Friday Roundup 5


How was your Memorial Day weekend? Mine was great and boy do I love me a short week! It was slow getting back into the swing of things, but I’m so glad I went in to work for a couple of hours on Friday so that I could return to somewhat of a normal state of affairs to get the work week started off right. Here’s what’s been on my radar this week:

A restaurant designed by Wes Anderson? I guess Milan’s my next destination?

And speaking of the man himself, check out Wes Anderson’s new short film, Castello Cavalcanti.

This Tyme Iron is insanely expensive, but insanely interesting.

Check out The Minimalists’ Joshua Fields Milburn’s interview on how he simplified his life.

I contemplating doing a post on my England trip, but I figured that the blog version of a vacation slideshow isn’t interesting for anyone. However, I do have the link to the pictures I took (which seem like a lot, but I never think there are enough!) for those of you who are interested. (I’m in the process of organizing them into subfolders, but Photobucket keeps crashing, so I can only do a bit at the time, so please forgive the disorganized state of my photos).

Make the Most of Your Summer: Volunteer!

By now summer plans are in full swing. Some of you are vacationing or otherwise relaxing, others are working and a few of you are probably taking a summer course. One thing I hope you’ll consider adding to your schedule is volunteering.

There are a few schools that actually require students to accumulate volunteer hours as part of their degree requirements or to complete their portfolios. I can’t think of a better time to work on these hours than summer. Continue reading

6 Things to Consider When Adding to Your Wardrobe

I think for most folks out there, we’ve hit the end of the semester and finals are over, so I’m going to cut back on the advising posts for a bit. They may pop up here and there, though.

I’ve gotten a few questions on how to create a “minimalist” wardrobe. “Minimalist” and “minimalism” are words I’ve come to shy away from, as they seem to have become somewhat buzz words. However, there are folks out there who are teaching themselves to make do with what they have and are learning how to stretch ever more limited resources. I consider myself to be in the latter camp as opposed to being a “minimalist”.

I have drastically streamlined my wardrobe and it has become more flexible. I never thought this would happen: the more I wear the items in my closet, the more I want to wear the items in my closet. I have become more discerning in what I add to my wardrobe and I add only when an item will fulfill a need. Perhaps in a future post, we can discuss the contents of my closet, which I’m sure would satisfy the voyeur in all of us.

We’ve all had those times when we’ve found the “perfect” item. The perfect dress. The perfect sweater. The perfect shoes. But, is it really perfect? We might think so at the moment, but over time that item may not prove to be as useful as we thought in the beginning. I’ve compiled a list of 6 things that I consider when adding a new item to my wardrobe.

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What To Do When: You’ve Said Something Offensive


Well, I’ve got a true story for you. I was sitting in a meeting last week and, out of ignorance, I blurted out something that was offensive. We were trying to look up something via the school portal and we were getting a heaping helping of nope. I said, “yeah, my Internet’s been garbage off and on for the past couple of weeks.”

Little did I know that a director in information technology services was in the meeting and of course she was the chair of the group. Of course. She took it graciously and we had a jovial banter, but believe you me, I felt awful. Afterward, she approached me and said she understood that I meant no harm and to let her know if my Internet connection was dodgy; it was most likely do to icky old cable in our building. This person had been nothing but welcoming and kind to me, so naturally, I felt like a heel. Of course I apologized, but it seemed weak. Here’s how I dealt with it and hopefully this will give you some ideas on how you can recover when you’ve said something offensive.

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Weekly Roundup #3

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Thanks for sticking with me another week! How’s it been for you? It’s been quite the devil of a week for me. Work has been out of this world busy requiring many gear changes, and I’m physically located at a reception desk, so I found myself making ridiculous mistakes, having a hard time picking up where I’ve left off post-distraction and sometimes doing the same time multiple times! Andy has been working nights, which he does every so often, so making sure all of the household priorities get taken care of has taken a good bit of choreography, and let’s not forget I only get to spend about 30 minutes a day with the best person in the whole world.

Oh, enough of that. Let’s talk about some fun stuff.

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