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Archive for May 2016

Link Roundup #9

Friday, May 6, 2016

Design
Not in your front yard: why for sale signs are banned in oak park - WBEZ Chicago. "Instead of opposing African Americans from moving in, or doing nothing as white residents fled for far-flung suburbs, the leaders of Oak Park decided to encourage a diverse community. In 1968 — the same year Lyndon B. Johnson passed the federal Fair Housing Act — the village passed its own fair-housing ordinance. And unlike other communities with similar laws, Oak Park actually enforced theirs. "
 
Renovating our house nearly ruined our relationship - Elle Decor. "Mike and I spent little to no time together, as he was always working on the house while I took care of the baby or did paperwork for my job. I was lonely,  I hated my house, and I felt like I was unfairly suffering due to my husband's choices. "



Parenting
How do you decide to have a baby when climate change is remaking life on Earth? - The Nation. " When considering kids, they weighed not only their desires and finances but the state of the world. Many of them had read grim prognoses of what climate change would do to life on Earth. Even in the restrained language of science, the future holds unprecedented difficulties and disasters. For many people, these problems were an abstraction, but as an environmental journalist, I knew enough to imagine them in front of me. Driving across the bridge to my house, I pictured city beaches drowned by the rising sea. Watching the news, I wondered when the next colossal hurricane would strike the Gulf of Mexico or the mid-Atlantic. These thoughts are not paranoid. According to scientists’ predictions, if society keeps pumping out carbon dioxide at current rates, any child born now could, by midlife, watch Superstorm Sandy–size disasters regularly inundate New York City."

Just buy the freakin minivan - Coffee + Crumbs. "They no longer need built-in vacuums in their cars and they look like they get regular manicures, but you can see it on their faces, they sorta miss it, maybe. One day, probably sooner than we think, our kids will go straight to the living room when they wake up instead of to our rooms, they'll tell us to leave them alone, they'll keep secrets, and we'll beg them to stay in on the weekends. One day we'll have more time to shop off-line, eat sitting down and get back in touch with that sacred part of ourselves that could shoot tequila. But for now, we should probably just surrender to it all. Wear pj's to the store, eat dinner at 5pm, get the minivan, do whatever it takes to make your life easier. You can still rock leather pants every once in a while. Your soul won't be the same, it's true, but it hasn't been since the day your first kid was born. So just own that, and don't worry about it too much. I promise, the sliding doors are worth it."


The Past
This 8146 pamphlet wants your kids to explain to you why slavery is wrong - Upworthy.

New York panoramas 1900-1913 - Mashable.

Finance
18 women on their financial deal breakers - The Financial Diet. “He was obsessed with having the latest and greatest version of every tech gadget, electronic, TV, computer, and phone available. Once, he spent $5,000 in one month upgrading all of his various ~toys~. He bought the $600 Oculus Rift without blinking an eye, and I’m like…this is just not my thing. I didn’t want to live with a 20-something child.”

How to spring clean your finances - Real Simple. "If you’re the money manager of your household, you owe it to the people you love to put together a folder of information that will help them figure out how to handle your finances in case anything happens to you. This is your “In Case of Emergency,” or ICE, folder."




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Currently, May

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

celebrating/going
Our 2 year anniversary is this month and we are celebrating by going on an Alaskan cruise. We leave on the 11th!
Mooresville AL wedding with dog
 
glacier bay alaska
 We'll be going through Glacier Bay and I'm hoping for some great photos, like this one!

reading
Here's what I read in April
Doing it over by Catherine Bybee. I love this author, but I didn't love this book. It was just meh.

The Wedding Dress by Rachel Hauck. This book seemed promising because it combined romance and historical aspects, but I found it a little boring.

The Return of the Witch by Paula Brackston. This is the sequel to The Witches Daughter, which I loved. I don't think it was as good as the first book, but I still liked it.

projects
We have finally started on our powder bath walls. Last year, I bought Cole and Son Hummingbird wallpaper, which I planned to put in the powder bath. This wallpaper is expensive, so to cut down on the wallpaper needed, I decided to put beadboard on the bottom half of the walls. Sam installed the beadboard this last weekend, but I'm not sure when we'll get around to the wallpaper. We're going on vacation for two weeks and then we have a wedding in St Louis. It may be awhile...


sipping
 I just brewed the last of my Weight to Go Teavana tea, which I bought in St Louis at Christmas. It's supposedly for weight loss, but I bought it because it tastes great iced! It tastes like strawberries and I'm drinking some right now while typing up this post.







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