January 27, 2017

cool stuff i like

Happy Friday! Is it Friday? I've lost all sense of time. All the days seem like endless repeats of the previous days. What? I'm not talking about anything political. Sigh. Sorry - I will try so very strenuously to keep this space a happy place but I have to say....if it weren't for the National Park Service right now giving me something to cheer about, I'd be hiding under my bed. Moving on. So this Saturday is the Lunar New Year! Are you doing anything to celebrate the Year of the Rooster? That's my year! Fun fact - I spent most of life thinking I was born in the year of the Dog, because I was born in 1970. But then I found out that for Chinese astrological purposes, because my birthday in January occurred before the Lunar New Year that particular year, I'm actually considered to be born in 1969! Thus making me a Rooster.  I got some treats for Julia and our neighbors' kids. Chocolate coins, plus some real coins, and orange jelly candies are going into some Hello Kitty and My Melody lucky money envelopes. They have holes in them because at one point I had them strung up on one of my holiday stick trees.

Online goodness this week:

Darcy's photos of the Women's March in Washington are FANTASTIC.

8 picture books to celebrate the Lunar New Year.

These granola bars look incredibly good and simple.

Winter white rooms.

What a cool decorating idea - DIY sun prints.

5 ideas for winter fun.

Have you heard of Raddish, a cooking project subscription box for kids?

This would be a perfect Valentine's Day gift.

Want to see Gwyneth Paltrow's pantry? I laughed. I could only look at it for 3 seconds before I had to click away.

This was a great read.

Cool Book of the Week: 'The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living' by Meik Wiking is finally out! Just published this January 17. I've been waiting! I'm off to see if I can find it. I know, you all are probably sick of hearing me drone on and on about hygge, the Scandinavian concept of X-treme Coziness, but it's basically the closest thing I have to a religion, and I've spent the better part of the past decade chasing down the concept and trying to incorporate it into my life, even before I knew there was a word associated with this lifestyle notion I was trying to pursue. YES THAT WAS A LONG SENTENCE. Every English professor I ever had is weeping right now. The author writes: "Hygge is about an atmosphere and an experience," Wiking explains. "It is about being with the people we love. A feeling of home. A feeling that we are safe." Wow, we could all use some of that these days, no?

 Have a great weekend! I sort of cleaned my house in preparation for the Lunar New Year. I didn't do a very good job. I'd have to clean for two weeks if I wanted to really do a good job, and I know some people who really want to go ALL IN for the Lunar New Year do in fact clean that much. I did manage to put away the remainder of my leftover holiday and 'winter' decorations, because I've had enough of winter and I'm ready to just be holiday-free for awhile. I did leave up my IKEA star lights because they keep me sane during the December thru February months, even though it really doesn't seem like it from the immense run-on sentences I'm unable to stop creating today. BE WELL, my friends. Happy New Year! Again!



  1. We have been getting Raddish kits in the mail for years! Love them! My sister gives my kids a subscription every Christmas--best gift. The recipes are delicious and my kids love the glossy fold-out format and step-by-step illustrations. But the best part is that my oldest can almost do them without any help from us. Kids making me dinner--dream come true. :)

    1. Oh that's good to know! I think my dad is going to gift this for J's birthday - she's very into all things cooking right now :) My goal is that by the time she's 14, she is making one meal per week :)

  2. Thank you for the Valentine's Day gift love! xo - jenna

    1. You are SO welcome - I really want that for myself soooo much. <3

  3. BOTAN RICE CANDY!!! Happy Hawaii memories!

    1. YES!!!! my kid loves it!!! I was so obsessed when I was little.

  4. I'm waiting for my library hold for that book to come through! xoxo Oh, and the Kitchn posted a story about this store, the "online stop for all things hygge." I'm just now checking it out, but I figured you'd want to see, too! https://www.finnishdesignshop.com/

    I have never done anything for the Lunar New Year, but I have a stack of library books this time. That's an improvement! I have a Twitter account again, and I'm following all of the Alt/Rogue government agency Twitters.

    I want so many subscription kits, but I just can't justify the cost. My friend in Minnesota gets the girls their DoodleCrates each year, which they adore.

    I want snow. That has nothing to do with anything, except the Design Mom post made me sad. XOXO

    1. I have a list a mile long of things I need to check for at the library, I really need to get on that. Thank you for letting me know about the hygge shop I'll go take a peek! And yes, I'm on Twitter and I never use it, but I'm going to get on there more and I'm definitely following ALL of the rogue Twitters.

      My snow dreams are crashing and burning. I think unless some freak weather system rolls in, lowland snow possibilities are dwindling by the day. SO sad! Portland got so much!!!

  5. I feel bad for you snowless people! We got over a foot in 24 hours last weekend-and it is supposed to snow more this weekend. We already had snow on the ground, so we are doing good. Our last few winters have been very light on snow, so we are enjoying this!

    After reading your post, I bought the Hygge book-I also love this stuff, and I am actively searching for things to bring me comfort. Not sure if I already mentioned this, but I learned how to knit a few weekends ago, and have been loving doing that. I am a total beginner, of course-but I can make scarves-I've done 3 since the 14th! Finding it very zen.

    Gwyneth Paltrow's pantry looks very boring. If I had as much money as she did, I would have vintage stuff all over-think the color and cuteness I could have in my pantry!!

    1. WOW - that's a lot of snow! I hope the book is wonderful, I can't wait to read it. Amazing that you're learning to knit - I don't know how, and I really want to! I'm ever so slowly learning to sew. And by slowly I mean my aunt came over and showed me how to turn on the machine, ha. I tell you - every time I see a celebrity anything pretty much, I'm like really? That's how they're furnishing their house???


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