What have you been up to? My birthday was over the weekend, and I had the perfect day! Chet made a bunch of envelopes for me to open throughout the day, each with a different activity for us to complete. We went to the bagel place up the road for breakfast, hit up the thrift stores, browsed the bookstore so I could pick out some book gifts, and even saw the Downton Abbey movie! Hope you all have a great rest of your week, and here are some internet treasures I thought I should pass along…
Schools should go back to teaching teens Adulting 101.
A pro athlete on what to pack for every type of hike.
Royal correspondents on what it’s like to write about Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton.
How living near a Trader Joe’s can affect home values.
Everything you need in a 72-hour emergency backpack.
36 hours in Milwaukee.
I wonder if this lint roller works.
Will you be listening to this podcast?
This map shows you what Indigenous lands you’re living on.
The most adorable jacket for fall.
Jojo Moyes has been accused of publishing a novel with crazy similarities to another book.
The ancient world was full of warrior women.
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What are you up to this week? We actually started a Whole 30 on Monday. Have you ever done one? Any tips?? We seem to be right on track with the timeline of symptoms for completely cutting out sugar. Days 2-3 are known as The Hangover phase and “many Whole30ers report headaches, fatigue, and general malaise.” Haha, noted. Hope you have a good one, and eat a baked good for me! Now, on to the links…
A solar eclipse is coming to America (Aug 21!). Here’s what you’ll see where you live.
New neuroscience reveals 4 rituals that will make you happy.
Downton Abbey movie is in the works!!! (In case you’re wondering what Lady Mary is up to.)
Related: For the love of DOWNTON!
Every year, the sky “rains fish.” Explanations vary.
Do emoji have grammar?
This title made me laugh.
Armed with science (and snark), a gynecologist takes on Trump, Goop, and all manner of bizarre health trends.
Applying lessons from cholera to the opioid crisis.
Inside New York City’s housing crisis.
This food bank goes beyond the pantry and invests in the local community.
Love crafting but hate shopping for supplies? Check out this subscription service.
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State-sanctioned efforts to keep the incarcerated from reproducing began in the early 20th century and continue today.
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I recently plowed through 5 seasons of Downton Abbey and am still feeling the after-effects of the obsession. I’d seen the first few seasons before but once Chet agreed to watching it, I was all in for the long haul. Now I’m just trying to decide if I should go ahead and spring for the DVD set of season 6 or save it for a rainy day! Anyways, if you’re feeling similarly Downton-Obsessed with nowhere to turn, I’ve rounded up a few items you may want to add to your To Do list (especially if you’ve just watched the series finale and don’t want to say goodbye so soon!)…
Start talking like the Dowager Countess by studying these 39 Best Quotes.
Throw a Downton Abbey themed party complete with tea party printables and Lady Mary Cocktails.
There are plenty of books out there to fill the Downton Abbey-size hole in your heart. Check out 14 Books to Read If You Love Downton Abbey and Ten Books To Survive Downton Abbey Withdrawal if you need a few ideas.
Finally, bring some upstairs and downstairs fare to your kitchen table by cooking up a few recipes from The Unofficial Downton Abbey Cookbook.
Ok, now you have some ideas to help you follow this great advice…
As for me…the final season awaits! And whenever I decide to watch it, you best believe I’m gonna display one of these on the door.