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Back in Action + Link Round-up: Drink Up Edition

Parenthood is a very strange thing. It feels like it’s only been a week since our special delivery arrived, and yet it feels like our little Pipsqueak has been around for ages. Life is kind of like that anyway, but having a kiddo around really drives the point home.

Poolside Nap, by Elizabeth Ditty

In any case, it’s been three months, and that means it’s time to get the show back on the road in this space.  I won’t be posting as frequently as I was before — three times a week is a bit too much for me to handle on top of my freelance load and our ever-evolving mini-caveman — but I’m planning to bring you fresh content every Tuesday.

For now, let me leave you with some fresh links!

Link Round-up: Drink Up Edition

The Naked Grape, by Elizabeth DittyHaving given them up for 9+ months, I have a newfound appreciation for coffee and wine. Luckily, both come with health bonuses as well as simple enjoyment!

Speaking of coffee, Starbucks is raising their prices today.  Here are a bunch of different ways to make coffee at home.

Joss Whedon offers some great advice on how to be prolific.

How to daydream.

Have a great week!

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Friday Link Round-Up: Weakness Edition

Collapsed Pup by Elizabeth Ditty

Whether you’ve faced the question in an interview or have been provoked to do some soul-searching on your own, there’s something to be said for knowing your weaknesses and how to deal with them.  Reviewing Steve Jobs’ biography earlier this week got me thinking about strengths & weaknesses and how we manage them.

Thought-Provoker of the Week

The first step to dealing with your weaknesses is learning what they are and how to talk about them.  Penelope Trunk talks about how to do both.

Lesson of the Week

Once we’ve identified and come to terms with our weaknesses, we can then focus on turning the into strengths.  ZenHabits talks about how to do just that.

Recipe of the Week

This Men’s Health article suggests that the problem with most of our restaurant comfort foods is cheap, poor-quality, artificial ingredients.  By using high-quality, real foods, we can take our favorite comfort foods into something that, if not exactly healthy, at least isn’t detrimental to our health.

Product of the Week

Coffee is definitely one of my weaknesses, and while I adore my Starbucks baristas, I’m trying to be more responsible with how much money I spend there.

To help in this endeavor, in addition to my pour-over coffee, we recently spent a grand total of less than $40 on a Bialetti espresso maker and a milk frother to use at home.  So far, we’re very impressed with the simplicity and quality of both, and it’s nice being able to have what feels like a little bit of luxury at home.

Laugh of the Week

Sometimes the best way to face a weakness is simply to embrace it, just like Loca, the dog who can’t run.

 

Friday Link Round-Up: Small Change, Big Difference Edition

I <3 Coffee

When you’re facing a huge pile of tasks or find yourself in a creative rut, it’s hard to know how to climb your way of it.  But any effort starts with a single step, and sometimes making a small change in your life can make a huge difference.  That’s what this week’s link round-up is all about.

Product of the Week

I tried really hard to fall in love with French Press coffee, and for a while, we really had something going.  But after a while I had to admit that French Press was a little too acidic for my tastes, not to mention a tad bit grainy toward the bottom.  Enter the Pour Over Method, which uses a cone and a disposable or permanent filter.  It’s a beautiful thing.  I use The Kitchn’s instructions with a digital scale, but you can still get great results with a little less precision.  It’s a small change in the 10 minutes I spend making coffee in the morning (when I’m not running to Starbucks, that is), but it makes it much, much more enjoyable.

Recipe of the Week

Lately I’ve been trying to stock my freezer with ready-to-heat-and-eat meals for after the baby arrives — and also because it’s just good practice for busy people.  While Dump Chicken is perhaps the worst name for a recipe, there’s no denying the simplicity of buying chicken in bulk, placing (or fine, DUMPING) it in a Ziplock bag, adding marinade or stew ingredients, and tossing it in the freezer ’til you’re ready to stick (OK, fine! DUMP) it in a crockpot. Add a side of veggies and a complex carb, and you’ve got a well-rounded, healthy, easy meal. Here’s a list of 48 versions.

Thought-Provoker of the Week

In January of last year, I stumbled across FatMumSlim’s #fmsphotoaday challenge.  She provides a list of prompts each month, and the idea is (you guessed it) to take a photo each day somehow related to the prompt.  There are other versions of this, like #project365, as well as a bunch of photoaday copycat lists, but they all serve the same purpose — getting you to find something new/unique/remarkable every day of your life.  My record isn’t perfect (that isn’t the point), but I’ve noticed beauty in places I’d never have thought to look by taking part.  In fact, many of the photos you see on this blog are a result of that effort.  I wrote a post on my personal blog about it last year expanding on why it’s a great idea, especially for writers.  With the prevalence of cell phone cameras these days, whether you choose to post them somewhere or not, it’s definitely a small but rewarding change to your life worth considering.

Laugh of the Week

And with talk of any photo challenge must come acknowledgment that you’re probably going to take some of these photos. You can still laugh at this video and continue to take said photos. Or at least I do.

Lesson of the Week

All great ventures are done one little step at a time.  If a goal is truly important to you, if you can commit to doing at least one thing a day to get you closer to achieving that goal, you’ve got a great chance of getting there — and sooner rather than later.  Here Seth Godin offers a few ideas on using the “one thing a day” principle to market your small business.