Web Miscellany: Compilation #31

Hello Loves!

All of the sudden, daily life is no longer a struggle. I have so much energy, I can hardly contain it! What do you pursue when all limits and restrictions disappear? The sky is the limit; anything is possible.

What do you think of Eiko Ojala’s beautiful cut paper illustration?.

Now that I’m feeling better, I am once more considering further education, probably starting with free online courses or low-cost community college classes to explore possibilities for the next stage of my career. While I love my job, I know that I’m meant for something more.

This week, I met with my financial advisor and filed taxes. After a state refund, owing federal and a hefty service fee, I’m breaking even. I can’t complain.

My boyfriend bought me chocolate this week–50+ bars of my favorite 90% dark variety! He hid four full boxes around the house, which I discovered one-by-one across the course of an evening. I think I’ve found myself a keeper!

My car’s odometer just passed the 100,000 mile mark, which is hard to believe. My “new” car isn’t so new anymore, but we’ve shared some great adventures and I’m sure there will be many more to come!

Now that the weather is beginning to warm up, I’ve replanted my beloved herb garden. These cheap plastic planters are my pride and joy, lovingly cupping bunches of basil, thyme, rosemary, sage and cilantro. I always sprinkle in some poppies and nasturtiums for good measure (and to feed the sweet bees). I may sneak back to nursery to buy some purple and yellow mini pansies and deep coral geraniums. I restrained myself last weekend, but I simply can’t stop thinking about those lovely blooms.

What fun things do you have planned for the weekend? Will you be outside enjoying warm weather or bundled up enjoying the cozy warmth of your living room? Any books, outings or small adventures in the forecast? I’m going in for a much-needed haircut, looking forward to my farmer’s market haul and, well, that’s about it. I’ll probably go on a few long walks (gleefully exclaiming with each passing puppy) and attend yoga class or two.

Here are some fun and interesting things from around the web. Have you watched, read, listened to or seen anything particularly interesting this week? If so, I’d love for you to share in the comments.

    1. Quote I’m thinking about: “What if joy is my only metric for success?”
      – Sarah Jones
    2. Be Yourself: Authenticity as a Long-term Mating Strategy. I agree wholeheartedly with these findings, based on personal experience and my three years working as a research assistant in a social psychology lab.
    3.  Spending Just 20 Minutes At A Public Park Boosts Happiness. I believe it.
    4. “A lot of what might seem fundamental about marriage is just commitment, and you don’t need the government involved to be committed.” Why I’m never getting married from A Purple Life.
    5. Emma would love a letter from your dog. “Emma Mertens, a 7-year-old girl from Hartland who was diagnosed with inoperable brain cancer, has requested ‘letters from dogs.”
    6. Financial freedom is easier without kids. I am very much on the fence with the kids vs. no kids debate, so I always appreciate some food for thought.
    7. We find evidence supporting our hypothesis that the collaboration effect operates by creating a sense of debt owed to one’s collaborator.”
    8. Theranos was Fraudulent, What About Its Patents?
    9. I don’t know what it is about this song, but every few years I find myself listening to it on repeat for weeks at a time.


4 thoughts on “Web Miscellany: Compilation #31

  1. Oh man, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot is an awesome album, one of those generational classics that never gets old. As to the kids v. no kids debate, I wouldn’t trade one minute of my journey with my kids for a lifetime of financial security. And thanks to The Boss, who manages our finances strictly and is a wonderful parenting partner, we are on track to remain financially secure now and when The Girl and The Boy are grown and gone.

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    1. Great point on the kids vs. finances! My parents we’re especially well-to-do, but they made countless sacrifices to give me and my siblings the best possible education, values and moral fortitude, and endless love ans support. While they’re still paying off a mortgage on an average home and playing catch-up on retirement savings, I don’t think they would change a thing. Thanks for your thoughts–I think it’s held up a mirror and reminded me that decisions around family aren’t purely pragmatic, but really must consider the intangible things; no amount of money can purchase the love, support and joy of a close family. 🙂

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  2. Doing this weekend? Taking care of my toddler who has a cold, while I have a cold. And catching up on business because I have also taken care of him many previous days and my credit is bleeding. My girlfriend is home and has promised to take him and herself out Saturday (if she does not succumb to the bug as well), so said business can be done away with. Including firing some particularly annoying customers and replacing them with new ones who fortunately are in the wings. But I’d rather be using those 4 hours or so drawing something … ach, whatever.

    Well, you asked what I was doing! 😀

    And yeah, I see the item about financial freedom without kids now LOL, but don’t let that discourage you. It’s not an either-or. My particular life circumstances have made it so for the moment, but people don’t need to make the same choices I made or experience the same force majeures along the way. Just don’t wait too long to make a decision. We almost missed the train …

    Oh, and I am still deeply pleased to hear about your recent ‘come back’. Make no mistake.

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