Web Time Wasters

How was your week, guys?  For the first time in a long time, I made an active effort not to schedule every minute of every day with 8 million things.  It’s harder than you think!  As you read this, I’m up at the lake introducing friends to the merits of rural Minnesota and raspberries right off the bush.
Fun links for you!

Well, this terribly handsome man is living my dream: a restored airstream trailer in California.  How did they get the inside to feel so spacious?!Have you guys heard about the Don’t Lose Your Shit program?  In light of my currently hectic life, I should probably sign up.


Whenever people see photos like this of my cat Putin, they ask where I got such a sweet tempered cat. Putin’s a Maine Coon and apparently his sweet temperament comes with the breed!  So if you’re in the market for a laid-back cat, search Petfinder for ‘Maine Coon.’
I loved this tour of a cheeky, fun-filled Australian apartment. Pink cuckoo clcoks, FTW.Two lovely friends of mine released books this week! How To Be Dumped: The Definitive Break Up Guide and Fledgling Song.

Lonely Planet was always my guidebook of choice – and now it’s folding?  What a pity!
I’ve been feeling stressed out and a bit professionally overwhelmed lately (which is why I’m no longer posting on Fridays) so I loved this post about the difference between urgent and important.
To follow your life’s guidance, you may have to reassign some seemingly important things to “unimportant.” If you believe that pleasing your horrible boss or having a spotless house is a higher priority than playing with your children or sleeping off the flu, be prepared for a long and strenuous battle against destiny. Also, be prepared to lose.
I want to buy absolutely everything from Kindah Khalidy.
Whoa!  I didn’t know most of these 15 super useful internet tricks.
Two dresses that I’m probably too old for but would still probably wear.
Okay.  Make that three dresses.
I’m often quite horrified by couples that I see out and about and the waythey talk to each other. I heard a guy say to his girlfriend in the supermarket ‘Oh for f*cks sake! You’re a f*cking nightmare!‘ when she said she didn’t like sweet potato. Dude. I’m sure there’s underlying issues there and she may well be a nightmare but for god’s sake don’t be such a dick.There’s no need to ever speak to your partner like that.Things to eat/bake/cook: creamy cauliflower sauce, chilled parsley and pea soup, lasagna grilled cheese!

I was not aware that Lauren Hutton was my personal style icon.  Now I know.
Quite literally I have two square feet of counter space in my kitchen.  As such, I love this round up of design solutions for tiny kitchens.
These tattoos are a.ma.zing.
What happens when you decide to be nice to strangers?
My experiment starts strong, when our shepherd mutt stops to sniff a cocker spaniel’s rear in my building’s lobby. This is usually my cue to flash a terse smile and yank his leash. But today I linger. The cocker spaniel’s owner reveals that she herself is in the early stages of pregnancy. After a few pleasantries, I suggest we explore sharing a nanny. When she agrees, I’m overwhelmed by that tingly rush you get when you first gel with a new friend.A few Yes and Yes posts you might have missed: A million ways to celebrate your birthday (or 12), How to make your home happier.

Hope you had a lovely weekend!


Sandra Dötsch

haha! I love your first sentence! I love to schedule my whole day with tasks, probably shouldn't do that, since I'm always having problems to fullfil at least half of it -.-

Margit Mae

Yes for Maine Coons! I have a well tempered, super intelligent lady cat named Jolene. For those in Minnesota, Feline Rescue in Saint Paul often has Maine Coons up for adoption.

Randi Minerva


You, Ms. Sarah Von Bargen, have changed my liiiiife! Now I can watch Hulu videos in Canada and I no longer have to put up with annoying Youtube ads!

A million thank-you for the "internet tricks" link. It is VERY appreciated 🙂


Thank you for linking to Petfinder! I volunteer with an animal rescue & cannot refer people to that website enough.


sort of off-topic but I noticed your cat's name is Putin, and I just wanted to point out my discomfort with that. I am Russian and am often irked by the media's friendly mockery of Putin — which, I understand, can be used to weaken his political "respectability," but I rarely find that people actually understand how truly devastating Russian dictators (yes, he's a dictator) like Putin are. They destroy dissenters. They hurt anyone that stands in their way, with no remorse. They suppress anyone who is different or thinks differently. For me, it's almost like you named your cat Hitler, which, I think we can both agree, isn't considered funny or ironic at all. I am not accusing you of purposely enacting malice. I just wanted to speak up about something that I don't think a lot of people think about.


I love "the fall" by Rhye! Actually, I love their whole album. Thanks for reminding me that I need to go listen to it immediately 🙂


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