My oh my has this been an interesting week. A few little joys, pictured above: a perfect avocado, a delivery of new books, homemade granola with all the mix-ins and a complex bourbon + coffee cocktail with a friend. There have been lovely moments this week, but I also have to say that I wandered over to my coworker’s desk at 9:00am on Friday to grab a truffle from her chocolate bowl. I needed a little boost to make it through one last work day because, drumroll please…
My friend Molly is visiting this weekend! We met through the happiest accident of living together for a semester when I was a senior and she was a sophomore in college. Our cozy blue house is still one of my favorite places I’ve ever lived, despite the fact that the couches reeked of mustiness and its unofficial mascot, a 24-toed cat (yes he has six little cat toes/claws on each foot), never quite warmed up to me.
As we hang out this weekend, I’ll be laying on the move-to-Chicago charm and insisting on a cup of coffee in each of my favorite neighborhoods. Expect documentation. I might even try to convince her to write a blog post with me, because doesn’t everyone want to blog? (Non-bloggers, it’s ok to politely not answer that.)
I picked today’s links specially based on posts here that seem to have resonated with everyone, on topics like dealing with overwhelm and staying healthy at a desk job. It really, truly seems like spring may come to Chicago soon, so I added a few fun and sunshine-inducing posts, too. Enjoy!
So helpful: workouts you can do at work (in the comments)
We all need someone to calmly tell us this: How to Deal When Things Aren’t Okay
Of course you are the hostess with the mostest. Start planning now for a spring garden party!
Have you read Lean In? While I don’t think we should treat it like gospel, it inspired me to reflect on my self-presentation and potential partners. Rosa Brooks came out of it with a different battle cry: “women of the world, recline!“ Discuss!
Natural hair + skincare products using four common ingredients. I love apple cider vinegar.
10 recipes from one of my favorite, mostly-paleo food blogs
Reading Sarah’s article, Internet Stalking Your Way to Success, was total validation of what I’ve been doing since I started reading her (very successful) blog!
A quick challenge: 21 days to a better blog.
The real reasons for spring to come? Taylor has a message from the city of Chicago for those in charge of the weather.
Open up the waters, open the beer gardens, melt the snow. Fill the marinas with boats. Fill the streets with festivals and concerts. Bring the sunshine back. The bike paths, the beaches, even those douchey bars by the beaches, we’ll take it all. The heat, the humidity, the smells of summer, even the tourists. We just need something. We need the joy of Chicago back.
Oof. I have five books and counting on my nightstand. I agree with Jenn, though: there’s so much to read and so little time!
For anyone pitching bloggers: please read this first.
March is Women’s History Month! Cat introduces a feature for the month: Women’s Power Wednesdays.
Questions for the creative doing it all (or really, for anyone who needs to prioritize in their career)
What causes emotional eating? A few mental solutions for preventing it so we can nip it in the bud.
Lavender: calming, cooling and now in whipped body butter. Yum!