Friday Finds

  1. Restaurant hunting for an upcoming trip to NYC. (So many places, so little time)
  2. Roald Dahl was a SPY?!?
  3. Was JUST having this conversation with a friend: rethinking vo-tech schools.
  4. Breathe.
  5. Going plastic free is VERY hard,
  6. But there are ways to reduce usage.
  7. Helicopter vs. snowplow parents.
  8. Could you IMAGINE?!?
  9. The link I promised Rita.
  10. Do you agree that “Busyness is modern laziness”?
  11. I don’t know how I’d feel riding in it, but it sure is CUTE.
  12. The British Bake-Off is one of our family favorites. I’ll be interested to see this.
  13. Making friends according to science

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  • These posts are reminding me that I once asked my IRL friend if she wanted to do an “article club” (as per this article: ). She said “SURE!” but we/I never got going with it. (I’m not sure why I’m telling you this…maybe because we recently floated the idea of doing a book club, but perhaps an article club would be more doable?)

    Many European countries stream kids, quite early on, into vocations. I think it’s great, and would solve a lot of problems. (I was raised in a blue-collar household, so I have great appreciation and respect for the trades, and would have no problem whatsoever if any of my kids took up a trade rather than a white-collar profession.)

    Totally (sadly!) agree on the idea that busyness is the new laziness. I suspect I’ve had 22 years of it… But that being said, I think some forms of busyness are really, really, really important. Such as cooking from scratch. And working to be as close to zero-waste as possible. (As per your it’s hard to go plastic-free link.)

    I LOVED the making friends article! 🙂 And I think the snowplow parents article was bang-on. I recently read one on lawnmower parents (same thing). It seems quite possible that the majority of my daughter’s housemates (and there were many over the years) were the children of snowplow/lawnmower parents 🙁 . What a disservice we do our children and their future roomies when we do that to them…

    You should see if you can watch the Great Canadian Baking Show. I think I’ve mentioned it to you before—it’s got Daniel Levy. (The first season is just ok—everyone seems quite stiff (except Daniel, maybe)—but the second season was great.)

    OK, back to work on my assignment…
    Have a good weekend, Kate!

  • I read the article on snowplow parents and realized I know a few of them. If there is a term for the opposite of those parents, that’d be my parents. No one was pushing me to do it all.

    I’ve believed for a long time that many people are addicted to busyness. I don’t get it, but I see it happening around me. Once again, I’m out of step with the times. Oh well.

    Making friends according to science intrigues me. I think of friendships as happening on a spiritual level, but perhaps I need to broaden my definition of friendships. It’s not like we all couldn’t benefit from having one more friend.

  • I love the idea of an article club!! And I liked so many of the articles they linked…I’m sure some of them will make a reappearance 😉

    My grandfather was a brick mason and an amazing woodcrafter, and my father is in a trade, but I have to be honest, I think I would struggle a bit if my children decided to forgo a four year degree. Jesse doesn’t have one, and I know you can be very successful without one, and I know how important it is to have talented individuals in the trades, but right or wrong, my first inclination is to say “get the four year”.

    I haven’t found the Canadian Baking Show but I’ll keep looking!! I love Daniel Levy!!

  • My parents were the opposite too!! I had moments when I really wish they were more like that, but now that I’m a card carrying adult, I appreciate that I can call my own tow truck.

    I found the article on friendship really interesting for that reason too.