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.