Web Time Wasters

How was your week, friends? I spent three days up north with my parents, making krumkake, snowshoeing in the woods, piling wood and interviewing a 99 year old woman who still lives at home! By herself!

These links are not as amazing as that 99 year old woman, but they’re pretty great.

If you’re looking to buy presents from small, independent artists (or you’d like to promote your own stuff) check out the links and comments on this post.

Great advice about negotiating:

A friend of mine was going to have to negotiate a salary package for a job she really wanted. She goes into this meeting and says, “I should just let you know right up front, I’m here to negotiate, and research has shown the moment I start doing that you’re going to like me less.” She just took that fact, put it on the table, and it went down extremely well.Gosh this wedding was gorgeous!

Another week, another Chimamanda Adichie book that I tore through. The Thing Around Your Neck is beautiful, just like all her other books. It’s a collection of short stories – my favorite is Jumping Monkey Hill. Have you read it?

Things to eat/cook/bake/whine at your person till they make them for you: personal fondue, pie crust cookies, roasted sweet potato salad with candied walnuts.

It’s sort of hard to think of things I want for Christmas (because we’re all adults who just buy what we want, right?) but I told my mom I’d like this.

Ooof. Yes. How to escape the death spiral of consumption (and get back to creativity)

Clear out all of your social media accounts. Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Bloglovin, the whole lot. Go through every single person you follow or are friends with, and if you’re not in love with what they do, or if they’re a Debbie Downer all of the time, delete/unfollow them.
And here’s the kicker: You don’t need to feel bad about it. Its your life, and you have the freedom to choose who’s posts you consume.What’s the difference between building a life together for 2 people vs. building 1 life with 2 people in it?

I think I’ve mentioned this before – my senior year of college I did a four credit directed study about Britney Spears and feminism. As such, I was fascinated by this piece.
Though nobody asks, the answer that Britney Spears seems to be delivering is “I’m over this and would like to go make cheese grits for Sean Jayden or maybe go to college or something.” Rolling Stone reported that during the lead-up to her breakdown in the mid-’00s, “Britney has begged friends to help her run away, to leave everything behind and become a stylist or schoolteacher, or move to an island where she can work as a bartender.” Spears has said a few times that she’d like to be a “full-time mom.”

Who gets to tell you how to live? Whose ‘life hack’ advice should you follow?

What a gorgeous dining room!

If you (like me) fall off the healthy eating wagon during the holiday season, you might like Smaggle’s salad-a-day Instagram challenge.

I can tell you from personal experience, these are the best types of sofa blankets.

Adventure racer gives stray dog a meatball, dog follows him to finish line of 430-mile race.

Don’t give up. Don’t think it’s too late to start. These 10 people didn’t.

And a few Yes and Yes posts you might have missed: Stockholm’s gorgeous …. subway stations?, On returning to my homeland, How to do things by yourself (and actually like it).

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