“I must have a wine and cheese party to celebrate!”


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This past weekend I celebrated one of my best friends:

In about one more year I’ll need to refer to her as ‘Doctor’…

I don’t remember the last time I pulled an all-nighter, but I’m still quite capable of doing it!

There was wine & cheese

and great company.

Celebrating your loved ones is a must in life.  It’s a great thing to celebrate people and their accomplishments!

I’m baaaack!!

It’s been a long summer.

I wanted to take the time to explore more on the weekends and my eyes weren’t really into spending a lot of time on the NerdBox.  I’m still, geographically, adjusting to my move and learning about what’s around me.

Summer is over.

School buses are everywhere and it’s annoying.

And my never ending stash of Festina Pêche is gone.

I will abandon day trips to the beach for day trips to Annapolis or Baltimore.

My little friends are finding new homes (my garage).

My raw diet has given way to lots of roasted veggies and baking.

Iced coffees are now replaced with hot hot delicious Australian coffee and rainy mornings.

My adventures were local, cheap and relaxing. No summer vacation fuss here.

so, how you doin’? 

Office Wear

I’ve had a few conversations lately about office wear and Mark Zuckerberg’s hoodie.  You know what?  I think Mark Zuckerberg should be able to wear his hoodie on Wall Street or wherever he wants.  He’s proved himself as someone who can handle business and takes it seriously.  He’s had to make some serious decisions.

I don’t think I should have to wear a business suit to be taken seriously.  Sure, presentation does mean something; but, I don’t think I have to take away my personality to prove I’m serious or that I’m capable for a job.  I’ve added some flair to business attire here or there… but I still felt boring.

Right now, I’m taking part in a business venture that requires some professional dressing up.  I’m not too into it.  I’m trying to be creative and sneaky, but I’m still getting that eyeballed up and down look.

At least I iron my clothes.  Geeze.  I may own too many spray bottles of Downy Wrinkle Release (seriously, it’s the best), but that’s only for emergencies.


Thoughts? Opinions?

Do you need to ‘dress up’ for work? business attire or business casual? Or, can you just slap on jeans and t-shirt?

Life on the Internet

Want to communicate with me a little more?  Sometimes it’s easier, cause I have problems sitting on my butt in front of the computer screen outside work.

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/rach.lucero

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/rachellerenee/

Instagram: rachellerm

Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/rachellerm

I’m hoping to have an Etsy shop up soon!  In case you didn’t know, I enjoy crocheting.  I’m not super advanced or anything, but I make a darn good scarf!

Any requests?

Should I be following you anywhere??

Odds & Ends


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Here’s what I’ve enjoyed on the internet this week!

May you’ll enjoy it too?

This week Carlos Whittaker really hit me with this blog post:

Anxiety/Depression… The Church’s Dirty Little Secret was a relief to read.  I mean, it’s unfortunate that Carlos Whittaker has anxiety.  I understand what that’s like, but I really dislike that it’s something that is hush hush in church.  I was ostracized as a teen in youth group because of anxiety issues I had.  Sometimes they re-visit.  I don’t believe that it’s because you lack a strong relationship with God or you let your emotions get the best of you, or other statements that people like to say.  If anything, the anxiety I had, and sometimes have, helps me become closer to God.  It makes me more aware of things that He should be invited to attend as well.

Jimmy Fallon & Carly Rae Jepsen with The Roots:

HOW CUTE IS THIS?  I’d like for them to put this in iTunes.

Jimmy Fallon, Carly Rae Jepsen & The Roots Sing “Call Me Maybe” (w/ Classroom Instruments)

Sarah takes a picture everyday and shares it with the world.  We’ve never met in person, but she’s one of the neatest and sweetest peeps I’ve met in this world.

It’s summer time and I’d love to make some Layered Peanut Brittle Ice Cream Pops.

On the other hand, it’s summer and it’s a good thing I’m single because I’d eat this Fresh Garlic Confit on EVERYTHING.


What have you liked on the internet this week?


What I Ate Wednesday: Snacks


Thanks to Jenn for hosting and for June’s theme!

Fact: Some of my friends became my friend because they’d notice my snacks and start talking to me or because I would offer some of my snack to them.

Now that it’s warmer outside, I rather eat cereal or overnight oats instead of toast, pancakes or anything that’s warm.  My local Trader Joe’s had a great deal on organic blueberries and they have been a nice addition to my oats:

(rolled oats, almond milk, splash of vanilla, agave nectar, blueberries)

Instead of consuming loads of coffee this week, I’ve reclaimed the extra 10 minutes I was using to apply more concealer to just make a smoothie for when I get to work:

(coconut milk, strawberries, raspberries, frozen banana, splash of vanilla, Vanilla Raw SunWarrior Protein Powder, agave nectar for taste)


(Field Roast hot dog, guacamole, black bean dip and hot sauce)

These are the best:

I loooooove these.  I also love that when I’m not having a lazy Saturday morning I can easily recreat them in my kitchen.  It’s great that you can easily get your hands on all the ingredients.  You can also improve the list of ingredients too! (that’s a future post!)

During my work week I tend to only have 3 basic meals and a smoothie.  I used to have fresh fruit as a snack between lunch and dinner… but then I got really busy and completely ignored the once daily snack.  I’ve been thinking about how  I need to bring that back.  My weekend snacking is normally pita chips & salsa or whatever fresh fruit I have lying around.  I should start snacking on more veggies…

Oh, and those blueberries are great with a scoop of SO Delicious Vanilla Bean coconut ice cream as a late night snack :)

Do you prefer coconut milk ice cream or almond milk ice cream?  



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Happy Sunday!

You know what?  I’m in love with the weekend.  Every weekend.  Whether I have plans or shower and put my pijames back on, I love the weekend.  It’s my two day detox from the work week.  This weekend was much needed, I don’t believe I’ve ever had so many work induced meltdowns in one week before.

Unfortunately, these meltdowns happened while driving to the train station.  I don’t like melting down and having to drive at the same time.  Then, they’d happen on the train.  The morning train ride consisted of me trying to hold a straight face turned towards the window.  I’d feel stupid for melting down, stupid for feeling like a whiney baby and then, I’d just pray to release this and keep a level headed mind for the day.  On the way home, I’d pray to relax and be thankful that I’m going home.  Going to a home where I have a bed to sleep in and running water to take a shower and wash the day away.

Fortunately, I have people who care about me.  People who don’t know the full extent of what I felt or what I was going through, but they would share encouraging words with me just because they want to see me succeed.

All of those statements mean the world to me.

Where am I going with this?

Well, on Monday the post from SheReadsTruth stated:

“He doesn’t see it as ordinary at all.

Waking up each morning: He wants to join you, even before you open your eyes.

Grabbing your first cup of coffee:  He asks to sit with you.

He enjoys that traffic jam on the way to work: it’s extra time with you.

“Those” days.  Yes.  Those emotional, hormonal, roller coaster days.

Yes. Even those.

Sister, He wants to spend time with you.”

It was one of those wake-up moments for me reading this.  I thought, “yes, He wants to BE there on those days. On these crappy days that make me ashamed for having a bad attitude on the inside.  Actually, He wants to be invited to rid me of this bad attitude, because it’s not going to get me anywhere…”  My inner dialogue had really rambled.  It repeated itself throughout the week.

I truly had a battle with inviting Him in. I really had a battle with the deceptions of my emotions.

I got through my week, recognized the unhealthy place I was in and I refuse to revisit such a place again.  I cannot allow my emotions to take me to such a place that feels so permanent, yet isn’t.  After all, emotions are so temporary.  Yes?

Therefore, these bad seasons are too.

Thanks for letting me share/vent.

What I Ate Wednesday :)

A big thanks to Jen @ Peas and Crayons for hosting each week!

I’ve returned back to my Banana Spinach smoothies:

I planted some herbs and tried to clean up the yard, but it’s hard to do when you are faced with such cuteness:

“oh hey, I’m just enjoying the sunshine!”

Instead of lunch I had lunch: lychees for dessert & Field Roast hot dogs!

Yeah, I kinda forgot the buns were toasting!

I joined my mom for dinner… she made her green beans and tuna.  You know how some things that are so simple just taste THAT much better because mom makes them?  Well, green beans are one of those things.  I’ve made some more interesting green bean sides, but there’s nothing like mom’s green beans.

Dessert? Well, lets just say I had some bites of this:

My nanny is quite the baker.  She should really own a business.  My family enjoyed this cake with layers of strawberries and bananas.  From what I tasted, there was a custard with the bananas and a cream cheese-y goo with the strawberries.  I’m not one for overly sweet stuff, this was a bit much for my taste buds!  It was quite the crowd pleaser!

So, do you pronounce ‘lychee’ as “lee-chee” or  “lee-chay” ???  I was taught the later, but I also had no idea the fruit existed till I lived in France.  I try to buy them whenever I see them.

I was really excited to eat my Field Roast hot dogs! I liked hot dogs as a kid until my dad told me this awful story about what is in them.  Luckily, I can pronounce everything that on the Field Roast ingredient label.  I tend to get really odd faces when I tell people about Field Roast sausages/hot dogs.  I’ve seen some scary looking vegetarian hot dogs, so it’s understandable.

Vegetarian hot dogs: YAY or NAY?  

Notes From a Beautiful Weekend

  • Every Saturday and Sunday morning I hose out the bird bath, put out feed for the birds and sit on my little landing going out into the yard and watch everyone.  Everyone as in the various kinds of birds, rabbits, chipmunks and squirrels that feel I am interrupting their living space.  My favorite are the rabbits and the chipmunks.
  • Catching up with a friend does the soul good.
  • Putting pajamas back on after showering is the best.
  • A Saturday afternoon nap with the windows wide open and snuggled up in your blankets = perfect nap
  • Rescued a baby bunny that was scared out of it’s nest.
(^^ rabbits nests)
  • I caught up with Mad Men (I’d love to kick Pete Campbell in the pants, he’s such a jerk).
  • In addition to having a lazy Saturday & Sunday, I unintentionally had a good raw food day.

This chipmunk has been hard at work in my garden.




I can’t help but wonder if he’s only gathering for himself or is there a really big family somewhere?!  He was working pretty hard for about 4 hours this morning.  Filling up those cheeks and them dropping them off in this hole.  I must say, I love the fact that he isn’t phased by humans because he just comes right up to you and stares, sits next to you and even enjoys a good spray with the hose.


How was your weekend? 


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