It’s time for another edition of around the internet, where I share some of the cool and interesting stuff I stumble across on my internet adventures. I hope everyone is having a great New Year so far! Mine’s going pretty well so far (better than last year, at any rate) and I hope it stays that way. Not just for me, but for everyone reading this!
- I need these Harry Potter blankets. Like, all of them.
- Here are the 30 best YA books of 2018, according to Paste Magazine.
- I liked this article about what male writers get wrong about teenage girls.
- These “crop circles” look pretty cool.
- I never really thought about how the results of sending your DNA off to sites like Ancestry can be a huge shock.
- Here is 2018 in pictures, courtesy of the New York Times. On a related note, here’s National Geographic’s 2018 photo contest winners.
- The next time someone asks me if I sell my stuff on etsy, I should show them them article about how everything is not a side hustle. I honest-to-goodness could do a whole rant about why people asking to buy a crochet item is really irritating. I won’t but I could.
- These photos are pretty amazing.
- And these pictures are why I love cats.
- If I had to swear on a book, it would be Harry Potter.
- I loved this cheesy ham and potato casserole! Also, these pizza pinwheels are pretty good, and so is this split pea soup. Oh,and I liked this ham and bean soup too. I had some leftover ham from Christmas I wanted to use up, so I’ve been cooking up a storm.
That’s all for today! I hope it’s a great one for you!
I feel like I haven’t done one of these in a while, so I figured it was time for another one! Here’s some cool stuff I found over the last few months.
I hope everyone enjoys their day!
It feels like forever since I’ve done one of these! It’s probably been around a month or so, but it feels like a lot has happened since then.
- These libraries are amazing and it makes me want to go on a trip where all I do is visit libraries.
- This list of people that inspire Americans is interesting and not surprising. Well, for the most part. I’ll admit, there were a couple that surprised me. But overall, it wasn’t a surprise.
- These photographs are interesting and they make me want to take a road trip!
- I really like the parts of history that we never learn in school, and these moments from US history are really interesting.
- If you like romance novels, this list of critical texts about the genre is worth checking out.
- On a related note, here are 10 reasons why people read romance novels.
- I agree that there is something really cool about not finishing a book. I feel like it’s made me a better reader.
- Also, it is good to weed through your TBR every once in a while. Sometimes, I end up realizing that I no longer want to read that one book that sounded really cool from 3 years.
- As someone who’s short, I can confirm that having a step stool is a pretty important thing to have. It saves me from climbing a lot of counters.
- This Harry Potter-inspired luggage makes me want to start traveling.
- I love these photographs taken inside of musical instruments.
- These notes describing things at a thrift shop are really funny.
- Libraries are amazing, magical places.
- This is a really cool project– conserving sounds like rotary phones and typewriters.
- It was fun to see the history behind these commonly used phrases.
- This art installment looks pretty cool.
- The Polaroid OneStep Camera goes digital.
- I really like this post about romance novels not being junk food.
- This open letter to fanfiction really speaks to me.
- I think I’m going to have to try all of these coffees.
- I’m glad I’m not the only one who checks out cookbooks from the library. It’s a great way to see if I like a cookbook enough to buy a copy.
- I don’t read a lot of webcomics, but I think I might check some of these out.
- If you like all things pumpkin and Trader Joe’s, I have a list for you.
- Here is a map with the food your state hates the most…except some of these aren’t actually foods. I’m looking at you, Virginia and Illinois. I’m sorry, I just don’t get why dabbing pizza grease with a napkin and biting string cheese are considered food. I’d understand really greasy pizza but biting string cheese? I’m just confused.
That’s all for today, and I hope you have a great week!
Hello! Since it’s been a while, I thought I’d do another post where I share some of the interesting things I’ve found on the internet.
- As someone who doesn’t have a smartphone, I can relate to this article about not having one. Sometimes, it would come in handy, but for the most part, I manage fine without one.
- I have a few magnetic bookmarks, and I love them! These magnetic bookmarks are really cool.
- I wouldn’t be surprised if bacteria became completely resistant to hand sanitizer. I know people use it a lot, but my hands always feel dirty and gross and not clean when I use it, so I pretty much don’t use it unless I have no other choice.
- This National Geographic article about the science of sleep is interesting.
- Normally, I think of winter as a time when people may struggle emotionally, but it makes sense that people would feel the same way during the summer.
- I don’t know if it’s just me, but it does seem like there have been a lot of food recalls lately.
- This article about the killing of Nia Wilson was an interesting read.
- I liked this article about the ethics of true crime.
- And this one about life as a psychopath.
- As a Potterhead, I can so relate to this article about loving Harry Potter.
- If you like stationary, this is the post for you. I’m trying to fight the urge to run out and buy all of them.
- I used to love Lurlene McDaniel as a kid.
- The concept of food halls are interesting.
- I’ve been super-excited about the adaptation of To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, and it’s super cute. I’m hoping the rest of the series will get adapted as well. Also, I love this interview with Jenny Han.
- I’ve made a lot of lemonade this summer, and I think I’ve found some new lemonade ideas to try out.
- Anytime I see a post or article about podcast recommendations, I always tell myself that I’m going to check them out…and then never do it. Here’s a couple that sound interesting.
- I’ve made bread a few times, and I always seem to have a hard time with- it’s never as good as I think it’s going to be, but not only is this bread easy, it’s also really good. It reminds me of the bread you get at Panera as a side (and yes, I’m that person who gets a side of bread with their sandwich). I normally try to avoid using the oven during the summer, but this bread is worth it.
- And this white chicken chili is really good too!
That’s all I have for today, and I’ll be back with another one of these posts soon!
Well, it’s time for another round of Around The Internet, where I share some of the really cool things I’ve seen on the internet.
- I could have sworn I had shared this list of space-saving bookshelves, but it’s something to consider.
- It’s pretty easy to find good fish tacos here in San Diego, but this Fish Taco Bowl does sound really good right now.
- It’s interesting to see why people don’t use star ratings on goodreads.
- When it’s finally cool enough to use the oven and not die of heat, I plan on making this meatball parmesan casserole.
- It would be interesting to see a lot of these books as some sort of tv show.
- I don’t listen to audiobooks often enough, but I really need to start listening to the audio books I get from audible. There are great things about print/e-books and audio, but at least there are different formats to fit what’s going on in my life. I do like listening to audio books when I crochet and on my commute to work.
- The library tends to be my default when I need to donate books, but it’s good to know there are other options.
- I really love these pictures of bioluminescent plankton.
- Airports are very interesting places indeed.
- Lemon bars sound really good right now.
- Speaking of food, unsalted tends to be my go-to because you can always add more salt, but you can’t take salt out.
- I may have to try out some of these recipes– summer is when my crock-pot gets used the most, but I like the idea of recipes that require no cooking.
- I want, like, all of these tote bags.
- In general, I tend to be in the camp go with whatever scents you like, but it is interesting that I am both a Gemini, and a fan of lavender. It’s an interesting idea, pairing scents with astrology.
- I really like a lot of these book holders. I’m pretty sure I’d only use a cookbook holder, but they’re still cool to look at!
- I don’t know if I could keep my goodreads TBR shelf at 100 books, but I’m impressed with people who can. I do go through it occasionally and get rid of books I no longer want to read. And this year, I’ve been pretty good about actually reading books on it, so it feels like it’s getting smaller.
- If you’re a Murderino, you’ll probably like this list of books recommended by the hosts of My Favorite Murder. I love My Favorite Murder, and I totally recommend it if you like true crime and comedy.
- I love my local library, and I’d be lost without it. I completely agree with this blog post about how useful libraries are. I can’t say that I’m surprised that someone would write an article about how getting rid of libraries would save taxpayers money, but they always seem to be written by 1- someone who’s never worked in a library and 2- someone who’s privileged enough to not need the resources of the library.
- I disagree with some of the frozen foods some of these editors won’t buy since it seems so much easier to buy frozen pizza and tv dinners for when I don’t want to cook and don’t have any leftovers to eat. I think the only frozen bread I’ve seen is garlic bread…and I don’t get the obsession with Halo Top that people seem to have. Especially since they use the fact that it’s low-calorie to eat the whole container, which makes no sense at all. But whatever floats your boat, I guess.
- As a medical receptionist, I complete agree with #9 and #13. Also #24. I could do a whole post about those points specifically (as well as some other things I see often). I mean, I won’t, but I could. I think this list is something to think about.
Until next time, everyone!
It’s time for another edition of around the internet, where I share some of the cool and interesting things I find on the internet.
- It seems like spoilers are a very heated topic of conversation, and while I respect other people’s wishes as far as spoilers go, I tend to agree with posts like this one.
- As someone who loves roller coasters, this is actually scary.
- I never really thought about the menus of chain restaurants before, but it’s interesting to think about.
- I really am fascinated with New Adult, and I’m glad I’m not the only one who wants more characters my age!
- As someone who now lives in an apartment, I’m going to have to get creative with shelving any print books I buy.
- These underwater photographs are pretty cool.
- I also loved seeing these photographs from a bookstore in France.
- Well, this is a case of karma.
- I’ve been crocheting a lot lately, and I really liked this post about crafting for a cause, as well as this post about books for crocheters.
- I love coffee, and I liked this article about the right amount of coffee you should be drinking.
- In book challenging news, some police officers in South Carolina are challenging The Hate U Give and All-American Boys on a summer reading list.
- I have yet to decorate my apartment, but this blog post has some cool stuff.
- I can relate to not rating a lot of books 5 stars. Though I admit to missing the days when every book was awesome and amazing, and that doesn’t seem to happen as much.
- I might have to check out some of the podcasts on this list of podcasts to check out.
- As a short person, I really need to learn how to hem up my pants, and this tutorial seems easy enough.
- This is pretty old news at this point, but I was sad to see that Anthony Bourdain had passed away. I haven’t read anything by him, but this list seems like a good place to start.
That’s all for now, but I’m sure I’ll be back with another one of these posts soon!
I thought I’d do another one of these, since I had a lot of fun putting the last one together. I’m not sure how often I’ll be doing these, but probably when I have a bunch of really cool things I want to share.
- I loved this list of bookish things one should do by the ripe old age of 35.
- I really need to check out some of these books about Tudor England. As much as I love the time period, I haven’t read a lot of books on the subject, and it’s been a while since I’ve read anything relating to Tudor England. This list seems like a good starting point.
- This article about tampon use in America is a pretty interesting read.
- I do love a good one-hit wonder, so this playlist should be fun to listen to.
- I loved seeing these perfectly-timed photos.
- And I’m also feeling some ’90’s nostalgia.
- I’m always looking for new podcasts to listen to, so this list could be a great place to start. I’ve been listening to My Favorite Murder a lot, but it’s been a while since I’ve found a new podcast that actually sticks.
- So…apparently I never knew that the vegetable drawers in my fridge had humidity control, so this was pretty informative. Actually, it’s not that I didn’t know, because I always noticed that part of it, I just never knew it was to control humidity.
- I’m going to have to make these cherry chocolate chip cookies before it gets too hot to make cookies.
- Same goes for this pulled pork cornbread casserole.
- Potato wedges also sound good. As does this roasted red pepper and pecan pesto. And while I’m at it, this cream cheese pound cake looks really good.
- Apparently, I’m hungry, because I’m in the mood for some lemon pancakes.
- After I finish eating the stack of blueberry sour cream pancakes I made. They are so good, it’s not even funny.
- I think I’ll finish all of the food with some lemonade. This lemonade recipe is really good, and it makes me wish I could get the lemons from the tree at my grandma’s house.
I’ve been meaning to do a post like this for a while, but I never manage to actually get around to doing it! I figured now might be a good time to share some of the really interesting (and weird, in some cases) things I’ve stumbled across the last few months.
- This post about life going on really resonates with me. I can definitely relate.
- I also really liked this post about autism representation in books.
- Speaking of representation in books, I liked this article about LGBTQ diversity in YA.
- As someone who loves nail polish, I loved seeing what this blogger considers part of her nail polish essentials. I really need some nail polish thinner for some of the older bottles in my collection.
- As much as I love YA, I don’t know if I’d consider myself a YA expert. It’s interesting to think about.
- I never thought about love triangles as slut-shaming, but I think there are a lot of really good points in this blog post.
- I can’t begin to imagine the pressure diverse authors and reviewers/readers must be under, but it makes sense.
- I love seeing how people budget for their grocery shopping. This is part of a series, but the one I link to is probably the closest to how I personally budget. I kind of wish we saw a longer period of time- say, a month- because I feel like we don’t see a lot of grocery shopping. It’s much more snack-buying, eating out and eating left-overs, which is fine. I guess I just wanted to see a little more.
- I liked seeing people’s opinions on books, and this post about unpopular opinions was fun to read. I actually agree with a surprising number of them.
- I agree that Goodreads needs to add half-stars to their rating system. I also like the idea of being able to customize their yearly reading challenge. One can only dream of new Goodreads features.
- On another Goodreads note, it is fun to see why people rate things the way they do. I feel like my ratings have changed a lot since I started blogging.
- As someone who likes audio books, I loved reading what it’s like to be an audio book narrator.
- And speaking of audio books, I love this list of non-chore things to do while listening to audio books. As a crocheter, audio books are a great way to both read and craft at the same time! I don’t know why I don’t listen to more books, but I’m trying.
- I love cookbooks, and I’m intrigued by the idea of a cookbook book club.
- A couple of cool photography things: photos from under breaking waves and photos from the summer of 1978.
- Here’s what it’s like to have a prop food company in Hollywood. They have to go somewhere, I suppose.
- I loved these scenes from Harry Potter that never made their way into the movies. Drawing/painting/sketching, etc is not something I’m good at, but the artist is definitely talented!
And here’s a few things that I would definitely file under “This Week In WTF:”
- A grocery store is coming up with packaging so people can slide raw meat into the pan without having to touch it. I get being squeamish about touching raw meat, but…maybe don’t cook it if it grosses you out that much? That, or 1- get over it, and/or 2- eat out. Plus, how would you season or marinate it if you’re not actually touching raw meat?
- It would never even occur to me to not drink water that’s been sitting on my bookshelf all night. It’s WATER, why wouldn’t be okay to drink when it’s sitting out overnight. It’s not like we’re eating a casserole that’s been sitting on the kitchen counter all night. Are these the things we’re asking ourselves now? Also, I can’t believe I’m linking to this article, but whatever.
- If people want to put their baking soda in a salt shaker, that’s fine, I guess. To each their own, but I have to say, it would never occur to me to do that.
- I really wish this was a joke…but it’s not. Considering I always have both mayo and ketchup, I think I’ll stick to making my own, should this ever appear at my local grocery store.
- People can shop however they want, but I don’t think there is a right or wrong way to shop…especially at Trader Joe’s. Seriously, please don’t tell people they’re shopping wrong because they’re not doing a thing you do.
This one definitely went longer than I thought, but hopefully, I’ll do another one of these soon!