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Popcorn + Youdles

I love popcorn.  I'm not sure who discovered this amazing snack, but whoever you were, I salute you.

The following may scare you, but that's a risk I'm willing to take.

So my brother in law, who is also a math teacher, has told me about this concept of youdles.  It's a mathematical measurement for enjoyment.  I've tried to Google this term, and can't find it, but I trust Matt-a-tat, so I'm going with it.

The idea is to get the most youdles out of an experience.  Because of this, Matt has a specific way in which he eats Oreos, and he also knows when to stop eating them, because if you over-indulge in a pleasure, then you're not getting the most youdles and therefore, diminishing the quality and amount of enjoyment you could have.  Basically, the point is to maximize your youdles.

Well, Matt and I have spent much time talking about how to maximize our youdles...yes, we're scaring you.  But this is why my brother-in-laws are awesome.

So, back to popcorn...where all full circles end with me.

I eat popcorn about 5 nights a week...so I've had time to think about this. I have this thing where in order to maximize my youdles while eating popcorn, my bowl needs to be the right weight.  If my bowl is too heavy and bulky, then it minimizes the taste of popcorn and makes me feel like I'm eating air.  And when I sit, it's awkward to hold a really heavy bowl.  However, if I get a bowl that's too light...like a plastic bowl, that makes me feel like I'm just holing a balloon and nothing feels quite sturdy.

So, I have discovered the perfect bowl for my popcorn consumption is this strainer I have.  It's just the right size and weight...sometimes, I think in another life, I'd be Goldilocks.

Okay...I'm done with that weird bowl topic.  Just felt like it needed to be shared. :)

But I was also going to say is that I try many different mixtures of popcorn, and thought you should know about a couple...

1. I think Stircrazy or popcorn made in a popcorn pan on a stove is the best.  However, that's often not an option, so I also like Popsecret's Homestyle popcorn...tastes pretty close!

2. I also really like the combination of kettle corn and chilli cheese fritos...the curly ones that look like pasta.  Yep, if you mix those together, it's amazefest-USA. Trust me.

3. I also like:

  • popcorn with a little garlic salt
  • popcorn with pepper
  • popcorn with cumin
4. I never drink a glass of milk...however, when it comes to popcorn, it's such a good combination. Not sure why.

I actually have a popcorn recipe book.  I can't say that I'm a popcorn connoisseur as I'm not biased...I actually love stale or burnt popcorn just as much as fresh.  I like any kind of popcorn. I'm just saying...popcorn is so good

So, the conclusion to this ridiculous post is this:
I love popcorn
I'm a little OCD when it comes to my popcorn bowl
And I recently went and watched Noah...worst movie ever, but I have pleasant memories of the experience because of my popcorn.

TamiGrami: Hero

She would never consider herself a hero.  In fact, when I asked her if I could pull a picture from her Facebook to put on a blog post I was writing about her, she responded with, "I'm very curious about this post"...she wouldn't assume I'd be calling her a hero, because she loves in a big way and would never think it was anything unique.

I've actually written about Kasey (or Kase, Kasey-Masey...it all works) before.  We met in Jr. High, became good friends, but truly became best friends right out of high school when she and I attended a two week INTENSE conference out in Colorado trying to shape our worldviews.  That wasn't a joke...it's true.  We went to a worldview conference.  Who does that?  We do.  The truth is, mine was already very shaped...I just spent two weeks solidifying and cementing the already-too-strong-opinions I held of this world. ;)  But, that's another post for another time.

Back to Kase.  I won't go into our long and fabulous history :)...I'll just sum it up by saying, she's someone who has consistently showed up for me in life.  She is married with three beautiful little girls.  They have all pulled me into their lives and I can't say enough good about her.

In this world of social media and this desire to be mini-celebritites, I'll just say, genuine friendships shine even brighter to me.  People who want to have real conversations, enjoy real moments, and experience authentic relationships are golden.  When I am with people who are genuine...and love in a genuine way, I want to call it out because I just love people like that so much.

Daniel + Kasey

So, I'm calling out Kase...not because she's technically...uh...confused? ;) Ha! No...but because she loves on people when no one is looking...for example:

It was a few weekends ago...and I sent her a text.  One of those, "Hey, I don't want you to worry but...just wanted you to know..." kind of texts.  You know the ones?  Now, Kase has a little bit of a fear of driving into the city...she can do it, but it's not her favorite thing to do.  Also, this was a weekend, she was at home with Daniel (her husband) and their three little girls.  She responded with, "Can I come to your place?"  I was like, "No...don't worry about it.  I'm fine. Seriously. That's not why I texted you...I just wanted to let you know."**   She said, "I just asked Daniel if he could watch the girls and before I even finished my sentence, he said, 'Of course I will'.  So, can you send me your address? I'm coming."  


She knows me very well...almost too well.  The truth is, I didn't know I wanted her to come until she said that.  She didn't give me the option...she just did...and that day, I needed that.  She is NOT someone who shows up for me to get accolades, praise, or recognition.  But today, I wanted to give it to her because this is one in a million stories I could tell on her and how she loves.  

Daniel is a hero too...as he spent his Sunday afternoon watching three little girls.  As cute as they are, I'm definitely calling "hero" on that!! Thanks my friend!!

So, now, it's your turn...  

The #TamiGrami word for this week is:

Usually, I just give a word, but this week, I want you to Instagram someone or something that represents a hero in your life.  It can be the lady at the grocery store who was just extra helpful, the poor tax guy that talked you off a ledge, or your spouse who keeps showing up for you...whoever it is, I want to hear about your hero and the people that love authentically. 

Make sure you #tamigrami so we can all easily see it!

And from last time,
the phrase was "Nature's Art"...

The random draw was Sarah's.
I was excited this was the random draw 'cause I had loved this picture so much! Such a great moment captured and shows how we all feel with the warm weather coming!! :)

And then I chose this one because my friends lost their home in a tornado this year, and I thought this picture was filled with such mixed emotions for everyone.  They've been brave warriors through it, and I'm so touched by and proud of them.  Love you, Joy-lynn. :)

*You can follow me on Instagram by Clicking HERE or finding me at @tami_paige 

**Just an FYI, it's nothing huge...everything is fine!

It was like a dream

You may have seen this video going around Facebook, but I just watched it this morning, and I ab-so-lute-ly fell in LOVE with these two!! If I could, I'd jump in the video, hug them both, and ask if I could be their friend! :) Oh my word...seriously, they're amazing.  As I was watching it, I felt like I could relate to both of them...the one that clearly isn't afraid of much, and the other who is...but they both jumped into an adventure and the result of it is one of the cutest things I've seen.

I love this little story they lived out because they were willing to do something that they'd never done.  I could immediately think of about 7-10 friends that do crazy things with me...and I suddenly felt very lucky. I love people who live life like this...and who I find myself laughing a lot with...like An + Ria!