Happy Thursday. Welcome to another Running with Spoons Thinking Out Loud link party, where stream-of-consciousness is the name of the game. Thanks to Amanda for hosting.

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So yeah, Thursday. Somehow? In the spirit of this weekly celebration of randomness, here’s what I’ve got for ya:

1.) This Yahoo Food article where I and a few other folks share our thoughts about instant ramen noodles.

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image borrowed from Yahoo Food

2.) I am not a makeup girl. I don’t have anything against it, in theory, but I can’t stand the feeling of stuff on my face and have been doing the same basic routine since I was sixteen: black liquid liner on the upper lids only, black mascara, and clear mascara to keep my eyebrows in check. I wear blush in the wintertime when I remember. Red lipstick or bust. I own a stick of concealer and have played around with the under-eye stuff, but I’m not exactly confident in my skills. I only wear cream eye shadow because powder feels too itchy and weird. Finding Nars’ The Multiple in Copacabana back in 2007 was a godsend because this highlighter stick solved all my problems.

Well…I went to Sephora the other day to get a new one, only to be told they stopped carrying that shade almost 2 years ago. Then it dawned on me that the last one I’d bought had been in 2011 and I’d been using it all this time. Yes, I know I’m disgusting, but I just loved it so much. If it ain’t broke don’t fix it…and now it is no more. Typical eclipse weather business. The end of a f***ing era. The whole point of an eclipse, though, is for all the old stuff to fall away to make room for a new order, so I guess I should take this as a cosmic point in the right cosmetic direction. I’m sort of kidding.

3.) Here’s a gratuitous puppy picture from Easter weekend in New Jersey. Eli slept curled up next to me all Sunday night, and it was the best sleep I’ve had in a long time. He has the best sleep every day:

Eli Easter bedtime

4.) Sam Sifton to write cooking advice column for men. Love this.

5.) Caffeine addiction has been on my mind a lot lately. I think I’m doing it wrong. Unless there is no right way.

6.) Starbucks is now offering green smoothies. Thoughts? I’m actually cool with it—if it’s a way to get more people to swap their sugary frappuccino for something with some actual nutrients in it (and for fewer calories at that), I’m game. I haven’t tried it yet, but I’ll definitely give it a shot at some point.

What’s on your mind this Thursday? 

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