I’m Not High, Just Sleepy

Delicious way to start off the morning. Thanks for the recommendation Kathy! @hope4hollywood

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A few months ago, I decided to give up coffee. This was a crazy idea. Anyone who knows me knows I am completely obsessed with caffeine in any form: whole beans, cold-drip, French press, pour-over. I’ve tried them all.

I only gave up on coffee because I hated the dependency. I didn’t like that the moment I woke up every morning, I had to have caffeine. I might as well have hooked an IV drip of coffee into my arm and called it a day. What really drove me to quit was that it was starting to affect my mood. I’d be grumpy without coffee, and if I didn’t have it within an hour of waking up, I’d go through withdrawals–headaches and shakes, like some sort of drug addict.

Lately, the moment I wake up, all I can think about is coffee. The good kind of course. Which probably means nothing to anyone because everyone likes their coffee a certain way. But here are some things I need to address to anyone who wants to make a decent cup.

2 Tips for making decent coffee

Make sure your coffee maker is completely clean

I know this is a weird, no-brainer tip, but some people just rinse out their carafe and consider that cleaning. But you need to wash everything, including the filter reservoir to make sure all traces of old coffee is gone. Otherwise, your new coffee comes out all sour, which you may not pick up at first, but will definitely leave an after taste.

make sure you boil your water to the correct temperature

If you’re drinking pour-over or French-press coffee, boiling water to the right temperature makes a huge difference. I personally love French press because coffee turns out really buttery and creamy and delicious. I have yet to try the butter-in-coffee trend.

And that’s my spiel for the day.


Listening to

Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

I don’t usually like suspense or mystery novels, but my book club chose this book, and it’s actually starting out pretty good. I can tell you that I absolutely hate the main character, but in the way that you hate yourself from time to time. She’s a flawed person that I’m disgusted by but also see myself in a little.


A memoir for my writing group that I can’t link to, but am really enjoying. It’s my first writing group/workshop shindig, and it’s nice to see other writers’ works in progress. Writing is such an isolated activity that I feel we writers need to connect with one another so that we can actually say we talked to someone today other than our imaginary friends.

Obsessed with

This chocolate mint tea from Trader Joe’s. Delicious (pictured above). Seriously. Go get it.

DIY Friday: Non-Slip Shoe Pads with Traction Tape

How to make your own non skid shoe pads

All right ladies, I know we’ve all been there. There’s a pair of shoes that are just gorgeous. The only problem is once you try to walk in them, your feet will go flying and you’ll look like Bambi learning to walk.

You can buy non-slip pads, but those can go anywhere from $4 to $8 a pop, which adds up pretty quick if you’re like me and have more shoes than, well, I’m not going to say than what because you might be horrified.

So learn how to make DIY non-skid shoe pads for more comfy heels! I bought a roll of traction tape, and I’ve been cutting off strips to stick onto the bottom of my shoes. They work great–actually, even better than the non-slip pads that I was scammed into buying way back before I knew traction tape existed. And seven and a half feet of this stuff will last me, um, hopefully until next year, haha.

You can get traction tape on Amazon or any hardware store. This is the one I got, because it’s clear, but color doesn’t matter since it will go on the bottom of the shoe. As long as it’s sticky and wide enough to cover your shoe.

How to make your own non skid shoe pads

How to make your own non skid shoe pads

First measure how much you’ll need, and then cut out a piece of traction tape that will cover the bottom of your shoe.

How to make your own non skid shoe pads

Then snip off any extras if your shoe has a unique shape, like these pointy toed pumps.

How to make your own non skid shoe pads

Peel and apply to the bottom of the shoe.

How to make your own non skid shoe pads

Press and rub to activate the adhesive, or just walk around in them for a little bit.

How to make your own non skid shoe pads

Voila! Easy enough, right? 🙂

(Yes, sorry for the gross cuticles. Swimming and sewing and crocheting and never having lotion will do that to ya.)