Web Time Wasters

How was your week, guys? I joyfully killed some brain cells watching Step Up – All In, attended a friend’s baby shower (where I bought this amazing thing off her registry), and now I’m with seven friends at a cabin in western Minnesota attending Potato Days. There’s mashed potato wrestling! And a Miss Tater Tot Pageant! And a potato cook off! Obviously, I’m in heaven.

Anyway. Link for you!

Well, this is adorable. A scented necklace THAT SMELLS LIKE CHURROS.

A photo tour of an abandoned amusement park in Berlin? Into it.

When you’re a woman, what does it mean to be a boss?

An ice cream recipe for when you feel like yelling.

If you live in the Twin Cities and you’ve had a questionable, sexual harass-y experience with Uber (I know a looooot of people who have) check out Ride Sqirl. Uber requires you to pay an extra ‘safety fee‘ (!!!). Ride Sqirl is lady owned and operated!

A new favorite Pinterest board: things that don’t need to exist.


I think there’s a lot of confidence and self-worth that comes with building a life + career on your own without the connections or lots of financial support. Sting thinks so too and isn’t going to let his kids be trust funders:
I certainly don’t want to leave them trust funds that are albatrosses round their necks. They have to work. All my kids know that and they rarely ask me for anything, which I really respect and appreciate. Obviously,” he added, ” if they were in trouble I would help them, but I’ve never really had to do that. They have this work ethic that makes them want to succeed on their own merit.

I loved this mini movie about a legendary pizza delivery guy.

Isn’t this ring lovely?

I love Germany and I love New Zealand. As such, I loved this little video.

Things I never thought I’d be linking to: the story of an art school student who started playing baseball at 19 and got drafted by the Minnesota Twins!

If you hear people making rape jokes, you can use this approach.

The Onion reminds us that maybe we shouldn’t be so snarky about friends from high school who stuck around our home town.

Sooooo, what exactly is the deal with Blake Lively’s new lifestyle site? A serious (re: funny) attempt to understand it.

I’m not sure I could pull this off come winter, but it’s so chic!

What does it mean to ‘Columbus’ something? It means you’ve ‘discovered’ something (usually something that’s very popular with another culture) that’s not even vaguely new.
Of course, there is no bouncer, but we can be careful not to Columbus other culture’s traditions. Before you make reservations at the hottest fusion restaurant or book an alternative healing therapy, ask yourself a few questions:
Who is providing this good or service for me?
Am I engaging with them in a thoughtful manner?
Am I learning about this culture?
Are people from this culture benefiting from my spending money here?
Are they being hurt by my spending money here?

Related: why do so many people pretend to be Native American?

Some Yes and Yes posts you might have missed: Just do what you’re doing, True Story: I met my birth mom, That time I ate dinner in a fancy restaurant – all by myself.



All of your adoring fans know that deep down inside the reason you loved this music video is because of your propensity for airstream trailers.


My fiance's grandmother gave me the most beautiful vintage cape last year and I debated wearing it all winter, but never had the nerve. This is the year! I will wear it!


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