meanwhile, elsewhere

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

  • The tragedy of the leaf blower is that it makes assholes of us all: The Devil’s Hair Dryer (CityLab)
  • I found the perfect winter coat (Moncler)
  • I want them all. (NYT)
  • Amazon says “The perfect holiday gift for family and friends!”: New Erotica for Feminists: Satirical Fantasies of Love, Lust, and Equal Pay (Amazon)
  • When drinking hot chocolate, I do not care if it’s organic, vegan and paleo with a hint of reishi mushrooms (Amazon)…
  • …But, I will eat these (Minimalist Baker)
  • Is there an Instagram feed for tech bros who bake bread yet? Do You Even Bake, Bro? (Eater)
  • And speaking of Instagram, I decided to stop following her (BuzzFeed)
  • Homemade holiday gift ideas if you’re not already busy enough (Shutterbean)
  • Puberty for the Middle-Aged: Forty-five-year-old women need a version of “the talk,” because our bodies are changing in ways that are both really weird and really uncomfortable. (NYT)
    but… it’s not too bad. Not too bad at all…
  • The blessing of aging (New Yorker)
  • It’s the Alcoholidays! (design crush)
  • I am one of those people who complains about how Amazon is very likely ruining the world but who buys things via Amazon regularly, and for that you may call me a hypocrite but also lump me into the same camp as pretty much everyone, in some way or another. Yes, I was also once a vegetarian who wore leather; I apologize. At least I didn’t eat bacon then. What Amazon Reviews Reveal About Humanity (BuzzFeed)
  • Something I should have saved from my childhood (

And if you’re wondering where all of the circles of images are, I am changing things up. A bit of a time saver so I can actually post content that’s mine + more mobile-friendly. Tis the season to tinker. 

PS. There’s still time to place an order for my Hello 2019 Desktop Calendar! Deadline, December 3. Thanks!


meanwhile, elsewhere

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

  • Overcoming Imposter Syndrome (Design*Sponge)
  • Jigsaw puzzle mashups (Boing boing)
  • They screwed up coffee; imagine what the cocktails will taste like (Extra Crispy)
  • Why Reading Is the Most Intelligent Thing You Can Do {Even Twilight? Because that’s what I am currently reading} (Inc.)
  • Nooooooo: Pine nuts might be making you ‘taste’’ what’s inside your digestive system, instead of what’s in your mouth. Vom emoji (Munchies)
  • What If Makeup Didn’t Have to Be a Tentpole of Womanhood? (Man Repeller)
  • This 3-year-old golden doodle named Professor Bunsen Honeydew has a 9 to 5 job at Mount Sinai’s children’s hospital where he has his very own business cards — here’s what his day is like {excuse me while I grab a box of kleenex} (Business Insider)
  • “Firefighters are consistently ranked the most beloved public servants, not just because they look good on calendars but because they treat everyone equally. Rich people don’t get their own ‘better’ firefighters, or at least they aren’t supposed to.” (The Atlantic)
  • Bess Kalb, twenty-nine: Kalb started a screenplay, talked about it to at least thirty friends and family members and two Uber drivers, and then never finished it (The New Yorker
  • The Watcher… oh hell no, I can’t even imagine! (The Cut)
  • I actually made this and Mike actually liked it (Running on Veggies)
  • My favourite pastime doesn’t sound so sketchy when written as a children’s book (Amazon)

Bundle up and have a great weekend!

PS. There’s still time to place an order for my Hello 2019 Desktop Calendar! Deadline, December 3. Thanks!


13 reasons why

Today is Henry’s (Hank, Fuzzy Peach, Budders) 13th birthday! It’s been a rough few months, but we’re here. Last night at his vet appointment (our monthly visits are kind of like walking into Cheers… where everybody knows his name) the doctor told me to get him a cheeseburger and celebrate the day!

So in doing so, here are 13 reasons why Henry is the best! (because every dog is the best dog ever).

  1. He has had the same stuffie since the first day we got him
  2. We had to teach him how to swim, but now he loves the water
  3. He loves his friends and family
  4. There isn’t a mud puddle he hasn’t enjoyed

  5. He loves snow
  6. He’s a pretty awesome big brother
  7. He hates cars but loves boats (kind of)
  8. He has worked by my side (under my desk) for 11 years
  9. His favourite place to be is in the woods
  10. Even as a model, he’s always been shy
  11. He puts up with kids, despite being an old soul
  12. He’s okay posing for the billion photos I’ve taken of him
  13. He makes me happy


meanwhile, elsewhere

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

  • I did this (Man Repeller)
  • 100 Must-Read Books Of 2018 (#91 is the next-up on my list) (Medium)
  • A Final Proving Ground for Guide Dogs to the Blind: Midtown Manhattan: A school for Seeing Eye dogs uses the chaos of New York City as its ultimate test when matching young dogs with their blind masters. (NYT)
  • Great! I love Dove (Peta)
  • What if All I Want is A Mediocre Life? (A Life in Progress)
  • Brown Point Shoes Arrive, 200 Years After White Ones (NYT)
  • NASA Astronaut Completes Boston Marathon in Space (Space)
  • Chief of Disguise: Coolest job title ever (Kottke)
  • Here’s what happened when I quit drinking a year ago (The Washington Post)
  • Everyone Should Host a ’70s Dinner Party Exactly Once: “It’s offensive to my eyes,” he said, “but only mildly insulting to my taste buds.” (Grub Street)
  • Plantfluencers (NYT)
  • Scratch Thanksgiving, I’m bookmarking this for Christmas (Shutterbean)

One good thing about the Fall: Amazing movies (Go. Now!)

Have a great weekend!

PS. There’s still time to place an order for my Hello 2019 Desktop Calendar! Deadline, December 3. Thanks!

it’s calendar time

Mark your calendar, 2019 is coming!

The Hello 2019 desktop calendars are in production and I am taking orders now! This year I have decided to give 50% of the earnings to a special organization that is near and dear to my heart: The Canadian Association for Williams Syndrome. I wrote about my buddy Aden a few years ago and it gives me so much joy to be able to support his family and their hard work with CAWS.

The cost of a calendar is $10 (and $8 if you already have a case and just want a refill).

Thanks to all of my great friends and family, last year I was able to donate more than $200 to both Hope For Wildlife and Feed Nova Scotia!

Here’s a look at the Hello 2019 calendar (hello stocking stuffer):

If you are interested in one (or more!), please send a private request and payment to before December 3 (be sure let me know if you want a case) and once the calendars are ready, I will contact you and make arrangements for pickup. *If need them mailed, I will add shipping to the cost. 

Everyone near and far will receive their calendar by December 23.

I hope you enjoy this year’s calendar as much as I enjoy making them. And I hope all my loyal refill clients are up for supporting CAWS.


Here’s some information on The Canadian Association for Williams Syndrome (CAWS):

CAWS provides support to Williams syndrome individuals, their families, and caregivers, coast-to-coast. Our grassroots, parent-volunteer run organization is on a mission to spread awareness, raise funds, support research and connect families touched by Williams syndrome. We are a small but mighty National Registered Charity, whose impact can be felt in tiny towns and big cities across Canada.

We strive to connect families, researchers, caregivers and medical professionals across Canada; building a national community to help those with Williams syndrome reach their full potential. We support families through initial diagnosis, the school system, post-secondary schooling opportunities, and skills training, adult employment and housing.

What is Williams Syndrome?

Williams syndrome is a rare genetic condition that is present at birth. It is caused by a spontaneous genetic deletion of a small stretch of 26-28 adjacent genes on chromosome 7, including the elastin gene and can affect anyone. It occurs equally in males and females, in all cultures and to birth parents of all ages.

Williams syndrome brings medical issues, including sometimes life-threatening cardiovascular disease, developmental delays, social challenges and learning disabilities. At the same time, those with Williams syndrome exhibit striking verbal abilities, highly social personalities and an affinity for music. Williams syndrome is thought to occur in approximately 1 in 10,000 births.

While accurate, this clinical description falls short of describing the vast and varied qualities that make Williams syndrome individuals some of the most memorable people you’ll meet. Their highly social personality often manifests in an open-hearted approach to life, a love of meeting new people and a joyful spirit.

There are challenges too. There are health concerns to be monitored or managed at every stage of life. Early intervention, such as speech therapy, occupational therapy and physical therapy is invaluable. Learning disabilities make navigating the education system challenging.

Many with Williams syndrome have difficulty with numbers, spatial relations and abstract reasoning. This can make everyday tasks harder.

In adulthood, supportive housing helps individuals with Williams syndrome live to their fullest potential. Contribution to the community is made through volunteering or paid employment.

The desktop calendar is about the size of a CD case: ~5″w x 5.5″h


Thank you for your support!