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Saturday’s online finds: Cozy up and dig in.



  • Summer 2022 vibe: Forget #maincharacterenergy, beloved side-character is where it’s at (TikTok)
  • Despite agreeing with most of this, I still love the movie (Twitter-Onion)
  • To Enjoy Life More, Embrace Anticipation (NYT)
  • Food rut?
  • This looks good (Foodiecrush)
  • We Can Do Better Than Title IX (NYT)
  • Know your town’s daily Golden Hour (PetaPixel)
  • I had no idea motherhood would be like this. (Motherwell)
  • ‘After lockdown, things exploded’ – how TikTok triggered a books revolution (The Guardian) – and now I just spent 20 minutes here and omg, this (must love Euphoria to understand)
  • What happens when an American and a Parisian are stuck quarantining inside a one-bedroom New York apartment for over a year? A croissanaissance. (Thrillist)
  • Finding Comfort in Food, A Lesson From Nora Ephron’s ‘Heartburn’ (Food52)
  • As bad as today is, this is just the beginning… This is an outrageous attack on women’s rights and the bodily autonomy of everyone who can become pregnant, and the effects will be immediate and far reaching. (ACLU)
  • ‘Happening’ Is an Award-Winning French Drama About Abortion. It’s Also the Most Urgent Movie of 2022 (Rolling Stone)

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Friday’s online finds: Cozy up and dig in.



Don’t get me started on the first two topics… I have a lot of feelings. Fix the roads and stop dancing and pointing at words on my feed. RIP OG Instagram.

  • “Failure is waiting for someone to be killed to reduce the speed limit or redesign the intersection. Failure is my mother being run over and the bike lane being painted on the street a week after,” When Cars Kill Pedestrians (The New Yorker)
  • Save the reels and videos for your Stories and keep them off my feed! – I Miss the Unhinged Instagram of 2012 (Refinery29)
  • He’s (Ryan) selective about his projects, he’s not playing hot guy parts just to show off his body. Which is why people are more curious than ever about this script and what it has to say about the world through a Barbie lens… But let’s go back to Ryan’s Ken energy here. He looks like Zac Efron playing Ryan Gosling. (Lainey Gossip)
  • Are you sure there isn’t something else I can do before the end of the school year? (McSweeney’s)
  • Stressed out and miserable at work? You have lots of company (Fast Company)
  • It takes a lot to turn heads in New York City, and most days I live my life with the comfort that I can go about my business with a sort of public anonymity. It’s what lets me cry on the subway with such ease. But now I was, physically and emotionally, exposed. – I Wore a High-Slit Dress and Got Catcalled by a Bunch of Women (Elle via Kristin)
  • This Creamy Lemon Pasta Recipe Is One You Need to Try (Wit & Delight)
  • You Want to Buy Meat? In This Economy? (NYT)
  • And speaking of meat, did you know that if you ground up the world’s population, it would create a human meatball that could fit neatly inside Central Park? (MyModernMet)

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meanwhile, elsewhere

Saturday’s online finds: Cozy up and dig in.



  • Portable, delicious, and show-stopping, it’s time to bring this classic back: The Party Loaf Is the Old-School Recipe That’ll Blow Your Next BBQ Away (Esquire)
  • Glennon Doyle and Abby Wambach Share Their California Home (AD)
  • And LaTonya Yvette’s Colorful Farmhouse Was Built for Black Joy (Cup Of Jo)
  • Hey kids in sports (and parents of kids in sports): the best way to turn off the stress response and increase recovery is not to rage but rather to engage in “social recovery,” or hanging out with friends. Keeping the stress response active after the buzzer rings is actually detrimental to future performance. (Growth Equation via Lee)
  • TikTok Has Spoken: Jam Seltzer Is Summer 2022’s Newest Drink Craze (PureWow)
  • Family’s Pet Tortoise Missing for 30 Years Is Found Alive and Well in the Attic (My Modern Met)
  • Here’s Why Pandemic Fatigue Is (Still) So Draining (Self)
  • Billy Eichner and Mae Martin have called out Netflix’s support of Dave Chappelle’s jokes about queer and trans people — in a comedy special released by Netflix itself. (Variety)
  • The physical therapy metaphor (Seth’s Blog)
  • Is the Shirtless Football Scene in ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ Better Than the Shirtless Volleyball Scene in ‘Top Gun’? An Investigation. (The Ringer)

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North of 40 Reflections

Hey, midlife, hey! I’m checking in to see if there’s been any progress on my Fifty Before Fifty bucket list, especially since I need to get at least one item checked off the list this summer (#28). As you may recall, this list was originally the Forty Before Forty bucket list, with ten more items added on my 40th birthday.

Today, on my 43rd birthday, I can’t help but laugh at my pre-COVID naïveté, when my biggest setback was the loss of the Footloose video tutorial on VimeoWho would have known the world was about to shut down for two years!?! Actually, not even the psychic medium Jill and I visited in 2019 – Edna neglected to mention the upcoming global pandemic (see #28)

Anyway, despite COVID, here are the EIGHT items I have done in the past three years:

  • See Hawaii – it has been my dream to take David to Hawaii for his 10th birthday since the day he was born. He will turn 10 less than two months before my 40th so the timing will be tight but I am sure Mike can make this happen.
Our 40-40-10 birthday adventure to Maui
  • WALLPAPER my itty bitty bathroom.
They’re stickers, not wallpaper but I am counting it.
  • Snorkle. Ideally off the Florida Keys. With Kyle Chandler.
Not the Florida Key and without Kyle Chandler but I think off the coast of Maui is good enough
  • Run a Spring marathon (I’ve run marathons in September, October and November only
It was a long painful journey to get to the finish!
  • Ride in a helicopter (ideally while visiting #2)
Did it, done it, never again. I almost peed my pants but it was an amazing way to see Maui
  • Get a reading done by a psychic medium.
Jill and I are still waiting to see accurate results
  • Go to a drive-in movie.
JAWS
  • Train a puppy.
Trained is used loosely

So onward I go. The forties are not so bad despite all the required stretching!

Check out the full list here I think I have about 28 more items to do.

meanwhile, elsewhere

Friday’s online finds: Cozy up and dig in.



Y’all, it’s been a minute – or a month – since I last posted a Friday Finds post. Sorry, May was bonkers-busy! Let’s see – what did I miss, online:

  • Promising early review of the latest Sally Rooney adaptation ‘Conversations With Friends’ for all the fans of Normal People. You know who you are, wink. (Instagram)
  • Saying “No” with Grace (Jocelyn K Glei)
  • Fantasies I Have About My Kids Getting Older (Cup Of Jo)
  • Required uniform for #89. Drift down a river (Dazed)
  • How to recover from a bad or disappointing race (The Runner’s Plate) *Speaking of which, I need to write a Sugarloaf Marathon Race Recap!
  • And maybe I should retire from running and focus on Hot-Girl Walks (The Cut)
  • Although, stay consistent, stay persistent and stay in motion (NYT)
  • I’m into Sharon’s Drawing Shop (Etsy)
  • Emergency
  • Selfish choices – The kind moms aren’t supposed to make (Evil Witches)
  • Awesome wallpaper alert! (Cup Of Jo)
  • And I am currently reading her book, All Adults Here
  • Could this be the perfect Summer mocktail? (Kate la vie)
  • My worst nightmare (Reductress)
  • How “slow down” momfluencer content reframes domestic labor as self-care (Sara Petersen)
  • The Impractical Pleasure of Eating Fish and Chips on the Beach (Bon Appetite). Mental Note: Add to next year’s list.

And if you missed it, here’s the 2022 100 Days of Summer bucket list

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