Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Three Reasons Why You Should Keep Studying as An Adult


Happy Wednesday! It's feeling spring-ish in Philly today even though the skies look like doom. 

This was contributed by Maggie Hammond, a retired nurse and freelance writer, exploring and writing in the U.S. in retirement. An advocate for public health and nursing qualifications, she feels passionate about raising awareness of the current strain on public health organisations. When you don't know about it, give someone else a chance to write about it, am I right? 

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A lot of people miss their college or high school days, but usually not for the long study sessions, critical teachers and tight assignment deadlines! However, staying in some form of education as an adult, for instance doing online courses, night school or evening classes in a topic that interests you, can have a lot of benefits once you have finished full time education and ventured out into working life.

Here are three reasons to keep on with your education as an adult:

Faster Career Progress and Better Options

If you enter a company after college with a good graduate level position, you may think all you need to do to move up the career ladder is work hard and stick with it long enough. However, you can gain a real competitive edge over others and move up the ladder faster if you are still learning and gaining qualifications on the side. Doing a master’s degree in your spare time with an online university like Rutgers can be a great way to achieve this.

You will also have better options if you decide to change careers later on. If you have more strings to your bow in terms of certifications and skills, moving to a new career path, for instance if you want to work different hours to fit around future children, or your original career becomes less in demand in the future, will be much easier. You could even use your education background as a way to become an educator yourself.

Goals and Achievements

People tend to be more motivated when they have goals they are working towards, and these don't always pop up naturally in normal working life. If you are studying something, you always have a way to monitor progress and set targets, whether they are ones that come with your study like attaining your masters with Rutgers University online, or with the results, for instance being able to converse in Spanish because of the learning app you've been using.

You Don't Lose Your Learning Skills

The human brain is very good at learning, and this is the case for adults as well as children. However, many people just get out of practice at studying and remembering new information, which is why some believe only kids' brains are wired for this. If you stay in the habit of studying and picking up new things, this will serve you well in everything you do, so you won't feel bewildered when you have to learn how to use the new system being rolled out at your office or research all of the things you can't eat when you are pregnant if you decide to have a baby!

Learning has also been shown to help keep the mind active and young, and may even make you less likely to suffer from dementia in old age! With all of these advantages there is really no good reason not to consider adult education an important part of your life.

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Have you studied as an adult or considered it?

See you here tomorrow for Thursday Thoughts like every Thursday since 2011. 

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Shit I've Gotten Weird About



1. Organic coffee creamer. I will go to a separate store if the store I'm in doesn't have it. In order for that statement to have weight, you should know how much I hate to make another stop for something if I'm already in a perfectly good store. I want it in my fridge yet I never even think about it when I'm drinking coffee out. I'm perfectly happy, sipping away. I know, it makes no sense.

2. The color of my coffee. Let's just get the coffee shit out of the way. If I am out and purchase coffee and it's too light, I will hand it right back. I'm paying for it. Make it my color. I'm not rude about it, but I'm getting it my color.

3. Blankets. They have become the new water/book/sunglasses, which are the three items I always have with me. I don't want to go anywhere without one.

4. Laundry powder. I used to worship at the altar of Gain. I could not get enough of Gain products. Almost a year ago I started dabbling in more earth-friendly laundry powders that could be purchased. I am not interested in making my own laundry detergent although I have tried to convince myself that I am many times. I’ve tried a shit ton and my favorites are Bianca del Mare's Natural Laundry Powder and Molly's Suds. Both are better for the environment and they do a great job of cleaning clothes. I scent my laundry with essential oils on dryer balls.
5. Straws. I carry stainless steel straws in my purse and if one isn't in there, I go without. Bruce likes them too.

6. Balance. If I feel my life is out of balance, I am Quick Draw McGraw cancelling shit or getting rid of interactions with people who suck to get it back in check. If someone tries to pushes me to do something I don't want to do because it interferes with my balance, I will push back and not nicely.

7. Deodorant. I used Secret Clinical for years and swore I would never use anything else. Never say never. Last winter I switched to Tom's Lavender. And I haven't sweat to death or stunk anyone out so I've reversed my stance on more natural deodorant.

8. Soap. I refuse to buy packaged soap. I want it made, damn it.  I usually stock up at the shore from Blue Lotus (favorites are Saltwater Driftwood year round and Satya for winter), L.E.H. Soap Company (favorites are Jersey Girl, Rosemary Mint, and Peppermint; MFD uses Gentlemen Only), or Bianca del Mare (favorites are orange blossom and sandalwood, her soaps are palm oil-free), but recently bought some from a high school friend on Etsy via her shop Green Lotus Essentials (favorite is lavender & rosemary, her soaps are palm oil-free as well). Store made soap has a lot more shit in it and lasts longer but these soaps make my skin feel better and don't dry it out. I can use them in lieu of shaving cream too. I have even managed to break MFD of his store soap dependency. That was pretty easy given that I'm the buyer of such things but he stopped whining about missing the store bought soap quickly.

9. Having too much when I know people are out there with so little. Don't get me wrong - I like my things. I always have and I always will. I'm not a minimalist or a capsule wardrober. But in the past year or so I've really started to look at what I own and why. And thinking if I don't buy things I don't need in the first place, I'll be in a better position to help more people who literally have nothing. What is life if we don't continually examine how we live and why we live that way? I am still 100% a treat yo'self woman, but I'm more mindful of purchases now...and where I make them.

10. Under eye concealer. It's called being almost 41 + this wretched trump administration, okay? When I don't use it I am The Crypt Keeper. I switched my under eye concealer methods thanks to Sara's recommendation. While I am all for under eye concealer as mentioned above, I do not filter my face in photos. And I don't wear face makeup. Here I am. LOL.

What shit have you gotten weird about?

Monday, February 19, 2018

TWTW - the one with the canvassing kickoff

Bruce got the snip snip of the balls on Friday, so I worked from home to drop him off at 9 and pick him up around noon. He did very well. After work I got my weekly flowers and produce at Produce Junction, hit Target at night, cut up veggies and we had pizza for dinner. We got like four hours of sleep on Thursday night so we were zombies.

Saturday up and early to make a vegetarian dish and set up for MFD's first day of gathering petitions. He had awesome volunteers show up to pound the pavement and even though you're only approaching fellow democrats for signatures to get him on the ballot in May, it takes a long time because maybe three people out of 10 answer their door. So, if anyone can give up a few hours on Saturday or Sunday or even weekdays now until March 5, please consider volunteering to get petitions signed! Everyone works in pairs and you're basically asking friendly people for signatures. It's exercise, you can hang with my dogs, and I'll feed you. Team Debbie and I will be back out again on Saturday. If you're local, contact me at lifeaccordingtosteph@gmail.com and I will pass your info along to his campaign manager! The main requirement is being a registered dem in PA. Bonus points for being a registered dem in the 170th district.
Our house was headquarters from about 10-6 so once everyone left and MFD went to an event downtown this introvert chilled the fuck out, finished a book, and started a new one. Extra chill due to what I sincerely hope is the last snowfall of this season. Nails this week are Essie mochachino.
Sunday was more canvassing, but a pretty regular day for me doing laundry, changing the sheets, reading,relaxing, and policing Bruce Springsteen who now jumps up on the coffee table from the ground. I did get to catch up a little with our friend Lynz who came to help MFD.
Weekly food prep: Breakfast is egg muffins with baby bellas and extra sharp cheddar, snack is oranges and bell pepper strips, lunch and dinner are leftover roast beef and vegetarian pasta dish along with potato salad from Sunday until that runs out, then taco soup. I also made elderberry extract



I hope you had a great weekend. I am not off today, I am not off most bank holidays. Are you?

I have zero plans for blog posts for the week so let's see what happens, shall we? 


Friday, February 16, 2018

Crawling towards the spring line


No matter how I try to set up my Februarys, every year without fail by the middle of the month I feel like a rat in a cage.

February is the opening of lines of You Can Call Me Al.
A man walks down the street
He says, "Why am I soft in the middle now?
Why am I soft in the middle?
The rest of my life is so hard
I need a photo opportunity
I want a shot at redemption
Don't want to end up a cartoon
In a cartoon graveyard"
Bonedigger, bonedigger
Dogs in the moonlight
Far away my well-lit door
Mr. Beerbelly, Beerbelly
Get these mutts away from me
You know I don't find this stuff
Amusing anymore 

I feel like I'm ready to burst or run screaming through the streets or let my crazy out in front of god and everybody.

Aside from the lack of light and black ice, I don't even dislike winter. I think it's just that by the end of February I'm looking for the rebirth of the world around me. I want to feel the sun on my skin, walk barefoot outside, be outside for longer periods of time, not wear a heavy jacket, bare my ankles to the air, all that jazz. I want to go back to the shore.

That's where I am today, and I'm just stopping in here to give you this sugar to add to your coffee because there's nothing worse than when people act like there’s always sunshine in their soul. There’s not and sometimes I’m a troll for no world changing reason. 

I'm dreaming of the day I will arrive on spring's doorstep, fall down to the ground weak and battered by February's bullshit, ready to be healed slowly by the fresh, new air.

It's coming. 31 days. We’re gonna make it.

TGIFF.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Thursday Thoughts - imagine all the people, living life in peace

1. I've officially started counting down until my birthday (28 days) and monitoring nightly shore temps to see when we can open the house again. Please enjoy these Ides of March cupcakes I found on Pinterest.

2. I also submitted the paperwork to adopt our beach at the shore! I am so fucking excited about this, you'd think it was about winning the lottery instead of picking up trash. I put both of our names on the sign even though I didn't tell MFD about it until after I submitted it and he will likely never participate in the clean ups. He's running a campaign, he's got other shit to worry about (click here to donate).

3. Typically how I fill in Thursday Thoughts is I set up the list and will update with a tidbit that I will go back in and expand on on Wednesday night. This Wednesday, this is what that looked like at 6 pm.

4. Part of that is due to my feeling that it was just Sunday and I was sharing weekend things and now it's Thursday and I have nothing to show for the week because I have spent most nights in a Goldberg haze and I'm following the real Beverly Goldberg on Twitter and looking up what the family is doing now and this is why I don't binge watch things often. I lose time on completely inconsequential shit.

5. I have wanted to do this for years. I finally did it and fucked up all the WiFi things in the house but I don't care because my main internet is called Kellerman's and my 5G is called Johnny Castle. I changed it at the shore too, it's Thunder Road down there. I've needed the small triumphs this week.

6. The 40/40 started yesterday. I almost forgot all about it. 40 minutes of exercise for 40 days during Lent. Sundays or day of your choice off if you want. Doesn't matter what it is and it doesn't all have to be together. I started yesterday by walking at lunch and running errands while I did that.

7. I haven't had nail polish on my toes since October? I had major discoloration every time I took nail polish off so I just left it off. I think I'm ready to get back into it.

8. Every week I think I cannot possibly hate this republican administration more. Every week I am wrong. For your attention/consideration this week: Even if you think you know what immigrants can and can't do, and how they can become citizens, please read this (it will take you to a public FB status; this op/ed from two known nonpartisan writers at The Atlantic that contains the frank statement that a certain form of partisanship is now a moral necessity as the Republican party as an institution has become a danger to the rule of law and the integrity of our democracy; Sessions, the top lawyer in the land and also a racist fuck who has shown his racism many times, spoke of the "anglo-American heritage of law enforcement" because he's (one more time) a racist fuck who owns stock in private prisons and has contributed handily to the mass incarceration of brown people and I can't fucking believe he's still in that position and everyone is okay with it; this fire column from Rob Porter's ex wife who he abused - once again for the fucking world, this president is an abuser and knowingly hires abusers and they are all very fucking anti-woman, even the women. Also, for those of you with your heads still up your asses simpering things like why don't women come forward why don't women report things why don't women leave first, let me invite you to shut the fuck up and second, they don't come forward because when they do there are many people like the president and chief of staff/former military man John Kelly knew and didn't care...and despite overwhelming evidence from THREE WOMEN, the president still tweeted about how they were allegations that were going to destroy HIM. The man. The beater. I truly cannot explain my fucking rage over this.

9. Reminder: Thoughts and prayers aren't doing a damn thing for the kids gunned down in Florida yesterday. Year after year, shooting after shooting, America sits here and says it's people, not guns; it's mental illness; what about the criminals with guns?!; all it takes is a good guy with a gun and other tired bullshit as they stroke their shiny guns and worship at the altar of the gun while our children lay dead in school hallways. Meanwhile this does not happen in our  peer countries.Those countries also have people, mental illness, criminals with guns, and guns. They have much stricter laws and don't fetishize guns like we do here. It is disgusting and disgraceful and because the NRA owns so many congress people it is also a political issue. We care more about our guns than the children of this nation. What are we fucking doing here? Does it have to happen to you and your family personally before you are moved to drop the tired replies, speak up about the NRA's hold on our government, and demand change? Check out Moms Demand Action and Everytown. Get involved. It starts with us.

10. Ecard of the week:



Wednesday, February 14, 2018

10 more ways to speak my love language



In case no one hits you up on this Hallmark holiday, I see you. I think you have a lot to offer the world just being who you are. Your mere presence in this life is valuable.

The title of this post is not referencing the actual five love languages - although mine is acts of service in case you're interested (ie cut the talk and DO SOMETHING, so fitting to my personality) - but more pedestrian ways you can speak my love language.

1. Produce brownies that are fudgey, not dry and cakey.

2. Be a feminist in the true sense of the word -  be for ALL women, not just those in your race or class or religion and not just those who would make the same choices you would make in every circumstance.

3. Play Bruce Springsteen.

4. Tell me and the world about a cause that means something to you.

5. When I say no or I can't, leave it at that.

6. Don’t crowd me on the beach and don’t feed the freaking seagulls.

7. Embrace your weirdness and let your freak flag fly. We are all a little weird if we're honest with ourselves. I love weird things and people.

8. Respect my need to recharge alone after time with people.

9. Know I like to stand still and enjoy my ice cream cone, not walk while eating it.

10. Be prepared to discuss Dirty Dancing in depth as if the people are real. But don't expect me to be out on dance floors for real.


What are some ways people speak your love language? If this post sounds familiar, you might have read it before.


Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Book Love is True Love: Show Us Your Books February 2018


Human love can be wonderful. It can also be a fucking mess. 
Book love is much less complicated. 
Happy Galentine's Day to my rock solid ladies 
happy book love day to books and the authors responsible for them...
but every day is book love day 
just like
every day is the day to smother your pets with affection 
 every day is the day to show and tell people you love that you love them.
If you only do those things on certain days, you might be a douche. 
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Linkup Guidelines:
This link up is the second Tuesday of every month. The next linkup is March 13, 2018. A mere two days before my birthday.
Please: 
1. Visit and comment with both of your hosts, Jana & me
2. Display the button and/or link back to us on your blog post
2. Visit other blogs who've linked up and talk books as booknerds are wont to do


Here's what I've been reading since the last linkup

Engrossing Reads

Vanishing Girls (Detective Josie Quinn #1) by Lisa Regan - I had not read a Regan novel before, and apparently she has quite a few. I was totally into this one. I'm not sure how she'll top it with a Josie Quinn #2 but I'll tune in to find out, and that should be out in April. I know this because I tweeted the author and she was kind enough to reply. This was recently on Amazon for $1.99 if you're a kindle person. Free e-copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. 

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander: There is no way anyone can read this book and continue to spout a favorite - black people are ruining their own communities/what about black on black crime etc. If you read this and you cannot see how every institution most of us hold dear (United States Supreme Court, I am appalled) and presidents on both sides of the aisle have been complicit in this, you need to return to school and learn critical thinking. Although I'm not sure if they're allowed to teach that these days? I couldn't stop thinking about this and fretting about how big this is and how deep it goes. I didn't really pay attention to another book until five days later. I started one the day after but couldn't concentrate on it. Paperback, own

The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah - Something about this book grabbed me and squeezed. I liked some of the characters, but none more than the character of Alaska itself and life there in the 1970s and 1980s. I wish more time was spent on the events of the last 50 pages at the expense of some of the front end of the story, but nevertheless I sped through it and enjoyed it. Free ARC e-copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

I am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sanchez - Julia is raw and real and I loved her. Family, frustration, desire for independence. I enjoyed the story and sped through it. That title too, though. Amazon kindle e-copy
Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta - This gutted me in a great way, just like The Piper's Son and to a slightly lesser extent when I compare all three, Saving Francesca. These Marchetta  teen novels get to me. When I read them I can't help wondering if they are over the heads of a lot of teens because there is some yearning realness and sadness and hope to them that is so adult. I think of the reader I was in my teen years, and some books I got then that I probably shouldn't have, so maybe I'm wrong.This took me a little to get into but once I did I could not put it down. I was glad because the last one of hers I attempted, Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil, I couldn't finish. Philly library paperback

Passed the Time Just Fine
We Are Okay by Nina La Cour - This book was beautiful in the particular way that only YA books can be - it reminds me of a time when everything feels fleeting but also somehow forever and like everything that happens or doesn't is a line in the sand. Reading it required me to swallow a lump in my throat a few times. Philly library hardback

Dear Martin by Nic Stone - The subject is important. The writing style was not for me. This is a YA book covering a hugely important topic in our world right now, just like The Hate U Give is doing. In my opinion, The Hate U Give had more to offer adults and Dear Martin is more YA, you know what i mean? Check this one out, it won't take you long, and definitely pass it on to your teens and talk about it together, but don't expect what you got from The Hate U Give if you read and loved that as an adult. Awesome cover. Philly library hardback

The Burning (Maeve Kerrigan #1) by Jane Casey - Is everyone trying to do a series? It took me forever to read this book. Not because it sucked, but because it followed The New Jim Crow and my mind was elsewhere. When I finally latched on, I finished it quickly, but it took me a while to get there. The author attempted a case within a case and it worked in some parts but not in others. Paperback, own

The Silent Girls (Detective Anna Gwynne #1) by Dylan Young - It was fine. I would not run to read this. I am happy to see more thrillers based on women detectives. Lots of them are coming out of the UK. Well done. Free e-copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

The Woman Before Me (Cate Austin #1) by Ruth Dugdall - I sped right through this little jobby. Solid quick read. Very seriously don't see how this can be a series - are they putting #1 on the covers of these things just for fun now? Philly library hardback 

The Crush by Sandra Brown - I think this is only my second Sandra Brown novel? It was fine. I love sinking in with a mystery-ish book in paperback form bending the spine every which way and reading it in 24 hours. This fit the bill. paperback, own
When We Were Worthy by Marybeth Mayhew Whalen - While I liked this book, I feel like it was poised on the edge of being something much better than it was. The author almost went all the way. Still a good read with parts being almost lyrical. Amazon kindle e-copy

Not Worth It
Our Kind of Cruelty by Araminta HallI love reading about the crazies but this lacked direction and made no fucking sense. I am not one to comment on endings because I believe authors live with a book and it's up to them, not me. I absolutely hated this one though, and not because of HOW it ended. More for reasons that are difficult to discuss without spoiling but I strenuously objected to serious themes being injected into the end chapters and sort of glossed over. It made me angry because I felt like the author was trying to slip a commentary on the state of women in the world today in in a flip manner that didn't fit. Free copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Did Not Finish
Alternate Side by Anna Quindlen - I have read and enjoyed many Anna Quindlen books. I could not get through half of this one - mundane and tired. Free copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

What have you been reading? 




Monday, February 12, 2018

TWTW - the one that went by in the blink of an eye

Sitting in a pizza place waiting for pickup when you're verging on hangry is a special kind of self-torture. We celebrated National Pizza Day with Santucci's, which confused people on Instagram because their nearly 60 year old recipe calls for the cheese under the sauce. It's weird at first, I know - I typically like my pizza flat, well done, and not overly saucy-but it's delicious. Try it if you get a chance. The rest of the night I read and watched the Olympics.

Saturday felt super short. I worked a bit, went to Target, we had a Chinese feast at Dad & Carol's with Stephen/Aub/Lola Jean/Baby Stephen and Debbie, then MFD and I drove downtown in the shitty rain and fog to see Dr. Cornel West who was totally worth venturing out in the weather for and finished the night off at a beef & beer for a friend raising money for her CF team. 
Sunday also seemed short, and I woke up feeling behind and stressed out which I hate. Also woke up to dog poop IN our bed, spilled coffee, a crashed pantry shelf, second day of pouring rain with wet and muddy dogs, etc., none of which helped the behind/stressed out feelings. It's just one of those seasons in life for us right now, the only way through it is through it. I did my food prep, changed sheets, did five loads of laundry, picked up around the house, cleared out some bathroom cabinets and started two new books - one I stopped and one I'm continuing on with - painted my nails (OPI Warm & Toasty Turtleneck), lit some candles and got the fuck on with it.  I also zoned out to The Goldbergs, ate brownies MFD made, and watched Olympic excellence. 
Weekly food prep: Breakfast is scrambled eggs, snack - gala apples, lunch - PB&J on homemade whole wheat bread, dinner is clean out the freezer/pantry style: creamy garlic orzo (started with this recipe but used 2% milk) with some onion, carrot, and spinach from the veggie drawer + turkey meatballs from the freezer. There's a lot here, but I'll probably wind up with tater tots and chicken at some point later in the week. I also made breakfast burritos to freeze. 


I hope you had a great weekend. 

Tomorrow is Show Us Your Books! See you back here for that. 


Friday, February 9, 2018

Failure and fire and no one likes us and we don't care

image via 6abc Action News, the only news in town
Philly's been in the news a lot this week. If you haven't heard, our football team won the Super Bowl. 

The majority of the after stories focused on destructive assholes who celebrated by destroying shit. 

Who does that? Well, assholes in every city, unfortunately. Not according to the Internet, though. The Internet would like to pin assholes squarely on Philly. We’re used to it.

So even for non-fans like me, it's been an awesome but oddly defensive feeling week.

On failure making us who we are and being a common denominator for all of us regardless of life status, here is the speech of Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles. True, humble, relatable. 

Failure comes for all of us, big and small fails, fails only we know about and fails that are visible to many. When failure comes, you’ve got to get up and grow from it. Be you, do you, work hard, have your own back, and don't look outside for validation because when you look outside for validation, you will let doubt and shame from the outside creep in too. You don't need that shit. Just keep going.

Then there’s Jason Kelce's speech, delivered in an Avalon Stringband Mummer suit and fired up with the F bomb - mummers, Eagles, F bomb is like a Philly trifecta - that will live in infamy in this city. True, fire, relatable. Up there on the Art Museum steps, Jason Kelce is Rocky after he’s been told he can’t win. Jason Kelce is all of us. 



It’s hard to explain Philly to people. That speech and this little ditty, sung by Kelce and Celek and fans along the parade route but certainly not new to this city, both do a good job of giving you the feel of our culture. 

No one likes us, no one likes us, no one likes us,
We don’t care
WE'RE FROM PHILLY FUCKING PHILLY 
NO ONE LIKES US, WE DON'T CARE

There's a lot to be said for not caring what people think. You can be out there living like Jesus and Mother Teresa combined and people will still think what they want of you, and say what they will. They’ll find shit to talk about because some people just like to talk shit. It’s fine. It’s the way of the world. If you're a good person, you’re a good person. 

I still don't give two shits about the NFL and would take a knee with Colin Kaepernick any day of the week and twice on Sundays, but I love the hell out of people with fire and heart and I love the underdog. This Eagles team has fire and heart, they’re all up there on the stage as Super Bowl champions barking like dogs in front of God and the world while giving zero shits, and quite a few of them have a social conscious to boot. 

This city has fire and heart. We identify as underdogs - we think Rocky is a real person from this town and screw you if you say it’s just a movie. We are working class people; a city of neighborhoods; people with a cultural tendency for bluntness that is often mistaken for rudeness; people who care more about what’s in your heart and what's real than how polished you are; people who are more apt to roar like lions behind those who speak from the heart even if it's a little messy and not conventionally classy; people who might curse more than you like but would give you the shirt off their back in a second. We work hard, play hard, and love hard. 

If the world wants to lump us all in with the few who destroy shit and rocket bottles at people, it’s fine. We know what we are, and it’s not that. 

And if you don’t like us, we don’t care. You can already buy a shirt for this occasion. If you recall, I bought another version at the Cheesesteak Festival in 2015. 

Yo. Happy Friday from Philly.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Thursday Thoughts - will we leave each other alone like this on the streets of Philadelphia

1. You know things will be nuts when your train conductors tell you not to take regional rail to the Super Bowl parade. My office is a few blocks off the route. My plan was the same as when the Phils won: go into work, go down to see some of the parade, go back to work. Not happening this time. Trains are running crazy and my worst fear is being caught in the city longer than I want to be and having to sleep in my office like someone in a movie. I want to see the spectacle but not be inconvenienced by it and you can't have it both ways so I’m working at home today and will see it on TV and through the lenses of some awesome Philly instagrammers (streetsdept, phillychitchat. urphillypal, 6abcactionnews, parkwaymuseumsdistrict, peopledelphia, illadelphia, phobymo, mauricejphotos among others).

2. Is it possible to lay on the couch or in bed without dogs all over you? Asking for a friend who suffers from resting bitch face.

3.  I'm poised on the precipice of not buying bread again. I am testing a few sandwich bread recipes. Do you make your own sandwich bread? Hook me up with your favorite recipe.

4. I'm working on cooking from my freezers and pantry and buying things here and there so I haven't been getting my groceries delivered. Which means more frequent but quick in and out grocery trips, all requiring that I stay on top of my reusable bags in the trunk game.
5. Show Us Your Books coming up on Tuesday! What are you reading?

6. I have a water pillow and skincare to return. Two lines of skincare, actually. I need to get my ass in gear. Damn returns.

7. There are a lot of people out there who never think about how their life would be drastically different if they were born into a different family or a different neighborhood. We cannot put our life experiences on top of everyone else as if we all started from the same place.

8. You know who has military parades? Dickless banana republic leaders, unstable dictators, and killers.

9. Reminder: I love weird. Come sit next to me.

10. Ecard of the week: This one's going to have to come out of circulation now.

Short and sweet this week. I had stomach issues Tuesday night and my second tension point release acupuncture yesterday afternoon, which basically renders me mute for the night so I had to throw this together on the quick. My brain has also been on the fritz this week.

If you're in Philly and at the parade today, enjoy, have fun (and patience!), and be safe!


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