Every once in a while on Facebook or Twitter, I see a plea for help to get rid of cable and start watching TV shows and movies online. I have been doing this for about three years and wouldn't go back. Here's how I make it work with a laptop and a little organization.
This is Offbeat Home's archive of It Worked For Me posts.
Sometimes offbeat living takes strange forms, and sometimes we end up living in a totally different space than we through we would.
Puddle jumping, painting, reading, fairy hunting in the woods… what are you missing out on by being glued to a screen (tv and computer) most days? One Offbeat Mama decided to find out what life has in store BEYOND Facebook, email, Pinterest, and television by implementing "No Media Mondays."
One day I was at work and I got a text message from my partner that said something like, "Let's move to Indonesia and get jobs as teachers!" And I was like, "Riiight, okay, right after we hit the lottery. Nice dreaming, though." Four months later, we were living and working in Jakarta!
We were scrambling to get out of the nest, but didn't know where to start. So we developed three requirements for our future home, and somehow a trailer fit them all. Now I just needed to get over my "trailer trash" stigma to be able to enjoy my new home.
When my three-year relationship ended, I moved into an adorable little shoe box of an apartment and decided that this little place was going to be a bastion of joy and silliness and positivity, and that anyone who crossed the threshold would want to play Pictionary, talk to the cat, and feel happy and peaceful. So I've been slowly en-happy-ing my apartment, making it impossible to feel anything other than glee while hanging there. Here's what has worked for me…
Lately, I've taken a stronger interest in my health. Step one: Get a baseline blood panel.
Lo and behold, I was super low in Vitamin D and Vitamin B. My blood pressure is high and my sinuses are a wreck. I've been prescribed sprays, allergy meds, vitamins and I am back on the aspirin.
So after a few years of taking nothing but prenatal vitamins, like a lot of Americans, I'm back on the daily pill party.
As I have a lot of other tasks vying for my attention, taking daily pills just isn't something I always remember. But at least I know enough to hack myself.
So there are some people who are a little embarrassed to hear about, um, well…*ahem*, "feminine issues." This is not an article for them. This is an article for the other people who like to get all in other people's personal business, but understand that because of the constraints of polite society, they can't always ask all the questions they like.
There's this thing called a menstrual cup! You may have heard of it. It's a reusable alternative to pads and tampons in the form of a cup that fits comfortably up in your vagina and collects rather than absorbing menstrual blood.
As part of spring cleaning, I'm sifting through closets and trying to figure out what I need and what I've got too much of. As part of this process, I'm realizing that I've got an overabundance of certain objects … all of them gifts. See, Andreas and I seem to attract certain types of presents, and while each gift has been deeply appreciated and a great idea, I have several boxes full of duplicated great ideas that I'm now guilt-battling to say "I don't need all of these, get rid of some." When I looked at the gifts that just kept on coming, patterns emerged. Once I'd identified the gifts we got over and over again, I decided to start dropping hints about related alternatives…