Friday night noodle bowls, kudos, and wine for your weekend

Fall weather is quickly settling in on the upper Midwest, and though I’ve fought the increasing urge to turn on the heat, I’m fully giving in to the desire for warm, fall comfort foods. I love soups year round, but there’s something about sipping warm broth when it’s 90 degrees and humid outside that’s farContinue reading “Friday night noodle bowls, kudos, and wine for your weekend”

New navigation, Friday kudos, wine for your weekend

It’s hard to believe that ink. is already closing in on it’s four month anniversary! Each month I’ve learned a little more about what works, what doesn’t, and what people are looking for when they land on ink. Thus far ink. has had over 1000 unique visitors, almost 3000 page views, and over 200 likesContinue reading “New navigation, Friday kudos, wine for your weekend”

It’s week three, and I don’t know all my students’ names, Friday kudos, wine for your weekend

It’s week three of the school year, and if you put all my students in a room together away from the kids they’re normally in class with and in no semblance of their seating chart, I’d probably only know half of their names. This is not from lack of effort. I genuinely try every singleContinue reading “It’s week three, and I don’t know all my students’ names, Friday kudos, wine for your weekend”

Kitchen hacks continued…I got a garlic press for my birthday, Friday kudos, wine for your weekend

Occasionally this blog produces interesting things. I’m far from a social media influencer. In fact, I seem to be stuck at that magic Instagram number where people are following me to get the follow back, and then if/when I do, unfollowing me. And while that’s frustrating, I’m also not pouring a lot of time andContinue reading “Kitchen hacks continued…I got a garlic press for my birthday, Friday kudos, wine for your weekend”

I’m pretty sure I’m the last person on the planet to use this kitchen hack, Friday kudos, wine for your weekend

Scour the internet, and you’ll find a lot of “life hacks.” Some are simple, clever, and/or brilliant. For example, it really does work to hold a matchstick in your teeth when cutting onions to keep yourself from crying. (This life hack went viral after the movie The Help referenced it on the big screen. Consequently, wearing contactContinue reading “I’m pretty sure I’m the last person on the planet to use this kitchen hack, Friday kudos, wine for your weekend”

30 minutes in a “wellness cocoon”, Friday kudos, wine for your weekend

I’m a big advocate of self-care. Want to be your best self? You need to feel like your best self. Your self care routine should be custom tailored to what makes you feel good. Mine, for example, includes a regular massage. Most people think of massages as super luxurious and indulgent, and they certainly canContinue reading “30 minutes in a “wellness cocoon”, Friday kudos, wine for your weekend”

Books that shake you, Friday kudos, wine for you weekend

At our first back to school inservice day this week, a colleague approached me in a flurry of excitement. “I have a question for you! Wait here!” she exclaimed, as she rushed over to her school bag. Curious as to her inquiry, I did wait there, and she quickly returned with the name of aContinue reading “Books that shake you, Friday kudos, wine for you weekend”

Practical advice for buying clothes online, Friday kudos, wine for your weekend

I have a closet full of dresses. Sun dresses, shirt dresses, work dresses, old bridesmaid dresses, and cocktail dresses. I love a good cocktail dress. I love repurposing a good cocktail dress into a work dress. Many of these cocktail dresses are the result of the two dozen weddings I attended in my twenties, butContinue reading “Practical advice for buying clothes online, Friday kudos, wine for your weekend”

Passing out on trains, thoughts on the Bachelorette finale, Friday kudos, and wine for your weekend

As we returned from our 16 day epic adventure this week, it was important to organize our priorities as we readjusted to normal life. After being gone for so long, there are some basic things that need addressing. The laundry needs to be done. The groceries need to be gotten. The mail needs to beContinue reading “Passing out on trains, thoughts on the Bachelorette finale, Friday kudos, and wine for your weekend”

We’re in Italy! Wine for your weekend, Italian edition.

It’s Friday! We’ll move on to Italy today, flying from Zurich to Venice where we will spend the next 2 nights before boarding the cruise ship on Sunday. I’m sure there have been adventures worth sharing, and people worth bestowing kudos upon, but it’s impossible to know those things in hindsight, taking two parts ofContinue reading “We’re in Italy! Wine for your weekend, Italian edition.”