5 ways I know that I am definitely NOT turning into my mother.

30 Jan

As we age, I’m sure we all start to see similarities between our parents and ourselves. But me? Pshhh. No! Never! I am nothing like my mother. And here’s why:

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1. We definitely do not have the same fashion sense, let alone the same wardrobe. I mean, just look at the picture here to the left. Clearly my hair is parted on the opposite side, we are wearing shirts that are two totally different shades of gray, and my scarf is a COMPLETELY different pattern than her scarf. I mean, there is also no way that we are both wearing the exact same white denim vest underneath the scarf. That would and has never ever happened….

2. We do not like the same type of food. My mom and I go to Leo’s Coney Island for lunch about once a week or so. And every time she orders the same thing, and it’s just so gross– a Greek salad, with no chicken, and EXTRA beets. EXTRA beets? I mean, eew! Beets are gross. The Greek salad that I order every time has NO beets on it, and extra chicken. We are SO totally different. 

3. I do not like to dance like she likes to dance. When I was a kid, my mom used to sit me down in the living room, put on our Michael Jackson’s Number 1’s DVD, and make me watch her dance for hours on end. Now don’t get me wrong, it was totally entertaining, but in no way did it ever spur a love for ridiculous dancing in me. I mean, me, dance? Never! I have never ever danced around to Bruno Mars’ “Treasure” in the kitchen with my mom, laughing so hard our sides hurt and we forget why we were in the kitchen in the first place… I mean, no, that’s ridiculous! 

4. We do not have the same sense of humor. I did a “Looking Local” with my mom a few months back, and it was a total bomb. We just didn’t click, because she and I do not find the same things funny. I mean, the proof is HERE. Neither of us laugh at all during the whole video. 

5. COMPARE THESE TWO PICTURES. I mean, I just don’t see the similarities. We don’t even look related!Image

Well, I mean, in all serious, I guess being like my mom isn’t such a bad thing.

Happy Birthday, Mom! You’re like a great bottle of wine–you’re only getting better as you age. Love you! Also,go ahead, comment on this and wish my mom a Happy Birthday! I know she’d absolutely LOVE it. 

 

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The one thing you need to do in your 20s

12 Jan

1. Stop reading all the lists about what you need to do in your 20s/post grad life/etc. Guys, no one knows what they’re doing. We’re all just winging it. I’m winging it. You’re winging it. Even the people who look like they have it all together are still just winging it.

A few months ago, I sat down and wrote a blog post to “all 20-somethings.” I was super proud of what I wrote, and I really enjoyed writing it, but I’ll let you in on a secret—I have no idea what I’m talking about. I’m learning, and I’m totally just winging it. And that’s okay!

And do you have to follow my advice?! No way, Jose. You do you! You wing it, however you want, in your own way. If I could insert a thumbs up and a corny wink here, I would.

And, to make you laugh, here’s a picture of a dog, who (guess what) is also just winging it.

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Looking Local: LC’s Asian Kitchen

12 Jan

Ever been the only customers in a Chinese Restaurant? Well, that’s what it was like at LC’s Kitchen–and it was both fun, tasty, and hilarious.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.

From wonton soup, beef and broccoli, and tasty fortune cookies, this place has all your indulging Asian cuisine staples. For some great service, and a quiet, laid-back atmosphere, LC’s Asian Kitchen is the place to go.

I’ve moved to a new place, and I’m looking local. If you have any suggestions for places I should try in the Detroit area, leave a comment, or give me a shout! You stay classy. For more, go to http://everydaybytay.com.

Two girls and a Jet’s Pizza delivery man

15 Dec

‘Twas a night in December, and all through Royal Oak,

not a single street was plowed, the residents’ thought, “this must be a joke!”

Annie was reading in the apartment without a care

hoping that Taylor would soon, too be there.

 

The little cat Oz was snuggled in his bed

while visions of catnip danced round in his head.

And Taylor in her Chevy, was on her way back

from a long day of work, and needed a snack. 

 

When in the middle of the road lay a large pile of snow

Taylor tried to avoid it, but had nowhere else to go.

The wheels spun and they turned, but with no avail. 

She was stuck! She knew it! She let out a wail. 

 

The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow. 

And her tiny white Sonic that needed a tow. 

Was all you could see in the middle of the street. 

Wheels turning and sputtering, admitting defeat. 

 

With a quick little movement,  so desperate and scared.

Tay whipped out her phone, she needed someone there. 

More rapid than eagles, her fingers, they dialed.

And she whistled, and shouted, acting anything but mild.

 

“Now Justin! Now Sarah! Now Curtis! Now Annie!

Someone please help me and my poor freezing fanny!”

To the end of the street! To my poor little car!

Now dash away! Dash away! Please don’t be far! 

 

Annie threw on her boots, her mittens, her hat. 

zipped up her coat, said goodbye to the cat. 

So down the stairs and out the door she flew

she was the only one reached, she hoped she’d know what to do. 

 

And then, in a twinkling, Taylor saw from afar

the illuminated topper of a delivery car

As the car approached, the window rolled down

In the drivers seat sat a man with a sad concerned frown.

 

He was dressed in his uniform, the logo said Jet’s

He asked if they needed help, and Taylor cried, “Yes!”

The girls had been pushing, with no such luck

Could this mysterious man get Tay’s Sonic unstuck?

 

He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work. 

And pushed Tay’s Chevy from the snow with a jerk. 

And lifting his hand he gave them a wave

And walked away from the girls he did save.

 

He sprang to his car, with more pizzas on call

and away then he flew… well not flew, more like crawled

But they heard him exclaim, “Here have a free slice!”

Well, he didn’t say that, but it would have been nice….

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Looking Local Artists: Shakespeare in Detroit

6 Dec

I love art, and theatre, and performing in front of others. I always have, and I always will. So when about a month or so ago, due to some internet magic, I be-friended Sam White on twitter, and learned about Shakespeare in Detroit, I knew I just had to get involved in some way.

Sam is the Artistic Director and founder of Shakespeare in Detroit, a “group of roving theatre artists who perform where people live, work, and play.”
The other day, I got the chance to sit down with Sam and have one of the happiest and most inspirational chats of my life about her awesome initiative to bring a full Shakespeare season to the heart of Detroit. But she can’t do it alone, and that’s why she needs your help. You need to donate to her Kickstarter campaign.

I grew up loving theatre, performance, being on stage, and bringing art to life. Sam
(and did I mention how totally awesome she is? Because she’s totally awesome.) shares this love, and wants to share it with the entire Detroit community. Come on, what’s not great about that?!

Check out this video, which gives a short synopsis of what she’s trying to, and how she’s doing it. And don’t forget to DONATE DONATE DONATE. Every little bit helps.

Also, for an awesome soundbite from Sam about why she loves Detroit, click here.

I’ve moved to a new place and I’m looking local. If you know of any artists, entrepreneurial initiatives, or just plain awesome things that are happening in the Metro-Detroit area, let me know. Chances are, I’m going to want to check them out.
For more, go to everydaybytay.com

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Looking Local: What Crepe?

4 Dec

Tucked back on Washington, behind the train tracks in downtown Royal Oak, What Crepe sits there with a giant question mark on the door.
It looks like a little boutique, and if you blink, you might miss it. So I made sure to keep my eyes WIDE open, (ha ha) and try out this niche cafe.

Rating: 5.5/5 stars.

Okay, so I thought that last week’s Looking Local rating was going to be the highest that I’ve ever given. But there was just so much “YES!” that happened while at What Crepe, that I had to one-up myself.

The restaurant itself is cute and quaint and eclectic and fun! The walls are painted a rich red color, there’s a smattering of different seating options (comfy chairs, big old tables, or the more-private high-tops in the back), and the walls are lined with wine bottles and French decor. So the place looks like it’s something straight out of a story book.

And then there’s the food. Oh my God, the food. It can be a little on the wallet-tightening side, depending on what you get, but the cost is definitely worth it. I paid about $16 for the crepe that I got, The Green Goat. Marinated chicken, lettuce, green apples, goat cheese and bacon all wrapped up in the fluffiest of crepes and covered with a delicious sauce. It was, hands down, the best thing I have EVER tasted in my life–and I don’t say that lightly. Plus, I had plenty of leftovers to take home, and I can tell you that it tasted just as good the second day.

And, on top of all that, the service at What Crepe was top notch. You guys have got to go check this place out.

My advice? Make sure you ask the staff what their favorite items on the menu are. The crepe that I got (The Green Goat) was definitely NOT something I would have chosen on my own. However, our waitress sang it’s praises, and boy oh boy, was it just plain heavenly.

I’ve moved to a new place, and I’m looking local. If you have any suggestions for places I should try in the Detroit area, leave a comment, or give me a shout! You stay classy. For more, go to http://everydaybytay.com.

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Tay Sings Dead Sea by The Lumineers

4 Dec

Every once in awhile you just come across a song that simply makes you happy to play. There’s also a line about cats in this awesome song by the Lumineers, so of course, I just had to share it with you all.

I hope you enjoy! And if there is another song that you’d like me to learn, please leave me a comment or shoot me a tweet!
To see all of my ukulele covers, go here!

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