Year of Gratitude - Day 30 - Fun with Gender

It is my fortune to have diverse friends. One of those friends regularly posts on Facebook about gender roles, LQTBQ, feminism and other such topics. I must imagine that some more conservative folks wouldn't be comfortable with these kinds of conversations, but I love them and I'm grateful that my friend shares this type of stuff.

Hence, I wanted to share three Instagram accounts that playfully juggle gender roles through photography. Nice work, gentlemen!

  • Keeping up with Mina - a young man who asks you to "walk a mile in my Louboutins" as he replicates celebrity photos, many as sultry as they are ridiculous. So great.
  • Bros Being Basic - a number of male models take hilarious photos that are typically done by silly young women. The hash tags are priceless. And, again, male models.
  • Tindafella - a very nice looking bearded man replicates the profile pictures of women on Tinder. Yikes, but still hilarious.


Year of Gratitude - Day 29 - Garlic Roller

One day while shopping with a bud in Traverse City, MI, we came across a culinary store with all sorts of cooking knickknacks. At this story, I found the garlic roller, which produces perfectly minced garlic without stinking up your hands. It's the best and I am grateful that I can add garlic to a lot more stuff with no hassle.


Year of Gratitude - Day 28 - First Piece of Cooking Advice

OK, so I realize that this is a very first world piece of advice that cannot be applied all over. However, at the time I heard it, I was at a place and point in my life that I needed to stop fearing failure. It was the first time someone told me, "If you mess up, just throw it away and start again." While that was the piece of cooking advice that would launch me into trying new recipes and foods without fear, it was also the start of me understanding that messing up is okay. Obviously if you make a habit of messing up, that's not, but it's okay to venture into the unknown, get schooled and live to learn another day.

Since that day, sometime in 2006, I haven't tossed too many dishes, but when I did, I did not feel guilt. Those experiences just added notches on the learning wall.


Year of Gratitude - Day 27 - Chili

You will very quickly notice that I really enjoy food and drink. Chili is one of the first dishes that I made and it's also the one that made me love my slow cooker unconditionally.

Chili can be made all types of ways. This  list of 24 Hearty Chili Recipes made me grateful for this simple, tasty and mutable dish.


Year of Gratitude - Day 26 - Allrecipes.com

Cooking is one of my favorite things to do. I wish I could spend more time on meal planning and trying new things, but that's just not where I'm at. However, Allrecipes.com is easy to use and many of the recipes I've tried are either great as they are or leave wiggle room for creativity. The app for iPhone is pretty great as well, since that's usually what I'm looking at in the kitchen. 


Year of Gratitude - Day 25 - NCES

"The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) is the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education."
The NCES has been a great resource for me. As education and pedagogy rapidly change, I think this repository of information will become more and more important.


Year of Gratitude - Day 24 - GoTasks App

It really is the little things sometimes. I don't save passwords in my phone, so getting to my tasks for work is pain. However, just found this app for iPhone that works pretty seamlessly and quick. Google Task users celebrate!



Year of Gratitude - Day 23 - Lack of Natural Disasters in Michigan

People's biggest beef with Michigan is winter. While I'm certainly no fan, I have seen far crazier weather and cataclysmic disasters hit other places and I'm grateful the ol' Mitten is free from the worst of it. Just over 10 years ago, the Boxing Day tsunami killed around 228,000 people in many countries during the holiday season. I remember thinking, wow, for as enormous the casualties were that day, it wasn't really making the news rounds in the U.S.


Year of Gratitude - Day 22 - Spritzlet

Sadly, I'm a pretty slow reader. I know that reading more and practicing will speed it up, but sometimes I try other techniques. For my online reading, I have discovered Spritzlet. It's a speed reading technology that presents words in a way the eye doesn't move and therefore waste time. Some feedback I've heard about this tool is that people can read the words blazing by at 500 words per minute, but they can't retain what they just read. I don't find that problem and am happy I have found a resource to speed up my online news reading.


Year of Gratitude - Day 21 - Gmail

I have long used Gmail for my personal stuff, but now I use it at work as well. It's pretty much the best. The world is better with Gmail.