Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Magazine Wisdom

Image courtesy of Boskke

Magazines are one of my favorite indulgences. You wouldn't really be able to tell by looking at our living room table. Sure, I have magazines, but they're mainly things about teaching and learning.

When I accompany Matt home to Indiana, however, my true colors shine through. I can easily spend an entire day reading Real Simple, Living, O Magazine, Redbook, Better Housekeeping, Southern Living--the list goes on. I don't even mind reading a feature about "Hot Drinks to Keep You Cool This Summer" in the middle of a snowstorm.

I feel like I learn so much and generate so many next steps. However, if I don't read them with a pen and notebook in hand, I can easily forget everything I just learned.

Here are some of the next steps I culled from my most recent foray into Magazine Land:

  1. Don't brush my teeth after drinking orange juice. The acid weakens the enamel, and it's bad to brush immediately. Instead, it's better to rinse with water.
  2. Get a cell phone ear piece (not a Bluetooth). The data about the long-term effects of cell phones is inconclusive. It's better to be safe than sorry.
  3. Use my neti pot regularly to prevent allergens from building up in my sinuses.
  4. Start taking Omega-3. It has a ton of health benefits.
  5. Start eating steel cut oats rather than rolled oats for breakfast.
  6. Consider buying an upside-down planter for our kitchen.
  7. Use this resource to find an organic Christmas tree farm next year.
  8. Remember: "The recipe for your best life is deliciously simple: Do a lot more of what makes you happy."

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