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Monday, Monday

car at the dump

This photo might seem banal, but to me it represents a huge weight off. I give you my car, filled to the brim with boxes that are themselves filled to the brim with other boxes or old papers that I have finally admitted I NO LONGER NEED TO HOLD ON TO. As my sister would say, this is major. Major. I will be celebrating all week.

School fundraiser? Check.

Mother’s Day? Check.

21 boxes of useless junk cleared out of the basement, contents recycled or donated (see above photo)? Check.

Finally time to share a few links. Lest you think I’d let a week go by without them…

A hilarious online show about the world of marijuana dealers in Brooklyn called High Maintenance. This is an 8 minute video commitment, but well worth it. I laughed so hard I was worried I’d wake up the finally sleeping child…

The tzar of data visualization, Jer Thorpe, turns data into visual images we can all understand.

This is the perfect tiny garden for a tiny space.

Check out this awesome tree house outside of San Fransisco.

Watch this time lapse video of the solar eclipse last week as seen over the Australian sky. Feel free to mute the music, which I don’t think really adds much to the experience…

Spruce up an empty space with this geometric party installation you can make yourself.

A cute new (to me, anyway) Danish furniture and toy design company for kids.

Monday, Monday

self portrait

Nothing puts a smile on a mother’s face like a self portrait by her kid. At least when said kid is still little…

A few links to help you be less productive (but perhaps more web savvy?) on this hazy Monday:

Feeling ambitious? Try making these spring vegetable dumplings from the ever amazing Deb Perelman of Smitten Kitchen.

Gotta love a village that gets pissed when a magazine names it one of America’s “happiest seaside towns.”

See why Rita Pierson brought tears to my eyes during her TED talk imploring fellow educators to be the champion kids really need.

If The New York Times piece on guerrilla gardener Ron Finley doesn’t get you all inspired to plant a curbside vegetable garden, I don’t know what will.

Learn how to top off your Mother’s Day gift with a ribbon rosette by watching this video from One Kings Lane. It’ll look so nice, she won’t care what’s inside!

And if she has everything she needs, why not honor your mom by helping someone else’s?

Don’t want to be a downer here, but lately, I have had a lot of illness in my family. I found this essay on how to talk to a sick friend to be really really spot on. The book’s probably worth reading too.

And in conclusion, I would just like to say that this is, without a doubt, the perfect summer dress for a little girl.

Monday monday

tell him by the exciters

You just know this is going to be a great song. Just look at this cover!


Why be productive when you can check out these links instead?

A day at the zoo with The Exciters singing their 1962 hit “Tell Him” to some unsavory looking characters.

I just spent way too much time watching the President of the United States tear it up at the White House Correspondents dinner. You should too.

Kim Gordon is my hero. Check out this interview if you’re wondering why.

A beautiful post by Joanna Goddard on being the safe haven for your kids.

Wanna be a superhero? Find everything you need right here.

The new Flaming Lips record is out! Immerse yourself in the latest version of their world via this video right now.

Earth Day 2013

The Earth, as seen from Apollo 17.

Home, as seen from Apollo 17. Photo courtesy of NASA.

Happy Earth Day everybody!

I’m tied to my desk, which doesn’t feel particularly Earth Day like to me, but since I’m here, I thought I’d share a few links with those of you who are also desk bound on this lovely (if a bit chilly) spring day.

Check out Earth Day celebrations from around the world with The Washington Post.

See how much you know about the Earth — Take this New York Times quiz by the professors at the College of the Atlantic in Maine.

Or this one, from CNN.com.

Dance around to the Kinks while you watch this video and then join the Rainforest Alliance’s Village Green Preservation Society.

Resolve never to litter again after checking out this photo which shows how a discarded six pack holder effected the life of one turtle.

Be inspired by this call to action for more women leaders in the environmental movement.

Revel in UK artist Anna Garforth’s moss installations and then learn how to make your own.

Feel free to share other great Earth Day related links in the comments. I’d much rather check these out than do all the other stuff I’m supposed to be getting done…