Thursday, February 22, 2018

thursday list

A list because that is what I could come up with.

1) I have come to realize that I love local coffee shops a possibly unnatural amount. But, if you are going to put me in a new city (and give me a per diem if I'm working) and um, I need coffee daily anyway, why should I settle for crappy hotel coffee or Starbucks? Over the weekend I took a quick trip to Austin with Andrew and had lots of time to myself so I checked out two. Fleet Coffee Co. is a tiny place in East Austin that thinks really highly of itself - they had a gingersnap drink with gingersnap-infused milk that sounded amazing for a whopping $6.50 - but I still enjoyed my slightly lower-priced vanilla juniper latte (housemade syrup is my favorite). On Sunday, I went to Mazama Coffee Co. in Dripping Springs and basically fell in love - it was insanely cheap, had homemade baked goods with three lemon-blueberry options (heart eyes), and my lavender latte was delightful. And, it had a kid-free zone and as the person who always has a play date park next to her when she is trying to get work done, I loved that. (No offense, moms. Y'all have as much of a right as I do, but sometimes when the coffee shop is large and seating is plentiful, it's just like, Really?)

2) I have nothing new to add to the Parkland conversation but it has taken my attention and thoughts over the past week. The students are incredible and the NRA is the literal worst. If a teacher is willing to take a bullet for their students, then more power to them and they are amazing human beings; however, this should not be an expectation placed on them. They have families and lives, too, and are humans who might run. Forcing guns into classrooms is about the worst idea I have ever heard.

3) On a similar note, it's time to early vote in Texas. Houstonians, get your guide here and remember that your polling place is determined by your registered party, so do your homework!

4) I deactivated facebook last week. I don't feel that I have gotten time back from doing so - I just find other distractions instead - but it has saved me the headache of misguided gun conversations this week. I was tempted to re-activate tonight but realized that my sanity is worth more than creeping on people I must not like enough to keep up with any other way.

5) I think our first Brunch and Bujo was in August and we have had one every month since, with one coming up on Sunday. I really do look forward to them, especially when they force me to be an extrovert. And I say our but really Bre does all the work and has all the friends. I mostly just remind her that the end of the month is coming and commit to showing up.

6) I've really been trying to up my dinner game. I get tired of the same foods on repeat and want to be healthy-ish. I also love making a meal that will last for two nights so I only have to cook half the time. This week, I made spinach and ricotta stuffed shells (after a weekend of BBQ, a vegetarian meal sounded great, even if it wasn't low-fat) and shredded harissa chicken. The first night with the chicken, we had it with couscous (from a box), cucumber, tzatziki (pre-made), and marinated chickpeas (used this recipe as a guide but subbed in a lot of dry spices because lazy) and for the second night, I got stuff for a Greek salad but we have leftovers of nearly everything so I'm not sure what we'll do. What is it about seeing what other people are eating that is always interesting?

7) I should have saved the above for Add It To My List, which we are bringing back because we like it and a few others do, too. It will be the most un-linkup ever in the case that I will not promise to comment anywhere as that is my blogging downfall, but I do like to see what people want to share. It will be on the last Tuesday of the month which is this Tuesday, the 27th. And now you know.


  1. i removed everything soul-draining thing from facebook and i basically only have the UPS Dogs page lol. it's the best.

  2. Facebook has been fucking horrible the past week as everyone runs to defend the guns. You must read the parkland dad's post though, I linked it in my blog today. The questions he has at the end for you might be a gun fetishist/sociopath if...are so freaking spot on.

    This reminds me there's a coffee shop near me that looks so awesome on Instagram and I've been meaning to check it out but it's a drive and excuses excuses. Maybe Sunday? It should happen before shore house opening.

  3. I had to deactivate Facebook too. I can't even, i don't mind the time suck I mind the negativity and the anger. It is insane.

  4. Even if you don't have anything new to add to the conversation, I think it's so important to just keep having it. I am so impressed and inspired by how these kids are refusing to let this fade into the background like so many others have.

  5. "My sanity is worth more than creeping on people I must not like enough to keep up with any other way" - you put into words what I've been trying to ever since I got rid of my Facebook page over 2 years ago now. Thanks for being far more eloquent than I! I don't miss it at all. I have a fake Facebook that I use solely for blog stuff (minimal) and when you can only view things using Facebook eg business pages (I hate when companies only have a Facebook page but it happens annoyingly often) and now I think I'll follow the UPS Dogs page thanks to Kathy!

  6. I hate that I went back to Facebook but it is what it is, I suppose. Meal planning ideas are welcome in any post! Glad the link-up will be back.


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