Too Many Tabs: May 17, 2023

May 17, 2024

First off, I want to thank all of you for being here. For many years, posting on this blog ran consistently and efficiently. No posts were missed. Sadly, with a full-time job as an attorney, a home to run, and a sweet child to raise, that is no longer the case.

But this week, I managed to find time for two posts per day, and it feels really good. Hopefully, as I get better at balancing my beloved hobby with the responsibilities of daily life, we’ll go 10/10 consistently.

So what made it in to my bookmarks folder, my reading list, my saved social media items and my screenshotted texts this week?  Here is the list.

Do you own a home?  Do you live in a place where there are wildfires, hurricanes, tornados or flooding?  Then, you need to know about the coming storm: the unavailability and unaffordability of home owner’s insurance.  

Last summer, a series of wildfires in my county destroyed dozens of homes and burned hundreds of acres of land.  Now those homeowners are finding out they can’t rebuild or sell the burned out lots, because they can’t get insurance.  And the neighbors whose homes survived the fire are either being dropped from coverage or having their rates substantially rates.  In some California counties, homeowner’s may not be able to even buy insurance.

You can read about the changes in the home insurance industry on CNN or listen to this episode of NYTimes The Daily podcast, but you should know about this issue.  

I communicate with my two closest friends primarily through memes.  One of my friends is currently in the hospital with no phone access, and so, like a good friend, I saved this one to send him when he is better.  Because you just can’t waste a good meme.

If you’re over 40, your cardiologist does not want you to know that you can make s’mores with croissants.  But because I cannot unknow this information now, I need us all to know it.

Speaking of aging, the products I save to my “buy later” folder just aren’t as exciting as they used to be.  This week, I saved this not-hideous pocket-size pill case from Target, a splatter screen to keep my countertops clean while cooking, and striped storage cubes for Sloane’s room.  But I stand by these choices, even if I have never felt more like a middle-aged Mom in my life.

Hi, it’s me.  I’m the problem, it’s me.  (But, of course, there is a word for it.)

I don’t remember where I first heard about Pic’s Peanut Butter, but it blew my mind when I ordered it.  It’s a peanut butter with no sugar and no palm oil (palm oil leads to deforestation that kills orangutans), which is really hard to find.  I like mine on a rice cake with banana, and even my toddler will eat it.  Yes, you have to stir it, which is less than ideal, but it tastes so good, you won’t care.

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  1. Anna says:

    I’ve been thinking about a pill case to keep track of when I take my prenatals….not sure I can stomach $20 for one, but it is cute. Have you tried Trader Joe’s peanut butter? We go through several jars of the roasted, unsalted a month (I actually just ate a few spoonsful a few minutes ago). The only ingredient is dry roasted peanuts, and it’s only like $2.50/jar. I usually store it upside down before I open it for the first time. It makes it a lot easier to stir cuz you don’t have all the hard chunks on the bottom. And after stirring it for the first time, I keep it in the fridge. That keeps it from separating, so you don’t really have to stir it again.

  2. linda says:

    I finally liked peanut butter once I tried the nuts-only version, unlike Jiff it had excellent taste. Now I puck up the 1lb 10oz jar of Smuckers Natural for 7$. It has only peanuts and salt. For salt free – trader Joe’s version is great. But best peanut butter is freshly ground. Some stores make it on site

  3. K says:

    Costco peanut butter also palm oil and sugar free!

  4. Shannon says:

    Crazy Richard’s also makes a peanuts only (no palm oil) peanut butter. Its got a slightly “darker” taste (maybe the skins are included?), than the Smucker’s, which is also good. I’ve eaten both for years to eliminate the sugar in the more commercially known ones. Who needs all that extra junk?

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