A few good gems

The weather has been beautiful in Houston this week -- crisp and cool with the bluest of skies. My oldest keeps calling me from Utah exclaiming over SO MUCH SNOW. She's sort of over it. But me? I want to roll around in it, make snow angels, strap long sticks on my feet and fly down mountains covered in glorious powder. While I'm dreaming of snow (and taking care of various house-related chores) this weekend, here are a few good Internet gems for your perusal:

Shoveling Snow, New England  -- Frederick Childe Hassam, 1905.

Shoveling Snow, New England -- Frederick Childe Hassam, 1905.

This Billy Collins poem made its way across my Facebook feed the other day. Honestly, it might be my favorite Collins poem ever.

The New York Times column "Modern Love" is now a podcast. There are already four installments, so you have hours of good listening awaiting you. The first two are here to get you started.

I downloaded the Ink app a few days ago and have already sent Madison THREE cards! For just $1.99 (including postage), you can send a photo postcard directly from your phone to the recipient's real-life mailbox. They also have cards with envelopes for around $5. Everyone loves getting mail, and this is a way to brighten someone's day without ever leaving the couch -- now that's my kind of app!

Have you seen Mandy's laundry room makeover on Vintage Revivals? I swear she's my spirit decorating animal. I showed Sterling the 'after' picture and asked if we could recreate this in our own laundry room. He gave a fairly firm sounding 'no,' but I'm still in the first stage of wearing-him-down -- one I like to call the planting-the-seed stage.

Photo via  VintageRevivals

Photo via VintageRevivals

This podcast featuring palliative physician B.J. Miller is fascinating. It's titled "Reframing Our Relationship to That We Don't Control," and speaks about, among other things, how Dr. Miller learned to refashion his life after an accident in college left him without legs and part of one arm. He says, "Let death be what takes us, not lack of imagination." It's super inspiring and thought provoking.

I think these Valentines just might work for teenagers. Who doesn't want tic tacs?

And last, but not least, have you heard of bullet journals? I started one about a month ago and I'm LOVING it. It's fun, creative, and I feel much more productive. I'm planning on a more in-depth post on my process this month, but here's a good site to show you what it's all about.

Okay, folks. I'm out of here. Hope your weekend is snowy and cozy and completely saturated in hot cocoa. . .