December Crock-Pot: Links I Love & Belly Laughs

Jenny's Chili Soup

My latest masterpiece! YUM. And yes, I am a one-trick cooking pony.

It’s December . . . have you tried making my mom’s chili soup recipe yet?! If not, you’re missing out! Click here for a handy ingredients list you can take to the grocery store. I make this every week, which means you know I have a Google Doc shortcut for it :)

Speaking of docs & spreadsheets — I just created a Moving Checklist Template by popular demand — if you’ve moved recently or have a big move coming up, I’d love to hear in the comments if I’m missing anything!

With that, it’s time for another Crock-Pot Round-up I’m-still-sad-about-Google-Reader-taking-away-sharing post . . .

Quick reminder: you can follow more of what I’m reading on my Tumblr, Google +1s page, and GoodReads (book reviews). 

  • Book Worm Confession time: I caved. My brother and I bought a Kindle Fire for my mom for her birthday, and when she decided to return it in favor of an iPad (who can blame her?!) my gadgetlust kicked in and I decided to keep the Kindle for myself. Me, an avid proponent of paper and new book smell — now have a Kindle. It almost feels wrong. To be fair, it replaced my older MUCH heavier tablet, runs on the Android platform which I love, and still doesn’t completely phase out the purchasing of non-fiction books that I will proudly adorn my bookshelf with. But my early reviews? I LOVE IT, take it everywhere, and even spoon it to sleep . . . kind of like this.
  • This video brought tears to my eyes: Zach Wahls Speaks About Family (on equal rights for marriage in Iowa).
  • Torre DeRoche lays down the gauntlet in Chasing the Carrot of Tomorrow with poignant reminders about honoring exactly where we are NOW: “Society puts unrelenting pressure on us to be always on the run, chasing one goal or another. ‘What are you working on? Where are you going? What’s next for you? Where is your carrot? If you manage to catch the elusive carrot, this pressure to keep shuffling forward may prevent you taking a single lick of your glorious prize.”
  • In tune with Torre, Seth Godin reminds us that not everything is a calamity or a breakthrough – in fact, most of what we do in life isn’t either one . . . and that’s okay.
  • Cara Stein, who has quickly become one of my favorite “truth post” bloggers, provides tips on How to get unstuck from 10 Mental Quicksand Pits.
  • Willie Jackson — also affectionately known as Willie Freakin’ Jackson (WFJ) — extolls the virtues of Being Selfish (especially when it comes to your schedule and creativity). Willie’s blog provides a great dose of brief daily posts that always make me think.
  • Chris Guillebeau released his latest manifesto The Tower (available for free in PDF, iPad and Kindle formats) on urgency and leaving a legacy.
  • New Yorkers: I’m proud to be speaking at the NY Creative Interns’ One-Year Anniversary Bash next Wednesday, Dec. 14 at Wix Lounge to help them celebrate an incredible year of kick-ass events. Emily and team helped organize my book launch party which was so outstanding that it seriously replaced any need for me to have a wedding. My friend Ann even turned my book into a cake! But I digress. I’d love for you to help us celebrate next Wednesday if you’re in town :)
  • iTunes givewaway winners: Huge thanks to he 62 of you who left comments on the Thanksgiving gratitude post! I loved reading what you all had to say, and it’s my absolute pleasure to send the gift of music to the 10 lucky winners (chosen via JanaLindsay, Dee, Sarah, Rebecca, Pauline, GinnyRachael McKelvey, Udoka, and Laurel. I’ve left comments in reply to the winners in case there’s any confusion about whether it’s you or not.
  • Best of Craigslist: Yoga Mat for Sale: This might be THE funniest thing I’ve read all year!! Side splitting, belly-laughing hilarity. If you’ve ever done Bikram (and disliked it as much as I did) or had a crush on an adjacent yogi in class, you’ll have tears in your eyes! Big thanks to Elisa Doucette for sending the link :)

Speaking of Yoga, to wrap things up I leave you with the Hey Yoga Girl music video, which also had me dying:

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Willie Jackson December 6, 2011 at 6:02 pm

I always enjoy these roundups. Thanks for highlighting my post!

-WFJ :)


jennyblake December 8, 2011 at 5:29 pm

Thanks WFJ!! It’s always fun to include you in them 😀 And to see you at debaucherous Christmas parties!


Meredyth Pederson December 6, 2011 at 7:25 pm

Thank you SO much for another amazingly useful template, Jenny! I will have a big move coming up in 2012, and I am already appreciative!

And I also appreciate the belly laughs- as did my co-workers. Thanks!


jennyblake December 8, 2011 at 5:29 pm

Thanks Meredyth — so happy you’ve found it helpful!!! Since you’re moving, definitely let me know what I missed. I just moved too and tried to remember everything, but I’m sure there’s more…

As for the yoga links — those are just priceless!


Cara Stein December 7, 2011 at 4:54 am

Hey, Jenny, thanks for the mention–I’m honored!

About the Kindle, I felt the same way when I got mine. I love paper books, would hate to see them go the way of the dinosaur, used to rail against the whole idea of ebooks (ironically enough)… but I love my Kindle. I got one of the last ones with the little keyboard, and I love that I can take notes and mark things without having to go find a darn pen and a piece of paper, or 12 million bookmarks when a book has a lot of things I’d like to remember or come back to. And what I never realized as a non-Kindle-owner is that Kindle books remove one of the last two advantages held by in-person bookstores: instant gratification. <3

Oh yeah, and that yoga mat ad was hysterical. Thanks for the laugh!


jennyblake December 8, 2011 at 5:30 pm

Thanks Cara! So true — Kindles are dangeous for book addicts like us! I’m reading so much more now than even before. Since I read so fast, I can just get a new book instantly – no need to wait. And I’ve even send your e-book to my Kindle which means I’ll get to reaching it MUCH faster! When I’m at my computer I’m usually doing so many other things — this is a really nice way to catch up with friends’ work :)


Elisa Doucette December 8, 2011 at 3:40 am

I crack up every time I see EITHER yoga thing (video or post). I still laugh until my stomach hurts at the mat tale!


jennyblake December 8, 2011 at 5:31 pm

Ahhh, ME TOO!!! #OSYB now has a theme song. Moving right along :) 


doniree December 18, 2011 at 9:51 pm

LOVE the checklist, especially since we’re moving in two weeks! Super handy :) Also, I’m DYING for the Kindle Fire. I wasn’t at all into e-readers (we even have an iPad, and I’d rather use it for interactive things like games and email, not necessarily book-reading), but ever since I saw the Kindle, I’ve known I wanted it. Love the size, love that I can buy books at whim, and LOVE that owning a big collection won’t take up any unnecessary space in my house! Like you, I’ll keep paper copies of resources and other non-fiction, but I can’t wait to buy some fiction series — DIGITALLY. I know, I know. Welcome to this century :)


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