July 2019

Stranger Things Left Me With All the Feels

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Spoilers ahead! 

Is anyone else still reeling with feels after binging season three of Stranger Things, which is pretty much what we did for the Fourth of July this year? Holy. Cow. I can't even. First of all, the series was more Totally Eighties! than ever, which I loved. I loved Max and Eleven becoming friends, the gruesome gore of the season, Hopper trying to deal with parenthood and his and Joyce's relationship. There are some things I didn't love, of course, but I felt like it was a really good season. 

DIY Madeleines

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My teen and I are huge fans of madeleines. The kid loves them half-dipped in chocolate but I enjoy them plain, just as they are. Since I avoid sugar most of the time I was super excited to see this low-carb recipe for madeleins at KetoDietBlog. As soon as I get a good pan to make them in, I'm definitely going to try it. This recipe is for a buttery, vanilla-y flavor that I can't wait to try with my London fog!

Menstrual Hacks

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When it's that time of the month (I call it Zuul's visit), things can get tricky. Sometimes the pain is so terrible I feel like I can't do anything, but working from home means you work through it, right? At least you can do it with a heating pad and no shoes or bra on if you like. Sometimes having a period throws everything off; anyone who's tried primitive camping on your menstrual cycle can attest to that! 

John Mayer's First Time

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If you've always wanted to hear how Dead & Co. got started, you should definitely check ou tthis video of John Mayer playing with Bob Weir for the first time on the Late Show. It's a great performance, but it's also a piece of the Dead's history. Mayer seems to be the longest running stand-in after Garcia shuffled off this mortal coil of dancing bears in 1995 and perhaps he'll be around much longer, too.

Playing Outside Is Good For You

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Nature bathing, nature therapy, time outside, outdoor fix... whatever you call it, spending time outside is good for you. There's a reason why people love to go camping, hiking and boating. Even though outdoor adventures can be exhausting, it's a good thing because it's healthy for many people. Being outside has been found to be helpful in preventing or treating everything from depression to obesity to anxiety and immune health.

White Center Pizza And Spaghetti

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Pizza and spaghetti sound so yummy right now, although after all of the spring fish fries I now have fish and spaghetti on the brain! Weird, I know. I need to go to White Center Pizza for my fix. They have everything I want when I'm craving Italian, from lasagna to manicotti, and they even have chicken and ribs for my partner who would rather have that kind of fare. 

Maki Staki

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You've played Sushi Go, now it's time to give Maki Staki a try! Maki Staki is a card game for all ages. To play, you collect cards to make your own maki roll (stack of cards). You also play action cards as you go, and you try to avoid wasabi burn and fatal fugu while you play. You can also get past them with... the conveyor belt! If that sounds like a game for sushi lovers, it really is, but it's also fun for everyone else!

How Elephants Help Frogs

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It's not really a symbiotic relationship, since the frogs don't particularly help the elephants back, but have you ever thought about how elephant prints help other animals? I've read about how elephants eat so much grass that their droppings make great recycled paper; in fact, I bought some for my teen once and they loved it. It turns out that the footprints left behind by elephants are extremely helpful for another animal--frogs!

In Search Of Alien Life

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NASA is sending a mission to Titan in search of life, and Dragonfly, the drone, looks pretty incredible. Saturn's moon Titan is an ocean world, and its conditions and organic material make it a likely host for some kind of life in the universe. There are seas of methane and equane on the planet, and even though the atmosphere there is four times denser than our own, that doesn't rule out the possibility of life. 

Broccoli Cheddar Waffles

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We are living in one of the most inventive times to be alive, and that includes food inventions! Chefs are constantly coming up with such clever, creative ideas that it just wows me. I could look at food on the Internet every day and not get bored with it just because there's always something new and exciting to see.

Helping Animals Through The Rockets' Red Glare

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Independence Day is one of my least favorite holidays. Spending money on fireworks, which my partner enjoys, is such a wasteful and dangerous activity to me; you might as well set your money on fire. But since he loves it, I try to be supportive, even if to me celebrating would mean not singing about bombs and rockets but protesting the injustices that occur here every day. My partner does support me in doing that much more often than once a year, I must admit. But I also hate how the fireworks disturb the animals.

Favorite Poetry Blog Posts

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Some people argue that poetry doesn't translate well to the modern world, including my teenager, whom I've got reading Shakespeare's sonnets at the moment. They've warmed to the sonnets, but we've had many a discussion about how poetry is in everything from the songs they love to the movies they watch over and over again. There's slam poetry, which I think is incredible, and there are even online poetry resources like AllPoetry and various blogs that discuss the art.

Refreshing Summer Drinks

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With today's current heat advisory, I'm ready for something super refreshing to cool off with. This list of cocktails looks really good. Watermelon motijos and rose sangria look so good, as does the coconut water champagne fruit punch! I don't have most of these ingredients at hand, though, and I'm looking for something really good. I thought I had some frozen fruit but I gave it all to my chickens to cool off with! 

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