Today I have a smorgasbord of thoughts so I’m simply titling this post “Mash-Up Monday.”

(First things first, I had to look up the origin of “smorgasbord” because it’s such a funny word. Turns out it’s a Scandinavian word that means a buffet-style meal with a variety of hot and cold foods. And it looks like this: Smörgåsbord)

Moving on…

Last Wednesday night I went to see Zootopia with my mom at the local theater. (Our theater is small & it only has two screens, but tickets cost $3.50 on hump day and we got popcorn, two drinks, and candy for $7. Hells yes.) Listen, I know that this movie has excellent reviews (98% on rotten tomatoes) and no one has said anything bad about it but… …I loved it! It was cute, it was funny, it made a wonderful point about acceptance and following your dreams, and the main character was a female who DIDN’T fall in love at the end or “succeed” by winning the guy. Our future children will undoubtedly love cartoons as much as I do, but I hope Judy Hopps is one of their role models ❤︎

Hold on, I need to keep talking about Zootopia.
This movie comes at just the right time. Like most Disney movies, the film sets out to teach a few lessons but these lessons are SO timely: We mustn’t fear others simply based on their labels. Ruling with fear is not the answer. If we revert back to our past prejudices then we are bound to fail and fall. While we all have our limitations, we have the ability to try to do anything we set our minds to. Some people are happy to be carrot farmers out in the country and some people are happy fighting crime in the big city. It’s important to forgive.

I thought this city would be a perfect place where everyone got along and anyone could be anything. Turns out, life’s a little bit more complicated than a slogan on a bumper sticker. Real life is messy. We all have limitations. We all make mistakes. Which means, hey, glass half full, we all have a lot in common. And the more we try to understand one another, the more exceptional each of us will be. But we have to try. So no matter what kind of person you are, I implore you: Try. Try to make the world a better place. Look inside yourself and recognize that change starts with you. -Judy Hopps

Seriously, though. Go see the movie. And show your kids, grandkids, cousins, and nieces & nephews.

Alright. I feel like I can move on now.

Last week I was miserable thanks to my sensitive sinuses. K tried to convince me that I was sick, but my body didn’t ache and I didn’t have a fever and he wasn’t showing any symptoms (K can catch a cold over the phone- his immune system is sub-par). By Thursday things were on the mend and I was so thankful. I felt the tickle in my throat on Sunday and I had my sinuses in tip-top shape by Friday night. I don’t know if that’s an admirable time frame or not, but here’s what I did to combat my sniffles- just in case you need a remedy:

med | meds | rub | vitamins | tea | humidifier

I also drank lots of water, took hot showers, and got plenty of sleep. A long time ago a friend of mine told me that she never sniffs all that gunk back into her sinues/nose- she always blows her nose, even if she’s constantly do it. I think that makes a huge difference. Also, my nose started to get raw and peel so I put antibiotic cream (Neosporin) on it each night. LIFESAVER, guys. (And yes, we really do have a frog humidifier because we adult awesomely.)

Speaking of sniffles… (warning: this is going to get gross-ish) … I looked up the significance of clear mucus verses discolored mucus on the internet. I found this chart from The Cleveland Clinic and it proved to be quite helpful with my self-diagnosis:


For the most part, my nose juices were clear, but every time they were a little off-color I thought to myself, ‘Heck yes, white blood cells! You fight that infection!’ I’m a weirdo.

. . .

I don’t like to announce our trips on the internet before they happen, but right now I’m currently on my way home from a NASCAR race in Bristol, TN. I left town on Saturday. K left town on Wednesday to attend the world drumline championships in Dayton, Ohio and he got home yesterday. So I haven’t see my guy in 5 days (and I haven’t seen my dogs in two days!). I can’t wait to be home!

I told you today was going to be random 🙂 I definitely delivered.

Have you seen Zootopia?? What did you think?


16 thoughts on “Mash-Up Monday

  1. Can I tell you I like you even more because you have a frog humidifier! 🙂
    & I’m that health nerd that I really did find that snot chart interesting.
    I can feel my sinus trying to fight allergies & its just ever fun when you can’t breath.
    I cant believe I haven’t seen Zootopia yet… I’m ashamed of myself


    1. We found him at Target. There were like 5 “adult”, plain humidifiers, a frog, and an elephant. My heart wanted the elephant, but someday there will be a kid in our spare room (which is painted green) and we figured we’d save money in the long run buying the frog and using him for years and years 🙂
      But if we ever need another one I’m getting the elephant!


  2. I can’t wait to see Zootopia! I love animated movies. I haven’t gone to the movies in months tho and I should x). Um talk about gross mucus.. Apparently half the time mine decides to have blood in it since I’m pregnant. Something about increased blood flow. Whatever the body’s gotta do. I’ve always wondered about mucus colors.


    1. Haha, I’m glad the chart didn’t gross everyone out 🙂 I was trying to decide if I had a sinus issue or a cold, and this chart answered my question! I’ve heard that about pregnancy mucus!!


  3. I just copied that snot photo for my husband since he loves snot…and to tell me what colour it is so I’m sure he’ll love it…I guess I should say thanks but snot is gross to me so I may be encouraging something I don’t want to be encouraged, but I suppose that’s a wonderful aspect of marriage? Lol


    1. Hahaha, I’m glad I could help you out, Elyse! I think my husband would be totally grossed out if I started reporting the color of my snot to him. Hehehe. That might be an idea…. 😉


  4. ohhh yay! i will definitely have to go see that movie (as soon as i can find a theater where tickets are only $3.50! that’s incredible!!!!!)

    glad you are feeling better AND you are reunited with your man! i am waiting for that this thursday YAY

    and jeeeez people need to stop sniffing paprika!


    1. I can’t believe your hubby’s been gone so long- curse that Colorado snow!
      I love our little theater. They just got new seats, too! These new ones recline a little and have a cup holder (the old ones didn’t).


  5. Michael is like, “Can we go to the movies? I want to see Zootopia!” He is always the one asking to watch the kids movies but I always LOVE them and now I know I will love this one! And the message is SO fitting for our present political climate, you are so right!


    1. I love it.And it definitely made me think of the mess that our current political circus has created. It was the cutest movie. And they totally nailed the personality of all the humanized animals!


  6. My sister took my niece to see Zootopia and said it was adorable… I definitely need to watch! My sinuses have been awful, too. I love spring but it tries to kills us, right? Hope you’re feeling better!


    1. Ugh. Spring is the worst… I love fall and winter but I absolutely HATE spring. Haha. It has bugs and weird temperatures and my sinus freak out! I’m on the mend now, though. Hope you are, too!


  7. My stepkid’s granddad took him to see Zootopia. I’m not going to lie. I was disappointed I didn’t get to go 😉


    1. Aww man! It’s super cute. I think you’d really like it. Originally we were going to see The Boss (because I thought K might wanted to see Zootopia and I was with my mom), but we ended up at Zootopia and I wasn’t disappointed!


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