meanwhile, elsewhere

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


  • This dad won Halloween 2020 (Masable)
  • Virtual Summer (Instagram)
  • No Memory Is Ever Alone: A Photographer Reimagines Family Moments Using Her Dad’s Old Slides (Colossal)
  • When you pour hot milk over these hot chocolate bombs, they melt and magically release the marshmallows and cocoa hiding inside. (I am a food blog)
  • Pandemic Guilt, the downside of living in a bubble. (My Wellbeing)
  • Who doesn’t want an avocado vase? (MoMA Design)
  • ‘It Doesn’t Feel Good When People Hate You:’ Indigenous Lobster Fishers Find Their Lives Upended (VICE by Lindsay!)
  • “People say an experience like this creates a hole in your heart. A hole was certainly made, but it was filled with the love of something I loved so much.” – Chrissy Teigen Wrote a Candid Personal Essay About the Loss of Her Son Jack (Oprah)
  • Artist taking the loss of a sandcastle to a whole new level (My Modern Met)
  • I appreciate her dedication to the deep dive: E4: Lenny & Lisa (Instagram)
  • Jenna Lyons’ new company. Made me look. (LoveSeen)
  • I watched the first episode, meh. (twitter)
  • I read the book – here’s the trailer (youtube)
  • What happens if… (Bored Panda)
  • “COVID refugees” – I know a few, I would be happy to see more of my favourites come here! (Halifax Examiner)
  • Speaking of which: Escapology (Poppytalk)
  • Goosebumps:

Until we meet again, xo

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meanwhile, elsewhere

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


  • No booze, no problem, just don’t call it a mocktail (Inside Hook)
  • Hey, Struggling Runner (Medium)
  • Commonly Used Indigenous Terms & Phrases You May Not Be Familiar With (CBU via Patricia)
  • They can’t change the past, but they can do right by the future – Disney+ adds warning to old movies with racist stereotypes (Motherly)
  • Benjamin Moore just announced that its 2021 Color of the Year is Aegean Teal. It’s an “intriguing blue-green that creates natural harmony and invites us to reflect and reset,” says the company. Amid the tumult of 2020, the comforting hue is the one we want—and the one we need. (Dwell)
  • And: The Surprising Power of Color to Ease Quarantine Anxiety (Art News via Amanda)
  • Why you should still take vacation time during the pandemic (Fast Company)
  • Spoiler: The Crown won’t include the “tampon conversation” and if you have no idea what this is, I direct you to one of my favourite podcasts (You’re Wrong About)
  • I’ve been following their journey for a while: 1,014 recipes in (and counting!), Trent Pheifer is on the culinary journey of a lifetime. (Food52)
  • Squat down to grab something out of a low cabinet, like a colander or a cake pan. If you can stand back up without assistance, you are not in middle age. But, if you slowly tip over onto your side while hissing “Fuckkkkkk this life,” you are! Plus more dramatic ways to reveal whether you’re middle-aged (New Yorker)
  • My sister sent this link to my family saying it’s me. I take it as a compliment (Baroness Von Sketch—What did you do this morning? via Erin)
  • A “Little Peek” in Maine (Berman Horn Studio)
  • Swim Wild (swissmiss)
  • And something to fill the Schitt’s Creek Void—I follow all recommendations from Brené Brown and she did not let me down with this show (Variety)

Until we meet again, xo

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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