meanwhile, elsewhere

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



  • I think I need to read this daily: 16 Reader Comments on Parenting Teens “Think of puberty as a restart button. I had to re-teach my teens how to make beds, clean a bathroom, say please, apologize, etc. If you remember this aspect, it won’t be so frustrating when they seem to have forgotten all you once taught them.” … “The truth is that raising my teens has been the hardest thing I’ve ever done, but also the most rewarding. Between the fighting the crying and the judgment there are glimpses of beautiful people waiting to emerge once their hormones calm down!” (Cup of Jo)
  • Art Should Be a Habit, Not a Luxury – Just like exercise and sleep, engaging with the arts is a necessity for a full and happy life. (The Atlantic)
  • Loved this episode of Forever 35 Podcast and I loved what she said about the struggles of a creative career vs. her corporate career
  • I made a “Yay! It’s February Cake!” because January was hard. I got the idea from Jenny Rosenstrach of Dinner: A Love Story – and gee, sometimes you need to celebrate the everydays, not just the holiday. And because it is worth sharing, this is the delicious (and very moist) cake I made from the the cookbook of a bakery I visited in Savannah and just loved.
  • I’m invested in Liz Stanley’s whole-home renovation (check out all the highlight stories) should we all move to Montana? (Say Yes)
  • I try and air-dry laundry inside as much as possible – air-drying your clothes can reduce the average household’s carbon footprint by 2,400 pounds a year! (Food52)
  • Good Things
  • Always wear a mask if you have Resting Bitch Face and are tired of old men telling you to “Smile, sweetheart.” – The CDCs Covid-19 Guidelines For Moms Who Are Just So Tired Of This Shit (McSweeney’s)
  • How the Dutch Delivered a Traffic Safety Revolution – The bottom line from our research is that in the U.S. we still are fixated on the idea that it is largely the responsibility of the users — be it pedestrians, cyclists, or operators of vehicles — to keep themselves safe. We conveniently ignore the fact that it is the environment that we have built that has proven to be so deadly for people, even when they exercise due caution. (Bloomberg)
  • I think i found the movie I am going to cheerlead for this year: CODA – it had me with the opening scene on the Ocean and destroyed me with Joni Mitchell’s Both Sides Now.
  • CODA’s Oscar-Favorite Performance Is Even Better When You Understand ASL (Slate)

Happy Olympics. Go CANADA go!

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meanwhile, elsewhere

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



  • House of the week: let’s all obsess about the jade (The Design Files)
  • 10 Micro-Habits That Will Transform Your Life (Wit & Delight)
  • I (no lie) am not cooking for anyone else this week. Call it a strike, walk-out, boycott or just done so, maybe this will encourage me to try again next week (A Cup Of Jo)
  • ‘Once’ Duo Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova Plan First Tour Together in 11 Years (Variety)
  • And remember this? My favourite Oscar moment. Listen to both of their speeches “No matter how far-out your dreams are, it’s possible. And you know, fair play to those who dare to dream and don’t give up… This song was written from a perspective of hope, and hope at the end of the day connects us all no matter how different we are”
  • Kids, back in the day we use to make homemade versions of envelope templates out of old cereal boxes (Spoon & Tamago)
  • An Age-by-Age Guide to Teaching Your Kids Basic Life Skills (Lifehacker)
  • What if friendship, not marriage, was at the center of life? (The Atlantic)
  • Another chilly season of outdoor “fun.” (NYT)

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meanwhile, elsewhere

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



  • Steven Soderbergh takes list-making and documenting to a whole other level with his annual SEEN, READ
  • They bought a blender and now there is a hostage situation (Instagram)
  • Um, Why Are People Releasing Ladybugs Inside Their Homes? (Food52)
  • Just Keep Paddeling (Unravel Halifax)
  • Let’s Settle This
  • Wordle is a love story (NYT)
  • Instagram vs Reality: The Truth Behind Tranquil Photos of Hakone Shrine (PetePixel)
  • Stop Fetishizing Old Homes *my house is +100-years-young so I guess that makes me an old-home snob. (The Atlantic)
  • It’s a loop I and other parents have been stuck in for almost two years, willing ourselves to keep it together just a little bit longer, thinking this time will be the last time, that is, until the next time. – Omicron Means Parents Are Doing It All Again, Except This Time Dead Inside (Romper)
  • Note to self: Install a hot chocolate window in my next house
  • 100 ways to slightly improve your life without really trying (The Guardian)
  • Follow along on the 17-posts story of one person’s experience on the Magnolia Network’s show Homework (Instagram) – and their responce (People)
  • I walk/run by this house a lot so it’s exciting to peek inside! (design\milk)
  • Wait, is this the actual apocalypse? (Motherloving)

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meanwhile, elsewhere

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



  • Sardoodledom (swissmiss)
  • No! Instagram, I come for the photos – fuck Reels. (PetaPixel)
  • Broccoli melts for dinner? Sign me up. Must learn to make focaccia bread. (Dinner A Love Story)
  • Folks, let’s declare it Risotto Season (Food52)
  • 30 Lazy Genious questions for the start of a new year
  • Which wallpaper would you choose? (A Cup Of Jo)
  • And small entry organization hacks (Emily Henderson)
  • Reviewing TikTok’s Unhinged Food Trends (Bon Appétit)
  • Where you will find me in April: (CBC via Amanda)
  • A note of reassurance from your school district regarding our updated omicron policies (McSweeney’s)
  • And I will leave you with this… Things that might not be obvious if you don’t have young kids in your life right now: when kids don’t go to school, they don’t sleep. They have too much energy that hasn’t been used, and a deep, under-the-surface sort of surly sadness that comes of being isolated. They act out, they become different people. The spark goes out of normally sunny kids, their eyes like windows with the shades drawn, or volcanoes of fiery frustration well up within them. This awfulness has gone on so long that when our kids have trouble, my friends and I can no longer tell what’s just them, what’s a normal developmental stage, what’s pandemic damage or what we might be able to blame ourselves for because of the kind of parents we have been forced to become. (MacLean’s via Jenna)

More and less in 2022

+ More dates (with David, Mike and friends)
Less Amazon
+ More yoga
Less scrolling
+ More fruit and veggies
Less spoonfuls of nutella
+ More self-confidence
Less comparison
+ More listening
Less assumptions
+ More cheering
Less buying
+ More swimming

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meanwhile, elsewhere

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



  • Who’s doing the free 30 Day Yoga Journey With Adriene? Let’s MOVE! (YouTube)
  • Why You Should Slack Off to Get Some Work Done. One cautionary point: Pro-leisure science does not give permission to trance out on Twitter or graze Netflix endlessly. (Wired)
  • A killer house – check out the knitting room! (AD)
  • Kids were already drifting away from traditional sports before the pandemic, with ramifications for the entire sports industry. The trend has accelerated in the pandemic – THE E-SPORTS GENERATION (NYT)
  • The Definitive ‘Fast & Furious’ Movie Rankings – I will say for me, my interest faded big time after Paul Walker’s death (The Ringer)
  • What’s the Nicest Thing Anyone’s Ever Said to You? (A Cup Of Jo) *My high school Communication Technology teacher told me I have an excellent perception of measurement, which still means a lot.*
  • I am pretty pleased with my year in books! (Good Reads)
  • You’re not uncool. Making friends as an adult is just hard (wbur)
  • People Got Sick at a Conspiracy Conference. They’re Sure It’s Anthrax. (Vice)
  • What went right in 2021: the top 26 good news stories of the year
  • Also, I think TV got it right in 2021. So many good shows! Top favourites for me are Only Murders In The Building, Station Eleven, Yellowjackets, Mare of Eastown, The White Lotus, Hacks, Love Life S2, Maid, Feel Good S2, Drive To Survive S3 and Sex Education S3! Here are NPR‘s picks.

HAPPY NEW YEAR! Watch TV and go to bed responsibly, please.

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