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Web Time Wasters

Happy Sunday, friends!  As you read this, I’m probably sipping on a cuppa in lovely windy Wellington, New Zealand.  I am thrilled to the tips of my toes to be back in one of my favorite cities, living in my old flat, with my former flatties once again.  I’m looking forward to lots of weekend veggie market visits, drinking flat whites by the water and wearing layers.  Hoooooray!

Now!  Links for your lazy Sunday afternoon!Do you love the above image?  You can go download it (for free), poster-ize it and be inspired on the daily!

Fun things on the Yes and Yes Every Buddy Board: how do you make new friends?, techniques for saving money, asking out dudes and do you feel comfortable making jokes about your own race?I am obviously obsessed with these ‘pup tents’ (Ha!  Puns slay me!)

If I was one to burlesque it up, this would be my jam
Awesome and hilarious!  Things I Never Told My Parents
Ryan Gosling!  Make me love you more, whydoncha?!  How’s about you go to the Cincinnati zoo and take pictures with all the animals?
Did you know I have a ‘thing’ for pre-fab housing?  Well, I do.  And you probably will too after you see these sweet bungalows.
Have you guys ever heard of The St. Baldrick’s foundation?  People shave their heads to help raise money for children’s cancer research?  Lovely Yes and Yes reader Christine is participating this year – let’s help her out!
Wow.  Amazing interview with Grant Achatz, the chef who lost his sense of taste.
Your new favorite cooking blog: Stone soup.  Every recipe only requires five ingredients!
Ha!  A friend alerted me to the fact that there is a yes and yes dot com (this is dot org, obviously) and said website is home to awesome funk music featuring Fab 5 Freddy.  Of course it is.
Amazing, mind-blowing photos captured on Google street views – like a baby, alone at a subway station, a sex worker climbing into a semi truck and a moose crossing an empty mountain highway.If you, like me, have a thing for spare Scandinavian and Japanese design, you’ll love mjolk.

Apparently I was living under a rock (or maybe backpacking in Peru) when this amazing movie came out in 2009.  Have you seen it?  It is has earned a place in my top ten – alongside All The Real Girls and Babe, The Gallant Pig.

Web Time Wasters

encouragement via Huly 70


Happy Sunday, friends! As you read this I’m joyfully recovering from a gajillion hours of  travel on my friend’s couch in lovely Auckland, New Zealand.  I spent a year and a half earning my MA in Wellington, NZ so Aotearoa is something of my adopted homeland.  I’ve got a week here in Jafa-land catching up with old friends and meeting new ones and then I’m headed to down to Wellington for three! whole! months!
Now.  Jun stuff to distract when you should be doing laundry.

In the event that you’re not married and you’re sad about it: Why You’re Not Married:

“You’re not married because that’s not where you are in the story of your life right now. Take a moment to breathe. Put your feet up. Eat one of those tiny cups of chocolate pudding that, according to television commercials, stop time. Wherever you are in life, really, that’s where you’re supposed to be. That’s not some hippie jive talk. That is the truth. If everybody’s life unfolded according to their precious and predictable little plans, then the world would be plagued with millions of billionaire rock star-celebrity chef-novelists flying around in golden helicopters. “


I was profiled by lovely METRO mag (holla Mpls/St.Paul!)
I’m sure you’ve heard about the miracle $150 Clairisonic ‘cleansing system’?  (It’s a brush with a spinning head that scrubs your face, y’all).  This blogger discovered a much cheaper manual option.
Awesome.  Order a set of Debbie Harry, Lady Gaga or Beyonce paper dolls.Over on the Yes and Yes Every Buddy Boards we’re talking about travel luxuries, childhood dream jobs, dealing with money with our SOs and magazines/blogs/envy/insecurity.

My dream home will include a library with vintage, hardcover editions of all my books, one of those ladders with wheels and my own set of library cards and stamps.  So obviously I love this round up of library design.
For the traveler (or would-be traveler) in your life.  Best of Maps from Design Sponge.
I love these.  Artist Alyson Provax chronicles her wasted and misused time.  Mine would read “2 hours spent refreshing twitter and facebook.”
If you work from home or in an office with a low budget you neeeeeed this.  How to Ergonomically Optimize Your Workspace.
If you’ve ever felt jealous that you didn’t go to New York Fashion Week, you may feel differently after you read this.

Web Time Wasters

I recently realized that I would be remiss in my duties as your internet BFF if I kept posting Web Time Wasters on Fridays.  Because, you guys?  Sundays are a snooooooooze on the interwebz! Nobody’s posting anything new, everybody’s off brunching or nursing hangovers.  But come 3 p.m. you really kind of want to hunker down and look at funny pictures of cats and read cultural commentary, amiright?

On an vaguely related note, the above photo makes me think that I need to make a post entitled “Cute Baby Animals in Buckets.  Also: Drawers.  And Maybe Flower Pots.”

Awesome stuff from the internet!

Help raise money for help victims of the Christchurch earthquake by taking part in this virtual 5k.  And my girl Alex is giving away copies of her Self-Promotion Toolbox to anyone who donates to the Red Cross.Exciting stuff over on the Yes and Yes Every Buddy Board!  Book recommendations, awesome (and bizarre) recipes, money saving techniques and beauty products we can’t live without.


How have I been on this earth for 31 years and not known about Socially Awkward Penguin?!
Who doeesn’t want to escape to a villa decorated like this in Spain or Greece?  Personal sidenote: Greece is one of the few travel destinations that I’ve ever been to that lived up to my (extremely high) expectations.  If you ever get a chance – go!

An interview with my girlfriend Mindy Kaling “I wanna have my own tv show, then be a movie star, then get super political, then when I’m old and irrelevant have my own tv show again.”

Barack Obama’s thoughts on marriage. 

Holy wow!  Have you heard about the Google art project?  Explore museums all over the world and even zoom in (waaaay in) on your favorite works of ary.
Amy talks about childhood, judgement and winning at the losing (weight) game.
Awe.some.  Minibar For The Mind: conversation starters, collected thoughts, reading prescriptions, dreams and fears notebook!
These Happy Day/Crappy Day rings are a million times cooler than the mood ring I rocked in fifth grade.

You guys know I love lists.  I particularly loved this list of things that Andrea saw out the window of her train during an 18-hour, birtday trip.

Oh my.  These wearble planter necklaces are magical.

Super interesting!  What it’s like to live on the road, in a hotel.

Do you think Jessica Simpson is stupid?  The media would certainly have us believe she is.  Yet girlfriend has a fashion empire that earns almost as much as Michael Kors.  Hmmm….

I knew there was a reason!  Why we all love websites and photos of neatly arranged stuff.

You may remember my daliances with online dating?  A good article on how to navigate et al.

Illustrations of dogs wearing hats.  I’ll take 15, please.

Kyla has a million great ideas.  I love this post on making your own mentor.

Life Lessons Learned From Literature

What does your desk space look like? Here’s mine.  You can see the offices and desks of a Tina Fey, Woody Allen (oddly grandma-y), Al Gore (three computer screens/!) and many more at Desks of The Rich and Famous


Wow.  Lily lost her battle with Cyctic Fibrosis, but while she was alive she kept an amazing blog as a “resource for people living with serious illness and other health issues to help them lead fulfilling, positive lives. To help them look at the joy around them and to assist them in achieving their dreams and goals because I believe that your health should not hold you back, it just means you have to be a bit more CREATIVE!!”


Remember our discussion about Thai Ladyboys?  They usually have trouble finding work outside of the beauty and entertainment industries but now PC air (yes, that’s really the name of the airline) is hiring transgendered flight attendents.
The average face for women in 40 different countries.  Do you see yourself?  I feel like I look a bit Finnish or Swedish1,200+ albums are for sale for $5 on Amazon!  Including the likes of Jay-Z, Phoenix, The Black Keys, Local Natives, Daft Punk, Best Coast, Arcade Fire, Freelance Whales, Neutral Milk Hotel, Matt & Kim, Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Radiohead, Monsters of Folk, Destiny’s Child, MGMT. Gogogo!

Well, now I want to visit Cuba.

Web Time Wasters

It’s been a lovely week here at The Good Ship Yes and Yes – in the race the cross the boarder into Laos I was beaten by a large black goat with a bell around it’s neck.  I saw some waterfalls, some temples, got a $5 massage, ate lots of baguettes and did not eat any frogs, maggots or crickets.  Tomorrow I take one bus and two planes to Kuala Lampur where I’m interning with the Malaysian edition of CLEO!

Some fun from the internet this week!

Alex Franzen shares all of her incredibly useful websites, apps and tools that she uses to keep things running smoothly. I didn’t know about a lot of these!

Ryan Gosling is one of my top five celebrity boyfriends and apparently everyone in the blogosphere agrees. An interesting (and academic) take on why girls love him so.

I’m obsessed with living in a converted space – so I’m obviously all over this converted plow factory

Did you know that I’m quietly obsessed with Ugg boots?  They’re like slippers!  That you can wear outside into Minnesota’s half-year of never ending winter! Subscribe to this Ugg boots  newsletter for a chance to win a pair.  Or if you’re impatient/unlucky use the code 1439YES for 10% off.

Things every blogger (and blog commentor) should know: Online Etiquette and Ethics

For the voyeur in all of us! Closet Visit peeks into the closets of LA most stylish ladies

If you’re a beer snob, may I point you in the direction of Slow Buzz?  My BFF and her genius chef husband are starting a brewery!  Impressive, eh?

Tour de Fork is an Italian company that makes reusing food waste artful and kind of gorgeous! (I love their orange peel hanger)

Advice from uber-blogger Maggie Mason A 12-Step Program For Successful Content Campaigns.  Thoughts on pitching to your passion and knowing your worth!

Do you know The Minimalist?  The NY Times food writer?  His 25 favorite (fairly simple) recipes
Gorgeous, vintage-y i-phone apps that make every text message look like a Victorian valentine!If you’re a Type A Virgo like me who has trouble relaxing, may I suggest Donothingfor2minutes?  (there’s a timer and wave sounds!)

Oh my.  The male models at fashion week give the ‘best’ pick up lines from their respective countries.

Extremely important.  Can you train a cat like a dog?  I once had a cat that would fetch pen caps!

Incredibly interesting!  The delicate relationship of employer/employee – Indian women who clean up before their maids get there and don’t fire them when they steal things!

If you’re lazy but virtuous, six charities that you can help from the comfort of your couch!

As we’ve established, I think smart girls are sexy girlsTop 10 Tricks and Tools To Train, Exercise And Better Your Brain

I’m totally into these gorgeous, refillable, reusable bamboo notebooks.

All work and no play = regret.  Find Time For Your Personal Life and Get A Handle On Your Out-of-Control Work Schedule.

Hilarious! The Babysitter’s Club – Where Are They Now?  (I always liked Claudia the best!)

Share your favorite links of the week in the comments!

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I think that chapter in Grapes of Wrath needs to be re-written.
(Nerdy English-major humor! Anybody? Anybody?!)
Friends! How was your week? I finished up my short stint teaching English to sex workers (which lead to some veeeeery interesting flashcards, ifyouknowwhatimean) and now I’m heading to Laos for five days. I’m fantasizing about riding a bicycle through rice paddies to hidden temples and reading in a hammock.

Though I’m sure the trip will also involve riding in vans with bad suspension on dirt roads and attempting to mime “I’m a vegetarian.”

Fun things from the interwebz!

Super Interesting! How the rest of the world exercises – badmitton, group calisthenics and billiards? Personal sidenote: when I taught English in Taiwan I was expected to lead 15 minutes of choreographed morning aerobics for 3-6 year olds. We obviously had to dance to Beyonce’s ‘Crazy.’

I do love a fashion spread based on a theme. Zodiac-based fashion!

In the event that you wanted to decorate your flat (or dress) in the style of The Big Lebowski...

I’m not sure if it’s true, but the thought is super depressing – well-educated, successful women have a hard time finding equally awesome guys?
The daily routines of famous people! (Simone de Beauvior liked to start the day with tea and would work until 9 pm, Stephen King needs to have everything organized in the same place before he can start writing)

Free download of ice-breaker tags
to encourage mingling at your next dinner party!

The Lives They Lived is the super interesting obituary section of the New York Times. You’d think it would be depressing, but it makes me want to live as life exciting enough to validate a write up like this!

Awesome. Ten charities that deserve ten bucks

Cold weather is no excuse! Plans for an adorable winter picnic

Wow. Ifitweremyhome compares lifestyles (and life quality) of any two countries. If I’d been born in New Zealand instead of the U.S., I’d spend 63% less money on health care, have 4% more free time and experience 19% less of a class divide. But I’d also make 41% less money.

Type A, Over-organizer, Virgo alert! Super awesome plans (with free downloadables) for making your own daily planner.

The Chinese president visited the white house and wanted a “quintessentially American meal” and this is what the White House came up with. Thoughts?

Useful! How To Self-Promote Without Being A Jerk

And in other news: I am totally, totally, totally obsessed with this song. Totally.

Web Time Wasters

It’s been a lovely, quiet-ish week here at the temporary headquarters of Yes and Yes (and by ‘temporary headquarters’ that I mean ‘the couch in my friend’s living room. or the chaise lounge next to the pool’). I visited an all-white temple, got swoopy bangs from a hairdresser who doesn’t speak English, ate a lot of amazing food and remembered how much I love Asian 7-11s.Next week I’m heading to the Laos border to work with Empower to teach English to sex workers. Interesting stuff!

Fun stuff from the interwebz!

I don’t know about you, but my dorm room featured inflatable furniture and a Pez dispenser collection. Maybe I could have taken some cues from this insanely stylish dorm room.

Homemade beauty treatments to treat all your winter woes.

Sooooo important! Teaching college students who are about to enter a shaky job market how to manage their money.

Since I’m in Thailand, it’s probably warm enough to validate purchasing every single one of these awesome stripey tops.

I love this sweet, pastel, Grandma-y room.

Dear America, You Cannot Wear Your Pajamas At All Times.

So interesting! A fashion model turned porn star compares the two industries. (The video itself is safe for work, but you might feel a little bit weird frequenting a website called ‘fleshbot’)

10 Ways To Get Fit On A Tiny Budget

To My Wife
= Cute. To My Husband = keeping it real (and funny and sweet)

If you need a gorgeously laid out website with 52 great ideas to help you keep your “Be Healthy” resolution, here it is!

Hmmm. What’s It Like To Be Mrs. Hugh Hefner?

I wish we were all better (and more comfortable with) talking about money. 20 Personal Money Practices That Got Me To A Place of Grooving Prosperity

Advice for an over-working, under-funning 25 year old.

How did I miss this? An old post on Jezebel about envy-inducing bloggers who seem to live dream lives. Thoughts?

Inspiring! How I Quit My Day Job – from (now) pro-blogger and web designer Kyla Roma.

Share your favorite links in the comments!