Summer ’16 Obsessions

Would you believe I finished the new Netflix series Stranger Things in less than 5 days? All without letting my child watch a single moment?

Well, I did. (AND I made my first “fan art”, too. See above).

Matt and I both loved it’s cool 80’s vibe, killer score & soundtrack, and odd-looking actors, but I needed a fast from TV after finishing it so I picked up some books and discovered some cool stuff online during a TV break.…

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Wickedness Never Was Happiness

In the Book of Mormon there’s a scripture that’s been on my mind a lot lately:

Do not suppose, because it has been spoken concerning restoration, that ye shall be restored from sin to happiness. Behold, I say unto you, wickedness never was happiness.

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Friendship and Literature

Matt and I have lived in Santa Clara for 2 years now. And despite our best efforts, we’ve not made many friends. I think about this EVERY DAY, something that is definitely fueled by my toddler son’s obsession with Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, (here’s a picture I drew of him when he was mad I wouldn’t let him watch “dan-yo”).…

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Social (Media) Bragging

One day after I post a complaint online, I have a “friend” who will almost always post how her life is the exact opposite of my grievance. Here’s some examples: I posted about how my child hates riding in the car during road trips; the next day, she posted about how happy her baby is in the car.…

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Hall Ways

We went to dinner the other night to one of those places where the music is too loud for conversation and the TVs are blaring different sporting events on every wall. As we tried and failed to have a decent conversation, the song “Taking it to the Streets” came on with the volume at an 11.…

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Five New Favorite Podcasts

I’m addicted to podcasts. I find myself adding about one a week to my already long list of mandatory listenings. Here’s my top five favorite ATM:

1. Modern Love

(First aside of many, any podcast using the name of a famous David Bowie song is always going to be a Mika favorite.)…

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Mom Tastes


Scenario 1: A man goes to a doctor and complains that he has lost all sensation of taste.  When he eats, he only senses textures and density.  “It’s like eating cardboard.”

Scenario 2: A man complains to a doctor about a phantom taste he has each time he consumes food.  …

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