5 Things To Like This Week

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1.  “7 Chinese Brothers” movie. O.M.G. I love Jason Schwartzman.  I loved him in this independent film.  He played the role of a boozing slacker.  He actually made the character endearing.  The movie doesn’t really have a lot of context and the characters aren’t really well developed BUT it just had “something” that I loved about it.  I can’t quite put my finger on it.  I think I just like a good underdog story.  Also, the convos he has with his dog cracked me up!

2.  Kindle Unlimited. I’ve been really into Kindle reading lately.  Plus, I signed up for Kindle Unlimited through Amazon Prime and can read a ton of titles for free for one month.  I am not a huge fan of electronic books, but it is convenient.

3. Catnip.  I grow my own catnip and I use it in tea and, of course, as a cat treat.  If you plant it (or anything from the mint family) in a garden, give it plenty of space because it can get pretty invasive.  I have mine in a large pot.  I pick the fragrant leaves and dry them in my basement on a screen for a couple of weeks.  I then grind them in my mortar and pestle for tea and for the cats.  For humans drinking catnip in tea has a very calming effect.  I blend it with other mints because it does tend to taste like weeds!  You can feed catnip to your cats for a calming effect or they can sniff it to cause excitement.  You can’t beat fresh catnip!

4. Kokeshi Dolls.  I inherited a cute desk lamp from my great aunt who was a missionary.  It is from Japan and I did a little research on it this week.  The base is a very common tourist trinket called a Kokeshi doll.  “Kokeshi, are Japanese dolls, originally from northern Japan. They are handmade from wood, have a simple trunk and an enlarged head with a few thin, painted lines to define the face. The body has a floral design painted in red, black, and sometimes yellow, and covered with a layer of wax. One characteristic of kokeshi dolls is their lack of arms or legs (wikipedia)”.  Mine has a round wooden head and plump body and is wearing a delicately painted kimono.  She sits on my desk at work.

5. Balance Bars (Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough).  I like these because they have 15 grams of protein and I can keep them in my desk drawer.  They make a nice meal replacement and go good with a cup of coffee.

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