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14 Things About Me for 2014

Celebrating the new year with 14 Things About Me ... which is kinda becoming a blogging staple post. And they're kinda fun.
  1. I have three sisters and a brother. And we all live in different states. 
  2. I have a Kindle and still love buying books. It's a 50-50 split. If it's a smutty romance or light YA read, Kindle it is! Though, to be honest, there are some books I've bought for the Kindle and decided I wanted the paper copy. eBooks bad for the book industry? Not in my house. 
  3. I'm terribly uncoordinated and sometimes forget which is my left and right hand. 
  4. I have fantasies about being a yoga instructor.
  5. I often create elaborate stories in my head to fall asleep -- and will continue day-dreaming about them, if they're good. 
  6. If I still can't sleep, I image redecorating different rooms in my house. I'm usually asleep before I get to the window treatments. 
  7. Amalie, French Kiss and Ace Venture Pet Detective are my top three all-time favorite movies. 
  8. I read books about self-sustainability and have been devising emergency plans for when "the oil runs out." Such as raising chickens, apple trees and learning to knit socks. 
  9. I'm an introvert and have a hard time making friends. 
  10. I have a very dual personality. For example: I would love to live on lots of land with outbuildings and livestock. But at the same time, I'm very attracted to city life and can see all of us living in Paris or NYC. This duality means I will likely never be satisfied where we live. 
  11. One way to explain this is I'm half Spanish (passionate) and half Norwegian (stoic). 
  12. Despite having moved to outside of Chicago, I subscribe to the NYTimes on Sundays. 
  13. I'm a bargain-hunter and picky shopper. We love shopping. 
  14. I hate raisins. 
Best wishes for a great 2014!


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When looking through the bathroom for easy swaps, I zeroed in on those little cotton pads I use to remove mascara and swipe on face toner.  Harvesting cotton, pressing it into little disks only for me to use it once and throw it away!? Plus, I'm spending 5€ for a plastic bag of them every few months? I can do better.

A little Pinteresting found a quick step-by-step to make these reusable pads. You can find better direction here, but basically I....

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Nothing to it.

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Chances are, you have a reusable water bottle and shopping bag rattling around the house, or you can probably ask a family member for one. And you've already created a pretty good swap.

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Wear good walking shoes. Paris is one of the most walkable cities. You can start at the Notre Dame, walk to the Louvre along the river, and up the Champs-Elysees in one day. Or over to the Palais Garnier. And just strolling through neighborhoods, picking up snacks, desserts, etc., is the reason to come here. It's beautiful. But it can also be hell if your shoes are too tight. I love my grey Nike sneakers or a pair of trusty Birkenstock sandals for when the weather is nice.

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