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…people like lists (vol. 12)

1. I found a cool free iPhone app from Sherwin-Williams called ColorSnap. Take a photo of anything and it will provide corresponding paint colors. It’s clever and fun to play with. Here are two examples of palettes I made:

2. My kids love traditional tuna casserole, but I take it out of the rotation when warm weather arrives. It’s too creamy and rich for sunshiny seasons. Last week, I tried a lighter version and it was a hit. No cream of mushroom soup! It’s called Lemony Tuna and Pasta. I omitted the capers and celery. Also, I did not use oil-packed tuna. We prefer water-packed. This recipe would probably be great if you substituted shredded rotisserie chicken for tuna.

I rarely follow recipes as written. I’m always substituting or omitting ingredients. Are you a recipe follower or a recipe rebel?

3. Netflix now has 22.8 million subscribers in the US. We have been subscribers since last summer. One of the things I love about Netflix is the broad variety of things to watch instantly. It’s really astonishing how many movies and TV shows are available. The downside is having to wade through garbage to find lesser-known gems.

What do you watch on Netflix that may not be on everyone’s radar? For example, this past Saturday we watched a Laurel and Hardy movie called Great Guns. It was hyperventilatiously funny. Generally, I’m not into slapstick. The Three Stooges aren’t my style, but Laurel and Hardy make me laugh every time. I’m simple.

4. This meme is making the rounds at Facebook: In honor of the big wedding on Friday, use your royal wedding guest name this week. Start with either Lord or Lady. Your first name is one of your grandparents’ names. Your surname is the name of your first pet, double-barreled with the name of the street you grew up on.

It’s totally goofy and silly and a time-waster, but I am rather charmed by one of my possible royal wedding guest names. It’s Lady Alice Sigourney-Emporia. With a name like that, I need a hat like this.

5. 40 days until my 40th birthday. These decade milestones are no joke. They really do serve as a catalyst for reflection, inventory, wonder. I feel like I need to do something awesome each day between now and then, saying a fat, fond farewell to Thirtysomething. Today’s Awesomeness?

I have 7 hours to think of something.

(edited: I just did my Awesome Thing! I booked a trip to visit my sister, who lives in Charlotte. I’ve never been. Super-excited. )

11 comments to …people like lists (vol. 12)

  • Hooray for trips to visits sisters! That is serious awesomesauce.

    And dear Lady Alice Sigourney-Emporia, wilst you be getting up early to watch the royals nuptials? I believe I shall with perhaps a bit of bubbly (7-Up, that is) to celebrate the jolly occasion. I shall toast to you and your merry house. Yours cordially, Lady Harriet Agatha-Caples.

  • Oh I can’t wait to see your 40 days of awesomeness!!! I merrily missed that milestone I was totally looking the other way… only to discover that my body wasn’t looking the other way but was plodding merrily “over the hill” to it’s own drum!!! Have a fab royal watch… yours: Marjorie Zak-Magnolia… Doesn’t quite have the royal ring I was after!!!

  • I love that Sherwin-Williams app! Makes me wish I had a smart phone – I would be walking around making color palettes everywhere. The one of Teddy’s sweater is really nice!

  • Amy

    I can’t wait to hear what you do during your 40 days of awesomeness. How fun!

    I have to say that I am a little jealous of everyone’s royal names. You all sound so regal and elegant. I have the name of a sketchy stripper that somehow managed to capture the heart of a wayward prince. See what I mean… Lady Dorothy Bubbles Fifth. Sigh.

  • I hear Charlotte is beautiful. I like the idea of doing something each day. I think I’ll steal it, if I can remember when I am approaching 40. The app seems way cool, I think I will get it. My royal name could be Lady Minnie Tinker-Trailwood (dog name borrowed from my in-laws b/c no pets, ever).

  • edj

    I am a recipe rebel. Most definitely. And we love foreign films and have been watching old Hitchcock films lately. J’ADORE Netflix!

  • How fun. A car alarm woke me up this morning so I watched the entire wedding! I am Lady Martha Kitty-Juniper. Sounds more like a stripper name…


  • Wow, if you start at booking a trip, what will the 40 days end with? I follow recipes for the most part when I bake, unless I’ve made it before and know there’s something I want to change, but when I cook, I am much more free.

    Lady Ruby Fluffy-Lowell. Doesn’t have quite the same ring to it, does it? My Netflix recent fave: The Cosby Show.

  • amy

    So, what awesome things have you done since this post? It’s a good idea to celebrate each day leading up to the birthday, I like that. I’ve only got 15 days left.

    My guest book name would be Lady Margaret (or Mollie) Mom-Country, not very regal sounding ha!

    We should have a 40th birthday drink in July.

  • lady sue spunky farrand. huh. we just watched downton abbey on netflix on demand, it’s worth watching if you haven’t seen it!

  • I turn 40 on June 17th. I am too lazy to figure out your birthday, but it’s close to that I think. I might be too lazy to do the awesomeness thing, but you start and I’ll see!

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