Happy Friday! I have today off and six blog posts I need to write, two with a March 1st deadline. So I’ll be spending today and hopefully much of my weekend cranking out blog posts! It’s a good problem to have.
Please enjoy this week’s pieces of the internet that made me feel things.
Happy weekend everyone! I had a good week but sensed it was pretty stressful for some of my loved ones. Wishing relaxing weekends for everyone, especially those who were extra stressed this week. Enjoy this week’s pieces of the internet that made me feel things.
Happy Friday everyone! I’m battling a cold right now. I thought it was just allergies but it bloomed into a gross cold. It’s my all-time favorite holiday this weekend. Sugarface and I are celebrating with a chicken tender taste-off and trying to replicate Cane’s Chicken dipping sauce. I want to make our celebration a pun. Tender Loving Care? Swipe Right on the right Tender? I have a pun sickness.
Enjoy this week’s round up of links that made me feel things!
What women want for Valentine’s Day. I agree with “slight effort” but my favorite gift so far was when Sugarface made me a penguin pop up card with a sweet note inside. I keep it on my nightstand and still read it from time to time.
Happy February everyone! My dogs wish you an early Valentine’s Day. This weekend Sugarface and I are going to a banh mi taste-off and a Superbowl party even though neither of us follow football. How about you?
Here are this week’s pieces of the internet that made me feel things. Enjoy!
So I thought the above brief history on Japan was neat and had this bookmarked to share this week. And when I asked Sugarface if he saw any interesting videos, he coincidentally shared with me the following video. The kids are so cute!
It’s funny how January felt like it was mostly routine days but in actuality there were a handful of big events. Sugarface and I rang in the New Year dressed up at a New Year’s Eve wedding in Arkansas. I had never seen him look so handsome in a tux before! We spent the first few days of the year in Arkansas and enjoyed some quality time with his parents. The dogs got to do some exploring too. Shortly after getting back from Arkansas, we celebrated our first anniversary by watching Die Hard and eating dinner at one of our favorite restaurants. I also made one of his favorite meals to celebrate, garam masala pot pie. It’s been such a sweet year.
There were awesome chance encounters with memorable strangers this month. I met a man on the elevator named James who had a bag full of lilies. He was traveling soon and didn’t want his flowers to go to waste. He gave me a stem and brightened up my day. I also met Victoria and her sunshiney crew on the streets of downtown giving out free warm hugs.
Finally, we ended the month the same way we started it. Dressed up for a wedding.
Not depicted on Instagram was an oil change date with a dear friend. It was the most fun I had waiting for an oil change. We snacked at McDonald’s and colored our coloring books as we talked for almost 3 hours.
Well done everyone! We finished another week. I hope you you did a bit of relaxing to balance out all that work. I found some awesome links this week that made me feel things. The last video had me chair dancing. Enjoy!
Happy Friday everyone! My week whizzed by again. I like the spirit of Januaries. Fresh starts and making plans and goals are invigorating. This weekend my only priorities are sleep and an oil change with a friend. Yes, we actually made a date to have our oil changes together. How about you? What are you doing?
Here are this week’s list of links that made me feel things.
It took reading 14 books in December, but I read 50 books in 2015. It was my fourth consecutive year of reading 50 books a year. I’m reminded every year of what a procrastinator I am in December. I wanted to share my final list of all the books. There were plenty that I loved and liked. What were your favorites from 2015? I haven’t read anything so far this year, putting me already one book behind schedule!
Books I Loved
Americanah was my first of two books by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. I resolve to read the rest of her books in 2016!
I’ve now officially read all of Anthony Bourdain’s books and loved them all. I especially loved the essay about his daughter in Medium Raw.
I loved The Color Purple so much. It was an emotional roller-coaster but I still think about the characters.
I read The Old Man and the Sea towards the end of my reading challege. Cherry-picked both for its prestige and its brevity.
I would have read The Girl On The Train in one sitting if I didn’t have to be an adult. So it took either two or three sittings. A page-turner of a mystery with a well-meaning but atrociously unreliable narrator.
About Alice was written lovingly by Alice’s husband in her memory.
I was reading Men Explain Things To Me while waiting for new tires. The man sitting next to me saw the title and chuckled, “Isn’t that what all women want? Men to explain things to them?” I wanted to throw the book at him and tell him the book was written for exactly him.
The Guy Not Taken, a collection of short stories, was a quick read. There were a few good ones.
I found an essay excerpt of Rob Lowe’s Love Life about his son and immediately put Love Life on hold at the library. I enjoyed his writing style. I either read this one and listened to the next one listed (also by him) simultaneously or vice versa. I do recommend you listening to both these books since he did such a great job on the audio.
Stories I Only Tell My Friends recounts many stories of Rob Lowe trying to break into the acting business. It was a comforting read while I dealt with job rejections.
Read Geography of Bliss if you have wanderlust and are curious about how different cultures approach happiness.
I was dutifully reading Never Let Me Go despite not being hooked and about 120 pages in, I was hit in the gut. I’m glad I stuck it out.
I read a few thriller mysteries this year. Bonegap had a bit of the mystical in it.
I read If You Find This Letter on my flight from Austin to Chicago and cried so much the passenger across the aisle gave me her whole package of tissue.
I didn’t think I’d like Stoner but I read it in two sittings. Depressing but beautifully written.
Books I Read to Help Me Figure Out My Work Life
An old coworker had pushed Rework on me over and over again. It wasn’t until I got laid-off that I finally made the time. I think anyone managing people or anyone in Human Resources could get a lot from this book.
Essentialism motivated me to pare down every area of my life.
Hello! I’ve returned to the real world this week. I spent New Year’s in Arkansas with Sugarface and it was a bit of a culture shock to reenter the grind. If this was your first week back from vacation, I hope it went smoothly. Here’s this year’s first installment of Friday Feels, links that made me feel things. Enjoy!
“…I could fixate on finding jobs that would help me afford beautiful universes small enough to hold in my hand. Or I could seek out work that would remind me that I was, wondrously, living inside of one.”