TBB Asks: Love Edition

TBB Asks: February - All About Love I have very strong feelings about Valentine's Day, though I guess with February being the worst part of winter, it's nice to have a justifiable reason to stay in, indulge in way too many chocolate-covered treats, and binge movies.

Every Day is a New Day

To make new mistakes or fix yesterday's

I told myself "February's Goal - No Unnecessary Spending."
I wasn't going to spend any money this month (on shopping) and that I was going to get my budget under control.

I told two people so that I could be held accountable. I also did a shitton of shopping at the end of January for everything I thought I might need in February, canceled my  Amazon Subscribe and Save products for the month (we're backlogged two months and running out of storage anyway) and paid off a bunch of bills.

And then I went to Target two mornings in a row. I blame a post I saw on FB for planting the idea. I mean, it's semi-justifiable shopping. I was in some serious need of B-Vitamins after the SuperBowl, and there was a coupon. And with some other stuff going on, I've been emo-eating brown sugar pop tarts at work, so I bought a box because that's cheaper than buying singles at work every day. And Thermacare. This cold is killing my…

Dogs & Depression: How Pets Alleviate Anxiety

This is a guest post written by Nat Smith, community member. Rover is the nation's largest network of 5-star pet sitters and dog walkers.

Depression and anxiety persist by pulling you into downward spirals. Symptoms like fatigue, social withdrawal, and the inability to concentrate actually fuel the depressive episode that brought them on. This is why, in addition to medication and therapy, treatment often includes “disruptors.” These are relatively simple habit changes that can break the cycle.

Of course, these changes aren’t easy to implement. When you’re at a low point or subsumed in panic, do you really want to stop and take a deep breath? The recovery process at its best is often described as “two steps forward, one step back.”

Mental health professionals are thrilled to uncover new forms of supplementary treatment. As current research uncovers the mysteries of canine therapy, scientists are finally beginning to understand the unique connections between pets, anxiety…

January 2018 Project 365 Recap

All of my photos for January 2018 were taken using my current phone (and the camera that is always with me) - a Google Pixel 2XL and edited using Snapseed. I was going to compile this post using Storify, but with their impending demise, it was suggested that I use Wakelet. So far, I like it. There are 31 photos being pulled from Instagram, so give it a minute.

Menu Plan Monday: Battle of the Home Meal Kits

As mentioned previously, using a meal kit delivery service to stay Whole30 compliant isn't the easiest thing to do without some forethought and planning. On Instagram, the Whole30 account was touting their partnership with Blue Apron, so we thought we would try them out.

It's been one thing after another with Blue Apron...
Sign up for #blueapron because #whole30 approved. Then they make it difficult to add #whole30 recipes to order. WTF — Annette (@daNanner) January 17, 2018

but the food finally arrived and we started Sunday night.
May be luck of the draw, but one appreciable difference between @blueapron and @plated is the amount of dishes that need washing created during prep. — Annette (@daNanner) January 28, 2018

Menu Plan for Week of January 28 - February 3, 2018
Sunday:Blue-Apron Chicken and Orange-Kale Salad (Whole30)
#blueapron Chicken and Orange-Kale Salad. This must be the month for me to try new things. I usually sub in spinach for kale. The orange made a huge differ…

Podcast Anniversary: Rebecca & James Hicks & The Roomba From Hell

About a year ago I got to have a great conversation with some old-time friends of a friend (long story) - Rebecca and James Hicks on The Geek Questioner Podcast. Rebecca is the author of the webcomic "Little Vampires".

This week we interview the dynamic duo behind the Tiny Little Vampires web comic and geek out over all manner of things. From a close encounter with Carrie Fisher to space vampires, rogue space probes, superhero TV shows, games like the Witcher 3, summer homes in Rivendell, living in the Cars universe, and more!
Have a listen and don't mind the giggling:

Spaghetti Arms and Fire Legs

No, this post is not about a new recipe nor a new dance.

Better Living Through Chemistry

I am currently thanking the scientists who came up with NSAIDs. And to whoever figured out that caffeine + painkillers = easing of a migraine. Today's breakfast chaser was a venti long shot flat white and 2 Aleve. The pressure in my brain has subsided enough that I feel alert for the first time all week and almost energetic enough to try this.

Just skip ahead to Tom Holland at 1:44. Why can't I stop watching this?!?!? I really can't.

Having energy and clarity of thought is so energizing. I didn't realize how much energy the low-level headache I have had all week was draining me. Didn't help that I started the week slightly depleted from the weekend and it went downhill from there. And now I feel like dancing!

Pixel Buds - An Alternative Review

I've been using the Pixel Buds for the last few months, and I have to say I'm largely impressed. But let's get the negatives out of the way first.

Menu Plan Monday: Tired of Being Tired

I am officially tired of winter. More than that, my SAD is kicking in hard, despite 8-12,000 IU of Vitamin D nightly. I started writing this post on Sunday, had the draft, found the links to the pretty recipes (need to remember to do that again for next week), and here it is Wednesday, and I am dragging ass. You can check out my Fitbit stats if you don't believe me.


That sloth from Zootopia is moving faster than me this week. Not only am I moving slowly, but I'm also thinking slowly. I have enough energy to do the bare minimum, and even that's a stretch.

But anyways, here are the beautiful things I shall be cooking and inhaling before passing out each night this week.

Menu Plan MondayCherry Tomato Chicken Parmesan with Zucchini and Basil 

Cod en Papillote with Broccoli, Quinoa, and Chimichurri (so much more elegant than calling it Packet Fish with Chimichurri Sauce)

There was some quinoa left over, excellent breakfast mixed with blueberries and coconut cream. I was…

Here's What a Tired Type-A Personality Looks Like

I just don't have the energy to be a perfectionist all the damn time anymore. From a conversation with a friend:
I'm going to treat this like Whole30. I'm a failure (according to their standards), but that's ok, this is what a work in progress looks like ... Scratch that, I am not a failure, I am not a perfectionist.

I've been slacking. Not quite the procrastination bug, but something like that. More like the "I don't know where to get started" bug. I jumped on the Passion Planner bandwagon, got my Staples Arc folder (and now I found another one that's more perfect), and printed out the first month. Here we are in week three, and I am still looking at other's planners at least once a week and going to the tips section of the Passion Planner website to see why I am having so much trouble "getting it." I mean, pens, washi tape, post-its, color coding, the list goes on and on. Where is a practical, no-nonsense, non-artistic person suppo…

Always Do a Patch Test

After I got out of the shower this morning I noticed a burning sensation on my neck. The only time I have that sensation is when I wear a less than pure or top-quality necklace. However, I did just color my hair. Crap. I lifted my braided bun and ...

You might have to zoom in, but at the base of my neck is the irritated area. No, that is not a dye stain, which I kind of hoped at first. It feels different to the touch from the surrounding skin (patchy and angry, not smooth and soft). I have to wonder if it's the interaction of the dye with my necklace because my hands and scalp feel fine. It's just that little area that burns like the dickens. And this chain is pure silver. I've been wearing it almost everyday since 2010.

The Importance of Patch Testing Well, beyond the obvious opportunity to avoid a severe allergic reaction (just google it), I will now have to take allergy meds until this clears up and washing my hair will be interesting since the last time I went purple I …

Menu Plan Monday: Plated - Week 2

Honestly, at this point in the year, it's kind of nice to not have to come up with new things to cook. I am not one of those people who can eat the same thing all the time, or have a "night" for a specific meal, but even with the internet, I am running out of quick, tasty, and healthy dinners.

We are heading into week two of Plated and only having to grocery shop for the weekend is a load off my mind. One less thing to schedule time for. I did forget to go in this week and change everything to be Whole30 compliant, but I think we will be ok since it's only one serving.

One more gushing thing that I am not being paid to say, Plated is letting me travel through my mouth! I know there is no way I would have been able to find the aji paste for last week's Peruvian's Aji Chicken around here.

As of this week, I have five referrals available via email, so let me know if you would like to try a week of Plated at a deep discount (like free).

Monday - "Sunday"…

Deliciously Steamy Recovery

I went to the gym at 8am today. Crazy right? But you know what? It was practically empty!!!! Anxious Introvert heaven! Locker room - empty. Floor - like three people. Cardio machines? Only two in use! I had my pick!

The elliptical seemed like a good choice again. 45 minutes on an interval program and I did the majority of this week's video lectures for a Coursera course. I was feeling productive even though I hadn't had any coffee yet. Trying out this thing called "Time Management."

Not too bad if I do say so myself, considering how I feel about cardio.

I felt good as I got off the elliptical and then I had a brilliant epiphany. I had enough time to try the sauna! My trainer has been encouraging me to use it ever since the weather turned but I never make time for it. That is going to change STAT! I'm going to have to get over not wanting to be seen naked, or disassociate like crazy, but I'll figure it out. Did I mention that the locker room was EMP…