I almost forgot that I do these! And now I have lots to share.
La Balade des Gnomes–A fantasy-themed bed and breakfast will go right underneath Actual New Zealand Hobbiton in my Dream Vacation List.
What to Expect When You’re Expecting to Live in New York City & What It Cost Eight Woman Writers to Make It in New York–I have postgrad life on the brain, obviously.
What to Eat with Double IPA–Hops forever! I could so go for a Dogfish Head 90 minute right now (or, okay, in four hours).
A Look Inside Pixar’s Cereal Bar Room–Because working at Pixar wouldn’t already be cool enough.
Children’s Birthday Party at an Organic Farm–”THIS is the model of what a children’s birthday party should be: reveling in life with healthy food and activities.” Hear that, future progeny?!
Sweet Seventeen: 1922 & The Electric Corn Popper & I Must Have Oreo Sandwich for Dessert–Old-timey beauty contests and quaint demands for cookies. And popcorn! Sigh.
When is a Peep not a Peep?–I find it oddly appropriate that unused “ugly” Easter treats get reincarnated as new ones.
Beauty Contest, 1922–Those bathing suits! Those cupid bow mouths! That long swath of pre-Raphaelite hair!
Our Secret List of Banned Words–I particularly loathe “sinful” and “heavenly” for talking about food. It’s not church, it’s a goddamned dinner party!
Pantone Eggs–Hipster Easter forever!
The Make-Your-Own Schoolhouse–Brooklyn Brainery is going to be my de facto grad school. There’s even a class on pickling!
Advanced Coffee Tasting: What Your Coffee Smells Like–Now that I’ve cajoled you into drinking your coffee black, go learn some actual things about it.
It’s April Fools Day and Palm Sunday and these links have nothing to do with either. I’m nothing if not thematic!
Unicorn Cookbook Found at the British Library–Medieval manuscripts, mythical beasts, and cooking?! Hat trick!
How to Predict Weather with a Cup of Coffee–Sorcery! I keep drinking my coffee before remembering to try this, so someone let me know if it works?
Burger Eyeshadow–Eat your heart out, nail art.
Watching 100+ Simpsons Episodes at the Same Time–No time like the present to catch up! IT CAN BE DONE
One-Touch Magnet Orders Pizza–The future is now! I, for one, welcome our new cheesy overlords.
The Everyday, Anytime Egg-Combination Generator–Eggs are the only things keeping me from being a truly starving writer, and now I can eat them every day & every way, with impunity!
The Iced Coffee Economy: Why the Cold Stuff Costs More–Interesting article, plus quotes like, everyone who makes good coffee in New York.
Dunkin’ Donuts Cereal–I would have loved this as a child, but as a sort-of-grown-up I’m more nauseously fascinated.
You Can’t Ruffle Sandra Lee–”There are 17 million children in this country going hungry every day, and we’re worried about my Kwanzaa cake from 10 years ago?” Yes, Sandra. Yes we are.
Loft Resumes–And I thought it was cool when I switched from Times New Roman to Palatino Linotype! Totally going to ape one of these.
Daria and Jane Would Be 31 Now–We’re all so old :(
Popcorn Packed with Antioxidants–True story: I used to eat a bag of microwave popcorn for dinner like, three times a week in high school. And now I know why this didn’t give me scurvy! Seriously, though: microwave popcorn is the devil. Don’t ever eat it. Also: there’s a university in Scranton? LOLOL
Suburban Station–Panoramic shots of Philadelphia commuter stations, sure!
A Great Idea for This Morning–Let’s! This is probably how Da Vinci and Newton started their mornings and look what they achieved
Come On People Cream Cheese Isn’t That Awesome–Pinterest, LOL?
Mystery-Machine-themed Van for sale in California–Because my dad won’t let me repaint the family Vanagon.
A Calendar Page for March–You need more medieval manuscripts in your life. Also: don’t care that the month’s almost over.
My Pie Town–Imagining a same-sex Depression.
Uncovering YA Covers: How Dark Are They?–All this nonsense over the quality of The Hunger Games led me to some neat infographix about cover art in YA.
If you can read this, I am en route to Canada. If you can’t read this…I still am, probably. Hooray train travel!
The Greatest Business Card–Wait, dammit. THIS is what I should have had printed!
Masters of the Universe vs. 50 Shades of Gray–Did you know that hot new erotica book everyone’s reading started out as Twilight fanfic? Intriguing stuff.
Kevin Smith: Podcasting Saved My Career–Another God of the do-it-your-own-damn-self pantheon. Take heed!
Dueling Banjos-Sleepy Man Banjo Boys–Man! Makes me wish I had taken Loudon Wainwright’s advice more seriously*.
The Power of Introverts–Even if I might not be one anymore? Introverts are still the best (via Eat the Damn Cake & also my mom)
Apple Pi–A bit late, but still: number-shaped apple slices?! Ahhhh
*Last summer, at the Union Square B&N, he personally told me to take banjo lessons. I have been remiss.
United States of American Made of Cast Iron Skillets–If you’ve ever wanted eggs shaped like Rhode Island, or whatever.
Tiny and Efficient Kitchen Offices–For Blair’s Dream House: The One Where She Never Leaves the Kitchen
Spoken-word Poet Mark Grist on Girls Who Read–Because the brain is the sexiest body part? Bonus points for accent.
Pantone Tarts–Colors! Ahh.
Recreating Hostess Cupcakes and Twinkies At Home–This will, of course, make them automatically good for you.
Mouse House Playhouse–For my mom.
My First Week of “Sally Forth”: Day Four–Ces Marculiano is a very funny guy, but also makes some good, articulate points about what it is to be a creative type.
Revisiting The Long Careers of Bob and Ray–Tapes of their show were car-trip staples in my childhood. Also, Bob is Chris Elliott’s dad?!?!
Home Is Where The Chapel Is–Runner up for dream home (after an Airstream) is a converted church.
How To Write a Résumé, Part One: Practices To Avoid–Because one day you might have to get a Real Job.
How To Make A T-Shirt Wedding Dress–Because one day your broke ass might get married? (Note: NOT ANY TIME SOON)
How Not To Order A Drink–Guilty, guilty, guilty.
Thifting: The Master Class–You know how I only buy clothes at Salvation Army? You can also!
Betty Crocker Through The Ages–Bring back the 1927 model!
We Eat All The Sandwiches At Publican Quality Meats–Who wants to go and re-conduct this experiment? You know, for science.
36 Hours in Austin, TX–I want to go to there.
15 Quick, Easy, and Make-Ahead Breakfasts–Breakfast week at the Kitchn! Let’s eat breakfast for every meal!
Salt-roasted root vegetables–If I could ever bear to part with 5 cups of kosher salt at once, yes.
Slow-cooker bacon jam–A concept I’ve been obsessed with since I had some (with bone marrow! ahh) at Longman & Eagle
Motivation & Make Your Thing–Do it! Do it now! I did and now I have this website I don’t know what to do with! (bonus: Brain Crack)
My roommate invents a love story for some Chinese-food-eating bros
Coach & Mrs. Coach & Things I Could Have Said To Connie Britton When She Came Into My Coffee Shop the Other Day –Texas forever!
Classics Ryan Gosling–Salve, puella.