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Welcome! I’m Catherine. For me, it's important to stretch my mind, travel far, and always have a stash of dark chocolate.

Weekend Links / / Yes, Please

_DSC0945 "Good for you, not for me."

I FINALLY finished reading Amy Poehler's memoir Yes, Please. Well, actually I listened to the audiobook... and besides the Harry Potter books, this was by far the most enjoyable audiobook I've listened to. In addition to Amy herself, special guests (her parents, Seth Meyers, etc) read certain chapters while Amy interacts with them - - it feels like radio theater! Amy is funny, open, and humble about her successes and failures.

The chapter designated to her life motto, "Good for you, not for me."  has stayed with me. It's a good reminder to affirm the decisions of others, while also being okay saying, "...not for me."

This one-pot spicy egg and potato dish was a hit in our house. I'm not a vegetarian (give me all the bacon!) but a lot of the meals I've been drawn to lately don't include meat. During my transition to a gluten and dairy-free diet, I've found soup, stews, and chili's to be the easiest. Jordan can easily add cheese if he wants it.

I love when Chelsea includes gifs in her blog posts. I was chuckling to myself while reading, 10 (more) lies every girl tells herself. Especially #8 and #9.

"However bad life may seem. Where there is life, there is hope." - - Stephen Hawking

Tracy shares simple text and quotes on pictures every week or so and while the sayings might seem cliché, I can afford to hear some positive affirmations in my life!

How am I just realizing macarons are gluten-free? Now that I know they are made from almond meal, I'm bummed I didn't seek them out when we were in ParisBeth's recipe actually seems doable, but let's be honest, I'll most likely stick to the Whole Foods variety. The macarons paired quite nicely with my new Teavana Winterberry tea  -- a strawberry flavored green tea. Yum!

Happy Weekend, all!

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