A few good gems

Friday greetings! I've spent the week in Utah visiting my college girl and getting in some Spring skiing. It's been great fun, and I'm not sure I'm ready to return to normal life just yet. Luckily, Annie and I have our first annual Nest & Launch retreat planned for next week -- meaning Annie and I are meeting up in Austin to dream up ways to make this little site bigger and better. We will be co-posting on Monday, so stay tuned. In the meantime, enjoy a few good gems to get your weekend started.

 Parker wondering why I won't let him go down the run that is closed. Um . . . because it's closed. It was an issue of some dramatics.

Parker wondering why I won't let him go down the run that is closed. Um . . . because it's closed. It was an issue of some dramatics.

I loved reading through this book list and proving the BBC wrong. I got 63, but I have an advantage having taking 1,634 Victorian lit classes. And several Shakespeare classes. And a James Joyce class. I was essentially forced to read this list. But now that I'm older and wiser, I'm anxious to get working on the other 27 books.

I loved this article -- "There's little doubt that 'do what you love' (DWYL) is now the unofficial work mantra for our time. The problem with DWYL, however, is that it leads not to salvation but to the devaluation of actual work -- and more importantly, the dehumanization of the vast majority of laborers." Yes! Plus, sometimes work is just work -- something that needs to be done regardless of passion, or interests, or personal inclinations. 

Along the same lines, this Huffington Post article about "the one thing Christians should stop saying" looks at how an oft-repeated phrase is just plain wrong. Any guesses? Check it out. I'm totally on board.

Have you seen Jimmy Fallon's latest "Ew!" episode with Michelle Obama. Getting a spot on "Ew!" is number one on my bucket list.

Made this Baked Salmon Stuffed with Leeks for dinner last week. It's super easy and tasty, plus you definitely get bonus points for presentation. It's little work and big glory, which is precisely what I'm going for in my cooking. (Scroll down a bit in the link for the recipe.)

I'm thinking of attempting this Rainbow Petal Cake for Easter. It's so Spring-y. And Rainbow-y.

Oh Captain, my Captain, I'll be ordering this t-shirt soon. 

And that's it. I'm off . . . wish me luck driving through the mountains!