Halloween is a fun time of year, no contest there. But if any of you have been near a kid the day AFTER Halloween, you already know that it can be rough. Real rough. Coming down from a sugar high is brutal enough but add to that a later bedtime combined with a more restless night of sleep, and you've got a recipe for tears. I should know. I ate a cinnamon roll tonight that was definitely more sugar than I should be eating. But DAMN it was good!
Does anyone else save the very center for the last bite? That is a glorious pillow of doughy icing-y goodness right there.
Saw this on Twitter and I think it is one of the best costumes yet, and the fact that the sloth is in a DMV makes it that much better. Zootopia is a really big hit in our family.
Our culinary team at work spoils us totally rotten. If you don't know, this week people celebrate Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). It's a time to celebrate loved ones you've lost and remember our ancestors. The kitchen was serving some of the traditional foods and we had a guest restaurant, Tomalitos Tamales, bring in tamales that were out of this world. I got the sweet potato. The refried black beans had soy chorizo in them which was SO good! I need to pick up some of that next time I'm at TJs.
Guess what I did today??? Three shiny new keys distributed to my neighbors! No more crying witches and locksmiths!! Let's erase the whole episode from our brains together mmmkay? :)
Can't shake this cough!! The hubs made me some hot tea which was very nice. That and cough drops at all times are the only things that suppress it. Blerg.
If you are a jewelry lover and you're in San Francisco, come to this store. I want to purchase every single piece of it that they sell and then wear it all at the same time. This is how much I love their jewelry artists.
Window art. Seems about right.
It's the $2.99 witch hat that keeps on giving. He wears it well.
Let's just say Jon and I have very different ideas of light pre-bedtime reading.
Croc's teacher gave him a set of colorform stickers so we spent some time talking about where to position them in the park setting. His preferred method was to layer a lot of stickers on top of each other and I was on board with it.
A day late but let me share a few smatterings that have been floating around my brain this week...
Finding running advice in Pixar's 22 Rules of Storytelling
Someone told me about these 22 Rules of Storytelling put together by Director and Pixar storyboard artist Emma Coats. I love writing and these are really great wisdoms that can be applied to help me in writing, but I think these can also easily be applied to running!
Trying for theme is important, but you won't see what the story is actually about until you're at the end of it. Now re-write.
Come up with your ending before you figure out your middle. Seriously. Endings are hard, get yours working up front.
Finish your story. Let go even if it's not perfect. In an ideal world you have both, but move on. Do better next time.
No work is wasted. If it's not working, let go and move on - it'll come back around to be useful later.
Reasons Science is cool volume MMCDLXXV
Lithops. Have you heard of them? It's a form of succulent plant native to southern Africa. They're also referred to as living stones. Look at this time lapse of them growing after a watering.
Like little plant chameleons, they've evolved to blend in with the stones and rocks around them. They grow very close to the ground, and it can take years for a lithop to produce new leaves!
Uncertainty over turkey pop timer effectiveness is over
Please tell me you've seen the scene in Money Pit (one of the greatest comedies of all time) with the turkey launching and the little red thing popping out of it to show it was done. I remember that turkey poppers were a big deal in the 80s.
This article says using a popping timer in a turkey won't get you a lot of smiles at the Thanksgiving table. In fact, they recommend ditching these ineffective gadgets.
That’s because commercial turkey buttons are set to pop at 180 to 185 degrees Fahrenheit, even though you should actually remove the turkey from the oven when it reaches 160 degrees F (then you temperature will continue rising as it rests on the counter, to the FDA-recommended 165 degrees Fahrenheit). If you use a pop-up timer, you end up drastically overcooking your turkey.
Get with the Times, New Roman
I'm always amazed at the passion some people have over fonts. It's very cool to me, and I see the point. Fonts are subtle but constant lines in our reading background that frame the setting for the words that they make up. I mean if you got a note from your surgeon and it was like this, would you feel good about your surgeon decision? :)
Anyway, along those lines, there are people who absolutely detest Comic Sans font with the white hot passion of a thousand suns. It's a thing. But I have news for those folks, according to this article the Comic Sans haters need to rethink their ways. Comic Sans is an easy-to-read font for people with dyslexia:
Although Comic Sans might not establish an appropriate tone for everything you want to communicate — a court summons, or the poster for a death metal show, for instance — it is actually one of the few widely available fonts that some people with dyslexia say makes it easier to read and write. And in a recent piece in The Establishment, writer Lauren Hudgins argues that railing against Comic Sans is actually a privileged, ableist perspective that ignores the needs of those with dyslexia.
So there. Now you are obliged to suck it up and embrace the armpit of font choices...COMIC SANS!!!!!!!!
(Almost) daily blogger. Sober runner. Mental sh*t stirrer. Pro gender equality in tech. Family first.