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03 Apr 13:00

Quiet Tropics

by Gracey the Giant
As it turns out, I am a sucker for a tropical print.  I don't have a huge amount of them, but when I fall for one, I fall hard.  I fell very hard indeed for this shirt:


Gap shirt, Lucky jeans & Cole Haan shoes

The print is just so good.  Instead of a riot of tropical colors, it's printed in shades of green and blue which makes it unlike any of the other tropical prints I have in my closet.  This is more of a quiet tropical print.

Today I paired it with a pair of "boyfriend" jeans, but I think it'll work wonderfully this summer paired with white:



Man, I love tropical prints.

What about you, Reader Friends?  What's your preferred print?

Happy Thursday, All!

Gracey

Get the Look
Gap palm print shirt
Similar "boyfriend" jeans
Similar slingback shoes


17 Jan 15:18

Ensure Your Own Comfort

by Christine Li

Severe Procrastinators are caught in a cycle of distress and delay, even when they are not actively thinking about what they are avoiding.  Chronically severe Procrastinators unfortunately are locked in that state, depleted from important needed elements of living such as sunlight, friendship, sleep, and rest.

It is important to be aware of the insidious pattern that Procrastination brings – gradually, inch by inch, we give over our daily comforts over to distress and delay.  Sometimes we give it willingly, and sometimes we don’t even notice what we are doing to ourselves and our lives.

My suggested solution to this unwanted, debilitating cycle is to break it up.  Break up your day.  Break up your field of vision.  Break up your perspective.  You get to choose the way to do this, of course.  But, here are some suggestions:

  • Inject a piece of your own creativity into your space, such as a do-it-yourself piece of art, to remind yourself you can do things
  • Build yourself a quick terrarium #notreallypossible, made of small succulents which you will likely not be able to kill, to enliven your workspace
  • Light a scented candle when you work, to remind yourself of life’s texture
  • Go outside and take a quick walk, even when it is cold outside
  • Make sure your end-of-the-evening routine includes something rewarding or sumptuous, like a good facial cleanser, to finish the day well

This is all to say, you are in charge.  Even when you are Procrastinating, you are in charge.  The more you possess that awareness and own it, the less likely you will fall victim to Procrastination’s harms.  Break it up, keep it up, and keep going.

What type of cycles do you find yourself falling into?  Do you have specific ideas or actions to get yourself out?

01 Oct 11:00

Apple Muffins

by Julia

Apple Muffins

Can you believe that it’s October already? I feel like we just took out our summer clothes and started planning beach vacations. I don’t know why I’m relieved for fall but I think it has to do with a sense of settling down, buckling down, and getting shit done. I did some fall cleaning over the weekend and it felt so good to get organized again.

 

It also has something to do with my obsession with apples. Growing up in New Hampshire, apples were a huge part of our diet throughout this season and I continue crave them 2-3 times/day every fall. I accidentally bought too many apples last week so I baked up a batch of apple muffins that knocked everyone’s warm cozy socks off as we tearfully made our way through the Breaking Bad series finale on Sunday night.

 

They tasted like fall which is the only way that I can describe them. They are not healthy by any means (Unless you count the “an apple a day” rule) but they’re delicious, rich, cinnamon-y, apple-y, and sweet, with a touch of crunch from the brown sugar on top.

 

If you’re looking to impress a coworker or have a friend’s birthday coming up, bake these muffins. They are SO. FREAKING. GOOD!

 

Yields 18 muffins. Adapted from this recipe.

 

Ingredients:
- 1.5 cups sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup canola oil
- 1 tblspn vanilla extract
- 3 cups flour
- 1 tspn salt
- 1 tspn baking soda
- 1 tspn cinnamon
- 2.5 cups peeled, cored, diced apples (Around 2 apples. I used Macintosh.)
- Brown sugar for topping

 

Directions:
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line muffin pan with paper liners
- Mix together sugar, eggs, oil, and vanilla
- Mix flour, baking soda, salt, and ground cinnamon
- Add dry ingredients to wet mixture and mix until combined
- The batter will be very thick
- Add the diced apples
- Fill paper liners almost to the top, about 3/4 of the way full
- Sprinkle with brown sugar
- Bake at 350 degrees for 20-24 minutes
- Enjoy!

 

 

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