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That's right - it's time once again to ride the Nopercoaster! Climb aboard! All kinds of fun today - let's start with this delicious recipe from the seventies:


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Brené Brown: The Power of Vulnerability


Brené Brown studies human connection -- our ability to empathize, belong, love. In this poignant and funny talk, she shares a deep insight from her research - one that sent her on a personal quest to know herself as well as to understand humanity.

The power of vulnerability | Brené Brown - YouTube


Andrew Solomon: Depression, The Secret We Share

In a talk equal parts eloquent and devastating, writer Andrew Solomon takes you to the darkest corners of his mind during the years he battled depression, and shares the conversations he's had with others who have shared their stories.


Depression, the secret we share | Andrew Solomon - YouTube




Terry Moore: How to Tie Your Shoes 

Short and simple, and the very first TED talk on the TED stage. This is quite literally life-changing.

How to tie your shoes | Terry Moore - YouTube




Susan Cain - The Power of Introverts


In a culture where being social and outgoing are prized above all else, it can be difficult, even shameful, to be an introvert. But, as Susan Cain argues in this passionate talk, introverts bring extraordinary talents and abilities to the world, and should be encouraged and celebrated.

The power of introverts | Susan Cain - YouTube


Daryl Davis: What Do You Do When Someone Just Doesn't Like You?

Daryl Davis is an American R&B and Blues musician, author, actor and bandleader, known for his energetic style of Boogie Woogie piano. In an effort to improve race relations, he engaged with members of the Ku Klux Klan and has powerful words about the importance of dialogue with your enemies.  

What do you do when someone just doesn't like you? | Daryl Davis | TEDxCharlottesville - YouTube

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It's 5:15AM and my alarm is going off and I stare at it in disbelief until I remember why I need to be up at 5:15. I am doing yoga. Yes. Yes I am.

I drag myself (literally - the legs aren't working right at this hour) out of bed, shove on some sweatpants, and decide to leave on the ratty tee shirt I slept in. What if I sweat? Do you sweat during yoga? People always look so serene when they do it. How can you be serene if you're pouring sweat?
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That's right, this is a list of stuff that will most likely give me a coronary but I'd consider that a reasonable risk/reward scenario. And we're off!
1. These Bacon Onion Rings. Recipe here, if you dare. 


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I just finished watching "Abducted In Plain Sight" on Netflix. Its a documentary about a pedophile who befriends and then manipulates a family - particularly the parents - while he grooms their daughter to his advances. He ends up abducting the girl.

The story is told through interviews with the victim and her family members, along with input from the FBI investigator and tapes of interviews with the perpetrator. Holy God. I literally screamed "What the F---!" at the TV multiple times over these parents who enabled all this. They're clearly a very loving family and I realize they've been through a lot, but damn. Just . . . damn. 
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Know what those are? Why, they're heart-shaped pimple patches, of course. Because nothing says romance like blemish control!

Okay, so that's not a great gift idea. We're getting closer to Valentine's Day and you are desperate for a great gift that's not the usual flowers, candy, or case of craft beer. Don't worry - I've got you covered!






Feel like something handcrafted would be more personal? Make a pickle bouquet! Here's how you do it. 



"But bouquets aren't a guy thing," you scoff. Well you can stuff that scoff where the sun don't shine, sister, because Salami Bouquets are a thing. So are JerkyGrams, and whisky and knife-making kits. You can find them here, and they'll ship them to you in a big box of testosterone fumes.


Guys, is your girl more likely to reach for a wine glass than a truffle? How about some wine-infused coffee? Molinari Private Reserve of Napa Valley can help you there.



If your significant other has a love of the bizarre - and really, really wants to be with you every hour of the day, then look no further. You can buy them a custom ski mask of your face, and they can put you on and peel you off anytime!

Freak Masks - YouTube



Want to make your gift the perfect date night? It doesn't have to be dinner and a movie. Why not hunt a serial killer together? They"ll ship you everything you need to figure out whodunit, and if you like it, you can keep a monthly subscription.




If you're looking at a budget date night, how about picking up a heart-shaped tray of Chick-Fil-A, a bottle of wine and some art supplies, and then pull up Bob Ross on Netflix and have your own wine & paint party!

         

And finally, if you've got the time, the cash, and a wandering, romantic soul, you and your beloved can spend the night in a formerly-abandoned Scottish village. From the article:
"Huddled atop a hill overlooking the fierce Atlantic is a quaint cluster of stone cottages. This once-abandoned village both preserves a piece of the Outer Hebrides’ past and serves as a picturesque place for travelers to spend a night or two."


*sigh*

And so dear readers, I hope I've expanded your gifting options. And until Jason Momoa decides to whisk me away with a tray of Chick-Fil-A, I'll be spending my Valentine's Day wearing his face and blogging for you fine people.
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How is it I keep finding pictures for bathroom posts? The creativity and ingenuity of man is not to be underestimated, I guess. So take a seat and enjoy because I am flush with material!

Strap in, it's gonna be a bumpy ride.


Are you up for a challenge? 


Do we want to know why this was necessary?


The interrogation room.

At a Gentlemen's Club. Of course.



This was at a quaint little AirBnB.


You do not want this bathroom after a night of heavy drinking.


Art project? Or enthusiastic toddler?


Using this will open the Chamber of Secrets.


Solitude is good for the soul.


Whoever cleans this bathroom has had enough.


THAT'S IT FOR THIS WEEK, GUYS -HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!
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Today's yummy super easy recipe gif comes from Redditor u/morganeisenburg and it got a big thumbs-up from my kid and also from a group of partygoers. The only thing I did was cut the buffalo sauce back slightly, because my son and I don't like our chicken swimming in it. Your mileage may vary. We ate it without all the extra ranch at the end, too, but again, you do what you like to do.





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I love TED Talks. The presentations have such a wide variety of information and from eloquent speakers with such command of their subjects. I've decided I'm picking a new one every week and I promise I'll spotlight the great ones going forward. For now, here are five of my current faves.

Monica Lewinsky: The Price of Shame

Imagine being a young woman with a great career ahead of you. Imagine making a bad choice - or a string of them - that could impact your employment. Now imagine the whole world knows every lurid detail and it's splashed all over the media and the internet, haunting you for life. Ms. Lewinsky discusses the personal and professional toll of being a victim of the media.

The price of shame | Monica Lewinsky - YouTube

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There was an interesting discussion on Reddit the other day about men and the fact that they are rarely complimented, even though they very desperately need those compliments.

Some of the comments in the thread hit you right in the feels. Several guys talked about one compliment they received that they played over and over in their mind for years, sometimes because it came from a special girl, but often because it came at a time in their life when they desperately needed it and also because they have so few instances of genuine compliments that they really stand out.

That's just plain sad. And it shouldn't be. But it's also a very real truth (and one that was repeatedly mentioned on the thread) that men sometimes read waaay more into compliments than they should, and we as women really don't want the hassle of unintentionally leading someone on.
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