Link Pack: Bread, Books, and Badass Bitches


Have you every made Friendship Bread? In line with my goal to spend less and make more, I would like to try and spread the love with fresh baked bread.



The #MeToo movement has changed the conversation about women in the workplace. A word from the creator of the hashtag movement here, how to speak up at work here, and honestly, do you have a Fuck off Fund? Because you should.



I look forward to NPR’s book list every year! Here is the best of 2017, and here is a sneak peak of the great books to come in 2018.

Every Movie I Watched this Summer

Here is a list, in no particular order (other than the order I remembered them) of all the movies I watched this summer. Some were rented, some were at the theatre, some were my suggestion, some weren’t!

40 Year Old Virgin
I know. How did I make it this long without seeing this?

Get Out
If you haven’t seen this yet, do it.

Westworld (the original movie!)
This was SO GOOD. We especially enjoyed it because we had watched the new Westworld series. It was very cool to see the original plot, and the concepts of future technology as predicted in 1973!

Planet of the Apes
My siblings and I watched the old Plant of the Apes movie a lot. I don’t really know why… I think it was the only kid-friendly live-action movie we owned? Anyway, we really like it. This surprisingly made me cry… more than once. I really felt for the apes.

Witches of Eastwick
So good and way way raunchy! We loved Cher’s original nose, the bawdy humor, and of course, the magic. Expect to see this again on the Halloween watchlist.

Entire Jurassic Park Series
How are these 90’s films so much more female-friendly than the 2015 Jurassic World? It is so great to see women represented as strong, leading scientists and researchers. I wish we saw more of that.

The Circle
There were a lot of big names for such a bad movie. Emma, Tom: this is the only time you’ve ever let me down.

A Wrinkle in Time
You know how you watch movies with your parents when you are little, and drift in and out of them? My memory has distorted and spliced these films, and I remembered A Wrinkle in Time a little bit wrong. We still enjoyed it! Kind of 1984ish for children. Plus alternate time dimensions.

Wonder Woman
Strong women in lead roles inspiring strong girls everywhere. I loved it.

American Hustle
This is very well made. It is artsy and realistic, not like it reminds you of real life, but you could imagine it as it would happen in real life.


Monday Reflections and Intentions


-Partook in a fancy AF wine tasting (only after listening to this Gastropod episode about wine through the lenses of a sommelier)

-Finally watched “Get Out

-Successfully used transit systems in two cities; also successfully used transit between the hours of 12 a.m. and 2 a.m. from O’Hare airport to the south side of Chicago.


-Keep posting on the blog each day during this busy week. Share music with you!

-Reconnect with old friends I haven’t spent time with in years

-Stay extremely active (like, walk through the labyrinth pictured above) and eat right in order to counter the late nights I will surely be having


-write a post about Hamilton!

-go to the beach

-see the Redwoods

Ideas for Staying Energized in the Grueling Heat

-drink a lot of water. drink when you’re not thirsty

-drink lemonade

– ~don’t~ drink alcohol

-lay down. take a nap. take a coffee nap.

-stand up. exercise!

-try and exercise early in the morning or later in the evening

-seek shade

-play board games. go rock climbing. complete other social indoor activities.

-swim and hike, and other things you likely don’t do if it is chilly outside

-break all of these rules at a music festival and enjoy yourself


Related: best lemonade and ice cream goals

3 Things

1. Have you read any of the picks from Bill Gates Summer Reading List? While you’re at it, check out Obama’s list and these picks fromAmy Schumer.

2. The pancake-like layers on this Strawberry Graham Icebox Cake remind me of a Danish layer cake I had near my birthday while in Denmark. Mmm!


3. I have never laughed harder than I did while watching this 30 second George Costanza Remix. On that note, have you watched Jerry Seinfeld’s Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee? I really enjoy the casualness of two major stars just going for a drive and a cup of joe. I will be catching up on these this summer.

What are you going to do today?

I am going to make $50 driving for Lyft after school.

I will also cook breakfast burritos for dinner and freeze some for a happy Friday morning!

I will unwittingly make that $415 purchase in my REI cart for my upcoming trip.


AND I will catch up on tasks at school. Finish lesson plans, collect permission slips for our weekend field trip, and print photos of female musicians from Chicago.

What are you going to do today?