Be Still

Just a reminder* to breathe today. Take a moment. Call an old friend, or close family. Write a letter to someone or to yourself. Do something slow, like making tea or taking a walk. Cry if you feel like it. Or laugh if you feel like it. Appreciate the moments, the fleeting ones that you are worried you will forget, like that unexpected coffee with an unexpected friend. Just pause.

*Reminders for myself

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Dad Gifts (Last Minute Card Idea and Belated Amazon Orders!)

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I’ve been thinking about getting this card for my coach at work. I think it is the perfect template for a Father’s Day DIY: what did your dad teach you to do? Mine taught me to identify tree species by their leaves and bark.

I asked Dad for his chili recipe once, and he gave me a stream of consciousness on a notecard. It would probably be really confusing for anyone who is not his child to read, but it is very personal- I hear it in his voice as he walks through how to chop the onions and which spices he adds in, and when. I think that this onion chopper would streamline the process.

Are you constantly stealing Dad clothes? I am sure my dad wonders what happened to all of his t-shirts and flannels. Pay him pack for all of those winning outfits you “borrowed” with a tee that represents programs he loves. Get him some National Park gear, these parks tees, or help him rep public radio.

Neil deGrasse Tyson seems to be quite the pop-culture figure, lately. I have seen him showing up in interviews, and he has a new book out: Astrophysics for People in a Hurry. For anyone who watched Cosmos with their Dad as a kid- this is for you. Also check out his Amazon shop with colorful pro-science tees!

Admittedly, I always forget about these occasions until the last second. I don’t shell out much money on these Hallmark holidays. I’ve learned that my parents would rather have me call them or pay a belated visit home than mail expensive stuff that may or may not be useful. Just be sure to call the father figures in your life!

Happy Accidents

Sometimes known as luck.

Have you every had a happy accident? Maybe you made a small life change for convenience and later could accredit dramatic changes in your life to that one small change.

I have one. I decided to start having overnight oatmeal, for convenience. My sister convinced me to eliminate added sugar altogether and just top it with fruit.

I make 5 containers on Sunday night, using repurposed Talenti gelato jars. I scoop 1/2 cup of raw oats into the container, top it with strawberries and banana, and then pour enough milk to submerge the oats and fruit. No sugar, just oats, non-fat milk, and fruit.

I did all of that on purpose, but accidentally lost 7 pounds… without working out or dieting, literally just cutting out morning sugar.

What a happy accident! It is a visible weight loss, too. I have been receiving compliments from friends and coworkers.

Surprise weight loss is small happy accident. What stories do you have? Tried on an old pair of jeans and found $20 in the pocket? Accidentally ran into an former peer and fell in love? I would love to hear your stories!

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Hygge Goals

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My kitten staying very warm and cozy on a cold and snowy night! He is maximizing his sense of hygge, a Danish word essentially meaning “winter cozy.”

Roswell’s advice? Light a candle, and chill on the couch near some warm weather plants and the radiator. I think I’ll join him!

How do you achieve your “winter cozy?”