It’s been quite a while since my last link love post. Many of my awesome inter web finds these days go straight to pinterest, so if you’re on there be sure to follow me. So much delicious eye candy over there, it’s ridiculous. I only go on once a week or so, because it’s a total and utter indulgence (which is nice once in a while), but it’s a time-suck like none other.
Right now the Honey is in sunny Southern California for 10 days. Yeah, I’m still in the frigid Canadian prairies, wearing slippers and rejoicing when it goes above freezing. He’s taking an aerobatics training course, which means he is scrambling his brains all this week whilst upside down and sideways in an airplane for many hours a day until he returns home to me (theoretically in one piece) on Valentine’s Day. When I called our credit card company to let them know there would be some large purchases out-of-country, she asked the dates he was away. When I told her he was returning on the 14th, she offered the helpful opinion that he’d better bring me something darn good for Valentine’s Day. I tend to agree.
Oh, and did I mention that his rental car (the cheapest deal he could get, which was something ridiculous like $11/day) is a red MUSTANG freaking CONVERTIBLE?!! Oh yes. There he is, cruising down the highways under sunny blue skies, surrounded by citrus orchards at their peak, with fresh produce being picked down the road! And did I mention that he is staying in an old historic inn with character and personality, a fantastic bed, and free breakfast? Oh yes, he’s living it up. He says he misses me, but I wouldn’t miss me if I were him. Or, if I were me, no, him… missing him if I… um, never mind.
I have a point, I swear.
Since my brain power is being sucked out by the knee-high-crowd at double-time with no other adult to share the load, I’m kind of short on brilliance and wisdom at the moment.
I just want to share a few things in my internet travels that have caught my eye as of late. Generally these are the tabs that I’ve kept open on my computer for days (or even weeks) because I just *have* to share them with someone before saying farewell.
Coconut Oil Touted as Alzheimer’s Remedy :: A fascinating piece on how coconut oil has been used to reverse the symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease. (What makes me most angry is that there’s no funding because there’s no profit for drug companies if they have no one to sell drugs to anymore). Along the coconut oil theme is also this link that a friend passed on called A Millionish Uncommon (and Not So Uncommon) Uses for Coconut Oil. I knew most of these already, but it’s good to read over and remember them all!
Books Should Be Free :: This is amazing. Dozens (hundreds?) of children’s classics as audiobooks, all free to download. We’re starting with Beatrix Potter and The Velveteen Rabbit. There are other genres other than children’s books, as well.
How Other Cultures Prevent Postpartum Depression :: “As citizens of an industrialized nation, we often act as if we have nothing to learn from the Third World. Yet many of these cultures are doing something extraordinarily right especially in how they care for new mothers. In their classic paper, Stern and Kruckman (1983) present an anthropological critique of the literature. They found that in the cultures they studied, postpartum disorders, including the “baby blues,” were virtually non-existent. In contrast, 50% to 85% of new mothers in industrialized nations experience the “baby blues,” and 10% to 20% experience postpartum depression. What makes the difference? Stern and Kruckman noted that cultures who had low incidence of postpartum mental illness all had rituals that provided support and care for new mothers. These cultures, although quite different from each other, all shared five protective social structures.“
Westboro Baptist Church Family Disowns Daughter :: And this is why people hate religion. I don’t just mean religiosity and the pharisees-kind-of-religion. I mean, this is exactly why people hate God, every church in existence, and every mention of religion. I don’t have anything nice to say, so I’ll stop there.
What have you been reading lately? Any great links to pass on?