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Friends!  How was your week?  I’ve been driving all over kingdom come – seeing old friends in Chicago, eating some amazing deep dish, poking around southern mansions and art galleries, eating everything off the menu at Early Girl Eatery in Asheville, North Carolina.  By the time you read this, I’ll be in Roanoke, VA!Anyway.  Enough about sweet potato black bean cakes with sour cream and avocado relish (!!!) here are some delicious links.

An awesome, rowdy song.  This is the sort of song that you want to yell along to while raising your beer.Are you into the Myers-Briggs personality tests?  Here are a few more (hilarious) types.

Could you eat for a week on a food stamp budget?

We bought oranges and potatoes, vegetables and milk and a chicken and some flour. We bought things that are delicious, and you don’t need to be a genius to prepare. And when the first day – Sunday – arrived, it came with a flourish and a big stack of pancakes. Over the past few days, I’ve made soups and sauteed sausages. I’ve baked bread and made yogurt and jam. I’ve sent the kids into the kitchen to make chili. These things aren’t hard to do. They take a little thought and work, but why shouldn’t nourishing yourself take a little thought and work? And what concerns me is that I suspect my daughters and I are eating a more healthy, balanced and pleasurable diet on a food stamp budget that a lot of families with a whole lot more to spend.I like this. How To Have A Year That Matters

I’d like to upgrade my life with this fancy bottle opener (instead of using my belt buckle) and these hairbands (instead of using a rubber band.)

Yes.  5 Steps To A More Balanced Media Diet

I love the ‘My Morning Routine’ series on Bon Appetit.  Celebrities tell us what they do every morning and it’s oddly fascinating.  Lisa Loeb is super neurotic about her coffee and Big Boi does 100 pushups every morning!

Blogging has changed a lot since I started almost five years ago.  How to survive the next phase of blogging.

As someone who almost exclusively wears ponytails, I loved this post about 10 ways to dress up your ponytail.

Know a graphic designer or advertising or marketing person?  They’ll appreciate these posters.

We’ve discussed my love to Boo Boo Factory jewelry before, right?

Gorgeous, real photos of women working in WWII factories.

If you’re single (and don’t want to be) I’m pretty sure this method to “happen to the hottest guy in the room” would work.

How to stay sane.
Optimism does not mean continual happiness, glazed eyes and a fixed grin. When I talk about the desirability of optimism I do not mean that we should delude ourselves about reality. But practicing optimism does mean focusing more on the positive fall-out of an event than on the negative. … I am not advocating the kind of optimism that means you blow all your savings on a horse running at a hundred to one; I am talking about being optimistic enough to sow some seeds in the hope that some of them will germinate and grow into flowers.

This meeping frog is my BFF’s animal doppelganger and these cheeky, home-wrecking otters are mine.

Some Yes and Yes posts you might have missed: A clear skin cocktail, List 7: Personal Style Trends, International Gender Bending.

Have a great week!



Yay Roanoke! How long will you be here?

Go have an entirely-too-big-but-entirely-delicious slice of pizza at Benny Marconi's if you get a chance. Also, if Salem's Parkway Brewing Co. is open today, go by and taste some of their stuff. It's wonderful (esp. if you like IPAs): http://parkwaybrewing.com


I have to be honest that I was really unimpressed with the Food Stamp post. I know it's a popular thing for various healthy living bloggers to do, and I don't like it. Maybe it's because I study epidemiology and public health, and am therefore interested in and sensitive to the various social determinants of health, but I think this type of "I ate healthy for a week on food stamps so everybody else can too!" post gives an incomplete picture of the problems of poverty and food insecurity. The author doesn't describe the SNAP challenge in detail, so it's not clear whether she was able to use things like spices and seasonings from her presumably fully-stocked pantry to make chili, for example, or augment her supplies later in the week. She's also assuming that everybody who uses food stamps has the skill to cook, access to cooking supplies like pots and pans and a working fridge and stove, and the time and energy to put into preparing meals. The attitude "nourishing yourself SHOULD take thought and work" is incredibly privileged and doesn't acknowledge that some people work long hours, or irregular hours, or don't have access to a grocery store, or a car to drive to a grocery store & transport groceries, or clean, adequate food storage, or are maybe caring for sick relatives in addition to children (I could go on and on here) or a million other reasons why people don't/can't make healthy eating a priority.

Anyways, tl;dr, these posts never really capture the full complexity of the issue and only stigmatize people who use food stamps further, in my opinion.


I'm glad to see that you felt the same way I did!! I wasn't impresse with that article at all. I'm not even sure what the author's point was.


I wanted to say exactly the same thing! These articles aren't helpful at all and only perpetuate the myth of poor people being lazy and unhealthy.

Sarah Von Bargen

Totally valid points, ladies! It also assumes that a person has a reliable car (or can get to an affordable grocery store) regularly – and doesn't live in a 'food desert.'


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