meanwhile, elsewhere

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


  • Thinking about updating your loungewear (Dreams+Jeans)
  • David’s Instagram recommendation/inspiration
  • + CBC Kids News is an awesome online resource
  • Also, think this says a lot about the leadership in our country — speaking directly to children is especially important (twitter)
  • Queen Margrethe making a dachshund hat is the quarantine vibe we all need right now
  • And on another positive note, Mass Panic Is Unlikely, Even During a Pandemic (Wired)
  • You can stay up as late as you’d like — as long as you’re reading (Design Mom)
  • Watch the Just Released Trailer for The New Bauhaus Documentary (Design Milk)
  • The Absolute Best Way to Cook Pasta, According to Too Many Tests (Food52)
  • And Mark Bittman’s Master List of Interchangeable Ingredients (Heated)
  • Looking at beautiful houses is my happy place. And you can’t get much better than Modernism Week in Palm Springs — have I mentioned the time Mike and I rented cute bikes and rode around Palm Springs. It was dreamy.
  • Des Linden’s twitter always makes me laugh
  • The Elements of a Home: Curious Histories behind Everyday Household Objects, from Pillows to Forks (Rue Mag)
  • I need some buttermilk stat! Oh wait, I can substitute. Cheddar Scallion English Muffin Bread (Joy the Baker)
  • Mo Willems invites YOU into his studio every day for his LUNCH DOODLE (Kennedy Center) — we are on day 5.
  • I’m a zoomer, and I am sure you are too these days (NYT)
  • We just finished the show High Fidelity and I really liked it and of course, now need to rewatch the movie. (The Guardian)
  • How To Run Meetings on Zoom (swissmiss)
  • “This project reminds us that our neighbors aren’t gone, they’re just on the other side of their rainbows — collaborating not just on art but on keeping each other safe.” (A Cup Of Jo) —  our neighbour across the street has rainbows in the window and I think this will be my weekend project!

Love yous. xo

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We’re in the deep end now

Things are not great, and everyone is trying to navigate this storm the best they can, but all that matters is keeping our families and our friend’s families safe, which gives our healthcare system the best fighting chance to save lives. My role is not hard; it’s actually not much different than my life last month…

But with school out and an only child who could easily watch YouTube for 10 hours straight, it means I need to adjust and set a loose schedule for him. Luckily he’s old enough to walk the dog and go for runs, so I am hopeful a solid 70% effort at “work,” a 15% effort at homeschooling and a 15% effort at family-patience-management will suffice. That’s my goal!

Now Is the Perfect Time to Lower the Parenting Bar (The Cut)
Set the bar low.
Lower.
Keep going.
Right there.

No one knows how long this will last, but in addition to the internet and streaming services, here are 10 Things I Hope We Will Appreciate More Than Ever. 

  1. Teachers. Yes, they’re saints, but please remember that teaching is their career, which is why I appreciate David’s teacher, but I have no interest in taking over her job. I don’t know how things will go, but I love this article
  2. : I Refuse to Run a Coronavirus Home School (NYT) “I’m not going to recreate school for them. Judge me all you want. Out of respect for their amazing teachers, I’m making a good-faith effort to get my kids to do the work that’s been sent home, but that does not come anywhere close to filling what would have been a school day. After accomplishing the bare minimum, the agenda is to survive and watch too much TV. We are eating cookies and carbs and hoping for the best. We are loving one another and trying not to go insane.”
  3. Nature. I am sure I’m not the only one who’s been shocked by the number of people who were out-and-about walking and visiting parks and trails which have always been here for us but often underused. I hope we will continue to love and support our environment for years to come.
  4. Books and Puzzles. There comes the point when you just can’t stare at a device any longer. That’s when you’re grateful for the shelves of board games, puzzles and books you’ve meant to read but haven’t. *Note: Use your judgement about playing Monopoly and the game of Life — they can put you in the depths of despair.
  5. Introverts. Not so nerdy now. People are looking to the introverts for advice, inspiration and guidance. When this is over, please don’t mock your introvert-friends when they say they’re not up for going out.
  6. Retail and Restaurants. As someone who loves to eat out and take-out, I am missing this. I can’t wait to get back out there, supporting my favourite local stores and restaurants. And as long as I can, I will continue to order food from our favourite spots. Also, a big shout-out to the folks working overtime at the essential stores. We see you.
  7. Sneakers and online workouts. There is nothing left to do but walk and run. Hopefully, you have a decent pair of sneakers on your feet and can find time and space to keep active. If you are not into that, sit back and watch Yoga With Adrian and pretend it’s TSN. Kristin sent me this, and I can’t stop laughing
  8. Unfinished DIY projects: Good thing we weren’t eager beavers and took care of all the household projects like we kept planning to do. With all this extra time, maybe we will finish one or two items on the list.
  9. Dogs. If anyone is winning, it’s dogs. They’re keeping us sane, they’re giving us an excuse to go for a longer than usual walks. They’re loving that we’re home all the time. Dogs have always been great, but now they’re the greatest.
  10. Art. Need money, cut the art programs and funding! Need space for pre-primary, use the art rooms! But look at who’s bringing joy and calmness to our homes now. Artists! Free concerts and classes are all over the internet and I sure hope we remember this when this is over. We need to support the fine arts by paying for concerts and plays and supporting local artists. I know I plan to do so.
  11. Nurses, doctors and pharmacists oh my! (and anyone else in the healthcare system). I think this is obvious. Thank you!

Be kind to yourself and be kind to one another, but at an appropriate distance.

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meanwhile, elsewhere

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


  • Need something to watch with the kids that’s educational (Common Sense Media)
  • And if you’re bored (Shutterbean)
  • Spread the local love! Local take-out resource (Halifax ReTales) and gift cards.
  • I love this house (The Design Files)
  • An introvert’s nightmare (Reddit)
  • How Ramona Quimby Taught a Generation of Girls to Embrace Brashness (Lit Hub)
  • 100 Women of the Year (Time)
  • Women Who Work (The House That Lars Built)
  • There are lots of How to Work From Home resources popping up but where’s the How to Work From Home When You’ve Been Doing So For Over A Decade But Now The Family Is Invading Your Space. (Elle)
  • Think happy thought… IT’S SPRING!!!! Sockless living is on its way. A new pair of Birkenstocks? This / This / This!
  • I didn’t realize I enjoy Harry Styles until this (Tiny Desk Concerts)
  • Working from home and running—my life is trending (The New York Times)
  • Millions of Chinese people are encouraging each other to stand strong, using the Cantonese expression “jiayou” (“don’t give up”), and children in Italy are writing “andrà tutto bene” (“everything will be all right”) on streets and walls, while countless neighbours are helping each other. (The Correspondent)

And here are some shameless self-plug posts to get your through

  • My home office (here)
  • Reality Bites—working from home (here)
  • 100 films for 100 reasons (here)
  • Binge Worthy—100 tv-shows (here)
  • Ugg Life—my work-from-home hack (here)

I hope you can find a way to go to your happy place. xo

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meanwhile, elsewhere

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


  • Be honest, do you have something like this prepared? And I am not talking about a surplus of toilet paper. (lifehacker)
  • And speaking of toilet paper, this is a very emotional piece about tubeless wipes. Grab a (clean) tissue and read on (NYT)
  • What’s the line between parents/schools/society trying to scale back ac­ademic pressure and children not needing to be accountable for much these days? Optional spelling tests, meal choices, no-win-games—it’s all very confusing. (Motherwell)
  • I need to rework my bucket list: 12 Life Goal Categories (Glide)
  • Cool job posting: Lower Manhattan Explorer in Chief
  • I’m not one to judge—it could have been me (Vice)
  • Lots of juicy information here including Write at the right time. Sharing something at 5pm may keep someone at work longer. You may have some spare time on a Sunday afternoon to write something, but putting it out there on Sunday may pull people back into work on the weekends. Early Monday morning communication may be buried by other things. There may not be a perfect time, but there’s certainly a wrong time. Keep that in mind when you hit send. (Basecamp)
  • “Leaving and Waving,” is nearly three decades of good-byes traditions—the photographer’s parent’s waving goodbye as she drives away. (New Yorker)
  • I feel like this would entice me to drink way more wine… also, does anyone else think that those who purchase this are not needing their wine to stay preserved for 90 days? (Design Milk)
  • Still not watching Love Is Blind but very much relate to the emotions of TV watching (Man Repeller)
  • “Can I Sub This For That?” … NO! (bon appetite)
  • How to make a zine from a single sheet of paper (Austin Kleon)
  • So working from home is a #privilege. I am #blessed. True, but before you jump on board, let me tell you, it ain’t always sunshine and good times—especially when you’re freelancing and not riding on the perks of a company. (NYT)

Happy March Break—we’re heading out on our annual Sunday River adventure… maybe… not sure at this point because the news is moving fast. Faster than the virus. I’ve been asked 1,000 times in the last week if we’re still going and it’s stressing me out. Kind of like when you’re pregnant and everyone has an opinion… everyone has an opinion about this. The thing is, I don’t think there is a right answer because no one knows what’s (and where) going to happen next. If we stay home, Mike could be just as likely to catch it in his office of 200 people or what about all the camps and daycares.

It’s a shitshow out there and perhaps skiing, outside, with a balaclava covering our faces may be the smartest decision for all. That said, I’m not meaning to sound like a selfish prick—if need be, we will turn the car around—if need be, we will self-quarantine—if need be, we will stay home and do as we are told. I hope everyone is extra kind this weekend. Be safe and fucking wash your hands!

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meanwhile, elsewhere

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


  • Access to menstrual products is a right! Period. Bravo Scotland. (NPR)
  • How our solo homes became cocoonsThe idea of making a home into a place for others, as opposed to one’s self, is falling out of style (curbed)
  • I went to a nice store I’d never been inside before and I tried something on. The clerk asked me what the occasion was. I found out from Facebook that my ex-boyfriend was dating Lady Gaga, I told her, and she looked me up and down. “Huh,” she said. “Really?” Yes. The dress was too expensive, but I bought it anyway. Why should I accept less than Lady Gaga?—My Ex-Boyfriend’s New Girlfriend Is Lady Gaga (NYT)
  • I’m a fan of the author above who’s ex-boyfriend’s new girlfriend is Lady Gago, I’ve read a lot of her other articles in The New York Times including I Am 35 and Running Faster Than I Ever Thought Possible (NYT)
  • Whoa! Stop everything, did y’all know there’s a savoury version of a cinnamon roll? Get in my belly ASAP. (Candid Appetite)
  • Here’s when you should (and shouldn’t) trust your gut (Fast Company)
  • What aspects of my life are having the most positive/negative affect on my work?—What aspects of my work are having the most positive/negative affect on my life? (Medium)
  • 5 Very Smart Ways to Use Frozen Hash Browns (Bon Appetit) and Tator Tots are the perfect party appetizer! (A Cup of Jo)
  • All you need is a good idea and then execute. Old camper trailers are big business (thanks Kristin)(Tinker Tin)
  • How ultrarunners are pushing the human body beyond all limits (Wired)
  • What Happened to the Company That Raised Minimum Wage to $70k/yr? As it turns out, things are going pretty damn well (Kottke)
  • This one will definitely be in season 2 of Modern Love: Life Isn’t Like the Movies (Even if You Write the Movies)—A director of romantic comedies finds herself attending weddings with her ex-husband. Who wrote this script? (Modern Love NYT)
  • Hang on, we’re going for a deep dive: After posting this recipe a few weeks ago, my friend recommended I try the Internet-Famous Chickpea Stew. I actually just bought Alison Roman’s cookbook (Nothing Fancy) because that’s totally my style of cooking. I discovered her from a podcast episode (gee thanks, just bought it!) and now think we all need a Matfer Bourgeat Nylon Dough Scraper
  • And if you’re wondering who the heck is Alson Roman, she’s the one breaking the internet apparently (Vox)
  • And here’s the stew (thanks Malcolm)
  • Don’t bother asking me if I’ve watched Love is Blind because the answer is no.
  • The Kids in the Hall to Return to Amazon With New Episodes (VOX)

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