Now that I’m on my own hosting, I’ve decided to fully explore the many features of WordPress. I’ve been introduced {by myself, haha} to the wonderful world of plugins and since then, I’ve been on a plugin rampage.
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Definition: “Plugins are pieces of code created with the purpose of expanding the functionalities of a software, in this case of WordPress. There are literally thousands of WordPress plugins already created, solving a wide range of problems and needs.”

  • Google Reader: Instead of copying and pasting links and making them into a Weekend Reading post, I can just tag the posts I love and they show up on the right sidebar {check out the What I’m Reading section”}
  • Insert Headers and Footers: Allows me to insert code into the header or footer of my blog. This is convenient if you’d like to have Google Analytics on your site or blog without inserting the code on each individual page
  • Google Analyticator: Installs Google Analytics

Hearing people dismiss Twitter as pointless or a waste of time works me up. I always want to sit the person down and tell them all the great things that have happened to me as a result of using Twitter- now I’ll just direct them to this blog post!


I tweeted a link to my blog post reviewing Garden Lite gluten-free frozen meals; they responded back offering me a discount code for my readers.

I was put in touch with Sara of Watermelon Roses

My sister mentioned that she wanted to eat more protein, so I mentioned that chicken sausages are a good option- which reminded me of one company’s superior social media strategy.

Awhile back, I tweeted this:

And got back this response from Al Fresco, an all-natural sausage company:

Notice that they didn’t say “Next time make it with Al Fresco gourmet sausages.” Just a simple, friendly acknowledgment of my great recipe- but now I associate their company name with sausage recipes. Genius, right?

Because I respect and admire a company with an interactive social media presence, I decided to give their sausages a taste. I bought the buffalo style ones, which are “tangy with medium heat” and gluten-free!

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I just found this gchat with a friend from 2 years ago:

Me: do you have a

Wow, the past few days have been a complete whirlwind of emotions. I would say a rollercoaster, but that would imply ups and downs, and this has been just ups!

It started on Monday when my boss sent me an email with the subject “can i sent you to rtp on thurs.” No body of the email, but of course my immediate reaction was a resounding YES.

Late Tuesday night, I managed to book a flight and on Thursday, I high-tailed it to the airport. As I was passing the time before boarding, I browsed the Twitter

I mentioned that I worked on creating my new website this weekend. While, the first post is live- check it out!

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  • Photography class: check plus on depth-of-field photo assignment :)
  • Work: scheduled several meetings for Thursday and worked on a new project


  • Slow morning of a luxurious breakfast and blog reading before class
  • A fun geology lab (yes, I said “fun” and “geology” in the same sentence!)
  • A quick run- it’s been awhile!
  • Study date with a friend on the roof over homemade lunch and iced coffees
  • Class (with an interesting guest speaker from a community foundation)
  • Fixed a gas leak in my apartment (with some help from Washington Gas Company!)
  • Celebrated Mardi Gras at Bayou (25 & Penn) with old friends and new friends


  • First GW Bites meal in awhile! The menu is carrot ginger soup, spinach feta quiche, and toffee bark
  • Studying for geology


  • Geology exam
  • Great day at work (including a meeting with my boss and a brainstorming session with one of the teams)
  • Lounging on the couch with Veronica Mars (my favorite TV show in the world, other than Friends)


  • Train to NC (as one person on Twitter said, “trains are society in motion.” Very true!)
  • ….the rest to come in my North Carolina recap post!

As usual, I’m supposed to be doing schoolwork, but I find myself blogging…or tweeting…or checking blog stats haha.

I made the best meal ever the other night, so I wanted to share my joy with the world.

It was so simple, and I’m just hoping I can recreate it!

1. Drizzle olive oil and soy sauce over 2 pieces of chicken tenderloin. Garnish with onions and garlic. Bake at 375 until the chicken is cooked throughout. Cut into small pieces.

2. Cook spinach-ricotta ravioli (I like TJ’s) according to package.

3. Heat a dash of olive oil in a large skillet. Throw in chicken & onions, ravioli, and sun-dried tomatoes (jarred or homemade). Saute over medium for several minutes.

4. Toss with a scoop or two of ricotta.

5. Eat from a bowl. Side note: my sister and I obsessed with bowls. We never eat off plates. We think they’re impractical. All meals should be served in bowls!

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