Kashmir Hill’s attempt to block the “Big Five” tech giants from her life – I constantly tried to imagine what i would have to do in order to cut these companies out of my life. It’s amazing how (unintentionally) dependent I have become on some of them. If I take anything away from her series, it’s her lesson to be more mindful/intentional with the technology and companies you let into your life.
Generation Wealth – this is an eye-opening documentary around lifestyles that I could never understand. It puts a lot of things into perspective. It also, for me, helps fine tune my existing goals for life. Worth your time.
The Coathangers – they’re my go-to listen this week. I used their songs to work to, to relax, and just randomly have in the background. They’re a really good band.
I have a routine every weekend, which I refer to as “Weekend Maintenance”. I even have a phone reminder setup to ensure that I do this (and then check it off of the list).
During this time, I start off with bill processing, which includes scanning and filing. I then run all of my backups for files, photographs, and other media (music, movies, etc.). I also run some maintenance checks (usually software updates and battery health checks) on all of the computers to ensure they are in good shape.
Then comes the the charging of all of my devices, starting with camera batteries, external batteries (especially if I’m going to be traveling), tablets, and laptops. I want to be sure that they’re all ready to go when I need them.
Last, I process notes and start task lists for the week. Sometimes I’ll go right into some creative writing exercises, if I don’t have other things around the house to get done.
All in all, “Weekend Maintenance” usually takes about 90 minutes. It’s a good routine that I actually enjoy.
This is the easiest recipe for a quick weeknight meal. A couple chicken breasts and a jar of salsa, on low for 6 hours in a slow cooker. Shred the chicken and serve with whatever other toppings you want.
I love that this is so easy to build into the weeknight dinner routine. I like that you can vary the taste just by using different kinds of salsa as well. I like mine a little on the spicy and smoky side but, I do enjoy trying all different kinds here.
Most times I’ll serve this with beans. Last night we went “light” with tacos only, and it was more than enough for dinner.
This is my favorite slow-cooker chili. Yeah, yeah, it has beans. So what, I like beans in my chili. I threw some olives on top but it didn’t need them. And yes, that’s a nice bed of Fritos on the bottom.