The Lazy Genius Collective

Be a genius about the things that matter and lazy about the things that don't.

Be a genius about the things that matter and lazy about the things that don't.

#7: Read All the Books

I've taken to reviewing and documenting the books I'm reading via The Lazy Genius Collective mailing list, so I'm going to skip doubling down. 

Here's what I've read in the middle third of 2016:

9. Ready Player One - Ernest Cline
10. The Eagle Tree - Ned Hayes
11. Eleanor & Park - Rainbow Rowell
12. Fascinate - Sally Hogshead
13. Then There Were None - Agatha Christie
14. Red Rising - Pierce Brown
15. We're All Damaged - Matthew Norman
16. The Martian - Andy Weir
17. Lucky Us - Amy Bloom
18. The Kind Worth Killing - Peter Swanson
19. Before the Fall - Noah Hawley
20. Jane Steele - Lyndsay Faye
21. The One in a Million Boy - Monica Wood
22. Bellweather Rhapsody - Kate Racculia
23. Garden Spells - Sarah Addison Allen
24. Golden Son - Pierce Brown
25. Station Eleven - Emily St. John Mandel
26. Veronica Mars and the Thousand Dollar Tan Line - Rob Thomas
27. Veronica Mars and Mr. Kiss and Tell - Rob Thomas
28. I Let You Go - Clare Mackintosh
29. Home Comforts - Cheryl Mendelson
30. Between the World and Me - Ta-nehisi Coates
31. All Joy and No Fun - Jennifer Senior

Summer Update

#12: Make my own iced coffee.

It's become a morning ritual now, and I'm in love with it. I brew French press coffee, sweeten it with a little maple syrup while it's hot, and keep it in the fridge to mix with almond milk every morning. I'm now addicted. Literally.

#25: Use my real camera once a month.

I've decided to drop this one. I said it in the description; the camera on my phone is great. I've definitely taken out the big camera a couple of times, but the process of capturing a magical shot isn't as important as I want it to be, so I'm going to stop forcing it.

#38: Make homemade pasta.

We did it on a random Saturday, and the boys helped me roll it out for almost an hour. They thought it was weird when it was actually time to eat, but it was fun to see how something so complicated can happen in regular life.

#44: Get a trampoline for the backyard. 

Summer splurge. Third parent. Amen.

#98: Get real headshots made. 

It was awkward and I hate cameras, but I'm glad I have them and can look kind of professional now. But only kind of.

#5: Finish some TV shows.

I tried The Good Wife, and I quit after three episodes. I didn't like anybody; apparently I need that to like the show. 

We're deep into Veep, but since it's a current show, I'm calling this one done.

The Man in the High Castle was fantastic... until the season finale. WHAT IS HAPPENING. Worst. Finale. Ever. But there's a second season coming, so I'm holding on to a little hope.

A Few Items That Are Too Boring to Document

#42 - I purged iPhoto. My computer lost twenty pounds.

#65 - I did a big puzzle. It wasn't as gratifying as I thought. I think puzzles need to happen at the beach or over Christmas for them to do the same thing for me emotionally. Yes, puzzles can do things emotionally.

#69 - I set up an office space, and details will be in some kind of home tour post in the future.

#90 - I started using Total Baby to keep track of Annie's comings and goings, and it saves me from having to use my brain. I adore Stylebook and will use it to take photos of my soon-to-come capsule wardrobe and plan outfits. I also started using Overcast to listen to podcasts instead of the default podcast app, and it's fantastic. So intuitive and way better.

#7 - Work Books

I read Ignore Everybody, Rework, and Originals which are all books about business and creativity. I liked all three, but Rework was my favorite. It had the most practical tips if you're into that sort of thing. Ignore Everybody is good for mindset, and Originals is good for an understanding of other businesses and how they operate differently than the masses. 

I also read Deep Work which is a fascinating look at really taking the time to do the work to get projects done. It's a tough thing to do with a baby around, but I love the concept and think it's important to implement into life if you're doing anything that requires your creative brain.

#81 and #59: Ice Cream and Napkins


I got new cloth napkins. They're blue and simple, and I love them. Check on #59.

I also made mint chocolate chip ice cream. Jeni's ice cream book has a recipe for a simple mint flavor I've always wanted to try. I did, added chocolate, and everyone cheered. 

If you have any desire to make your own ice cream, I can't recommend Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams at Home enough. It's hardback, beautiful to look at, and every recipe I've ever made has been praise hands delicious. Plus she doesn't use egg yolks, so no stirring finicky custard or having a million egg whites leftover. 

#81: Yeasted Waffles Are Gross

In the spirit of Leslie Knope, I started my New Year with waffles, waffles that claimed to be "the best in the world." They were decidedly NOT. Perhaps I'm just not a yeasted waffle person, but now I don't trust anyone who is. They were straight up gross, and I'm off that train. 

No photo and no recipe because I love you too much. It feels sad to check off a recipe that I hated, but no matter. That's the beauty of the 101 Things list; failure still counts. 

#14: Watch Lord of the Rings

It took me four days, but thanks to a husband home for Christmas and children entertained with new toys, I watched all three enormous Lord of the Rings movies. Of course I've seen them all numerous times but never in a row like some lazy hobbit with all the time in the world. Here's what I learned.

The Five Things I Learned During My LOTR Marathon

1. Aragorn is ridiculously hot.

I know it. You know it. Everyone knows it. But you forget how much you know it when you're staring at the man for ten hours. IT'S NOT A TERRIBLE WAY TO SPEND TEN HOURS.

2. Return of the King is my favorite of the three.

I've always said my favorite was The Two Towers, and I think that's because the Rohan theme made me cry every time I heard it. But the final installment made me cry and cheer and gasp more than the other two combined. 

3. Orlando Bloom was a nobody before he was Legolas.

He got, like, tenth billing. Behind John Rhys-Davies for the three of you who know who John Rhys-Davies is. Hilarious.

4. Apparently I fist-pump the air during epic battle scenes.

Literally punched the air above my head and screamed "Yeeeeah!" when a hero slayed a villain, Gandalf whacked someone with his staff, or Legolas took down a giant elephant alone. My adrenaline is pumping now just thinking about it.

5. Aragorn is ridiculously hot.