Friday Finds

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  1. I can’t even whistle but I’ve always wanted to learn how to do this.
  2. How to help the USPS.
  3. What we’ve stolen from our kids.
  4. When galaxies collide. (Space is cool).
  5. Birtherism is depressing.
  6. I kind of love the idea of a Roomba for my lawn.
  7. Could this BE anymore fun?
  8. I’m a sucker for a kitchen utensil round up.
  9. She gave me goosebumps.
  10. 13 scary villians.
  11. My soul is 16.
  12. I love what Melissa did with her fence.
  13. We’re going to make our own if you’re bored lists this weekend.
  14. Art class.

Hope you have a really wonderful and safe weekend! (Wear a mask. Wash your hands.)

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  • THE THINGS I WANT TO DRAW ON MY LAWN. THE THINGSSSSSSS. Like a big middle finger.

    My soul is 27 and I don’t know how I feel about that.

    I pre-ordered the Friends advent calendar because it is a NEED.

    I love when I find new blogs to follow and Funky Crunchy Mama is going to be a blog that will get me through 2020 as will yours. KEEP WRITING.

    I need a new cutting board but don’t know which one to get. Need a post all about cutting boards. Do you have a wood board? Are they too much upkeep?

    • Oh Kari!! Thank you for that laugh. You’re so good for my soul.

      FWIW: I loved being 27. Had just finished my undergrad, was married, renting an adorable little house with the cutest little puppy. The world was my oyster.

      I do not use a wood board because I have a butcher block island but I doubt they’re terribly much work. I imagine you need to hand wash/dry so they don’t warm and oil them occasionally. I wouldn’t use one for meat because I always worry about cross contamination.

    • I’m 27, too. I felt similarly ambiguous about that. 27 wasn’t a great age for me, and SORRY my tastes aren’t more sophisticated. (I still want the chocolate souffle. Don’t care.)

      Also, I have a cutting board like the one in the article. I have 3, actually. I put them in the dishwasher after each use and I love them. I use them for meat, too, because they can go in the dishwasher. They were part of my effort to remove plastic from my kitchen a few years ago. Highly recommend.

  • Hi Kate,
    I had no idea birtherism was so convoluted. The mental gymnastics people go through to prop up their beliefs is indeed depressing. (As is the need to help the USPS.)
    My soul is 21, which surprised me. I expected 89.
    I’d love to explore #14 further. (This link is also at #9, btw.) A friend who is a graphic designer gave me some water colour paper several months ago after I told her I was disappointed that both our sons were missing out on so many cool techniques when their art class went online after the pandemic hit. But despite having a good set of water colour paints—and the paper—we’ve never managed to make any painting (or any other art for that matter) happen. Maybe if we had an “if you’re bored” list, and put painting on the list, it would finally happen 🙂 .

    Have a good weekend!

    • Thank you for the head’s up, Marian. Fixed it. It’s now Michelle Obama’s speech.

      I feel like 89 is a better representation of my soul age as well!!

      I hope you’ll get some time to play with your paint.

  • My soul is a good age: 32

    “You have a good grasp of what you want from life and where you’re going. You’re learning to stop pleasing other people at the cost of your wellbeing and you’re embracing your true self, even if at times you’re still unsure.”

    The Friends calendar is a hoot.

    I had a “if you are bored list” when I was a kid. My mother was all about that idea in the name of instilling a sense of responsibility in me.

    • That is a good age, Ally!!

      Your mom was smart. My grandma always used to say “only boring people get bored.” and my mom would always give me some sort of chore if I complained about being bored so I didn’t say it very often. I remember being bored a lot – especially at the tail end of summer. I miss that sensation.

  • I got: 27
    “Even though you feel like an adult most of the time, you sometimes feel like you have no idea what you’re doing and that you’ll mess up at any moment. You’re trying to balance all your responsibilities, while continuing to live your best life.“
    The description is right on target, but my soul feels 90-100 as so much life lived already!

    I could get stuck on Kitchen link #8! That might make into a fun icebreaker. If you were a kitchen utensil, what would you be and why?

    Enjoy the weekend, Kate! We are preparing for a hurricane heading our direction, expecting Monday. Peak season, here.

    • I like that ice breaker question, TD. The first thought that popped into my head was whisk but I don’t know why or what that says about me. How about you?

      Hope you stay safe and sound and get all you need to get done.

      • Ha! A whisk. Made me smile that you came up with something! I would like to say a dish towel as I like things clean. But that might not be considered a utensil. So I will be the kitchen scissors because they are at work every day in my kitchen.

        Yes. I did get everything done that I need to do to be prepared for the hurricane. Now, it’s just pay attention to weather reports and wait to see where and timing of what happens because they move and change so quickly.

      • Ha! A whisk. Made me smile that you came up with something! I would like to say a dish towel as I like things clean. But that might not be considered a utensil. So I will be the kitchen scissors because they are at work every day in my kitchen.

        Yes. I did get everything done that I need to do to be prepared for the hurricane. Now, it’s just pay attention to weather reports and wait to see where and timing of what happens because they move and change so quickly.

  • I used resistbot! It was easy! Thank you!

    #3 made me angry/sad/frustrated because she is so right. And this sentence: “We would have to choose schools over bars; we’d have to think big.” That juxtaposition, man. When choosing schools over bars is thinking big. There have been so many, many small thoughts in all of this.

    But then I saw the link for the museum, and holy cow I want to be in your home school art class. There’s so much great stuff there! It reminded me that, for some kids, there is opportunity here to study and learn things they are passionate about that they might not otherwise have.

    And, although I’m becoming more minimalist by the day, I really wanted almost every one of those kitchen things I don’t already have (though I have a few). The juicer is one of my favorite kitchen gadgets. I really might have to invest in a batter bowl. (Though I know it’s not an investment. It won’t increase in value or save me money. Language matters. Argh.)

    Hope you’ve had a good weekend. Thank you for the lovely links.

    • I’m not a huge fan of most single purpose kitchen items but I have a batter bowl and it’s one of my favorite kitchen items. (Jesse’s dad has one that has their old company logo on it and I *really* want that one. I keep telling Jesse to steal it but he won’t.)

      Violet and I watched a video on the museum cats and it has me thinking of what artsy thing I could do with cats. I am so happy I found that link.

      And finally #3 was absolutely a wake up call. Every single week our health department posts exposure notifications for local bars. And everyone is so mad that their kid isn’t playing football this fall and I GET it, but no one wants to do what you have to do to get football. Reminds me of the experiment with kids and marshmallows (a kid could get two if he didn’t eat the first one in front of him for a certain amount of time). We’re all scarfing down our marshmallows…

      Anyway…it was a very good weekend!! It’s good to hear from you!