The Things I Love 6.2

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The things I love for June 2nd! The podcasts, articles, shows, gear, and other stuff that is making me happy and making me smile.

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Pure Beech Sheets

There are few things I love more than the feeling of super-soft material.

Many years ago now, T-shirt sheets became a thing. I tried many versions, but they all seemed to pill up and quickly lose their softness. Didn’t they know fabric should get more worn and soft after multiple washings?

Then I found Pure Beech Sheets (specifically Pure Beech Jersey Knit 100% modal sheets) at Bed, Bath & Beyond. They are now the only sheets that I will use. I’ve turned all of the other sheets I had into dust rags.

Pure Beech Sheets
Pure Beech – in last season’s packaging and color

Pure Beech sheets feel like the softest t-shirt you own that has been washed regularly for a decade. Super soft.

So, so soft.

And they keep you warm in winter and cool in the summer. I’m not sure how that works, but it does.

The things are amazing.

A few years ago, they went on clearance at Bed, Bath, and Beyond. I panicked thinking they were going to stop making them so I bought several sets.

Turns out they were just changing up the packaging and sheet colors. Phew. That was close.

Bonza

I love puzzle and game apps. My usual pattern is that I become obsessed with one game, play nothing else for a week, and then move on and never play it again.

I had my 2048 phase and my Candy Crush phase, but haven’t opened either in months.

My latest obsession is Bonza, which comes in two varieties, regular and National Geographic.

Bonza is part jigsaw puzzle and part crossword puzzle, but unlike regular crosswords (which I also love) my ability to do these puzzles isn’t negatively impacted by my sometimes less than stellar spelling.

The National Geographic version also has some Bonza jigsaw puzzles, which is a nice change of pace.

Weekend Sherpa

For those of you in California, I highly recommend the Weekend Sherpa website and weekly email newsletter.

They have tons of outings and adventures in both Northern and Southern California. Some are quick hikes of a few miles and some are week (or weekend) long camping excursions.

Over the years, I’ve done all sorts of adventures that I first heard about from their newsletter, including:

They also just launched their summer challenge series. If you do three of their adventures and post photos on Instagram or Facebook, you get a shirt and other goodies.

I’ve done the challenge the last few years, and historically, they have been great shirts. The 2015 shirt is from North Face and is one of my favorite shirts ever.

Lynda.com

I’m a lifelong learner. I love lynda.com (now owned by LinkedIn and Microsoft, but I’ve decided to not hold that against them) – they have classes on everything.

In the past year, every time I’ve come up with a new idea, I also need to learn a new skill or piece of software to go along with it:

  • Starting a blog meant learning WordPress, HTML, and self-hosting
  • Newsletter? Mail Chimp and list integration
  • Blog graphics? Adobe Illustrator
  • I’m plotting an expansion into video and/or podcasts (details TBD), so next up is Audacity and Premier Pro

Everything I needed to know about these programs, I learned from Lynda.com.

To balance out my brain, I also take a steady stream of classes for my own amusement- mostly photography and art courses. A girl can’t survive on software alone.

Their classes are broken down into small little chunks so you can digest little bits at a time or only learn what you need. The short videos also makes it easy to rewatch a video on a single skill when you try to implement something they taught you and you realize you didn’t really pick any of it up the first time around.

Plus the teachers are great across the board (in three years of taking their classes there has only been one that I didn’t like).

What do you want to learn?

 

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Sara is a runner, running coach, writer, blogger, and a lover of all things written.

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