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mid-week round-up

What are you up to this week? We are making some serious progress on packing up the apartment as we prepare for our impending move to Alabama. Hoping that we can get far enough ahead that we’ll have time for a beach trip next week. Gotta soak in those ocean view’s while it is still in our “backyard,” ya know? We also gained a new little niece at the end of last week and are waiting on a nephew to make an appearance some time soon, too. Ahhh, so many sweet babies bein’ born! Hope all is well in your neck of the woods, and here are some thing’s to entertain ya…

Foods to boost your mood when you’re feeling low.

Ummm…is this shoe for real???

An oral history of a water-park in rural New Jersey.

A great way to start building up your wine collection.

Check out this 1950’s gas station that was converted into a home.

Why do books have dust jackets?

An American woman quits smiling.

In the midst of a national crisis, mothers addicted to drugs struggle to get off them — for their babies’ sake, and their own.

Leesa Cross-Smith’s debut novel sounds right up my alley.

Homeless Warrior’s fans live in the shadow of team’s headquarters.

The reasons why food tastes better in a bowl than on a plate.

A sweet little breakfast nook makeover on a budget.

P.S. A few Finding Delight posts you may have missed — My Three Favorite Make-Ahead Breakfast Recipes and An Easter Adventure in the Bluegrass.

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mid-week round-up

What it do, baby-boos? Yesterday I brought back my favorite South Florida perk — the 2 p.m. break from work to to take a dip in the pool!!! Now I’m just struggle-bussin’ it through the last half of the work week when all I wanna do is drink boulevardiers, watch this docu-series on Netflix that everyone’s been raving about, and make pocket letters. Eeps! Weekend where are you??? Hope you’ve got some enticing weekend plans in mind, and here are a few links I found fascinating…

Why is there so much focus on no-platforming at elite universities, when hundreds of colleges across America regularly suppress speech?

Starting your day in a way that works for YOU.

Related: Don’t Hide Your Hustle – Lucy, Graphic Designer

The 33 most exciting new books of 2018.

The maternity care desert in Washington D.C.

A teenager told police all about his gang, MS-13. In return, he was slated for deportation and marked for death.

Gun fatalism is reasonable in a terrifying country.

Native American lacrosse teams reported racial abuse. Then their league expelled them.

Smashing guiding’s glass ceiling.

Related: On the Rooftop of the World

How women see how male authors see them.

As gentrification closes in, immigrants in Lincoln Heights see their American dream slipping away.

The weird true story of the rise and fall of the waterbed.

The most Instagrammed location in every state. (Summer road trip inspiration!!)

P.S. Follow me on Instagram. 

mid-week round-up

Hi babes! What’s going on this week? We’re experiencing a rare cold front in Miami so a big pot of chili and a movie marathon are in order. I’ve also been burning my favorite Fall candle, drinking Fall-themed coffee every morning, and I’m planning on making this pumpkin custard. Embracing all things Autumn, even though I’m in tropical Miami, has been a nice antidote to feeling sad about the lack of seasons! Hope you’re enjoying Fall, too, and here are some articles and posts I found interesting this past week…

Miami Beach Commission votes unanimously to free Lolita — but it’s not happening yet.

Related: Me, My Husband, and the Killer Whale

A year of love and struggle in a new high school.

Sorting through all the laughs Joan Rivers left behind.

Adding this to my “memoir month” reading list.

She brought down Uber’s C.E.O. What’s next?

“I got 99 problems…palsy is just one.”

CNN uncovers what could be a trafficking scheme:  “The ‘orphan’ I adopted from Uganda already had a family.”

A basketball team perfectly in sync.

How to set financial goals (you can actually reach!).

Potato scraps and seasonings, rolled and deep friend, just never get old.

Elevate your influence through Instagram, YouTube, blogs, and beyond with this new course.

Related: Don’t Hide Your Hustle: Latasha

Don’t forget to continue applying SPF in the Fall months!

P.S. Two Finding Delight posts you may have missed — My Top 10 Skin Care Staples and Let’s Talk Personality (Tests).

mid-week round-up

What are you up to this week? I’ve been super engrossed in the podcast Up and Vanished. Have you listened to it? Gotta love a program that makes you excited to do the dishes and clean up the kitchen after dinner each night. Great reason to pop in the headphones! Chet has even started listening on his commute and during evening exercise. (I wish he’d catch up to where I am! I hate having to be mindful of spoilers!!) Hope you have a magnificent day, and here are a few things I think you’ll love…

Such a pretty dress for a Spring-time occasion.

Related: 50 piece all-season capsule wardrobe.

10 fascinating death facts from the Victorian era.
“When a person initially died, so began the mourning process. Curtains were immediately drawn, clocks were stopped at the time of death and mirrors were covered because of the superstition that the spirit of the deceased could become trapped in the reflective glass.”

The secret plan for the days after Queen Elizabeth’s death.

Alison Wright on how her “Americans” character became a hit.

Would you try a bubbling clay mask?

The reality show no one was watching.

How one performance-enhancing sandwich has spread through the NBA.

A new book explores the psychology of mastering skills and absorbing information as an adult.

The newest Sesame Street muppet has autism.

Related: A boy and his phone.

A playful stamp set for hand-made cards.

Super relatable.

Do or Don’t: First looks.

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lady at beach

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?

mid-week round-up

champagne dreams

You know winter is stretching into infinity when one of the highlights of your weekend was curling up on your couch to knit a scarf. But for serious, I KNIT A SCARF!!! *Ahem* After 3 days of weather mayhem, I returned to a regular work schedule last Thursday, only to be greeted with a huge dirty snow-bank that needed shoveling upon my return home. Really ready for this stuff to melt. Nothing bums me out like the sight of dirty snow. Have you been staying warm? Feeling a bit cabin feverish? Sending sunshine your way! Now go enjoy these links…

10-minute lasagna (although I’d omit the olives).

Could Chipotle GET any more rad?

A gentle reminder you may need to hear today.

This neat crocheted basket would be perfect to keep all your odds and ends.

Why a Gonzaga player had to leave U.K. to find his true potential.

Say it with flowers!

Dishing about a super odd roommate.

Looking at Kentucky’s Appalachia.

I’m over here whining about a foot of snow…Extra love to Boston!

Wanderlust. 

Love these adorable explanations of “The Birds and the Bees“.

Tips to avoid false memories.

P.S. And in case you missed them — my career advice and the hippest etsy shop.

 

 

On the road again…

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As I mentioned last week, I spent my middle and high school years criss-crossing the state and my college years criss-crossing the nation because I fell head over heels in love with an extracurricular activity. Which is why, when I read this article about a JV girls soccer team from Alaska, my heart went out to them. You’ll see why…

Players from the Ketchikan High School girls JV soccer team, the Lady Kings, wait in the Ketchikan airport for their final trip of the season. They’re flying to Sitka, a slightly smaller town that’s about 200 miles north, also on an island. The past month and a half, they’ve traveled nearly every weekend. They flew to Juneau twice, then Anchorage, now Sitka.

Marissa Medford, the team’s head coach, acknowledged that the trip was exhausting. But she was nevertheless confident and optimistic.

“They’ve got this down,” Medford said. “They’ve pretty much been living out of their bags for a month now. Pretty much enough time to get home, wash their stuff, get the new set of homework and hit the road again.”

Wow, have I been there. My first year competing for collegiate forensics, before our team had travel restrictions in place (mandating students couldn’t travel over 3 weekends in a row), I felt like I was in a constant state of motion with my eternally packed suitcase in tow. I can remember doing laundry with my roommate before our last and most important tournament of the season and tearfully confessing to each other, “I don’t want to go.” We were just so exhausted. Because not only were we sleeping nights on buses, putting in long days and coming home to paper due dates and tests to study for but we were never alone. As an introvert, this was the most tiring and scary aspect of a rigorous travel schedule. No time to slip away and recharge one’s batteries; having to be “on” all the time.

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Indeed, if soccer is such a huge and exhausting commitment, some might wonder if playing in the first place is worth it. But according to Coach Medford, the experience of being on the team does more than give the athletes a chance to play sports.

“I think it helps them grow, and it brings them closer,” Medford said. “It’s different than people down south. You hop on a bus, go play a game, hop on a bus, go back home. [The Lady Kings] are with each other all the time. They grow friendships, and they grow up together.”

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And she’s right–friendships forged in this manner will last a lifetime. More or less because… you’ve been. through. some. shit. My coaches and teammates saw me at my absolute best and my rock-bottom worst. And I saw them. We were thrown into some pretty wacky situations that only travel can create…and became closer as a result.

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[Medford] believes the payoff is worth it, despite the brutal schedule.

“We have a really bad issue with substance abuse and domestic violence,” Medford said. “Not just Ketchikan, but Alaska in general. So it’s good for them to stay involved and have self-worth, and a sense of purpose and meaning. So that’s good to see.”

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But this is the part that struck me right to my core…how in the face of shitty consequences, extracurriculars, whether that means debating or kicking a ball or strumming a guitar, give a different option. In simplest terms, they give kids something else to do…something BETTER to do, than the outlets that can look so enticing when you’re young and dumb and not thinking about consequences. The girls on the Ketchikan JV soccer team may miss a few homework assignments. They may not be as chatty at the family dinner table because they’re reserving their words for strangers hundreds of miles away. They may, on certain days, question why they even chose to play soccer in the first place. But they will also have beautiful bonds with their friends and memories. They will have opportunities perhaps otherwise overlooked. And maybe they will play that much harder because the journey was just as important as the destination.

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And whether they know it or not, they will have a forever fan way down here in the Bluegrass State who realizes how meaningful those journeys can be.

 

(Pictures of the soccer team from the original article and by Emily Files. Pictures of the WKU Forensics team from Facebook culling and by various friends and old teammates who I hope don’t mind. ;  )