With 2017 coming to a close, I thought I’d use my last Things I Love post to pick my favorites of the year.
Look for a re-branded Things I Love coming in 2018!
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Thing I Love: The Best Of 2017
Forever Learning: Lynda & Skillshare
Maturing this blog, publishing my newsletter, and developing a few new surprises for 2018 has meant constantly learning all sorts of new skills, tools, and software programs.
Every time I get a new idea and I find out how many things I have to know to make it happen, Lynda is there with videos to walk me through it step by step.
Not a day goes by that I don’t use a skill I learned on Lynda.
Skillshare has been a new addition to my learning options and balances out the professional skills from Lynda with more creative options like drawing, hand-lettering, and watercolor painting.
It can’t all be hard work.
Clothing I Don’t Tire Of: Ryp Wear And North Face
The two pieces of clothing I get more comments on than any others.
My constant running gear challenge is bottoms. They so often rub me raw, ride up, or have other issues. So when I find something I like, I stick with it.
My Ryp Wear skirt (I prefer the touring version – it’s a bit longer) has undershorts long enough to prevent riding up, and it has pockets for easy-access to kleenex and lip balm.
Not to mention it’s adorable and elicits many comments every time I wear it.
Post-run, there’s nothing better than my fuzzy North Face Jacket. It is the perfect 1-2 punch of warm and fuzzy, and it makes me feel like a muppet (that’s a good thing).
This is the single most commented on piece of clothing I own.
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Games and Apps I Don’t Tire Of
I love quick little puzzle game apps.
For the most part with these types of games, I’ll play it a ton when I first get it and then I’ll never open it again.
There are a few exceptions though – games I’ve played consistently for most of the year (all tucked away on my phone in a folder appropriately called ‘time wasters’)
- Bonza (crossword puzzles meets real puzzles)
- 1010 (Tetris without the falling)
- 2 for 2 (basically 2048, but better in my opinion)
Re-Watchable Movies And TV
Between Netflix and Amazon, I have thousands (if not more) of TV and movie options at my fingertips, and yet I find myself heading back to the same few options over and over.
Things I know I like, as comfortable and as enjoyable as the fuzzy pants I’m likely wearing when I’m watching.
In 2017, I had four go-tos: The Taika Waititi double feature What We Do In The Shadows and Boy, the Australian TV show Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, and the UK crime show Hinterland.
I probably could have made it through the whole year with only those four shows on repeat. A little comedy, a little crime, a little romance, and a whole lotta quirky.