Weekend Links 4.17.15

Apr 17, 2015

Podcasts all day, every day. Here are 7 more to add to your list.

Also related, why do audio stories captivate us so much?

Laugh of the week: A Republican senator who's rocking at Twitter. Well, not really.

I've been listening to this Otis Redding song on repeat all week.

Another great article: There's no mayonnaise like my mayonnaise.

Intrigued by the idea of creating a work uniform. Don't think I would ever do it, but interesting nonetheless.

Science backs me up: The best time to write is in the morning.

Spring Scenes

Apr 14, 2015

Spring around here has been a constant rotation of bright, sunny days and gray, rainy days. Today is one of those rainy days when it's hard to get out of bed and my brain feels as sleepy as the sky looks. So I'm posting some photos from this past weekend to tide me over until the next sunny day. Doesn't everything look so bright and vibrant?

These were all taken in Hollywood Cemetery.

Over the Weekend

Apr 13, 2015

A weekend with no plans is a special kind of luxury. A warm, sunny weekend with no plans is even better.

The majority of Saturday and Sunday was spent outside, finishing the last bit of The Girl On the Train and getting a lopsided sun tan. Such is spring. I also listened to this podcast episode and switched between laughing and (almost) crying. It's a really good one, if you have a chance to listen.

We ventured around town a bit and I couldn't stop commenting on all the green that seemed to just show up overnight. I love this time of the year when the leaves start coming back. There's a few more every day and it makes everything look so fresh and new.

Also, those cherry blossoms! I noticed this weekend that my camera roll is basically a library of blossom photos, but they're just so pretty.

Keep doing your thing, spring.

Weekend Links 4.10.15

Apr 10, 2015

I know that April showers bring May flowers, but can we just skip to the flowers part already? After a week of rain and gloom, all of my spring-lovin' hope is hanging on the promise of a sunny, warm weekend. I'll be sorely disappointed if the weatherman lied. My pale skin is desperate for some sunshine! Hope you have a happy weekend filled with sunshine. Here are some links to browse over:

Do you eat at your desk often? Start packing a lemon.

I took my time reading these career tips and then went back and read them again.

Just a reminder: Hard is not a reason.

Debating whether or not I should get these shoes. So cute, but it is almost sandal season. Decisions, decisions.

I talked a little about one of my favorite spots in Richmond on my company's blog this week.

Life lessons from The Sound of Music.

Why are the buttons on men and women's shirts on different sides?

A sad reminder that not everyone on social media has good intentions: How to protect your family on Instagram

And, on a lighter note, the 12 types of photos you'll find on Instagram.

Tell me I'm not the only one who over analyzes the punctuation in a text?

Not a link, but....where can a girl find a decently priced pair of nude wedges? I thought they were supposed to be a classic, but I can't find them anywhere. Share your secrets, please!

April Reading List

Apr 9, 2015

If you're wondering whether I sprained my wrist holding that heavy stack of books, the answer is yes. Yes, I did.

I think I've mentioned before the notoriously long list that I keep in my phone of all the books I want to read one day. Every now and then, I'll pick a few titles from that list to put on hold at the library. This week, they all seemed to become available at the same time. That means I have a lot of reading to do if I don't want to return a bunch of half-read books in two weeks time. I think some sunny afternoon reading on the porch is in order!

Here's what I'm attempting to finish reading this month:

The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling
This book is the April read for our book club. I'm just a few chapters in, but am trying hard to finish it by the end of the month. I just learned that HBO is coming out with a mini-series based on the book later this month too! You can watch the trailer here.

Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar by Cheryl Strayed
This is a great book to read when you're trying to reading a bunch of other books at the same time, because it can be broken up so easily. Each "chapter" is a different reply letter written by Dear Sugar (the once-anonymous columnist) to the thousands of people who wrote in to her column about life, love, break-ups, career changes, addiction problems — basically everything under the sun. Their letters are haunting and Dear Sugar's responses are always so brutally honest and beautiful. Cheryl Strayed's writing is truly a force to be reckoned with. 

Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann
I've had this book on my to-read list since forever and finally got around to reserving it this month. At this point, I can't even remember what the book is about or why I wanted to read it in the first place. I'm going to trust my initial judgement and hope it will pay off.

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
By some stroke of luck, my number finally made it to the front of the queue this week. I thought I was going to be waiting for this book until next November. Now, I'm determined to squeeze it in before it rotates on to the next person in line. I'm a little scared to read this book because of all the hype and strong comparisons to Gone Girl. I'm skeptical that it may not live up to all the commotion.  
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