And Possibly Dinosaurs https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com Love your job. Love your blog. Tue, 14 May 2019 01:12:58 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2 https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/cropped-Favicon-Blue-150x150.png And Possibly Dinosaurs https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com 32 32 24 Things You Can Design for Your Blog in Adobe InDesign https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/things-you-can-design-for-your-blog-in-adobe-indesign/ https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/things-you-can-design-for-your-blog-in-adobe-indesign/#respond Tue, 14 May 2019 07:00:16 +0000 https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/?p=9771 With so many amazing tools out there for bloggers to use, it can be hard to know which ones to invest in. But there’s one tool I will always pay for because of its high value and usefulness: Adobe InDesign. I won’t lie, Adobe programs aren’t the cheapest things in the world. So when you

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24 Things You Can Design for Your Blog in Adobe InDesign

With so many amazing tools out there for bloggers to use, it can be hard to know which ones to invest in. But there’s one tool I will always pay for because of its high value and usefulness: Adobe InDesign.

I won’t lie, Adobe programs aren’t the cheapest things in the world. So when you make the decision to invest, you better know it’s going to be worth your money!

To illustrate just how useful Adobe InDesign is to bloggers, here are 24 different things you can design for your blog in Adobe InDesign.

  1. Your logo.
  2. Icons that represent the topics you blog about.
  3. Your blog’s style guide.
  4. A worksheet to use as a content upgrade.
  5. Buttons with content upgrade thumbnails to entice people to sign up for your email list.
  6. Buttons for your sidebar so everything is on brand.
  7. Buttons for the items in your resource library.
  8. A checklist to use for your recurring workflows.
  9. An editorial calendar you can print out and write on.
  10. Blog post header images.
  11. Pinterest image templates.
  12. Pinterest board covers.
  13. Instagram quote graphics.
  14. Tips to post to Instagram Stories.
  15. Testimonials to post to Instagram Stories.
  16. Quotes to post to Instagram Stories.
  17. Cover photos for Twitter or Facebook.
  18. An ebook to use as a content upgrade.
  19. An ebook to sell.
  20. A map of where you’ve traveled.
  21. A map of where you want to travel.
  22. Mockups of your products.
  23. Mockups of your content upgrades.
  24. An art print to sell.

So there you have it! There are truly so many things you can design in InDesign for your blog.

Ready to get started? For a limited time, my InDesign course the InDesign Adventure Guide is discounted to just $197! But this pricing won’t be around for long, so sign up today.

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Sunday Scratches #64 https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/sunday-scratches-64-2/ https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/sunday-scratches-64-2/#respond Sun, 12 May 2019 07:00:28 +0000 https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/?p=10815 Happy Sunday! I hope you’ve had a fantastic weekend so far. Here are the scratches! The Week in Review I absolutely killed meal planning this week. I made a bunch of food on Sunday and Monday, so Sean and I were rarely panicked about food! It was the best feeling. Note to self: having food

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Sunday Scratches #64

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’ve had a fantastic weekend so far. Here are the scratches!

The Week in Review

I absolutely killed meal planning this week. I made a bunch of food on Sunday and Monday, so Sean and I were rarely panicked about food! It was the best feeling. Note to self: having food prepped is a major anxiety reliever.

We started watching HBO’s new mini-series Chernobyl this week. Has anyone else seen it? I was really nervous about it (I’m v. queasy) but I was pleasantly surprised!

We spent a ton of time on Wednesday bundling up the branches we cut down a few weekends ago. Apparently in Kalamazoo you have to bundle your brush in twine before they’ll collect it? That was… annoying. But we made a huge dent in the pile, so that was good! The next brush pick up is in a month, so we’ll probably bundle a few branches every week so it’s not one big evening project again.

I also made a ton of progress on the bookshelves! I got everything primed earlier this week, and yesterday we picked up a few more gallons of paint, so now I can attack it. Then it’s just a matter of picking out the lights and assembling everything!

I also finished my first book of my 5-book goal for the month! I reread The Hedge Knight by George R. R. Martin and loved it. Now onto the other two Dunk and Egg books!

Yesterday we trekked up to Holland to see Avengers: Endgame with our friends Elsbeth and Rob, finally! The plan was simple: sushi downtown (there’s an amazing place Sean went during our wedding weekend) and then see the movie at 6. But something Elsbeth and I didn’t account for: it’s Tulip Time. We never made it to sushi, so we all scarfed down a bunch of popcorn in lieu of dinner. The movie, on the other hand, did not disappoint!

Today we’re doing a mix of relaxing and working around the house. Sean has done a bunch of work in our backyard, and I’ve mowed the lawn and started tidying up around the house. I’m ready for it to be summer already!

I’m also really excited because yesterday I (finally) ordered a new iPhone! I’m trading in my iPhone 6S for an iPhone XS! Good to know: if you trade in your existing iPhone for a new iPhone, you get more than if you just traded it in for an iPhone. I also requested a shipping label for my old iPhone 6, which won’t even turn on any more, so Apple will recycle it for me.

Around the Web

I’ve been watching Tidying Up with Marie Kondo (I tried the first time and got too stressed out because I wanted to get rid of everything in my house), and I loved this list of things nobody should be storing.

This is SUCH a good end-of-week ritual.

I always love hearing about other people’s strategies (or non-strategies).

I didn’t think it was possible to love Kristen Bell any more.

Cleaning shortcuts? Yes please.

I just ordered a new Pela Case for my new phone! I got the iPhone XS case in Beetroot. So excited, because these phone cases are compostable! P.S., if you use my referral link, you get $10 off your first purchase!

In Case You Missed It…

A Short Trip to Chicago

Small Blogging Budget? Here’s What to Spend It On

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Small Blogging Budget? Here’s What to Spend It On https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/small-blogging-budget-heres-what-to-spend-it-on/ https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/small-blogging-budget-heres-what-to-spend-it-on/#respond Thu, 09 May 2019 12:00:00 +0000 https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/?p=9692 Blogging is an awesome hobby, but unfortunately very few people actually make money doing it. It’s not exactly the best side hustle. It’s really more of a creative outlet. But of course, because it’s such a huge industry, there are so many things you could spend money on. From basics like web hosting to fun

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Small Blogging Budget? Here's What to Spend It On

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Blogging is an awesome hobby, but unfortunately very few people actually make money doing it. It’s not exactly the best side hustle. It’s really more of a creative outlet.

But of course, because it’s such a huge industry, there are so many things you could spend money on. From basics like web hosting to fun services that are “guaranteed to increase your sales,” it can get pretty overwhelming!

And unless you’re one of the lucky few actually making money off your blog, chances are your blogging money is coming out of your personal budget. Which means you probably don’t have that much available to spend on it.

So when you’ve got a small blogging budget, what should you actually be spending that money on?

Hosting & a Domain Name

Unfortunately, the first place you should be allocating your budget is also one of the most boring… your website hosting and domain name.

You can absolutely get a free domain name and hosting from a site like WordPress.com or Blogger. If you have literally no money to allocate to your blog, start there! It’s a great way to get practice and decide if you actually want to blog in the first place.

But once you’ve got a little money to allocate to your blog, I highly recommend paying for hosting and a domain name. You get more customization, and the URL is a bit more professional.

I personally use Siteground for my hosting and have never had problems. Keep in mind that the $3.95/mo starting price is for the first bill, no matter how long of a time slot you sign up for. It jumps to $11.95/mo after your first bill. So if you pay up front for 3 years, you end up paying way less over those 3 years than you would if you paid up front for 1 year.

Privilege, man. The more money you have available to spend, the less you end up paying.

However, don’t get fooled into signing up for a big hosting plan before you’ve tried them out. You don’t want to get stuck in a giant plan with a shitty hosting company.

Again, I’ve never had issues with Siteground, but everyone has different needs and experiences!

A Website Theme

Once you’ve got your hosting taken care of, I recommend investing in a WordPress theme. If you’re not using WordPress.org, you can go ahead and skip to the next section!

A website theme is basically the look and feel and the functionality of your website. Your theme can really make or break your site (sometimes literally!).

Before you decide to invest in a theme, spend some time poking around the WordPress theme library, which you can find by logging into your WordPress dashboard and going to Appearance > Themes and clicking the Add New button at the top. Preview ones that catch your eye and see if they’ll work for you.

If you find one, great! You’re all set and haven’t spent any money. If not, there are definitely great options out there, but keep in mind they might cost you some money.

The next place to visit would be Creative Market‘s weekly Free Goods section. They give out 6 free items each week (starting on Mondays), and every once in a while they have website themes in there.

If you don’t find any for free, you can probably find some relatively inexpensive options by poking around the Creative Market WordPress Themes section. One of the first themes I used was only $18 on Creative Market!

Keep in mind that when you first start blogging, you’re still learning, and will probably want to change up your theme a few times as you get the hang of things. I think I went through 5 different themes before landing on the one I currently use and love. So if you’re just starting out, try to go with an inexpensive theme until you find your groove.

Once you get the hang of blogging, I highly recommend getting a Genesis theme, because it’s easier to change up the look later. However, it’s definitely more expensive. You have to get the parent Genesis theme, which is about $60, plus the child theme on top of it. I love Coded Creative for Genesis child themes and am pretty much committed to using those themes for the rest of my life. (Kory please don’t ever stop making WordPress themes.)

A Plugin or Service that Will Save You Major Time / Anxiety

This one is a little less straightforward, because it’s going to be different for everyone! Because blogging is so often a hobby instead of a side hustle or career, you don’t want it to cause you major anxiety or take up a bunch of your time. You’ve already got a job, you don’t need your blog to take up another 40 hours of your week!

(Unless you love it, in which case, you do you!)

If, after you pay for hosting and a WordPress theme, you still have some money left over, invest it in whatever plugin or service will save you the most time or anxiety.

For example, having CoSchedule saves me major time and anxiety, so it’s absolutely worth the $25/mo I currently pay for it. I’ve tried free options that are similar, and they just don’t work as well for me.

You might be totally fine with a free editorial calendar and social scheduler, but you can’t deal with having to build your own popups and landing pages, so you want to invest in Leadpages. That’s totally cool! Go with whatever will save you time and anxiety.

(Another prime example of privilege at work. If you have money, you can trade it in for more time and less anxiety. But if you don’t have money, you’re SOL.)

When deciding which apps would save you the most time and anxiety, I highly recommend utilizing free trials. Throughout the entire free trial, commit to really utilizing the service, and once they’re about to charge you, evaluate whether or not it saved you time or anxiety. Maybe it added a bunch of time or anxiety to your life—in which case, cancel! At that point you’ve only invested your time, not your hard-earned money.

Of course, in my opinion these purchases should come third, because hosting and a website theme are more important. I’m not saying that your blog should be taking up a bunch of time and giving you anxiety. If it is, it means you should probably be cutting back on parts of it! And typically, the problems these services are “fixing” are things you can cut back on.

If you can’t afford Leadpages and don’t want to build your own popups and landing pages, don’t offer them, or really simplify that strategy with a single resource library.

If you can’t afford CoSchedule, use a good old paper calendar, or try posting without a specific plan.

There are free workarounds for these services, but that isn’t necessarily the case with website hosting or a theme.


Blogging should be fun, but it shouldn’t be putting you into debt! Prioritize your budget and you can definitely find success, even without those expensive “need-to-have” plugins and services.

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A Short Trip to Chicago https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/a-short-trip-to-chicago/ https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/a-short-trip-to-chicago/#respond Tue, 07 May 2019 07:00:00 +0000 https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/?p=10908 I feel like “a short trip to _______” is my theme for 2019. I feel like I just got back from Los Angeles, and suddenly I was hopping on a train to Chicago for Angela’s birthday! In no time I’ll be heading up north to Traverse City and then south to Charleston! What a crazy

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I feel like “a short trip to _______” is my theme for 2019. I feel like I just got back from Los Angeles, and suddenly I was hopping on a train to Chicago for Angela’s birthday! In no time I’ll be heading up north to Traverse City and then south to Charleston! What a crazy exciting year.

As I mentioned in last week’s Sunday Scratches, I headed to Chicago last week with Randi (who lives in Chicago) and Angela, plus two of Angela’s friends Rafa and Carolina (who I now consider good friends!).

Angela wanted to see Hamilton for her birthday, and we discovered that, because of Chicago’s residency since 2016, it was actually easier and cheaper for Angela, Rafa, and Carolina to fly all the way from southern California to Chicago and see it there. And since Randi lives in Chicago and I’m less than 3 hours away, we made a big trip of it!

I took the train down on Tuesday after working for half the day and met Angela, Rafa, and Carolina at Shake Shack for a bite before meeting up with Randi and heading to our Airbnb. It was pouring all day, so we decided to stay at the apartment, get pizza delivered, and catch Carolina up on Game of Thrones. She lives in the mountains with crappy wifi, so she hadn’t seen any of season 8. And naturally I was happy to rewatch the first 3 episodes with her.

Chicago pizza! Yum!

The next day was supposed to be super rainy, but when we woke up, the forecast changed to cloudy weather, with no rain until midnight! Yes please!

We grabbed breakfast at Tweet, which was delicious, and then went to Millennium Park so Rafa and Carolina could see the Bean and Lake Michigan. They had never been to Chicago before, so it was fun to see their reactions and get a fresh perspective on the city!

After that, we headed to the public library, where our entire goal was to ride as many escalators as possible. I’m not entirely sure why, but that’s what we did, and it was a blast.

Taking the escalators up in the library!
A quote on the 10th floor of the library. #privilege

Next Randi took us to a coffee shop straight out of Diagon Alley. Or Diagonally, depending on who you ask.

After coffee, we headed back to the Airbnb to get ready for Hamilton! We grabbed dinner at Wilde and then went to the show.

Listening to Lady Marmalade and NSYNC in the Lyft to Hamilton!

This was mine and Carolina’s second time seeing Hamilton (Sean and I saw it during our mini-moon), but everyone else hadn’t seen it yet. And Randi actually hadn’t even listened to the soundtrack yet, so she went in entirely blind! I actually liked this approach. Listening to the soundtrack before seeing a musical is kind of like reading the script before seeing a movie.

We all absolutely loved it (unsurprising). I’m actually trying to figure out the next time Sean and I can go back to see it. In the meantime, I’ve been listening to the soundtrack nonstop.

We had plans to go to Cheesie’s and a barcade after the show, but we were all pretty tired, so we headed back to the Airbnb and crashed.

The next morning, we went to Wheat’s End for breakfast. The above photo is me, Angela, and Randi with our matching friendship rings! It’s one of my favorite new traditions.

After breakfast, Angela, Rafa, Carolina and I headed to the museum campus for the Hamilton Exhibition, which was amazing. I had no expectations for it. Angela mentioned wanting to go, and as soon as I saw that it was narrated by Lin-Manuel Miranda, I was sold. I literally knew nothing else about it.

Well, it was absolutely amazing. It tells the story of Alexander Hamilton, but in the context of the musical. There were quotes from the musical everywhere, as well as notes about inaccuracies in the musical. For example, it’s unconfirmed if Martha Washington actually named her feral tomcat after Hamilton, but it has been a rumor for a long time.

How disappointing.

Thirty-two thousand troops in New York harbor.
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Do you have a clue what happens now?

The entire thing was an audio tour, and when you walked into a new room, the tour automatically picked up from that location. There was a set audio clip for that room, but there were other spots you could get additional narration in each room.

For example, the Winter’s Ball room had life-size statues of a ton of prominent people from the late 1700s, and each one had their own audio clip associated with them. Lin-Manuel Miranda (Alexander Hamilton), Phillipa Soo (Eliza Schuyler), and Christopher Jackson (George Washington) from the original Broadway cast told you more about each person. It was fascinating, and we spent a bunch of time in there.

IDK, my BFF George.
Carolina and her BFF Peggy.

The second-to-last room was really moving. It had life-sized statues of Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr pointing pistols at each other in their duel. It was super dark, and it really felt like you were in Weehawken in the early 1800s.

At the end, there was a prompt for visitors to write down their dreams for America on a Post-It Note. It was a really fitting way to end the Exhibition, because it turned the entire thing back on the visitor.

Oh, and then there was a quote from Paul Ryan about Alexander Hamilton, to which Angela and I said “oh, fuck you” at the same time.

Honestly, I could have spent hours longer at the Exhibition, but we had to get back so I could catch my train. Which, of course, was delayed an hour. Womp.

It was a whirlwind trip, but it was an absolute blast! I’m so glad I went, and I made some awesome new friends along the way.

If you find yourself in Chicago this summer, I highly recommend both Hamilton: An American Musical and Hamilton: the Exhibition.

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Sunday Scratches #63 https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/sunday-scratches-64/ https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/sunday-scratches-64/#respond Sun, 05 May 2019 07:00:42 +0000 https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/?p=10818 Happy Sunday! It was a crazy fun week, but I’m excited to get back into a regular schedule again. Here are the scratches. The Week in Review I spent a majority of this week in Chicago for Angela‘s birthday. We saw Hamilton (!!), walked around downtown, visited the library, and went to the Hamilton Exhibition.

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Sunday Scratches #63

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! It was a crazy fun week, but I’m excited to get back into a regular schedule again. Here are the scratches.

The Week in Review

I spent a majority of this week in Chicago for Angela‘s birthday. We saw Hamilton (!!), walked around downtown, visited the library, and went to the Hamilton Exhibition. It was a blast! I’ll be doing a full recap this week, so stay tuned for that. (But you can get a preview by reading Randi’s post about it!)

Before I left for Chicago, I finished the fifth book in the A Song of Ice and Fire series (aka Game of Thrones) for the second time! It was on my 101 in 1001: Take 2 list AND my April Goals, so it was really nice to cross it off! I spent my free time in Chicago finding the pre-released chapters from book 6, Winds of Winter, so now I’m all caught up.

I’m now continuing my GRRM theme with a re-read of A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms!

I got back late Thursday night and worked a full day Friday, but it was nice because it felt like a Monday, but it was actually Friday. Woo!

Sean and I spent Friday gathering all of the things in our house that don’t spark joy and priced them all for the big neighborhood yard sale, which was yesterday. We got paid to sit outside in the sun and let people take our crap! Yes, please.

Today I’m evaluating everything in our fridge, meal prepping for the week, and in general tidying up. It’s been a whirlwind of a week, but I’m ready to get back into a regular schedule. I thrive on routine, so as much fun as mid-week trips are, I’m also excited when they’re done.

Around the Web

Yesterday was Star Wars Day, and I think the Detroit Red Wings had the best post. Larkin is just so happy!

I’m so impressed by how often Randi travels alone. I think my anxiety would prevent me from enjoying it.

Are you unintentionally weakening yourself at work?

This is a really interesting way to look at your to do list.

Now excuse me while I continue to play the Hamilton soundtrack on repeat.

In Case You Missed It…

May Goals

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May Goals https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/may-goals-2019/ https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/may-goals-2019/#respond Tue, 30 Apr 2019 07:00:00 +0000 https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/?p=10806 Happy (almost) May! I haven’t been posting a bunch around here, because I realized I had too many big projects going on and needed to cut back on almost everything else. I’m nearing the end of a few of them, though, so I’m excited to get back to blogging soon! In the mean time, I

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May Goals 2019

Happy (almost) May! I haven’t been posting a bunch around here, because I realized I had too many big projects going on and needed to cut back on almost everything else. I’m nearing the end of a few of them, though, so I’m excited to get back to blogging soon!

In the mean time, I still want to track my goals, because they really do give me a direction and priorities. With that said, let’s recap my goals for April!

April Recap

Personal Goals [1/2]

  • Finish A Song of Ice and Fire. ✔ Done! I finished everything but the epilogue last night, and this morning I cranked that out before work. I still *technically* have to read the pre-released chapters of Winds of Winter, but I’m not counting that, because they aren’t ~official~ yet. So that will be a fun project for the next week. Now to cross this off my 101 in 1001 list!
  • Build the bookshelf in the office. ✘ Not yet! We’re about halfway there. The big frame is built, it’s secured to the wall, and we’ve caulked it. Now we just need to paint it and add the shelves!

And Possibly Dinosaurs Goals [1/2]

  • Create 50% of the videos for the InDesign Adventure Guide rebrand. ✘ I wasn’t quite that good, but I did get quite a few videos recorded! I now need to edit them and keep recording the rest. The launch is more likely for the beginning of summer instead of spring, but that’s okay!
  • Convert my Parallax Gravity Lite landing pages to regular pages.
    ✔ Done! Turns out I was able to delete all but one, and I whipped up the regular page for that remaining one in a couple minutes. So glad to have another plugin uninstalled.

Career Goals [2/2]

  • Migrate another 25% of emails to Content Builder. ✔ Done! Once I got comfortable with how to do this, they got a lot easier. I probably could have done more than 25%, but I’m happy with the pace I’m going!
  • Finish the Early Bird Toolkit. ✔ Done! It’s a little more sparse than I originally imagined, but I’m okay with that. Any larger and it could have gotten overwhelming.

It wasn’t a great month, but it also wasn’t a bad month. Here are the goals for May!

May Goals

Personal Goals

  • Visit two new-to-me breweries on the Give a Craft passport. A fun one! There are two new breweries in Kalamazoo, so I’m falling a bit behind on my Give a Craft passport. I’d like to take advantage of the nice weather and check out two breweries I haven’t been to yet.
  • Catch up on my Goodreads Reading Challenge goal. I fell a bit behind thanks to A Song of Ice and Fire, so I’d like to catch up this month.
  • Do two crafts. I’m not super picky about what they are, but I’d like them to be new! No more clay necklaces for now.
  • Finish the bookshelves. So close!

And Possibly Dinosaurs Goals

  • Have 75% of the videos for the InDesign Adventure Guide rebrand recorded and edited. Even though I didn’t meet the goal for April, I’d like to get back on track with my original plan to have these done ASAP!
  • Begin setting up Teachable for the InDesign Adventure Guide rebrand. This is the fun part! I have the branding created, so now I need to set up Teachable for the new course.
  • Get back to posting 2x per week by the end of the month. I don’t want to burn out again, so I’m giving myself the whole month to get back into it. As long as I’ve got 2 posts up the final week of May, I’ll be happy!

Career Goals

  • Send a survey to members about our website and begin a plan for the new website organization. Reorganizing the website has literally been on my list of projects since I started 3 years ago… and now I’m finally prioritizing it! We’re currently surveying staff members about the website, so I want to adapt that survey for members, and start planning changes while the results come in.
  • Create a plan for expanding the Daisy Welcome Series and adapting the emails in the existing series. This series has been a big project of mine, and I’m really excited to expand it beyond just kindergarteners and first graders! I don’t think that will all happen in one month, but I’d like to at least make a plan.

A little bit of an audacious plan this month, but I’ve found that no matter how many goals I set for myself, I always have just one or two left that I didn’t hit. So I might as well go big, right?

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Sunday Scratches #62 https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/sunday-scratches-62/ https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/sunday-scratches-62/#respond Sun, 14 Apr 2019 07:00:24 +0000 https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/?p=10813 Happy Sunday! We’re still recovering a bit from our short trip to LA, but we’ll get through it! Here are the scratches from the week. The Week in Review As you probably know, the final season of Game of Thrones comes out tonight (!!). I’m currently rereading the book series (it’s on my 101 in

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Sunday Scratches #62

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! We’re still recovering a bit from our short trip to LA, but we’ll get through it! Here are the scratches from the week.

The Week in Review

As you probably know, the final season of Game of Thrones comes out tonight (!!). I’m currently rereading the book series (it’s on my 101 in 1001 list!), and I was feeling really pressured to finish the fifth book before the final season comes out, so I don’t get hella confused. Well, I got a bit behind and then started prioritizing reading over everything else in my life, and I realized I wasn’t enjoying reading the books any more, and I was just doing it to get to the end by the 14th. Well, I decided that that’s stupid, and I’ve slowed down. I might get a little confused, but that’s okay! I’m excited for both, and I’m not feeling drained because all I have time for is reading.

It’s officially grilling season! Even though part of Michigan is supposed to get snow today. Sean and I swung by our grocery store on Monday and got some brats that are made with Founders beer (yes please) and have been grilling those up throughout the week. Yum!

I’ve been in spring cleaning mode lately, but I haven’t had a ton of energy to do the cleaning itself, so I’ve been prepping myself by making some Amazon purchases. I got this carpet cleaner, this handheld vacuum, and this duster, and I’m ready to throw the windows open and start cleaning!

I also got this for our upstairs bathroom a few weeks ago, and it’s a game changer so I ordered another one for our downstairs bathroom. It will arrive this week!

On Friday, Sean and I went to Grand Rapids for the final Griffins home game of the regular season with my godfather and my dad. It was… disappointing. We lost real bad, continuing the streak of 7 losses in a row.

After the game, we went to Grand Rapids Brewing Company, right around the corner from the arena. It was really fun! In the past we’ve gone to events there, so it’s been a different vibe, and we had a lot of fun just sitting at the bar drinking some beers and eating dank fries. They also had a trans flag hanging up in the front window, so I was all the more happy to spend money there.

Yesterday we got up early and drove back from GR to swing by a fireplace company. We’re making progress on our bedroom fireplace! We have a pretty good idea of what we want to do now, and we’re going to use our tax return to cover a good portion of it, so now we just need to finalize everything.

Then yesterday afternoon my parents were in the area so I joined them for a drink at Liquid Note over in Otsego. The beer was good, and we ordered a pizza with mac-n-cheese on it… but I didn’t expect it to be Kraft Macaroni and Cheese. Ha!

Around the Web

Yes. Everything about this.

I read this cocktail recipe on A Beautiful Mess and then instantly walked over to our bar and made it. So good! A little tart, but we have some ideas for how we can make it more our own the next time around.

This post has been out for a few weeks now, but I absolutely loved it.

Anyone else as obsessed with personality tests as I am?

Speaking of, I took this Game of Thrones house sorting quiz, and ended up with Lannister the first time, followed by Arryn the second time. No and no. Tyrell or Martell, please and thank you.

In Case You Missed It…

A Short Trip to Los Angeles

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A Short Trip to Los Angeles https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/a-short-trip-to-los-angeles/ https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/a-short-trip-to-los-angeles/#respond Tue, 09 Apr 2019 07:00:00 +0000 https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/?p=10832 The past few days have been full and this introvert is so happy to be home. We had an amazing (but short!) trip to Los Angeles this past weekend, so I wanted to hop on and tell you all about it! The primary purpose of our trip was to attend my cousin’s wedding. But we

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The past few days have been full and this introvert is so happy to be home. We had an amazing (but short!) trip to Los Angeles this past weekend, so I wanted to hop on and tell you all about it!

The primary purpose of our trip was to attend my cousin’s wedding. But we ended up doing a lot more than that! Next weekend is my brother-in-law’s 30th birthday, and my sister-in-law already lives in LA, so we decided to celebrate him as well!

I flew out from Kalamazoo on my own on Thursday, because Sean was already traveling for work. I met him at LAX and my mom picked us up and brought us to our rental, where we met up with my dad and my aunt.

On Thursday evening, we went over to the house my extended family was renting and spent a bunch of time hanging out with my cousins. Sean and I ended up spending about an hour talking to my cousin and his fiancée (now wife!) about our dogs, which was great because we barely got to see them the rest of the weekend.

On Friday we met up with Sean’s family at Union Station and wandered around a good portion of DTLA. We started at Olvera Street, which had some cute shops. I bought a locally made candle (of course!), and we visited the oldest house in Los Angeles, Avila Adobe. We then visited the America Tropical Interpretive Center and the Italian American Museum of Los Angeles. It was great how many free museums there were in the area!

Once we were done there, we were ready for a break, so we headed to Grand Central Market, and lo and behold, we ran into my family! My sister had gotten into town late the night before, and my parents, sister, and aunt all went to the Grand Central Market the same time we did! So we joined them for a light lunch and some drinks.

Sunday Scratches #61

After that, we headed to the Last Bookstore for a look around. I successfully avoided buying anything, even though I really wanted to! It was such a cool spot, even without actually shopping.

Once we were done there, we wandered over to Little Tokyo where we found another free museum, the Japanese American National Museum. I’m *pretty* sure it was only free for the day, but I would have paid for entry, too. It was amazing.

After that, we grabbed a bear at Angel City Brewery before going to Tenno Sushi and ate way too much. No regrets.

The next day, Sean and I went to Venice Beach and Santa Monica with my parents and sister. We’d heard about the motorized scooters around town, so we decided to try them out. They were a blast!

We got 4 Lyft scooters and one Lime scooter, and we realized that on the Venice boardwalk area, the Lime scooter was cruising around just fine but the Lyft ones were barely moving. There were people literally jogging past us. Eventually I realized that were in a blackout area, and as soon as we got farther from the water and only to the actual road, we zipped around just fine!

We had a quick lunch at the Albright on the Santa Monica Pier, then walked down to one of the lifeguard huts to recreate some moody photos we took in 2006 when we were in peak The OC fandom.

After that, we headed back to the rental and got ready for the wedding. We got there super early, so we swung by Arts District Brewing Company for a quick drink before the ceremony.

The next morning we grabbed breakfast at the Sidewalk Cafe with Sean’s parents before heading out!

It was a whirlwind trip filled with lots of socializing, but it was an absolute blast! Now I’m going to stay at home for the next few days and not talk to anyone.

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Sunday Scratches #61 https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/sunday-scratches-61/ https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/sunday-scratches-61/#comments Sun, 07 Apr 2019 07:00:21 +0000 https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/?p=10811 Happy Sunday from Los Angeles! We’re out here for a long weekend to celebrate my cousin’s wedding and my brother-in-law’s birthday. There will be a full recap of the trip this week, but in the mean time, here are the scratches! The Week in Review Sean actually left for a work trip before our vacation

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Sunday Scratches #61

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 from Los Angeles! We’re out here for a long weekend to celebrate my cousin’s wedding and my brother-in-law’s birthday. There will be a full recap of the trip this week, but in the mean time, here are the scratches!

The Week in Review

Sean actually left for a work trip before our vacation on Monday, so I had some time to myself during the week. I expected it to be nice and relaxing, but in the end I just got kinda lonely, which I feel like is a good sign for our marriage!

I finished painting the office on Sunday, so before Sean left on Monday morning we put the desk back up so I could work there throughout the week! Making progress!

I also did our taxes (finally) and it turns out we’re going to get back a lot more money than we expected!

On Tuesday, I started recording videos for the rebranded InDesign Adventure Guide. They weren’t too groundbreaking and I still have a lot of videos to record, but it was still encouraging to get a few out of the way.

And finally, in the midst of packing, I signed up for a free trial of YouTube Premium so I could watch The Boy Band Con. It was super interesting. I don’t know if I’ll watch it again, but I think it’s a good movie for any 90s kid to watch once.

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April Goals

What It’s ACTUALLY Like to Work for a Nonprofit

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What It’s ACTUALLY Like to Work for a Nonprofit https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/what-its-actually-like-to-work-for-a-nonprofit/ https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/what-its-actually-like-to-work-for-a-nonprofit/#respond Thu, 04 Apr 2019 07:00:28 +0000 https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/?p=9852 “Wait, but… if it’s a nonprofit, how do you make any money?” As a nonprofit employee, I get a lot of questions about my work. And while there are plenty of differences between nonprofit work and for-profit work, there are also a lot of similarities! You get paid, just like any other job. Okay, maybe

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What It's ACTUALLY Like to Work for a Nonprofit

“Wait, but… if it’s a nonprofit, how do you make any money?”

As a nonprofit employee, I get a lot of questions about my work. And while there are plenty of differences between nonprofit work and for-profit work, there are also a lot of similarities!

You get paid, just like any other job.

Okay, maybe not any other job—typically the pay is less than it would be at corporate jobs. But that doesn’t necessarily mean you’re living in squalor!

When I started at my current job, they actually matched my salary from my previous gig. So don’t assume that working for a nonprofit means you’ll be making less money!

Do I get jealous of people who get giant raises and Christmas bonuses? Absolutely. But my work salary enables me to make ends meet, and then some.

You need to make your budget (of money and time!) go farther.

You as an employee will be paid. Your department on the other hand… typically has a pretty meager budget.

At some for-profit companies, there’s money to throw at fun things like singalong videos and swag for employees. At a nonprofit that’s… less likely. You need to make your department’s budget go farther because there’s way less of it to come by.

And this isn’t limited to your financial budget! Nonprofits often hire fewer employees (because of those financial restrictions), so you need to make your time go farther, too. I currently have enough work that three of me could fill 40 hours a week just fine, but there’s only one of me to go around, so I have to get creative with my time and really prioritize my projects!

Your coworkers are energized by your movement.

That being said, one thing that I love about working for a nonprofit is the people.

You can only get *so* excited about selling paper, or working for someone else’s family business. Can those things be exciting? Sure. But chances are you’ll have an easier time getting excited about your work when you’re at a nonprofit organization.

Instead of a product, you have a mission. And everyone who works with you believes in that mission! (You likely wouldn’t work there if you didn’t.) This commonality gives the office culture a much different vibe than Corporate America.


Is working for a nonprofit organization challenging? At times, yes! But it’s also an amazing experience, and I wouldn’t trade it for the world.

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