Weekly Top 5, Vol. 12 – Steady April Showers

I fell asleep listening to the rain and woke up to its sweet rhythm too. It was so beautiful, I could have laid in bed listening to its relaxing pitter patter all morning (or maybe I was just tired from the weekend?) And then all the other sounds started happening: movement in the house, the dog, breakfast (going on 30+ years now of cringing at the sound of someone else eating cereal). Here are the things, besides my coffee, that I am enjoying on this chilly morning. Happy Monday!

  1. Songs that Stand Out…Friday night we were with friends, kids were playing on the playground and there was live music in the background. I couldn’t tell you a single song that was played, until the musician started playing Falling Slowly. It’s as good as it was 10 years ago. Here are Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova in 2008 winning an Oscar for it. Keep watching until the very end, when Jon Stewart brings her back out.
  2. Best Seats in the House…After last week’s post, a friend told me about Most Valuable Kids. The concept is simple: if you have tickets to a live event that you can’t use, the tickets can be donated to MVK. They distribute the tickets to children 18 and under who may not otherwise have the opportunity to attend a live event. They currently have chapters in 4 cities: Cincinnati, New York, D.C. and Charlotte, but looking to starts chapters in other cities (Louisville?)
  3. Breakfast of Champions…I have long been a fan of stovetop oatmeal and granola. While Overnight Oats have been the rage for a few years, I have resisted because certain things, like soup and oatmeal, need to be hot for me. Cutting out yogurt has sent me back to the drawing board for breakfast. So I finally braved overnight oats and fell in love. I did the most obvious thing to get over my disdain for cold oats: threw them in the microwave for 90 seconds. Problem-solved. Another problem solved: soaking the oats eliminated the splatter problem associated with making oats in the microwave. One morning I forgot to prepare them the night before, which is how I learned that they can be made the morning of. Turns out that whole overnight thing isn’t necessary for the oats; just helpful for the morning stress level. My modifications: I swapped the banana for a tablespoon of unsweetened coconut flakes (I love bananas, but only by themselves.) I also increased the milk to 1 cup instead of 3/4 of a cup and added a little water after microwaving.  Note re the pictures: most internet Overnight Oats pictures show them beautifully made in a pin-worthy Mason jar. This is real life. It still works just the same and tastes just as amazing in the same glass containers I use for the rest of my food.
  4. Running Down a Dream…The number 261 was retired from the Boston Marathon this year. Here are two articles on why and the brave woman who wore it in 1967 and 2017: the longer version here or a shorter one here.
  5. Lucky!…I don’t really love to hear someone say, “they are so lucky” because often there’s a lot of blood, sweat and tears that happen before “luck” happens. Even winning the lottery, requires playing the lottery. Here’s my favorite definition of luck: Luck is when opportunity meets preparation.

Hope you have a great week!



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