The Chokehold of Calendars

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An older Medium post by Mike Monteiro and still a goodie:
https://medium.com/@monteiro/the-chokehold-of-calendars-f70bb9221b36

Why are you letting other people put things on your calendar? The time displayed on your calendar belongs to you, not to them. “I’m adding a meeting” should really be “I’m subtracting an hour from your life.”

I vividly remember the confusion I felt when I was told, “Just add an appointment to someone’s calendar. We all do it here.” This was on Day One or Day Two of my new job. My manager had thoughtfully provided a list of people that I should meet. “How should I initially approach them?” I asked. “Just add yourself to their calendar,” he said. I was horrified. How presumptuous! What a way to make a first impression. “Hi! You don’t know me. And this feels crazy. But here’s my calendar invite!” I think I’d rather show up at their cube singing Call Me Maybe!

The Shut-In Economy

https://medium.com/matter/the-shut-in-economy-ec3ec1294816

A great read that captures and more calmly explains my knee-jerk reaction against a lot of online “convenience” services. Are we really doing bigger and better things with the time that these services free up for us? I’m also concerned about the effect of these services on widening income inequality.

And I found this description funny: “The messengers do talk. They end up asking each other which apps they work for: Postmates. Seamless. EAT24. GrubHub. Safeway.com.” What app do you work for? Not “what company”.

Priorities

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“I am often struck by the fact that the modern world is full of affected knowledge & information that, when you get right down to it, is only relevant to the extent we grant it relevance. We have become very good at procuring & prioritizing things that are not fundamentally all that important – cars and computers and cell phones come to mind – even as we have become less good at providing for ourselves the things that are downright essential: Food. Shelter. Water. Warmth.” -Ben Hewitt

This quote speaks to my Luddite heart.
Seen via Falan Storm on Instagram.
https://instagram.com/p/2CpsSkOzOr/

A Chore Became Art

Hooray for my recent art projects*! They made me more open to helping my DH with a long overdue house project – painting the stucco around a sliding door we put in. It’s about time. It’s only been FOUR years since we put the door in, haha! ;-P

Openness to helping due to recent art exposure: +1

Painting really rough stucco: -2

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Work in progress

As I was scrubbing…. er, “painting” along, the hashtag in my head was #slowesthousepainterever DH finished his other project and came to the rescue with a roller.

…. and we discovered – Oh look! The paint we used does not match the wall! Frick! Now what? The most straightforward thing to do was to paint the rest of the wall. But I just couldn’t face slapping more paint on the stucco. And then I thought – What if I Zentangle it?

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Serendipitous art! For zero foresight, planning, sketching or anything, I’m pretty happy with how this came out. This project went from #slowesthousepainterever to #izentangledmyhouse ! Haahahaaaa!!!

Today’s Zentangle tool: cheapie, 3″ brush. This ain’t your Micron pen!

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Hooray for spontaneity!

Chore turning into art: Priceless

*I learned about Zentangle last year. Before that, I believed “I can’t draw” and “I don’t like art.” I didn’t realized I had art inside me! My Zentangle albums are here and here.

Test Kitchen: Poaching Eggs in the Oven

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Today’s cooking adventure: poaching eggs in the oven.
Score: B+

I adapted a “poach a dozen eggs in the oven” recipe:
– I didn’t want to buy a muffin tin
– Will using cupcake liners work? Let’s find out!
– Cooked in the toaster oven

Baked at 350° for 15 minutes, plus 2 more minutes while my chili was in the microwave. A big part of the appeal of poached eggs for me are the runny yolks, so these are way overcooked for my taste. It’s hard to tell that by just looking though! The eggs stuck to the paper a bit, but not too badly. They also got a rubbery skin, similar to the “baked egg in avocado adventure” (remember that?!). I’d try this again! And cook for shorter time, and maybe less heat. Uses a lot less water than boiling on the stove.

Source recipe: http://cookingtipoftheday.blogspot.com/2010/05/how-to-make-poached-eggs-in-oven.html?m=1