meanwhile, elsewhere

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

  • How the granny panty (underwear) reentered the zeitgeist (Vox)
  • In Defense of Home Cooking (swissmiss)
  • Speaking of which, I made this for the first time, ever! – Recipe Off-Roading with Martha’s famous one-pot pasta (Food52)
  • Let’s Hear It for the Average Child. In this season of prizes and trophies, we salute all the students whose talents lie outside the arena. (NYT)
  • The oceans are in crisis, thanks in part to the beauty industry, but brands are slow to reduce pollution and regulations are sparse — so what now? (Refinery29)
  • Plus, I showed this to David so he can understand a bit more about plastics and sunscreens prior to our trip (Refinery29-YouTube)
  • And, Haha: Vancouver Market Uses Embarrassing Plastic Bags to Shame Customers Into Using Their Reusable Bags (Laughing Squid)
  • The Important Difference Between Loneliness and Solitude (Man Repeller)
  • The rise of meatless meat, explained (Vox)
  • I bet this would be beautiful to see in person (This Is Colossal)
  • The 25 Best High School Movies … I love them all but where is Pump Up The Volume? (The Ringer)
  • CBC Kids asking the best questions (according to Raptors’ Kyle Lowry (USA Today)
  • PB&J Blender Pancakes sound amazing (Running on Veggies)
  • Gratitude literally transforms your brain (Ideapod)
  • Gabe did not lose that fight. She just ran out of days. ♥️ (Sports Illustrated)
  • He’s our collective embarrassing little brother with too much energy, and our mom isn’t keeping him in line, and he’s really humiliating us in front of all the older kids at school. We know. We know… He often, literally, toes the line on the court. What is he exactly? Court jester? Mascot? Part owner? Purposeful distraction to whip the other team up? Who cares. Just let us have him. You get enough. Just give us this one thing. Toronto sports teams, Canada as a whole on a global scale, culturally — we don’t get a lot despite our plentiful but largely ignored contributions. We gave you Schitt’s Creek and you haven’t shut up about it since. Just let us have this. (BuzzFeed)
  • SCHITT to live by (life lessons and motivation for all of us)

Have a fantastic weekend!


40 things i know

Guys, I’m forty! Trying hard not to freak out – I don’t feel forty and from a distance, I don’t think I look forty. Right?

As a kid, when the parents in our neighbourhood turned forty there were parties and crazy-shenanigans going down and I clearly remember thinking they were so old but damn, forty looks fun. So I’m channeling the parents of Frame Subdivision, holding my middle-age head up high and diving into the next decade. F*#k meditation, I think a daily dose of Coach Taylor is the key to my survival:

40 things I’ve learned so far… (or is it forty things I’ve learnt so far?)

  1. Remember to question your own rules, too.
  2. There is always someone better but own what you know.
  3. Need to smile, find a dog.
  4. Painted nails can turn things around.
  5. Take tons of pictures, but edit before posting.
  6. Write it down or take a screenshot.
  7. It’s okay to judge a book by its cover (or wine by its label).
  8. Pie is better than cake.
  9. Choose joy when you can.
  10. Audiobooks are acceptable. Sometimes better (Becoming by Michelle Obama). Same goes for movies but less often (Call Me By Your Name).
  11. I’m not a great cook, but I love entertaining. I don’t entertain because I am insecure about my cooking.
  12. If you don’t have time to visit the museum, go to the gift shop. You’ll get the gist.
  13. It’s never too late to make new friends.
  14. Choices at age twenty may not and do not need to hold up.
  15. Travel. Immerse.
  16. Teamwork is effective.
  17. When camping, always bring a pot.
  18. Sometimes it’s okay to be nosey; it means you’re not selfish.
  19. Share but know that people suck at keeping secrets.
  20. Always have a karaoke song ready. Act accordingly.
  21. You have to get back on the horse that threw you.
  22. Mail it. It means more.
  23. Wear layers. Bring hand warmers.
  24. Ask yourself ‘just who the heck do you think you are?’ in a very non-rhetorical way every once in a while. The answer is important. ― Joy The Baker
  25. You’re stronger than you think you are. Other’s know this more than you.
  26. Break things down in fives (5 minutes, 5 crunches, 5 km); it will make things feel more bearable.
  27. It’s okay to jump on the bandwagon late as long as you arrive with passion (Veronica Mars, Twilight) and it’s okay to brag about the things you knew way ahead of others (Ryan Gosling’s swag in Breaker High, Friday Night Lights, and Serial … when you had to wait a week for a new episode)
  28. Stretch.
  29. At a loss, have eggs for supper.
  30. If the photograph is terrible, change it to black and white.
  31. Signing up for the first step.
  32. Night swimming and skinny dipping. (R.E.M. was on to something special)
  33. Beauty products likely don’t work but splurge if it makes you feel better.
  34. Set BIG goals.
  35. But prepare for BIG failure.
  36. My opinions are not always the same as your opinions (houses and fonts).
  37. When you’re prepared to wait, you won’t have to.
  38. Embrace and protect alone time.
  39. Choose the more comfortable option when it comes to clothing, but do not choose the more comfortable option when it comes to life.
  40. “You can be the ripest, juiciest peach in the world, and there’s still going to be somebody who hates peaches.” ― Dita Von Teese

But honestly, just listen to Brené Brown, she knows way more!

meanwhile, elsewhere

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

  • “My back is going out more often than I am” – How to Be Happy? A Nearly 90-Year-Old Has Some Advice (Glamour)
  • Why I run (swissmiss)
  • People who take notes on their computer or phone – I understand them the least (Inc)
  • The most beautiful travel journal (My Modern Met)
  • I love my friends but I am not sure I could do this (Design Mom)
  • Research. My white walls need a new coat of paint (Real Simple)
  • 10,000 Steps A Day? How Many You Really Need To Boost Longevity (NPR)
  • The Octochamps broke the Spelling Bee (The Atlantic)
  • Gabriele Grunewald has been one of my favourite runners for years. I am thinking of her this week (Sports Illustrated)
  • Come for the chic jumpsuit, stay for the ridiculously hot priest – Why Everyone is Talking About Fleabag and Phoebe Waller-Bridge Right Now (Flare)
  • Claims for superfoods are superficial, supercilious, and superfluous (Heated)
  • Hook a girl up: ROSÉ-FROZÉ (Hither & Thither)
  • Simply the best (Schitt’s Creek)

Have a comfy weekend!