Welcome to another Running with Spoons Thinking Out Loud link party where stream-of-consciousness is the name of the game! Thanks to Amanda for hosting!
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1.) I’m amused by the fact that no one is ever surprised to learn I’m big on essential oils. I use these every day before going to work or other situation where I’ll be dealing with lots of people and their energies. Having a morning ritual helps me feel centered and set to start the day. It’s basically how I get my brain into the mode of, “Okay, I’m ready. Let’s do this thing.” IMG 6151 300x300 - Thinking Out Loud

2.) The other day, a couple made fun of me when I tripped on the sidewalk. Seriously? I like to think karma takes care of these things.

3.) Because I’d never made artichokes in my life before and figured it was time to give it a shot, I made roasted artichoke based off this recipe the other night, and it was lovely with some of my rosemary white bean dip.  IMG 6123 1024x1024 - Thinking Out Loud

4.) 20 Eggplant Recipes from Serious Eats. Yes! Proof I am not the only eggplant freak out there.

5.) Since the Integrative Healthcare Symposium in February, I’ve been getting some interesting junk mail. Case in point: an entire box of samples from a company called Luvena arrived for me the other day.  On the one hand, my science-y left-brain is all, “Wow—I never thought about prebiotic vaginal moisturizer—what a cool idea!” The other side of my brain is all, “Oh dear. Did I write a post about ____ and the aloe vera gel incident and forget about it or something? Must Google the hell out of myself to make sure.” IMG 6052 1024x1024 - Thinking Out Loud

6.)  While we’re on the topic of the vagina and things one should/should not put in there…you should really read, The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P. I should probably hate this book for its protagonist, but it feels so real that I can’t help but want to high-five author Adelle Waldman for her stunningly accurate portrait of literary Brooklyn’s That Guy.

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In other words, I’d glad someone went there so I didn’t have to.

7.) After years of envying fellow subway riders their e-readers, it finally dawned on me this week that I could—duh—buy myself one. Getting the email from Amazon saying that it had shipped and was headed my way made me feel like a kid on December 23rd.

 So. What’s on your mind this Thursday? Any favorite books recently I should download? Do you ever google yourself?