Month: August 2013

Craft Time!

Lifestyle August 27, 2013

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So I’ve been making some of the random crafty things I make and decided to make a bookmark for an analog book I’ve been reading. Yes, I’ve been reading an actual paper book. This is probably a little surprising for those of you who know me because I go nowhere without my iPad Mini. But my significant other is hyper aware of my constant thirst for knowledge and bought me Summa Metaphysica, a book about the coexistence of suffering and God’s promise that we won’t suffer…again, if you know me, you know I eat stuff like that for breakfast. Heavy content aside, I wanted a sparkly bookmark. If you want one too here is how you can make it.

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Fold a piece of paper so it comes to a point, trace a semi circle and cut on the line. It comes out like a little heart. Get that heart and trace it onto the corner of an envelope, now cut that out. You’ll have a little pocket shaped like a heart left.

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Next, get your heart stencil, trace another half circle, and cut away the outer edge beyond the line. You are left with a smaller heart than the original. Use this smaller heart as a stencil for your dash of whimsy. I used glitter duct tape…yup, I own glitter duct tape. Welcome to my life and my significant’s personal hell…the poor man. Well, now you have a fancy bookmark for an analogue book. Happy reading!

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My Love of Love

Advice August 27, 2013

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I have historically seen love as this amazing, exciting, and totally mesmerizing thing; often diving head first into the shallow end of the preverbal, love pool. I guess I’m lucky I’ve recovered every time. As a neuroscience nerd I’m always reminding myself that I’m just experiencing a surge of oxytocin or my estrogen levels are off because of my “visitor” you know what I mean. But I read this amazing blog post on Brain Pickings about 5 of the best novels written on the psychology of love. Please head to the link and love it as munch as I did.

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Healthy Eats

Food August 23, 2013

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So, I’ve been making a major attempt to get healthy. It’s a tough slough, no gluten, no dairy, no sugar, no soy, no fun. But I’m feeling pretty ok, good even. I got a little creative last night, thanks to Martha Stewart, and made this grilled eggplant. If you want to try it…

You’ll need:
An eggplant
Cherry tomatoes
Fresh basil
Olive oil
Salt
Smoke seasoning
Feta cheese

There is no major science to this easy recipe. Cut the eggplant lengthwise in inch think slices. Leave them out to dry for about 30 minutes or, if you don’t have the time, pop them in the oven at about 175 degrees for a few minutes. Coat the eggplant with a thin layer of olive oil and add some salt and smoke seasoning. Then just grill away, about 4 minutes each side. Cut the tomatoes in half, add the basil and feta, add some olive oil and a pinch of salt. Add this mixture on top of the eggplant and enjoy. Yummy!

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