Web Time Wasters

Did you know that I have a secret side gig as an on-camera schmoozer? IT’S TRUE.How was your week, guys? I got to see my favorite podcasters in person, went to a birthday brunch, and attempted to ‘win’ Passover with these.

Enough about me! Let’s talk about you, internet! 

A letter from a second grader to Joe Biden.

Ooooh! This would be great for a boring/tiny patio! How to grow a vertical garden.

I’m always trying to use more natural products. Here’s a round up of 10 great ones.

Related: did you know that those tiny plastic beads in our beauty products are ruining our lakes and rivers? And they’re usually too tiny to exfoliate very well anyway? Apparently sugar grains are the best size and they dissolve in water and you can make your own sugar scrub! Here are recipes for face sugar scrubs for every skin type!

Ahhhhhh! Ahhhhhhh!

To create a tilberi, the woman steals a rib from a recently buried body early on Whitsunday, twists around it grey wool which she must steal for the purpose (it is sometimes specified that the wool must be plucked from between the shoulders of a widow’s sheep soon after its wool has been plucked) and keeps it between her breasts. The next three Sundays at communion, she spits the sanctified wine on the bundle, which will come more alive each time. She then lets it suckle on the inside of her thigh, which creates a tell-tale wartlike growth.

A farmhouse where “modern meets rustic.” Into it.

What happens to your career when you start eating a real breakfast? Not what you think.

I usually give tiny pepper plants or money trees for house warming gifts, but I like this round up of unique gift ideas.

Eeeeep! A CT scan of this Buddha statue reveals a skeleton inside!

Co-signed. 10 slow and difficult steps to moderate success.

Fellow renters, take note: an ingenious disguise for wall-mounted air conditioners.

As always, Alex is writing great stuff. Hard is not the reason.

It’s wonderful when things are easy, graceful, elegant, and unfold without effort. I’m into that. For sure.
But “hard” can be just as good. “Hard” is definitely not a reason to complain, slack, or quit. (If you do, what does that say about you?) 

Just FYI, several friends swear by this swimsuit. It’s spendy but apparently worth the investment!

I looooove floating furniture (I’ve hung Ikea’s ‘lack’ shelves in at least four apartments) so I loved this roundup of ‘floating’ pieces.

I have 100% encountered people who don’t ‘believe’ me when I complain about street harassment. One friend even asked me “Why do you hate men?” As such, I appreciated this post: What Not To Say When A Woman Shares Her Experience With Street Harassment

Do not tell them they are “lucky”; do not ask them what they were wearing; do not compare one version of street harassment with another version of (seemingly more extreme) street harassment. This is not the Street Harassment Olympics, and you are not the moderator.And a few Yes & Yes posts you might have missed: If it doesn’t feel right, you should stop doing it, Things that are better in theory than reality, That time I did a police ride-along.



My mom once underwent street harassment and when she finally reached her destination minutes later her friends thought it was funny and laughed all about it! I love the link you shared … supporting someone after an experience like that is so important … it really shouldn't be minimized as much as it is! Getting harassed isn't flattering; it's scary and not ok!


One of my students' and my favorite YA authors, Maggie Stiefvater, posted a Tumblr rant with seven examples of everyday sexism/harassment she'd experienced over a sixteen year period. Someone commented that he/she (I'm assuming it was a he but giving the benefit of the doubt) thought her accounts were "unrealistic." I'm still seething, but she handled it so well – she literally invited him/her to come say it to her face: http://maggie-stiefvater.tumblr.com/post/115536778991/the-anatomy-of-rage


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