Four things for the start of May

For the love of April…please stop raining. We’ve had April winter storms, April showers, and April snow days. And I really care less about May flowers as I do about May foundations getting poured and walls being framed. It’s been down right spring like lately, minus the sunshine and green grass and kite flying and blooming flowers. I’ll take a big dose of all the rest please. Sooner rather than later if it’s all the same to Mother Nature!

Invariably, spring is the time of year when I begin to get sort of antsy. The weather is nice one minute then not the next. The grass is either green or slop. It might rain, it might snow, or I might get sunburned while it’s 75 and perfection. I might run outside, or get stuck on a treadmill. We might work on the house today, or it might rain…be too cold…etc. April is not my favorite time of the year. So let’s turn that page to things to get you ready for May!

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I would never throw an unnecessary Justin Timberlake meme at you when I could do the same thing with a Game of Thrones meme instead! And speaking of which…

1If you’re watching Game of Thrones, and there are a lot of people who are, than you should also indulge in some of the excellent supplementary material that comes out each week after the episodes. I’m not talking about the dozens of Youtube videos breaking down theories and supposed Easter eggs in the previous episode. Almost every single one of them is wrong. I’m talking about the meme’s and the color commentary! And there are two excellent sources you should be checking out. First, Bored Panda’s weekly compilation of the best episode memes is a real one stop shop for the best that Twitter and the social media produce in real time during Sunday’s episode. You can find the most recent episode list here. Also, Gay of Thrones has got to be the funniest recap/commentary show on Youtube. Featuring Jonathan from Queer Eye and produced by Funny of Die, it is the way that people who don’t watch Game of Thrones should catch up on what happened on Game of Thrones so that they can talk to their friends who do watch Game of Thrones. You’re welcome!

2Two weeks ago I went for my first long run outside in the sunshine since, probably, last October, and like a fool, didn’t think to put on sunscreen. By the time I was home three hours later, my arms were kind of itchy, and then when I emerged from the shower, I realized they were completely fried! Whoops. I immediately applied aloe vera, but the damage was done and my lobster arms stung, then itched, then peeled, all as a reminder that it is actually a good idea to wear sunscreen whether you think it’s “hot” enough to burn or not. You can get sunburned in the middle of winter. You can actually get sunburned on a cloudy day. Everything we think is logical about the sun is irrelevant; just put some sunscreen on.

Some proactive choices for you to start to incorporate into your daily routine: my morning face moisturizer, Neutrogena visibly even, has SPF 30 built right in. It goes on everyday after I wash my face, then I wait for it to dry/soak in, and then I put my makeup on over the top. It’s not greasy or oily; it’s not tinted so it won’t do weird things to your foundation colors, and it’s got great staying power to leave you feeling hydrated (and sun protected) all day long. Consequently, I also use Neutrogena sunscreen on the rest of my body as well. I got their Ultra Sheer SPF 50 on an end of season sale two years ago, and LOVED the way their “dry touch” formula does not leave you feeling sticky or slimy after you’ve applied it. There’s also an entire category of body lotion/sunscreen hybrids out now that you can swap into your daily routine to ensure at least a baseline of protection even on days you’re just headed out the door to run errands or go to work. Most provide SPF 15 level coverage, and likely won’t hold up to a full day at the beach, but they’re great options for daily life on the go.

3May is bringing the end of Game of Thrones, but also the beginning of the next season of The Bachelorette, so get your weekly girls’ night established now, stock up on rosé, and if you’re really serious about getting ready for the season, check out this list of Hannah’s potential suitors. For an even more thorough prep session, page through the list while listening to Ben and Ashley’s “Almost Famous” podcast in which they breakdown what they think each picture reveals about the potential personality and motives of the men.

6It seems like measles outbreaks are likely to dominate the health headlines for at least another month. So I’m just going to leave this here…

Why Cleveland Clinic Supports Vaccination (Infographic)

Cheers to May!

Published by Kate

A former Wisconsinite, Kate now resides in southeast Minnesota with her husband where she teaches high school English and theater. She recently completed her master's degree in learning design and technology, and continues to study and advocate for arts integration in the classroom. A recipient of the RISE America grant for high school theater, Kate is working to innovate and expand theater opportunities for the students at PIHS. An avid distance runner, concert pianist, and want-to-be wine aficionado, Kate's blog "ink." is a passion project, embodying all the best parts of life: friends, food, wine, thoughtful conversation, style, and sass!

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