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Confessions of an Apartment Therapy Addict (Mini Office Tour and Design Hack Rant)

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 Hello and welcome to 2022, a magical land where ALL OF MY GODDAMNED PREDICTIONS ABOUT THIS EFFING PANDEMIC HAVE COME TRUE BECAUSE HUMANS ARE SELFISH ASSHOLES. Ahem. Now that I got that off my chest, all is not entirely bad so far this year. In the fall of 2021 we finally found a house that we love. While there were a few things I could complain about (like the former owners not cleaning anything), the truth is, this place is as close to perfect as I was going to find in a home that isn't a Palm Springs Mid-Century magically transported to a city I want to live in.  This, but maybe with a few handrails for safety because I ain't getting any younger. Image by Arek Socha from Pixabay But buying a home in the middle of a global pandemic that has caused product shortages and price jumps has not been easy. Especially since not only is this house bigger than the last, but when we sold, we downsized our already sparse furnishings. While living in a big, empty, echo-y space might sou

The (small) Dog Days of Summer

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 I'm sure you've seen the memes, the ones that show something great with the caption "my fall plans" contrasted with something terrible captioned "the delta variant." Well, a similar situation happened to us recently. In retrospect, I should have known that making any travel plans would be a bad idea. Especially when the CDC decided to prematurely pull the mask recommendation for vaccinated folks, knowing full well that meant everyone, vaccinated or not, would stop complying with all virus abatement tactics. That I haven't come down with a breakthrough case is a testament to the efficacy of proper masking and avoiding unnecessary contact (seriously, get your vaccine and keep masking, it's not rocket science!). However, a vacation was something we sorely needed, and we had a single one week window in mid-August to do so. As such, I made us plans to visit Austin. I secured a residential hotel with an exterior room entrance, planned outdoor activities o

Hindsight Is...

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It's been a minute, hasn't it? Seems like only a decade ago I was posting silly diet tips in an attempt to move the ol' blog in some direction that wasn't entirely book related. Wait, that was only a year ago? Oh. Well then... 2020 was one hell of a year, but I can't see any indication that 2021 is going to be anything less than a zillion times worse. That I didn't once drag out the computer and make any posts commenting on the state of the world since last February is telling in its own way. It isn't that I didn't have anything to say, but rather that I didn't have a drop of energy left to spend on anything long form. Truth be told, I still don't. But I think it's time to look back on the last year or so and talk a bit about where I was and what I was dealing with at what point in this unprecedented timeline from hell. I can't guarantee any of this will make sense and I sure as hell ain't going into it with any hopeful optimism about

Top Diet Tips You Won't Believe! (or maybe you will, I don't know your level of dietary skepticism)

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Am I sorry for the click bait title? Maybe, maybe not. I mean, in a way, it's not a lie. I'm about to list a few things I've discovered that have helped me live a more health conscious lifestyle, but whether or not they help you is a whole different matter. I currently have a constantly changing work schedule, which has been taking a toll on my ability to plan healthy and balanced meals. Not only that, but I'm a stress eater and in the last month or so, I've had a whole bunch of demanding projects added to my plate, so in a way, this is really more of a reminder to myself, but if anyone reading gets anything out of it, all the better. Here we go... When you eat won't affect your weight as much as what you eat, but your health is more than a number on a scale. Image by Shutterbug75  from Pixabay One bit of advice I've always heard is to not eat after a certain time. The idea is that we should avoid packing on calories before we go to bed because

The Vegan Vampire

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Once upon a time, I had a very real fear of mad cow disease. I honestly thought it would be the thing that set off the real life zombie apocalypse (and yet I chose to use bird flu in Going Green , go figure). As such, I began to remove meat from my diet. Rather, I tried, but for a while, it looked like mad cow was going to win because I had no guidance in the vegetarian world and I was the kind of person who would eat a salad, feel good about it, then walk int a 7-Eleven for cigarettes and walk out with a hot dog and sense of shame. But then I met the guy who would become my husband and he was already a vegetarian, making it easier for me to join up, not only because I now had a vegetarian buddy, but because he had a wealth of knowledge about balanced and delicious meals that made me forget meat existed. Well, at first I still ate fish, but after getting one too many poorly prepared dishes and regretting it for hours after, I went entirely vegetarian sometime about a decade ago. In