I'm a day late with what I read on the internet this week as it's Easter! Happy Easter y'all. Obviously I was busy doing a last minute chocolate run and subsequently shovelling mini eggs into my face at the rate of 2 per minute before passing out in a sugar coma. Here's what I read before that happened.
- I really laughed at this. An actual LOL whilst my husband was watching football causing him to question my snorts.
★★★★ My family absolutely loved this dish. Thank you, Food Network! I’ll confess: I did sprinkle about a half gram of cocaine in with the potato and mushroom mixture. Will definitely be making this again!
- I've been seeing so much about self care lately, it's the buzz phrase of 2016 right? And I am all for some self care, even though I find it very hard to actually get it done and most of what I read I feel is all well duh.. I have a half formed blog post on the subject. But I liked this piece by Meg Worden very much, with tips that feel properly useful and also some nice caring language. Plus a reminder that you know what? Shit is hard and we are tired. And your best is just all there is sometimes and that's just fine.
- On friendships. I don't know if it's my life stage or current situations, but I find myself thinking about this stuff more and more. And Friends as Family reminded me of this quote from Sex and the City;
"The most important thing in life is your family. There are days you love them, and others you don't. But, in the end, they're the people you always come home to. Sometimes it's the family you're born into and sometimes it's the one you make for yourself."
- On listening to an old episode of The Longest Shortest Time they shared a really interesting story, Peeping Mom. "In the endless, freezing winter of 2008, Chicago writer Megan Stielstra discovered that her video baby monitor could jump onto her neighbour's wi-fi signal. Over time, she realized that watching the family next door ultimately helped her cope with postpartum depression" . The show used excerpts , but I actaully preferred the original audio story which you can download here.
- Eating Dirty with Ruby Tandoh is genius. I might have to request she do a KFC review, I love my yearly KFC.
- Telling someone you liked what they wrote/created/shared etc feels good right? Here's a nice reminder to do it more.
- I really wish I could use the poo emoji here. I guess people will live tweet any old shit these days? BOOM. But seriously, this is lolz.
- Bit mean, but not gonna lie, #sadaffleck made me chuckle.
Husbands birthday is upon us and so commences the annual cake research project. He's asked for a mars bar cake.... but, I mean, will this do?
- I shared an article in a previous round up that spoke about personal growth in marriage, and I've been thinking about that a lot lately. This rather beautiful article is more in depth but similar matter;
"Bhoga involves learning to ride the waves of our feelings rather than becoming submerged in them. This requires mindfulness of where we are in the cycle of emotional experience. A skilled surfer is aware of exactly where he is on a wave, whereas an unskilled surfer winds up getting creamed. By their very nature, waves are rising fifty percent of the time and falling the other fifty percent. Instead of fighting the down cycles of our emotional life, we need to learn to keep our seat on the surfboard and have a full, conscious experience of going down. Especially in a culture that is addicted to “up,” we especially need our “yes” when the down cycles unfold—to be willing to fall apart, retreat, slow down, be patient, let go. For it’s often at the bottom of a down cycle, when everything looks totally bleak and miserable, that we finally receive a flash of insight that lets us see the hidden contours of some huge ego fixation in which we’ve been stuck all our life. Having a full, conscious experience of the down cycle as it’s occurring, instead of fighting or transcending it, lets us be available for these moments of illumination."
- Love and death and life going on, sometimes in unexpected ways. Warning, this might make you cry.
- Happiness Is an Arm of Resilience. Ending with this as I found it rather comforting with lots of lovely takeaways.
"Happiness is not about feeling like everything’s great, but about recognizing our inner resource of self-trust and our connection to others that keeps us from feeling depleted by tough emotions and experiences."
- Meanwhile, offline... I made these meringues again, but had an epic piping bag fail. I think it's too small? Can anyone tell me whether I just need a GIANT piping bag?! I had a little podcast listening binge, my favourite being Seriously on Radio 4. The episode was 6 Degrees of Connection and now I want to plough through it's archive. Related, I realised how used to American voices I'm becoming through podcast. Listening to this felt very British. I downloaded Liane Moriarty's Big Little Lies on audiobook after loving her previous book. I'm just too tired to both read and hold a book up in bed guys. Sad times. Togetherness has been cancelled! I've grown quite fond of those characters, and the depictions of the messiness of being an adult. It's a subtle, heartfelt look at a couple, a sister and a best friend, with a really lovely focus on guy friendship which is often lacking on TV. And Amanda Peet is everything. Seek it out and binge watch before it's too late. Do you ever think music sounds like a person? Something very, very subtle...like the tones, or mood, or rhythm... This whole album, Broken Heart Surgery, is beautiful. And just happens to sound like my husband to me.
As ever, lets talk about this weeks internet in the comments!