olivejuice520
Art historian. Reality TV lover. Harry Potter nerd.
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      There’s a place in Florence called I’Mangiarino on Via della Studio (if you’re facing the front of the Duomo, it’s a tiny side street on the right). It’s a little restaurant that also does their own burrata and cured meats… let me tell you, the best food I’ve ever had. They brought out plate after plate after plate of locatelli, parmesan, buratta, chicken liver pate, bruschetta, prosciutto, salami, and pretty much everything they had that was fresh. We were there for 3 hours and we had to tell them to stop bringing us food because we thought we would burst. It was like eating in the home of someone we had known for years. An incredible meal and the folks that run it are so friendly and welcoming. We still talk about it whenever we talk about our trip to Italy as one of the highlights. A definite stop if you are in Florence- it’s a hidden gem!

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      Hormonal birth control (the pill). Obviously not for everyone and obviously only if okayed by your doctor but it really saved me. I always had clear skin on my face, but horrible, painful cystic acne on my back (so painful that it sometimes hurt to lay on my back or wear clothes). I would spot treat it with prescription ointment from my doctor, but it would keep coming back. Then I went on the pill and the acne went away in about three days and has never returned. If you’re a lady with hormonal acne problems then it’s worth speaking to your doctor about it.

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      A few years ago, my parents celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary. My brother and I had planned on throwing them a party, but when we talked to our parents they indicated that they didn’t really want us to do anything for it and that they preferred to have a low-key celebration with just the two of them. My brother and I still wanted to acknowledge it, however, so we put together a gift box full of movies and albums from the year they were married. When they opened it they immediately got the “theme” and it brought up memories of when they were first married. It was a really simple way to acknowledge their anniversary and they still talk about how much they loved it.

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      As part of my job, I run a tour program and we do tours out of a local municipal building. We supply the tour guides and they supply the building. We’ve been trying to streamline the process for doing these tours (security, where guests meet, etc.), so I recently called the building superintendent to meet with him to discuss logistics. Not only did he flat out refuse to meet with me, he proceeded to mansplain to me for about 5 minutes about how all of my ideas were terrible and how they would never work. I hadn’t even gotten an opportunity to tell him any of my ideas yet and he had already categorically shot down everything I had to say, so the rest of the conversation was a total bust. His tone was blatantly condescending and borderline offensive. It’s a shame too, because a lot of what I had to say would have made his job a lot easier! Oh well!

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      I. Love. Ice cream. I could honestly have it every night, so when I started eating healthier that was really hard to give up, especially because I’m not a big fan of SkinnyCow or other artificially flavored ice cream. I recently discovered Gone Bananas from Trader Joe’s, which are just chocolate covered banana slices but they are a serious life changer. They taste like little ice cream bites- and you can make them at home, which is awesome! They’re the perfect sweet, frozen treat!

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      I had one of my ovaries removed in an emergency surgery (I had a non-cancerous growth that grew extremely fast and overtook the tissue) and I was so nervous for the recovery: would I be in pain? Would I go through surgical menopause? After a really brief adjustment period it was like nothing had ever happened. Your body knows exactly what to do in that situation- during my recovery, I felt my body returning to hormonal equilibrium as the rest of my reproductive organs adjusted to the change. It made me realize that I had spent all that time worrying when my body knew how to heal and recover all along!

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      I went to my cousin’s wedding a few years ago with my parents (I was 21). A good family friend of the bride’s family brought her son, who was a few years older than me. He spotted me early on in the evening and he wouldn’t leave me alone the entire night. I even told him to leave me alone and he wouldn’t. I made it blatantly obvious that I wasn’t interested in him (by saying I wasn’t interested), but he was still just the ultimate creep, placing his hand on my knee, rubbing my arms, etc. The kicker came as I was talking to another guest and HE CAME UP BEHIND ME AND WRAPPED HIS ARMS AROUND MY WAIST. Ugh, it was awful.

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