Happy New Year!!! Well, with a new year, I aim once again to blog more. I probably could’ve posted a whole bunch of these Monday posts if only I’d actually taken the time to post them; I have tons of links I’ve sent to myself […]
It’s been quite a while since I’ve posted anything. You’d think that because of all the crazy winter weather we’ve experienced lately, preventing us from getting out of the house, I’d have more time to write. WRONG! Instead, we’ve been dealing with sickness, burst pipes […]
Maybe it’s just the weather, but I want out of here! Sunny, warm, breezy, blue. Those are words that just resonate with me lately. That, and we’ve got plans to do some traveling this year, and well, the planning has made me ready. I love traveling. Just looking at all the possibilities I’ve come across through the planning has made me anxious to get the party started, so to speak. And two of my kids are having extraordinary adventures of their own, so I’m sort of feeling like George Bailey stuck in Bedford Falls. I have my suitcases and grand plans, but yet, here I am. Waiting to go. Oh, I know that we’ll see these plans through, but I it’s like when, as a kid racing someone and the “announcer” shouting out “Ready, Set. Go!” And your body and mind were twitching in anticipation.
That’s me lately. Full stop anticipation. (Um, do you hear Carly Simon singing right about now?)
Not that I want to wish my life away. Truly. But plans, and the planning and the fruition of the plans are usually just so delightful, aren’t they?
I was reading an article this week on specific German words for unusual kinds of maladies, and this word and definition stood out:
Fernweh is the opposite of homesickness. It is the longing for travel, or getting out there beyond the horizon, what you might call… awaysickness.
Yes! Sometimes there aren’t words for what we’re feeling. And then on occasion, you are blessed with finding out there actually is a word; it’s just in a foreign language! Still… I’ll take it. But now you know a new (German) word, and have a little insight into my thoughts lately.
Here are the Monday links:
- No more Skymall on plane trips to pass the time
- Why rain smells the way it does
- Babies experiencing tunnels – too adorable for words
- Scientists may have found a cure for peanut allergies
- My favorite, favorite TV show ended this week; how it kept us interested in a cynical age
- It’s almost Meyer lemon season, and this tart looks sooooo good
- Lemon is on my mind… savory barley breakfast dish with lemon yogurt sauce
- Tell people they matter. They won’t forget it.
- Research reveals causes of depression
- Chick-Fil-A is giving away free coffee through the month
- Make your own hand sanitizer
- Now that I’m only cooking for two(ish), this recipe converter makes dividing recipes much easier
- Try easy – this post by Kristin Armstrong was so meant for me and other Type A’s out there
- How cool would this be to have for outside parties? Glow-in-the-dark table
- I’m a big fan of using your body weight to stay in shape – the only 12 exercises you need
- For the country that started the whole freedom experiment, it’s sad that we’re now #12
- How to fold things like an adult – how to fold the plastic grocery bag makes so. much. sense!
- Homemade vanilla chai tea latte mix – I’ve made this and I love how you can tailor the spices to your liking
- Secrets of Amazon’s warehouse employees
- My daughter is obsessed with this kale salad. And now I am too…
- I keep adding books to my list of “I want to read this!“
- Bacon-cheddar cauliflower chowder – low carb and delicious!
- DIY photo light globes – on my list of someday craft projects!
- Since I just learned how to make biscuits… I might get this handmade ash biscuit cutter (by a pastor!) as a thank-you for my teacher
- The strategy behind winning at Rock Paper Scissors
- 10 skin care myths debunked
- Red Velvet Oreos
- Mr. Darcy as a James Bond kind of character – looks like a fun movie
- Brownies! Cookies! In one delicious cookie!
I sometimes spend a little more time than necessary surfing the internet. But hey – don’t we all? I tend to think though, that it’s like I’ve been unleashed in a giant bookstore or library for hours at a time; what can’t I learn with all this information at my fingertips? Because the fact of the matter is that I do learn quite a lot.
And I don’t know about you, but one of my favorite things about say, Amazon is that I can read other peoples’ reviews of whatever I’m looking to buy. The same goes for Goodreads – I love that I can see what my friends are reading, because well, they’re my friends for a reason, and I’m interested in what makes them tick. If someone gives a good review of a book on Goodreads, then chances are, I might want to read that book too.
Similarly, one of my favorite things about certain blogs are the posts where they consolidate all their favorite content from across the web that week, or maybe even some of the recipes they’ve bookmarked or pins they’ve pinned on Pinterest.
I always seem to be searching for new information on health & exercise when I’m not looking up decadent recipes. I try to keep abreast of pop culture so I can not come across as a total idiot around my kids and their friends, and find things I can do or make around my home to save some money. There are products I find I want to share with my family and friends and you. So once in a blue moon – or more – I’ll try to dish out a few of the things that caught my attention recently.
April 7, 2014 Things
Tomorrow it’ll be 20 years since Curt Cobain died. What would he sound like today?
Doctors believe that Earl Grey tea is as good for your heart as prescription statins.
Thinking about taking up running? I’ve been at it for a while now, but if I were new to the sport, Kristin Armstrong’s letter to a beginner would be amazing advice.
Lose weight while you sleep? Sign me up!
Detox your body by keeping these emotions in check.
How could banana bread possibly get any better than it already is? Find out here.
Like the look of concrete floors? Here’s a way to DIY on the cheap.
Yes, let’s just admit it: we all love food. And we all have idols in our life other than the one true God. But what about when we make food our God instead?
Author Henry Miller’s Commandments on Writing…
Heartbreaking. Bittersweet. Dying father walks his 11 year old daughter down the aisle so someday she’ll have pictures. Gulp.
A unique gift to give someone with a green thumb might be these adorable homemade seed starters.
Trader Joe’s Honey Greek yogurt. This may be the healthiest decadent thing I’ve ever eaten.
Speaking of TJ’s, imagine a grilled cheese sandwich made out of this!
Herd animals of Yellowstone National Park are leaving in droves. Could that be a sign that the super volcano underneath might erupt soon?
And why it might not be…
If I had a pool, this is what I’d want!
Although my kids are grown and almost grown, I would totally have used these fabulous free Easter resurrection printables.
Aspargus and cheese tart I want to make this for Easter brunch.
I love almost any unique foodie thing at Trader Joe’s, including nutty dukkah, which I found a few months ago. Here’s a homemade version.
Mango Jalapeno Margaritas. I just bought a case of mangoes. I know what I’m going to do with some of them. 🙂
Mango Curd. Ditto.
I love peanut butter, cookie butter, almond butter, Nutella. Basically any kind of spread. Now… salted caramel spread. Heaven!
In my next house I want this pull-out coffee station.
I discovered this too late to make the registration, but next year, my daughter and I will do this. Tiffany’s makes a special necklace as the medal – Nike Women’s 1/2 marathon DC
I don’t know why I never thought of lemon on a pizza before, but I must make this!
Genius! Macaroni and cheese waffles.
Tetris on the side of a building for its 25th anniversary…