Hey! You’re AA, right?

5 Jan

Today’s post is about setting yourself apart. Getting noticed. Sparking interest.

As some of you may have noticed by now, I can’t seem to keep my hair one color for long. And, what started as a crazy college experiment soon turned into something that, in a way, defines how people see me. Current color choice: fire engine red.

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Now, I don’t show you this so you’ll think I’m edgy or cool or professionally rebellious. I show you this because it’s me. In high school, hair color was cool and my mom hated it. In college it was something I could do for me in the midst of my hectic schedule. And now? It’s a trademark. Something as simple as the color of my hair can spark conversation, become an interview ice breaker, or even encourage others to try something new.

Sure, there are several employers and professionals that would scoff at the blue hair I had for Colts season last year or the glow in the dark green streak I had for St. Patricks day a few years ago, but that’s when I ask myself: “Do I really want to put myself in an environment where being me isn’t what they want?”  What a fantastic opportunity to be professionally choosy and seek out the environment I will thrive in, the people I can help, encourage and learn from.

Obviously it would be silly to think everyone can have a physical attribute to set them apart from the crowd, but I would ask you this:

What do you do to set yourself apart?

Maybe you are a cat freak or free time chef. Maybe you make belts out of spoons and headbands out buttons. Maybe you’re bald.

Whatever it is, don’t rule out the things that make you, YOU.

That is what people are interested in. That is what will get you noticed. That is what will spark their interest.


Football and Dip

4 Jan

Alright, friends! Today’s recipe is brought to you by THE @CS_Indy in his blogging…and recipe debut! Is your office hosting a football party? Maybe a week of pitch-in Super Bowl supporting fun? The recipe below is simple, delicious and a sure fire hit for an entry level chef. Don’t scoff at the simplicity, sometimes the integrity of an ingredient is enough to carry a dish through for the win…and let’s face it, who doesn’t love cream cheese and chili?!?!

From the simple, yet surprisingly big head of Mr. CS Indy himself: Enjoy!

My beautiful girlfriend @peterose82 introduced me to this magical recipe a few years ago. As you may have guessed by Arin’s clever title here, it is a dip and we eat during football games. Thus the name Football Dip was born. You can eat it as an appetizer or, like me, just eat it as a meal. It has the main food groups covered so it has to be good for you right? Chili has meat and tomatoes (which can be a fruit or vegetable, this case we will go with both), cheese covers the dairy, and, as with any good dip, we eat it with chips so you got the grain/bread part covered.

Football Dip in three easy 3 ingredients

1 box cream cheese..leave out so its soft. But not too long or it’ll go bad.

1 can chili..beans, no beans, whatever you like.

Shredded cheese… We use Mexican whatever’sonsale Cheese.  Use what you want…its cheese it can’t be bad, right?

Put the cream cheese in a dish. We use a glass one. It’s round. About 8-9 inches across. Spread it out evenly. Dump your choice of chili on it, spread it out, cover that with your shredded cheese until you think you have enough. Then add more, can’t have too much cheese. Put this all in the oven. The oven needs to be on HOT. Leave it in till the cheese melts. Easy. Maybe 10-15 minutes tops, depends on how HOT you make the oven I guess.

Now we usually eat this dip with Baked Scoops because they are lower in fat and all that other stuff. They help offset the amount of calories in everything else. At least it sounds good. You can use whatever type of chip you want.



A new year, another year.

3 Jan

Well, after a quite nice holiday hiatus from the digital world, I’m back. Excited? Me too!

The new year is upon us and, as I’m sure most of you are wondering, I thought long and hard about what I would resolve to in 2012…

At first I thought through all the cliche nonsense.

Lose weight? Eat better? Exercise? Keep one hair color all year? Nope.

Then I though about working on my personality.

Tone down the cynicism? Nope.
Try political correctness and not awkwardly talking too fast in social situations? That wouldn’t be fun for anyone.

Okay, how about life stuff?

New job? Play music again? Paint a picture? Cook more? Travel? Maybe. Who knows.

And then it hit me. Why would anyone want to resolve to something? Resolve seems to have such a negative connotation. Maybe that’s why 3/4 of the people who try the infamous “resolution”, fail.  So, for me, 2012 will be about living a new year- not another year.

And for those of you suckers that made resolutions, good luck and godspeed.

And, if you’re still reading…please enjoy this little resolution pictorial.

You’re a mean one, mister…Elevator.

22 Dec

As you may have been able to tell by the title of this post- this infographic was inspired by my office elevators…and the people in them. Enjoy!

$h*t in a bowl

21 Dec

For many people, like myself, cooking can be a release after a long day at work. Fortunately for me (except when he gets in my way), cooking is also a passion for my husband.  This first installment of what we like to call “shit in a bowl” is a fun, make-it-up-as-you-go, rendition of fish and rice.

The concept of $h*t in a bowl was born out of necessity…or rather lack of paper plates and the desire to do dishes after dinner. So, what better way than to cook everything in one pan and throw it in a bowl. Genius, I know.

Moroccan Fish & Rice

1 cup instant white or brown rice
1 1/2 cups water
2 tilapia filets (we keep a bag of frozen fish filets at all times)
1 tbs of Moroccan spice blend (found at any grocer or spice specialty store…these are usually high in sodium, no additional salt will be needed)
1 tbs of tomato paste
1 tbs olive oil
1 tbs butter
1 tbs lemon juice
1/2 tsp cayenne
1 tsp pepper
Assortment of veggies, diced (we like corn, onion, bell peppers, tomato and mushrooms)

If fish is frozen, thaw in microwave approximately 3-4 minutes.  In a large skillet, heat oil on medium.  Add diced veggies, butter and Moroccan spice blend.  Saute for 2 minutes then add tomato paste and 1/2 cup water. Reduce heat.  Bring 1 cup water to a boil with a pinch of cayenne and Moroccan spice blend. Leave rice to steam for 5 minutes. While rice is steaming, cut fish into large chunks and add to skillet with lemon juice, cayenne and pepper. Add rice (and any residual water) to skillet. Simmer, covered, to finish for approximately 5 minutes. Salt and pepper to taste.


And there you have it folks- $h*t in a bowl in less than 30 minutes. This recipe feeds my husband and I and our 3 year old (yes, you heard right, add a little cheese and take out a few of the “yucky” veggies and she is a happy camper).


Put it in a tortilla and have Moroccan fish tacos.

Spice it up with diced jalapeno, serrano or cayenne.

Add more water, tomato paste and spices- Moroccan fish soup.


Bon Apetite!




I Will Survive!

19 Dec

How to survive your first office holiday party as a young professional.

These are just a few things I’ve learned in my vibrant three years as a young professional.

1. Show up early. This way you have sufficient time to go to the restroom, fix your disheveled self and have at least one cocktail before others arrive.

2. Bring a date that will keep you laughing. This is extremely important for the awkward factor. If you look occupied, people will sit with you. It’s one of those weird laws of nature.

3. Drink whiskey, scotch or vodka. And for God’s sake, try sipping…not chugging. Anything else will make you look like the college frat kid at the party.

4. Act happy about whatever shitty gift you get that isn’t a bonus check. After all, you are the new kid on the block.

5.  Laugh at your boss’s lame jokes and offer to buy him/her a drink (especially if it’s an open bar 😉 )

A…A…Album Release!

15 Dec

Time to give away some kick ass stuff…for a minimal fee!

By now you may or may not have (depending on your level of familiarity with me my social skillzzzzz) noticed that I have somewhere around three friends, including my husband. Don’t worry, it’s by choice. One of these friends I’ve known my whole life, for all intensive purposes we will call him “music”.  Music has been the constant craving in my life for, well, ever.

Now, the other friend I’ve known going on 10 years and his name is Ryan M. Brewer.  I know some of you may be feeling sorry for me because you have probably realized that, indeed, Ryan M. Brewer and my husband are best friends. But, believe it or not, this usually just makes for extra fun nights out and the occasional shenanigans.

Aren’t they cute?

I digress. The point of this blog isn’t to give you warm, fuzzy best friend feelings or to make you jealous that they are so darn precious. The point is to let you know about the marriage of my first friend in life, music, and my now oldest friend in life, Ryan. (Don’t worry buddy, that’s not a jab at your age or emerging geriatric tendencies)

Yes, that’s right- Ryan M. Brewer is releasing his first full solo album in February. I’ve been listening to Ryan play music his whole career, and friends, there is something to be said about a person that just gets it. Not only is he lyrically mesmerizing, he has developed into the kind of musician today’s scene is craving. A real one. Trust me, I don’t say these things because I’m his friend. He’s put out some shitty stuff over the years, but most musicians do…mostly to make a buck or two.

So- was that enough hype for you? If not, go ahead and leave the page as the rest is not for you. If so, read on.

Now, as promised, the kick ass stuff.

Ryan M. Brewer music is offering the following exclusive pre sale package to 5 of my lucky readers for $40. This package is listed at $50 (yes, I paid the full price…jerk), so that’s a whopping 20% off!

Don’t be dummy, give this musician your money:

  • a physical copy of the album on it’s release date of 2/4/12.

    Sneak peak of the album cover!

  • an immediate download of the digital copy of the album
  • 1 bonus track (only available as part of this bundle)
  • 3 ryan m. brewer music stickers

  • 1 hand made, silk-screened tshirt (of a design exclusive to this bundle)
  • 1 hand made poster, signed by the artist and numbered for exclusivity/authenticity
  • access to an exclusive youtube playlist of an acoustic performance of each song on the album
  • special thanks in the liners notes of the album
  • handwritten lyrics to each song on the album

The Details:

Go to ryanmbrewer.bandcamp.com and underneath where it says “exclusive presale bundle” click “preorder now”. 
Upon inputting the necessary information, enter the discount code: arinandersonblog.  After completing this process, Ryan tells me “i’ll receive an email saying you bought the bundle and that i need to send you some cool stuff in return…and you’ll get an immediate download of the digital copy of the album.”

Offer expires 12/21/11.

And if you made it down this far- I hope you take advantage of this great offer and support this one-of-a-kind emerging artist.