3 for Thursday: November 17, 2016

Welcome to Thursday!  Thanksgiving is around the corner, and it’s finally slowly starting to feel like November around here, but it seems we still have a long way to go before winter hits.

Here are 3 things catching my attention this week:

1)  App: I love to cook on my own time.  But with a family of 7, sometimes I don’t have the luxury of cooking what I want.  Dinner comes every night, and I have to have a plan.  For finding good recipes or trying to figure out what to cook for dinner, I have come to enjoy the Yummly app (and site) for recipes and ideas.  It is accessible on my computer via the web, on my iPhone and my iPad, and it always has good food ideas.  The app ultimately is an aggregator for cooking blogs.  Each recipe card on Yummly has a photo and lists the ingredients, the prep time and a rating.  When you click through the card, it actually pushes you to the original food blog from which the recipe originated. It’s good for the bloggers and great for the cooks.  You can cook the “Yum” button to save a recipe, and you can see how many “Yum”s a recipe has to help you choose what to cook.  It also learns what you like and has categories for easy browsing.  If you’re looking to cooking something soon or you must cook every night, check out the Yummly app for ideas.

2) Quote I’m pondering:  The ideal entrepreneur/CEO is “optimistically pessimistic — assured of the achievability of long-term goals yet nervous about the attainability of near-term milestones. This schizophrenic mindset ensures that an entrepreneur maintains an unyielding belief in the manifestation of their vision while never taking for granted the execution of their startup’s most basic tasks.” – John Greathouse

3) Read:  Based on the encouragement of a tech friend, I’m reading “The Year Without Pants: WordPress.com and the Future of Work” by Scott Berkun.  This book details the story and systems of Automattic, the company behind the blog system WordPress and many other online tools you know and love if you’ve ever written a blog.  Automattic has a unique company structure. Their entire staff is remotely located all around the world.  They have learned how to run major organizational processes and systems while only having face-to-face, in-person time once or twice a year. This book was written by an insider, outlining how he was hired and what it was like to step into the company and learn to work within their systems.  It’s a very interesting read if you’re interested in organizational structure and culture.