meanwhile, elsewhere

It’s Friday’s online finds: Read on friends.


Until we meet again, xo

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meanwhile, elsewhere

It’s Friday’s online finds: Read on friends.


  • New super-enzyme eats plastic bottles six times faster (The Guardian)
  • Barefoot in Quarantine. Ina Garten has served up comfort and cocktails for decades. We need that more than ever. (The Cut)
  • Parental control schemes for the parent on the remote-schooling brink (Google Doc)
  • My amazing neighbour Cindy made a version of these and they were so good (Food52)
  • We are approaching hibernation season – I wish I hadn’t already watched half of these (A Cup Of Jo)
  • And, (SPOILER), we finished The Good Place… It was sad, I am sad – The Good Place: was this the most devastating TV finale ever? (The Guardian)
  • 31 Spooky Movies to Get You in the Mood for Halloween 👻 (The Every Girl)
  • And this one:
  • Me. (The Onion)
  • Now that ~90% of you have joined me in the work-from-home lifestyle, may I take the time to remind you of last year’s post: Ugg Life
  • I need a book to read – anyone have a good one I can borrow?

Until we meet again, xo

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100 days of summer :: 100 days inside a bubble

I am doing okay. It’s October, but I am doing okay. I am not sure what winter will bring, because you know… COVID, so today I will forget the future and celebrate the past! Nova Scotia is beautiful (as you will see), and I am lucky to call it home.

Friends, I kind of nailed it. Although I did not fly in a helicopter over Hawaii, it was one of my most successful years yet! I set my expectations low, and it paid off. Here’s a visual scorecard. Love to all who joined in on the fun.

100 days of summer, 2020

  1. Sunset walk at Shannon Park
  2. Hike with my mom … (six feet apart) (Victoria Park, Truro)
  3. Teach Miles how to swim (Wallace River)
  4. Yoga outside (no photo but Adriene was there)
  5. Paddleboard
  6. Cocktails by Cameron on the patio … (six feet apart)
  7. Master my summer 2020 cocktail
  8. Get a manicure from Edie (my 3-year-old niece)
  9. Make a peach pie (redemption from last year’s fail)
  10. Make a mango pie
  11. Make jam
  12. Make chutney
  13. Make marmalade!
  14. Visit McDonald Park
  15. Reno the front patio (Mike is 100% responsible for its success)
  16. Paint the front patio
  17. Dine at Rhubarbs
  18. Run with friends/Road Hammers again
  19. Run or bike to the Bike and Bean
  20. Make plans to travel—Ottawa, Binghamton, Austin and beyond!
  21. Have a picnic with a basket and a blanket
  22. Eat grape nut ice cream in a cone
  23. Make ice cream in a mason jar
  24. Hike a trail (High Head)
  25. Bike a trail (Tatamagouche)
  26. Run a trail (to Wallace)
  27. Patio dining and patio drinking… (I hope it’s not my patio only) (Circa 1860 Kitchen + Public House, Mahone Bay)
  28. Learn how to play chess (no photo but David and I played – he’s on the school chess club)
  29. Learn how to play cribbage (thanks Pauline!)
  30. Visit a beer garden, have a beer … (I hope it’s not my garden only) (Birch & Anchor)
  31. Paint word rocks and plant them around the North End
  32. Learn to garden and grow herbs (no photo)
  33. Make pesto and guacamole from my bounty (no photo)
  34. Sleep in a tent
  35. Tale a dip in the ocean
  36. Drink beer from a cooler (see #21 photo)
  37. Go for a beach walk… (please please please Dr. Strang)
  38. Apply sunscreen every freaking day (no photo)
  39. Get 10,000+ steps every freaking day (no photo)
  40. Swim in my aunt’s pond
  41. Night swim (Silverside’s Beach)
  42. Night walk (with my mom, in the woods)
  43. Wine and walk … (six feet apart)
  44. Lay in the grass
  45. Drink my morning coffee outside
  46. Try Dalgona coffee
  47. Stroll along the waterfront
  48. Go for a joyride with friends playing all our favourite songs and sing loudly
  49. Dance in the rain
  50. Go for a sandbar walk on the Gulf Shore
  51. Make a lightbox
  52. Go for a run and jump in the water right after
  53. Eat a lobster roll
  54. Eat fish tacos (Tako Loko)
  55. Have a lunch date (Jost Vineyards)
  56. Have a brunch date (with Laura at The Canteen on Portland)
  57. Plan my 2021 calendars (no photo but I started researching ideas)
  58. Plan my holiday cards (no photo but I already started them)
  59. Finish (at least one) photo album (no photo but done and delivered)
  60. Host a backyard outdoor movie night
  61. Have a backyard wine-call with my Montreal besties
  62. Run and jump off a dock without knowing the temperature of the water
  63. Watch the Perseid meteor shower on August 12
  64. Send mail every week
  65. Go to a drive-in movie
  66. Try a new local restaurant—hopefully, eat-in
  67. Cook a meal over the fire
  68. Find a waterfall (Victoria Park, Truro)
  69. Bike to Bedford
  70. Only use the clothesline
  71. Nova 7 in a can!
  72. Get friendship clogs
  73. Hangout in a hammock, maybe nap
  74. Rent a cottage… (if we can’t burst my parent’s bubble) (McLeod’s Beachfront Cottages)
  75. Make a banana split (no photo but I fed them to 4 kids )
  76. Make an ice cream cake
  77. Make strawberry shortcake
  78. Do a push-up challenge (nobody wants to see that photo)
  79. Find and photograph lupins
  80. Send flowers to a friend (to my sister in New York)
  81. Deliver something baked to a friend
  82. Eat from a food truck (Mahone Bay)
  83. Watch Hamilton
  84. Finish reading Little Fires Everywhere
  85. Watch Little Fires Everywhere (no photo)
  86. Play tennis
  87. Spend an evening on my in-law’s patio… (if we allowed bursting my in-law’s bubble) (see #29 photo)
  88. Drift down a river (one of the most beautiful evenings, ever)
  89. Go antiquing
  90. Play croquet… (six feet apart)
  91. Play washer toss… (six feet apart)
  92. Organize and play a night game (not game night)
  93. Take a class/workshop (online) (no photo, but learned Canva for work)
  94. Buy a new mini jean skirt (despite my age) (no photo)
  95. Make potato salad (no photo)
  96. Make jelly salad
  97. Dole Whip at the Chicken Burger
  98. Watch the sunrise at the ocean
  99. Watch the sunset at the ocean
  100. Watch 500 Days of Summer

If you weren’t keeping track, that’s 93/100! I am high-fiving myself because you’re not allowed. Here are the ones I missed, along with lame excuses.

  1. Make plans to travel—Ottawa, Binghamton, Austin and beyond!
    Not my fault! As much as I really want to see my family and friends, bubble life is the best life.
  2. Sleep in a tent
    If I liked tents, I probably would have tried harder.
  3. Swim in my aunt’s pond
    I wanted to do this but I didn’t make it over for a visit.
  4. Host a backyard outdoor movie night
    I’m not loving my backyard lately. It’s political.
  5. Bike to Bedford
    I meant to do this but forgot.
  6. Watch Hamilton
    I planned to crash someone’s house who has the Disney Channel, but it didn’t happen. Probably because summer was so lovely and it was a shame to be inside.
  7. Organize and play a night game (not game night)
    I wanted to do this, but the timing didn’t work this year

I hope you found ways to enjoy Summer. Happy fall y’all!

xomeg

meanwhile, elsewhere

It’s Friday’s online finds: hunker down, it’s fall.


  • Mailing Letters Under The Sea (swissmiss)
  • And speaking of post offices, I learned all about the one at the bottom of the Grand Canyon on this episode of 99% Invisible.
  • Even in the blissful bubble, I worry about this all day every day. Actually, every fall I worry about this but this year even more: How We Survive the Winter (The Atlantic)
  • Cozy up with OSTRICHPILLOW’s Huggable Heat bag (design\milk)
  • Entertaining for the whole family (Interesting Engineering)
  • “The prominent slave owner never publicly recognized the offspring of he and one of his slave romances but allowed him to serve in the house” is really “The rich human trafficker raped his female hostage and then held their son hostage as well at the death camp he owned” (Kottke)
  • The life-changing magic of rich people’s stuff (The Guardian)
  • Her story, how it’s published. Wow. (Humans of New York via Jill, my amazing sister who contributed this and so much more to my life)
  • Working out without putting their hair up… and 29 other Unrealistic Things About Women Shown In Movies (Bored Panda)
  • This is parenting burnout, pandemic style – You are not failing. Society is. (NYT)
  • Did you watch The Social Dilemma? The more I think about it, the more I hate it. Especially after reading this. (Slate)
  • 100 Days Of Summer is over. I will work on delivering my final report card next week but any guesses on how many I accomplished? (Hint, it’s not 100)

Meanwhile, on Twitter, Smucker’s is in a Jam (via Amanda): The comments are amazing: I swear every time I hear marketing/HR people talk like this I wanna drive off a cliff

Until we meet again, xo

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meanwhile, elsewhere

It’s Friday’s online finds: read on.


  • “While some may prefer to be overcareful, we may prefer to be under-careful,… It’s about being free and finding yourself. If a child falls from a tree and breaks an arm, that might not be ideal, but it can serve a larger purpose. A children’s program featuring naked adults might be taking the Danish approach to the extreme, she admitted. But the Danish way of dealing with easing children’s anxieties over body issues is “to expose them” to naked bodies. (NYT)
  • Are Your Texts Passive-Aggressive? The Answer May Lie In Your Punctuation – I often type “k” when asked to do something, which makes my co-worker uncomfortable – I mean no harm (NPR) *Shout out to Binghamton
  • Maya Gabeira got whipped into an absolute mind-blowingly large wave at Nazaré, setting the Guinness Record for the largest wave ever surfed by a woman at 73.5 ft (YouTube)
  • Math Problems for Fall, 2020: This 8:30 a.m. class has twenty-four students. Yesterday, twelve of you were still asleep when class began. Five of you minimized the Zoom call so that you could play Animal Crossing. One of you joined the call and then obviously fell back asleep. What percentage of the class noticed that I was still in my pyjamas and also drinking wine? (The New Yorker)
  • WHO is offering a free Basic microbiology course if you’re interested.
  • I love eating out. (NYT)
  • Maybe if I tried hard in the kitchen, things would not feel so grim (Love and Lemons)
  • How To Be At Home (NFB via Amanda)

Until we meet again, xo

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