1. Ron Swanson is my favorite Parks and Rec character.
I've always wondered who my favorite was but never took the emotional journey to find the answer. When I watched the finale, the answer was clear. Absolutely Ron. Because I wanted him to be happy more than I wanted anyone else to be happy. As long as Ron was okay, Pawnee could live in peace.
2. Taking a break from something you love isn't a bad thing.
I'm on a Sugar Box sabbatical, taking a few months to get some rest, regroup, and take a break from big-time baking. Even though it was scary and counterintuitive to stop doing something that I love and that others do, too, I'm so glad I did. Not only is my brain quieting down, but I already have half a dozen ideas of ways to make The Sugar Box better for you, for me, and for my family. Sometimes we just need a break to give us time to miss something we love.
3. Thinkertoys work.
Thinkertoys is a book that is imperative for anyone who faces creative challenges. It's full of exercises (called thinkertoys) that help you develop ideas and solutions, and they work. An essential part of your work bookshelf.
4. Granola can change your life.
Have you made this yet? Because all month I've been getting emails from folks who are devouring this granola. It's changing lives, you guys. It's so good that most afternoons I'll choose yogurt and granola over a cookie. THAT'S how good it is. Make it NOW.
5. They're doing a Little Women remake.
And I want Miles Teller to play Lawrie. BADLY. Producer Amy Pascal (she of the Sony hack email scandal) and Away From Her writer Sarah Polley (who might also direct) are developing Little Women into a feature film. Yes, we have the delightful Winona Ryder/Susan Sarandon/Christian Bale/Kirsten Dunst version from 21 years ago (yeeeeah that's how long it's been), but we absolutely need a new one. And even though there are zero talks of casting yet, Miles would kill it. Don't laugh at me for sending Amy Pascal a letter about this.
6. Insurgent is kind of lame, but I'm not complaining.
My sister and I saw the movie last week and then recorded a podcast episode almost immediately because there were just too many things to say. Check out 7 Reasons Why Insurgent Sucks and the One Reason You Should Still See It. And that one reason (spoiler) is NOT Four. Which is shocking, I know, because he's one of my top heart slayers. What are you gonna do.
7. You should be watching Orphan Black.
Season three premieres on April 18th, so naturally I'm rewatching the first two seasons to get all fangirly again. Y'all, it's some of the most fun you'll have watching a TV show that isn't actually a comedy. It's suspenseful, funny, sexy, intriguing, over the top (but not too much), and remarkably acted, especially since Tatiana Maslany plays almost every character on the show. It's just a blast, and you have less than three weeks to catch up before the 18th. Here's a sneak peek (but don't watch unless you've, you know, watched). P.S. You can check out the first two seasons on Amazon Prime.
8. The NCAA Tournament is a blast when you don't fill out a bracket.
I've filled out a bracket since I was 12 and love college basketball down to my bones, so a bracket is just what happens in March, right? This year, I didn't have a group to compete against, and (more accurately) I didn't think my Tarheels would make it very far and always hate writing another team's name down instead of UNC. (We won't talk about Thursday's loss. I'm still raw.) So I tried No Bracket March. DUDE. It's been the best. On the first day when Georgia State beat Baylor, I didn't have to worry about my picks being ruined; I could just root for the underdog, and it was so. fun. I'll be experiencing March this way from now on. Just give me a Fangirl Guide for the laughs, and I'm all set.
9. You can clean a lot of house in 15 minutes.
I listened to Real Simple for years and tried to do their insane cleaning schedule. I mean, who washes their baseboards every three months? Still, I posted it on my fridge to cross off because I'm a crosser offer. Yeah, that lasted a day and a half. But I hate taking an entire day to clean the house. Such a WASTE. So I've been trying this 15-minute timer thing this month, and OHMYWORD it's the best. I set a timer for 15 minutes and clean whatever seems like it needs cleaning until I hear a beep. It's crazy all the stuff you can get done. I dig it a lot. Anyone else try this?
10. My kids are cute, and the little one is kind of a diva.
Starting TOMORROW (Wednesday, April 1st), our theme for the month is LOST. WHUUUUUUT.
Don't be glum if you've never seen the show. I extend no judgment, only things to make you laugh, ogle, and get hungry. See you tomorrow!
P.S. Check out other Things I Learned posts over at Emily's lovely Chatting at the Sky.