Happy Wednesday, friends! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday and brought in 2018 with a bang. As exciting as the holiday season has been (the presents! the food! the christmas movies! the decor!), I’m feeling ready to return to routines … AND start new ones. How ’bout you? Hope you all have a wonderful day, and now let’s get back to one of my FAVORITE routines…my mid-week round-up!!!
This is what it’s like to have your period in a refugee camp.
How blackboards transformed American education.
After reading this book I now want to binge watch this and this.
The 100-year capitalist experiment that keeps Appalachia poor, sick, and stuck on coal.
The mystery of who stole one of the world’s finest champagnes — and where it ended up.
Pilots reveal 16 nuances that keep your flight safe.
Related: Air Travel Tips & Tricks
Vinny was always my favorite.
50 questions to help you reflect, appreciate, and get excited for 2018.
The Habit Calendar features monthly themes to help you unlock your passions and form positive habits.
A judicial pact to cut court costs for the poor.
Where are all the nannies on Instagram?
Can surgical patients feel pain under anesthesia?
P.S. From the Finding Delight archives — Shirley and Ogling on Instagram and Irresistible Me Review.
How are you this week, my friends? This one started out rough so I hope you are taking sweet and gentle care of yourselves. I hope you are finding ways to laugh and hugging your loved ones tight. Love is love is love is love. I long for a time when senseless tragedies didn’t feel so familiar, but encourage us all to keep fighting for a world where they aren’t. In the wake of what was happening in the world, I was super lucky to have my mom visiting over the last few days. We saw a cool art exhibit, checked out a farmers market, took tons of pictures of tropical plants, and lounged at the beach. What a fun few days! She flew back to Lexington yesterday afternoon but I’ll be headed that way too in just two short weeks. Wedding countdown and all that. Eeps! Alright my dears, have a good week, and check out the links below…
The story behind a failed Chinese investment is stranger than it seems.
Paying a premium for fancy bottled water.
20 renter-friendly decor ideas.
How Instagram stars bring home the bacon.
A parody of every TED Talk ever.
The incredible story of a man who survived 20 hours treading water in the Gulf of Mexico.
Mother Teresa: Sinner or Saint?
Made me laugh.
11 ways to eat healthy on a budget.
Do you set skill based or aesthetics based goals?
What a beautiful couple. My heart is broken.
More than blood.
What are you up to, my loves? This past weekend Chet and I explored Coconut Grove. The temperature felt quite mild due to it’s proximity to the water but the humidity was still as gnarly and tropical as ever! Chet vlogged the whole adventure if you’d like to take a look HERE. Yesterday was a really productive day for me job-wise and I hope that work flow continues the rest of the week. I think this was due in large part to Chet fixing our internet which had been super spotty and annoying for the last week. Finally, we watched the movie Faults last night. Have you seen it? I love anything about cults so I was a huge fan. Have a great week, guys! And here’s a little reading material…
An adorable storage container cabin.
The secret to a perfectly fried egg.
What’s going on beyond the crop?
My gut reaction to refugees being housed on the grounds of former concentration camp, Dachau, was horror, but now I’m not sure. Thoughts?
Don’t waste it, plate it!
An unlikely debate round.
This historian couple loved the Victorian Era so much they decided to live in it.
The changes one middle school classroom has made since implementing Common Core. Sounds awesome to me but I know Common Core has been quite divisive.
OMG. Wedding goals.
Jimmy Carter on the kiss cam (!) at a recent Braves game.
Is nursing a talent? HECK YES!
Why is reality TV experiencing a boom in blurred genitalia?
What wonderful things have you been up to, my loves? We enjoyed some extra relaxation time with the holiday weekend, and took a trip to explore Coral Gables on Sunday. I’ve also been introducing Chet to one of my (many) reality TV obsessions, the PBS historical documentary “- House” series. (Like Frontier House, Colonial House, etc.) Have you seen them? Hope you have a wonderful rest of your week, and while you’re at it, take a look at these treats the internet has to offer…
Stories of people who abandoned urban settings for something a little more pastoral.
Kentucky’s state of paradox.
In case back-to-school season inspires you to donate.
Have you used these city guides? I hear they’re awesome. #wishlisted
A stunning piece to keep all your rings safe. (Reminds me of trips to New Mexico.)
My new favorite video on the internet.
After watching him in 2 great TV shows and following him on Instagram, I didn’t think I could love Matt McGory any more…I was wrong.
Terrifyingly, drivers in China kill the pedestrians they hit…on purpose.
Feeling a little ill? Call the Doctor!
A moving approach to housing.
Keep your freezer stocked with the following to stay out of the drive-thru.
A piece Chet wrote on writing centers.
P.S. How to build a light box and eerily awesome affordable art.
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.)
I’ve decided I’ve fallen hook, line and sinker in love with Instagram. And I think I’m pulled to it for the same reason print magazines are still one of my favorite guilty pleasures (even though the Internet is a much freer version)…the same reason I would pull albums out every single trip to my grandparent’s house (both sets). I like looking at pretty things and images that someone, somewhere thought were important enough to document. Sure, in the age of smart phones the impulse to capture can happen quicker, the end product may not speak to their reality as strongly but the edited version of one’s life can be just as interesting. It’s almost like a happy union between glossy magazine, family photo album, and public diary. Mmmm, when I put it like that no WONDER I love it so much. Here are a few of my favorite follows…
those breakfasts. that food styling.
those outfits. that location.
those babies. that pup.
those accessory and hair choices. that color commitment.
(bonus: she has a mini pig.)
those morning views. that tiny home.
I also love youngmarysrecord, traciemorrissey, lightbycoco and so, so, SO many more!
Do you have an Instagram account you think I should follow. Whether your own or someone you love to see pop up on your feed each day, I’d love to hear! Leave the name in the comments below! And if you’d like to follow me, you can find me at BBerg1012. I mostly take pictures of my cat, my food and fun things to see and do in Kentucky…as ya do. Happy snapping!