Saturday, January 7, 2012

Weekend Links - January 7, 2012

Wow, it was hard to write "2012" in the title up there. Of course, due to the plague upon our house this week, Philip and I have barely known what day it was, much less what year.

Anyway, we seem to be on the mend today, so on to some links. {fingers crossed}

1. I thought this was interesting among all the talk of 1% vs. 99%: 57 Members of Congress Among 1%. It doesn't particularly bother me, but I did think it was interesting.

2. Speaking of Interesting: Why Women Need Fat. I don't subscribe to any evolutionary theory, but I don't think you have to in order to see the sense in this article. Our modern ideas of food, body image, and weight are so messed up I don't even know how to begin to fix them. I do wish I could convince some young women that they are designed to be different from men. "Boyish figure" may be a body type but it isn't the only type.

3. I don't think it's any secret that I am not a fan of the "Twilight" series. This post: If Famous Writers Had Written Twilight caught my eye this week. (Bad language warning. I'm serious. Don't read this post if you are sensitive to that sort of thing. If I could go at this post with a little black sharpie pen, I would.)

4. For anyone who has ever wondered how I am able to read so much, this post might help: The Busy Mom's Guide to Finding Time to Read.

As for me, my answer is that I do not "find" time to read. Reading is at the top of my list, not somewhere down at the middle or bottom. I read before bed every single night. I read when my children are napping. I read while they're reading for school. I can read in the car without getting carsick. (I consider this one of my Super-Reader skills) I stay up too late reading sometimes. I watch almost no TV and very few movies because I much prefer a book. That's me. It doesn't have to be you. Reading is a skill like any other: the more you practice, the better you get. But just because reading is somewhere in my top 5 priorities, it doesn't mean it has to be in yours. Find out where reading belongs on your priority list and then make it happen. Because I can assure you: it belongs on there somewhere.

5. If  you read just one of my links this week let it be this one: Broken. Traci's beautiful, heart-felt words about allowing Jesus to grow beauty in our broken places really spoke to my heart this week.

Pins of the week:
I love these little matchbox storage "books":

My mother-in-law and I both love buttons. (She recently made me a button bracelet that I really must photograph and show you!) I love this tip on how to use buttons on a hair tie without sewing (so you could theoretically re-use your favorite buttons):

And, speaking of buttons, I love this idea for button storage:

There are always wine racks at our local thrift store and I've never - since I'm the type of person who never drinks anything stronger than Coca-Cola - been tempted to buy one. But this is a super cute re-purpose.

So, have you stumbled on anything interesting this week? Do share!
This post is linked up with Saturday Stumbles at Simply Staci.


Kristen said...

I loved that post of making time to read, too. I am so thankful that I can read in the car, too! Great links!

Karin said...

Those matchbox books are just the cutest! Buttons are really coming into their own right now aren't they. So many crafts and pieces of art! That's a cute hair tie I'll have to show my grands!

Good that you've turned your back on the virus. We've got GI outbreak protocol at our long term care centre and all programming is cancelled until next Tuesday. Need to be symptom free in the building for 48 hrs. before we open again. Those poor caregivers!

Elisabeth said...

That must mean the question we should be asking you is when do you find time to do anything Besides read?! ;)

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