Weekend links 10.24.14

Oct 24, 2014

I love the idea of a soup bar. Sounds delicious!

The myth of the perfect wedding dress.

This was an interesting article to me as a social media manager: Why Copyblogger Is Killing Its Facebook Page.

Do you subscribe to newsletters? Here are a few to add to your list.

Hearing the word "thumb" and "finger" this many times in an article grossed me out a little, but my inner grammar nerd thought it was interesting! Is your thumb a finger?

This book is on my to-read list. Skimm described it as "Little House on the Prairie" meets "Modern Family" so of course I have to read it now.

An interesting article about author Laura Hillenbrand. I'm such a huge fan of both of her books!

Wanting to make these sweet & salty cookies and then balance it out by making this simple broccoli salad.

9 Productive Ways to Make a Slow Workday Fly By - some great pointers.

Made me laugh: This is why I stopped following you on Instagram.

What I'm Reading, Vol. Twenty-Seven

Oct 22, 2014

The Busy Trap (via The New York Times)
Idleness is not just a vacation, an indulgence or a vice; it is as indispensable to the brain as vitamin D is to the body, and deprived of it we suffer a mental affliction as disfiguring as rickets. The space and quiet that idleness provides is a necessary condition for standing back from life and seeing it whole, for making unexpected connections and waiting for the wild summer lightning strikes of inspiration -- it is, paradoxically, necessary to getting any work done.

Downsize: Pursuing the Intangible (via Darling Magazine)
Let's not allow those stacked recipe books we intended to cook from become the dinner we never made time for. Let's not let the wall art reminding us to "seize opportunities when they reveal themselves" or "be the change you wish to see in the world" become mere sentences we ignore on our way to another shopping spree. Let's aim to keep those pricey throw pillows from becoming cozy nights in we failed to create. Let's downsize where we dwell and make room for our dreams.

Stop Perfecting: Move Before You Are Ready (via 99u)
Move before you are ready...Most people wait too long to go into action, generally out of fear. They want more money or better circumstances. You must go the opposite direction and move before you think you are ready. It is as if you are making it a little more difficult for yourself, deliberately creating obstacles in your path. But it is a law of power that your energy will always rise to the appropriate level. When you feel that you must work harder to get to your goal because you are not quite prepared, you are more alert and inventive. This venture has to succeed and so it will.

What do you snack on?

Oct 21, 2014

Okay, guys, it's time to spill the beans. What do you snack on at work? I'm always looking for great ideas for quick, easy, no-mess snacks for that afternoon lull when there's still plenty of work to do, but your body is screaming for a nap. Having something close by to munch on is super helpful, but not always super healthy. I've learned to curb my tastes a little when it comes to work snacks. We can't all be that person who snacks on doughnuts and cheetos every afternoon. (Oh, but I can dream!)

A quick and easy solution that I have found is trail mix. Which is funny, because I used to be deathly against trail mix. "Squirrel food", I called it. Until I realized that it's a pretty handy thing to have around when you start nodding off at your desk in the afternoon. It's the perfect combination of sweet, salty, and crunchy!

Now that we're doing Whole30 this month, I've switched out the trail mix for plain almonds. Not as exciting, but they're still something to crunch on. Toss in some apple slices and we'll call it a pretty decent afternoon snack. Some other things I've fallen in love with lately are LĂ„RABARs. Have you heard of these little gems? They have no more than nine ingredients and each flavor is made from simple whole ingredients. Some of their flavors aren't Whole30 compliant, if you're concerned with that, but several of them are. Last, but not least, these roasted plantain chips are deee-licious! Plus, they have that added crunch that makes snacking so much more fun.

So, please, share. What's your semi-healthy, very tasty, power snack to eat at work? I'm listening.

Read: Where'd You Go, Bernadette?

Oct 20, 2014

I've always had this rule to not buy books that I haven't read already. Instead, I check books out from the library and if I really really like it, I'll then go to a bookstore and buy it. It seems a little backwards, I know, but I consider it the same concept as trying on clothes before you take them home. Why lay down good money for something you aren't sure you are going to enjoy yet?

I have broken this rule of mine twice now. Both times at an airport bookstore. There's just something about those neat rows of books lined up and plenty of time to kill before boarding. The first time I broke my rule was a few years ago when Mark and I were still dating. I was waiting for a flight to Atlanta and picked up the first book in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trilogy. I was happily surprised with my luck of buying a book without reading it first and ended up tearing through the next two books in the series!

Fast-forward a few years to 2014 and you'll arrive at the date when I broke my rule again -- in another airport bookstore. This time I picked up Where'd You Go, Bernadette?. I had an hour to read before the plane arrived and I was halfway through the book by the time we boarded. It is really good! I'm starting to think there's something going on with airports and good books.

This book was not at all what I was expecting it to be. I had heard it was really good, but I also knew it had something to with a mother having a nervous breakdown. I was picturing a depressed housewife and a sad story-line. Oh, was I wrong! Bernadette is a very colorful character and the writing structure keeps things interesting. It's kind of similar to Love, Rosie in that respect (another one of my favorite books).

In an attempt to not give too much away, I will just say that this book involves a trip to Antarctica penguins, Microsoft, cool architecture, and the Russian mafia. Now if that doesn't make you want to go read it, I don't know what will.

This was September's read in my 2014 Reads Challenge (reading one book per month). For more 2014 Reads reviews, click here.

Weekend links 10.17.14

Oct 17, 2014

Oh man, what a week! I feel like I'm a broken record every Friday, but the weekend always seems to arrive just when I need it most. I'm looking forward to unwinding and shutting my brain off for a few days.

Waking up is hard to do.

Which brings me to.... I need this alarm clock.

A fall reading list.

These 27 copywriting formulas would work well for blog posts.

How parenting has changed since we were kids. This is so, so true!

After writing about our experience with Whole30 this week, I came across this post on Design For Mankind. I'm a bit obsessed with reading about other people's experience with Whole30 now.

These caramel apple slices are definitely not Whole30, but I've added them to the list of things to try in November!

Friends is coming to Netflix!

The secret to learning a foreign language as an adult. I guess this means I need to buy those plane tickets to Spain.
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