How was your week, guys? I manned an election hotline for the League of Minnesota Women Voters, snuggled a friend's new dog and another friend's new baby, and went to a breakfast for Free Arts Minnesota. This weekend I got started on the 2013 Year in Yes calendar (!), went to a hip hop karaoke birthday party, and volunteered at The Special Olympics.
Enough about me! Here are some fun links!
I love Flannery O'Connor. Her stories are so creepy! Thus, I love this sound board of her sassing in her Southern accent. I know you'll want to click "Don't you get upset!" and "Will you all just shut up for one second?" again and again.
You've already heard about Emergency Compliments, right? My favorite: 'Your senior portrait was the best."
If you want to do good, this manifesto is a good starting place.
A blog post about not making excuses.
No, it is not my fault that I suffer from depression or that certain cells in my spinal cord have deteriorated, or that the stress of growing up peeked and then manifested as an eating disorder. But I don’t have to use those as excuses anymore. I can take risks, even with all this baggage.
A contest for terrible band t-shirt designs!
This blog post is technically about romantic relationships but I think this advice applies to work + friends + life as well.
Sometimes people just have pre-existing conditions. It’s not you, it’s their pre-existing condition. A pre-existing condition is everything somebody comes into a relationship with. It’s their pile of crap, their past relationships, but also, whatever their current life situation is that makes them unable to commit to a relationship. It might be that they’re in between jobs and living at home. It might be that they’re not over their ex or that they still have to finish college.
Can you love your animals too much? Yes. YES YOU CAN.
Ah, these are My People. 20 Things Overachievers Like.
5. Goals. Overachieving is like eating: you get hungry and then you eat really fast so you get full and stay satiated but then, ugh oh, you’re hungry again. Goals work the same way for the overachiever. Identify this one goal and FOCUS FOCUS FOCUS, reach a peak, move on.
7. Degrees. Overachievers love getting as many degrees as possible, preferably from several different universities, each one more prestigious than the last.
Doesn't this sound interesting? Crazy easy (and scrumptious) carrot spread.
Oohhhh, holy useful. If you can't find a job, maybe it's because you're making these mistakes:
My boss tells me the story of a young Post copy kid who asked to borrow her New Yorker. "I'm not done with it," the editor said, a bit amazed at the lack of deference. "OK," the clueless kid said. "Then I guess you can keep it."
In the event that you want to talk like Jane Austen.
21 Most Awkward Situations. (I particularly love #15)
If you think people on welfare have it easy, I would encourage you to read this.
I lived in a tenement apartment with lead-painted walls. It was the cheapest option besides subsidized housing, which had a waiting list of several years. Once heat and rent were paid, I had $10 per month left for everything that food stamps didn’t cover -- laundry soap, tampons, everything.
Hope you had a great weekend!