Different Interpretations

So I don’t know if you follow baseball or not but the team, Cleveland Indians, have had their logo as Chief Wahoo for many years. Yesterday, it was announced that in 2019 they’re removing Chief Wahoo from all uniforms, merchandise, etc. This has actually been a controversy for many years because people began to deem that the logo was racist to Native American indigenous peoples. To give you more context to where this story is going, here’s a picture of the logo in case you’ve never seen it:

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Because this final decision has been made, there’s even more controversy surrounding it because die hard fans see it as iconic and don’t want it removed while others are cheering that it finally happening.

Curious as always, I read the comments of an article about it. One woman stated she was sad to see it go because she thought it was a symbol showing strength and power of Native Americans and that other teams should fear the Cleveland Indians over this symbol. A different commenter responded to her by saying she was wrong because it was racist cartoon propaganda used many years ago and should have never been etched in sports. Tension rose as it usually does and the comments started getting angry. I looked to my husband and asked him what he thought. He, like me, never really thought much of it because we don’t follow baseball so there’s no reason for it to bother us.

From here however, my husband thought of a music video he watched by the Red Hot Chili Peppers and how he viewed the video at first. So, he made me watch it to see what my reaction would be. Here’s the video:

So my initial thoughts were literally, how did they get so many black people to do this video. Then I thought about some of the typical stereotypes that were shown like the gold teeth, hair braiding on the porch and the grandma feeding him watermelon and I was like, “huh..” BUT! the tune is so damn catchy, it didn’t affect me as much as it probably should have and I thought the video was actually quite fun. My husband said when he first watched it, he felt like it was all wrong. But then he found out that Chris Rock directed the whole thing and his view of the video shifted from feeling wrong to feeling fun. Isn’t that quite interesting? He was so ready to be a little frustrated with this portrayal but to find out a prominent comedian directed the whole thing made him look at it differently.

All of this made me think of book reviews. I was reading a few on a book last night to gauge if it was something I would be interesting in reading since the cover drew me in and I came across some thought provoking comments. One reviewer rated the book 1 star then listed a novel’s length on everything he liked and disliked about the story. Many of the commenters found his review helpful and decided they’d steer clear of the book. Some agreed with some of the things he said but told him that they were sorry he didn’t like the book because the loved it. One commenter however was genuinely upset that he rated the book 1 star. She told him that he didn’t understand the book correctly and used phrases like “that’s not how the author portrayed the story”. He in turn got upset because he was being reviewed on his review and felt that it was his opinion and shouldn’t take flack for it because someone disagreed.

It got me thinking about all the books I read. Not every book can be a 4-5 star winner. I think of 3 star and below books I’ve read and left reviews on and I’ve never really thought about if a person would be upset about reading my review or not. Stories, videos, movies, logos, they’re all going to be interpreted differently when you have different people. I don’t think no one person can be right or wrong and they shouldn’t get shredded or told they’re opinion is inferior because they didn’t see the big vision that everyone else was supposed to see. Where’s the fun in that? Nobody likes to be told what to think or that their way of thinking is inferior you know? Specifically when it comes to books, authors release them hoping readers views will be aligned with theirs but it definitely should not be expected or condemned and belittled when it’s not.

Do you accept different interpretations of media or art? Have you ever been told a borderline snide comment because your interpretation didn’t color in the lines? Let me know in the comments below!

 

Trust

You ever think about the people in your life and the level of trust they have in you? This is a bit random but the 23rd of this month was my one year anniversary working at my job. I’ve shared this story in the past but I pretty much bred  myself to work with animals with what I thought would be the rest of my life. I went to school for biology and switched majors to wildlife conservation because I had huge dreams of being a zookeeper some day. I never made it to a zoo but I did get to experience a few wildlife rehabilitation internships, including the start up of one at my college and I also got to go to Maui for 7 months for a breeding and propagation internship on endemic birds.

One day however, I had a bit of wake up call so to speak and had to divert my animal attention to domestics instead of wildlife. So for a few years after working with all the wildlife I transitioned to working in pet retail, vet clinics and doggie day cares. I grew to love the work that I do, especially with the variety of pets on a daily basis but the jobs themselves started to take a toll. The vet clinics became hard to deal with especially when you dealt with pet parents losing their pets or trying to let them go. The pet retail became mentally exhausting because of the constant people interactions and doggie day care just became exhausting. My last stint in retail I got a taste of being a manager which was a first for me. I was always encouraged into management but I never wanted it because of the ridiculous hours a manager had to work. Work/life balance is pretty important to me.

The job I’m in now is a pretty chill job in comparison to all the other jobs I had combined. You’ve all seen the stories from the previous year of me picking cherries and dealing with honeybees. Not really in my job description but fun nonetheless. In the past 6 months or so, my boss has had me dabbling a little bit in the company’s finances such as depositing checks, paying bills and even checking payroll hours. My  job description is Office Manager guys. I’m a paper pusher/morale booster in this place. So for me to be involved in the money part of this business was a bit shocking to me at first. Obviously, I can be trusted. I’m a very honest person and I care about keeping my job cause you know, can’t eat if I don’t work and I really, really like eating.

It just sort of blows my mind these days the things shared with me. I don’t doubt that I can be trusted of course but I wonder when did the switch go off in my boss’s head that I can be trusted on an even greater level? I know the whole point of a job is to make money and grow to make more money because who likes living paycheck to paycheck but how is this gauged?

This can be related to my personal life as well. I’m generally a very open person and have no problem talking about anything, even the uncomfortable topics. It’s frowned upon sometimes I’m sure because, well, you need to have some type of filter but when you just have this feeling of comfortable with a person, it’s like the dam opens and it all just floods out. I often wonder how I gained this level of confidence in myself to just be able to share stuff with people I feel I can trust or who can generally relate to my experiences. Or they might not be able to relate at all. For example, I work with an 80 year old who is completely racist even if he won’t admit it to himself. Most times he doesn’t realize what he’s saying but I believe he knows exactly what he’s saying. Does it bother me? Not in the least. I can go toe to toe with the best of them but he’s 80. Do I aim to change his mind? No. There’s no point. But I do make my stance on things very clear and I think he has a respect towards me that he didn’t expect. Honestly, I didn’t expect it either. I never know sometimes what I’m going to say until I say it. But that’s how it should be right? But then I think about people like the president who I feel should think before he opens his mouth ever and I feel like I contradict myself.

Anyway, my thoughts are all over the place. I think ultimately I’m just wondering if people have like a trust meter that they use to gauge how much they tell a person or if it really doesn’t matter that much because with trust comes confidence and I guess you’d need a certain level of confidence in order to trust people? I don’t know.

If you were able to keep up with my jumble of thoughts, what do you think of it all? Let me know in the comments below!

Facebook Friday 1/26/18

Hey, hey! It’s Facebook Friday and the book I’m reading has got me so riveted. I keep stealing pages at work. So bad!

Facebook Fridays is a weekly segment of RT where I share some fun stuff I observed on Facebook this past week. I share a fun meme or screenshot, a video that resonated in some capacity and a photo of my own.

This week I actually shared a meme on Twitter! You remember back in the day when you’d buy those popsicles and you would have the joke on one end of the stick but you’d have to eat the whole popsicle to get the answer to the joke? Or what about those Laffy Taffy candies that always came with like 2 jokes on the wrapper? For example, “What kind of tree grows in your hand? A palm tree. Come on? That’s funny right?? Did you chuckle a little bit? Okay maybe you’ll chuckle at this one:

Next up I shared this most hilarious video. I seriously can’t watch it without laughing really hard. Its a man who has figured out there’s a rat in his bathroom so he takes his cat in there to investigate and take care of the problem. The resulting reaction is positively gold. You’ll watch it it once and then watch it again just so you can keep laughing, I guarantee it!:


Lastly, I didn’t take photos this week so I have nothing to share this time! Sorry! But I hope I brought a smile and maybe a chuckle to your face on this finally, sunny Friday.

Did you see anything interesting in your social medias this week? Let me know in the comments below and have a great weekend everyone! See you Monday!

 

Love on the Brain

Hello my wonderful friends. I have romance on the brain and I feel the need to talk about it a little bit today. A good Twitter friend of mine wrote a post about how if she could go back in time and tell her younger self some things about the book world. One of the things she noted on her list was she would tell her younger self that there’s nothing to be embarrassed about reading romance. That stood out to me the most cause it made me think back to my younger self picking up that first romance novel and opening up my world to one of my now favorite genres but how if anyone asked what I was reading, I’d hedge a little. By hedging, I mean I would tell the title of the book but when someone asked me what it was about, I would talk about everything except the romance part of it. I also definitely steered clear from covers that had Fabio sweeping a woman off his feet. (I’m a little biased though there cause I hate faces on book covers). But who doesn’t like looking at a hot, musclely man?? Not something I personally can deny.. (looking at you Idris Elba!)

Everything I’ve ever heard about romance novels was that they’re trashy, only old ladies read romance novels, and it’s all porn. Back then, I didn’t necessarily believe this myself but I would always feel like I could hear other people just thinking these things. Definitely made it hard to read in public in general cause now you’re just wondering what people are thinking about your choice of book. I can’t pinpoint exactly when I stopped caring but one day I think someone asked me what I was reading and I proudly looked them in the eye and said the title and that it was a romance novel and yes, there were sex scenes in it. I can’t remember the reaction of the person and obviously I didn’t care considering it only made me voracious for more romance novels.

I have to state here that I’m seriously a romantic. I see love everywhere. I will play matchmaker if the opportunity presents itself. I stare at my husband with stars and rainbows and glitter in my eyes all day long and yes, I like sex. I’m human. There’s nothing wrong with that. I don’t understand why romance and sex have to be trashy. It’s a natural human process. Every living thing, mostly mammals, have sex in some form or fashion. It’s in our DNA because of the need to procreate. But what’s wrong with reading about a love affair between two imaginary people? Why is going into detail so bad? It’s not porn. People like to say erotica is porn but it’s not. Porn is porn; different category entirely. And see now that’s got me thinking, why is it okay to watch sex on television but reading about is an outrage?? Automatic stigmatization is just wrong to me. I pretty much compare this to stereotypes made about groups of people. Is it not the same thing?

Obviously, to each their own. If reading about romance, falling in love and having sex makes you uncomfortable, I’m in no way bashing you for that. There’s nothing wrong with that either but to be cruel about other people who enjoy it is just wrong. We shouldn’t have to hide something we enjoy you know? Oh and by the way, the romance genre dominates ebook sales; 61% to be exact. Ebooks definitely make it easier to read whatever you want in secret but seriously, don’t ever be ashamed about what you’re reading especially when it comes to love. (I’m hopeless. I know. 🙂 )

Do you read romance novels? Are you embarrassed to admit it? Do you agree or disagree with anything I said? Let me know in the comments below! (Don’t be shy!)

Technology and Death

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This is me warning you that this post might trigger some feelings that might affect you. I’m going to be discussing an episode of Black Mirror my husband and I watched that I found equally fascinating and creepy as hell. Since this is my blog, I insist on talking about it but it might make you upset especially if you’ve recently gone threw a crushing lost of a human in your life. If you read past this warning and get upset, well, I warned you and I’m not responsible for how I may respond to your anger for ignoring my warning.

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Black Mirror is a Netflix Original television show that mixes very futuristic things with every day life. I think I’ve talked about an episode before in which people were rated on their every day interactions with other people. For example, if you bought coffee at Starbucks, you’d rate the barista who served you. These star ratings ended up being important for things like wanting to buy a house because instead of a credit score determining if you can get a house or not, it was your ratings. Anyway, I’d have to go searching for that post if you’re interested in reading it cause I forget what I called it.

Last night’s episode was completely surreal. The premise of the episode was a woman and her boyfriend were moving in together in a house in a city in Ireland (I think it was Ireland. Could have been Scotland too). On the drive there, the boyfriend was pretty glued to his phone. He had up what looked like a futuristic Twitter and just constantly talking to people on it. She got a bit annoyed cause she was driving and told him to put his phone in the glove box. Then they turned on some music and did some singing the rest of the way to their house.

After unloading the car and touring the house, he stands in the middle of the room looking desolate because he forgot where his phone was. She reminds him and he goes and gets it and is back glued to the screen. They go to bed later and have some very underwhelming sex. The next morning she gets a job (she’s some type of artist) and he decides he wants to go to town for stuff. Well, he never comes home. The cops show up to tell her that her boyfriend died and we assume it was because he was texting and driving.

At his funeral, while she’s grieving, a woman sits to talk to her and give condolences and then she randomly blurts out that there’s an app that the woman can use to talk to her boyfriend again. She says he’s a good candidate because he was a “heavy user” and that it would help ease her mind to get to talk to him again. Understandably, our main woman gets pissed off and tells her to shut up because he’s gone and that would be cruel. Over the next few days though it weighs heavily on her mind especially when she finds out she’s pregnant. The woman ignored her anger at the funeral and signed her up anyway and one day she gets an email from her dead boyfriend saying hi and that it was really him.

Basically what this application did was aggregate everything on public record that he ever posted on his social media feeds or forums or anything where he had an internet presence and sort of emulates him. The more you feed it, the smarter and more intuitive it gets. She ends up talking back and forth via email and then one day he tells her he can actually speak to her, like on the phone. So she feeds it personal video moments they shared and next thing you know they’re talking on the phone. She was really sad about it at first but then she began to realize this is something she needs.

It goes on for some time until she wishes she could see him; hug him in person. He tells her its expensive but possible. She doesn’t care about the cost and next thing you know this big box arrives to her house with this squished human in it. She has to put it in the bathtub and feed it electrolytes and then after like a day her deceased boyfriend comes walking down the stairs. At first she was freaked out, like super freaked out but I guess her internal self said she needed this and she grew to be super happy about this. Remember when I told you they had underwhelming sex? Well this boyfriend is very good at it because he was able to go learn things from watching internet porn. A lot of these little things come back full circle that we subtly noticed in the beginning.

After a time however, she begins to get sad again and upset about this form. She realizes it’s not the same as the actual person. You have to teach this one pretty much everything and he doesn’t understand that it’s okay to disobey things sometimes and argue. He agrees with everything she says, and like with the music singing in the car, he thinks the songs are cheesy even though his real self loved the songs. By the end she realizes this whole coping thing she thought would help her grieve just made her grieve 1000x more.

After the episode, my husband and I sort of looked at each other and wondered if either of us were to die suddenly and that crazy tech was available would we do it? Well, we both decided the whole scenario just freaked us out. On the one hand, I understand because it was a sudden lost and you weren’t ready but on the other hand to basically talk to a computer emulation in a human body would just be too much for people like us. The whole point of grieving is to have the ability of letting go one day. Watching this episode made me think of people who get their pets cloned because they never want to lose them. But with every clone, it’s slightly different than the original. But then I think about how it’s helping the person cope with continuing to live their life and I want to think that it’s not so bad but a part of me is screaming that I just can’t see it being helpful in the long run. I guess that’s why we’re all different though right?

If you made it to the end of this post, have you ever watched an episode of Black Mirror? What do you think of this concept of technology being able to make a person almost immortal? Let me know in the comments below!

TBD… Next Thursday

This is me apologizing for not getting an Endangered post out today and to say that at this point in time, I am most likely skipping it altogether. My brain is essentially in a vegetative state. I had a doctor’s appointment this morning so I came into work 2 hours after my start time and was bombarded with all kinds of orders needing entered, shipments needing to go out, bills needing to be paid and SO many phone calls; and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. I am currently drowning my exhausted brain with chocolate covered almonds and counting the minutes til I go home (45 minutes if you were were curious).

I have this idea to mix Endangered Thursdays up by talking about certain processes that animals and even plants experience to survive that humans don’t. For example, hibernation and what happens when an animal hibernates except not hibernation because mostly everyone knows what that is. I saw a really cool video that got my brain synapses thinking in this direction to mix up the blog a little. I’ll still feature animals of course, and sometimes plants, maybe 3 times a month and then processes once a month. I haven’t quite decided quantity yet but I wanted to get your opinions.

So if this is something you would be interested in reading, please let me know in the comments below. And again, I’m sorry! I’m a slacker. I’ll do better next week. But! I will, however, catch up on all your lovely posts from today so look out for comments coming soon to your blog near you.

Secrets

Have you ever been asked to keep a secret?

Or maybe someone told you a secret and told asked you not to tell anyone?

This is going to be a pretty brief post but the reason I bring this is up is because I have this secret. It’s not a damaging secret it’s just something I’ve let my inner circle in on and just haven’t told the world yet. Yesterday, my best friend’s mom kind of blurted the secret on Facebook without really meaning to and luckily I caught it before anyone saw it and deleted her comment. I never told my best friend she couldn’t tell her mother but it was just so unexpected and I freaked, haha. She took it well cause she wasn’t aware (plus there’s a bit of an age gap as well as cultural gap; she’s Chinese) and we proceeded to have a conversation where I ended up asking my friend if I could steal her mom, lol.

Anyway, it got me thinking about secrets. I mean when someone tells you a secret, are you supposed to keep it forever or is it implied that it’s only temporary? Have you ever received a secret and promised not to tell anyone but it was such a big secret that you had to talk to someone about it so you chose someone that has no relation whatsoever to the person who told you the secret just because you needed to feel as if a weight was lifted off your chest? I have to say I’m guilty at that. I’ve never actually kept a secret to myself. I appreciate that the person trusts me and with me going in a round about way to talk about it with someone, I feel as if I’m not voiding the trust there. Secrets weigh heavy on the mind you know? I feel like I have to release it to someone just so I can get a different opinion from my own. I feel like if I only keep it to myself, it may drive me insane. Most of the time the person I end up talking to is my husband. Sometimes he’s excluded because how can you keep a secret from you partner even if it’s not your own you know? Sometimes it’s so exciting that you need someone to release that burst of joy with even for just a moment. I also feel that the choosing of who you tell another person’s secret to shows a measure of trust you have for that individual. They won’t have a need to go off and tell the whole world because they can always swing back around and talk with you about it if they get any additional ideas, thoughts, feelings, etc you know?

Then you have those secrets that you know would change someone’s life. For example, a spouse cheating on their significant other. I touched on this a bit before when I was talking about my husband’s brother and his shenanigans. We knew a secret but we didn’t tell the party it was affecting negatively. Why? Because we felt it wasn’t our business to get involved. Once you’re involved, its forever to get away again. Did I tell a few of my friends this secret however? Yes. I even posted about it to this very blog. Did I break his trust? I don’t think I did. He doesn’t know any of you. He doesn’t even know I have a blog, so in a way did I trust you all with a secret that doesn’t even matter to you or did I need that weight lifted off of me to find some relief from the situation? Tricky things secrets.

What are your thoughts on secrets? Are you able to keep a secret and not tell anyone at all period? Or are you more like me? Let me know in the comments below!

Movies I Watched in 2017

I’ve seen a couple of these posts, most notably from my monkey friend orangutanlibrarian and I thought, why not participate! Because I’ve seen so many, I won’t go into super detail about why I liked them all but I’ll drop a couple sentences here and there. 2017 was probably the biggest movie and TV watching year I’ve had in a really long time. I mean, over Christmas break, I binged watched all 7 seasons of Son of Anarchy! So let’s get started. I had to use Google to remember them all but here we go:

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From left to right:

Split – psychological mind thriller. It’s sort of part of trilogy by M. Night Shyamalan. The first movie was Unbreakable and so they’re tied together with a 3rd one on the horizon.

Fifty Shades Darker – Based on the second 50 Shades book. My coworker turned good friend (cause we both quit that job) begged me to read the books and then decided we’d have valentines dates every year in the form of seeing the 50 Shades movies. We’ll be seeing this last one together next month.

Get Out – Of course we had to go see this movie considering all the hype it got. 100% on the Rotten Tomatoes meter which is pretty rare for them. It’s another psychological/horror type of film that examines a twisted interpretation of how white people treat black people in America basically.

Logan – Farewell film to our buddy Hugh Jackman as Wolverine. I cried like a baby by the end but overall thought it was a good send off.

Beauty and the Beast – Saw this twice. First with my boss and then with a friend. Great reboot and was really happy they inserted original songs! (Dan Stevens is so hot!)

Power Rangers – Reboot of a classic. It was fantastic honestly and they even had cameos from the original cast! Nostalgia ❤

Ghost in the Shell – Phenomenal anime. One of my favorites. I thought I wouldn’t be a huge fan of Scarjo playing an Asian woman but the way it was portrayed actually made a lot of sense. I hope they make a sequel despite all the bad hype the film got.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – I am Groot. Baby Groot in this installment! Great sequel and set us up for Infinity War nicely.

King Arthur – A modern, freaking awesome adaptation of the original King Arthur story. Huge fan of this film and so was my husband is not normally into that kind of stuff. It was great. Hilarious and fun and just worth watching.

Spiderman: Homecoming – Tom Holland plays the best Spiderman yet. I liked the Amazing Spiderman but this one just feels like how a Spiderman film should finally be. We actually got it it for free on Google Play with our new TV we bought over the holidays so now we can rewatch it 50 million times.

Girl’s Trip – Alright so I was skeptical cause usually black comedy films are a let down for me but oh my freaking goodness. Girl’s trip had me crying from laughing so hard. I swear I needed an extra lung just to keep up with all the laughing I was doing. I saw this once with my girlfriend from 50 shades and then I forced my husband to go see it with me again. Seriously, if you need a huge dose of laughter and don’t mind a lot of cursing or raunchy (hilarious as hell) moments, you have to watch this movie. Seriously.

Wonder Woman – I mean that was a given since the year before, haha. Gal Gadot is so beautiful! Oh and Chris Pine is good to look at to 😉 Definitely the best DC film since the Dark Knight Trilogy.

Thor Ragnarok – Huge Marvel fans. We see them all. Thor Ragnarok was soooo fun! Another hilarious film with badass music choices and you get to see Hulk booty (cause these are the things I have to point out to you all, hahaha)

Justice League – Even though DC films are usually bad, we usually go see them anyway. I think the film would have been a tiny bit better if it weren’t for so many plot holes that didn’t make any sense and also Ben Affleck is a terrible Batman. I do look forward to the Aquaman movie though in any case and we’ll probably still see any future DC films.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi – Another decent installment. I have to admit, I ended up with lots of questions by the end but it’s Star Wars. Can’t not go see them in our household!

Honorable Mention: Okja – This was not released in theaters. It’s a Netflix Original movie but it was so good! You have these superpigs that are introduced into the culture to be like a lab grown meat replacement and they send a specific amount of pigs out into the world to be raised by prize farmers. Then in 10 years or so, they come collect all these pigs for slaughter. But this little girl gets attached to her big and the whole movie is her trying to get her pig back. It’s such a deep movie. I quite enjoyed it.

Movie 2017 in a nutshell! I don’t even want to examine how much money that amounted to be not including all the popcorn we ate at these showings. Think I can top this in 2018?? Have you seen any of these movies or hope to see any of them in the future? Let me know in the comments below!

 

New Breakfast Staple

I have to start by saying, I absolutely adore the internet.

So I’m sitting on Facebook yesterday just browsing about when an author friend of mine asked if it was okay to eat chili for breakfast because it was -27 degrees Fahrenheit where she was and a hot bowl of chili would warm her right up. Obviously there are no “exclusive” breakfast foods. You can eat whatever you want for breakfast. However the words that stood out to me the most was breakfast and chiliI don’t know about you guys but I’m terrible at eating breakfast. Its hard to get hungry at 6am and it’s also hard to find energy to get up to make anything when you want those extra precious minutes to sleep cause you’re a light sleeper and every little sound plus your bladder wakes you multiple times in the night……. (I’m projecting). So, I decided to search ye ole Google to see if Breakfast chili was actually a thing.

Turns out it is! Most of the recipes only use sausage and tomato but that wasn’t filling enough in my opinion. With a bit more searching, I found a paleo recipe. Now I’m not diet savvy so you know I had to look up what the heck paleo means when it comes to food because when I think of paleo, my mind automatically turns to fossils and then Jurassic Park. Eating paleo means you are eating meats, veggies, fruits, nuts and seeds while cutting out dairy, grains, certain oils and refined sugars from  your diet. Basically stuff you could catch or grow without processing it.

I decided to try the recipe out and let me tell you, what a freaking hit it was in my house last night! So without further ado, here’s the recipe:

1 lb ground breakfast sausage
1 teaspoon olive oil
2 medium sweet potatoes
1 small yellow onion or half of a big one
1 can of crushed tomatoes (28 oz)
1 can of beef broth
1 avocado
1 egg
Crumbled bacon (optional)
3 teaspoons sweet smoked paprika
1 teaspoon chili powder
A pinch of salt

Now that’s my modified version because the one online called for garlic, lime juice, hot sauce and onion powder but blah. Trust me, you don’t need it.

  1. Peel and dice your onion. Also, peel and dice the sweet potatoes. I like larger sweet potato chunks, about 1 inch but you can cut them smaller if you like.
  2. In a medium saucepan (I used a cast iron pot I got from TJ Maxx for $16 bucks!), brown your ground sausage and onion with a little olive oil until the sausage is brown and the onion is translucent.
  3. Add your can of tomatoes, half the can of beef broth (about 8 oz), the sweet potato and the spices. turn the heat up til it starts bowling then turn the heat back down to low, cover with a lid and let it simmer for about 20 minutes or until your sweet potatoes are soft but not mushy. While the chili is cooking, you can cut up your avocado; slices or diced, whatever you fancy.
  4. While the chili is cooling down, fry up and egg over easy style. Spoon some chili into a bowl and top with the egg, avocado and whatever else you like to put in your chili.

Believe me when I say, you HAVE to try this recipe. If you’re vegetarian or vegan, you can substitute the sausage with whatever meatless substitute you like or maybe just some beans and omit the egg. I was pretty skeptical about sweet potatoes being mixed with chili powder but MAN, was it really, really good. My husband hates sweet potatoes and he LOVED it all! He didn’t add avocado to his though. Gotta draw a line somewhere. 😉 Since I made so much, this will last me all week long which is great cause all I have to do in the morning is fry and egg real quick and voila, hearty breakfast!

Have you ever had anything like this before?? Do you think this is a recipe you might try? Let me know in the comments below!

Caption This

First day back to work and I thought it would fun to post this picture I took while I was on my break. I walked out of the house and you know, you don’t normally look at your feet right away. I didn’t notice the sight until I came back from wherever I went that day and it made me pause and wonder at the story behind it. Maybe a squirrel dropped his cache in the way home because a cat was chasing him on his heels?? Maybe it wasn’t a squirrel at all but a tiny chipmunk who just didn’t have enough space for these last two nuts? Maybe it wasn’t a rodent at all but a cryptic message left to inform me of something important??

What do you think? Is my imagination a little too wild? Let me know in the comments below!