Thursday, April 3, 2014

Look At That Car!

When I was a little girl growing up, I went to a fancy Catholic school where most of the kids were rich and their parents drove fancy cars. All of them. My parents started out with nothing and have always been hard workers and when they were young, just to have a car that ran was a luxury, let alone something foolishly expensive. So when I was a child in grade school, my parents both drove old station wagons or my Dad would sometimes drive his work truck that looks like the Beverly Hillbillies. The one below is what it looked like but way nicer. My Dad's station was especially epic, he bought it for $350 at a garage sale and all of the paneling on the side was peeling off like bark.





When I was young and impressionable, I was ashamed of my parents cars because the other kids would STARE when I was bring picked up or dropped off. Some would even point and laugh. It was extremely hard for me to deal with, so much so that I started asking my Dad to park a block away and I would walk.

Keep in mind, I was under 12 years old. I was insecure about what others thought and didn't have the confidence to know or realize that what my parents drove didn't matter. In fact, my parents could probably buy and sell most of the other parents but because they didn't fiance cars they didn't need, people thought I was poor. If it were me today, I wouldn't give a shit and would think my parent's cars were awesome. As a child, not so much.

When I was in school, I would DAYDREAM about having a cool car. One that I could drive anywhere and be proud of. I would one day have the coolest car in school. I just wanted something like a Jeep or a Camry. Anything that blended in. Something nobody would look twice at.

Well I got the Jeep, and the sedan, and eventually bought my first Porsche Cayenne and then a second and last year, I got my dream car, a Porsche Panamera. Here is the real picture of my car the day I bought it.



In my mind, I think it's safe to say that I probably have one of the coolest cars in school.

A funny thing happened last week. I was in a thrift store that I go into all the time enjoying some treasure hunting and suddenly on the loud speaker, a guy that could barely speak through his laughter said, "WOULD THE PERSON IN THE SILVER PORSCHE PLEASE TURN OFF YOU ALARM SYSTEM. I REPEAT, the SILVER FOUR DOOR PORSCHE".

Apparently, it was funny to them that someone in the thrift shop would be driving that car.

Everyone in the store looked around to see who it could possibly be and I found myself frozen. I kind of stood there like I didn't hear the announcement and then realized, here I was AGAIN! This time I was embarrassed because I had the coolest car in school!

I quickly got over it and went and turned off the alarm.

The whole experience just got me thinking. Now that I have been on both sides, it just doesn't matter what you drive. We are all humans, we are all insecure in ways, and nothing material will fix it. Confidence comes from within. Sure the cars are fun, but having the coolest one in school doesn't make you any cooler.

xoxo,
Rachel


Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Where Are Your Thoughts Taking You?

(From my friend Linda Wagner)

Where are you? Where are your thoughts taking you?  Are you living in the past, playing reruns of all the mistakes you’ve made or the people who did you wrong?  Or are you constantly trying to predict the future?  Will I get that job?  Will I find my soul mate?  Will I ever find my true passion?  What if I don’t succeed?  What if I end up alone? How much weight have I gained because I totally enjoyed sweet potato fries twice on Sunday and went to YogurtLand three times?

Listen, you can’t relive the past and you can’t predict the future so you may as well live in the present.

Eckhart Tolle says in his book The Power of Now, ”Nothing ever happened in the past; it happened in the Now. Nothing will ever happen in the future; it will happen in the Now…Life is now. There was never a time when your life was not now, nor will there ever be.” THIS. IS. IT. LIFE IS HAPPENING RIGHT NOW and if you are daydreaming about the past or the future, you’re missing it!! Bring your thoughts back to the present moment.  



Enjoy today!

xo,
Rachel 

Friday, March 14, 2014

High Five For Friday!

Hey Y'all! I am not sure of anyone is reading this because I am off Facebook for Lent but hey, that's ok! I know one cousin who reads my blog and I have three subscribers so that's good enough for me! It's also kind of like an online diary. I miss when I used to blog a lot and hopefully with Lent I will be able to do some quality posts :)

It's been a bit since I did a High Five For Friday so in no particular order, here's what's been happening this last week!

1) This morning I worked Keggs and Eggs at Lodos! Reported to duty at 6:30AM. It's a super fun event and I worked it with Kari who I love! Here is the post about last year!

2) Peyton is doing much better now that I don't keep her in cages. She is a lot more calm. Here she was yesterday resting her sweet little face on my leg as I worked :)

3) Finding BRAND NEW UGGS at the Goodwill is always a good thing :)


4)I had great intentions with my eating this week and totally meal prepped Monday but at work I have had some pretty serious run ins with Easter Candy and you know that stuff is amazing. Let's hope it's out of my system!
5) This definitely happened Saturday night. Cousin Britney and I ordered Bad Grandpa on On Demand and had a grand old time! Note the Peyton photo bomb :)

Have a great weekend Friends!

xoxoxoxo
Rachel

Friday, March 7, 2014

Check Out Your Girl!

Hey All!

I got to do an interview for "Colorado Conversations" a couple weeks ago that will air next weekend but it's already live! If you click this link and click the "South Broadway Antique" interview, you can check it out!

 
I think I made us sound really good! (Which we are of course!) This was one of my first big gigs this year for the Association that I am President of and I think it came out really well!
 
XO, 
Rachel 

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Rachel's Reality Show Moment - Garage Sale Millionaire!

Sooooooo one of the craziest things I have ever done in my life was in early 2012 when I was signed on as a character in a reality show called, "Garage Sale Millionaire" for CMT (Country Music Television). They needed a WOMAN that 1) knew about antiques 2) looked good on camera and felt comfortable on screen 3) could take off and go around the country filming a crazy reality show ASAP! 

At first I thought it was a fluke but when they said it was Bray Entertainment, I quickly googled them while on the phone and saw they produced Pawn Stars...so I quickly changed from skepticism to "Ok...I am listening...". 

Believe it or not, women who knew about antiques and weren't Jurassic were hard to find! After sending an audition tape, I was officially under contract for the first season of Garage Sale Millionaire within a few weeks of them calling me! I couldn't talk about it because of the confidentially agreement but the studio now gave me the go ahead to write about it!  Man it was such a fun time and to not be able to talk about it was REALLY hard.

It was a reality show with the premise that we are all garage sale experts that can go into a house and find all the hidden gems among the typical garage sale "junk". 






After the cast was set, we flew to Texas where we filmed the 6 day pilot. I was the only girl in an ensemble cast of like 10 guys. It was one of the craziest times of my life and I loved every minute! It rained everyday but we made it work.




 We stayed at a La Quinta in a pretty sketch part of town. I asked the front desk lady if there was a gym and she said, "Oh honey no we don't have those fancy jims but if you want to run around that there parking lot, I can have Vern the skerity gard watch ya!".

 We also drank more Coors Light than I have ever had in my life. Not complaining!

 
The show ultimately didn't get picked up and we waited over 4 months for the answer from the studio! It was insane waiting for that answer. If it was a no, everything went back to normal. If it was a yes, I was going to start shooting right away! I was fully prepared for either answer and while I was bummed it wasn't picked up, I get to take that experience with me and I will never forget it!! 


In between takes on the set!


 Candid of me texting! Surprise...



I never know where my life will take me but I am always happy to embrace what comes next and I am grateful look fondly on the adventures I have had. :o) 

XO, 
Rache;

Friday, February 7, 2014

Pumpkin Sage Sauce!

 


Hope your week was FAB!! Mine was super busy and also super fun! Friday night I got to see Mama Mia at the DCPA and it was awesome! The week before I saw Evita! I love theater and I am grateful that we have such an amazing Performing Arts Center right downtown.

Sunday I was happy to work Superbowl...although as the day progressed, my customers were getting a little grumpy! I survived though. :o)
 
So my post of the pumpkin sage sauce got a lot of traction and I also promised to post the recipe! It's one of my FAVORITE recipes and also one of the easiest ones! If it takes three hours to make or had more than 10 ingredients, I am OUT. I would rather just go out to eat if it's that complicated. So...you can gather that when I cook, it needs to be SIMPLE! Well this recipe I adapted from The Detoxinista who has amazing recipes! They are all vegan, gluten free, dairy free, everything FREE but they are interesting and you can add gluten or dairy or whatever. She has good ideas! Here is my version of the recipe! I always double it but this is for two people and if you do two LARGE one cup servings, it's around 100 calories a cup! Put it on pasta or my favorite, spaghetti squash!



You can do sage or any other savory herb. The other night I made it with an Italian blend and it was super delicious. Serve alone for a vegetarian dinner or lunch or if doing meat, a sausage type goes GREAT with it - I used turkey meatballs I already made that were in the freezer! We were eating in 15 minutes!!

Creamy Pumpkin & Sage Pasta
Makes about 2 cups of sauce

Ingredients:
oil spray
1/2 a yellow onion, chopped (about 3/4 cup)
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup pumpkin puree
2 sprigs fresh sage leaves
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese (the powder kind you put on pizza and pasta)
1 teaspoon fine sea salt
Pasta, or veggies, of choice
Directions:
If baking a spaghetti squash, refer to my blog here about how to make it!

For the sauce, I spray the skillet with spray oil and over medium heat, and saute the onions and garlic for about 5 minutes (add water if you need to), until tender. Transfer the onions and garlic to a blender or food processor, and add in the pumpkin puree, almond milk, sage leaves, cheese and salt.


 It's creamy, NO GUILT, and ladies that cook for families - children and guys love it. LOL!

 Let me know what you think!

XO,
Rachel

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

One of My Goals...

...one of my goals for this month was to update my credit cards. All of them had images of Audry who I still think about everyday. I couldn't make myself change my credit card last year, even though she died in July.

After awhile though, you do have to move on. I can't keep saying, "Oh this is my dog that passed away".

I have this card coming this week. (The number isn't real, this was my proof.)


 Baby steps!

Happy Wednesday!

XO,
Rachel