May 272016
 

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Is it just me, or did Memorial Day Weekend seem to sneak up on you, too?  It was just a few days ago when I looked at my calendar and realized that my next week-day off was waaaaaaaaaaaaay sooner than I imagined.

Of course, the moment last Saturday when I realized that my pending weekend will gain an extra day, I immediately started moving things to my “next weekend to do” list.  Some may call this “putting things off” or procrastination.

A week from Monday I will be taking my first ever trip to Washington DC. If you’ve been around these parts before, you may know that I have a little “thing” for Presidential fun facts, and the idea of spending some time soaking in all the POTUS history the district has to offer leaves me elated, at the least. I’ll be traveling to work a tradeshow for my day job, but there is a good bit of free-time scheduled each day of our visit, too.  My boss-friend Jenn also loves history and digs Presidents [or at least pretends to when I start rambling about them…] and will be joining me for her first DC trip, too.  Add to the facts that her high school best friend who now lives in Tennessee happens to also be in DC that week, and you have two over-the-moon business travelers. 

This week we sat down and made a list of our must-see attractions and looked at our schedule to determine when we may be able to best fit them in.  I want to spend some time this weekend prepping for the trip, both in terms of packing lists and travel doc organization and binge watching The West Wing and any sort of DC travel/food shows I can find on the Food Network and Travel Channel aps. Apps. Aps. Is it app or ap? [I looked it up: it’s app.]

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Now that summer is starting to roll into Sco-town, it’s also time for a furniture re-arrangement at THS HQ.  This year we have a 2nd air conditioning unit, meaning that my work-space and bedroom space can remain separate for the first summer since we started this here webspace in 2009.  The best window in THS HQ for the 2nd unit is in the dining area side of the kitchen, so we’ve got some plans to swap room purposes around this weekend, moving a piece or two of kitchen furniture into the living area where my desk and worktable currently reside.  We will see how this goes…

I haven’t looked at the weather forecast for the weekend yet [laziness? perhaps.] but if all goes well, I think I may go on my first outdoor run of 2016. I have been logging plenty of miles of the walking variety, but other than a handful of treadmill runs this winter, I haven’t felt the motivation to do any sort of jogging until very recently. 

It seems a little odd to me that I haven’t wanted to run this year; previous years I’ve ran through the winter, or if taking a season off, am ready to start a training plan in February or March of each new year.  This time around it’s definitely felt different, but a few days ago when walking I felt the urge to run and think giving it a try may be a good test for my heart; is running something I should continue to chase? 

I have a feeling once I start racking up some wog [walk/jog] interval sessions, I’ll remember all the things I’ve missed: pushing myself past previous bests, alone time with podcasts in ears, runners high, feeling accomplished, connecting with other runners, and food that has never tasted better than after a hard workout. 

I also, of course, have a task to do list a mile long, which I will tackle one step at a time. 

What about you? What is on the docket for your holiday weekend?

Mar 122016
 

In case I haven’t mentioned it enough, I’m on Snapchat and I LOVE Snapchat. 

It’s easily the social media platform I spend the most down time with and I’ve been loving getting to know the ins and outs over the past couple of years. 

As Snapchat gains popularity, I’ve had a handful of friends request a list of my favorite folks to follow. After taking screenshots of SnapCodes to send as a reply to just that question, I thought sharing them with here was a fun idea, too!  That way any of you who are on “the Snap” can find some fun folks to follow, too.

First things first – if you don’t already know how to add someone by SnapCode, I made a super quick video to show you how. Check it:

Here! You can practice by adding me via my SnapCode first Winking smile 

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And here are the SnapCodes of 16 SnapChat Storytellers I’ve been recommending a lot lately.  In an effort to continue on the “super quick resources” train, I’ve included three types of shares you might find on each Snapchatters stories.

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the_rewm – behind the scenes at the BuzzFeed office, puppy puns, and inspiration for your inner DIY goddess

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wtfrankie* – NYC day and night life, what life is like working in social media, and overall consistently interesting and creative content

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trainerpaige – stunning Colorado views, healthy choice inspiration, and fitness techniques and tips

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cheapash* – simple weeknight dinners including “make it better” hacks, usable money saving advice, and DIY cocktail hour inspiration 

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brandenharvey – motivation for a happy day, mouthwatering donuts, and buckets-o-smiles

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howsweeteats – gorgeous food spreads, glittery things, and one too-adorable for words toddler named Max

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mattaphoto – suggestions for upping your photography game, total prop lust, and DITL of a professional food photographer

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backtoherroots – food prep inspiration, cute-as-a-button toddler shares, and practical advice for your home and garden

joythebaker

joythebaker – Tron the super cat, travel adventures, and behind the scenes of Drake on Cake

kandeejohnson

kandeejohnson – make-up and beauty favs, life as a YouTube star, and a lot of contagious positive energy

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juliepbfingers – a-frickin-dorable baby and pup, style inspiration for your OOTD, and behind the scenes of life as an internet influencer

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thatwifejenna* – gorgeously honest vlogging regarding ridiculously relatable topics, her journey in the world of coding, and lots of content which will make you lust for a California life

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eweave03 – inside the Men’s Health offices, life with a freelance #SideHustle, and healthy dinner inspiration

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chezuseats – advice on food photography and videography, delicious dishes which will get you cooking, and tips to help you in your own kitchen

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oldkelsnotchels – Life as an YA author, teacher stories a la “kids say the darndest things” and relevant to your life jokes which will make you LLOL 

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tshutterbean – uber-cute content by her young son Cooper, flatlays of recipe shots that will have your mouth watering, and organization inspiration to make your life happier

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*The list above is in absolutely no order…but I will say that WTFrankie, ThatWifeJenna and Ashleigh from Dash of Evans are my Top 3.  I recommend them to everyone who asks me who to follow.  [BONUS RECOMMENDATION: WTFrankie is also the host of “WWW.” on the Shorty Awards Snap story each Wednesday – highly recommend!]

Oh! And if you are interested in SnapChat and want to know more about it in any way, this is a great post from Buffer that really covers the basics and beyond. Getting to Know the Ghost: The Complete Guide to Snapchat Snapchat updates on the regular with new filters and fun options and [sometimes annoying until you get used to them] display things like the recent text update, but this is a great place to get started or find out something you didn’t already know about The Snap.

Are you on SnapChat? Who are your favorite Storytellers to follow?

Feb 012016
 

These are the steps of Procrastination Heather turning into Productivity Heather:

1. Suddenly feel all the inspiration to do all the creative things.  Write some words. Draw some lines. Dance like no one is watching.

2. Snapchat. Tweet. Instagram. Scope. Etc.*

3. Realize what time it is. !!!!!!

4. Pretend to self that “pulling a college-Heather” and staying up late is not a problem at all.

5. More time on social.

6. Make potential convincing arguments to self about the following day’s schedule, including wake-up time and caffeine-intake.

7. Bargain with self while reviewing to do list about which tasks can be done while “watching” something on “TV”. [have something streaming on a second monitor in the background]

8. May as well start the caffeine-intake. Lightly.

9. Or an adult beverage? COIN TOSS!

10. One last social update and catch-up.

11. Ready? Set? GO, GO, GADGET PRODUCTIVITY POWERS!

 

 

*I’m @thenheathersaid anywhere you’ll look. other than the book.