Newsflash: It’s October 1st. (September Favorites!)

All I can say about this list is that it means OCTOBER has arrived. It’s already been very Octoberish! September lives on in my continuing love for the items on this list, but OCTOBER, okay.

Let’s get on with it, shall we?

 

1). Savage X Fenty Show (Amazon Prime)

 

 

I put Rihanna’s Savage X Fenty (lingerie by Rihanna) Show at the top of this list because it’s the best thing I saw in September, and one of the best things I’ve seen all year, and maybe even one of the best things I’ve seen ever. Here’s my opinion in the wake of our watching this superb and mesmerizing production: Victoria’s Secret should just go ahead and file for bankruptcy, because what are they doing, exactly? I’ve yawned while watching their lingerie fashion show. I couldn’t tear my eyes away from Rihanna’s lingerie fashion show. We’re all in it… you, me, everyone. Rihanna wants you to know that her lingerie is designed for YOU, but even if you don’t wear lingerie, you won’t want to miss this magnificent show. Amazon Prime, guys. Go see the Savage X Fenty Show if you haven’t already. (RUN, don’t walk!)

 

 

2). Marianne (Netflix)

 

 

Here is where September got very Octoberish. We just recently started watching French horror series Marianne on Netflix; we’re only on the third episode, but we’re not sitting around waiting for the series to get scary. We were good and thoroughly horrified one minute into episode one, and that is no exaggeration. October’s off to a great start.

 

3). Black Spot (Zone Blanche) S2 (Netflix)

 

 

Also in September, we discovered that season two of this excellent French thriller series is available on Netflix, and we found that its story’s paranormal aspect has been heightened. Octoberish!

 

4). Luna Bar in Creamy Dreamy Peanut Butter. (Vegan and gluten-free)

 

Luna Bar Creamy Dreamy Peanut Butter

 

I made a couple of fabulous candy bar energy/protein bar discoveries in September, both from Luna Bar: their Creamy Dreamy Peanut Butter flavor, and their Chocolate Peppermint Stick flavor (below). Love these!

 

5). Luna Bar in Chocolate Peppermint Stick. (Vegan and gluten-free)

 

Luna Bar Chocolate Peppermint Stick

 

6). ThinkThin Original Sprouted Grains Oatmeal. (Vegan)

 

ThinkThin Original Sprouted Grains Oatmeal

 

Having cycled back into an oatmeal phase, I’ve been enjoying ThinkThin’s Original Sprouted Grains Oatmeal. It’s yummy and wholesome and 10 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber and what more could you want in oatmeal? It’s great with a spoonful of peanut butter, too.

 

7). Trader Joe’s Jalapeño Sauce.

 

Trader Joe’s Jalapeno Sauce

 

My assessment of this sauce is that it’s basically a thin wasabi based on Jalapeño rather than on horseradish. A dab on the finger suggests more heat than flavor, but added to nachos, it’s great flavor!

 

8). Birch Benders Plant Protein Pancake and Waffle Mix. (Vegan)

 

Birch Benders Plant Protein Pancake and Waffle Mix

 

YUM.

I love browsing supermarket aisles and discovering convenient foods (aka fast food you prepare at home) of solid nutritional value. Birch Benders Plant Protein Pancake and Waffle mix gives you 10 grams of protein per serving… and who eats just one serving? These just-add-water pancakes are delicious.

 

9). Snak Club Spicy Party Snack Mix. (Vegan)

 

Snak Club Spicy Party Snack Mix

 

This was my latest road trip junk food discovery. This stuff should be called “Spicy Party Crack Mix.” That is all.

 

 

 

 

With love from one season to the next. (August Favorites!)

Check out, if you will, my favorite little things from August! I’ve got a movie, two streaming series, one facial product, and a whole lot of food.

We’ve discovered Russian-language series, and now I want to watch every single one available. The two equally excellent projects mentioned here both feature Estonian actor Kirill Käro. You would be correct in guessing that Kirill Käro is my current favorite actor. Let’s start with a film from South Korea, though!

 

1).  Train to Busan (Original title: Busanhaeng)  – from South Korea

 

 

Someone has gone and created a brilliant film melding family drama with the zombie apocalypse. Train to Busan is great for when you can’t decide whether you want to see a drama, a thriller, or a horror movie. It’s currently on Netflix.

From the protagonist’s standpoint: When you’re bored with your routine and think it would be nice, for once, to have a day filled with family drama, high-speed thrills, and a zombie apocalypse.

[Sidenote: this film has revived my interest in preparing for the zombie apocalypse. I’ve already gotten that endeavor underway.]

 

2).  Better Than Us (Original title: Luchshe, chem lyudi) (Netflix) – from Russia

 

 

 

When you get adopted by a robot who happens to have been made in China, shenanegans will ensue. (Kirill Käro is on the right.)

I must put in that we couldn’t help but continually marvel at the way actress Paulina Andreeva portrayed a robot. The person who trained Paulina Andreeva knew what they were doing, and Paulina Andreeva is hella talented.

 

3).  The Sniffer (Original title: Nyukhach) (Netflix) – from Ukraine

 

 

We’re only four episodes into The Sniffer. I’ve seen enough, though, to know that you’re daft if you don’t insure your nose and its superhuman power of being able to smell in such detail that you can make hefty coin as a freelance detective. This series is a dramedy with an often hilariously bumbling duo, one half being Kirill Käro’s character. (I won’t say his name anymore in this post, I promise.)

 

4). Nature’s Path Organic Sunrise Crunchy Cinnamon Cereal. (Vegan and gluten-free.)

 

Nature’s Path Organic Sunrise Crunchy Cinnamon Cereal

 

As pumpkin-spice everything takes over the States, I indulge my love for one of those spices by sprinkling extra cinnamon onto this delicious, crunchy cinnamon cereal. My current passion for this flavor may be related to my eagerness to plow into Halloween season (aka fall), but I can see enjoying this cereal year-round.

 

5). GoMacro Macrobar Sunny Uplift Cherries + Berries. (Vegan and gluten-free.)

 

GoMacro Macrobar Sunny Uplift Cherries + Berries

 

August was one of those months that left me hooked on a particular food. I cannot get enough of these Cherries + Berries GoMacro bars. I’ve liked all of the GoMacro bars I’ve tried, but these? I love cherries! These bars are sweet and tart and chewy and wonderful, and they vaguely remind me of Pop Tarts.

 

6). 365 Cape Cod Trail Mix. (Vegan and gluten-free.)

 

365 Cape Cod Trail Mix

 

Here’s another simple one: cashews, almonds, and dried cranberries in a mix that’s altogether similar in flavor to the Cherries + Berries GoMacro bars. I’m enjoying this flavor combination of sweet and tart in a wholesome food. It tastes of both summer and fall to me. I love the transition of summer to fall.

 

7). Food For Life Sprouted Corn Tortillas. (Vegan and gluten-free.)

 

Food For Life Sprouted Corn Tortillas

 

These tortillas make for some seriously yummy black bean tacos, and they contain only four ingredients: organic sprouted corn, filtered water, sea salt, and lime. They’re delicious. They will make you wonder why you’d put any other ingredient into a corn tortilla.

 

8). Follow Your Heart Gluten-Free Oat Bread. (Vegan and gluten-free.)

 

Follow Your Heart Gluten-Free Oat Bread

 

I’ve also been enjoying this oat bread by Follow Your Heart. I pretty much only eat toasted bread when I’m at home, though, so I can’t tell you how this bread comes across when un-toasted. I should’ve thought to try it out for you! After all, texture is everything when we’re talking about gluten-free baked goods. Really good toast, though.

 

9). Food For Life Gluten-Free Brown Rice English Muffins. (Vegan and gluten-free.)

 

Food For Life Gluten-Free Brown Rice English Muffins

 

These English muffins are super dense. They’re like hockey pucks, and it would probably hurt to get hit with one. They’ve become my staple breakfast on Body Pump mornings! I split two of them apart and toast them and spread Earth Balance on two halves and peanut butter and jam on the other two halves, and they’re good. It takes a while to eat them, they’re so heavy! Awesome energy for a pre-workout meal!

 

10). Acure Brightening Facial Scrub. (Vegan and cruelty-free.)

 

Acure brightening facial scrub

 

I cannot describe to you the luxury of this exfoliating facial scrub. With its base of sea kelp and “French green clay,” it’s a green so dark, it’s almost black. A little goes a long way. The formula is thick and rough, as in large-grain grainy, so I proceed with a very light touch with added water throughout use. I massage it in circles from my forehead all the way down my neck. The luxurious part is the feeling on my skin as I rinse it off. It’s unlike anything I’ve tried! I use this scrub every night following my Earth Science Creamy Fruit Oil Cleanser (a favorite from July). I love the combination of these two products. It’s like a spa in my shower every night.

 

The End. I can’t wait to get back here with my September Favorites, because that would mean the start of Short Horror Movie October! I know that you can’t wait, either. Heheh.

Happy Friday Eve!

 

 

Radiance! (July Favorites.)

I’ve found that pictures and links speak quite effectively on their own when I present my list of favorite “little things” from the previous month, so that’s what I bring to you on this first day of August: a quick and dirty list of favorites for July with little in the way of text. As always, take my favs as recommendations if you’re so inclined, and with the idea that what works for me may not work for you, whether it’s entertainment, food, or products.

Enjoy, and Happy Friday Eve!

 

1). The Art of Self-Defense (film)

 

 

When your bad day at work becomes a bad night after work, and the realization that your whole life follows this script prompts you to take action.

 

2). Midsommar (film)

 

 

When your relationship is fragile and your co-dependency leads you to take a summer trip overseas. (Take note: horror)

 

3). The Lion King (film)

 

 

When you’re a talking animal whose life plays out like a Shakespearean tragedy, except not everyone dies at the end. (Take note: not a cartoon)

 

4). La Casa De Papel Part 3 (Money Heist S3) (Netflix series)

 

 

When the capture of a beloved family member gives you an excuse to ride your dormant adrenaline waves, and those waves turn into a tsunami.

 

5). Fleabag (Amazon Prime Original series)

 

 

When you’re a sex addict struggling with grief. (Take note: this comedy series is outstanding and hilarious, but it’s NOT “family-friendly.”)

 

6). Eating Evolved Primal Chocolate Signature Dark (72% Cacao). (Organic, vegan, paleo, and soy-free.)

 

Eating Evolved Primal Chocolate Signature Dark

 

A taste of dark chocolate was in order, so I thought I’d go for something new. It’d been so long since I’ve had chocolate that there was a lot of “new” to explore! I ventured to try this dark chocolate bar because it’s sweetened with organic coconut sugar, and sugar was a concern. I’d say that this is the least bitter and crumbly of the 72% + dark chocolate bars I’ve tried in my life. I highly recommend it if you’re wanting a healthier dark chocolate that’s creamy and not overly bitter.

 

7). e.l.f. Jelly Pop Face & Eye Gloss in Icy Pop. (Vegan and cruelty-free.)

 

e.l.f. Jelly Pop Face and Eye Gloss in Icy Pop

 

When e.l.f. cosmetics offered free shipping for a period of time in July, I felt I should order something in addition to the lip product I wanted to try. I looked at their newly released products, and this face and eye gloss caught my attention. I’m actually surprised by how much I like it and its glowing effect! On days I don’t wear make-up, I take just a dab the size of a pinhead and tap it lightly onto my cheekbones and eyelids. I don’t wear it to the gym, so I can’t say how well it’d hold up through a work-out, but it lasts all day when I’m just home or out and about running errands.

 

8). e.l.f. Radiant Gel Lip Stain in Dewy Nude. (Vegan and cruelty-free.)

 

e.l.f. Radiant Gel Lip Stain in Dewy Nude

 

This is the e.l.f. lip product I wanted to try, and I’m happy to say that it works for me. It’s a simple lip stain that does what I want it to do: it adds just a hint of lip color, it wears well, and it doesn’t make my lips feel dry. I put my regular lip balm over it, and I can’t even tell that I’m wearing a lip stain.

 

9). Pacifica Mineral SPF 50 Body Butter Pineapple Flower. (Vegan and cruelty-free.)

 

Pacifica Mineral SPF 50 Body Butter Pineapple Flower

 

I’m always on the look-out for a body lotion with a strong SPF that doesn’t feel and/or smell unpleasant. This one by Pacifica is a game-changer!

 

10). Schmidt’s Bergamot + Lime Natural Deodorant. (Vegan and cruelty-free.)

 

Schmidt’s Bergamot and Lime Natural Deodorant

 

I’ve also found it challenging to find effective vegan and cruelty-free deodorants. For me, Schmidt’s deodorant works better than standard ones. It doesn’t behave or feel like regular aluminum deodorants in how it applies, though; it took some getting used to. I press it firmly into my armpit and hold it for a good ten-Mississippi count, and then it’s soft enough to apply. Other qualities that may be down-sides: it’s a little grainy in texture, and it’s white (not invisible), so it will leave marks on your dark clothes if you’re not careful. But it really works! That’s a big enough up-side for me.

And that’s it for July!

(La Fin)

 

 

Super into it all. (June Favorites!)

I’m back with another Monthly Favorites post, because, well, another month’s gone by. You who enjoy these posts didn’t have to wait long if June went as quickly for you as it did for me! Let’s get right into it, shall we? We’ve got some streaming television series (all originals on their platforms), we’ve got some food, and we’ve got some products.

Here’s what I loved in June (and still love):

 

1). The Handmaid’s Tale, S3 (Hulu)

 

The Handmaid’s Tale, S3

 

When enough is enough.

 

2). After Life (Netflix)

 

 

When you’re not happy, no one is happy… but you manage to be hilarious while bringing everyone down.

 

3). Absentia (Amazon Prime Original)

 

 

When the cops and the feds can’t get it together, and the only person who can is everyone’s main suspect.

 

4). Good Omens (Amazon Prime Original)

 

 

When you had ONE JOB, but realized that you should’ve re-taken Armageddon 101, which you apparently failed.

 

5). Sinto Gourmet Spicy Red Kimchi.

 

Sinto Gourmet Spicy Red Kimchi

 

One of my go-to meals: brown rice, nori (seaweed), and kimchi. I’m simple like that. I’m not too picky about my kimchi, but this one is exceptional in its balance of flavors.

 

6). Hakuna Banana Strawberry Frozen Dessert.

 

Hakuna Banana Strawberry Frozen Dessert

 

Do not approach this dessert thinking it’s like dairy or plant-based ice creams, because it’s not… its mouthfeel is too different. Just think of it as a frozen dessert, and you’re good. This stuff is delicious, devoid of added sugar, and delightfully almost-chewy in its thick texture. I’m loving it this summer!

 

7). Cherries.

 

Cherry season 2019!

 

But of course my favorite fruit made June’s “Favorites” list.

 

8). Snak Club Protein Power Snack Mix.

 

Snak Club Protein Power Snack Mix

 

This is one of those snacks that I’ll gorge myself on without a thought. It behooves me to measure it out in some way! I picked this up at the V.A. in Palo Alto, and I’m still eating it… I discovered that the Phoenix V.A. store carries it, too. I haven’t looked for it in civilian stores because I’m over at the hospital enough that I can just get it there. If I didn’t have it at hand, I’d order it, for sure.

 

9). Earth Science Creamy Fruit Oil Cleanser A-D-E. (Vegan and cruelty-free.)

 

Earth Science Creamy Fruit Oil Cleanser A-D-E

 

I’d been using my beloved Alba Botanica Hawaiian Pineapple Enzyme gel cleanser for three/four years now, so when I ran out this last time, I decided it’d be good to switch things up. The skin adapts to products! I browsed the shelves at Sprout’s and decided on this cleanser. I’m liking it so far. It’s lightly scented. It feels nice. (Also, it’s a couple bucks cheaper than the Alba Botanica one.)

 

10). Derma-E Anti-Aging Regenerative Day Cream. (Vegan and cruelty-free.)

 

Derma E Anti-Aging Regenerative Day Cream

 

I started using this day cream late in June, so it’s too soon to report on its regenerative powers. It’s already on this list because I loved it immediately for its texture. This product manages to be creamy and rich without feeling heavy or greasy. I love the way it feels! It’s going to remain a favorite regardless of the “results” I see or don’t see.

 

And there you have it, my friends. I hope you had a lovely first month of summer, as well.

 

 

A little saint, mostly sinner. (May Favorites!)

For those of you who enjoy these “favorites” posts and for anyone else curious, scroll down to see what I loved watching, eating, and putting on my face in May!

 

1). The Curse of La Llorona (film)

 

 

Because horror always completes a month. Incidentally, I’m counting down the days to Short Horror October! I’ve already discovered a great one that I’ve stashed away just for that series.

 

2). John Wick 3: Parabellum (film)

 

 

Because who needs a plot when you have Keanu Reeves kicking ass in exquisitely choreographed fight scenes? I will say that the story-line makes sense if you’ve seen the first two John Wick films. If nothing else, you can just sit back and enjoy the splendor. The sets are eye-candy in and of themselves.

 

3). Chambers (Netflix Original Series)

 

 

Key words and phrases for this intriguing Netflix thriller/horror series: Native American representation in characters and their actors; Navajo; Diné (Navajo) language; Navajo rez; Arizona!

 

4).  Dead to Me (Netflix Original Series)

 

 

Because there aren’t enough well-written drama series that you can watch in conveniently packaged 30-minute episodes. This one has a darkly funny edge and a talented duo of main actors… Christina Applegate and Linda Cardellini both kill it (pun not intended). Cardellini also plays the lead in The Curse of La Llorona; it was wonderful to witness her range between these great performances.

 

5).  Love, Death & Robots (Netflix) (NSFW)

 

 

Even more rare! Here we’ve got a brilliant animated series with episodes that run from six minutes to 20 minutes, most of them just around 15 minutes long. We tore through Love, Death & Robots. It’s hard to keep the binge at bay when the episodes are this short! Each episode stands alone as a story. This series is like an animated Black Mirror in tiny installments.

We loved every one of these little stories. If I had to recommend just one, though, I think it’d be Beyond the Aquila Rift. Or maybe Sonnie’s Edge. Or The Witness. Or Fish Night. Or….

 

6). Killing Eve (Hulu)

 

 

May I just say that Jodie Comer plays the most impressive psychopath I’ve ever seen on screen?

 

7). May 2019 Grand Sumo Tournament (Natsu Basho) (Grand Sumo Highlights)

 

 

Because Sumo is my favorite sport. This time, my favorite badass Sumo warrior came back healthy enough to earn back the Ozeki rank he’d lost in the March tournament! Congratulations, Tochinoshin! The pride of the country of Georgia is back!!

 

Tochinoshin

 

(Pic taken from Tochinoshin’s instagram)

 

8). SkinnyPop Sea Salt Popcorn Mini Cakes.

 

Skinny Pop Popcorn Mini Cakes – Sea Salt

 

These mini popcorn cakes are wonderful little vehicles for salt. They know their place in this world.

 

9). e.l.f. Sculpting Silk Eyeshadow in Berry Please. (Vegan and cruelty-free.)

 

e.l.f. Sculpting Silk Eyeshadow in Berry Please

 

I went looking for an eyeshadow trio holding these very shades. The quality of e.l.f.’s eyeshadows gets better and better, though it’s always been good! The shadows in this mini palette blend beautifully, and the colors are gorgeous. Vegan, cruelty-free, and only $4.00.

 

10). e.l.f. Liquid Matte Lipstick in Vampy Violet. (Vegan and cruelty-free.)

 

e.l.f. Liquid Matte Lipstick in Vampy Violet

 

A purple so dark, it almost looks black. My heart!! This liquid lipstick doesn’t feel drying, and its staying-power is excellent. Lip balm works well to fill out the color at the end of the day, or after eating something oily. The color lasts even with lip balm over it! Vegan, cruelty-free, and $5.00.

 

That’s it for May! Happy Friday Eve, my friends.

 

 

April Favorites, of sorts. (ft. zombies et al)

To those of you who look forward to my “monthly favorites” lists, I must apologize again this year. I have no list for April. This isn’t to say that there were no “little things” to be enjoyed last month, because there were… mostly simple things, which often feel the most satisfying, anyway. Dried apples and fresh strawberries. Spring cactus blooms and perfect Arizona in-between weather. I discovered an exceptional hairstylist at the Supercuts down the street. Body Combat at my alternate gym seems promising in terms of consistency. Mundane little things like this make a big difference in the day-to-day, I find.

On the writing front, I’m crafting a plan for my second novel. It’s been too long since my last writing update, I know! I’ve been writing poetry all this time between novels. Poetry explains the world to me, and these days, there’s a lot of explaining to be done. Let us not speak of the explanation-resistant world here. This is a place for serious stuff, like witches and zombies.

If nothing else, April was a month of enjoyable horror entertainment. We went looking for it on Netflix and found ourselves catching up: we had the second season of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, and the second and third seasons of Santa Clarita Diet. I delighted in the revelation that the former got darker, and the latter got funnier.

On the cinema side, we went to see Us, which left us adequately spooked and contemplative. Us exemplifies psychological horror done well. I love a film that makes you say, “Now that I know what I know, I want to see this movie again.” But I haven’t re-watched it yet, because the next movie I went to see was Pet Sematary. My thoughts on the re-make? I enjoyed it, but I prefer the original. I still get cold prickles recalling the image of Zelda dying in that bed in 1989, whereas Zelda in 2019’s re-make didn’t terrify me at all. Also, 1989 zombie cat creeped me out more effectively than 2019 zombie cat. See? I’m a simple and low-budget horror fan, happily freaking out before simple and low-budget horror flicks.

At any rate, I suppose April could be summed up with witches, the dark lord, zombies, and all other species of the undead.

May is looking good. It’s an odd-numbered month, which means it’s a Grand Sumo Highlights month!

I love this sumo slogan:

 

[art by sumofish]

On that note, Happy Friday Eve, all.

 

 

 

It was all too cool. (March Favorites!)

I’m back with a “monthly favorites” post, and this time it’s an actual 10-item list and also on the first blog day of the new month – just like old times! I’ve got more food on the list than anything else, along with a couple of products, one random item, and only one entertainment mention. We didn’t get to the theater at all (not to worry – Us is at the top of our list for when we do), and we watched less T.V. than usual. We caught the March Grand Sumo Highlights, but you already know how much I love Sumo. We watched a fluffy streaming series that kept us entertained, but I didn’t feel compelled to include it here.

Without further ado, here’s what I’ve been watching, eating, and using:

 

1). Hanna (Amazon Prime Original)

 

 

I hesitated to include this series because it just dropped, and we’ve only seen the first two episodes. It might’ve been better to put it on my April list, but I’m already so impressed that I wanted to share it now as a recommendation. Hanna is based on the 2011 film, and it brings together one of my favorite T.V. duos: Linden (Mireille Enos) and Holder (Joel Kinnaman) from The Killing.

 

2). Shea Moisture 100% Virgin Coconut Oil Daily Hydration Facial Wipes.

 

Shea Moisture 100% Virgin Coconut Oil Daily Hydration Facial Wipes

 

I ran out of facial wipes for makeup-removal, and I saw these and almost didn’t get them… they’re not the cheapest. I was looking for my usual Yes to Coconut facial wipes when my eye caught on the word “coconut” on this package. Of course, I got them. Of course, I love them. They’re refreshing and wonderful with my makeup removing products, and they don’t feel oily at all.

 

3). W3LLPEOPLE Bio Extreme Lip Gloss (Berry).

 

W3LLPEOPLE Bio Extreme Lip Gloss in Berry

 

Target’s added more vegan/cruelty-free cosmetic lines to their stock! They’re killing it. I picked up this W3LLPEOPLE lip gloss in Berry, and now it’s my new favorite lip product. I love the feel of its formula, its herbal scent, the staying power of the color, and the color, itself.

 

4). Taylor Farms Sweet Kale Chopped Kit.

 

Taylor Farms Sweet Kale Chopped Kit

 

There’s not much to say about this salad mix except I’M HOOKED. It is chopped salad perfection. I’ve been eating this for lunch every day, removing the cranberries from the seed packet and using my own dressing (olive oil and balsamic vinegar for this one) rather than the one included.

 

5). Dried apples.

 

Dried apples

 

Dried apples: a new favorite snack that’s easy to eat while writing. No mess! They’re tart and light and lightly sweet, and the chew is satisfying and not clingy to the teeth.

 

6). Japanese sweet potatoes.

 

steamed Japanese sweet potatoes

 

Here’s another new favorite snack: these tiny sweet potatoes. I steam a whole bag all at once and keep them in the refrigerator. They’re easy to grab and eat, and they’re also mess-free since they’re cooked in water with no oil. So good!

 

7). Vega Sport Protein Bar (Crunchy Peanut Butter).

 

Vega Sport Protein Bar in Crunchy Peanut Butter

 

Vega Sport’s peanut butter crunch bar is my new favorite way to get in some post-workout protein if I can’t get home right away to make a protein shake.

 

8). Munk Pack Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Protein Cookie.

 

Munk Pack Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Protein Cookie

 

Clearly, I’m eating more sugar these days; I was impressed with the nutrition panel on these protein cookies, so I thought I’d try them. Lenny and Larry’s, move over. Munk Pack’s protein cookies’ nutrition panel looks better, and from what I recall of L & L’s, I like these better, too. I cut them in half and store them in the freezer in individual snack bags, so I only eat half at a time (half = one serving). They’re awesome frozen! I also love the double chocolate ones. I currently have both in the freezer.

 

9). C-Weed Snack Seaweed Crunch with Almonds.

 

C-Weed Snack Seaweed Crunch with Almonds

 

MORE SNACKS. Mom sent two bags of these seaweed snacks from Hawaii. I love seaweed in all forms. I also love almonds. This one was going to make my list without question… I mean, it was going to have to try really hard to not make the list. It’s not just not-horrible, it’s really good. If you like seaweed, you’ll want to try these!

 

10). Bat birthday card.

You guys, this was a totally random and anti-minimalism purchase. I was looking for a card for a specific person/occasion – not a birthday – and my eye snagged on this one. Bats! I read the outside, read the inside, and felt an uplifting of mirth such that there was no way my depression-challenged ass wasn’t going to bring it home. I love the art, as I said, but the card had me at the incorrect comma, weird/wrong syntax, and the awesome WTF-ness of the punchline. This card with its goofy message and birthday-hat-wearing-bats sits on my dresser and makes me giggle every day. Best four bucks spent in the month of March.

 

[studio ink another side of hallmark – art by brace]

goofy birthday bats by brace

 

The artist signed as just “Brace.” Thank you, Brace!

The End… of March.