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Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Rockin' Recipe GIFs: 4 Ingredient Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken

Today's yummy super easy recipe gif comes from Redditor u/morganeisenburg and it got a big thumbs-up from my kid and also from a group of partygoers. The only thing I did was cut the buffalo sauce back slightly, because my son and I don't like our chicken swimming in it. Your mileage may vary. We ate it without all the extra ranch at the end, too, but again, you do what you like to do.

Monday, January 28, 2019

5 TED Talks You Really Should Watch

I love TED Talks. The presentations have such a wide variety of information and from eloquent speakers with such command of their subjects. I've decided I'm picking a new one every week and I promise I'll spotlight the great ones going forward. For now, here are five of my current faves.

Monica Lewinsky: The Price of Shame

Imagine being a young woman with a great career ahead of you. Imagine making a bad choice - or a string of them - that could impact your employment. Now imagine the whole world knows every lurid detail and it's splashed all over the media and the internet, haunting you for life. Ms. Lewinsky discusses the personal and professional toll of being a victim of the media.

Monday, January 21, 2019

Men Need Compliments But Also Make It Hard For Women To Give Them

There was an interesting discussion on Reddit the other day about men and the fact that they are rarely complimented, even though they very desperately need those compliments.

Some of the comments in the thread hit you right in the feels. Several guys talked about one compliment they received that they played over and over in their mind for years, sometimes because it came from a special girl, but often because it came at a time in their life when they desperately needed it and also because they have so few instances of genuine compliments that they really stand out.

That's just plain sad. And it shouldn't be. But it's also a very real truth (and one that was repeatedly mentioned on the thread) that men sometimes read waaay more into compliments than they should, and we as women really don't want the hassle of unintentionally leading someone on.

Friday, January 18, 2019

Time For Another Edition Of "What The Hell Am I Looking At?"

It's time once again to scratch our heads in confusion or recoil in outright horror as we peruse this collection of oddities I've gathered from my travels across the internet. Enjoy!

It's chilly out! Can I pour you a warm - I mean really warm - cup of coffee?

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Rockin' Recipe GIF: Slow Cooker Candied Pecans

I'm trying out a new feature this week. I am thoroughly addicted to watching recipe gifs and videos, and I've amassed quite a collection. This year I've made a vow that I'm going to stop just watching them and actually make them. Crazy talk, I know.

I tried this one (from over the weekend and here's my review:

Monday, January 14, 2019

Being Alone: Terrible Torture? Or Fun And Free?

Across the years, I've known many women (and men) who spent their adult lives hopping from ill-fated relationship to ill-fated relationship simply because they were terrified of being alone.

Maybe it's the introvert in me, or the fact that I spent so many years feeling ground down by a bad relationship, but I've never looked at being alone as a curse. It's just my current state, and if it should happen to become my permanent state, well, I'm okay with that. 

To be fair, I'm only truly alone on the weekends and vacations the kids are with their Dad, but I've seen some definite perks to those weekends and vacation periods. For instance:

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Ellie's Flick Picks: The Bell Rock Lighthouse

This one you don't need Netflix for - you can watch it right here. Enjoy!

The Seven Wonders of the Industrial World - The Bell Rock Lighthouse.

Monday, January 7, 2019

Can A Video Game Teach Empathy? Science Says Yes!

Results of a study From the University of Wisconsin reveal for the first time that in as few as two weeks, kids who played a video game designed to train empathy showed greater connectivity in brain networks related to empathy and change in perspective.

Led by Tammi Kral, a UW–Madison graduate student in psychology at the Center for Healthy Minds, developed the video game Crystals of Kador. The game featues scenarios with aliens who have detailed human-like features that express anger, fear, happiness, surprise, disgust and sadness.

Friday, January 4, 2019

Fun On A Friday - Check Out The Crazy News Stories!

It's Friday of a three day workweek for me - which I highly endorse, by the way. I've managed to archive a fat stack of news for your perusal, so let's get to it.

I want this as the headline when I die.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

I Took A Nice, Long Social Media Break And Discovered How Boring I Was

I'm back!

I know the blog has been lackluster since my brain exploded back in March, and I went completely dark on all social media back in mid-December because I've got some massive behind-the-scenes drama coming at me from three different directions that I'm not comfortable sharing. It simply had to be muddled through.

Three weeks without a post, pic or blog and guess what? Damn, am I boring. I think that's been one of my main struggles this last year, really. Other than recovering from my stroke, not much is going on with my life. And I know that's understandable, but it's also frustrating as hell, feeling like I'm constantly pushing two steps forward and getting pulled one step back. It's repetitive and depressing for me so it must be all sorts of exciting for you to read about.

Yet I'm not ready to bag the blog entirely. I still have things to talk about, oddities and interests to share. I'm just not going to kill myself trying to come up with blog fodder if it just isn't there. I think you're all probably fine with that, too.

This year is going to be a year with a large amount of change for me. Anna is heading off to college (she already landed early acceptance at her first choice school, along with a very healthy scholarship), David is navigating high school, the day job is picking up its pace dramatically, and my writing career is changing track to a new publisher. I can't make the official announcement until the details are settled, but this has been a big stressor and will hopefully be behind me soon.

New Year, not-so-new me, but I'm still in forward motion. I hope 2019 brings a whole lot of good for all of us.