Web Time Wasters

What’d you get up to this week, guys?  I picniced by a lake in honor of my BFF’s birthday, found a great Middle Eastern buffet (where I mostly just ate hummus) and finally played the artist-designed mini golf at The Walker. As you read this, I’m poking around Cranfest and House on the Rock with 12 (!) friends.  Fun!

Anyway!  Links.

There’s a reason we don’t all look like Madonna. Namely, her diet and workout plan is The Worst.

I am basically dying on this diet. I don’t know how Madonna lives. It is so hard to give up all those foods. Literally every food! It is not Mayumi’s fault. She is doing the best she can with tofu tartar sauce, but there is just not all that much you can do.
This sweet dress would work for summer/fall/winter.So enjoying this gorgeous new travel blog!

A tour of a light-filled London loft. (My dream house will have a library ladder like this one!)

Correct.  Stop telling women to smile.

A sweet, sweet essay from a longtime massage therapist about what people really look like.
Adults sag. It doesn’t matter how fit they are. Every decade, an adult sags a little more. All of the tissue hangs a little looser. They wrinkle, too. I don’t know who put about the rumor that just old people wrinkle. You start wrinkling when you start sagging, as soon as you’re all grown up, and the process goes its merry way as long as you live. Which is hopefully a long, long time, right?
Funny!  Animals yelling compliments.I loooooove hearing how tourists and immigrants view American culture, so I loved this interview. (I enjoyed his observation about perceived promiscuity vs reality.)

Not sure if your cat actually likes you?  Here’s how to interpret all that head-butting.WHAT?! Lisa Frank is real?!

Want to peel a whole head of garlic in 10 seconds?  I thought so.

I’ve done a lot of volunteer travel.  As I learn more about it, I’ve discovered that it’s not without its issues.
Fees paid to participate in volunteer projects could be more beneficial as wages to locals, who could contribute “a greater amount of labor than the individual volunteer could ever hope to provide.” The other issue is that so many of these volunteers don’t really know what they’re doing. The trips often serve as experiences that help them get jobs at home, but their inexperience undermines the initiatives they’re working on while abroad.I loved this photo essay about free-diving, marine nomads in Malaysia.

Hilarious!  Snarky reviews of vacation rentals.

This coat would be great for fall/winter.It’s not possible to love (or even like) everyone, but we can try to hold them in unconditional positive regard.

Thinking about moving?  See how the cost of living in your current city stacks up against other cities around the U.S.  I’d have to make $100,000 to live my St. Paul life in Manhattan!
A book for those of us who love literary heroines.Related: texts from William Carlos Williams.

And some Yes and Yes posts you might have missed: Wear everything all the time, True Story: My mom had a baby with a serial rapist, Celebrity Sesame.

Also!  If you appreciate my taste in links, might I suggest that you follow me on Twitter?  Every night I tweet a my favorite read of the day – and they’re different links than what I’ve posted here!


Ren M. Brocke

I loved the Stop Telling Women to Smile series. Also, it's rad that Lisa Frank is a person. When I was little, I was pretty unsure about her identity or if she even existed. I'm even sure someone once told me she was really a man.


The vacation rental reviews were interesting, but it makes me think maybe this family should just stick to a Holiday Inn from now on. Of course, they probably have more fun complaining about their vacations than actually being on vacation, so maybe I've got it all wrong.

Thanks for always posting such fun items!


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