How was your week, guys? I’ve been feverishly crossing items off my 32 New Things list in an effort to get more done before my birthday. I’m also leaving the lake to move back down to the Twin Cities. I’m just renting a spare room from a buddy while I continue my search for my dream apartment. If you’ve got an inside scoop on any cute one-bedrooms in Uptown or Nordeast Minneapolis or the Cathedral Hill/Grand neighborhood of St. Paul, let me know! Also: any loft, anywhere.Now! Amazing things from the depths of the Interwebz.
According to a paper by the Swiss economists Bruno Frey and Alois Stutzer, a person with a one-hour car commute must earn 40 percent more money to have a sense of well-being equal to someone who walks (or rides their bike) to work. Fey and Stutzer say that people underestimate the down side of a long commute when choosing a home, and that psychologically, a long commute often negates the benefits gained by living in the suburbs.
My girl Kristin Luna (yes, that’s her real name) is kind of a big deal travel writer. About a million people email her each week wanting to know how one goes about becoming a big deal travel writer. I love her answer.
If you guys are outdoorsy or assembling a travel wardrobe you must must must check out Steep And Cheap. The website features one insanely good deal at a time, until the limited quantity is sold out – you can get $70 Icebreaker tops for $30, compression sacks for $12. Check it every day! (Thanks, Lauren!)
What You Can Do is amazing. Choose an issue you don’t know much about (Clean drinking water! Domestic violence! Prostate cancer!) watch a one-minute video about the topic, click a link to do more. Yes.Hilarity ensues when my girl Erin brings her son to Disneyland. And by hilarity I mean public urination, spraying Chinese tourists with his mist bottle and wearing his Mickey ears on his bare bum.
If you (like me) are hunting for The Best Apartment Ever, check out Padmapper. It pools apartment listings from Craigslist, Rent.com and Apartments.com, locates them on a map and even allows you to search based on how recently the ad was posted. (Thanks, Kaitlin!)
When I was living in Wellington, NZ with one of my best friends, we would pretty regularly have two-person dance parties to get out of a funk/wake up/get ready to go out. The above video is a fairly accurate representation of what said dance parties looked like.How was your week, guys? I worked and wrote 1,000 things, started planning my Birthday Adventure (road trip! camping! islands! kayaks!) and caught up with old friends. And! I went to a local beauty pageant where one of the contestants wore a camouflage formal dress and shot a compound bow for her talent!
Aren’t you glad that food trucks are popular now? I sure am! (When I moved back from Asia, I was sorely, sorely disappointed by America’s lack of street vendors. I want to stand on the sidewalk, eating food with my fingers as traffic zips by, dammit!)
Such an adorable idea – teeny, tiny photo albums made from your instragram photos!
Also! I’m sending out the Yes and Yes Gazette (read: newsletter) today at 2:00 pm CST. It will include a 90s mixtape. So if you wanna sign up, now might be the time. Just sayin.”
I always just assumed that even women who don’t have that maternal rush suddenly develop it the moment the kid pops out, you know, like with Miranda in Sex and the City or Keri Russell’s character in Waitress. It will all suddenly make sense. So I just have to go for it. But honestly, I’m scared. Could I possibly be a suitable mother? I drop a lot of things and I require a lot of sleep and I have a deep phobia of vomit (true story). And I love the way things are right now between me and Matt. Will a baby change that?
Crazy! Did you know that in the 1970s a baby chimp was raised entirely by humans and taught sign language? A movie was made about the entire debacle – it culminated with the the chimp smoking pot and humping a kitten. Whaaaat?!
I would like to discuss this. So, everywhere we go, we can’t help but think This is a place where rape happens. I am not unusually afraid of rape, by the way. This is a normal level of fear for a woman who has not been raped.
I would be lying if I said I never wished Mark had chosen a different career that earned more money. I would be lying if I said I never got jealous of all my stay-at-home mom friends because the choice to stay home or work was never mine to make. I would be lying if I never said that sometimes I felt it was unfair that the burden of lifting our family out of a paycheck-to-paycheck existence always fell on me.Cute! Stylish 70 year olds.
How was your week, guys? I spent mine bumming around Sydney with a friend I’ve known since first grade! We poked around Manly beach, ate a lot of amazing food and discussed all the things that come with adulthood.
Now! Fun things from the interwebz!
I loved Brandy’s collection of awesome things her 3rd graders have said over the past year. On vacations
“They are good until I get carsick every time. Last time my mom made me puke in a rubber boot.” On being smart
“Being smart is basically one of the best things I have in life.” On spelling tests “There’s not enough brain fuel in the world to get me to spell ‘especially’ correctly.”