Short Stuff

I like to handle jumping into my New Year’s resolutions much like I do a cold swimming  pool. Which is by not jumping at all, but slowing wading in and getting acclimated to the temperature with each step. And then possibly foregoing the whole thing and just enjoying a drink instead.

This never-very-successful tactic, finally seeing some of our long-lost friends and fighting off the general holiday grogginess means there’s not been much progress on the whole “be better” front. But I’m on the top step and even thinking about maybe actually getting into the water this week, so that within itself is progress.

It is, however, problematic when one of those resolutions was to write more and nothing else of note has really happened. That’s where this handy little new title comes in (plus, I’m really short. Get it?). It might be links to stuff I’ve liked or found interesting or it might just be something amusing that Brody’s done. But it will be something I wrote, even if it’s just a sentence sending you to something somebody else actually wrote.

  • And here’s the first one of those: I’ve mentioned Joy the Baker recipes and books about a million times on here, but she also does a blog post each Sunday and I always look forward to reading it with a good cup of coffee. Go take a look here
  • The book that I’m trying to use to get this cleaning process/schedule underway is Simply Clean by Becky Rapinchuk (or Totally Clean Mama as she may be better known). It seems very simple and straightforward. If I fail it’s definitely just a personal flaw.
  • I’ve read some great books lately, but the ones that just keeping sticking out are Everyone’s a Aliebn When Ur a Aliebn Too by Jomny Sun, The Feather Thief by Kirk Wallace Johnson and Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeymoon. There’s no theme here at all, so if one’s not your cup of tea maybe one of the other ones will be. Plus, what are you reading?! I’ve never been happier than to be able to claim reading time as being work related.
  • I need your take-from-home lunch recommendations. Lean Cuisines are great, but I’ve got to find a way to get some variety happening here.

And, Justin and I recently tried the great Kapowski amber ale by Mile Wide Beer Company ( and it led us to what is probably one of my favorite conversations we’ve ever had. If Kelly Kapowski is the amber ale of beers (it makes sense, everyone loves an amber ale), then what brews best represent the rest of the Saved by the Bell cast? Slater is obviously a stout, Belding has to be the Dad-style pilsner and my life needs a Turtles candy flavored porter to honor Lisa Turtle, but we were a back and forth on the rest. I highly recommend this topic as an ice-breaker if you find yourself in need of one the next time things get quiet at the bar.


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