Web Time Wasters

How was your week, guys?  I did a Clever Session with Ms. Brandy A. Brown, drank cranberry moonshine and re-watched The Royal Tenenbaums with a good friend, coffeed/happy houred/lunched a lot, and impressed a bunch of friends by making tiny pumpkin pies WITH BAILEYS WHIPPED CREAM.

Also!  I’m putting together November’s Network of Nice.  Do you need advice/travel guidance/new friends? Or do you want to fill in your portfolio by offering some pro-bono work?  Email me at sarah (at) yesandyes (dot) org with 100 words about what you need/can offer!

Now. Links. 

Awesome! 10 secret passage bookshelves.

Head’s up travelers!  Here are 10 startups that are making travel more affordable.

I love all the work I do, but I had a particularly great time writing these funny, slightly snarky product descriptions for a line of high-end toddler clothes.

Yes!  Things that won’t complete you.

Month in Europe
I’ve still never been to Europe. I’m convinced one summer on the Mediterranean coast will instill a sense of worldliness and slight world-weariness combined with a vaster wisdom than I can acquire being around buildings that aren’t that old (ahem, West Coast/earthquakes). And while travel is great for expanding the horizons, jetting around, learning about other cultures, and feeling the overall largeness/insignificance of things, it will not in and of itself make you any different inside. You’re still you, no matter the time zone (family motto).

I love this tank top sooooooo much.

And wouldn’t this sweater be pretty for Christmas?

Such a gorgeous room!  Not too feminine – I love the chandelier and the pile of logs.

How to be genuinely happy for your friends who have their stuff together (when you don’t) 

Your value as a person does not come from the clothing you wear, the restaurants where you eat, the college you attended, or the job you have. Your worth has never come from those things and it never will. What you offer as a human being cannot be quantified or commodified (even if people would have you believe differently). And while it’s the nature of life to have ups and downs, your worth is not like the stock market: a low value-per-share isn’t an indication of your worth to the world. And guess what? It’s easier to be genuinely happy for your friends when you realize this.

Things to eat/drink/bake: fig whisky sour recipe, pumpkin butter s’mores, kale stem pesto, pear pizza with fried sage.

Have we already discussed this super cute sweater?

I have earrings like these and get compliments on them all the time.

If you live in a cold climate (like me) you should know about this style formula:
tights + knee socks + boots + slip + dress + sweater + scarf + jacket + hat + mittens.  You can rock this in sub-zero weather!

This is, quite possibly, the cutest photo album ever.

I am completely in love with The Art of Getting Started.

Fascinating!  Why have young people in Japan stopped having sex?

“It’s too troublesome,” says Kishino, when I ask why he’s not interested in having a girlfriend. “I don’t earn a huge salary to go on dates and I don’t want the responsibility of a woman hoping it might lead to marriage.” Japan’s media, which has a name for every social kink, refers to men like Kishino as “herbivores” or soshoku danshi (literally, “grass-eating men”). Kishino says he doesn’t mind the label because it’s become so commonplace. He defines it as “a heterosexual man for whom relationships and sex are unimportant”.I try really hard not to waste anything that’s consumable.  This book is on my must-read list.

You’ve seen Sad Etsy Boyfriends, right?  So funny!

A good reminder about the reality of big life changes. (They’re probably going to suck at first.)

Some Yes and Yes posts you might have missed: True Story: I lost my sister to domestic violence, Are you satisfied?, In which we admit we’re ambitious.

I hope you had a lovely weekend!



That sequin sweater looks like something you could probably DIY for considerably less than $98…but who knows!


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