Far and away

Anthro’s Away We Go: Vietnam campaign has left me with a definite case of wanderlust.

Here I am, burrowed deep beneath layers in the new Arctic formerly known as Chicago, watching these clips of a far-away place filled with color, mystery, and above all warm temperatures. I admit to being a little smitten with the idea of leaving all of this snow behind and going on an adventure. I guess a hot bubble bath will have to suffice in the meantime.

Let’s comfort ourselves with a cup of hot cocoa (we deserve whipped cream on top), and a few links to like.

Have a great, and hopefully sparkly, weekend!


Date night for the cheap and intrepid.

date night

It’s not fair. I happen to be in love with my husband, so why is it so hard to find something fun to do together that isn’t something we do ALL the time, or doesn’t cause us to dip into the kids’ college funds to afford? Listen, I have limited time to spend on this, and so does he. We just want to do something fun. Something new. We want to hold hands and skip off together into a magical land of novel interests and never-before considered pursuits. This is not too much to ask.

So we signed up on one of those “let-us-plan-your-next-awesome-date” sites. I’m looking forward to trying duck liver mousse and pheasant galantine in a “rustic setting, a nod to the inns known as berghaus that offer refuge to hikers in the Alps”, for FREE y’all. That’s what I’m talking about.

How About We has the tagline: “Think outside the box of chocolates”. Nice. But I still would like some chocolate. Lot’s of free dates on this site.

Delightful claims to offer: “Curated Experiences for Two”. This is next level stuff when you go on an “experience” instead of a date. I think Mike and I have been married long enough for an experience. Plus they also offer freebies.

Of course there’s old stand-bys like Groupon and Living Social, which we tap into for all sorts of deals on couples and family fun. Well, what do you think? Have you heard of these sites? Would you try one of their dates?

Image courtesy of Some Ecards.

Book trailers are a thing, and other weekend amusements.

So yeah, books have trailers now. I know that because I am au courant (which is French for “knowing the newest information and trends…eventually”) and a zeitgeist (which is German for “I’m on Twitter”).

The New Yorker posted the trailer for B.J. Novak’s (The Office) new book, “One More Thing”. Novak is a smart guy. He featured Mindy Kaling and referenced Sartre in the same trailer. So funny. I’m getting the book based on those two merits alone.

When you’ve finished being impressed with the unbelievable beauty and complexity of Mindy Kaling, here’s some more amusing links to like this weekend:

Director Adrian De Sa Garces’ unreal personal photo journal of his home town Walvis Bay, Namibia.

A vocabulary test that will tell you how many English words you know! Crucial information if you are, like me, a writer, a teacher, and a nerd.

These recipes featuring eggs that look so good I want to cry.

Just ordered this book on Amazon based purely on this intriguing blog post and some of the comments that follow. This is the first time I’ve ever bought a book that I knew nothing about.

A leather jacket I totally want.

Also, this helpful little primer gives practical suggestions for dressing your age. Maybe no leather skinnies for me after all!

Motawi’s brilliantly beautiful new additions to the Charlie Harper collection of ceramic art tiles. I’d love to redo all of my backsplashes with a few of these lovelies.

As a faithful wearer of red lipstick myself, I thought this was a good tip to avoid ring-around-the-mouth.

Have a great weekend!

Maple syrup as big as your head.


My husband, Mike, opened his email this morning and saw this. What you see here, my friend, would be a stack of what appears to be the biggest, fluffiest pancakes known to man, a side of, oh say, half a pound of bacon, and an amber waterfall of maple syrup being poured from a half-gallon jug that has to weigh at least ten pounds. I managed to stop him before he licked the screen.

This big ol’ jar of golden goodness is a new offering from the good people at Best Made Company. Mike has been a fan of Best Made for a while now, which is kind of funny if you know what a skeptic he is. Yet he has completely bought into the Best Made brand and reputation. If it says it’s “Best Made”, then it’s best made, okay?

So he’s wanting to order this jar of maple syrup and I only have one question: Where are we going to store this thing? I’m thinking I need to clear a space on the kitchen counter for it. It won’t fit into any of our cupboards, and I’d be afraid of the weight of it anyway. This spurred a solution-seeking mission of great intensity and dedication. The conclusion? It will be stored on the pantry shelf where we keep the small appliances. It’s a solid shelf, deep and tall. Problem solved.

So there you have it. Apparently, even Mike’s first world problems are best made.

Image via Best Made.