Saturday, December 10, 2011

Weekend Links - December 10, 2011

1. Funny Literary Genre Translations of this original text: “I ate a sandwich and looked out the window.” This was my favorite:
19th-Century British Romance

“Being but a governess with no prospects but a fierce wit and a quick temper which is out of mode, I nibbled a soda biscuit and looked off into the glade, awaiting my dear friend—whom I surely could not come to love—Mr. Wadswortherton.”
but there are many more. (At least one entry may be offensive to some readers so clicker beware.)

2. I'm pretty sure every Mom can identify with this post: Did I Really Just Say That?

3. Mother of 6 Trades House for Used Minivan. I'm really hoping our housing market isn't this bad when we try to sell. (That was a joke. I'd never trade our house for a used minivan - we already have one.)

4. If you're planning to give books for Christmas (as I almost always do) Melissa Wiley has some suggestions.

5. A California teenager won a $100,000 National Science Prize for her cutting edge cancer treatment research. Do Hard Things! Do them now! I love reading stories like this.

6. Somewhat related to my post about The Top 10 Worst Christmas Songs (with which most of my friends, because they have such excellent taste, wholeheartedly agreed), Flavorwire had a post about 11 Criminally Underrated Christmas Songs. So maybe some of those would be nice to add to our Christmas playlists. And, then again, maybe not. The only one on this list I've actually heard of is Willie Nelson's Pretty Paper and, I'm sorry, it's "underrated" for a reason.

7. I want to try Kim's Chai Tea Mix. My friend Rachel introduced me to this drink a year or two ago and I love the stuff. I'm out (for now) so it's time to whip up another batch.

8. Here are some ideas for Saving Hundreds of Dollars on Christmas Gifts. Philip and I have 45 different people on our "to buy for or contribute towards" gift list this year. Forty-five! We are definitely fortunate to have so many friends and family but it does get a bit overwhelming at times.

9. My mom linked to this story on her FB the other day: Fetal Cells Cross Placenta, Stay With Mom for Life. As it turns out, this is a very good thing.

10. How one woman became a best-selling author without a publishing deal. Encouraging for all us wannabe-writers, no?

Pins of the week:
This beautiful book is handmade.

What a labor of love and what a great book to get such special treatment. You can find out more about these books at Lanier's Books.

I love these beautiful built ins from IKEA products:

I'll have to tell you later how this caramel apple cider turns out:

Outfit of the week:

Via The New Professional Freelancer a now {sadly} defunct blog. Anyway, I've seen a lot of fashion bloggers combining black and brown and I like it.

What did you stumble on this week? I plan to link this post with Saturday Stumbles at Simply Staci.


Kristen said...

I discovered Chai this past year and have really enjoyed it, too! I might have to try making this mix along with you. Good luck with all your Christmas shopping for all 45!

Elisabeth said...

45 people to buy for?! And I thought only buying for kids and grandparents was hard! I don't even have half that many people to buy for. I shall never complain about it again!

Elisabeth said...

BTW, I have a song stuck in my head just from reading the title on your blog..."Pretty paper, pretty ribbons of blue..." Those are the only words I can remember, which makes it worse. Thanks for that. =)

"Gram" said...

As though I didn't already realize that you, Lulu, Princess, and The Bear were good for mental health medical science has confirmed that carrying a child benefits the mother permanently in a physical way, too. Thanks for sharing (both the link on your blog and cells en utero).



Staci said...

Can't wait to hear how the caramel apple cider came out! It sounds delicious!

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