Become #CertifiablyTableau: How to Pass the Tableau Desktop Specialist Exam on Your First Attempt

Since my company invested in a Tableau Desktop license for me (after maybe just a teensy little bit of borderline harassment of the CTO, CEO, and BI Manager), I want to make the absolute best use of the data visualization software, obviously, so it seemed prudent to get some training and prepare for the certification… Continue reading Become #CertifiablyTableau: How to Pass the Tableau Desktop Specialist Exam on Your First Attempt

#MakeoverMonday 2021, Week 12

This week’s Makeover Monday visualization comes from a Bloomberg article, “The Cereal Industry Had a Very Weird Year”. The original visualization made it challenging to see the details of each month in 2020 particularly as compared to previous year’s months. My solution was to create a viz that made it very easy to see the… Continue reading #MakeoverMonday 2021, Week 12

The Twelve Days of Vegan Cookies: Days 3 & 4: Easy Chewy Vegan Molasses Cookies and Chocolate Crinkle Cookies.

My work week was super busy, so I made two very easy recipes Wednesday and today for days 3 and 4. In the kitchen, I move slowly. I enjoy baking and don’t rush, cleaning as I go. Both of these recipes took about fifteen minutes to prepare (not including baking time), so there’s really no… Continue reading The Twelve Days of Vegan Cookies: Days 3 & 4: Easy Chewy Vegan Molasses Cookies and Chocolate Crinkle Cookies.

The Twelve Days of Vegan Cookies: Day 1, Peanut Butter Thumbprints

My favorite thing about the holidays is even more sweet treats than usual. So I’ve decided to bake twelve kinds of holiday cookies between now and the end of the year. I love baking, and it’s easy to find a recipe for a vegan version of your favorite holiday cookies. If not, I can probably… Continue reading The Twelve Days of Vegan Cookies: Day 1, Peanut Butter Thumbprints

The Vegan’s Guide to Tampa: Part One (of at Least Three)

During the two and a half years since I moved back to Tampa from beautiful Durham, North Carolina, I’ve discovered the city’s very best attribute (no, it’s not the beaches, although they are lovely): the bounty of vegan food–especially vegan junk food. A veritable cornucopia of options await the hungry vegan. Fortunately, the city of… Continue reading The Vegan’s Guide to Tampa: Part One (of at Least Three)

Veganism, Animals, Privilege, and Suffering

Since I moved back to Florida in March 2018, I’ve revisited the topic of animal agriculture and its implication on animal welfare, the environment, health, and ethics. My main question is, “What do our food production practices say about us as a so-called ‘civilized’ society?” I’ve examined my own participation in eating animals and animal… Continue reading Veganism, Animals, Privilege, and Suffering

Depressed? Try a Mental Health Dance Party

Whether you’re suffering from an ordinary down mood or major depressive disorder like me–or something in between or different altogether–many people have advice for you. Including me. Some mornings, before my magical cocktail of coffee, Trintellix, and CBD Relief Toads kicks in, there’s almost nothing that can get me motivated to unstick my ass from the sofa,… Continue reading Depressed? Try a Mental Health Dance Party

Mama’s Lean Times Tomato Cabbage Soup

Note: This was originally posted on my yoga teaching website, http://www.nicolemarkyoga.net, in June 2012. I made a few edits to the recipe thanks to some experimentation in the kitchen. I wanted to re-post this because it’s a favorite, and because I’ve been cooking at home a lot more on a much tighter budget than I’ve… Continue reading Mama’s Lean Times Tomato Cabbage Soup

I remember us like this

You brushing the rooftop pine needles falling Me weeding the sad garden which yields no vegetables instead happy sweaty dirty silent time together Bottles of red wine crusty bread bell pepper tomato garlic love pasta my favorite! we watch the show about Spain, the best country, again Stormy August power outage giggling and hushing and… Continue reading I remember us like this