Three things — 2.15.18

Three things I’m loving this week

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Priceline. I swore off third-party vacation sites a couple years ago when I realized I can usually get the same price (and the ability to cancel 24 hours before arrival) when booking directly with the hotel, but…Priceline is the one site where I can sometimes find a deal — mostly because I will do the “grab bag” thing where they give me a low price on, say, a 4-star hotel with a pool, and I take my chances on which hotel I get. I’ve always been happy with what I get (*knock on wood*). I recently scored a room at the Marriott Fallsview in Niagara Falls, Ontario, for $67.

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GetAir Trampoline Park. Finally had a chance to let Lauren check this place out when her swim team gathered there last Thursday and I think it’s way better than SkyZone. Some complain about the price ($14 an hour, $22 for two) and I have to admit that’s pretty steep, especially when you are paying for more than one kid. But there are some weeknight specials that offer a better deal on admission.

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Behr’s “In the Moment”. We’re putting new flooring in the living room, so we decided to paint first. The walls were all white because when we built the addition, it was all just too much to decide on colors, too, so everything was white. We figure it’s time for some color, so I went with a light greige (gray-beige), but when we painted it on, you could barely see it. I’m not usually brave enough to go with something really colorful or different, until Pinterest showed me Behr’s 2018 Color of the Year: In the Moment, which happens to work just perfectly with our furniture/color scheme in the house. It’s a blueish/greenish/gray that is actually a pretty neutral color. I’m loving how it’s turning out.

Things I’m not loving this week

I can’t think of any things I’m not loving other than the same old things I’ve been complaining about for months on end (my back, 45, Congress, etc.), so…I’ll just focus on the positive and not spend time trying to think up things that I’m angry about.

 

 

 

Worth Reading — 2.14.18

A random collection of articles, blog posts, books, and other things I think are worth sharing.

On Being: The Disease of Being Busy

“How did we create a world in which we have more and more and more to do with less time for leisure, less time for reflection, less time for community, less time to just… be?”

ESPN: Will You Still Medal in the Morning? (On sex in the Olympic village. This is a few years old, but…still kinda fascinating).

Scary Mommy: As a SNAP Recipient, Here’s What I Want You to Know About the Proposed Budget Cuts.

Washington Post: This is the opposite of responsible government.

Washington Post: Rob Porter is my Ex-Husband: Here’s What You Should Know About Abuse.

“Being strong — with excellent instincts and loyalty and smarts — does not inoculate a person against abuse. It doesn’t prevent her from entering into a relationship with an abuser. Abuse often doesn’t manifest itself early on — only later, when you’re in deep and behind closed doors. The really ugly side of Rob’s abuse only came out after we married, following three years of dating.

Abuse comes in many forms. It is visited on the poor and the rich, the least educated and the most, people with a strong and deep network of friends and family and those without a support structure. And an abusive nature is certainly not something most colleagues are able to spot in a professional setting, especially if they are blinded by a stellar résumé and background.”

Three things — 2.8.18

Things I’m loving this week

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Oranges. Fresh fruit is pretty hit-or-miss this time of year and I always hate to take the chance of throwing away money on flavorless fruit. But Aldi’s currently has oranges that are pretty good ($3 a bag). It’s like tasting summer… (which, is, sadly, still a long way off)

Innova Fitness ITX9600 Heavy Duty Deluxe Inversion Therapy Table

My inversion table. The one thing that I think has most aided in my back injury recovery is traction. (If you’ve never had traction…it’s where they hook you to a machine that pulls your lower half down to increase the “space” between vertebrae in your back — in my case, to allow more room for the bulging disk to retreat back into.) My chiropractor has a machine as does my physical therapist. An inversion table is like a at home traction machine….you tilt back for about 10 minutes once or twice a day and it’s supposed to help stretch out your spine. There’s not a lot of solid science behind inversion tables, but I, personally, think it has really helped. I got mine on Amazon for less than $100.

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Getting back to the gym. There are no words for how happy it makes me to go back to the gym. Even if I’m not ready to run yet (and my leg is still saying…no way, babe), I’m ridiculously grateful for 20 minutes on the elliptical and/or bike and the ability to take circuit classes (I can easily modify exercises that I shouldn’t do yet) and to do most of the stuff in Pilates class (again, I can modify things I’m not ready for). I’m happy to see my friends…to really sweat…and to get the energy rush/endorphins I’m missed for months now! Baby steps right now, but…..soon….I’ll be off and running.

Things I’m not loving this week

Blowing millions on a military parade. Thanks to France and their Bastille Day parade, our fuhrer wants one of his own…only bigger and better…cause that’s how his reptilian brain works. What a ridiculous waste of money. Here’s a thought, why not use that money to help homeless veterans, or pay for more flight time for actual soldiers, or give our military a bonus…..anything put piss it away in a ridiculous display of might to shore up our pathetic president’s ego.

Snow. I don’t mind winter. I kinda like snow, but I’ve had enough for this year. Sadly, it’s only Feb. 8….this is far from over. At least I haven’t had to run in it this year.

Choosing paint. We decided to paint the living room since we bought new flooring. We spent a lot of timing picking out just the right shade of greige (gray/beige) only to find that, once painted on, it’s barely noticeable. Sigh. So…back to the paint store we go…

 

 

Worth Reading — 2.7.18

Dallas News: We basically ignore school shootings now, because we will do nothing to stop them

“It’s horrifying that we can no longer call school shootings ‘unimaginable’ because the reality is they happen with alarming frequency.”

Splinter: How to Not Die In America

I am lucky not for surviving the infection, but for being a member of a shrinking class of Americans whose lives can absorb a trauma of this magnitude.

The Star: Life Without Plastic authors on how to reduce your plastic footprint (A couple of years ago, I tossed much of our plastic and replaced it with Pryex glass bowls. Sure, they still have plastic lids, but I never heat with the lid on anyway. You can get Pryex sets super-cheap at Christmastime…and, this is stupid, but…they look really nice stacked up in the fridge and you can see what’s in every bowl. Also, when you heat things, you’re (hopefully) not leaking chemicals into your food. This article has inspired me to go further…see what other kinds of plastic I can eliminate in my life. BTW…here’s another thing I do…yes, I carry these to the grocery store every week…to avoid using all those plastic produce bags).

Scary Mommy: If you feel like you didn’t do enough today, remember this. (Ha…ha…I can relate. I had a collage frame sitting on my bedroom floor for at least two years. I finally just hung it…three of the photos are the ones that came with it…keep meaning to print some photos to replace them…)

 

Three things — 2.1.18

Things I’m loving this week

Bigelow Tea, Plantation Mint, 20 Ct

Mint tea. Coffee has been upsetting my stomach. THE HORROR. I know. I know. But, listen, I’ve discovered that I love mint tea just as much and I don’t have to put anything (half & half, etc.) in it. I’m officially a convert…even if it makes me feel like I’m 87 years old. I do still have 1-2 cups of coffee a day to keep the caffeine headaches at bay, but I can see me giving that up come summer when I don’t feel the need to drink hot liquid all the time.

Puzzles. One thing I do like about winter is the slower pace of life….and the fact that we’re all forced to spend a lot of time indoors together. In our house, the last few years, this has meant a big puzzle on the kitchen table. Even the cats work on it….though they mostly just hide pieces which makes it all that much more fun to complete!

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Kale salad with lemon vinaigrette. I had a bunch of kale leftover from a recipe recently and decided to make this salad because I only had to buy lemons (I’d definitely recommend buying real lemons). It has an odd, tangy flavor that I found myself craving after a week, so I made more. I store the dressing separate from the kale mixture because I don’t know if it will make the whole thing soggy if I leave it in the fridge for a day or two. Massaging kale makes it edible….who knew, right?

Things I’m not loving this week

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Corrections. This is the worst part of my job, when the writing and design is done and we start 37 rounds of corrections.

Figuring out new insurance plans. I’m not even going to go into the 1,200 word story of the hell I’ve been through this week, but it boils down to this: Paying out of my pocket (sort of) is making me a smarter health consumer. I spent a lot of time trying to reduce the cost of a prescription…begging my doctor for a 90-day ‘script, fiddling around with the mail order stuff…….only to learn that it was all unnecessary as L’s pills were nearly $100 cheaper at a locally-owned pharmacy. Moral of the story: Call Frontier Pharmacy first.

Missing Smartphone files. I knew better and I did it anyway. I got that message on my smartphone…you know the one….the “you’re almost out of memory” message. It was 10 p.m. and I started deleting shit. I opened up my settings and went after some of the cache and other files I didn’t think I needed. The next day, I realized I’d deleted all the photos and videos on my internal drive (since last fall). I thought all photos were being saved to my SD card. I spent a good part of the evening trying to recover them before i just gave up and decided to chalk it up to a lesson learned: Do not delete stuff from your phone at 10 p.m. at night when you are a.) a tosser (not a saver), and b.) most definitely a morning person, c.) not an I.T. person.

 

 

Worth Reading — 1.31.18

A random collection of articles, blog posts, books, and other things I think are worth sharing.

You know what? I cannot tolerate one more story about 45 or our government, so let’s just bury our heads in the sand this week, shall we? Here are some (no less heavy) stories that have nothing to do with politics (well, maybe in a roundabout way, but…)

Highline: What Bullets Do to Bodies

“As a country,” Goldberg said, “we lost our teachable moment.” She started talking about the 2012 murder of 20 schoolchildren and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Goldberg said that if people had been shown the autopsy photos of the kids, the gun debate would have been transformed. “The fact that not a single one of those kids was able to be transported to a hospital, tells me that they were not just dead, but really really really really dead. Ten-year-old kids, riddled with bullets, dead as doornails.”

Wanderlust: Outside Play Keeps the Bad Stuff Away

The Marshall Project: The Volunteer (“More than a year ago, Nevada death row prisoner Scott Dozier gave up his legal appeals and asked to be executed. He’s still waiting.”)

Scary Mommy: People Are Sharing The Weirdest Things Their Kids Have Said And It’s Creepy As Hell