Currently, April 19

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Watching: Nothing at all because Lee is on a business trip and I'm having a tv-free night. 

Reading: Wildflower by Drew Barrymore. 

Listening: To The Milk Carton Kids latest album and trying to decide whether or not to but tickets to see them when they come to town this summer. (Probably.) 

Wishing: A thousand and one wishes about all the different things. 

Wearing: Not my summer clothes but soon... 

Dreading: The chaos of having new windows installed later this week. 

Anticipating: Having new windows actually installed. (Hey, home ownership is like that.) 

Thanking: The looming window installation made us clean out the basement. You do not want to know how many empty boxes we were storing for absolutely no reason. As you can see above, Piper was being very helpful by being right in the way. 

Plotting: All of the things, most of which will never come to fruition. 

Pondering: Why is it is so darned hard to remember to do something three times a day than it is to do something twice a day? 

Craving: Reece peanut butter eggs. We're almost out. I'm rationing them. 

Making: Really awful watercolour drawings. 

Eating: Chrissy Teigen's vegetarian tortillas stew from Cravings. Easy and quick pantry meal. (Especially if you are too lazy to fry tortilla strips, though it must be said it's better with them.) 

Loving: Sunshine. 

 

Spring Cleaning Your Social Media Accounts

I didn't really intend to spring clean my social media accounts. It started simply enough. I was clicking around on things on the internet, reading all the things as I do, and a link led to another link, which lead to another link, and the next thing I knew I was looking at my social media accounts with a new perspective. 

Am I enjoying the platform? Why or why not? What did I want them to do? Where they doing that? Why or why not? What changes did I need to make? 

Spring Clean Your Social Media Accounts | Sassymonkey.ca

Pinterest: This all started with a Pinterest tips post about deleting pins. It's something I've been hearing pop up more lately but I hadn't read seen much about why people were doing it. After reading this post I dove in. I deleted pins. I deleted boards. I did all the things. It felt good. Really good. 

Facebook personal account: I keep the number of Facebook friends I have small. Abnormally small, even. Facebook didn't really need much clean up, though I did discover a few people deactivated their accounts. It wasn't surprising but still a bit of a bummer. 

Facebook Sassymonkey.ca page: It's fairly new so there's not a lot to do there to be honest. I'm sure I could but I'm okay just bobbing down the lazy river for now. But I share awesome links there so if you are not following the Sassymonkey.ca Facebook page, please click over and like it to get the good stuff. 

(I am thinking about changing the cover image but I think that means I also want to change my blog header image but if I'm thinking about it I might want to change the blog layout and I'm just not ready yet.)

Twitter: This was a big one. I don't think I've ever gone in and did a true clean up since I first created the account in 2007. I know I've popped in a few times to clear out a few eggheads from closed accounts but a true clean up? Nope. I had 9 years of accounts to go through and I've worn a lot of different hats that resulted in me following different types people. I really didn't need to be following the same accounts I followed 9 years ago, or even 5 years ago. 

I did have some lists set up, but as a whole I wasn't enjoying Twitter very much and hadn't for long time. I found it easiest to go in and one huge sweep. It took awhile. I am liking Twitter waaaayyyy more now because I'm actually seeing stuff I want to see. I might go back in and delete some more stuff in a month or two. 

LinkedIn: I actually updated my account recently so I mostly just had requests to approve. 

Ello: Remember when it launched and we all rushed to get in, spent three days there, and then never returned? I deleted my account. 

Goodreads: This was the biggest pain in the rear. You can only remove one person at a time and whyyyyyyyyyyyyy Goodreads? But again, this was pretty easy to choose who got unfriended. (I'm looking at you authors who only use the site when you have a book to promote. I know what you are doing. I get it. But I don't like it.)  

Blogger: Waaaaayyyy back in the day, when I first started blogging, I started on Blogger. I thought I had killed those sites years ago but a friend was going through her blog archives, found a link, and discovered they were active (though they really didn't have any content). Not any more. I deleted them.

Wordpress: After Blogger I moved my blogs to Wordpress.com, then self-hosted Wordpress, and now I'm living it up on Squarespace (and loving it). I received a comment notification for Wordpress.com so I went in, cleaned up some stuff, and made those blogs private. Some links are still hanging around to those blogs around the internet and I'd rather they go to a private blog than to delete them so someone else to swoop in and make it content other people don't want to be linking to. 

What's the biggest lesson I learned from this? It was something I already knew.

Quality matters way more than quantity. Everywhere. Always. It's not about more or most and social media is a far more enjoyable place when you are honest with yourself about what you want and need from it. 

My Favourite Things: March 2015

Hey, remember when I used to do a monthly list of favourites? Those were good times. Let's try that again. 

My Favourite Things March 2015 | Sassymonkey.ca 

MinoSharp Water Sharpener We were at Grace in the Kitchen before Christmas and almost bought one after a long chat with their knife guy. I kept thinking about it, especially after cutting myself with my less than sharp knife shortly after that visit. I finally went back in early March and bought myself one. I took some time that day to sharpen all our knives and YOU GUYS. So much better. 

(If you are someone who is scared of sharp knives, don't be. You are less likely to hurt yourself with a sharp knife than a semi-sharp or downright dull one since sharp knives actually WORK.) 

Iron pills I'm not a medical professional and you should talk to your doctor before taking any medication. I started taking iron pills, with my doctor's approval, in early February. Iron pills aren't magical beans but darn it, they are close for me. I can DO THINGS again. And not be exhausted (most of the time). I am occasionally experiencing this thing that might be this "energy" thing I heard so much about but had forgotten what it felt like. It's really pretty fabulous, except on the days when I'm bone tired and begin to worry that I'll never have energy again. The mental game is still rough but worth it. 

Gnocchi Mac and Cheese We made this for the first time in January and then again in March and we cannot stop talking about it. It is perfection. It's soft and pillowy and you will kind of want to take a nap in it. It's also very rich so I strongly recommend serving it with something green and a bit bitter and/or acidic. 

Silhouette Cameo I have a love/hate with my Silhouette. I love it when it works and curse it when it is being temperamental and refusing to read the registration marks. I bought in January because I became one of those planner people who actually really like stickers. I'm not a no white space planner. I've tried and it's pretty and totally fun to do but not especially functional for me. I really like functional stickers but the Canadian dollar really tanked in the last year and buying all the stickers on Etsy got spendy pretty quickly. Not that buying a Cameo wasn't but over time it will balance out.

The best part is I can make stickers *I* need. Hello treadmills and water trackers and iron pill reminders. I like these functional-meets-decorative stickers because I can tell at a glance if I'm practicing good self-care. I can also make cute checklists for my to do lists that don't have hearts. People seem to love heart checklists and I'm really not a heart person. I'm all about the hexagons, it seems.

Making stickers has been a creative outlet as I figure out how to make my own stickers look the way I want them too. It's kinda like a puzzle but I have to "draw" all the pieces. It's been way more fun than it probably should be.

I've also become fascinated with the economics of Etsy sticker shops. And with watching YouTube Plan With Me videos. I find them soothing and destressing the same way I used to find the Food Network destressing... you know, back when people used to cook in non-competitive ways on that channel. 

The snow is melting. Enough said.