Category Archives: Life

A brief thought on downsizing

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I think that when culling possessions, books are, by far, the hardest. Clothes are too but at least there you can arrive at the reality that they won’t ever fit again (or will be out of style, should a miracle occur).

Books always fit.

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Cantu Spiritus Performs May 31st at San Miguel Mission in Santa Fe, NM

A shameless plug for our choir, Cantu Spiritus:

Cantu Spiritus Concert - November 2013

Cantu Spiritus Concert – November 2013

Spring 2014 Concert – “Been In The Storm So Long” at San Miguel Mission Chapel, Saturday, May 31, at 4 pm. Donations welcome – $15 suggested.

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Restaurant Tries to Make Dining Alone Less Awkward by Seating Patrons with Giant Stuffed Animals

This is just awesome. I actually don’t mind dining alone, though lunch seems much more normal than dinner in a nice place. I have to wonder how many of these patrons converse with their newfound dining companions??

TIME

Ever feel self-conscious eating out alone? Moomin Café in Tokyo has recently gone viral because gigantic stuffed animals are seated across the table from solo diners in an attempt to reduce any discomfort.

Waiters enthusiastically pair parties of one with characters from a Finnish picture book series.

While a dining partner that looks like a hippopotamus certainly won’t make your table any less conspicuous, will you really be worried about other people’s opinions when you have this punim resting over your pancakes?

Some of the meals appear to be inspired by the stuffed animals, too:

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Wil Wheaton on how to respond to being called a nerd

I was fortunate to attend a school, growing up, where not only were “nerd” qualities valued and nurtured but so were humanistic values.

I feel for any child who is bullied at school for shining brightly. To be honest, I’m not much of a Wil Wheaton fangirl but his response to a little girl, who asked how to handle being treated poorly, is laudable.

TEDx Talk: The happy secret to better work

One of my friends who used to live here in Santa Fe shared this with me today. Besides having good advice, Sean Achor of GoodThink Inc is highly entertaining. I have seen some pretty dry TED talks but this was really captivating. It’s been a while since I was involved in Wisdom 2.0 or the Happiness movement but it is a passion of mine and increasingly important, as I traverse the Fortune 100 world.

America’s Mood Map: An Interactive Guide to the United States of Attitude

I got southern states both times I tried this. Neither of those states suits me at all. Give the full OCEAN test a try – I think it’s a little better and the link is in the pop-up when you click to take this test.

Science & Space

For a country that features the word United so prominently in its name, the U.S. is a pretty fractious place. We splinter along fault lines of income, education, religion, race, hyphenated origin, age and politics. Then too there’s temperament. We’re coarse or courtly, traditionalist or rebel, amped up or laid-back. And it’s no secret that a lot of that seems to be determined by — or at least associated with — where we live.

Now a multinational team of researchers led by psychologist and American expat Jason Rentfrow of the University of Cambridge in the U.K. has sought to draw the regional lines more clearly, literally mapping the American mood, with state-by-state ratings of personality and temperament.

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According to the study, the winners (or losers, depending on how you view these things) were in some cases surprising and in some not at all. The top scorers on extroversion were…

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4 Easy Ways To Not Be The Obnoxious Passenger Other People Complain About

Thank you, Consumerist. I have been traveling a lot the past year or so and these are, indeed, very irksome.

Bacon, Grape, and Broccoli Salad (Whole30 Compliant)

I am really not into the whole paleo thing but sometimes I see recipes like this and I have to try them anyway because they just look soooo good. File this under Totally Unrelated to my avocation but it’s a good reblog 😉
Thanks for sharing, Chiodo80!

The Primal Foodie

Bacon, Grape, and Broccoli Salad

You know how some things just taste amazing together, even when they don’t necessarily seem like they would?  This is one of those things…at least to me.  Don’t get me wrong–there’s nothing in here that I immediately think, “ew, that won’t go with everything else.”  It’s the texture of raw broccoli that doesn’t seem like it should go.  To be fair, I don’t like raw broccoli because of the texture and how it always gets stuck in my teeth.  Anyway, don’t think about trees growing in your mouth–think about how this is going to be DELICIOUS!

A word about two of the ingredients: first, mayo.  If you are still eating store-bought mayo, STOP IT!  You really should be making your own, and it takes less than 10 minutes.  One of the blogs I frequent, Nom Nom Paleo, has a great tutorial if you’ve never made it.  You can use either…

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Happy birthday, New Mexico!

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Merry Christmas from The Red Elm

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Merry Christmas

from all the crew at Casa del Olmo Rojo