meanwhile, elsewhere

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



  • Mi’kmaw artist Sarah Hannon beaded together Indigenous History and Pride for this month’s (CBC Arts) logo (CBC)
  • The death of the girlboss – If Hollis’s fetish for relentless, unstoppable work and comparison of herself to the creator of the Underground Railroad is a prime example of a girlboss gone wild, so was the swift backlash. (Vox)
  • Hey mom, here are some garlic scapes recipe ideas (Food52)
  • ETHAN HAWKE on being creative (Open Culture)
  • Lin-Manuel Miranda Addresses ‘In the Heights’ Casting Criticism (NYT)
  • But the trailer gives me goosebumps
  • “I’m a girl, no biggie” – Three Transgender Kids Share Their Stories (A Cup Of Jo)
  • Good news, I can keep applying DOVE – Are Natural Deodorants Really Better for You? Much of the marketing suggests that they’re safer than more traditional underarm products, but that hype is not based on science. (NYT)
  • My love language: Summer + Sandwiches (Kitchn)
  • And Now, Crocs with Stiletto Heels (NPR)
  • Should I put a houseboat on the Wallace River and rent it out? (Thrillist)
  • I’m rereading books I read when I was way younger. Up next: A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
  • Sometimes I show up for myself, and sometimes I show up for Benji! (Texas Monthly)
  • Very important information for the strawberry season (Kitchn)

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meanwhile, elsewhere

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



  • A human library (Upworthy)
  • Who designed the eighties? (Open Culture)
  • Silver Linings. The pandemic obliged—or enabled—many women to go gray (The New Yorker)
  • There’s nothing moderate, or convivial, about the way many Americans drink today.
    Although both men and women commonly use alcohol to cope with stressful situations and negative feelings, research finds that women are substantially more likely to do so. And they’re much more apt to be sad and stressed out to begin with: Women are about twice as likely as men to suffer from depression or anxiety disorders—and their overall happiness has fallen substantially in recent decades. (The Atlantic)
  • Bird-friendly coffee! Check out my friends at Totem Roasters collaboration with bird conservation organizations including one supporting of the Nova Scotia Bird Society! (Café Bird Friendly Coffee)
  • Oliver Burkeman’s last column: the eight secrets to a (fairly) fulfilled life – After more than a decade of writing life-changing advice, I know when to move on. Here’s what else I learned (The Guardian)
  • My Ear Hustle buddies have a book coming out. I have been very invested in this podcast since day one and their success is such a joy (honestly, I cried the day Earlonne was released)
  • Fingerspelling
  • YouTube is my biggest enemy when it comes to parenting (Motherwell)
  • Fake Famous is the sad reality, and BuzzFeed is not happy.
  • A Guide To Gender Identity Terms (NPR)
  • Summer water (Joy The Baker)

(image: “I booked a hotel room with a clawfoot tub the color of eggshells and a window with a fire escape and a view of the street below. because on my fortieth birthday, I needed to feel a little bit like I was living the life my fourteen year-old self dreamt of.“)

meanwhile, elsewhere

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



  • Self-Care That’s Free (A Cup of Jo)
  • Somewhat related… Joanna Goddard, of Cup of Jo, is interviewed by her twin on the new podcast Gravity. I very much recommend the listen.
  • Swatch’s Bold Move Toward a Post-Plastic Future With BIOCERAMIC (Design\Milk)
  • The hybrid workplace probably won’t last. Having some people work from home while their teammates are in the office runs counter to much of what makes organizations tick (Boston Globe)
  • In Giphy search, type in the year you turned 13. Me:
1992
  • The Underrated Pleasures of Eating Dinner Early – yes! Although not coming home to the babysitter until the kids are asleep is way more pleasurable. (The New Yorker via Anna)
  • Speaking of babysitters… I introduced David to the classic, Adventures in Babysitting and he loved it.
  • Making herself vulnerable, she joins other noteworthy athletes in pushing the once-taboo subject into the open (NYT)
  • David-approved career idea (Colossal)
  • At-home learning push(ed) many Nova Scotia parents to the breaking point and I am one of them (Saltwire)
  • Step Inside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’s Sustainable L.A. Farmhouse (AD)
  • Creepy but true says the person who’s currently shopping for a better smartwatch: We Know What You Did During Lockdown (Kottke)
  • Why do you want to unsubscribe {{not to this, obviosuly}} (McSweeney’s)

(image – 10 Thrilling Facts About Adventures in Babysitting)

meanwhile, elsewhere

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



  • A friendship counter – The evolutionary psychologist Robin Dunbar explains the limits on how many connections humans can keep up, and the trade-offs involved when you invest in a new relationship. (The Atlantic)
  • Who wouldn’t want a strawberry table (Apartment Therapy)
  • Fun fact, I have never made it through this theme song without crying (HuffPost)
  • What If I Run Out of Time to Decide About Kids? (Outside)
  • An Architect’s Breathtaking Mid-Century Home (The Design Files)
  • Enjoy TODAY with a cute bag (KroftSudio via Beth)
  • Bookmarking this for Sundae Buddy Sunday – 9 Sundae (Funday) Sauces (Food52)
  • Something I already try to do is send real mail on birthdays, as thank yous and just because: I Want To Thank YouHow a Year of Gratitude Can Bring Joy and Meaning in a Disconnected World
  • Work remote, but not at home (The New Yorker) but whatever you do, know that commuting is psychological torture
  • At last: Hugs (NYT)

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100 Days of Summer (if we’re lucky)

It’s my eighth year of the 100 Days of Summer Bucket List, and yet again, here we are in lockdown with no clue what summer will bring, but as George Micheal sang, I got to have faith. Faith that we will have a summer of friends, family and fun – even if it’s limited to our province.

Summer is not cancelled, and we need to continue doing what we can to stay positive and embrace the power of fresh summer air. So here I go, another very modified bucket list. I anticipate some restrictions will be lifted but have decided not to worry about doing my usual carry-overs. Another year without Shakespeare in the Park. Ha.

As always, the rules are simple, summer starts this weekend (the long weekend of May) and ends on the last day of September. I hope, with all my heart, to take on these adventures with family and friends.

100 Days of Summer 2021

  1. Night hike with my mom (on her trails)
  2. Night swim
  3. Night kayak
  4. Make a peach pie
  5. Make a rhubarb pie
  6. Make a banana cream pie
  7. Run with friends/Road Hammers again
  8. Run to the Bike and Bean
  9. Have a sushi picnic
  10. Eat ice cream in a cone
  11. Go trail running
  12. Have a campfire
  13. Eat s’mores
  14. Bike a trail
  15. Paddleboard down the Wallace River
  16. Paddleboard in the Northwest Arm
  17. Swing off the river rope
  18. Build a dock or finish the driveway or both!
  19. Patio dining and patio drinking
  20. Sleep in a tent
  21. Set out on a walk – meet a friend halfway
  22. Take a dip in the ocean
  23. Drink beer from a cooler
  24. Go for a beach walk
  25. Hike the new trails at Cape Split
  26. Hike the Bluff
  27. Apply sunscreen every freaking day
  28. Swim in my aunt’s pond
  29. Work outside
  30. Make peach marmalade
  31. Kayak (or canoe) the canal
  32. Go neighbourhood stalking with friends
  33. Expand neighbourhood stalk: guest posts in other cities!
  34. Stroll along the waterfront
  35. Cocktails by Cameron on the patio
  36. Try ice-dying
  37. Get a haircut
  38. Buy new Birks
  39. Make rhubarb syrup for (virgin) cocktails
  40. Dance in the rain
  41. Play four-squares
  42. Play croquet
  43. Play spike ball
  44. Drinks on my inlaw’s patio
  45. Go for a run and jump in the water right after
  46. Eat a lobster roll
  47. Eat fish tacos
  48. Eat a Kaiser’s sub
  49. Have a lunch date
  50. Have a brunch date (Almonak)
  51. Play hooky
  52. Yoga outside
  53. Discover a new beach
  54. Have root beer floats
  55. Get 10,000 steps every day
  56. Grow flowers from seed
  57. Road trip to visit a friend
  58. Take the ferry to Dartmouth
  59. Host (at least one) Youth Running Series race
  60. Summer wreath-making party
  61. Backyard outdoor movie night
  62. Run and jump off a dock without knowing the temperature of the water
  63. Go to a drive-in movie
  64. Road trip to Just Bloom Flower Farm
  65. Find a waterfall
  66. Bike to Bedford
  67. Visit the ocean after work
  68. Watch the sailboats on Sullivan’s Pond
  69. Send mail every week
  70. Make popsicles
  71. Stargaze
  72. Only use the clothesline
  73. Nova 7 in a can!
  74. Rent a cottage
  75. Re-do my 5km time trial
  76. Snorkel (or learn to scuba dive) with David
  77. Play sandbar rake tag
  78. Make giant bubbles with my nieces
  79. Make strawberry shortcake
  80. Get a bird feeder
  81. Celebrate Sunday Buddy Sundae
  82. Find and photograph lupins
  83. Run to a lighthouse
  84. Eat from a food truck
  85. Visit Tatamagouche Ice Creamery (at least once)
  86. Play tennis
  87. Drift down a river
  88. Go berry picking
  89. Go whale watching
  90. Yard sale
  91. Go out, wear clogs
  92. Take a “lunch” break – get fresh air (daily!)
  93. Organize and play a night game (not game night)
  94. Take a class/workshop (online)
  95. Make potato salad
  96. Dole Whip at the Chicken Burger
  97. Get fully vaccinated
  98. Watch the sunrise at the ocean
  99. Watch the sunset at the ocean
  100. Watch 500 Days of Summer

Here are my lists from 20202019 2018, 2017, 2016,  20152014