I knew I wanted to make an advent calendar focused around activities this year. I considered a lot of options like date-specific things that were planned each day, i.e. going to a Trans-Siberian Orchestra concert, but ultimately I decided that when I plan too much and get too technical, it becomes more stressful and I'm not about that life. Plus, the surprise factor is fun for both of us! Also, concerts are expensive *shrug*
Back in 2016. Wait, 2015? I can't remember. Doesn't matter. Back...
In January of 2017 I got my son a hamster to avoid getting him a bird. I don’t have anything against birds, I just don’t want one to live in my house for the next 30 years. Seriously, birds have a surprisingly long lifespan that I had no idea about until I googled it. We went to the pet store and discussed how cute and fluffy the littler hamsters were, and omg look at him on the wheel! I bet he’s so soft! Look how cute he is when he eats! It was an easy sell, to be honest....
For October, we read 10% Happier by Dan Harris.
It’s a skeptic’s guide to meditation. Dan Harris, a former news anchor who had a panic attack on-air, outlines his pre-panic attack life full of chasing the next best thing, handling overwhelm and partying hard, and guides us on his discovery of meditation, but in a totally nonchalant cool-guy way. He knows it’s a touchy subject that’s easily dismissed with an eyeroll, eventually he tells someone he does it because...
For the first time ever, I participated in Inktober this year. Inktober is an unoffical daily drawing challenge for the month of October. The only rule is you have to draw with ink – as in pens. It was started in 2009 by Jake Parker and blossomed into a huge deal among artists. Honestly it’s pretty cool and there are some truly dope pieces of art that come out of it every year, but more importantly there is so much positivity and encouragement around the challenge.
Friends, I made this coat and bag rack and if I can do it, YOU CAN DO IT! You can probably finish in a day, but you want to be sure to let the stain dry completely for a few hours before you hang it.
- Saw - I used a circular saw to cut my board down to size, but if you're buying a new board then you can have them cut it in the store. It's usually free and will save you a step.
- Stud finder
- 3" nails (8)
- Coat hooks like these
- Wood stain and stain pads (or an...
Originally Published on 9/23/19
Friends, I’m in the process of transitioning my site to a new platform and all new site (same link and same blog, just more other stuff!) and I’m very excited, but also very busy and my posting frequency has suffered. However, here I am on this lovely Monday with a very exciting information dump.
I really sold that, huh?
First, I pitched a mural painting to Alt Summit and I need your vote! First of all, I hate asking for votes, but second of all,...
Originally Published on 8/6/19
Earlier I talked about all of my knee injuries and how it affected my running. Today I want to talk about my favorite things for running with a weak knee. If you missed the post, I have torn my ACL and meniscus 3 times and had 3 surgeries on the same knee within 4 years. My last surgery was almost 3 years ago now, and I’m just now to the point where I can get back into running.
My son and I are doing Couch to 5k together, which is a training plan...
Originally Published on 9/3/19
A late review of Daring Greatly. School started and I lost track of time with reading. Please forgive my lapse in the Nerky Book Club – we’re still going strong and we’re understanding when life happens and our reading list suffers! High fives and comforting nods all around!
Friends, I really, really, really wanted to love this book as much as I loved You Are A Badass, because I loved Brené Brown’s Netflix special and TED...
Originally Published on 9/12/19
Friends, I’m on week 6 of Couch to 5k and I’m totally digging it. If you’re interested in running and don’t have any clue where to start, Couch to 5K is for you. It’s sometimes abbreviated C25K, and now that you know that, you can sound extra cool at parties. You’re welcome. Always come to me to be sure you sound cool at parties. I gotchu.
The program starts slow for beginners. The first workout is:
Originally Published on 10/2/19
Y’all. This book was SO INFORMATIVE. You can get a copy here if you missed it or didn’t want to read it before I gave my glowing testimony. I know it was a risky book choice for book club, but I’m here for it.
Oh man. Where to start. First, I think it’s obvious that our mood, ability to think and brain clarity are connected to the food we eat. I’ve experienced it for sure – fast food makes me grumpy. Point blank....