How was your week, guys? I’ve been feverishly crossing items off my 32 New Things list in an effort to get more done before my birthday. I’m also leaving the lake to move back down to the Twin Cities. I’m just renting a spare room from a buddy while I continue my search for my dream apartment. If you’ve got an inside scoop on any cute one-bedrooms in Uptown or Nordeast Minneapolis or the Cathedral Hill/Grand neighborhood of St. Paul, let me know! Also: any loft, anywhere.Now! Amazing things from the depths of the Interwebz.
Have you heard about The Commuting Paradox?
According to a paper by the Swiss economists Bruno Frey and Alois Stutzer, a person with a one-hour car commute must earn 40 percent more money to have a sense of well-being equal to someone who walks (or rides their bike) to work. Fey and Stutzer say that people underestimate the down side of a long commute when choosing a home, and that psychologically, a long commute often negates the benefits gained by living in the suburbs.
Holy awesome. McSweeney’s new children’s book uses thermal ink to reveal secret images?!
My girl Kristin Luna (yes, that’s her real name) is kind of a big deal travel writer. About a million people email her each week wanting to know how one goes about becoming a big deal travel writer. I love her answer.
I love me some ridiculous Top 40 dance music. So I obviously love Jess’s take on Every Pitbull Song Ever.
If you guys are outdoorsy or assembling a travel wardrobe you must must must check out Steep And Cheap
. The website features one insanely good deal at a time, until the limited quantity is sold out – you can get $70 Icebreaker tops for $30, compression sacks for $12. Check it every day! (Thanks, Lauren!)
I also love thematic manicures. Leopard print manicure how-to, anyone?
8 questions to ask that aren’t “So when are you getting married?”
So awesome. So, so awesome. Move, eat and learn around the world in three short films.