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How I Fared in 2012

In 2013, I resolve not to resolve. Here’s why…

Approx 365 days ago, I published a list of resolutions on Lindsay Learns, but God forbid I be normal and actually call them resolutions. Instead, they were 12 Things to Tackle in 2012.

Six months later, I published a mid-year review to see how I was doing. At the time, the standing was:

  • 2 things complete
  • 3 things likely to be complete
  • 5 things really didn’t stand a chance
  • 1 thing was 86ed

Now that 2012 has ended, here’s how I did…

Goal #1: Complete a triathlon

Result: Complete, May 12

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Goal #2: Because it’s a triathlon, I think it’s only fair that it occupies three of these goals…

Result: Second tri complete, July 7

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Goal #3: (See #2)

Result: Third tri complete, Sept 9

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Goal #4: Stop relying on the Whole Foods prepared section and put my new gluten-free cookbooks to work.

Result: Failed. Never used the cookbooks, but started eating Paleo anyway.

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Goal #5: Waste two more hours of my life on part two. Do not waste 10 hours of my life watching the marathons on FX…again.

Result: Complete, Dec 8. Thank God it’s over.

Goal #6: Don’t cheat myself and embrace change – could pay off better than expected.

Result: Per the mid-year review, this goal has been removed from the to-do list. However, I’m adding it back on. Because after 8 years of reliability, travels up and down the east coast, a demolished quarter panel, countless flat tires, and 3 hubcabs lost to aggressive parallel parking… I embraced change, sold my car and bought a new one. So… Complete, Dec 21. The world really did end that day.

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Goal #7: Increase the ROI and wear my glasses.

Result: Complete, Dec 31. Yep, wore them on the last day of the year, just so I could mark this one complete.

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Goal #8: Finish the Harry Potter book series (a 2010 Christmas gift) some time before Christmas 2012.

Result: Failed. But I did start reading in general and did finish another “young adult” series. It could happen.

Goal #9: Take advantage of my height and make some magic happen for my clients and my teams.

Result: I took height to a new level for my team. To 30,000 feet to be exact. All for the sake of filming this:

Goal #10: Be more attentive to my phone and promptly reply to voicemails. (Sorry, family.) Also, be more accepting of my generation’s communication preferences by embracing text messages. (And by text messages I mean iMessages – not paying for something I hate.)

Result: Failed. Please email me if needed.

Goal #11: Use fewer parentheses because I realize it’s getting obnoxious. (Sorry for being easily distracted.) (And sorry I’m long-winded.) (Also, sorry that I have comments on my comments.)

Result: Actually, complete. Date unknown. I’m now using a lot of em dashes (–) to insert my thoughts.

Goal #12: And of course, follow through.

Result: Ongoing, my friend. Ongoing.

So what did I ultimately learn in 2012? Make fewer goals. And by fewer I mean none. Also, the Mayans lied.

A Caveman Christmas

I’m on another obnoxious quest: go Paleo for 30 days.

Interestingly (read: stupidly) scheduled between Thanksgiving and Christmas, I’m calling it: The Paleoday Season.

Much like my involvement with my blog, I’m assuming I can’t commit for an extended period of time, so I’m safely dedicating only 30 days to Paleo. That’s 30 days without some of my favorite things:

  • Cheese
  • Dunkin Donuts Coffee (which is about 50% cream)
  • Vinaigrette dressings
  • Hummus
  • Peanut butter
  • Potatoes (especially sweet, in french fry form)
  • Rice (or any other GF grain)
  • Adult beverages

That’s also 30 days WITH: holiday parties, 90s concerts, mini-road trips, family visits and other distractions. Great timing, Linz.

Now, WHY go Paleo? While triathloning, I adopted a lot more starchy carbs into my diet because I simply wasn’t getting enough performance energy without them. They also helped ease the hunger that set in everyday around 10:30am, after breakfast and 2 hours of morning training. It worked very well, but I didn’t feel as good as I did without them. And now that the September race has come and gone (woo hoo, 3 goals complete!), and training is over, I need to get back in check.

While attempting to look smart in Barnes & Noble, I stumbled upon The Paleo Diet for Athletes, which details its “exercise-enhancing effects” and how it supports “peak performance” for endurance athletes. Granted, I’m an amateur, but I’m curious. So, I’m trying it out for 30 days. If I like it, I’ll keep in going into the spring when I start training again.

I officially started on Sunday, November 25, and I’ll end on Christmas Eve — JUST in time for eggnog, mashed potatoes and cheesecake. So, what have I learned in 60+ hours of Paleo?

  1. I miss DD. I bet they miss me too.
  2. Grapefruit is gross.
  3. Tumblr is the perfect way to chronicle my journey. Check it out: ThePaleodaySeason.tumblr.com

Happy Paleodays!

My life for the next 30 days.

Top 11 and 12 to Tackle

Now that my last mistakes of 2011 have been made, and my vacay is over, it’s time to write again. Apologies for being MIA.

Lindsay Learns recaps the things I learn day-to-day, but as we’re now moving year-to-year, how about I highlight the top 11 things I learned in 2011?!

Ok. Now let’s be serious. I have the memory of a goldfish.

I’m sure my 2011 lessons were important, but I can’t actively remember enough to make a thoughtful list. So instead, I’ll recap the 11 things I learned while on blog hiatus over the past 2-ish weeks:

  1. When the bartender fails, reach over the bar and pour your own drinks. (Fact)
  2. Twinkle Twinkle Little Star is an appropriate substitute for grace at Christmas dinner. (Lesson taught by my 2.5 year old niece.)
  3. Boxing is not for the faint of heart. Nor is Hip Hop.
  4. I received a Christmas miracle in the form of a coat. (Hmm, this may need to be separate post, stay tuned.)
  5. Apples to Apples is most fun when you are politically outnumbered.
  6. Good friends usually offer good advice – even if it takes you months to finally listen.
  7. If you have a gluten allergy, don’t test it…
  8. I can swim one mile, non-stop. (I suppose I knew this, but it was harder than I thought.)
  9. I can run 6 miles, non-stop. (Did NOT know this, and it was easier than I thought.)
  10. I hope I can cycle 25 miles non-stop, and then put it together with #8 and #9, because I’m signing up for a triathlon. (Whaaaaat?)
  11. I need a bike.

In 2012, I’ll do a better job of tracking my lessons (via LindsayLearns.com, of course), so expect a more thorough year-in-review learnings list in roughly 365 days, assuming the world doesn’t end. To kick these lessons off, please find below 12 things to tackle (not necessarily resolutions) in 2012:

  1. Per #8 – #11 above: complete a triathlon (I’ll chronicle this initiative in the “Lindsay TRIes” category)
  2. And because it’s a triathlon, I think it’s only fair that it occupies three of these goals…
  3. (See #2)
  4. Stop relying on the Whole Foods prepared section and put my new gluten-free cookbooks to work. If my cooking is anything like my baking, expect some entertaining blog posts in the near future, chronicled under the “Lindsay cooks” category.
  5. Waste two more hours of my life on part two. Do not waste 10 hours of my life watching the marathons on FX…again.
  6. Per #6 on the 2011 list: don’t cheat myself and embrace change – could pay off better than expected.
  7. Increase the ROI and wear my glasses. (Largely in an effort to fish for more Eva Mendes references.)
  8. Finish the Harry Potter book series (a 2010 Christmas gift) some time before Christmas 2012.
  9. Take advantage of my height and make some magic happen for my clients and my teams.
  10. Be more attentive to my phone and promptly reply to voicemails. (Sorry, family.) Also, be more accepting of my generation’s communication preferences by embracing text messages. (And by text messages I mean iMessages – not paying for something I hate.)
  11. Use fewer parentheses because I realize it’s getting obnoxious. (Sorry for being easily distracted.) (And sorry I’m long-winded.) (Also, sorry that I have comments on my comments.)
  12. And of course, follow through.

On a separate note… A Christmas Story on TV is great; but A Christmas Story on a boat, even better. Enjoy:

How I lost 2 hours of my life

…I went to see the new Twilight movie.

But it’s ok because:

  1. I waited until two weeks after opening weekend,
  2. I deliberately paid the matinée price, and
  3. I traveled 25 miles to see it, so as not to be caught by any acquaintances.

What I learned:

  • There is something appealing about vampires.
  • Even though he clearly lost, I’m still Team Jacob (I mean, you could make a grilled cheese sandwich on those abs).
  • Ashleigh lives far away.
  • Titanic is coming back to theaters – in 3D – and Kate and I both cried during the trailer alone. Stoked!
  • As if the “miracle of life” didn’t already creep me out, I’m officially scarred for life. We’re talking worse than the scene in Knocked Up. Shocked that I didn’t have seizure. This is a tween movie! Except…
  • This movie is solely supported by women aged 25-55; not a teenager in the theater.

But while I wasted 2 hours of my life on Twilight, I made up for it by being productive with the blog – and IT-savvy, might I add.

Look at your Web address bar. You’re not where you thought you were.  Welcome to LindsayLearns.com!

I dropped the “Every Day” part from the URL because alliteration is amazing to make it simpler for audiences. However, I’m still keeping the “Every Day” as part of the blog name – for now. The “Every Day” concept was important when the blog was created 3-ish years ago, but the blog is evolving (I’m realizing that I’m not learning as much goofy stuff as I once did…bummer…), so I’m still trying to figure out its direction.

Eventually, I’ll get more strategic about the branding aspects and positioning of this blog.  But right now, not gonna lie, I do feel like dropping the “Every Day” part reduces the pressure of needing to learn something and blog about it every day. Regardless, I’m keeping with it. I’m committed.

And when my credit card gets involved, that’s basically love.

I mean, check it: I even have a new email address: Lindsay@LindsayLearns.com. AND I have a few other integrations and design changes in the works. Therefore, I’ve also learned that I’m pretty good at managing the back-end of blogs, which is becoming increasingly important as a marketer.

So update your bookmarks, kids – LindsayLearns.com is official. And I KNOW you already have me bookmarked…

Of Glasses and Doppelgangers

Yes, I’m still blogging.

Thanks for the lack of faith in my ability to follow through. I just took the holiday(s) off, but that allowed for a plethora of lessons I’ll be getting to in the coming days (including flu shots, successful miming and Black Friday failure).

But today, let’s discuss how I’ll buy anything from anyone who says I look like Eva Mendes.

This learning process technically started a week ago when I decided it was time to buy new glasses. The glasses I previously wore are about 12 years old. Not only has my prescription since then gone from bad to worse, but round wire-rimmed styles were apparently fashionable at the time. Wearing them today, I look like Harry Potter.

To be fair, the glasses weren’t that great at the time either, and I switched to contacts almost immediately. Glasses on my face = not cute. Over the years, I tried to purchase new glasses, but there wasn’t a single pair that looked remotely good on me. Friends and sales associates who attempted to help also agreed: stick to contacts.

But after hearing another lecture from another optometrist, insisting that I need to give my eyes a break from constant contact wear, I decided to be responsible and buy a new pair to wear around the house (because lord knows I have no business wearing glasses in public).

So last Saturday, I decided to pop into a local shop – just to browse; not to buy. The sales associate – who, first of all, was quite a dapper young lad, clearly giving him the advantage here – insisted he had seen me before and thought I was in the shop just a few days ago. After assuring him that it was my first time in the store, he kept trying to place me while handing me a few frame options – some good, most not so good, all more than I wanted to pay. Then he placed a brown-framed pair of glasses on me, paused and said: “I know why you look familiar: you look like Eva Mendes.”

Sir, you have just made a sale.

Sure enough, following the Eva Mendes reference, my ego was so receptive to compliments on the frame options that I knew I was not walking out of there without a new pair of glasses. So much for browsing only. To make it more pathetic, the final three options were frames he picked out because they were most like the pair Eva wore in Hitch.

Not surprisingly, I bought the frames I was wearing when he first made the Eva Mendes comparison. Come on, Lindsay – have some self-respect.

But the day gets better… Later that evening, while celebrating Kate’s birthday at a local pub, the night got off on the wrong foot because bartender opened my tab under “Lindsay” instead of “Hyman”, thus ruining my drink ordering entertainment for the evening. Because yes, 15 years after learning its alternate meaning, I still find my last name hilarious. But then, the bartender passed me my drink and said: “has anyone ever told you that you look like Eva Mendes?”

Sir, you are the greatest mixologist that ever lived, this is the most exceptional gin and tonic I’ve ever imbibed, I no longer care about my last name, and you have just secured yourself a fine tip.

Yeah, it was rail. But it doesn’t end there.

Yesterday, following the Patriots vs. Eagles game (what up, Philly?), I decided a celebratory peanut butter frozen yogurt treat was in order. I walked into Pinkberry and quickly learned that peanut butter was only a seasonal flavor and it has been replaced by pumpkin. Blower. As I turned to walk out door, the kid behind the counter said: “hey – you look like that girl from Hitch. What’s her name?”

Sir, her name is Eva Mendes and I’ll take a cup of the pumpkin.

But if you remember, as we established on Wednesday, I don’t like pumpkin pie, nor anything else pumpkin flavored. But you better believe that compliment-topped pumpkin FroYo was de-licious. Embarrassing, Lindsay. Embarrassing.

To be fair, this isn’t the first time Eva Mendes has named my doppelganger, but it sure did sway my buying habits. I get the Eva reference every now and again when I wear my hair straight with side-swept bangs, and top it off with, you know, a shower and some mascara:

Eva Mendes Doppleganger?

Sheer luck.  I mean, I’ve also been called Jordin Sparks:

Sneak peak at me with glasses.

And Michelle Obama:

It's the double strand of pearls...

So, it really depends on the day, or rather, on the hair.

So what I learned: Clearly, I’ll buy anything from anyone who says I look like Eva Mendes.

More important… What you should have learned: If you need a favor from me, try leading with: “Hey Linz, you look like Eva Mendes today”. You just might get a kidney.

Follow through

That’s right. I’m blogging. It’s shocking me too.

No, it’s not because of my love for Barney Stinson’s character on HIMYM. Yes, I’m aware readership will be low.  I’m blogging because I learned something today: follow through. The Urban Dictionary definition, that is – click with caution.

Indeed, I find this funny (see my About page), but that got me thinking about the Dictionary.com definition of “follow through” and how I often suck at it. And then I thought of this blog…

You see, this blog is actually not new. It used to be hosted on Blogspot and it’s more than 3 years old. Hanging out with my then-roommates (shout out Maggie, Kirby, Kate!), we came to the conclusion that I’m often “ohhhh-ing” to pop-culture and lingo references. So I started a blog that would cover the thing(s) I learned each day that were likely discussed in the living room of 2900 Mainstone. I created the concept, drafted the about blurb, half-assed the design idea, and never wrote a single post.

Follow through.

Therefore, I’ve decided to start this up again. Or start rather. The design/layout may change, perhaps I’ll splurge on a custom URL, but I’m officially doing this! Tune in each day (or that’s the goal, anyway) to learn about what I learned about. Maybe you’ll learn something too! Or you can just judge me for being so behind the ball.

So — practicing what I learned today and following through. And to preempt the comments of my inappropriate friends, I’m indeed talking about the dictionary.com definition. Thanks for reading.