How was your week, friends? How are you doing and dealing with current events?
I’m self-medicating with a combination of 5calls.org, planning upcoming trips, and watching The Good Place. Yesterday we went to the ever-adorable Red Wing for my 4-year-old niece’s birthday party + bluff hiking + thrifting and it was exactly what my heart and mind needed.
Links for you!
If you’re in MSP and like vintage-y stuff and/or lovely cocktails, The Commodore is AMAZING. It’s on the ground floor of the apartment building where F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald lived. It’s been meticulously restored and every inch of it is fantastic. They literally screen 1920s movies on the wall of one of the dining rooms!
I’m an underbuyer so I’m usually verrrrrry reluctant to upgrade when I already have a perfectly serviceable version of something. This week, we replaced/upgraded our pans to these and I wish we’d done it years ago! They absolutely live up to the hype.
If you’re trying to reduce food waste, I present you with: Spiralized broccoli stalks. (I ate these this week and they were great!)
A great use for the millions of tomatoes your garden produced: whole stuffed tomato dumplings
And if you’re particularly interested in reducing your food waste, you can see all the things I cooked during my #nogrocerychallege here!
A lovely apartment tour – love that green couch.
An important read: what’s the financial cost of being a survivor of sexual assault?
In the last several years, I myself have spent hundreds of dollars on various legal weapons — including knives, special devices and tools that sit on keys or as rings, and pepper sprays — in order to feel safe simply existing and walking around in the world. I’d estimate I’ve spent about $500 minimum. I’ve also had to take at least ten days off of work in my life due to sexual assault and trauma from it, which has cost me roughly $2,000 in lost wages, if not more.
This ‘guess my income‘ video is fascinating!
If you’re looking to up your Halloween game: how to carve a pineapple jack-o-lantern.
Yes! Tracee Ellis Ross is 45 and “Happily Single” so stop asking her about it, okay?
“These are very big and very personal questions that aren’t anyone’s business but that somehow, like the right to choose, become fodder for public conversation,” she told InStyle. “Some of the ability to reflect on what I really want comes from pushing up against a society that shames me for not having the expected trappings.”
“I’m very pleased with my existence these days,” Ross continued. “Have I had to learn to make friends with loneliness? Yes. I think if I were in a relationship, it would be the same.”
A great read if you love someone with Dementia.