Things I’m loving this week
1. Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez’s Oscar acceptance speech. The writers of the much-beloved “Let it Go!” from the soundtrack of Frozen gave a wonderful speech. It’s adorable cute and then it become lump-in-your throat, write-it-down-so-you-don’t-forget good at the end when Kristen addresses their daughters.
Never let fear or shame keep you from celebrating the unique people that you are.
I may paint that on the girls’ bedroom walls so they see it every day. Heck, I should paint it on my bedroom wall, too.
Photo from MyRecipes.com
2. White Chili. I don’t like traditional chili, but I love white chili. This looks like a good recipe, but…I’ll be honest, I just use the recipe on the back of the McCormick’s White Chili packet and add onions, peppers, and other stuff I like.
3. Balsam vinegar & hot sauce as salad dressing. When I did the no-sugar detox recently, I needed an alternative to my beloved Buffalo Ranch salad dressing. I opted for oil & vinegar, then drizzled on some Frank’s Buffalo Wing sauce. I eventually stopped using the oil because it’s messy and, I found that I didn’t really need it anyway.
Things I’m not loving this week
1. Dry, cracked hands. Ugh. This winter needs to end.
2. Packing. I hate trying to figure out what to take, what to leave behind, and how to make it all fit in the fewest amount of suitcases, which weigh less than 50 pounds. And I have to do it times three for a family vacation.
A random collections of blog posts, articles and other things I think are worth sharing.
The guardian: Dear Rebecca Adlington, they’re the ugly ones
Salon: Sugar is killing us, and it doesn’t take much (Seriously…you can give it up & the cravings GO AWAY. I’ve done it.)
“If your heart is palpitating with dread at the very thought of giving up sugar, you’ve arrived at one of the reasons why we eat so darn much of it. Some say it’s addictive, and a 2007 study found it gives your brain a reward even greater than that of cocaine.”
Jezebel: 8 Reasons to Spank Your Kids (don’t worry, that’s a tongue-in-cheek title. I’ve never spanked my kids and never would. Why the hell would I want to send the message that it’s OK for someone who loves you to hit you?)
Zen Habits: What I’ve learned as a writer
Salon: How baby boomers screwed their kids and created Millennial impatience (Not sure I agree with all this, but it’s interesting…particularly the part about kids today not having social bonds.)
Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd: 20 things to give up for lent (Perfect! Yes, if you’re going to give something up, let it be one…or all 20 of these things).
My weekend was all Seuss all weekend. After spending the weekend watching, then helping backstage at four performances, I could pretty much sing you the Seussical score.
Why decry a cloudy sky / An empty purse, a crazy universe? / My philosophy is simply / Things could be worse.
So be happy you’re here / Think of life as a thrill / And if worse comes to worse / (As we all know it will) / Thank your lucky star / You’ve gotten this far / And tell yourself how lucky you are.
LOL. I could’ve written this skit:
Three things I’m loving this week
1. Etsy. This site is a goldmine for personalized, creative gifts. When it occurred to me on Sunday that I should buy something special for Kelly to commemorate her first stage performance (this weekend), I tried Amazon because I knew they would ship fast. They didn’t have anything, so I looked around on Etsy where they, of course, had tons of cute Seuss themed jewelry for sale. Unfortunately, items ordered through Etsy are custom-made and typically take a good week or two (or more) to arrive.
I fell in love with this necklace and decided to order it anyway. I paid for expedited shipping and sent a note to the artist, pleading my case. She emailed me right back, said she had the materials in stock & she made the necklace and shipped it for me that afternoon. How awesome is that? Not local, but…still supporting a small business, so I’m counting that as shopping small, anyway.
2. Cilantro. There’s no middle ground on this distinctive herb often added to salsa and other Mexican dishes. You either love it or you hate it. Weird thing is, I used to hate it and now I love it. I think I got used to it because my sister puts it in so many of her dishes. This week, I bought fresh cilantro to make white chili and had a lot leftover, so I have been putting it in my breakfast eggs every morning. Weird, but delish…if you like cilantro, of course.
3. The end of February. Good riddance to the crappiest, coldest, darkest, dreariest month of the year. (Yeah, I know it sort of continues in March, but at least in March we have hope that it will be over soon).
4. Ulta’s Microzone Blackhead removal treatment. I’m not going to go into all the details because, well…. because I’m going to write a whole stinkin’ story about it for the May issue of Her Times, but suffice to say that I took Kelly for a blackhead removal treatment and was quite impressed with the results. While the blackheads are not completely gone, but they are greatly diminished and the woman at the Erie Ulta salon was just wonderful — helpful, kind, and didn’t even push any products on me.
5. Seussical! Kelly’s big high school musical debut is this weekend (she’s in the center in the pix above). There are performances on Friday evening, Saturday afternoon, Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon. Info here.
*sigh* I should take Monday off…this weekend is going to be insane.
Three things I’m not loving this week
1. Syrup. If there’s one thing I won’t miss about having kids around the house one day, it’s syrup. I hate the stickiness on the bottle, on the counter and even on the damned floor. I dropped my cell phone in the kitchen this week and picked it up to find the face of it blotched with syrup that Lauren must’ve dropped at breakfast. I don’t know what the hell the dog is doing — slacking on the job, I guess.
2. Peanut Butter. Must. Break. This. Addiction. I didn’t eat it for, like, 13 years and now I can’t stop eating it.
3. Putting makeup on others. Hell, I can barely put it on myself, so putting it on my blinkity-blinking 12-year-old is darn near impossible. The first time I did it, she looked like a clown. No, like a clown who moonlights as a hooker….after a long, hard night. With a little practice, I’m proud to say that at least now I can make her look like a high class hooker. God help all those other poor kids — I signed up to help the cast with makeup & costumes at all the performances (mostly so I wouldn’t feel obligated to work at any of the tables in which parents have to sell stuff…you know I don’t do that).
A random collections of blog posts, articles and other things I think are worth sharing.
Marc And Angel Hack Life: 15 Powerful Beliefs That Will Free You From Negativity
Scary Mommy: 10 Lessons Learned When Mommy Leaves Town (I swear Dan could’ve wrote this)
Zen Habits: This Moment
The Sydney Morning Herald: John Judkin: The Man Who Tried to Warn Us About Sugar.
“When he outlined these results in Pure, White and Deadly, in 1972, he questioned whether there was any causal link at all between fat and heart disease. After all, he said, we had been eating substances like butter for centuries, while sugar, had, up until the 1850s, been something of a rare treat for most people. ”If only a small fraction of what we know about the effects of sugar were to be revealed in relation to any other material used as a food additive,” he wrote, ”that material would promptly be banned.
This was not what the food industry wanted to hear. When devising their low-fat products, manufacturers had needed a fat substitute to stop the food tasting like cardboard, and they had plumped for sugar. The new ”healthy” foods were low-fat but had sugar by the spoonful and Yudkin’s findings threatened to disrupt a very profitable business.”
Lauren: Mom, when you were a kid, did you have to walk very far (here, I was already thinking…yes, I did have to walk three blocks to the bus stop AND I had to cross Station Road AND we often stood in the cold for at least 15 to 20 minutes)…to go to the bathroom.
Lauren: You know, did you have to go outside to the bathroom?
Me: Do you mean, like, an outhouse?
Me: How OLD do you think I am?
Lauren: So, that’s a no? What about grandma?
Me: Hmmm…I don’t know. You should totally call and ask her.
So my next “Just Write” is number 100 and, you know, I feel like that should be a kick#$@ JW post, but…frankly, my head is just not in the game lately. I won’t bore you with all the details, but I’m running in three directions lately and scrambling to write blog posts on lunch breaks and at 10 p.m. and, well, yeah…you know how those turn out (Whaaa??? No Blogger of the Year award for me???).
I feel all this pressure to make Just Write #100 worthy of the big triple-digit number and, here’s the kicker, I’ve even got a good topic. What I don’t have right now is more than 20 un-fragmented, un-interrupted, quiet minutes to write it. *sigh*
Sit tight. It’s almost show time and then….THEN…I might get my life—and my blogging mojo—back.
So instead of crafting a really witty, poignant or inspiring personal blog post in the whole entire 8.25 minutes I have to write this, I’m going to share someone else’s blog post: “The 2014 VS Swim Catalog: A Mom’s Buying Guide” because it’s freaking HILARIOUS.
I’d suggest you put down your coffee, or you will be squirting it out of your nose and that shit hurts, my friends.