Preparing for Election Day tomorrow, the looming social media warfare, the inevitable lockdown, and of course the ever-present COVID.
November’s tater tot post is chock full of things to keep your mind occupied and to simplify your life during this hectic time.
If you’re new here and are wondering, what the hell is a tater tot post? here is the explanation.
Not that kind of stripping, LAUNDRY stripping.
Apparently, there is some shit on your clothes, and I don’t mean literal shit; I’m referring to residue from your detergents and dryer sheets, among other things.
Oh, and for those who think, I only make my laundry detergent at home like a good Laura Ingalls Wilder. Your homemade laundry detergent is one of the worst offenders, so you should be stripping more than any of us.
You can get all the details here.
I want to make sweet blogger-love to the tech genius who came up with this concept:
See that up there?
“Jump to recipe?”
SWEET BABY BUTTER RUM LIFESAVERS.
Now you can avoid the mind-numbing, I want to stick a dull steak knife into my eye socket because of long-ass backstory on why you need to write about where you came up with the recipe or step by step by step-by-step guides on how to stir a bowl of batter and every single pop-up ad known to man.
During the pandemic, I’ve been playing a game that it has proven to be beneficial to my mental health.
To be honest, I didn’t even realize that I was playing a “game” until a few months ago, when I realized I could share it with all of you because we need more happiness and less crappiness.
Ooh, that rhymes! That may be my new slogan.
We need more happy and less crappy!
That’s not grammatically accurate, which is all the more reason for me to make it my slogan!
I call it the “forward game”. Things to look forward to each day.
Here are a few examples:
-I mentioned farting in last month’s tater tot post. Farting is DEFINITELY something to look forward to!
-Fried Green Tomatoes (the movie) is going to be adapted into a television series. If you haven’t yet seen the movie, now is the time.
-It makes me glad when I see my favorite spoons are in the drawer because they offer me the perfect amount of sugar in my coffee.
-Speaking of coffee, I look forward to my afternoon coffee because that is generally when I sit on the couch and call my mom.
– I look forward to writing since it is when I am most creative. I recently read that being creative is healthy for you and that it helps raise your vibration in the Universe (which is a good thing-think positive vibe), so make sure you’re doing something creative weekly, whatever that might be.
-When I listen to music and I hear a pleasant song, I turn the volume up, and occasionally I even dance, EVEN when I am in a bad mood. Negative attracts negative, whereas positive attracts positive.
-Crossing tasks off of my to-do list. That makes me feel SO GOOD.
-Looking forward to Anna’s return from college (actually counting the days)
We all need something to look forward to, and I hope this has given you something to look forward to as well.
simply movies that give me a john Hughes’ vibe
I watched this movie a few weeks ago on Netflix. It was sad, but it was good too. It had a John Hughes vibe to it. Then that started me thinking about other movies that are John Hughes-esque.
Here are my picks.
What are your picks?
I’ve maybe worn makeup three or four times since March; I’m not really feeling it. I went out with my friend Kristen a few weeks ago for a much-needed socially distanced girls’ day, and I didn’t apply makeup or dry my hair. That isn’t like me at all and yet, it felt really liberating.
So the question is, am I in a pandemic depression? Or is this who I am now?
Are you wearing makeup in quarantine? Did you ever?
Here is an article I found: Why I quit wearing makeup 2 months ago
In last month’s tater tot post, I told you about “Doc” Rivers life-changing journey and promised to tell you more about it this month. I lied to you. I touched on it in last week’s post about univers-isms, but I wanted to bring it up again because I love this school of thought.
This video is interesting. The bulk of it is on how the Ubuntu philosophy can influence workplace culture, but the first five to eight minutes are what I believe best illustrate what I want you to gain out of Ubuntu, and his story of how it changed his life is simply incredible.
We discovered this documentary on Netflix in September. This is from 2010, so it’s a little dated, but it’s worth seeing.
Tenure needs to go away.
That is all I have to say about that.
I came upon this inspiring tale when exploring YouTube for homeschool materials:
Here is the title of Erika’s book: I Held the Sun in My Hands: A Memoir by Erika Jacoby
Here is the title of Ursula’s book Stations Along the Way: The Spiritual Transformation of Former Hitler Youth Leader by Ursula Martens
I enjoy listening to TED Talks whenever I can and occasionally incorporate them into our homeschooling. Take a listen to Sir Ken Robinson and let me know what you think. He was a lovely man who, regrettably, died this summer.
Oh, and by the way, the story in this video about the little girl drawing God reminds me so much of something Ella would’ve said when she was little. 🙂
I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned this show previously, but since we’re “hunkering down” again, I thought I’d tell you about it. This is one of my favorite series, and I believe it was introduced to me by my friend Rita. It’s on FX, but you can watch all seasons on Hulu.
The above is just so lovely.
Mike and I are finally so in love with this.
This song seemed fitting for this month.
I found this song on Spotify back in September. Very soothing, something we need right now.
Remember Ani? Give her a listen, like her channel, and share the hell out of it because my goal is to make her famous by 2021.
Stay bright. Stay happy. Shine on.