meanwhile, elsewhere

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

  • The 4-Second Workout (NYT)
  • Bono writes fan mail and one of the songs happens to be on my list of top-5 songs ever. Any guesses which one?
  • Now I want an air fryer (A Beautiful Mess)
  • This fun hack kept David amused for a solid 5 minutes (Bored Panda)
  • Nightmares. Tantrums. Regressions. Grief. Violent outbursts. Exaggerated fear of strangers. Even suicidal thoughts. In response to a call on social media, parents across the country shared with NPR that the mental health of their young children appears to be suffering as the weeks of lockdown drag on.
  • And, It’s Not Children’s Education We Should Worry About, It’s Their Mental Health (Forbes via Erin)
  • Practical “Dadvice” for everyday tasks (YouTube)
  • And, IKEA’s quarantine campaign illustrates six ways to make furniture forts (Design Boom)
  • Why I don’t feel safe wearing a face mask. I’m a Black man living in this world. I want to stay alive, but I also want to stay alive. (Boston Globe)
  • Women’s determination to be seen, to be heard, to matter, is greeted with puzzlement, exasperation, and anger. (Bitch Media)
  • Mrs. America Season 1 Trailer

Until we meet again, xo

(image via Amanda: On Saturday, May 23, Fogo Island and Change Islands residents are invited to celebrate our annual Quilt Day! It’s time to air out all those gorgeous quilts after a long winter of cozying up in them and “decorate” our islands with a cacophony of colours and patterns. #fogoislandquiltday)

100 Days of Summer (Call It Maybe)

For the last six years, this has been an exciting weekend for me—a time of big dreams and big goals as I look ahead towards a summer of awesomeness. But here we are, on the eve of the May long weekend and I am launching year seven of my 100 Day of Summer Bucket List with no clue what summer will bring.

These are crazy times, friends. I thought about cancelling my list—because almost everything else has been cancelled, but summer is not cancelled, and we need to do what we can to stay positive and embrace the power of fresh summer air. So here I go, a very modified bucket list. I am anticipating some restrictions will be lifted but have decided not to worry about doing my usual carry-overs. Another year, another year without Shakespeare in the Park.


There’s a good chance that by the power of Dr. Strang, some of these can’t happen, but as the proverb says, “It’s better to have tried and failed than to live life wondering what would’ve happened if I had tried.” —Alfred Lord Tennyson.

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.

  1. Sunset walk at Shannon Park
  2. Hike with my mom … (six feet apart)
  3. Teach Miles how to swim
  4. Yoga outside
  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
  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
  25. Bike a trail
  26. Run a trail
  27. Patio dining and patio drinking… (I hope it’s not my patio only)
  28. Learn how to play chess
  29. Learn how to play cribbage
  30. Visit a beer garden, have a beer … (I hope it’s not my garden only)
  31. Paint word rocks and plant them around the North End
  32. Learn to garden and grow herbs
  33. Make pesto and guacamole from my bounty
  34. Sleep in a tent
  35. Tale a dip in the ocean
  36. Drink beer from a cooler
  37. Go for a beach walk… (please please please Dr. Strang)
  38. Apply sunscreen every freaking day
  39. Get 10,000+ steps every freaking day
  40. Swim in my aunt’s pond
  41. Night swim
  42. Night walk
  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
  55. Have a lunch date
  56. Have a brunch date
  57. Plan my 2021 calendars
  58. Plan my holiday cards
  59. Finish (at least one) photo album
  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
  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)
  75. Make a banana split
  76. Make an ice cream cake
  77. Make strawberry shortcake
  78. Do a push-up challenge
  79. Find and photograph lupins
  80. Send flowers to a friend
  81. Deliver something baked to a friend
  82. Eat from a food truck
  83. Watch Hamilton
  84. Finish reading Little Fires Everywhere
  85. Watch Little Fires Everywhere
  86. Play tennis
  87. Spend an evening on my in-law’s patio… (if we allowed bursting my in-law’s bubble)
  88. Drift down a river
  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)
  94. Buy a new mini jean skirt (despite my age)
  95. Make potato salad
  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

Here are my more adventurist lists from 2019 2018, 2017, 2016,  20152014

meanwhile, elsewhere

It’s the Victoria Day long weekend online finds: Cozy up, dig in and if you plan to party, please behave.

  • How lovely would one of these be for your outdoor decorating (Freckled Sage)
  • A guide to white privilege (Courtney AHN Design)
  • Why White Parents Need to Do More Than Talk to Their Kids About Racism (Time)
  • How Coronavirus Will Change the Way We Build Homes (Apartment Therapy)
  • For all of us with a void in our life now that Schitt’s Creek is over (BuzzFeed via Sophie)
  • Mini Dutch Baby Pancakes (Kitchn)
  • And my favourite hand cream (Weleda)
  • Did anyone get a Peleton? Here’s a positive review (The Runner Beans) but I’d rather get one of these
  • Putting this here for my future self because I’m nerdy and I love Google Sheets (Fast Company)
  • Nearly Half of Men Say They Do Most of the Home Schooling. 3 Percent of Women Agree. (NYT)
  • Joshua Jackson is married and has a baby. This is how I took the news:

  • If you were wondering, yes her kitchen looks just like the ones in her movies (Curbed)
  • Not cool. Women, when your rise to the top, do NOT do so by pushing other women down! But, I still stand by her stew. Plus, her apology was sincere.
  • No excuses: Free downloadable postcards to send love in difficult times. However, I strongly encourage you to stock up from your favourite store or vending machine!

Until we meet again, xo