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Saturday, October 5, 2013

Odds & Ends

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1. I'm a child of the Internet age, which means my first inclination is always to contact someone online. At work I have a tendency to email or send an instant message as opposed to picking up the phone or, better yet, walking to someone's desk. This Wall Street Journal article was a good wake-up call that sometimes technology isn't the best answer. 
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2.  When I first got my iPhone, I contemplated buying an OtterBox but I wasn't crazy about how bulky they were and after shelling out a few hundred for the phone, I wasn't interested in spending another $50 for the case. Instead I picked up a super cheap case and hoped for the best. After many months of my unbelievable klutziness, I found myself with an iPhone screen, cracked in a few places (thankfully not across the main portion of the screen). Ryan watched my phone fall from my lap or my hand or the table day after day after day and finally ordered me an OtterBox (on eBay I believe, for about 1/3 of the normal price!). It's bulky, but it covers my cracks so that they're completely unseen and makes it possible for my phone to endure so much abuse. I'm officially converted...and the fun pink color doesn't hurt!

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3. Speaking of things I like, I recently started using my Goodreads account, and I am loving it! Because I read so often, I have a hard time keeping straight all of the books I've read. Sometimes people will mention a book and I'll say, "I know I read that, but I can't remember much about it...". Being able to "review" it via Goodreads (I'm only ranking the books, not writing actual reviews) is useful when I want to make recommendations for people. Additionally, I no longer have to keep a never-ending note on my phone of books to read because I have a handy little list contained via Goodreads. If you want to be friends on Goodreads, leave a comment or send me an email so I can request you. I love seeing what others are reading!

ranch zucchini sticks
Crispy Ranch Zucchini Sticks
4. We were at a friends house last weekend and they made zucchini chips for us to snack on while we waited for dinner to cook. They were very similar to my crispy ranch zucchini sticks, and now I'm dying to make them again! I'll probably cut the zucchini in circles because it seemed like the breading mixture adhered better that way. Such a great side dish or snack!

One Year Ago: Pear, Gorgonzola, and Lentil Salad
Two Years Ago: Pretzel Rolls
Three Years Ago: Cranberry Bruschetta 
Four Years Ago: Snickerdoodle Muffins