And Possibly Dinosaurs https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com Love your job. Love your blog. Sun, 20 Jan 2019 08:00:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.0.3 https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/cropped-Favicon-Blue-150x150.png And Possibly Dinosaurs https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com 32 32 Sunday Scratches #50 https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/sunday-scratches-50/ https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/sunday-scratches-50/#respond Sun, 20 Jan 2019 08:00:00 +0000 https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com?p=9998&preview=true&preview_id=9998 Happy Sunday! I can’t believe this is Sunday Scratches #50! How exciting! Here are the scratches from the week. The Week in Review Monday was And Possibly Dinosaurs’ 5th birthday! I didn’t do too much to celebrate, but Sean brought home tacos and we cracked open the bottle of champagne that was left over from

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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! I can’t believe this is Sunday Scratches #50! How exciting! Here are the scratches from the week.

The Week in Review

Monday was And Possibly Dinosaurs’ 5th birthday! I didn’t do too much to celebrate, but Sean brought home tacos and we cracked open the bottle of champagne that was left over from New Year’s Eve. I’d say it was a great way to celebrate!

I also set up a new page on the blog where you can shop my favorites! Anything from my favorite rain coat to the shampoo I use to dye my hair pink are all listed there.

We tried out a new-to-us local restaurant this week called Paradise Cafe. I found them on Instagram thanks to a local hashtag I follow (proof that hashtags help grow your audience!) and I’ve been meaning to try them out. They primarily serve crepes, so we each got one—I had a Nutella crepe and Sean had a Kinder crepe. I personally preferred mine because the Kinder flavor was a bit too sweet, but they were both awesome!

We’ve been doing a lot of Netflix watching because of the cold weather. This week we watched Solo: A Star Wars Story, an episode of Dirty Money, and I started binge-watching Grace & Frankie when the new season came out on Friday!

In not-so-fun news, on Friday I fell down half a flight of stairs in our house and landed right on my tailbone. I used sick time for the last two hours of my work week because it hurt that badly. I literally couldn’t sit in my desk chair. Plus we had to cancel our plans for a brewery bus tour of Kalamazoo yesterday because I didn’t want to sit on a bumpy bus with a bruised tailbone. Womp. I’m hoping that a weekend inside relaxing will help it heal faster.

Luckily, I have tomorrow off of work thanks to MLK Day! One extra day to heal will be very welcome before I sit my butt in a desk chair for 8 hours on Tuesday.

Around the Web

Speaking of MLK Day, I don’t understand how people can be so openly racist.

I am so so so excited that The Full Tummy is back! And I had such a blast redesigning her blog with a theme from Coded Creative.

I love this idea. I need outer accountability, so asking how I can help my future self is an excellent way to motivate me.

The new year typically brings a bunch of stress, so here’s how to overcome it.

I’m a big supporter of my local library (seriously, it has so many amazing resources available for free). Did you know a lot of local libraries have streaming available to members for no cost? It’s through a service called Kanopy—check if your local library is part of it!

In Case You Missed It…

Editing Photos on iPhone

My Morning Routine

From My iPhone

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My Morning Routine https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/my-morning-routine-2/ https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/my-morning-routine-2/#respond Thu, 17 Jan 2019 08:00:00 +0000 https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/?p=10295 About 6 months ago, I shared my morning routine and how it had changed after moving from Cincinnati to Kalamazoo. And over the last 6 months, I’ve tweaked it even more, so I thought it would be fun to do a quick update! I might even make this a regular 6 month series! 6:30-6:45 a.m.

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My Morning Routine

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About 6 months ago, I shared my morning routine and how it had changed after moving from Cincinnati to Kalamazoo. And over the last 6 months, I’ve tweaked it even more, so I thought it would be fun to do a quick update! I might even make this a regular 6 month series!

6:30-6:45 a.m. – Wake Up

After snoozing the alarm roughly 5 times per morning, Sean and I bit the bullet and set our alarm for later in the morning. We also decided that we’re only allowed to snooze the alarm once. So between 6:30 and 6:45, I’m waking up, checking my phone (awful habit that I need to break) and willing myself to get out of bed despite the cold.

6:45 a.m. – Let Stanley Out & Make Coffee

Next, I let the dog outside and make coffee. We have our wonderful espresso machine that I love, and as part of my 101 in 1001: Take 2 list, I’m practicing using the steam wand to make lattes and create some latte art! So far it’s a lot of candlesticks and trees instead of the leaf I’m going for, but I’ll get there eventually!

7:00 a.m. – Relax While Sean Gets Ready for Work

Once the coffee is done, I let Stanley back inside and head upstairs with the coffee while Sean gets ready for work. Typically I sit on my phone in bed while I drink my coffee, checking my fantasy hockey team and catching up on the latest news. And more often than not, I’m also checking Instagram.

7:45 a.m. – Take a Shower

Once Sean leaves for work, I hop in the shower. This is new for me! I used to be an avid shower-at-night person, but I would often make excuses and say I was too tired to shower at night. After all, I work from home, so who cares of I don’t shower? Now that I shower in the morning, I’ve found that I’m showering way more often, which is better for those around me and my mental wellbeing!

However, if I decide to shower the night before, I spend the extra time in the morning reading! This typically only happens if I tell myself repeatedly “I’ll be so happy in the morning when I don’t have to shower.”

8:00 a.m. – Do My Hair & Makeup / Get Dressed

Once I’m done in the shower, I do my hair and makeup and get dressed for the day. I rarely leave my hair wet while I work, because I think having wet hair at work is generally unprofessional, and even though I work from home, I never know if I’m going to get invited to a last-minute video conference.

Plus, I’ve found that getting ready for the day (including hair and makeup—not just getting dressed) really helps jumpstart my productivity. I know it doesn’t work for everyone, but it really helps for me, so I’m going to stick with it!

8:30 a.m. – Begin Working

And finally, at 8:30, I start working. This was a big adjustment over 6 months ago, when I was working 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. I realized in a vent session with Sean that I had built my 8-4 schedule based exclusively around avoiding Cincinnnati traffic, and 1) I don’t live in Cincinnati any more and 2) I don’t actually deal with traffic any more, since I work from home. So now I work 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. (which is “normal business hours” for my office) and take an hour for lunch, typically 12:30 – 1:30.

It’s been so nice having extra time in the morning to get ready (and maybe even read!) and actually having a lunch break in the middle of the day. It’s definitely helped my mental health a lot!


So there you have it, my current morning routine! I’m sure it will be completely different in another 6 months when I check in again, but that’s the beauty of life! Things change, you adapt, and it becomes your new normal.

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Social media is extremely visual nowadays. Everything is photo- or video-based, and your imagery can make or break you.

However, at the same time, the blogging and influencer sphere is going through a shift, from more curated, DSLR-shot photography and videography to more personal, in-the-moment iPhone photography.

So how do you compete when your imagery could use some work, but everyone else is getting DSLR-quality photos that are still authentic and in the moment? And more importantly, how can you produce high-quality work when you can’t afford the latest and greatest iPhone?

The most important thing to keep in mind is consistency. It doesn’t matter if you have the best camera. It doesn’t matter if you have the very best editing skills. What matters is that your imagery looks consistent.

If you’re posting a ton of DSLR photos, and then have a random iPhone 6 photo thrown in the mix, it’s going to look off. But if all of your photos are shot on an iPhone 6, the quality won’t matter nearly as much, because they’ll all look similar.

For example, I’m using a trusty iPhone 6S for almost all of my Instagram imagery. Sure, some are taken on my husband’s iPhone 8, and a few random ones are taken with my DSLR. But for the most part, they’re taken with an iPhone 6S.

Is the quality as good as an iPhone X? Absolutely not. Does it bother me? Sure! I love beautiful photos, and it’s frustrating that other people can get nicer photos than me right on their phone. But is it worth the $1,000 to me? And, arguably more importantly, is it worth chucking a perfectly good iPhone into a landfill just so I can have slightly nicer photos? Absolutely not.

So how do you keep your feed looking consistent if you do have different cameras taking the photos? With your editing!

The photo above was taken on my husband’s iPhone 8, and then AirDropped to me so I could edit it as I please. I use the app A Color Story from A Beautiful Mess, and I love it.

There are so many great photo editing apps nowadays, so don’t feel like you have to use the same one as me—the important thing is that you’re using the same app and roughly the same edits every time!

Almost every time I edit photos, I skip filters altogether. But if filters are your jam, use them! I typically go straight to Curves and Brightness. I increase the overall curves so the photos is nice and bright, and then I move the green curves down a little bit to get a slightly purple touch to my photos. If the photo still needs it, I’ll up the brightness afterward.

Again, whatever edits you do, try to duplicate them for every photo! That will help your imagery stay consistent, no matter what type of lighting you have, what equipment takes the photo, and what the photo is of.

It might take you a bit to nail the look you want, and that’s okay! I’m still not 100% sold on my current editing strategy, but I know it’s an evolution and I’ll keep tweaking it as I see fit.

The important thing to remember is that you don’t need to drop hundreds of dollars on the newest phone or the latest editing software just to have beautiful imagery. Consistency is key! As long as you’re being consistent, you’ll be perfectly fine.

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Sunday Scratches #49 https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/sunday-scratches-49/ https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/sunday-scratches-49/#respond Sun, 13 Jan 2019 08:00:00 +0000 https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com?p=9996&preview=true&preview_id=9996 Happy Sunday! We’re staying in to enjoy the look of the snow without having to experience it. Here are the scratches from the week! The Week in Review I crossed off a huge work task this week! On Monday, after 2 months of crazy hard work, I launched a brand new website for Girl Scout

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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! We’re staying in to enjoy the look of the snow without having to experience it. Here are the scratches from the week!

The Week in Review

I crossed off a huge work task this week! On Monday, after 2 months of crazy hard work, I launched a brand new website for Girl Scout Camp! The camp team approached me with the idea at the end of October, and I managed to pull it off in time for registration to open, despite also preparing for the Cookie Program.

I’ve been doing a lot of work getting used to my new Passion Planner. I got a Monday Start version this year, and let me tell you… it’s throwing me off. I know I’ll love it once I’m used to it, but I’m not quite there yet!

I’ve been making solid progress on my 101 in 1001: Take 2 list, with two items crossed off so far this year! I’ve been exploring more features of CoSchedule (which was #43) and I found 5 essential oil diffuser scents that I love (which was #64). I’ve also been working my way through A Song of Ice and Fire (more commonly known as Game of Thrones) a second time! Add me as a friend on Goodreads to keep track of my progress!

Speaking of Goodreads, I really want to experiment with using it as a social media platform for the blog. I’m providing more updates with written statuses and in general trying to be more interactive on there!

On Friday, Sean and I went to a celebration of life for a family friend who died in December. It was nice to see all of our family friends again, though we wish it had been for a happier reason.

After the celebration of life, we went out for a late-night sushi date, and let me tell you, we’ve discovered our new way of doing sushi. Instead of ordering one of the rolls on the menu, we each got a chef signature roll. The waitress asked us what we liked and didn’t like in our sushi, and the chefs came up with an entirely custom roll for us. And they were both bomb. I’m never ordering off the menu again.

Yesterday, we drove up to Grand Rapids to help my grandma with some things around her house and deliver her Christmas gift. It’s nice to be 45 minutes away so we can drop by for small trips like that!

Afterward we met up with friends at Founders and ended up staying for about 3 hours. It was so fun! It really makes us happy to have moved back.

Around the Web

I love this productivity tip so much. I always waaaaay underestimate how long something will take me, so I definitely need to try this.

In case you haven’t come up with a resolution yet (or if you’ve already given up on one) here are super tiny resolution ideas that you could totally do.

And on a similar note, here are ways you can disrupt your work habits this year.

This is so interesting. When it comes to spending, mindset, habits, health–more is caught than taught.

I definitely need a LFT weekend soon. But I’ll probably have to wait until spring because it’s too cold to do anything.

I LOVE this. Your ideal reading situation will probably never happen, but read anyway.

As much as I love books, this really rings true for me. Borrowing books is just as good as buying them! (Use your local library! They’re there for a reason!)

And speaking of buying books, there are so many places to get free ebooks!

Don’t try to quit a habit cold turkey. Swap it with something less bad.

This contraceptive story is terrifying. Take care of your body and find the contraceptive that works best for you!

In Case You Missed It…

Podcasts I’m Loving Right Now

Plan With Me: How I Set Up My 2019 Passion Planner

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Plan With Me: How I Set Up My 2019 Passion Planner https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/plan-with-me-how-i-set-up-my-2019-passion-planner/ https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/plan-with-me-how-i-set-up-my-2019-passion-planner/#respond Thu, 10 Jan 2019 08:00:00 +0000 https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/?p=10283 As much as I love digital tools for keeping myself organized, I’m a sucker for paper planners. And for the fourth year in a row, I’m using the Passion Planner! I first started using it in 2016 when my friend Angela recommended I try it out. I had been using a cheap planner from Staples

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As much as I love digital tools for keeping myself organized, I’m a sucker for paper planners. And for the fourth year in a row, I’m using the Passion Planner!

I first started using it in 2016 when my friend Angela recommended I try it out. I had been using a cheap planner from Staples up until then, and I’ve been a loyal member of the #pashfam ever since!

One thing that I love about the Passion Planner is how customizable it is. It’s set up with a few basics, like daily timelines, to do lists, and monthly spreads, but there’s so much room for customization! In fact, many pages have their own “Infinite Space of Possibility!”

I’m still working to fully utilize my Passion Planner and figure out how I want everything set up (it’s always evolving!), but I wanted to share a peek behind the scenes of how I have it set up at the beginning of 2019. Here we go!

P.S. if you use my link to order your own Passion Planner, you’ll get 10% off your first purchase of $30 or more!

Monthly Spreads

I’m going to skip past the Passion Roadmap and intro pages, because some of the stuff in there I’m not quite ready to share with the world! So first up is the monthly spread. There’s one for each month, and there’s plenty of room to do what you want with it!

In the past, I haven’t been great about using the monthly spreads, because I can’t decide how best to use it. Right now, I’m utilizing the projects section for my monthly goals, the personal and work focuses for the month, and the rest of the calendar as an overview of major things happening.

I’m also still debating on how best to use color in my Passion Planner! In 2016 and 2017 I went a bit crazy with color-coding, and I scaled waaaaay back last year and pretty much exclusively used my black felt-tip markers. I loved that, but I’m ready to bring back a little bit of color this year. I invested in Zebra Mildliner markers, and my goal is to using one color per month. At first I thought the fine-tip side of the marker would be small enough to write out my goals, but I’m not loving it, so I think in February I’ll switch back to the black felt-tip marker and use the Mildliner as an accent.

Weekly Spreads

Next up are weekly spreads! I use these as more of a log than a planner—I want to know what I actually accomplished, not what I was aiming to do. Because of this, everything in my weekly spread is logged after the fact. I hate having to scribble things out when my plans change!

(clearly I took these photos last week during my lunch break)

Right now I’m using the Mildliners to fill in my work time, and black felt-tip markers for the rest. Like the monthly spreads, I’m not the best at using all of the extraneous stuff on the weekly spreads. You can tell because the to do list and space of infinite possibility are completely blank!

Back Pages

The back pages are where the magic happens in my planner. I utilize these for all of the fun things I want to keep track of—basically, I use this how many people use a bullet journal!

For the most part, the back pages help make my unproductive habits, like television and movies, feel much more productive. 😊

Television Tracking

I started this last year and absolutely loved it, so much so that I actually ran out of room! This year I devoted an entire spread to it. 😊

Every time I start watching a TV show, I write out the title and create boxes for each season. Once I watch a season, I color it in with that month’s designated Mildliner color!

For shows that I’ve watched in the past, like A Series of Unfortunate Events and Travelers, I marked off the progress I made before 2019 in grey. Both series have 3 seasons, and I watched seasons 1 and 2 in 2018, so they’re both colored in grey.

Movie Tracking

New this year is movie tracking! Sean and I have AMC Stubs A-List memberships, which means we get to see up to 3 movies per week in theatres for one monthly cost. That means we’re seeing a lot more movies now! Because of this, I decided to devote a whole spread to movies—one page is for movies in theatres, and the other is movies we stream online.

Similar to the TV tracking, I’ll write out the name of the movie, and color in a box next to it based on the month we saw it in.

Podcast Tracking

I came up with this idea at the end of last year when I was listening to Serial seasons 2 and 3. I felt so accomplished after finishing both, but I didn’t have the satisfaction of crossing something off! So naturally I decided to make something where I could cross off podcast listening.

For podcasts that don’t have designated series, I’m creating blocks for increments of episodes. With Happier, for example, they just recently published episode 200, so I divided it up in chunks of 25 episodes, and I will cross off a box once I finish every 25th episode.

This is especially useful because I’m a crazy person who goes back to the beginning of a podcast and listens from episode 1 all the way through. 🙈

Fingers crossed this helps me get through more of the podcasts that I love!

Book Tracking

On the other side of the podcast tracker is my book tracker. I used this in 2018 and I loved it! I set a goal at the beginning of the year (this year it’s 25 books) and mark that many boxes at the top of the page, starting with the highest number and working backward. I then have a column of numbers, again starting with the highest number and going backward, where I can write out the books I finish that year.

What I like about this is I can see how many books I have left! Counting down instead of counting up seems way more fun.

Blog Course Tracking

I have a really bad habit of joining free blog courses (or worse, purchasing blog courses!) and never actually finishing them. To combat this, I created blog course trackers in the back of my planner!

I’ve divided up free and paid courses, so I prioritize the courses I’ve actually invested money in. Some, like Create. Profit. Party! Live, I’ve completed once but I really want to redo.

As a long-time CoSchedule user, they gave me a free year of CoSchedule Academy Pro, and last year I only did four of the 12 courses in it! I only have until May 1 until my membership expires, so seeing how many I have left keeps me really motivated.

House Wish List

Now that I own a house (!!), there are so many things I want to do and buy. To keep it all in one spot, I created a spread just for my house wish list. One half is for things we want to buy, and the other is for things we want to do.

Any time Sean or I mention something we’d like to buy for or do to the house, I’ll write it down. And once we buy an item or finish a project, I’ll be able to cross it off! I’m not sure one page for each will be enough, but we’ll see.

101 in 1001

Oh man, this one was literally a pain to create. I devoted two whole spreads to my 101 in 1001 list! It’s such a fun project I have going on, and I really love it, so it was worth the time and hand-cramping to write everything out. I’m so happy it’s in my planner!

Because I’m keeping my list relatively fluid, I left plenty of space at the end to write out new additions that may come up. For example, I already know that I’m (unfortunately) going to have to remove my Adult Aerial Silks goal, because I don’t have aerial silks classes near me any more. When that happens, I’ll draw a line through that item and create an Additions section at the end, where I’ll write out whatever I decide to replace it with.

19 in 2019

And finally, a new list for the year! (Can you tell I love lists?) I’ve been really wanting to try my hand at more DIY projects, so Angela and I decided to make a 19 in 2019 list. My goal is to start and finish 19 DIY projects throughout the year, and Angela’s is to bake or cook 19 recipes in 2019!

I set this up very similarly to my book tracker. There’s nothing to write out like my 101 in 1001 list, because I’m allowing myself to create whatever 19 projects strike my fancy throughout the year. I’ll write out the DIY projects I complete and cross off the boxes at the top!


I realize that this probably isn’t very exciting because I haven’t logged much in my planner yet, but I’m really excited to start working on my 2019 planner and get more things filled in!

Would you be interested in a check-in later in the year to see if I’m sticking with it? I can’t decide, so let me know in the comments if that’s something you’d like to see!

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Podcasts I’m Loving Right Now https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/podcasts-im-loving-right-now/ https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/podcasts-im-loving-right-now/#respond Tue, 08 Jan 2019 08:00:00 +0000 https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/?p=10089 For a long time, I struggled with podcasts. I do well with videos, but having to listen to someone talk without actually doing anything has felt… awkward. And if I try to combat that by doing something absentmindedly, I’ll realize that I haven’t actually been listening for the last 15 minutes. But with practice, I eventually got

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Podcasts I'm Loving Right Now

For a long time, I struggled with podcasts. I do well with videos, but having to listen to someone talk without actually doing anything has felt… awkward. And if I try to combat that by doing something absentmindedly, I’ll realize that I haven’t actually been listening for the last 15 minutes.

But with practice, I eventually got over it and learned to pay better attention to what I was listening to (and I got really familiar with the “back up 15 seconds” button!).

When we were living in Cincinnati, I listened to a bunch of podcasts to make the 1.5 hour commute home go (at least a little bit) faster. And since moving to Kalamazoo, my commute has disappeared (I now work from home every day), which is great for my mental health and wallet, but it means my podcast time has greatly dwindled.

I’m still figuring out the best way to find time to listen to podcasts, but for now I’m making it work! There are quite a few podcasts I’ve made the time for and have really been loving.

More Perfect

I love More Perfect. It’s a side project from Radiolab, who do awesome work. The first two seasons focused on the Supreme Court, and the third is all about the 27 amendments to the US Constitution. I’ve learned so much from listening to it, and it’s not boring like you’d expect it to be!

Favorite episodes:

Happier

I found Happier on a whim, and I’ve been obsessed ever since. I listened to the most recent few episodes when I started listening, and then decided to go aaaaaall the way back to the beginning and start from episode 1. I’m not quite caught up (I’m still in 2017!), but I’ve been loving it!

In the podcast, author Gretchen Rubin (of The Happiness Project fame) and her sister Liz Craft talk about ways to be happier. And my favorite part? They’re typically small, realistic changes you can make in your day-to-day life. No year-long happiness project necessary.

Favorite episodes:

The RFK Tapes

This whole podcast was fascinating. I loved all of it. It’s a special project from the Crimetown team that looks into the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy and whether there was a conspiracy or not.

Outside of the CNN miniseries The Sixties, I didn’t know that much about the RFK assassination until this podcast. And I think that’s what made it so interesting! I’ll keep my opinions on the case to myself to avoid any spoilers. 😊

This podcast really needs to be listened to in sequential order, so I’m not going to list out my favorite episodes.

Unladylike

One of my first forays into podcasts was the series of podcasts from How Stuff Works, including Stuff Mom Never Told You. When Cristen and Caroline left to start their own podcast, I was so on board. I haven’t listened to any episodes after their first season (and I need to catch up, because they’re already in season 4!), but I still love their content.

They talk all about how to be “unladylike.” And Cristen and Caroline are so much fun to listen to; it’s like having a chat with your friends instead of being talked down to.

Favorite episodes:

99% Invisible

99% Invisible is another one of those podcasts that I need to catch up on. It’s so good! First of all, Roman Mars has the most relaxing voice ever. But also, all of the topics are super interesting! They talk about things that most of us deal with every day, but we never really pay attention to. It’s so fascinating!

Favorite episodes:

Sooo Many White Guys

Phoebe Robinson is a national treasure. She has honest and funny conversations with different entertainers. And amazingly, they’re not all white guys!

Favorite episodes:

The Gerrymandering Project

Gerrymandering is a huge deal, and it’s about to get more real for me, because Michigan voted to create an independent commission who will draw district lines, instead of politicians. 🙌🏻

The Gerrymandering Project really helped me understand what gerrymandering is, and what different states have done to try to get rid of it.

This is another one that should really be listened to sequentially, so I’m going to skip favorite episodes on it.

YNAB

Sean and I use YNAB for our budget, and I love it. I love talking about financial literacy, so the YNAB podcast has been a lot of fun! And one of my favorite parts? The episodes are all super short! It’s perfect to listen to in the morning as I get ready.

Favorite episodes:

Alright, now I’m motivated to go and spend the next 10 hours listening to podcasts! 😂

What are your favorite podcasts? Let me know in the comments! I’m always on the hunt for more to listen to!

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Sunday Scratches #48 https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/sunday-scratches-48/ https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/sunday-scratches-48/#respond Sun, 06 Jan 2019 08:00:00 +0000 https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com?p=9994&preview=true&preview_id=9994 Happy Sunday! It’s been a long time since I’ve written a blog post, and I’m so excited to be back. We had a lot going on from October through the holidays (literally something every single weekend… this introvert was not thrilled about my lack of alone time), so I decided it was best to step

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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 long time since I’ve written a blog post, and I’m so excited to be back. We had a lot going on from October through the holidays (literally something every single weekend… this introvert was not thrilled about my lack of alone time), so I decided it was best to step away from the blog until the new year.

But now I’m back and feeling refreshed! I’ve got some awesome content in the works for this month, and I’m genuinely excited about all of it.

In the meantime, it’s time for some scratches! Normally these posts are just for things that happened in the previous week, but I’m going to hit on things that have happened in the past month or so.

The Week Last Few Months in Review

As I mentioned, we’ve had a lot happening in the past few months, and to be honest a lot of it has felt like a blur, so I don’t remember a lot of it!

My cousin got married back in October (that feels like so long ago!), and my brother and sister-in-law came back to Michigan to attend. It was really nice seeing a bunch of my extended family, even if it was just for a day or two!

At the end of October, the camp team at work asked me to build an entirely new website for our outdoor programming, preferably in time for camp registration to open at the end of January. By some miracle, I was able to finish it in time for it to launch tomorrow! And amazingly, all of that happened while we were prepping for the Cookie Program and we were transitioning to a new Marketing Director, and I pulled it all off.

Speaking of work, two of my coworkers came up from Cincinnati at the beginning of November to visit! I showed them all of our new favorite places, including Kalamazoo Candle Company, Bell’s, and Crow’s Nest.

For Thanksgiving, Sean and I traveled up to Grand Rapids to spend the day with my parents, my grandma, and my aunts. It was low-key and absolutely perfect for how crazy our lives had been.

I traveled down to Dayton for work at the beginning of December, which was a long drive, but it was nice to see my coworkers in person again. My boss just moved to Texas at the end of December, and my new boss started the day before I drove down, so it was nice to meet her in person and say goodbye to my boss one last time.

For Christmas, Sean and I traveled to Florida to spend a week with his parents in their new house! It was our second warm Christmas in a row, and I must say, I don’t hate it. Sean’s brother and sister and his sister’s partner were in town, too, so it was great getting to hang out with everyone.

On Christmas Day, we went to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter! It’s been on my bucket list since it opened, and it did not disappoint. It was packed (apparently the week between Christmas and New Year’s is their busiest time of the year) but we had such a blast.

Oh, and yes I got a wand, and when I got back to Michigan I realized it was the same one Pottermore told me I should get. I didn’t even remember taking the quiz, so that was a fun coincidence!

For New Year’s Eve, we had a small group of college friends over to the house, which I loved! It was the first time we had a group of people over, so it was like a pseudo housewarming party. We played a bunch of music and discovered that Alexa can call Bingo. But you’ve been warned: she calls the numbers really fast!

This week we went back to work (my office actually closes the week between Christmas and New Year’s), and it reminded me how #blessed I am to work from home. The first day back was rough, but I didn’t have to see anyone so the transition was a lot smoother.

This weekend is our first weekend literally since the beginning of October that we don’t have any plans, and we’re really savoring it. We took Stanley for a walk yesterday (hello, 50 degrees in January!), read a bunch, and we’re slowly packing up our Christmas decor.

Around the Web

I’ve never really had a word or theme for the year before, and I wasn’t planning on having one… until one hit me that I love. So for 2019, my word of the year is Sustainable. Not just being sustainable for the environment (though that’s definitely a huge part of it), but also with my energy (so I’m burnt out less often) and with other projects I’m working on. I want to make big-picture decisions, instead of rushing to do or buy things that fulfill an immediate need but aren’t sustainable in the long run. And of course I came up with this two hours before reading this blog post where the author talks about the exact same thing as her theme for 2018.

This article from Career Contessa about the Sunday Scaries was so relevant.

Working on New Year’s Resolutions? Here’s how to hack your goals.

This was super eye-opening.

I love a lot of Gretchen Rubin’s advice, and these ideas for how to be happier are no different.

The Photos

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6 DIY Projects for the Fall https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/6-diy-projects-for-the-fall/ https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/6-diy-projects-for-the-fall/#comments Wed, 17 Oct 2018 07:00:00 +0000 https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/?p=10086 A month or so ago, I had a pair of headphones that was so badly split when I had one ear bud in my ear, the other was dragging on the floor. They still worked fine, but the two sides were no longer connected, and it made running…. awkward. I decided to macrame the two

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6 DIY Projects for Fall

A month or so ago, I had a pair of headphones that was so badly split when I had one ear bud in my ear, the other was dragging on the floor. They still worked fine, but the two sides were no longer connected, and it made running…. awkward. I decided to macrame the two together with some old embroidery thread, and it made me realize how much I miss DIY projects!

I used to do crafts a lot as a kid, and I took the practice back up when I graduated from college. Then, when Sean and I moved to Cincinnati, our budget got much tighter, and I stopped.

But now seems like a great time to get back into it, especially with the temperatures dropping and the coziness kicking in. To celebrate fall, I’ve put together a roundup of 6 DIY projects I’d love to complete this season.

  • Tile Coasters. We use coasters religiously, but I’m not in love with the ones I have any more. They’re cute, but they don’t really match our decor. I’ve got all of the supplies to make my own, I just haven’t committed to doing it! One weekend this season I’d like to crank out a fun set that feels “us.”
  • Fire Starters. Now that we’re using our fire pit regularly and have two (albeit non-functioning) fire-burning fireplaces, I’ve been saving literally all of our toilet paper and paper towel rolls, dryer lint, and candle wax. Time to upcycle that shit into fire starters!
  • Candles. Speaking of candles, there’s a really fun candle shop in town, and they have drop-in candle-making classes that I really want to do! My mom and I currently have plans to do this one of the first weekends in November, so I’m really excited.
  • Clay necklace. I’ve got a bunch of oven-bake clay laying around, so I’ve been brainstorming what I can make with it outside of 50 million marble catch-all bowls. I have a fun, basic clay necklace that I won at an event in Cincinnati that I love, so I’m going to try my hand at making a few more in different color schemes!
  • Reusable produce bags. I’m all about finding ways to reduce my environmental impact, so reusable produce bags seems like a natural fit for me. Normally I skip produce bags altogether, but that doesn’t work as well at the farmer’s market, or when we have a ton of produce to pick up. Having bags would keep me organized.
  • Travel Keepsake Boxes. This is a project I started a long time ago… probably 5 years? I picked up some basic, unfinished wood boxes at Michael’s with every intention of making these travel keepsake boxes from Martha Stewart. Instead, they’ve moved around with me three different times and inevitably sit in a closet unfinished. Seriously, there’s a stack of 7 of them just sitting in my bedroom right now. This season I’d love to finish them!

I don’t expect to get all of these projects done, but I’d love to get 2 or 3 completed this fall! Some of these have been looming, so it would feel really good to finally get them crossed off my list.

Stay tuned!

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October Goals https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/october-goals-2018/ https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/october-goals-2018/#respond Mon, 01 Oct 2018 07:00:00 +0000 https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com?p=10002&preview=true&preview_id=10002 Happy October! I love the clean slate a new month brings. Before we get into my goals for the month, let’s recap what I accomplished last month. September Recap Personal Goals Clean up my Graphics folder on my computer. ✔ I treated this much the same way as I treated my Kindle books. I quickly looked

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October Goals 2018

Happy October! I love the clean slate a new month brings. Before we get into my goals for the month, let’s recap what I accomplished last month.

September Recap

Personal Goals

  • Clean up my Graphics folder on my computer. ✔ I treated this much the same way as I treated my Kindle books. I quickly looked through files, and anything I didn’t recognize was deleted. So far I haven’t regretted it in the slightest!
  • Run 3x per week. ✔ I’m so proud of myself for this one! I’m technically a week behind on Couch to 10k because one week I couldn’t quite run the full distance required, but I still went for a run 3 times every week, so that’s really exciting!
  • Drink 100oz of water every day for a week. ✔ Woo! This one was hard. I’d like to stick with this, but ever since I crossed it off, I’ve barely drank any water. Whoops! I’ll get back into it soon.
  • Log 20 hours with the Forest App. ✔ I’m really glad I started using Forest again! I ended up using it for 24 hours and 38 minutes, which is awesome. I’ve really enjoyed using it, so I’m planning to continue this in October.

And Possibly Dinosaurs Goals

  • Finish the outline and branding of my next ebook. ✔ Yay for progress! I’m having to take this slower than I originally wanted because #life, but I’ve designed the cover, created my style guide, and outlined as much as I can before I start writing.
  • Get my Instagram Posts to 100. ✔ My Instagram account is at 100 posts now! But just like with drinking water this month, as soon as I met my goal, I stopped. I need to figure out a sustainable way to continue posting to Instagram… Anyone have any tips?
  • Go through 3 classes in CoSchedule Academy Pro. ✔ Done! I finished 3 classes, and I got at least one useful thing out of each of them, so I consider that a win.

I can’t believe I actually finished all of my goals this month! 🙌 I’m really proud of myself. Hopefully I can take that momentum into October.

October Goals

Personal Goals

  • Journal every day. I’ve been wanting to start journaling for a while, so I’m determined to journal every day in October. As Gretchen Rubin says, it’s easier to do something every day than it is to do something most days.
  • Meditate every day. I started doing this for my 101 in 1001 list, and I’ve been really enjoying it! I’m using Headspace and meditating every morning, so I’d like to continue it every day in October.
  • Run 3x per week. If it weren’t for this goal, I probably would have given up on this pretty quickly in September, so I’m keeping it on my list. Again, I don’t have to specifically do a full Couch to 10k run, I just have to get out there.
  • Begin our new Home Book and complete 50% of it. Creating a home book is on my 101 in 1001 list, and I started it in Kentucky… just in time for us to move. I’d like to restart it for our new house in October and have half of it completed by the end of the month.
  • Read all of the library books I have checked out. I have too many library books checked out right now. And it’s especially bad because one of my goals for this year was to go through a bunch of the books that I already own. So this month I’d like to read all of my library books and not check any more out!

And Possibly Dinosaurs Goals

  • Publish 1 Lifestyle post every week, in addition to Sunday Scratches. Since my rebrand, I’ve decided to include lifestyle posts into my schedule, but I haven’t really written that many. In October, I’d like to have one lifestyle post go up each week, in addition to Sunday Scratches and the other tutorial-style posts I write.
  • Complete the first section of my ebook. Now that the outline and branding is done, I’m going to write the first section of this ebook! I’m hoping to have it launched by the end of the year.
  • Set up an ecommerce platform on my site to sell my ebook. In addition, I want to find out how to actually sell the book. I’d prefer not to use a site like Etsy or Creative Market, so in October I’d like to figure out how to set up the ecommerce platform directly on my site.

Career / Job Goals

  • Create a website change management spreadsheet. To hold myself even more accountable, I’m adding in a few career goals each month! First, I’d like to create a website change management spreadsheet so we can start getting the website updated more regularly and delegate some of those updates to other departments.
  • Create two Inspiring Women animations for Instagram. One of my professional development goals at work is to experiment with Adobe Creative Cloud programs, including creating animations and videos. The first step I want to take is creating animations from an existing style of posts, and this month I want to make two of those.

Fingers crossed I have the same success record that I had in September! What are your goals for October?

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Sunday Scratches #47 https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/sunday-scratches-47/ https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/sunday-scratches-47/#respond Sun, 30 Sep 2018 07:00:00 +0000 https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com?p=9992&preview=true&preview_id=9992 Happy Sunday! It’s been a shitty week for most people in the United States, so here’s to a (hopefully) better one! The Week in Review Sean and I saw A Simple Favor on Tuesday, and…. I’m still not sure how I felt about it. That movie was weird. I finished up Couch to 5k this week!

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Sunday Scratches #47

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’s been a shitty week for most people in the United States, so here’s to a (hopefully) better one!

The Week in Review

Sean and I saw A Simple Favor on Tuesday, and…. I’m still not sure how I felt about it. That movie was weird.

I finished up Couch to 5k this week! I’m working on Couch to 10k (which is part of my 101 in 1001 list), and on Friday I completed the first portion of it. Woo!

I’ve also been finishing up my September Goals because today is the last day of the month! So crazy. I’m excited to get cracking at my October Goals. Stay tuned for those tomorrow!

I finally got the pink room taped yesterday! I’m hoping to paint it this week so next week we can move our bedroom furniture in there! 🙌

Around the Web

I listened to part of Kavanaugh’s hearing on Thursday (I unfortunately didn’t get to hear any of Dr. Ford’s), and it was such a shit show. I really appreciated this article from Girl Scouts: Sexual assault is a big deal. Especially in high school.

I’m all for Scandinavian design, and this overview from Apartment Therapy was so interesting! Poor Finland.

This was also a really fascinating look at why we’re so obsessed with Scandinavian design right now.

I also really wish there was an English word for Kalsarikannit. New favorite word.

Ryan Reaves of the Vegas Golden Knights imitated the goal siren noise during a Knights practice and it’s hysterical. I had to watch it twice to realize it was him.

And speaking of hockey, the Philadelphia Flyers got a new mascot, and it’s horrifying.

I’m SO GLAD the Blog Market is back, and I loved Angela’s take on micro-blogging vs. regular blogging. Gives you a lot to think about!

I really appreciated this article from the Simple Dollar about why it’s okay to value things over experiences. As an introvert and a homebody, it really struck a cord with me!

I always love reading Amber’s posts, and this one about being a plus-sized blogger was really moving.

Similarly, this was an interesting insight from Emily of Cupcakes and Cashmere about the responsibility of influencers was really interesting.

I’ve had my nail polish on for far too long, so I need to take Randi’s advice on how to get manicures to last a week!

In Case You Missed It…

How to Balance a Job, a Blog, and Your Family

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