And Possibly Dinosaurs https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com Love your job. Love your blog. Sun, 14 Jul 2019 22:56:17 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.2 https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/cropped-Favicon-Blue-150x150.pngAnd Possibly Dinosaurshttps://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com 32 32 Sunday Scratches #67https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/sunday-scratches-67/ https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/sunday-scratches-67/#respond Sun, 14 Jul 2019 07:00:03 +0000 https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/?p=10824 Happy Sunday! I feel like it’s been forever since I’ve written a Sunday Scratches post, and I’m so glad to be back! Here are the scratches from the past few weeks. The Week(s) in Review It has been quite the summer already! It’s flying by, and I’m not sure I’m okay with it! We went

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Sunday Scratches #67

Sunday Scratches is where I share the little stuff that has happened throughout the week. In hockey, “scratches” are people who are on the roster but do not play in the game. On the blog, “scratches” are the things that have happened to me throughout the week that aren’t necessarily big enough to be an entire post.

Please note, this post may contain affiliate links that I could make a commission off of.

Happy Sunday! I feel like it’s been forever since I’ve written a Sunday Scratches post, and I’m so glad to be back! Here are the scratches from the past few weeks.

The Week(s) in Review

It has been quite the summer already! It’s flying by, and I’m not sure I’m okay with it! We went up to Traverse City last month for a good friend’s wedding, and now we’re getting ready for a trip to Charleston for my dad’s 70th. Any Charleston recommendations?

Oh, and right before I leave for Charleston, I’m driving down to Dayton and Cincinnati for work! It will be a short trip (ie my unofficial theme of 2019) but I’m so excited to see all of my coworkers from Cincinnati and visit Bellevue again! Bring on the Darkness beer and pretzel sandwiches. 🤤

I’m pretty sure the past week is the first time all summer we’ve gone seven days without rain. It’s been so crazy in the midwest this year! And of course thanks to that, the mosquitos are running rampant. Great…

Another downside to all of the rain: we’ve had to put off a bunch of house projects. We’ve wanted to repaint our front entryway because the exterior paint has been chipping really badly, but we needed two weekend days in a row with no rain to get all of the scraping, priming, and painting done. Which didn’t happen until… two 90 degree days in the beginning of July. 😓

And while I tackled that, Sean went to the side of the house to repair some window boards… and discovered a bunch of rotted wood in the framing of our back porch. Great! So our current project is to tear all of that out and rebuild it. The good news is, it previously had storm windows that we pretty much couldn’t open, and we’re hoping to put screens up instead of storm windows, so that will be really nice.

In more house news, we also officially scheduled the appointment to have our upstairs fireplace refinished! You may recall we randomly found a fireplace behind a wall in our house, and after quite a bit of calling around, we found a company who will install an electric insert and tile for us. That will be happening in early September! And in the meantime, we found some great sconces on sale from West Elm that we’ve installed.

Other than house stuff and travel, I’ve pretty much just been reading and watching television. I recently finished Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, and now I’m watching both Schitt’s Creek and Jessica Jones season 3. I’m powering through Fire & Blood (it’s much easier to get through than The World of Ice and Fire!), and I’m excited to finish it! Fingers crossed I get it done before Charleston so I don’t have to lug it on a plane.

Around the Web

Speaking of South Carolina, I’ve been looking for some fun sundresses that I can take with me. I don’t often reach for dresses or skirts, but I’ve realized that it’s because I’m bored of the ones I currently have.

I just tried this skirt, and while I would have loved it back in 2013, it’s not right for my current lifestyle any more, which was a bit disappointing!

I also tried on this dress in pink, and while I thought it was super flattering, it just took too much adjusting to get it to fit right.

So finally I decided on this dress! I was going to get it in the pink floral print, but it was a bit too bright for me (it’s way brighter in real life than in the photo), so I got it in navy floral print instead! I also ordered it in 5 more patterns and I’ll make my final decision once I see all of them in real life. I will say, the sizing chart is WAY off, so order your usual size, plus a few others just to be safe.

This is such an important way of looking at food, which I especially need to keep in mind before vacation.

Passion burnout is so real. I had so many thoughts about this.

Follow along on Instagram at @caitlinhonard to hear about these things during the week! xo

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July Goalshttps://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/july-goals-2019/ https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/july-goals-2019/#respond Tue, 02 Jul 2019 07:00:52 +0000 https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/?p=11041 Happy July! June flew by thanks to lots of travel and projects, and I expect July to be much of the same. Before we get into my goals for the month, let’s recap what I accomplished (and didn’t!) in June. June Recap Personal Goals Read The World of Ice & Fire and Fire & Blood.

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Happy July! June flew by thanks to lots of travel and projects, and I expect July to be much of the same. Before we get into my goals for the month, let’s recap what I accomplished (and didn’t!) in June.

June Recap

Personal Goals

  • Read The World of Ice & Fire and Fire & Blood. ✘ I got half of this done! And just barely. I finished The World of Ice and Fire before bed on the 30th. I just started Fire & Blood, and I’m hoping it will be easier for me to read through because it’s a little less like a history text book. TWOIAF was really interesting, but it was so dense!

And Possibly Dinosaurs Goals

  • Have 25% of the videos for the InDesign Adventure Guide rebrand recorded and edited. ✘ Nope! I edited two or three videos, which is definitely progress, but then some other personal projects took priority.
  • Continue setting up Teachable for the InDesign Adventure Guide rebrand. ✔ Done! I have a to do list set up and started working on it. Not a ton of progress, but progress nonetheless!

Career Goals

  • Begin a plan for the new website organization. ✔ I made so much progress on this! I’ve got a plan for the website, and I’ve presented it to a bunch of different groups of people and got a ton of helpful feedback on it. The goal is to have it all set up on or around July 15!
  • Update the Daisy Welcome Series for next membership year. ✘ I got this half done. I started working on it, and then the website took priority. But I have everything in place to finish this up in the next week or so.

Not terrible, but not great either. Here’s what I’ve got planned for July!

July Goals

Personal Goals

  • Fix my giraffe mask. I got two awesome masks when I went to Uganda back in 2012: one of a zebra and one of a giraffe. Unfortunately, a few years ago the giraffe mask fell off of a shelf and one ear broke off. I still have all of the parts, I just need to glue it back together. I’d like to finally do that this month!
  • Read Fire & Blood and at least start Happier at Home. As much as I love George R. R. Martin’s works, I’d like to be done with them now, please. I’ve got both Fire & Blood and Gretchen Rubin’s Happier at Home checked out from the library, and they’re due July 22, so I’d like to read both of them by then so I don’t incur any late fees. If I can’t, I’m feeling pretty strongly that I’ll be able to renew Happier at Home, so I probably have more time on that one.

And Possibly Dinosaurs Goals

  • Finish writing the scripts for all of the InDesign videos. I’m going to break this up into different groups and see if that helps! First: writing the scripts. That’s the first task I should have done. They will make recording the videos easier!
  • Record & edit the videos for Project 1. Fingers crossed I still get this project relaunched by the end of summer!

Career Goals

  • Launch the newly organized website. If I can get everything ready to roll by July 15, I’ll get this done this month! If not, I’ll have to wait until August because of a vacation I have planned at the end of July. I don’t want to reorganize the website and then peace out for a week!
  • Launch all of the age-level welcome emails. I’m making a bunch of progress this week, so I’d like to get the automations read to set up by August 1.

Two each should be doable, right? Wish me luck!

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A Short Trip to Traverse Cityhttps://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/a-short-trip-to-traverse-city/ https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/a-short-trip-to-traverse-city/#respond Wed, 19 Jun 2019 07:00:00 +0000 https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/?p=11013 And so continues my “A Short Trip to _____” saga that is 2019! This past weekend, Sean and I went up north to Traverse City for my friend Lexie’s wedding! She’s one of my very first friends, and now we can officially say we were bridesmaids in each other’s weddings. 🤗 Because Sean and I

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And so continues my “A Short Trip to _____” saga that is 2019!

This past weekend, Sean and I went up north to Traverse City for my friend Lexie’s wedding! She’s one of my very first friends, and now we can officially say we were bridesmaids in each other’s weddings. 🤗

Because Sean and I had never been to Traverse City together, we decided to make a long weekend of it from Thursday afternoon through Sunday morning. And it worked out, because in the end that’s what a lot of the wedding party did!

On Thursday, we checked into our room and then met up with Lexie, her fiancé (now husband!) Chris, and some of their family and friends for a winery tour. We went to Bowers Harbor, Chateau Chantal, Bonobo, and Left Foot Charley. Chateau Chantal was definitely my favorite!

The next day, I had an appointment to get my nails done with Lexie and some of the other ladies in the wedding. I never get my nails done (I always do them myself), so it was a fun treat!

That evening we had the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner. We went to Boone’s Long Lake Inn for dinner, and had some amazing prime rib. Yum! Apparently they have a contest where if you eat their 24 oz prime rib in one sitting, you don’t have to pay for it. I couldn’t finish my 8oz prime rib in one sitting, so….. that contest isn’t for me.

Once we got back from the rehearsal, I met up with my parents who were also in town for the wedding. We swung by Monkey Fist Brewing Company and caught up, which was so nice.

Saturday was the big day! We were all a little concerned about the weather, because it had been raining all weekend and the wedding was going to be outside on the beach. We were being optimistic, and miraculously the sun came out a few hours before the ceremony! It was just enough time for the sand, grass, and chairs to dry off before everyone arrived.

It was a little bit chilly and windy, but I didn’t really mind. It was such a beautiful day, even if it wasn’t 80 degrees outside!

The wedding itself was at 4, and the reception started around 6 (with a cocktail hour in between), and somehow Sean and I made it all the way until it ended at midnight! Lexie’s family loves weddings, so the dance floor was packed the whole time. My favorite kind of wedding!

At one point, her high-school-aged cousin did the entire dance to In My Feelings by Drake. I was so impressed… and now I have a new life goal. I want to be that person at a wedding.

The next morning we slept in a bit, then checked out before heading to Morsels. We had seen it on a walk earlier in the week, and it did not disappoint!

First of all, any place that has good coffee is worth it in my book. And Morsels definitely did!

Plus, their namesake desserts were delicious. They’re tiny little bite-size cakes in a bunch of different flavors. I got Seventh Heaven and Brownie Points, while Sean got Espresso Yourself and Devil’s in the Details. Mine were amazing and, well… we didn’t try each other’s because we didn’t want to share.

Naturally we had dessert first, but we also got actual breakfast food! I got avocado toast (it had cream cheese on it! genius!), and Sean got the Boardman Biscuit. They were both pretty small portion sizes, but we were pleasantly surprised with how filling they both were. Or maybe the morsels helped… it’s a toss-up.

After that, we headed back to the car and made the 3 hour drive home! It went by pretty quickly (the best weekends do!) but we were so glad to have a mini vacation in the middle of an otherwise crazy time in our lives. We can’t wait to go back soon!

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Plan With Me: A Mid-Year Updatehttps://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/plan-with-me-a-mid-year-update-2019/ https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/plan-with-me-a-mid-year-update-2019/#respond Tue, 11 Jun 2019 07:00:17 +0000 https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/?p=11015 We’re almost halfway through the year, so I thought it would be fun to do a mid-year review of my 2019 Passion Planner! I did an original post back in January that goes through how I had it set up. I’ve been using it for 5.5 months now, and for the most part everything is

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Plan With Me: A Mid-Year Update

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We’re almost halfway through the year, so I thought it would be fun to do a mid-year review of my 2019 Passion Planner!

I did an original post back in January that goes through how I had it set up. I’ve been using it for 5.5 months now, and for the most part everything is the same. But I’ve definitely learned some lessons along the way!

Monthly Spreads

I’ll be honest, I have a hard time remembering to update my monthly spread. I really use my planner as more of a tracker than a planning tool, because my plans change so often, but I hardly remember to go back and log things in my monthly spreads.

It might be time to change up how I use the monthly spread! Any suggestions on what I could track here instead?

Weekly Spreads

For the most part, weekly spreads are going really well! I color in the hours I’m working, and otherwise leave it black and white. Sometimes I’ll use the to do lists in the bottom left, but other times I’m just spending my time trying to catch up with my inbox and project list, so utilizing it just never happens.

I choose a different color for each month, which makes it fun and gives it some (structured) variety! I previously did some writing with the colored markers as well, but I decided to go back to the black marker for all of my writing.

Above, you can see what my planner looks like when I take time off. This was the week of my short trip to LA, so it wasn’t nearly as colorful, but I kind of like it that way!

And above is one of several weeks where the Monday start got me. In previous years, my planners started on Sundays, but I decided to do a Monday start this time. For the most part, I really like it. But then I have weeks like this when I’m not 100% focused and start filling in Saturday’s column with Friday’s information and the whole thing gets screwed up.

Back Pages

Next, the fun tracking pages in the back of my planner! I love these pages and just wish I had more to track so I was updating it more often.

Television Tracking

TV tracking has been going great so far! I’m glad I opted for a two-page spread this year, because I’m right on track to fill up my first page halfway through the year.

Movie Tracking

In hindsight, I should have given a two-page spread to streamed movies as well, because I’m about to fill up the first page! I’ve been writing small enough, though, that I should be able to start a second column.

Podcast Tracking & Book Tracking

I think the Podcast page is just making me feel guilty for not listening to podcasts! But with how much writing I do (and how little driving I do!), I barely have time to listen to them.

I also find it funny that my entire Books page is George R. R. Martin so far.

Blog Course Tracking

This is an interesting juxtaposition! I’ve completely filled up my CoSchedule Academy page, because my membership expired May 1, and the rest of the courses I haven’t really touched. So far, I’m okay with that. I have the feeling I’ll get back to them soon!

House Wish Lists

It’s been really convenient to have a place to jot down wish lists for the house. I started out with the bigger, more obvious projects, but I’ve been adding more things in as they come up. Because of that, most of the items at the bottom have been crossed off, while the ones at the top are left unchecked!

101 in 1001

I can’t decide how I feel about my 101 in 1001 spreads. The colored boxes are a bit hard to see, so it’s hard to tell how much progress I’ve made just by looking at them. Plus, so many of the projects are big, so it’s hard to log the incremental stuff I accomplish.

I’ll keep using it this year, but I’m not sure this one will make the cut for my 2020 planner. The webpage is much easier for that.

19 in 2019

And finally, 19 in 2019, which is my goal of making 19 crafts this year. So far it’s been…. underwhelming. A lot of that has been my budget, which is changing in July, so fingers crossed I’m feeling more inspired and work on more projects soon!


So there you have it! How is your year going? Are you still using your planner?

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Sunday Scratches #66https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/sunday-scratches-66/ https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/sunday-scratches-66/#respond Sun, 09 Jun 2019 07:00:00 +0000 https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/?p=10822 Happy Sunday! I hope you had a great week. Here are the scratches. The Week in Review I got to go to camp this week! That’s one of the best benefits of working for Girl Scouts. We did a photo shoot on Tuesday with 8 of our girls to use in some upcoming marketing pieces,

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Sunday Scratches #66

Sunday Scratches is where I share the little stuff that has happened throughout the week. In hockey, “scratches” are people who are on the roster but do not play in the game. On the blog, “scratches” are the things that have happened to me throughout the week that aren’t necessarily big enough to be an entire post.

Please note, this post may contain affiliate links that I could make a commission off of.

Happy Sunday! I hope you had a great week. Here are the scratches.

The Week in Review

I got to go to camp this week! That’s one of the best benefits of working for Girl Scouts. We did a photo shoot on Tuesday with 8 of our girls to use in some upcoming marketing pieces, and I was there as the creative director. We had a blast! They did the climbing wall, the low challenge course, archery, hiking, gaga ball, and of course some s’mores!

Other than that, I’ve been taking the week pretty easy. Sean and I have been binging Colony on Netflix, and on Friday I finally saw The Perfect Date. We also finished up Chernobyl, which I highly recommend.

Next week we’re headed to Traverse City for my friend Lexie’s wedding, and we’re so excited! Stay tuned for photos and a blog post about it!

Around the Web

This article about hobbies and hustles made me do some serious thinking about what I want this space to be. And I’m really excited for the direction I’m headed!

I really appreciated this perspective on conservative states. I’m so quick to judge places I’m not familiar with, and I really need to check myself.

The Blues could win the Stanley Cup tonight! Fingers crossed for them. #teampam

In Case You Missed It…

101 in 1001, Take 2: Check-In #4

How to Decide How to Monetize Your Blog

Follow along on Instagram at @caitlinhonard to hear about these things during the week! xo

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How to Decide How to Monetize Your Bloghttps://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/how-to-decide-how-to-monetize-your-blog/ https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/how-to-decide-how-to-monetize-your-blog/#respond Fri, 07 Jun 2019 07:00:27 +0000 https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/?p=9684 When people start a blog, they often want to make money from it. Me included! Whether you want to make enough money to cover the expenses of your blog’s upkeep or you want to grow it enough to pay off debt or quit your job, you probably have a financial goal associated with your blog.

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How to Decide How to Monetize Your Blog

When people start a blog, they often want to make money from it. Me included! Whether you want to make enough money to cover the expenses of your blog’s upkeep or you want to grow it enough to pay off debt or quit your job, you probably have a financial goal associated with your blog.

The great thing is, there are so many ways to monetize your blog! They require varying levels of time and effort, and not all of them will work for you. But the beauty of that is, you get to try your hand at so many things and see what works best.

But that also means there are so many ideas, and you might not have any idea where to begin. If you’re feeling a bit paralyzed by all of the options, here are some things to consider.

Brainstorm All the Possibilities

First, set a timer for 10-20 minutes and write down all of the possibilities of how you can monetize your blog. There are no bad ideas at this stage! Write everything down.

Not sure where to begin? Here are some ideas to get you started:

  • Sponsored posts
  • Affiliate links
  • Design work
  • Ebooks
  • Ecourses
  • Physical products
  • Patreon
  • Freelancing

Consider How Much Time You Want to Devote to It

Next, ask yourself how much time you’re willing to devote to monetizing your blog.

Remember: this is in addition to creating content for your blog. Even if it’s something as seemingly simple as affiliate links, you need to: look up the best affiliate programs, apply, find and build the links you want to use, make sure all of your links are compliant, etc. It takes a lot of work!

Do you only want to spend about an hour on it per week? Then some of the bigger ideas are probably out. Or, if you’d rather prioritize a higher payout over free time (nothing wrong with that!), you might want to cross out the smaller ideas.

Consider How You’re Motivated

Next, consider how you’re motivated. Do you do better with creating something in advance and then getting a payout when people buy it after it’s complete, or do you prefer to get paid first and then do the work?

I thought I was the latter, so I started freelance designing. But I realized that if I didn’t do the work before getting paid, I just felt guilty about it any time I wasn’t working. It wasn’t healthy for me, so I stopped accepting freelance clients. Now I’m all about affiliate links and digital products!

You might be the total opposite. In which case, go for more of a freelance route or pre-sell your digital products, so you’re getting paid as you’re working on it.

Pare Down Your List & Try Things Out!

Finally, go back to your list of ideas and start crossing things out based on your time and motivation requirements. Then, when you have a shorter list remaining, rank the ideas based on what you’re most excited about and start at the top of the list!

Don’t get too discouraged if you don’t love something as much as you expected. I really expected to love freelance designing, but I actually hated it. That’s okay! Try something else instead. As long as you’re trying new things and you still enjoy your blog, you’re golden!

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101 in 1001, Take 2: Check-In #4https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/101-in-1001-take-2-check-in-4/ https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/101-in-1001-take-2-check-in-4/#respond Wed, 05 Jun 2019 07:00:14 +0000 https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com?p=9889&preview=true&preview_id=9889 I’m now past the halfway mark with my 101 in 1001: Take 2 list! Eep! It’s been just over 500 days since I started my list, which means I should have 50 or 51 items done. And I’m pretty close with 49! Let’s check in with everything I’ve accomplished since the last check-in. 7 Goals

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101 in 1001, Take 2: Check-In #4

I’m now past the halfway mark with my 101 in 1001: Take 2 list! Eep!

It’s been just over 500 days since I started my list, which means I should have 50 or 51 items done. And I’m pretty close with 49! Let’s check in with everything I’ve accomplished since the last check-in.

7 Goals Completed

1. Beat my previous 101 in 1001 record of 42.

Woo! In February I beat my previous record. It wasn’t terribly hard to do, because I gave up less than halfway through, but by crossing this item off, I proved to myself that I could go 1,001 days without giving up on something.

2. Reread A Song of Ice and Fire.

This was so fun! I didn’t quite finish the fifth book before the final season of Game of Thrones started, but I finished it before it ended. Now I’m working my way through the rest of George R. R. Martin’s books.

6. Officially change my last name.

This. Took. So. Long. The final item was changing my Global Entry account, which was tied to my passport. I had to do that in person, and of course the closest place to go is either Chicago or Detroit. But I realized that I could tie it in with a trip to our Toledo office, and that’s exactly what I did this past March!

20. Climb a 5.8 wall rock climbing.

I set this goal in my last check-in, and then went rock climbing that night. I told Sean my goal, and he said “cool, let’s find a 5.8 for you to climb.” And I did it! That very night! Find yourself someone who cheers you on like Sean cheers me on.

35. Schedule blog posts and newsletters at least one week in advance for a month.

I did this the month of March! It was really nice… and then I think I got burnt out (or maybe just overwhelmed with our office bookshelf project) that I basically stopped posting in April. An interesting observation!

45. Try out three new series on the blog.

This one I *technically* accomplished before the last check-in, but didn’t realize it because I hadn’t considered the 101 in 1001 check-ins their own series! Which they totally are.

53. Find a stool for my vanity.

It’s actually not a stool—it’s a dining room chair! You can see a photo of it at the top of this post. We got two of them for our office, and I loved them so much that I got another one for my vanity. It’s been so nice!

7 Goals in Progress

I’ve also made progress on another 7 goals!

3. Read 75 books.

I didn’t make a *bunch* of progress here, because the books I’ve been reading have been so long. Thanks, George R. R. Martin! But I’m still making progress and enjoying it along the way!

16. Pay off our student loans.

Nothing new to report here—just making our regular, way-more-than-minimum payments. On track to be debt free (excluding our mortgage) before we turn 30!

37. Donate at least $250 to the ACLU of Kentucky via my business income.

I donated another $31 thanks to a couple sales of the InDesign Adventure Guide during my birthday sale. I’m more than halfway to $250 now!

42. Rebrand the InDesign Adventure Guide.

I’ve been making very slow progress! Hoping to cross this off this summer.

52. Replace my vanity.

I haven’t really made progress on replacing my vanity, per se, but I’ve been thinking about what I want out of my vanity situation, which is a really helpful first step! It’s now in our bedroom in a corner by the window (which is the photo at the top), and I’m really liking it there. I know that I need drawers for my things (#cats), and I want it to be able to fit in between the molding better. Now I have something to keep an eye out for!

77. Complete the Give a Craft Beer Trail Passport.

I’ve gotten two more done since the last check in (we’re at 13 now!), and since the weather is warming up, I’m hoping to check out more places soon.

86. Experiment with 10 different cocktail recipes.

A Beautiful Mess shared a recipe for a Sidecar recently, and we had everything on hand, so I tried that out! I was very pleasantly surprised. Keeping that one in my recipe book to make again!

89. Try 10 different amber beers.

When we went out with friends on St. Patrick’s Day, I tried West Coast Swing by Mitten Brewing Company, putting my total at 3 of 10. Did I like it? No. Am I glad I tried it? Yes!


So there you have it! 49 out of 101 so far, with just fewer than 500 days to go. Wish me luck!

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Sunday Scratches #65https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/sunday-scratches-65/ https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/sunday-scratches-65/#respond Sun, 02 Jun 2019 07:00:00 +0000 https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/?p=10820 Happy Sunday! It’s been a few weeks since I’ve posted a roundup, but I’m excited to get back into them! Here are the scratches from the week. The Week(s) in Review Sean and I have done quite a bit over the last few weeks! Most notably, we finished our office bookshelves! It was such a

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Sunday Scratches #65

Sunday Scratches is where I share the little stuff that has happened throughout the week. In hockey, “scratches” are people who are on the roster but do not play in the game. On the blog, “scratches” are the things that have happened to me throughout the week that aren’t necessarily big enough to be an entire post.

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Happy Sunday! It’s been a few weeks since I’ve posted a roundup, but I’m excited to get back into them! Here are the scratches from the week.

The Week(s) in Review

Sean and I have done quite a bit over the last few weeks! Most notably, we finished our office bookshelves! It was such a big project that we were spending almost all of our free time on it. It was really nice to not have to do any work on them this weekend.

Last weekend for Memorial Day, Sean’s parents flew to Michigan to celebrate Sean’s birthday! They saw the house right after we moved in, so it was fun to get to show them all of the work we’ve done in our first year here.

We hit up a few of our favorite places in town, like Bell’s, Maru, Gonzo’s, and Kalamazoo Candle Company, in addition to checking out new-to-us places like Beer Exchange and Principle. They were only here Friday morning through Monday morning, but it’s always nice to see them, even if it’s for a short trip.

This past week was a bit stressful at work, as Dayton was hit with a record number of tornadoes on Monday. Luckily no one was at our Dayton office, and while we had to close the building for the entire week, no extensive damage was done to the building itself. Unfortunately, the surrounding trees weren’t so lucky.

On a happier note, I had more visitors this weekend! My sister-in-law Lesley was visiting for a wedding in town, so she stayed with us Thursday and Friday nights. Her friend Amy, whom I met at Dan and Lesley’s wedding, also stayed with us on Friday.

Sean and I went to see Detective Pikachu on Friday evening, while Lesley and Amy were at the rehearsal dinner. I highly recommend it! Even if you aren’t familiar with Pokemon, it’s a fun movie for all ages. My only complaint: not enough Eevee.

After the movie, we met up with Lesley and Amy at Arcadia for a few drinks. It was nice to visit again, especially with the uncertain future of the brewery.

Then yesterday my parents came to town to celebrate Sean’s birthday! (So many visitors!) We got to show them the bookshelves, and then headed to Gonzo’s for a late lunch. The weather was surprisingly beautiful (we’ve had so. much. rain lately) so we got to enjoy the sun on the patio.

Today I’m going to be recovering from all of the guests we’ve had. Lots of laundry and cleaning to do! And on Tuesday I’m headed to camp for work—I can’t wait!

Around the Web

I got the new Chris Loves Julia filter pack for A Color Story and I’m obsessed. Excuse me while I use them on all of my photos.

You shouldn’t feel the need to explain yourself or apologize for taking photos for Instagram. Do 👏🏻 what 👏🏻 makes 👏🏻 you 👏🏻 happy. 👏🏻

I definitely need to practice being confident.

I’m still not over the fact that Game of Thrones is done.

Goodbye, Sunday Scaries!

This was a really interesting take on cultural appropriation.

How to create a more professional brand.

The smartest laundry detergent hack.

In Case You Missed It…

My Summer Reading List

June Goals

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Photos
Val randomly decided to start sitting on the back of the chair in the sunroom. We’ve had this chair for almost 4 years and she’s never done this before.
Sean’s parents at Bell’s
Sean, his parents, and Stanley at the park near our house
Stanley was very appreciative of the nice weather, the walk, and the visitors
Hanging out at Gonzo’s with Vanilla Porter floats!
We let Val get a *little* adventurous this weekend… but not too much.
After all these visitors, we’re all feeling a bit tired.

Follow along on Instagram at @caitlinhonard to hear about these things during the week! xo

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June Goalshttps://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/june-goals-2019/ https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/june-goals-2019/#respond Fri, 31 May 2019 07:00:00 +0000 https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/?p=10910 I’m so excited for a new month! It was a crazy May (despite having to step back quite a bit from my regular posting schedule on the blog…) but I’m really happy with how I spent all of my time. I’m looking forward to even more good times in June! Before we get into the

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June Goals 2019

I’m so excited for a new month! It was a crazy May (despite having to step back quite a bit from my regular posting schedule on the blog…) but I’m really happy with how I spent all of my time. I’m looking forward to even more good times in June!

Before we get into the month ahead, let’s go over my goals for May.

May Recap

Personal Goals

  • Visit two new-to-me breweries on the Give a Craft passport. ✘ I half completed this one! Sean and I visited Presidential Brewing Company this month. We didn’t make it to a second brewery this time around (when life gets crazy you’ve got to stick with your known favorites!), but I’m still happy we were able to make it out to a new place.
  • Catch up on my Goodreads Reading Challenge goal. ✘ When I originally set this goal, I didn’t realize it meant I had to read 5 books this month (in addition to visitors and a trip to Chicago and building a bookshelf and and and), so… that was unrealistic. But I made it through 3 novelas, so I’m making progress!
  • Do two crafts. ✘ I didn’t do a single one. BUT I blame a lot of this on the weather. My first idea was to spray paint some coasters, but it’s been raining basically every day in Kalamazoo, so I just didn’t have the opportunity.
  • Finish the bookshelves. ✔ Done! I’m so happy this is complete. It took us about 3 months from start to finish, and it was a beast of a project. But they look amazing!

And Possibly Dinosaurs Goals

  • Have 75% of the videos for the InDesign Adventure Guide rebrand recorded and edited. ✘ Not at all. Just like my reading goal, this was overly ambitious. I’m slowing down on this a little bit, because I think I’ve been too overwhelmed with how much I need to complete. It ended up paralyzing me.
  • Begin setting up Teachable for the InDesign Adventure Guide rebrand. ✔ When I started evaluating these goals a few days ago, I realized I really just wanted to *begin* setting up Teachable. I could totally do that in an evening! So I cranked out the beginnings of it this week. I’ve still got to make a full to do list, but I’m feeling better about the whole project.
  • Get back to posting 2x per week by the end of the month. ✔ I mean… technically it’s the end of the month and I posted 2 blog posts this week. I say that counts even if I missed most of the rest of the month. Sometimes you have to prioritize life over your side hustle, and that’s totally okay!

Career Goals

  • Send a survey to members about our website and begin a plan for the new website organization. ✔ Done! The survey is currently out in the wild, and closes on Sunday. I’m excited (and nervous!) to see what members say.
  • Create a plan for expanding the Daisy Welcome Series and adapting the emails in the existing series. ✔ Done! I had a meeting with the team about it, and now I know what to do to make the series even better next year.

Woo! A good month for work (which is always a priority!) and we got the bookshelves done. The rest were set aside, but overall I’d say this was a successful month.

June Goals

Personal Goals

  • Read A World of Ice & Fire and Fire & Blood. I don’t expect myself to get fully caught up on my reading goal yet, especially because the two books I want to read next are… daunting. But I’d like to finish them both this month so I can start reading books by authors other than George R. R. Martin. 😜

And… yes, that’s my only personal goal this month. I’m trying out having just the one goal in a category. We’ll see how it goes!

And Possibly Dinosaurs Goals

  • Have 25% of the videos for the InDesign Adventure Guide rebrand recorded and edited. If I make it smaller, maybe I’ll be more likely to get it done?
  • Continue setting up Teachable for the InDesign Adventure Guide rebrand. I don’t want to put a limit on how much I get done. Even if I just sit down for one evening and crank out some more content (or even just the to do list!), I’ll be happy!

Career Goals

  • Begin a plan for the new website organization. I have the feeling it will take some adjustments (reorganizing the website is a big task!) but I want to begin my plan in June.
  • Update the Daisy Welcome Series for next membership year. Even if I don’t start on the other age levels, I want to crank out the edits I have planned for the existing emails.

Just five goals for the month! It sounds like a lot when you combine them all, but I’m feeling optimistic that I can get them all cranked out this month. Yay for being realistic but optimistic!

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Summer Reading Listhttps://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/summer-reading-2019/ https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/summer-reading-2019/#respond Wed, 29 May 2019 07:00:30 +0000 https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/?p=10833 Now that Memorial Day is behind us, it’s time for summer reading! I’m a big fan of reading year-round, but there’s something special about picking up a book during the warm summer months. I’ve gotten a head start on my summer reading list already, but here are the books I’m excited to dive into over

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Summer Reading 2019

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Now that Memorial Day is behind us, it’s time for summer reading! I’m a big fan of reading year-round, but there’s something special about picking up a book during the warm summer months.

I’ve gotten a head start on my summer reading list already, but here are the books I’m excited to dive into over the next few weeks!

A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms, George R. R. Martin

A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms

Okay, full disclosure: I already finished the 3 novelas that make up A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms. But they were too good not to include!

The stories are by George R. R. Martin, the author of A Song of Ice and Fire, but they take place about 100 years before the beginning of A Game of Thrones. It follows Dunk, a knight, a knight, and his squire Egg, aka Aegon V Targaryen, Dany’s great-grandfather.

They’re so fun and light-hearted, especially compared to ASOIAF. Plus, there are so many little things to pick up on that give more meaning to the original series!

Fire & Blood, George R. R. Martin

Fire and Blood

Continuing the GRRM theme, I checked out his newest book, Fire & Blood, from the library! It’s a history of the Targaryen family, whose words are Fire & Blood.

I can’t get enough of A Song of Ice and Fire right now, so don’t mind me while I read all the books.

Happier at Home, Gretchen Rubin

Happier at Home

On a lighter note, I also checked out Gretchen Rubin’s Happier at Home from the library. I’ve been really interested in habit forming lately, so I’m excited to read about the tips Gretchen has for being happier in everyday life.

Big Little Lies, Liane Moriarty

Big Little Lies

Once I finish up my George R. R. Martin streak and the library books I’ve got checked out, my goal is to read a bunch of books I already own (and preferably pass them along to someone else once I’m done!).

I picked up Big Little Lies from a Little Free Library back in Cincinnati, and I’ve been dying to read it! I don’t know much about it, other than the fact that it’s a super popular HBO show. I’m doing everything I can to avoid trailers for season 2 because I want to be as surprised as possible!

Every Heart a Doorway, Seanan McGuire

Every Heart a Doorway

I picked up Every Heart a Doorway from the library in Cincinnati after Amber Burns raved about it. And then… Stanley ate a chunk out of it so I had to pay for it. But that means I got to keep it! I realized it’s actually the beginning of a series, so I decided to hold off on it until I reread all of George R. R. Martin’s books. Now that that’s (almost) done, I’m going to read this one and then the rest of the series!

My Sister’s Keeper, Jodi Picoult

My Sister's Keeper

I’ve heard amazing things about Jodi Picoult’s books, so I always picked them up when I saw them at the library book sale… but I’ve never actually read them. This summer I’m going to finally break into one with My Sister’s Keeper!

The Time Keeper, Mitch Albom

And finally, a Mitch Albom book! I’ve loved everything I’ve read of his, so I didn’t hesitate to pick up an autographed copy of The Time Keeper at a local library book sale for a whopping $2. But, just like all of my Jodi Picoult books, it’s sat around unread for years. Not any more!


I’m so excited to spend some time reading in my sun room with the windows open this summer! What’s on your summer reading list?

P.S. Add me as a friend on Goodreads to track my progress!

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