I've been putting in a lot of extra hours at work the past 2 weeks but I wrapped up a major project on Thursday and I am so relieved. I have celebrated by going to bed early every night- and I'm not someone who normally does that. I'm trying to rest as much as possible this weekend, in between time with friends. I also started reading my first ever Stephen King book: 11/22/63. Friends have raved and raved about it so I decided to knock it out in advance of Hulu's miniseries out Presidents Day. We'll see.
It's been pretty rainy the last few weeks but yesterday morning I didn't even need my coat while I was at a park with my friend and her kids. This is my kind of winter.
If you read one piece this weekend, I commend this brave post: I Was Raped at Baylor and This Is My Story. Yes, it's heavy but this is the reality so many women face and it will not change unless we speak up. Her story is horrifying and I hope Baylor- and every college campus- takes notice and then takes action. We have to treat victims of rape better. And we also have to teach boys and men to NOT rape women, instead of putting all the responsibility on a woman to not be raped. It's insanity. If you're not sure this is a widespread problem, read Krakauer's Missoula.
I got a kick out of figuring out my YA Heroine name compliments of Quirky Bookworm. Evergreen Andreas, at your service. What's yours?
The Gilmore Girls revival is REALLY HAPPENING! I loved this interview with Lauren Graham. But I am very disheartened to learn Melissa McCarthy was not so much as invited back. What is a Gilmore Girls revival without Sookie?!
I have been learning so much from Austin Channing Brown's 29 Days of Black History series on her Facebook page. There's so much my history books left out. I highly recommend you follow her there if you aren't already.
I have been equal parts heartbroken and furious about the Flint, Michigan water crisis. The callousness of the politicians and officials involved is not something any American should tolerate. I would encourage you to sign the petition mentioned in this post. If you're not sure what I'm talking about (or even if you are), read What Went Wrong In Flint.
If you have an iPhone, get it out and read this article. I had no idea about the Medical ID feature and I hadn't thought about the barrier lock screens present when there's a medical crisis. This tip could quite literally save your life.
I've been intrigued by Caitlin Doughty's work in the funeral industry ever since reading her memoir Smoke Gets In Your Eyes. She's since opened her alternative to funeral homes in LA. This article provided an interesting glimpse at what she's doing and this article is a more in-depth look at Doughty, as well as the growing list of alternate rites.
Stop Complaining About People In Poverty (At Least Around Me). Fantastic piece from Shawn Smucker.
Two friends have had high praise for Trunk Club, which just started offering trunks for women. I decided to sign up yesterday and will talk with my stylist Gretchen sometime next week to talk about my style and what I'm looking for. I'm eager to try it out.