stunted in that department (blog post coming soon?) I think whatever you feel comfortable with should be fine. You should be able to call all shots based on your comfort level. always.
    I’m glad you’re back too. Your blog has really done wonders for my thoughts in recovery Amanda, I hope you know that.
    I loved your last post as well. I do this too and just freaked out about it yesterday knowing that I’m consuming calories that I don’t “Plan” or “count in” or even think about. But then I rethought about it. I’m not huge, I’m not fat, I’m not going to be fat from this. If I’m hungry, I can steal a bite of this and a nibble of that. I can because normal people do. There isn’t anything wrong with it. I can prove to ED and to myself that 10 more calories, or even 100 more aren’t going to make any difference. Thanks so much for confessing my confession haha

  41. June 11, 2011 10:52 am

    eeehh. I don’t like dating. Good thing I’m only 16 so I don’t really want to worry about that. I was in far too serious of a relationship pre ED so I’ve put that whole dating thing on the back burner.
    I hope you had fun though!
    Your dog, is too cute. As are you Amanda, such a pretty thang 😉

  42. June 11, 2011 11:08 am

    Wow, I didn’t know this blog was only a month old! You are such a brilliant and articulate writer (and eater, haha) that I would have guessed you’ve been doing it for years. And your dog! Oh my, she is so cute! I love fluffy, shepherd-like dogs

  43. June 11, 2011 11:21 am

    I have that same nail polish. I’m jealous of such great weather! I live in Texas and it’s getting up to almost 100 every day 😦

  44. June 11, 2011 2:41 pm

    Ohhh, I hope you had a fabolous time on your date Amanda 🙂 It is such a joy to be a part of your life and see how you are truely living life now. Keep shining beautiful ^^

    I have gone too far too fast too many times in the past, but these days I have a hard time letting people into my life. There are so many experiences of being hurt that causes me to keep a distance to other. I realized this have to change after a guy I had shared wonderful experiences with for quite some time sat down with me and asked me to please let him in. To just give him a chance to prove himself worthy of my trust.

    I guess the best thing ( according to me 😛 ) is to take some time to get to know the other person, listen to his words and the ideas he express before you make any serious moves. But, and this is an important but, a hug is allways good 😉 Haha!

    Love you ❤

  45. June 11, 2011 4:04 pm

    Aww Kaiah is so incredibly adorable! I reaaally want a dog.

    Happy 1 month anniversary! So glad you decided to come back because I love your blog! And I hope your date went well 🙂

  46. Rosalie permalink
    June 11, 2011 5:07 pm

    First: a looooong overdue thank you for your blissful banana bread recipe. I made it using mighty maple peanut butter one time–it was fabulous. It was also the first time in a loooong time I had had the courage to actually eat one of my baked goods (with butter, no less!) Ie your banana bread=stepping stone in my recovery c:
    Second: I am so happy to have been able to read your blog this past month. I used to follow your old blog, and I remember actually feeling relieved when I found your new one, as I’d actually longed to know how someone who was clearly so creative and beautiful had fared since her adieu to blogland. This past month has been such a celebration of your success and strength, and I am truly happy for you. I think it says a lot as to your character that you’ve drawn so many in and connected with so many through your sincerity, openness, honesty, and straight up kick-assedness. Some of your posts have hit me so hard and really shown me the potential for growth and recovery that lies in my future.

    Hope your date was wonderful (if not, girl, it was him, not you 😉 )


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