Hello there, friends.
How was your week? I’m going to admit I had one of THOSE WEEKS. You know the kind of week where just the act of getting out of bed seems like a whole lot to ask, and then you stumble out into the kitchen and the first thing you see is the sink full of dirty dishes you didn’t wash last night because you were too busy binge-watching Benedict Cumberbatch and you’re pretty sure if dirty dishes could talk they’d be like, “Uh, you kind of suck at this life-thing right now.”
Yeah, one of those weeks.
But, it’s a new week! And here’s hoping this week is not full of accusatory dirty dishes!
So to start off the new week I give you links:
1. One thing I did actually manage to do: I started editing some of the super-duper old posts on my blog. Because doesn’t that sound like a fun summer thing to do? Sitting in my sweltering kitchen, reading posts from seven years ago, back when I thought that 3,000 words was a totally acceptable blog-post length?
Two posts I worked on yesterday: this post about the time I went to Sapporo by myself and had an old Japanese dude offer me free potatoes and this post about the time I ran a marathon (YES! ME! A MARATHON! I KNOW! I CAN HARDLY BELIEVE IT MYSELF!).
2. Another thing I managed to do this week: I saw Love & Friendship in the cinema. It’s based on Jane Austen’s novella, Lady Susan, which I’d never read or even heard of because I’m the worst former English major EVER.
3. Speaking of Jane Austen, I just finished Eligible, which is a modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice. I really enjoyed it. It’s set in Cincinnati of all places, but that didn’t really stop me from imagining that the Darcy character had a British accent and looked exactly like Colin Firth.
Also, a portion of the book takes place in a reality TV show a la The Bachelor. Go ahead, clutch your pearls, all you Austen fans, but I had to admit it really kind of worked.
In fact, when you think about it, Pride and Prejudice was kind of like the original reality TV dating show — you start with a group of unmarried women, throw in some single guys (including a few real jerk-bags), add some swirling rumors and a few misunderstandings and voila! Pride and Prejudice was basically Bachelor in Paradise, minus the tequila.
4. Speaking of relationship stuff, I could relate a lot to this article: “I’m not pining for a long-lost love. I’m single by circumstance.”
I’ll admit to sometimes dreaming up a horrible, tragic story of lost love to explain why I’m camping alone or doing other stuff by myself should people ever ask me. Luckily, nobody ever asks. Plus, I can never get my story straight — should my beloved have been stricken by terminal brain cancer or killed in a motorcycle accident? Also, were we high school sweethearts or was it more of a whirlwind romance kind of a thing? It really is a quandary.
But the truth is I, like the author of the article, am “a boring old single person who hasn’t met any guy I like more than my independence.”
5. It was National Donut Day this week. Which is an actual, historical, patriotic thing.
6. France has a wine theme park. BECAUSE OF COURSE IT DOES.
Meet you there?
7. This is a great list of 8 reasons why you should make time to travel. Especially the one about eating ALL THE FOOD. Which is basically the only reason I go anywhere.
8. Speaking of traveling, this is such a wonderfully honest post by Amanda from A Dangerous Business on travel and privilege and why she truly is lucky to be able to travel.
I’ve been told I’ve been lucky to travel and live overseas and do the things I do so many times. And sometimes it can be irksome because, yeah, I had to work really hard to do a lot of that stuff. But, at the same time, I realize just the fact that I had the option to travel and live overseas had so much to do with luck and privilege and the fact that I knew I could always crawl home and live in my parent’s barn if things didn’t work out.
9. I LOVED this article about a professor who enrolled in college to see what his students were really dealing with. As someone who teaches at a university, I often chalk up my students’ not doing their work as them being lazy, but I forget that my students have lives outside of school and sometimes those lives can be really messy.
Granted, sometimes my students are just being lazy. But, also, honestly, I was pretty lazy back in my student days too. And, ummm, now. Hence the reason why I can’t seem to find time to grade any papers or do my laundry this weekend. But watch the entire first season of Sherlock in one sitting? No problem!
10. This girl wore a hot dog costume to her dance studio’s “princess week.” In other words, she’s my hero.
How was your week, friends? I hope it was filled with a lot less accusatory dirty dishes than mine! Let me know what you’ve been reading/watching/eating this week.
Disclosure: Some of the above links are affiliate links, which means I can earn a small commission for any purchases made at no extra cost to you. Which means more donuts for me! Yay!