Monthly Archives: February 2015

What Went Well: February

Happy February from Linus!
Hello my beloved readers!  I’m once again linking up with my friend Macy to dwell on What Went Well this month!

1. I have been working on my jellyfish quilt–I’m SO hoping to finish it in March, which I should be able to since I’m only weeks away from having my own sewing room!

2. Boyfriend and I finally were able to have a game night with Macy and her fiance Dave.  They’re two of my favorite people, and I miss not seeing them at work everyday!

3. I went to my first barre class.  It was really really really hard, but I did it!

4. I can check off one of my New Year’s Resolutions because I auditioned for a play!  While I didn’t get the part, I’m still so proud of myself for getting back in the auditioning game!

5. I have a very sweet Valentine’s/President’s Day with Boyfriend which included delicious sushi ๐Ÿ™‚

6. I made cake batter cookie bars which were a HUGE hit at my work’s mardi gras celebration!

7. I finished Game of Thrones (the first book) and read 3 other books this month!

How has your month been?

Link up with Macy for

Walk It Off

I’m not usually one for dispensing advice on this blog, unless it’s to tell you, dear readers, to watch a show, eat a pizza (you should ALWAYS eat a pizza) or ogle a cute animal.  Today, I came across a remarkable helpful action that seems to have turned my day around.

Here’s a little background–work has been piling up.  A LOT.  With fewer people on my team at work, the slack has been ever-so-heavily stacked onto my shoulders.  So when I woke up this morning to find that I had been given more assignments in the MIDDLE OF THE FLIPPIN NIGHT….ahem, excuse me…I was more than slightly perturbed.

By the time I got to work, I realized this day wasn’t going to get better.  I had 3 meetings (one of which on a project that I won’t even be able to start until Friday) and 3 projects to finish, and then was assigned 2 more to be finished by noon tomorrow.  At the same time, my roommates and Boyfriend were in the middle of our Google hangout discussing how to transfer over the cable once one of the roommates moves out this weekend, and it was all too distracting and just TOO DAMN MUCH!

So I stood up, took a deep breath, and walked to the bathroom.  While there, I smoothed out my new haircut and then walked to the kitchen to get some coffee.  In the kitchen, I ran into a coworker who I almost never talk to, we had a brief conversation about sleep, and I walked back to my desk a refreshed person.

Basically, my advice is this: when stress is bubbling to a point of OMGness, stand up and take a short walk.  It may seem obvious, but check this out:

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I found it on Pinterest, and you know that if it’s on Pinterest, it must be true ๐Ÿ˜‰

What do you do to help with stressful situations?


Wedding Wednesday: Lane and Zack

For all of you Gilmore Girls fans out there, I know that you’re with me when you wish you could have seen Rory get married (I was Team Logan) or Lorelai get married to Luke.  Or Max.  Or even frickin Christopher (seriously, why couldn’t they have shown that ceremony?!)

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But the best wedding that we DID get to see was the wedding of Lane and Zack!

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When Dave (the lead guitarist of Lane’s band and love of my teenage life Seth Cohen, I mean Adam Brody) left for college, Zack took over and became a super stud with indie band groupies.  Lane slowly but surely realized that she had feelings for him.
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After a brief break-up when Zack got jealous of one of the other guys in the band, Lane and Zack got engaged!  Lane’s mother, a strict Seventh Day Adventist, did not expect her Buddhist mother to come to the wedding, so Lane and Zack had 2 ceremonies.  First was the Buddhist one:
And then the church wedding:
After the wedding came the reception!  Lane’s mom left early with promises to wear earplugs so that Lane and Zack could party all night, and THAT’S when we find out that Lorelai changed Lane’s mother’s traditional wedding dress into an awesome party dress!
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Congratulations Lane and Zack!!
I linked up with Macy and Meg for 


Weekending: Catching up with Grey-Sloan Memorial Hospital

Welp, the majority of my weekend was spent in bed with the stomach flu.

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Anyway, since most of my weekend involved sleeping, toast and soup, there isn’t much exciting to report until today–when I got to catch up on Grey’s Anatomy!  Some spoilers ahead, so WARNING!
I had watched the first couple of episodes of this season but then got WAY behind due to, well, life.  Today I found out that Derek took the job in DC, that Meredith still has no boundaries when it comes to her friends, that Arizona REALLY doesn’t think that rules apply to her, that Owen and Amelia need to hook up, and that April and Jackson are the most amazing couple ever.  Also, the fact that Bailey has a Fit Bit, too, further cements my belief that we’re kindred spirits.
I’m going to focus on April and Jackson because of any of the couples on the show, I believe that they’re the most solid.  They know that they have differences (especially religious ones) but they’ve learned to talk them out, and they know how to be there for each other when things are especially hard.  When they found out that their baby would only live for a few hours after birth, they came together, agreed to induce labor early, hold their baby and shower him with love for those few hours and then sadly let him go.  I can’t imagine a harder situation to go through, but I think that this will cement their devotion for each other even further.
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Also, in the last episode, they did a lot of flashbacks to April’s wedding, and I’ve decided that I love her wedding dress.
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How was your weekend?

I linked up B Loved Boston and Champagne and Suburbs for:


Book Review: In Her Kitchen by Gabriele Galimberti

There’s a reason that Little Red Riding Hood fled to her grandmother’s house in the fairy tale.  Even fictional characters know that Grandma is the one you go to for comfort, and in many cases, comfort food.  Gabriele Galimberti’s brings together an excellent compilation of grandmothers’ recipes from around the world in her book, In Her Kitchen.

From the moment you open the book, you just know that you are in for an international variety of treats.  Galimberti lays out a world map, instructing you where to go in order to find a recipe from Africa, Asia, the United States, etc.  The only continent that does not seem to be represented is Australia, but maybe that will come with the sequel?

Each recipe comes with a story of a grandmother, including her age and a photo.  The recipes are easy to follow, and Galimberti makes sure to include pictures of the scrumptious meals.

And these women don’t mess around when it comes to making their food!  No store-bought pasta for 80 year-old Marisa Batini from Italy–she tells you how to make pasta from scratch for her Swiss Chard and Ricotta Ravioli with Meat Sauce.  77 year-old Synnove Rasmussen of Norway suggests bull meat round roast for her Icelandic Bull Meat and Vegetable Soup (I can’t wait to ask my local butcher for that!).  Oh, and my personal favorite is from 70 year-old Carmen Alora of the Philippines–she needs shark fillets for her recipe!

While some of these recipes seem a little out of my range, there are some that are definitely feasible and look incredibly delicious.  I am especially excited about Pan Guang Mei’s Hui Guo Rou (Twice-Cooked Pork with Vegetables), which looks incredible.

I received this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review.


Friday Favorites: The Stomach Flu Edition

I know, I know–it seems like I’ve been a complete slacker this week as far as blogging, but lemme tell you a little story about the sneak-up stomach flu.  I was having these weird stomach pains for 2 days, but I decided to ignore it and go along with my merry life.  All of a sudden, when I was leaving trivia on Wednesday night, the world became awful and I’ve been in bed for the majority of the past two days.

You would think that it would be hard to find things to favorite during a week like this, but here are some of my favorite things that have gotten me through this sickness:

Favorite Tea

Caramel Vanilla Cuppa Cake Tea from The Republic of Tea

Favorite Comfort Food

Chicken Noodle Soup in a Bread Bowl from Panera Bread
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Favorite Show to Binge-Watch

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Favorite Video That Two of My Friends Sent Me

Red Pandas love snow, and my friends must love me for sending me this!
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I linked up with Amanda at Meet Me at the Barre for 


Weekending: Finding a New Awesome Show

Happy President’s Day, y’all!

Quick recap of the weekend: 
  • Had dinner with one of my favorite people (who also happens to be Boyfriend’s cousin) on Friday night
  • It started to snow on Saturday, and Boyfriend and a friend of his got their car stuck in a ditch ๐Ÿ™  Luckily, everyone was fine, and they learned not to try to run to the convenience store for soda when it’s just starting to snow
  • Boyfriend got me Minecraft as one of my Valentine’s presents, so I’ve been semi-obsessed with that
  • I made BBQ meatloaf last night which was beloved by all!
  • And today, we finally had our Valentine’s date with some delicious sushi!
One of the highlights of the weekend, though, was finding a new show: Drunk History!
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The basis of the show is that comedians get drunk and are asked to tell stories about history.  As you hear them tell the story, you watch as some A-list actors are reenacting the tale and lip-synching the words of the comedians.  And the actors are seriously good ones: Jack Black, Courtney Cox, Adam Scott, Owen Wilson, among others!

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It’s impossible to watch the show without laughing–the actors stick so well to their lip-synching, and even when the drunk comedians pause in the story-telling (occasionally to pass out), the actors look uncomfortably at the screen.

The show is absolutely amazing, and I highly recommend it!

How was your weekend?

I linked up B Loved Boston and Champagne and Subarbs for:


Pish-Posh, This is Brilliant!

One of the things that I do for my job is assist in developing college courses.  Right now, I’m helping to develop one for a school in England which means that I have to spell things the British way.  That’s right–a whole lot of “organisation”, “analyse” and “programme”!

Spelling Britishly (I’m making it a word) has led me to think about some of the other things that I like that also happen to be British:

1. British Telephone Booths

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I can’t even remember the last time I saw a phone booth in the U.S., and they definitely weren’t red!  Plus, British phone booths remind me of this scene from How I Met Your Mother:

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2. Sliding Doors

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This delightful movie set in London has a butterfly-effect-ish pot.  If Gwyneth Paltrow gets to the tube at a different time, then her life changes in one way or the other.  This is pre-GOOP Gwyneth, too, which makes her even more enjoyable.
3. Love Actually

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Because the above scene makes me cry every time.  Also, the little kid who learns to play the drums for the girl he likes is adorable, and it’s good to see Liam Neeson not searching for a “Taken” member of his family.
4. Chocolate Biscuits

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I ate SO many of these when I was in London because tea time is sacred, and you can’t have tea time with a chocolate biscuit.  I did not argue.
5. Kit Harrington

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Jon Snow may know nothing, but Kit Harrington knows how to be super hot.
Do you have any favorite British things?


Friday Favorites and Valentine’s Love!

I don’t know if I’ve ever yelled TGIF louder and with more gusto!

Here have been some of my favorite things of the week!
Favorite Throwbacks That Came Up On Spotify

“Bye Bye Bye” by NSYNC (video via Youtube)

“Bootylicious” by Destiny’s Child (video via Youtube)

Favorite Things I Want To Buy

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Favorite Animals on the Interwebs

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Favorite Thing to Hear Before Valentine’s Day

“I’m not a big fan of Valentine’s Day.  I don’t need a day to tell me to love you–I do it everyday anyway”–Boyfriend (this morning before leaving for work)
I linked up with Meet Me at the Barre and Helene in Between for:

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You Know That’s Right!

Sometimes you really need to trust that you know your own body.  While getting hurt isn’t something that I “like,” I’m telling this story anyway.

I may have mentioned before that I’m clumsy.  Really clumsy.  As in, one of my mom’s favorite phrases is “Lauren trips over lint.”  I run into things all the time, so much so that Boyfriend bought little foam pads to put on the edges of our bed.  Seriously.  Usually when I do something clumsy and painful, Boyfriend will say, “Are you okay?” and if it looks like I’m upset, he’ll be very sweet and get me whatever I need to heal my injuries.  But because I’m SO clumsy, people have started to worry less and less when they hear “Ow!”

Case in point: Me vs. the Boots and the Blanket
So yesterday was a pretty crappy day, and I only had 30 minutes to get in the house, change, work out and change AGAIN before going to Trivia.  I kicked off my high boots and got into my workout gear as quickly as possible and then left to hang out with the Wii U Fit for 20 minutes.  After working out, I came back into the room, decided against wearing the boots out, settled for sneakers instead and hurried out the door.
Fast forward a few hours to the 5 minutes I had before watching It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (a Wednesday night tradition during the new season in our house).  Boyfriend’s Valentine’s Day present had arrived earlier that day, and I thought I’d check it out before the show started.  I had set it on my dresser earlier, so I made my way through the narrow passage between our bed and Boyfriend’s dresser to get to my dresser.  
My foot first caught one of the boots that I had not bothered to put away, and then I slid on the flannel blanket upon which the boots were lying.  I tried grabbed for the dresser (missed), the quilt rack (missed) and the sewing table (missed).  Finally, I came down onto the hardwood floor with a THUD.  Actually, though, it wasn’t that loud of a thud but it sure felt like it.  Tears sprang to my eyes and my knee started to throb.  I was stuck in the narrow passageway, and I tried to get up several times.  Finally, I pushed myself up and walked slowly into the living room.
Boyfriend saw that I was upset and I told him what happened.  To his credit, he gave me a sad face, kissed me and asked if I was okay.  I said I was and I showed him my knee, which looked fine.  He offered me some ibuprofen in case it started to swell (which I took), but after falling and bumping into things on a regular basis, I think that he can’t go to a Level 5 worrying every time I say that I’m hurt.
Anyway, my knee continued to hurt but I shook it off and went to sleep.  Fast forward again to this morning, and there was a HUGE purple bruise on my knee.  I wanted to hop out of bed and yell “A-HA!” First of all, I didn’t hop because I was in pain, but also, I don’t know who I was “A-HA”ing at!  Nobody said that I wasn’t hurt, but I think that after so many non-injuries, I felt vindicated that this time, when I knew I was hurt more, I was right.  So, cue Elliot Reid:
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Have you ever had one of those moments?