Mighty Life List
Oct 30 2015

Better Than Before, by Gretchen Rubin


Gretchen Rubin is the author of The Happiness Project and she was a Mighty Summit attendee a few years back. Gretchen has a shiny brain — she’s globally curious, a voracious reader, knower of obscure and provable facts. Her most recent book on habits, Better Than Before, is the next best thing to sitting next to her at a dinner party.

The premise is that habits give you an autopilot option to help you through tough times, and preserve energy by lifting the burden of choices. The best parts of Better Than Before:

It’s helpful to begin with habits that most directly strengthen self control… We do well by tackling the habits hat help us to:
1. sleep
2. move
3 eat and drink right
4. unclutter

Counterintuitively, I often find it harder to make myself do something that I enjoy than something that I don’t enjoy… For some of us, it takes discipline to take pleasure.

Now is an unpopular time to take a first step.

The biggest waste of time is to do well something that we need not do at all.

If I give more to myself, I can ask more from myself. Self-regard isn’t selfish.

We can build our habits only on the foundation of our own nature.

inanition – lack of mental or spiritual vigor and enthusiasm

Oct 29 2015

Booooooze! Halloween Drink Recipes Roundup

My Halloween drink recipes all in one place. Here’s to you and your sexy Ira Glass costume.


Bourbon Pumpkin Shakes


Persimmon Bobs


Halloween Spiked Cider


Vampire Wine


Killer Bloody Mary with Mushroom Skull Garnish

Oct 28 2015

Halloween Jack O’ Lantern Cupcakes


I’m always looking for cute baked goods that don’t require a pastry chef course to execute. I found these jack’o’lantern cupcakes on Pinterest last year.


The full tutorial is over on The Bearfoot Baker. They were fun to do, did not frustrate me, and were a huge hit with the kiddos. Endorsed.

Oct 27 2015

Acquisition! Highballs

I’m finishing a morning errand with Ozzy and he falls asleep just as I buckle him in to his car seat. He’s been ticked about car trips lately, so my first thought is, “I could go anywhere!”

We drive to my favorite antique store near Sebastapol. He wakes as we arrive and babbles in his carrier. He tries to sing along with the big band music, which is the best.

He laughs at everyone who stops to talk to him, and the counter ladies pass him around while I buy this set of highballs. Heavy in the hand, five bucks a pop. 
Then we get a grilled cheese sandwich. 

Oct 23 2015

Undermining Yourself

My friend Jocelyn has decided to stop saying “sorry” in situations where she wouldn’t feel relief if someone replied “apology accepted.”

Make a resolution to stop saying, “Sorry…”

Do you do this? Oof. I do this.

via Swissmiss

Oct 22 2015

Advent Calendar Grab Bags


I know Halloween hasn’t even happened yet, but this is just a heads up. I’m making advent calendar grab bags again this year. So you finish glue-gunning your costume together while I stock up on rocket balloons and mini airplane gliders.

Twenty percent of the proceeds will go to a global health charity, I’ll let you know who when I have specifics. Unless there’s unexpectedly bonkers demand, I’m only planning to make a hundred or so, so mark your calendars for Monday November 2 and I’ll meet you back here.

We now return you to your regularly scheduled Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. If you haven’t decided on a costume yet, allow me to suggest sexy ghost.

Oct 21 2015

Arms Up

Thanks for the photo Jenny!

I’m forty years old this morning, typing this while the sun comes up. When they learn I’m turning forty, people mostly ask if I’m okay with it. They have concerned faces because they can see the bony fingers of decrepitude encircling my neck.

Thanks for the photo, Miss Bex!

But I feel happy. Life is on a major upswing right now, and I’m riding this rollercoaster hill to the mothrafrocking top. I can barely even see the flags from here.

P.S. Everyone needs a giant pool flamingo.