Friday Feels

Friday Feels

Happy Friday! I have today off and six blog posts I need to write, two with a March 1st deadline. So I’ll be spending today and hopefully much of my weekend cranking out blog posts! It’s a good problem to have.

Please enjoy this week’s pieces of the internet that made me feel things.

Friday Feels

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Happy weekend everyone! I had a good week but sensed it was pretty stressful for some of my loved ones. Wishing relaxing weekends for everyone, especially those who were extra stressed this week. Enjoy this week’s pieces of the internet that made me feel things.

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Friday Feels

Friday Feels

Happy Friday everyone! I’m battling a cold right now. I thought it was just allergies but it bloomed into a gross cold. It’s my all-time favorite holiday this weekend. Sugarface and I are celebrating with a chicken tender taste-off and trying to replicate Cane’s Chicken dipping sauce. I want to make our celebration a pun. Tender Loving Care? Swipe Right on the right Tender? I have a pun sickness.

Enjoy this week’s round up of links that made me feel things!

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I’m looking forward to this Netflix series!

The guy in this Buzzfeed video is my old coworker! He quit the job we had together to move to LA and follow his dream of being an actor. I felt so proud watching this video.

Friday Feels

Friday Feels

Happy February everyone! My dogs wish you an early Valentine’s Day. This weekend Sugarface and I are going to a banh mi taste-off and a Superbowl party even though neither of us follow football. How about you?

Here are this week’s pieces of the internet that made me feel things. Enjoy!

January On & Off Instagram

It’s funny how January felt like it was mostly routine days but in actuality there were a handful of big events. Sugarface and I rang in the New Year dressed up at a New Year’s Eve wedding in Arkansas. I had never seen him look so handsome in a tux before! We spent the first few days of the year in Arkansas and enjoyed some quality time with his parents. The dogs got to do some exploring too. Shortly after getting back from Arkansas, we celebrated our first anniversary by watching Die Hard and eating dinner at one of our favorite restaurants. I also made one of his favorite meals to celebrate, garam masala pot pie. It’s been such a sweet year.

I’ve been trying to spend more time at home to write and food blog more. So I blogged about a happy hour and making sausage for the first time.

There were awesome chance encounters with memorable strangers this month. I met a man on the elevator named James who had a bag full of lilies. He was traveling soon and didn’t want his flowers to go to waste. He gave me a stem and brightened up my day. I also met Victoria and her sunshiney crew on the streets of downtown giving out free warm hugs.

Finally, we ended the month the same way we started it. Dressed up for a wedding.

Not depicted on Instagram was an oil change date with a dear friend. It was the most fun I had waiting for an oil change. We snacked at McDonald’s and colored our coloring books as we talked for almost 3 hours.

January On & Off Instagram

January On & Off Instagram

January On & Off Instagram

January On & Off Instagram

January On & Off Instagram

January On & Off Instagram

January On & Off Instagram

January On & Off Instagram

January On & Off Instagram

January On & Off Instagram

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Question: What were some of the highlights from your January?

Friday Feels

Friday Feels

Well done everyone! We finished another week. I hope you you did a bit of relaxing to balance out all that work. I found some awesome links this week that made me feel things. The last video had me chair dancing. Enjoy!

Friday Feels

Friday Feels

Happy Friday everyone! My week whizzed by again. I like the spirit of Januaries. Fresh starts and making plans and goals are invigorating. This weekend my only priorities are sleep and an oil change with a friend. Yes, we actually made a date to have our oil changes together. How about you? What are you doing?

Here are this week’s list of links that made me feel things.

  • A therapist’s lessons about happiness.
  • I keep looking at these photos I took of my favorite burger and drooling.
  • I love it when OkCupid shares their data. Fascinating!
  • Lena Dunham on saying no.
  • How to write.
  • I enjoyed this Ted Radio Hour podcast episode about the meaning of work.
  • While we’re on the topic of podcasts, I’m so happy one of my favorite columns launched a podcast, and we talked about Mystery Show Podcast on the latest episode of I Feel Better podcast.

  • 9 tips for photographers to photograph couples. I need to do the 9th one more.
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    Have I told you I had (maybe still have) a minor (maybe major) crush on Snoop Dogg?

    The girls from I Feel Better got me hooked on Boho Berry videos.

    Friday Feels

    Friday Feels >> Curious Notions

    Happy weekend! Is it just me or are the weeks in 2016 whizzing by already? I hope you are well and you take some time to relax this weekend.

    Enjoy this week’s list of things that made me feel things.

    VIDEOS

    Pew pew pew! This cracked me up. Maybe posting videos of comedians in cars will be a regular thing for me.

    50 Books Read in 2015

    Books of 2015

    It took reading 14 books in December, but I read 50 books in 2015. It was my fourth consecutive year of reading 50 books a year. I’m reminded every year of what a procrastinator I am in December. I wanted to share my final list of all the books. There were plenty that I loved and liked. What were your favorites from 2015? I haven’t read anything so far this year, putting me already one book behind schedule!


      Books I Loved

    1. Americanah was my first of two books by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. I resolve to read the rest of her books in 2016!
    2. I’ve now officially read all of Anthony Bourdain’s books and loved them all. I especially loved the essay about his daughter in Medium Raw.
    3. I loved The Color Purple so much. It was an emotional roller-coaster but I still think about the characters.
    4. Books of 2015

    5. I read Humans of New York: Stories twice, cover to cover.
    6. I didn’t expect to like Station Eleven but I couldn’t put it down.
    7. Books of 2015

    8. I related to Bich Nguyen’s account of growing up in the U.S. with immigrant parents. Stealing Buddha’s Dinner is a memoir framed by food and thus awesome. I almost cried in the last chapter.
    9. Admittedly I read Of Mice and Men because it was short and I wanted to complete my goal. I already knew the story from all the references in pop culture but it still broke my heart.
    10. Books of 2015

    11. Lucy Knisley’s French Milk made me nostalgic for Paris.
    12. Books of 2015

    13. I read Age of License , also by Lucy Knisley, while waiting for an ultimately canceled connection from Dallas to Little Rock.
    14. Books of 2015

    15. Displacement: A Travelogue is another favorite from Lucy Knisley.
    16. Books of 2015

    17. Big Magic was an inspirational read about practicing creativity. Also file under “Books I Read to Help Me Figure Out My Work Life”.
    18. You can hear more of my thoughts about Modern Romance by listening to this I Feel Better episode.
    19. I didn’t think I could stomach Tony Robbins but I finished Money: Master the Game in a day. It was over six hundred pages!
    20. Rising Strong was such an uplifting read. Read Daring Greatly first.
    21. I could not put Everything I Never Told You down.
    22. I read all of Dept. of Speculation sitting in my closet during a bout of insomnia.

    23. I like starting with essays or memoirs when I’m exploring a new to me author. This is the Story of a Happy Marriage was my first book by Ann Patchett.
    24. Books I Liked

    25. I read The Old Man and the Sea towards the end of my reading challege. Cherry-picked both for its prestige and its brevity.
    26. I would have read The Girl On The Train in one sitting if I didn’t have to be an adult. So it took either two or three sittings. A page-turner of a mystery with a well-meaning but atrociously unreliable narrator.

    27. The Sense of an Ending was a slow coming of age story that highlights how flawed our memories are.
    28. About Alice was written lovingly by Alice’s husband in her memory.
    29. I was reading Men Explain Things To Me while waiting for new tires. The man sitting next to me saw the title and chuckled, “Isn’t that what all women want? Men to explain things to them?” I wanted to throw the book at him and tell him the book was written for exactly him.
    30. The Guy Not Taken, a collection of short stories, was a quick read. There were a few good ones.
    31. Read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up if you’re looking for motivation on decluttering your life.
    32. Books of 2015

    33. Read We Should All Be Feminists because we should be.
    34. I enjoyed a few essays from Bad Feminist very much.
    35. I found an essay excerpt of Rob Lowe’s Love Life about his son and immediately put Love Life on hold at the library. I enjoyed his writing style. I either read this one and listened to the next one listed (also by him) simultaneously or vice versa. I do recommend you listening to both these books since he did such a great job on the audio.
    36. Stories I Only Tell My Friends recounts many stories of Rob Lowe trying to break into the acting business. It was a comforting read while I dealt with job rejections.
    37. Books of 2015

    38. Read Geography of Bliss if you have wanderlust and are curious about how different cultures approach happiness.
    39. Sugar in My Bowl is a collection of essays by women about sex.
    40. I was dutifully reading Never Let Me Go despite not being hooked and about 120 pages in, I was hit in the gut. I’m glad I stuck it out.
    41. I read a few thriller mysteries this year. Bonegap had a bit of the mystical in it.
    42. I read If You Find This Letter on my flight from Austin to Chicago and cried so much the passenger across the aisle gave me her whole package of tissue.
    43. I didn’t think I’d like Stoner but I read it in two sittings. Depressing but beautifully written.
    44. Books I Read to Help Me Figure Out My Work Life

    45. An old coworker had pushed Rework on me over and over again. It wasn’t until I got laid-off that I finally made the time. I think anyone managing people or anyone in Human Resources could get a lot from this book.
    46. Essentialism motivated me to pare down every area of my life.
    47. Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?
    48. Die Empty: Unleash Your Best Work Every Day
    49. Playing Big
    50. The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Photography Essentials
    51. Trust Agents

    52. Pinfluence
    53. May Cause Miracles
    54. The Big Leap
    55. Books I Was Meh About


    56. I read 50 Shades of Grey out of curiosity but it took me months to finish because the writing was so bad and the story uninspired.
    57. DUFF
    58. Why Not Me?
    59. I really wanted to like Fun Home, but it was so difficult to connect with her writing. My favorite bookworm in the states and friend (whose taste I usually love) raved about it though. So take my paltry words with a grain of salt.
    60. What Alice Forgot
    61. Heartburn

    And that concludes my 2015 book list!


    Questions: What book was the most helpful to you in 2015? What were your favorites?

    Friday Feels

    Curious Notions >> Friday Feels

    Hello! I’ve returned to the real world this week. I spent New Year’s in Arkansas with Sugarface and it was a bit of a culture shock to reenter the grind. If this was your first week back from vacation, I hope it went smoothly. Here’s this year’s first installment of Friday Feels, links that made me feel things. Enjoy!

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    I had to search for this video by the author of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up to clarify how she proposes you fold your socks.