Monthly Rewind : February 2015

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February is a short month, but it’s the worst month, right? So cold. So much snow. The worst. On the other hand, I can’t quite believe it’s March. Which means its almost April which means sun and green grass and maybe, just maybe, I won’t have to wear socks.

Anyway, here are a few things I loved in February:

Golden milk. Seriously, I can’t get enough of this. After making another batch of fider cider, I decided that I wanted to try something else with turmeric. Cut to Pinterest, the black hole of the Internet. Long ramble short, golden milk is where it’s at friends. Get on it. Side-note: To make this super easy to prepare, I keep a jar of turmeric honey on the countertop. 1/3 cup honey, 1 Tablespoon ground turmeric, 1 teaspoon ground ginger, a pinch of ground black pepper. Mix and put a lid on it! Then I add a tablespoon of the honey to a cup of warm almond milk with a sprinkle of cinnamon on top.

We’ve also been oil pulling (who am I?). I’ve actually only managed to do it twice because I’m still trying to get the hang of it, but Jim does it quite often. I’m going to do it again tonight while I watch TV so I’ll be distracted.

And speaking of TV, I really like Togetherness. I thought I wouldn’t like it because UGH SUBURBAN PROBLEMS (aren’t there enough shows about that?) but it’s sweet and funny and heartbreaking and well done.

My podcast list is overflowing, but I added four new ones last month. I haven’t listened to any of them yet, because my standard list IS ENOUGH, but I’ve heard good things about these so I’m going to try them … eventually: OMFG, This is Actually Happening, Do the Right Thing and Bitch Magazine.

I’m trying to menu plan for the week so there’s always something ready to reheat and eat. I think I did a pretty good job last month. I tried a few new recipes and the favorite by far, surprisingly, seemed to be the most basic: lasagna soup. It couldn’t be more simple. And it’s delicious!

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To Fall in Love With Anyone, Do This. Actually, do it with your partner. You’ll learn a lot. 36 questions

Should you buy a selfie stick? (Don’t do it)

There’s a football game on Sunday. I won’t be watching. But you should make some appetizers anyway.

12 Historical Women Who Gave No F*cks. These are just some of the women who, historically speaking, didn’t give a single f*ck.

You know how you get obsessed with a song and listen to it 1,000 times in two days? I present Damien Rice singing The Box

Mallory Ortberg summarizes classic books in 140 characters or less. Two sociopaths look exactly alike is my favorite.

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I’m thinking of trying this Journal 52 project to write something once a week for a year. See that word? TRY? I should do it instead of saying I’m thinking of doing it.

My Photos of Crazy Cat Lovers makes me uncomfortable. I was immediately reminded of this movie quote.

All I want to eat is this Roasted Winter Vegetable Chopped Salad. It looks so good!

I’m exploring the world of essential oils. I know … I know. But I’m going to do it. I’ve been reading a lot about how to get started (I ordered a starter set), and I think Abi’s tips/series will be helpful.

The photo series Nadia Sablin’s “Aunties” was a fascinating peek into the lives of two sisters.

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I’m easing into the new year. Trying to find my legs. I’m thinking my word of the year should be “Try,” but that’s scary and I’m not quite there yet. Ease into the new year with me.

Gratitude is important. So important. Why I’m doing something I don’t like doing today. “Want a grateful 16 year old? Teach a 6 year old gratitude and give him 10 years to practice.”

Abundance without Attachment. “doing things for their own sake … makes for mindfulness and joy.”

I’m a person who loves pens. It’s … a problem. You should see the collection by my desk that I’m staring at right now. What is the Best Pen appeals to me.

I’ve been listening to podcasts for at least 5 years now. I felt like I was in the minority for so long, but with Serial, i think more people are discovering the joys of podcasts. Towards a Critical Theory of Podcasting was an interesting read.

I love free, printable calendars. Like this and this and this.

Here is what happens when each Myers-Briggs Personality Type Makes a New Year’s Resolution. Ha! So accurate.

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I wrote a list and scheduled it to post hours later and it disappeared. {{deep sigh}} I needed a few laughs this week and you probably need them too.

What Happened When I Lived According to the Pinterest Popular Page will make you laugh …

…so will People In London Tried To Label The 50 US States On A Map

…so will The 2014 Hater’s Guide to the Williams-Sonoma Catalog

I’m going to be baking and sampling a lot of cookies this week and next. This Winter Citrus Booster with Ginger and Sweet Potato should negate the cookies, right?

And PUBLISH.

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It’s been a long week. An emotional week. I’ve been equally engrossed and disengaged from social media all week. I’ve tried to be conscious of what I am consuming.

Chris Rock has pretty much burned it all down this week. This Vulture interview is great and so is this interview with The Hollywood Reporter. “To say that black people have made progress would be to say they deserve what happened to them before.”

What the Eric Garner Grand Jury Didn’t See. “This is an American problem,”

W. Kamau Bell wrote a great piece On Being a Black Male, Six Feet Four Inches Tall, in America. “It’s not that I think that I will be killed by a police officer. It’s just that if I am, it won’t be a surprise.”

Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Tamir Rice: It is up to us to stop the insanity. “I understand there are good cops out there, just as I understand not every black man stopped by an officer is an angel. But you shouldn’t have to be an angel to stay alive.”

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I see all these great posts during the week and I think I’ll remember where I saw them and then, of course, I forget where I saw them. Welcome to my brain.

Friday Night Meatballs: How to Change Your Life with Pasta was a good read. I love the idea of creating a community through food. Duh, right? I periodically think about doing something similar to this, like a Sunday brunch once a month, but then I get caught up in the details and get overwhelmed and my idea goes nowhere.

Women Rejecting Marriage Proposals in Western Art History made me chuckle. “is this man seriously wearing red tights while he proposes at me

At hotels, I always take the shower gels, lotion and shower cap. And the pens (Why do I take the pens? How many pens does a person need?). And sometimes the tea bags. It has never crossed my mind to take towels or comforters. Ew. WHO TAKES COMFORTERS? Those things gross me out. A Hotel Employee Answers: What You Are And Aren’t Supposed To Take From Your Hotel Room.

On Kindness: My Mother is Sick is a beautiful read.

Thanks for reading.