What are you up to this week? We had three of our dear friends down to visit this past weekend and I’m headed to Indianapolis next weekend to spend time with my bestie and podcasting co-host, Katie. We’ll be recording a live episode of our show and also seeing My Favorite Murder on tour. I’m so freaking excited!!! Suffice it to say, a work week book-ended by all this fun is not the easiest. ; ) Hope you have a great Wednesday, and here are a few things I’ve enjoyed reading this week…
Why people wait 10 days to do something that takes 10 minutes.
A bright kitchen makeover honoring vintage wares.
On a new luxury retreat and Silicon Valley ageism.
Yum! Hummus breakfast tacos.
Laughed out loud.
An interview with Aminatou Sow on all things financial.
See you later, post-vacation blues!
Every black woman deserves a doula.
How to turn a few ingredients into infinite possibilities.
Who is Billie Eilish?
The shift in Michelle Obama’s style.
We’ve always hated girls online.
P.S. A few Finding Delight posts you may have missed — Is Online Therapy for You? and 5 Ways to Cultivate a More Meaningful Life.
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A new series in which I share lists which I hope will help you to get to know me better. Why? Because I started this blog what feels like forever ago and there’s bound to be some new faces peering in once and awhile! So these posts are kinda like an introduction (or a reintroduction for those who’ve been with me since the jump!). A nice to meet ya, so glad you stopped by, now STAY AWHILE! Why lists? Because I love making ’em! (+ it’s the summer and I can give myself some grace when it comes to not posting overly-elaborate blog posts.)
Laughing With by Regina Spektor
You Don’t Know Me by Ben Folds
New Rules by Dua Lipa
Junk-Drawer Sorrow by Frontier Ruckus
Level Up by Ciara
Want Some More by Nicki Minaj
Wildflower by Dutchkid
Shout by The Isley Brothers
Partition by Beyonce
Tee Pees 1-12 by Father John Misty
Feel Like Dancin’ by RuPaul
Come and Get Your Love by Redbone
Stronger Than Me by Amy Winehouse
Acid Tongue by Jenny Lewis
Back to You by Selena Gomez
Missing U by Robyn
and forever and always,
any and all songs from Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers’ VAN SESSIONS.
Plus the podcasts —
Call Your Girlfriend
and Trillbilly Worker’s Party
Note: I have about a million podcasts in my subscription feed but I’m HORRIBLE at finding new music…I just listen to the same stuff over and over again (or to whatever’s on the radio #FMLover4Lyfe), so…
Tell me what music you’re listening to in the comments below! I’ll be sure and add it to my playlist tomorrow. xoxo
[And in case you’re curious…
What’s up you guys? Monday was our two-year anniversary and we celebrated by going out to dinner and buying a couch! (I feel like that’s an appropriate gift for the “Cotton” Anniversary, no?) Now Chet’s birthday is right around the corner (on Sunday)! So much to celebrate in July!! Hope you have a fantastic Wednesday, and here are some little corners of the internet I think might be worth your time to travel to…
What is collagen?
Many people struggle to say no when their manager asks something unreasonable. Here’s how.
Lizzo creates the playlist of her life.
Related: This song is everything.
Camping this summer? This will let you drink from a creek without dying!
Related: 8 necessities for long hiking trips.
Yoga for the Cancers out there!
The woman who made jewelry for Billie Holiday and Brigitte Bardot.
This movie looks break-your-heart good.
What’s going on in your child’s brain when you read them a story?
Related: Our storytelling minds.
A clarinetist’s career gets derailed by an ex-girlfriend.
21 tips, tricks, and pieces of great advice for making your vacation that much better.
P.S. A few Finding Delight posts you may have missed — In need of a pep talk? and Tips and Tricks for Surviving (and Cooking) in a Tiny Kitchen.
Happy Valentine’s Day!!! I hope you all are having a love-filled day! How are you celebrating the holiday? Of course today is the middle of the week so must of us are spending the day working. But do you have anything special planned? Chet and I are having a nice dinner at home and will exchange a few surprises. (Eeee!) But for now, here are some links you may want to peruse…
How much an out gay Olympian could mean to a kid now—or to a 34-year-old who’s been waiting for it his whole life.
Related: Winter Olympics Netflix Marathon
A glimpse at Appalachia’s feminist protest music.
This bedroom wall is so magical!
The easiest crusty bread recipe ever. Yum!
My trusty (and super cheap) mini backpack has about had it. Should I upgrade?
Related: Backpacks make for happy backs. ❤
A new report finds that slavery is mistaught and often sentimentalized—and students are alarmingly misinformed as a result.
Small wonder that films about female friendships have traditionally fared so poorly with critics. Look who’s writing the reviews.
Related: Rules for Female Friendship
More and more Americans experience eviction, and gentrification is partly to blame.
Related: Slum Lords aka The Hell of Renting
A brief history of how women got tricked into shaving.
Should I do 100 squats every day for 30 days?
Related: How to Make Your Own Fitness Challenge
Are Busy Phillip’s IG stories making anyone else want to get a rebounder?
Finally, if you have Le Tote, they are having an AMAZING end of season sale. (And if you don’t have Le Tote, you should sign up. <-use that link and get your first tote on me. Seriously!)
P.S. A few Finding Delight posts you may have missed — Weekend Uniforms and The Reading Habits Tag.
What are you up to this week, darlings? While January seemed to drag on forever, February is already flying by. #ShortMonthProblems It will be Valentine’s Day before we know it! Are you planning anything special? I’m trying to do little Valentine’s-inspired things throughout the month to make each day feel special (with some Mardi Gras themed things, too!). Fresh flowers, photo projects, baking treats, and sending out cards have all found their way onto my February calendar. 🙂 Hope your week is extra sweet, and here are some links I scouted just for you…
12 months of self-care in a helpful month-to-month guide.
Related: 10 Ways to Take a Time Out and Practice Self Care
Here’s how Ed Sheeran made 2017’s biggest track.
Iranians asked #Where_Is_She? Suddenly, it seems she’s everywhere.
Jaclyn Friedman sparks a culture-wide rethink about sex, power and what we accept.
How to not die in America.
Wouldn’t it be a delight to grow up in this colorful Dutch farmhouse?
Anatomy of a wild & crazy Saturday night aka breakfast burritos for two.
Related: Breakfast for Dinner
DIY: Wool ball diffuser for the car.
Have you ever tried a yoga wheel? I’m obsessed with mine.
Related: How to Make Your Own Fitness Challenge
Who invented the microwave oven?
A real “very stable genius” doesn’t call himself one.
Packing for 10 days away at a meditation retreat in a Tom Bihn backpack.
Related: What’s in my Tom Bihn Synapse 19 + Side Effect
P.S. A few Finding Delight posts you may have missed — The 5-4-3-2-1 Packing Method and 5 Blogs I Love.
My current fitness line-up involves a healthy mix of yoga, body-weight strength and flexibility training, ballet, and pilates. But my favorite way to get in a little movement has, and will always be, a good ol’ fashioned walk.
Lately, I’ve been thinking of my walks as EMPOWERMENT sessions. Here’s how:
For about the first two-thirds of my outing I listen to a podcast that gets me fired up. It could be about politics, business, or holistic health. (Call Your Girlfriend is one of my faves and I totally recommend it as an empowering walking companion!) Then, for the last third, I pump up the jams and my pace and just STRUT. IT. OUT. Think: Beyonce, Lady Gaga, and Fergie feat. Nicki Minaj. (Go wild, do you, etc.)
What streams through your earbuds when you go for a walk (or jog)? Do you like to get in a little learning with a podcast or do you prefer carefully curated playlists? Leave some recommendations of favorites below!!
P.S. How to ditch your gym membership and how to make your own fitness challenge (for totally free).
What’s up, buttercups? I haven’t been feeling too well the last couple of days. I wouldn’t go so far as to say I’m sick, (I NEVER get sick..so THERE!) but allergies and hormones are kicking my ass. Hopefully on the mend soon! Also, we finished the second season of Master of None. Have you seen it yet? SO. GOOD. (I loved the Thanksgiving episode especially.) I hope you have a wonderful rest of your week, and here are a few links to celebrate the mid-week…
How 3 fan favorites from The Real World are nailing the actual real world.
How the Swachh Bharat Mission is heading for failure.
I can’t wait to see this movie! (Have you read the book? It’s one of my favorite memoirs ever!!)
Related: 6 Beach Read Recommendations
How communal singing disappeared from American life (and why we should bring it back!).
Pregnant at 18. Hailed by abortion foes. Punished by christian school.
Forget adult coloring. What about adult PERLER BEADS?
Getting to know a father who has spent the past 30 years behind bars.
Donald Trump allegedly believes that exercise is bad because the body has a finite store of energy (exactly the logic used to warn 19th century women off education).
Made me laugh…because #FACT.
How a true-crime podcast became a mental-health support group.
Related: 6 True-Crime Documentaries For Your Inner Detective
My first shipment from Le Tote is scheduled to arrive today!! So pumped.
Hoarder? Splasher? Understanding your financial psychology could save you money.
P.S. A few Finding Delight posts you may love — How to Eliminate Decision Fatigue and Get More Done and Corita Kent: In the Beginning was the Word.
What are you up to today? I have some errands to run (including getting my hair cut which I’ve been putting off for ages) but I’m feeling a little mid-week lazy. Can’t I just drink coffee and read books every day??? I hope everyone had a fun Halloween however you chose to celebrate. I was pretty pleased with my last-minute farmer costume. (Overalls!) Enjoy the rest of your Wednesday, and here are a few links I’ve gathered for your reading pleasure…
The Dakota Access Pipeline protest is unprecedented and 150 years in the making.
How a poster in a bar restroom cleverly combats sexual assault.
“I dressed like Rachel Green for a week and here’s what happened.”
What was the Princess Diana Beanie Baby?
House Tour: An art-filled Nashville home.
How to host a dinner party in a small space.
Our financial errors vary by age.
Lady Gaga does carpool karaoke.
Why American and European cities are dramatically different.
Why is Election Day on Tuesday, November 8?
Humans of New York and the cavalier consumption of others.
The feminist power of female ghosts.
Have any big plans for the holiday weekend? I recently nabbed an extra part-time job (no rest for the wicked!) and have opted to work for the majority of the time. However, I’ve been reading this book, which has inspired me to want to pick up a copy of Vogue and leaf through the pages by the pool. If only this tropical storm would get out the way!!! In the mean time, I’m excited to share more details of our wedding weekend. Back tomorrow with the rehearsal picnic! Stay tuned. Now onto some links…
Jessie Graff makes American Ninja Warrior history.
A glorious obsession with the melodic alternation between the fifth and the third.
Meet the meticulous artist behind those happy trees.
Hanging from the rafters of the Hurricane Hall of Fame.
Read this if you love courtroom dramas, midwifery, or both!
People you shouldn’t know.
Birth records at Old Blockley paint a picture of the institution beyond mere numbers.
The crew of a Mars simulation emerges after a full year.
How performing in theater can help build empathy in students.
Having “The Talk” in Sign Language.
What if women had never won the vote?
“I want to go back and rebuild Syria.”
How’s everyone enjoying their Thanksgiving week? We’ll be dining with one of Chet’s colleague’s family tomorrow, and the rest of the week I’m hoping to avoid the holiday shopping crazed crowds! We’re planning to get out of dodge completely on Black Friday and relax by Biscayne Bay. The weather in South Florida is perfect right now for just chilling outside for hours at a time. I can imagine the breeze by the water is going to be bliss. Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving full of friends, family and food! And here are some links to celebrate this short week…
Don’t you just love this pair? #GirlPower
Cute gift ideas in case you’re gearing up for a weekend of Christmas shopping.
I used to love perusing video rental stores; sad to think of doing so as a thing of the past.
The only Adele is Adele. (Bonus: Graham Norton!)
Deciding to quit sobriety.
These undercover nuns pose as prostitutes to rescue victims of human trafficking.
Does this ring true of your family?
Brainstorming over brews has led to some pretty clutch ideas.
Gluten-Free versions of famous art.
Remember, not all media is created equal…The language used to describe terrorism.
12 inexpensive meal ideas for quick lunches or lazy-day dinners.