Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Recommendations - January 2018


1. Urvigor anti-fatigue mats for your kitchen - I got two, one for where I do my food prep/making and one for in front of the sink. I use the dishwasher but I hand wash a lot too...it's one of my thinking spots. These provide a lot of comfort for cheaper than many of the gel mats. 

2.  The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn - It's unusual for me to recommend one book in my monthly recommendations because I tend to do that in Show Us Your Books (two weeks from today) but I ripped through this and it feels like a book that would have broad appeal and might be liked even by people who don't love to read. 

3. This is for you PA folks: Please check out John Fetterman who is running for Lt. Governor in the May primary. I voted for him in his run for Senate a few years back, and wholeheartedly support his run for this office. We saw him speak in person Saturday night and I cannot say enough about him. He's down to earth and knows what public service means. This is the kind of person I want in all government offices - someone smart, articulate, and humble, who realizes that very often the circumstances of birth are what put us on the path we're on, and if inequality was not a thing, we'd be living in a very different world. He's willing to do the work not just talk the talk but when he does talk he sounds like a real person. I love following him and his wife Gisele (a fierce and intelligent woman, an immigrant, and founder of several food and clothing nonprofits to benefit the community) on Instagram. 

He shows up as he is - in a button down short sleeve shirt and jeans. If elected as Lt. Gov, he will not live in the mansion because it's inconsistent with his beliefs. He's progressive and real. His life is a story of realizations based on what he's seen, then figuring out how to turn that into service. He left a six figure job to join AmeriCorps in its second year, tutoring high school dropouts for their GED in Pittsburgh before moving to Braddock, PA - a small, forgotten, run down steel town - to continue that work. He won his first election for Mayor of that town by ONE vote.

As Mayor he's revitalized the community - bringing jobs and businesses back and reducing gun violence. He has the zip code tattoed on one arm and the dates of every murder that have happened on his watch as Mayor on the other. Braddock has not lost a life to violence in over five years. He lives in the forgotten communities we talk about constantly - and knows how to make a difference there. I want him to have the opportunity to do that across this state. Please check his page out and if he's speaking at an event near you, go see him in person.

Anything you care to recommend?



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18 comments:

  1. Fetterman has my vote. Awesome power to the people couple. Like you and Mike Doyle. I recommend daily affirmations linked with plenty of gratitude Thank yous❣️Every day in every way our lives are more and more wonderful- thanks to the universe. Daily since 2005. It is calming to me and I am so grateful for my wonderful life. Happy and healthy Tuesday to all.
    Love. Your. Momma.

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  2. Fetterman sounds like the great guy, sorry I'm not there to vote. Best of luck to him!

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  3. I've been considering mats like that for when Andrew has BBQ weekends. Are they easy enough to clean?

    Fetterman sounds like a really cool guy. I'm glad you shared about him.

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  4. Need to add that book to my list! I love those cushy mats--so nice to stand on instead of hardwood especially after a long day

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  5. I love those mats. I used to have similar ones but one of the dogs destroyed them & i need to get new ones....,after Ernie is more grown. Lesson learned

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  6. #MFDfor140? LOL

    Hmmm... things to recommend... avoiding SOTU tonight for your own sanity and blood pressure. Just a projection.

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  7. Those mats are game changers. And I've been hearing great things about that book.

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  8. I loved that book and just passed it on to my baby sister. It is like you knew exactly what I needed today, I was cursing my crappy kitchen mat and swearing I would find a new one, now I have! That guy sounds like a badass, thanks for sharing.

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  9. I added that book to my TBR list a while back and hoping to get to it soon! The reviews are great!

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  10. Fetterman sounds like a very rare and important politician. I hope PA makes a good choice at the polls :)
    I need some mats for my kitchen. I've had my eye on a goat mat from Target. Lol. I want goats someday...

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  11. I haven't really purchased anything I'd recommend since my Amazon finds post, but I can't stress enough much I like that light-up water reminder. I'm drinking so much more water now cause that thing's always blinking in my dang face.

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  12. Fetterman sounds like my kind of guy. Too bad I don't live in Pennsylvania. :-(

    I think The Woman in the Window is ready for me at the library now! I'll be doing a library pick up/drop off later this week, and now I'm even more excited to get that one!

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  13. I have memory foam type mats in the kitchen, they're pretty awesome but have been worn down over the years. Definitely will be checking out yours! I echo what everyone else says about Fetterman. Change happens when people like us work to make the difference.

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  15. woman in the window has been taking forever to get to me from the library. i heard it's so good.

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  16. I want kitchen mats so badly but Barkley likes to pee on them so I quit buying. Sigh.

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  17. Adding that book to my TBR.

    I want to get some mats like that. I've just been buying "cute" ones in the last few years.

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  18. I have a gel mat, but it's so hard to keep clean. Yours look easier! I'd vote for Fetterman!

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