Life skills for the attention impaired.

I’ve been told by a number of folks that I have Adult ADD.  Until I take a test to prove that hypothesis I’ve come up with little tricks to combat annoying little things known as “distractions”.  They come in every form and you must be aware of them at every turn.  In the morning is when I usually get most caught up.

I could be in the middle of blow drying and realize there is no music playing or that I’m not sure what the weather is going to be like or both so I go into my room to turn on the TV then realize I haven’t put my clean clothes away from the night before but not before I see my camera on the sweater chest and wonder if its charged and start looking for the charger and realize its in my purse downstairs so I find myself in the kitchen talking to my roommate about what she’s doing that night.  BAM 30 minutes.

Another time when I get supes distracted is when I’m cooking.  There are certain recipes that are not meant for the attention impaired.  Anything that requires “attention to detail” is a problem.  Examples would be recipes with 10 ingredients or more, something that needs to be watched in the oven and oh yeah any baked good.  Don’t get me wrong, I do like to cook I just stick to things I know are near impossible to screw up.  Pasta is pretty easy and anything roasted can’t be messed up too much.  Risotto happens to be one of my favorite meals so I usually need a buddy for that recipe because it requires a great deal of attentiveness.  I’ve been sticking to a lot of chopping and pouring of wine recently and also I put myself on clean up duty and this seems to be the right place for me.  You see, even if I’m not Giada (who I wouldn’t want to be anyway because she says every Italian word with an accent) I still have a place in the kitchen!

When I cook for my me and my rooommate (who is worse in the kitchen than me) I often refer to Cooking Light’s 5-ingredient recipes.  Easy, cheap and quick.  One of my favorite salads is the Chicken BLT Salad with Avocado dressing.


Crestfallen? Never fear, it’s all in your head.

One thing I’ve learned over the years is that it’s really easy to trick yourself into thinking/feeling a certain way but at the same time our brains can play tricks on us.  A perfect example is when someone tells you that you can’t do something, it makes you want to do it even more.  Obv, duh.  When someone tells me not to eat something because it’s too hot, I go right for it.  When someone tells me I can’t show up somewhere, I’ll make sure its exactly where I end up.

It tends to be a problem for me but at least I can identify that my actions a result of…pure defiance.  At a girls dinner the other night, the topic of being rejected came up.  I don’t mean like you text a guy, he doesn’t text you back because that’s amateur.  I’m talking about when you start dating someone and the time spent together isn’t clearly defined.  When do you have sleepovers, when is it “we”, at what point do you assume you’re spending the weekend/holidays together?? It’s all very confusing.  You can be one of the most confident girls but if you’re newly minted boyfriend tells you that he has a guys night, lacrosse tryouts the next morning, golf, mancation, you automatically feel crestfallen.  You think to yourself, did I do something? does he just not want to sleep in the same bed as me? is he trying to get away from me? are we breaking up?  You think this, but you really don’t feel this way, trust me.  You really don’t care, it’s just the fact that he’s telling you “no”.  It’s age old and I’m surprised more girls don’t figure this out.   If he tells you he needs time to himself, truth is you probably do too so take advantage!! Have a girls night, get your nails done, go to the gym, go shopping, call a friend you haven’t talked to in a while.  You need your space as much as he does you just THINK you don’t.  As I’ve said a bunch before, I’m no guru but trust me on this one.  Most of the time with guys, what you see is what you get so don’t read into it.

We’ll always want what we can’t have so cherish the times he is away from you because it will make you want him more…and hopefully vice versa.

XOXO Dr. Ruth

Asian American Jersey Shore. Yup.

The New York Post reported today an LA Craigslist posting for a Asian American version of  the “Jersey Shore”.  You truly can’t make this up.  My favorite line:

“If you are not Asian but are obsessed with Asian culture or people in some way, email us and please explain”

What are they going to do with the people who are just obsessed with the culture?  Is that even fair?  I like sushi a lot does that count?

Looking forward to putting this in my DVR queue in 2011.

Cilantro Haters…It’s not your fault!!!


I really thought I hated Cilantro so much was because we were inundated with this horrible green herb in Ecuador when I was younger.  They put it in everything which forced me and my friend Christin to sustain on oreos and peanut butter and jelly…oh yeah and of course empanadas.  Well the truth is, Christin and I are not alone! Julia Child hated Cilantro as revealed when she was interviewed by Larry King.  The New York Times came out with an article today actually and it is about time.  The  Oxford Companion to Food states that that cilantro aroma “has been compared with the smell of bug-infested bedclothes” and that “Europeans often have difficulty in overcoming their initial aversion to this smell.”  There is even an “I Hate Cilantro” facebook group!

Another very interesting observation:

Flavor chemists have found that cilantro aroma is created by a half-dozen or so substances, and most of these are modified fragments of fat molecules called aldehydes. The same or similar aldehydes are also found in soaps and lotions and the bug family of insects.

So there! I’m not crazy/picky/difficult!!! Cilantro is proven to smell and taste like bugs.  That’s my story and the next time someone tries to put it in their pico de gallo, I’ll let them know why it is a bad decision if they’re trying to please the masses.

Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels? Challenge.

Lunch Club came up with a two tiered list of foods that DO taste better than fitting into your skinny jeans. To make tier one it had to be unanimous and tier two only needed two out of four votes.  Even though Mike claimed he could not really relate on any level he happily participated.  He also wanted to include that chicken parm would definitely be his number one but he was all alone on that one.  I think it’s a guy thing.

In no particular order:

Tier 1

Potbelly Cookies

Teddy Grams

Deep Creek River Kettle Cooked Potato Chips in Rosemary Olive Oil flavor

Entenmanns coffee cake

Thin mints in the freezer

Capital Grille truffle Parmesan fries



Nilla Wafers

Cookies and Cream Hershey’s Bar

Tier 2


Bagel Bites

Vienna Fingers

Shark Bites