It was nice to break out some of the cooler weather clothes this week even though it really isn't all that cool here yet. Have you noticed I wear a lot of the same clothes?
I went through a phase—which I am gravitating back to now—where I hold on to only my favorite things that are functional and cozy instead of packing my closet full of things I never or hardly ever wear. So I don't own a lot of sweaters or jeans. If I bring a new piece into the mix, then I donate 1-2 other things. You wouldn't believe how much nonsense accumulates in the house! I start to actually cringe when the kids get gifts that I know will only end up broken on the floor in little plastic pieces in a matter of hours (sometimes minutes—my kids are talented destroyers!).
I walked part of the way to work and every time I pass by this mural, I stop and look. I'm not really sure what the heck it is or means but it's dramatic!
I'm not sure what they are doing to the mangos this season, but please keep doing it! Unless it involves GMO, pesticides, or causes detrimental environmental impact ;)
Remember the other day when I mentioned how exciting it is to get packages in the mail as a kid? Well clearly that level of excitement travels all the way up to middle age because I was plum tickled to see this Glossier package in my kid's hands! They assume every single package that arrives is for them, but not this time. It was all for me because my friend at work has great skin and she uses their stuff. Plus they sucked me in to one of their IG ads.
Croc got sucked into the cute packaging which I couldn't help was PINK in color! They gave you these cute little stickers which we put on the little pink zippy bag that held the products.
I got a brow wand which is a tinted gel and basically keeps all those stragglers from saying hello, and this haloscope stick that you rub on your face and it kind of highlights your skin and makes it dewy. They also sent me a sample of their perfume which is nice and light but I tend to steer away from perfumes. I'll save it for a special occasion.
Aaaand I was lazy about getting up this morning to run so now I have a bet with Jon that I will run tomorrow morning or give him a 1-hour foot massage. And I'll buy a Lego set for The Dude. Croc wasn't in the room when I was placing bets so he gets nothing. Let me tell you I will NOT lose this bet! So up and at 'em bright and early for this little chippy!
And now some Tuesday smatterings that have been popping around in my head.
How to eat one of the world's stinkiest foods
I told you my story the other day about The Dude having a weird love of durian fruit when he was a toddler. Living in SF, I see durian all over at the curbside produce stands. They look intimidating to open so I tracked down this great post on how to open and eat them. Let me tell you that the smell of this fruit is obscene. And it sort of looks like you're dissecting a small being when you open it. I'm told it's an acquired taste that I just haven't developed. :)
Fun facts from the post:
A veteran's running story of inspiration
A Marine who lost both of his legs during an explosion in Afghanistan in 2010 has set a challenge for himself. Rob Jones is running 31 marathons in 31 days while raising money for wounded veteran charities. His story is so inspirational:
At Walter Reed I was fitted with prosthetics, and worked very hard to learn how to walk with two bionic knees. I also used the time to relearn how to do other things with my new challenge including riding a bicycle, running, and rowing. I took naturally to rowing, and since I am always in search of a challenge that I can use to become better, I decided to train for the 2012 Paralympics.
You can follow his journey on his site, and even run with him! I love reading stories like this where someone had a path—to give up or to take an awful circumstance and turn it into something rewarding and positive.
This is not your mother's soda
I love a good dill pickle. In fact when I saw one of my favorite bloggers wearing a pickle hat in her post the other day, I had major envy. But I'm not sure I can get on board with this product: Pickle Juice Soda Pop!
Grandpa Joe's Candy Shop is a chain of stores in the midwest that sells the soda and they teased the drink on their page, "If you're the kind of pickle lover who relishes in all things pickled, this is gonna be a really big dill."
Holdout houses --> like the house from Up!
Do you know what a holdout house is? You do if you saw the animated movie Up. A holdout house refers to a piece of property held by an owner who refused to sell to a developer. Sometimes the developers do weird and ridiculous things to get around those "nuisance" homes. I personally love these David and Goliath stories of the resident fighting the big development company!
This post has some good examples of holdout houses, but here are a couple of my faves:
Really the only question I want to know is would you drink that Pickle Soda? AND, if so, do you honestly think you'd enjoy it? I would definitely try it but I don't think I'd enjoy more than one sip.
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