Sunday, February 12, 2012

Web Time Wasters

Gorgeous, moody print available here

Let's talk about addictive songs.

I am currently obsessed with making my own muesli - this recipe is great!

Sweet potato lentil mash?  Yes, please! Annnnnd Dijon-braised brussels sprouts.

I love the Sunday Session posts at Kitten Bear.

This is amazing - a letter from a former slave, responding to her former master's request that she return to the south and work for him.
We have concluded to test your sincerity by asking you to send us our wages for the time we served you. This will make us forget and forgive old scores, and rely on your justice and friendship in the future. I served you faithfully for thirty-two years, and Mandy twenty years. At twenty-five dollars a month for me, and two dollars a week for Mandy, our earnings would amount to eleven thousand six hundred and eighty dollars.

Stupid things you do online - and how to fix them.

Downton Abbey name generator!

Want fun, punky-colored streaks in your hair without a ton of commitment?  Try chalking.

Do you have experience teaching English, a month to spare and a hankering for red curry?  My friend is working with The Nonsomboon Project in rural Thailand and has great things to say.

A good reminder about creative thinking.

I have never mastered the art of scrapbooking.  Amy makes me wish I had.

Oh.holy.useful. gives you short cuts to connecting with a real, live customer service rep for tons of different companies.

Awesome.  The 10 most iconic accessories of famous authors.

I earned my M.A. in New Zealand and I have several other friends who've earned undergraduate or graduate degrees abroad.  Education outside of America can be cheap(er) and awesome. 

What a lovely idea for a party - a fortune balloon garland.

Yet another reason to fire bad friends?  They might be making you physically ill.

Oh, the lolz.  Life after long-term unemployment.
A few words about the free coffee machine: It gives you coffee. For free. People in the office will go to the good coffee place and buy lattes and offer to buy you lattes. But then you’d have to reciprocate. You’d have to buy lattes. And why would you buy lattes when this coffee is free? You come into work every day thinking about that machine: When is too early to get your first free coffee? What mixtures of caffeinated and decaffeinated would enable you to drink the maximum number of cups of free coffee in a given day and still sleep that night?

I'm fascinated by the concept of retiring abroad.  Apparently there's a little town in Ecuador that rife with American pensioners!

Let us now celebrate the aging party girl:
All I know is that I don't want to live in a world where women are hated for being women and having the nerve to value fun over everything else.

Current obsessions: finding the perfect brunch spot, planning The World's Best Road Trip, museums, switching from coffee to green tea, that sparkly nail polish that's impossible to remove, Joan Didion (not intimidating or man-hating!  Funny! Smart!  Accessible!), emotionally and dietarily preparing for four weeks of awesome Cajun food.

Also!  The Yes and Yes Gazette is coming out today - have you signed up?  It might just be the internet's least annoying newsletter.


  1. Oh girl, you need the tin foil trick for removing glitter nail polish!

  2. Cuenca is a pretty big city-third or fourth largest in Ecuador. It does have a village-y feel to it. Interesting that it's becoming a haven for American retirees, as the native population emigrates to the U.S. A bit unsettleing, actually.

  3. Completely relate to the coffee thing!

  4. seconding the tin foil trick!

  5. Your Dear Erin line is missing a link...

  6. I get as frustrated as anyone when it comes to phones and needing a human being.. but no one ever thinks about how the reason companies have prompts is to get you to the right place.. Nothing says shortcut to cheating your way ahead and then having to wait while we try to figure out where to send you and how to do so :(