I wish I didn’t feel this way, but the thought has been creeping back into my head: I want a tattoo removed. It’s on my side, right on my ribs and even though it honestly means something to me and was a huge moment in my life, I don’t want it there anymore. I hate having to think about it when I’m in a swimsuit or a crop top or a cut off dress or just a sports bra. I don’t want to explain it. I don’t want to hear the snicker when I tell someone what it is. I’m ready for it to be gone. I’ve had this thought for probably 2+ years now. And no, I don’t want to cover it up with something else. How will I know that I will like the second one later on when I thought I’d like the first one. I’ve only regretted two things in my life, both of which I had nightmares about the night before I followed through with them, so I just don’t want to make that mistake again. I’m ready for it to be a thing of the past.
But I know it’s gonna suck. It’s normal black colored ink, it’s on my ribs which have always been the thinnest part of my body, it’s decent size and I know it’s gonna cost waaaay more than what I paid for it. Getting that tattoo itself was a miserable experience. So painful. Probably even more painful because in my head I just kept thinking, “maybe you shouldn’t be doing this” so I’m honestly scared to go through similar or worse pain again…for multiple sessions.
I think after we get married, I’m going to go in for a consultation. Women are tough anyways, maybe I can take it. And luckily, there is a highly recommended tattoo removal place right by my gym. It must be a sign. I wonder if they could do some hair removal while they are at it. Might as well get it all in every session. Man, I’m just scared AF.
Just a little tip from Juli Bauer here: If any of you lovely readers are out there and under the age of 26, don’t get a tattoo yet. Don’t they say that women’s brains don’t fully develop until age 26? And guys are like 31 or something. If you’re thinking about getting a tattoo, just wait. Until you have a smarter brain and more money. Cheap tattoos are pretty much the worst ideas. Ever.
For the marinade
- 1/4 cup coconut aminos
- juice of 1/2 a lime
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon oregano
- 1/4 teaspoon sweet paprika
- 1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 1 pound flank steak, thinly sliced against the grain
For the kabobs
- 1/2 red onion, chopped
- 1 red bell pepper, chopped
- 1 yellow bell pepper, chopped
For the poblano cilantro pesto
- 1 roasted poblano pepper
- 1/2 cup cilantro
- juice of 1/2 a lime
- 2-3 tablespoons olive oil
- pinch of salt
- Place all ingredients for the marinade in a shallow dish, add meat and toss to coat. Cover and place in the fridge for 30+ minutes. I marinated mine for about 2 hours. Remove from fridge about 30 minutes before cooking to help meat come up to temperature.
- Roast poblano, if you don't have one roasted already.*
- Using metal skewers, place a couple pieces of peppers, onion, then thread the meat onto the skewer and repeat until skewer is full. My meat and veggies made 6 full kabobs.
- Heat up a grill pan or a grill to medium heat, grease and place kabobs on top. Sprinkle with a bit of salt then use a brush to brush a bit of marinade on top of each kabob. Cook about both sides until beef has browned, about 4-5 minutes.
- While the kabobs cook, place all the ingredients for the pesto into a small blender and blend until smooth and slightly chunky.
- Serve kabobs with pesto and lime juice on top!
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