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{infatuation friday}


  1. Somebody’s Heartbreak. I know you’ve had to endure my gushing over Hunter Hayes once already (sorry, Josh!), but I spent this week living with Somebody’s Heartbreak in my head. And I’m adoring that Hunter Hayes is now getting some attention from the pop stations. I just hope that doesn’t mean we’ll be hearing an auto-tuned Hayes soon.
  2. Table TopicsTable Topics. I caught TableTopics Original on sale for about $3 (90 percent off!) at Target about two weeks ago, and Josh and I finally tried it out last night during dinner (I loved it!). The only point to the game is to start a conversation. There are no winners or losers, which is awesome because I’m a terrible loser. Each 4- by 4-inch cube comes with 135 question cards to start fun conversations. My favorite from last night: “What childhood toy would you recover if you could?” Originally $25.
  3. Rules of Engagement. I’m adding this to my list of favorite shows. I’ve been watching it on the Roku almost every night before I go to sleep. At this rate, I’ll be caught up and ready for the Season 7 premiere on CBS next month.
  4. Celiac Research. Celiac disease could be linked to birth month. Eating Well reported earlier this week on several studies indicating that people born in the spring or summer may be more likely to suffer from celiac, due to beginning to eat gluten during the winter months (when viral infections are more prominent). So strange and fascinating.
  5. Word Crack. This was a free app of the day on Tuesday, and when Hilary called to tell me about it, I had to download it. The point of Word Crack is to find more higher-scoring words in two minutes than your opponent. You get up to three power-ups per game and can choose from six. There is also a free version in iTunes and Google Play. Available in for iPhone, iPad and Android, as well as via Facebook. Prices vary by service. Starts at $1.99.
  6. Te’oing. If you don’t know what this means–like, don’t have any idea–read the Deadspin article already. Or if you don’t have an hour to dedicate to this bizarre feature, just Skimm it (but I’m telling you, the lengthy version is well worth the read). When the confusion wears off, go laugh at the people of the Interwebs Te’oing it.
  7. Being Human. It’s back! Season 3 of the U.S. version of this show premiered this week, and Netflix added Season 2 to its instant shows and movies. We’re trying to catch up on the second season so we can dive into Season 3 while its on the air.
  8. Appetites. Hilary has been on the ball with finding new apps this week. She sent me a link to Appetites, an app dedicated to teaching users how to cook. There are cooking videos, recipes and more. The app is free, then each lesson is 99 cents or you can buy  a pack of classes for a bundled price. FREE.
  9. PB yogurt dipPeanut Butter-Yogurt Dip. Remember how I planned to make this? So, that happened. And I’m in love. This could be my new favorite snack.
  10. Breakfast (again). Yes, I am still obsessing over breakfast foods. But no worries–I’ve got it covered. I made French toast yesterday for a snowy-day brunch with Josh, and sometime this weekend I hope to make the scrambled egg muffin sliders I planned earlier this week and some breakfast cornbread with blueberries and goat cheese. (But I’ll still let you make those oatmeal peanut butter chocolate chip scones if you want, Dad! No objections here.)

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{infatuation friday}

For your enjoyment:

  1. Salmon. I bought salmon this week and tried this really easy recipe. Josh loved it! (I wasn’t a fan of the lemony taste, but that could be because I wasn’t able to eat it freshly-cooked; I had to eat it, microwaved, for lunch the next day)
  2. School stuff. It seems like everyone started classes this week. Monday morning my Facebook news feed was filled with photos of kids starting their first day of kindergarten or going back to their elementary schools. Then so many of my friends were posting about their first day back (or first day in general) to college. And I just don’t know what to do with myself. I’m super stoked to have finished and have my degree, but it’s all a little bittersweet now that the fall semester has begun. I don’t think it’s completely hit me yet that I won’t have to go to class again anytime soon (I have yet to burst into tears over it), but it still feels very strange. It’s like I identified as a student for so long, and now I don’t know my own identity. Of course, I can’t be a student forever (right, Van Wilder?). I’ll get over this soon. It’s just this first week or so of classes (or my lack thereof) is making me feel weird. On top of that, I have a whole lot of other things going on that I just prefer to not write about at this moment. However, I read a few blog posts earlier this week that made me feel a little better about all of this. You can read them here, here and here.
  3. Hunter HayesThe first time I heard Hunter Hayes sing Storm Warning, I thought I was listening to Rascal Flatts (no joke). Then I saw him in a music video and was all Whaaat?!?!? Now I’m a little bit in love with Mr. Hayes, thanks to Wanted. It is just too sweet! (You can download his album or singles here.)
  4. RIF. I completely love this organization. They have wonderful ideas for getting children to read (so does ReadKiddoRead!) both on the blog and on Facebook. If you have kids, grandkids, neices, nephews, or any other children in your life, this is a great resource! They also have a wonderful program to get book into the hands of children who ordinarily wouldn’t have the resources to learn how to read. It’s called Book People Unite. As a plus, you get to watch a really cute video when you go to the site. (Photo taken from RIF’s Facebook page)
  5. One Thing. Josh and I hang out at the apartment singing One Direction songs probably too much. One Thing wins the prize for most-sung. So I downloaded it. It was necessary. Don’t question it.
  6. Wisdom. Remember how I talked about 20-something things last week? Well, I’ve been reading more this week. I’m working on collecting my favorites on a Pinboard. Go take a look every now and then; I’ll pin new articles as I find them.
  7. How I Met Your Mother. I’ve been a fan for a few years, but I’ve only ever caught reruns sporadically on several different networks. However, a couple of weeks ago I started watching the entire series from the beginning on Netflix. This makes me happy.
  8. Baked Ziti. I did this for my mom last month when she had surgery, and it worked so well as a time-saver that I decided to try it again this week (but this time, for me). I followed the recipe for this Low Fat Baked Ziti with Spinach. Once I had finished making it, I let it cool while I cleaned up my mess. When it was cool enough, I cut the ziti into eight squares (which is how many servings the recipes says it makes), put them in freezer-safe zipper bags and stored them in the freezer. Now I just have to defrost what I need throughout the week and reheat it for a quick dinner. A few tips for this: use smaller bags and just one square per bag so you don’t have to defrost more than you want to eat. Also, this works better if you refrigerate the ziti before cutting it; it all stays together a lot more nicely that way. (Photo is of the Ziti I made for my mom.)
  9. Bubble Mania. I know I mentioned this just last week, but I think it’s definitely worth mentioning again. When I added this to last week’s post, I hadn’t tried it yet; my dad had suggested it. And ohmygosh it’s so much fun–and free! (If you don’t believe me, read a candid review of it here.)
  10. Fifty Shades. My best friend told me I need to read it, so now I have the trilogy on my iPad. I guess it could be interesting to know what all the hype is about. I just hope it’s not like the Twilight books. I couldn’t even get through the first chapter of the first book. Follow my Goodreads to see how I’m progressing with the series.

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