What have you lovely lot been up to? Chet and I went to an aquarium (in Chattanooga) last weekend, which is our favorite way to celebrate his birthday. And tomorrow I’m flying to Kentucky to hang out with my mom for the weekend. Summer – SLOW DOWN! Hope you’re having a great Wednesday, and here are a few interesting internet offerings…
“How Pixar’s open sexism ruined my dream job.”
The forgotten story of The Radium Girls, whose deaths saved thousands of workers’ lives.
An advertising campaign that highlights the remarkable.
Dealing dead people’s things.
Looking into reading options for when I’m done binge watching E.R.
How science is saving ballet dancers.
A summer reading list curated by Ann Friedman and readers of her weekly newsletter.
The arrest of a Russian belly dancer exposed simmering tensions in Cairo’s belly-dancing scene.
Great sale if you love OXO products. (*raises hand*)
The rise and fall of the family-vacation road trip.
This documentary looks NUTS!
Sign up HERE to be a rapid response volunteer for immigrant parents and their children.
P.S. A few Finding Delight posts you may have missed — Book Review: The Newlyweds by Nell Freudenberger and 18 Movies to Watch When You’re Hibernating (because sometimes summertime heat is cause for hibernating in the A.C.).
What are you up to this week? As I mentioned in this post, things are slowing down for a few weeks around these parts. I’ll happily take the opportunity to watch the new season of Orange Is The New Black and read this book. If you’re in need of some entertainment of your own, may I recommend the following links…
What is an Irish Exit? And why it’s not actually that rude.
Remember when I said I wanted to move NOLA? This charming creole cottage is giving me ALL the feels.
What it’s like to spend a day with a Venezuelan government minder.
Make your own beach house pillow!
How much businesses pay to get on those big blue exit signs.
How Kim Kardashian pushed the boundaries of celebrity pregnancy.
Stop pretending to be outraged by Kathy Griffin’s video.
Related: So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson
Real World: Seattle’s Irene opens up about getting slapped by a guy on the show.
The ultimate guide to creating your bucket list!
Related: My Reverse Bucket List
The internet is where we share — and steal — the best ideas.
I’ve been listened to the podcast At Home With and the episode with By Terry founder, Terry De Gunzburg made me want to go out and by this and this.
Y’all know I love commitment.
Wednesday again! What are y’all up to? Chet and I got dressed up and went to The Frost Museum on Saturday night for the opening of the Shakespeare’s First Folio exhibit. It’s always fun to have a reason to get cute AND geek out simultaneously. Haha! The book was open to the “To be or not to be” page of Hamlet which was definitely a nice choice. There’s just something so wrong about a book behind glass though. I wanted to flick through it so bad! Wouldn’t it be amazing to feel all that history at your finger-tips? I’m headed to Bowling Green, KY on Friday and I’m looking forward to giving some friends a squeeze. But what should I pack?! Half a year in Miami and I’ve already forgotten how to Winter. In the name of packing procrastination, let’s wander around the internet…
Bill Maher, Charlie Sheen, and modern day snake oil.
Why are men missing from the Zika Virus warnings?
A video game that mixes animation and magical realism to tell the story of a family’s profound loss.
A rape case which highlights differences in legal cultures and the colonial dynamic in the nineteenth century.
Broadly documents the fight to end revenge porn.
Leslie Knope + Ann Perkins = BFF
A yummy Valentine’s treat.
Thoughts on Gilmore Girls.
Remy Charlip and the problems of dance notation.
Financial advisor for millennials.
I totally want to stay at this Icelandic hostel.
Lessons from the longest study on happiness.
Hi y’all! Hope everyone impacted by Winter Storm Jonas enjoyed their snow days. We had a picnic lunch by the ocean on Saturday and I enjoyed snapping pictures to send to my home-bound snow bunnies up north. Heehee! A sun-spotted sea captain warned me that I could still get sun-burned in “this cold weather.” (It was 70 degrees.) Noted, sir. This week I’m enjoying working with the sliding door in my bedroom wide open and re-watching the first season of Downton Abbey in the evenings (I’ve finally convinced Chet to watch it!). Have a lovely rest of your week, and here are a dozen things for you to click on if you so desire…
Have more Disney princesses than Ariel had their voices stolen?
Mass incarceration has created “million dollar blocks” in poor neighborhoods.
This Indian village welcomes the birth of baby girls in a beautiful (and smart) way.
A Jewish transgender man embraces life as a single father.
The ladies of So You Think You Can Dance – Season 12 are as fierce as ever.
This face mask sounds amazing!
Very clever tiny house design.
What do you think about this Making a Murderer theory?
I’m definitely guilty of taking a stealth vacation or two.
A few sites to see on the drive from Miami to Naples.
The birth of the Academy Awards.
Britney Spears is all of us. #SpiritAnimal
P.S. If you’re looking for a page-turner, I recently finished The Girl on the Train! So fast paced and gripping!
P.P.S. ICYMI – Baby Animals! Easy DIY on a Dollar Tree budget!
Hey friends! We had the best time this weekend! Thankfully, Hurricane Erika turned into just a bit of rain by the time she reached us on Sunday. Now we’re back to hot and sunny days and floating in the pool whenever we get a free hour. Despite the gloomy weekend weather, we managed to pack in trips to Ikea (followed by several hours of furniture assembly), a little gyro shop, and an arcade. And I’ve already been loving working from my new desk this week! Hope you have a wonderful Wednesday, and here are some links for you to enjoy…
A modern twist on Degas’ depictions of dancers off-stage moments.
Photographer runs off to join the carnival (for 3 months).
September means lots of soup for dinner, right?
This season of So You Think You Can Dance has been awesome! Proof. More proof.
Looking to develop a new hobby this month? How about upping your art skills!
Scientific proof that nice guys don’t always finish last.
Swooning over this kitchen. I’m white tile obsessed these days!
Parents: Little kids are weird as hell. Just embrace it.
It runs in the family.
Do you implement these strategies? I try to!
P.S. Choosing to do better and My Reverse Bucket List.
What are you up to this week, loves? We saw a Bluegrass band play Monday night at the weekly Southland Jamboree. It was nice to have an excuse to eat dinner outside and we even (accidentally) showed up matching. It took my mom pointing it out for us to notice! Thanks for all your love on my barrage of social media activity about our recent trip to Savannah. I had such a wonderful time and can’t wait to go back. And shout out to the new Mr. and Mrs. Berger!
OH, and speaking of Savannah, thanks to the million hour car ride I’m now obsessed with Snapchat. So…follow me at bberg1012 if you’re into Snappin’! Now onto the links…
America falls behind on language learning.
These new homes offer a (submerged) sea view.
A true icon of dance.
Your yoga flow with x-ray vision.
Illustrator says, “…animals lives are so sad and so weird.”
The shape of a healthy spine may surprise you.
Many women’s prisons use periods to punish inmates.
What to do on a short stay in Savannah.
A podcast featuring an interview with one of my ballin’ on a budget muses, Leanne Brown.
Absurdly unequal use of the term terrorism.
To Kill a Mockingbird tank for the literary lady.
Where my speech folks at? #ballotshame
The ballet world is simultaneously beautiful and brutal. It’s dancers are nails-tough. Did you ever dance? I took ballet from the time I was itty-bitty all the way through my freshman year of college and have the terrible knees, cracking ankles, and hip turnout to prove it. Not to mention, I still find buns to be the most effective and classic, no-nonsense hairstyle. Ha!
Ballet is magical! If you agree, you may want to check out the following…
Here are a few Instagram accounts–
As well as a “day in the life” interview with Anna Tsygankova, a ballerina at Het Nationale Ballet who trained at The Bolshoi!
I’ve loved delving into the worlds of real-life dancers ever since I was in elementary school and checked this book out from the library over and over again. The discipline, grace, and passion of professional ballerinas is such wonderful inspiration!
(Top photo via here, bottom photo via The National Ballet of Canada.)