Happy Thursday! Ready for a weekly dose of randomness? Why not, right?

July 2015 moon*I totally have an app to track the moon. It never hurts to know when you’ll need to take the full or new moon into consideration when trying to make sense of the madness. Yesterday’s new moon has explained a lot about this week. I felt extra-irritable and really needed to work hard to maintain my “I’m happy you’re happy and I totally give a f***” face.

*A new moon often makes me think of the Elliott Smith album by the same name. It was released a few years after his death, but it is so good.

*On a semi-related note, my new favorite “I need a drink” drink is gin with lemon juice and grapefruit-flavored seltzer. And lots of ice.

*As I started writing, I realized that today’s post has an accidental cereal theme. On Tuesday, I posted a link to my YouBeauty guide on how to shop for a healthy cereal.

In my day-to-day life, I am more into hot cereal like oatmeal, but in the summer (which is a whole other kind of day-to-day life? I don’t know, I’m tired), I find I enjoy small amounts of cold cereal, whether it’s as a smoothie topping, mixed into yogurt, with kefir and chia seeds, or even the old-fashioned way with plain old milk. That said, I’m picky. My main criteria are:

  • Less than 5 grams sugar (and ideally no artificial sweeteners)
  • At least 4 grams fiber per serving
  • No nuts, for allergy reasons—it bums me out how many of the tasty-sounding cereals feature sliced almonds!

Sometimes I like to play around with cereal in other contexts. Despite being busy, I’ve made you some nice things in my kitchen. The other night, I made a dessert that’s an actual winner. peach berry crumble

Recipe to come.

Do you feel like you’re affected by the moon? What’s your favorite cereal? 

This post has been part of another Running with Spoons Thinking Out Loud link party, where randomness is the name of the game. Thanks to Amanda for hosting.

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