July 27, 2017

Just a little (link) love: creepy cats edition


Cash makes me super happy, how about you?

“Our odds are beyond scary” applies pretty well to this look at our schedule for climate change

It’s been a few months but I love ZJ’s approach to dealing with this administration and will be borrowing a page from her book.

American women don’t differ greatly from other women in struggling to breastfeed. Where they differ is a loss of support.

Cameroonian children do much better at the marshmallow test. I wonder if it’ll be possible to track their progress later in life though, to compare study results side by side. We are relatively Cameroonian in our strictness with JB. Whining and tantruming is not rewarded, and only just tolerated as long as is needed to break through the whining with either a rational explanation of why ze isn’t getting what ze wants, or food because the whining has nothing to do with desperately needing to see goat pictures on my phone and everything to do with hunger.

This does make me wonder if the Cameroonians also teach the children productive ways to have emotions if they’re not really allowed to express negative emotions. I struggled with that. My parents didn’t allow whining or crying either, which is fine, but I also lacked guidance in how to appropriately express frustration, or anger. We try to give that guidance, age appropriately, and teach the words that do the job better than having a fit.

July 13, 2017

Just a little (link) love: pre-SDCC edition


Grace Park and Daniel Dae Kim leave Hawaii Five-0 in season 8 because CBS wouldn’t pay them fairly, leaving me with absolutely no reason to watch beyond Season 7. Pay disparity based on race and gender continue, and the road, as Daniel says, to equality is rarely easy. This is so true, and a long fight remains.

Tiara Caldwell started a doula and lactation consultancy called Crowned and Cradled and that’s just pure genius.

It looks like we may need a Batsuit in a few years for JuggerBaby’s development. I seem to recall being perseverant as young as first or second grade when I chose to do homework, or even ask for it the total dork that I was, first when I came home from school. It felt like a way of giving myself structure, and I enjoyed the feeling of accomplishment that completing a worksheet gave me.

Even if I don’t hit financial independence at age 40, which is less than likely with our mega mortgage now, Mrs. BITA is right – I’m not going to be a failure! I will have tried and made the most of our resources, saved as well as we could, and invested to the best of our abilities. However we end this effort, it will have been after doing our best.

A second wolf family in California!! How exciting.

July 6, 2017

Just a little (link) love: Independence week edition


How was everyone’s 4th of July weekend, at least in the US? We spent it in the hot hot hot and still feel crispy around our edges.

Mark your calendars for July 11: Amazon Prime Day 2017 – 30 Hours of Deals

Not that you need the warning but, obviously, spend responsibly. That said, you might find some useful deals on July 11th.

I’m considering this one for myself if my old as rocks Kindle is eligible: Get up to $35 off Trade in your Kindle off a new one


A lot of flight attendants feel uncomfortable performing essential job functions and responsibilities because one angry person can change our employment status” – this is a natural result of the recent events gone viral. But at the same time, wouldn’t you argue there’s got to be a midpoint between physically assaulting passengers and not doing your jobs?

A useful guide to the best use of Ultimate Rewards points, if you have been stockpiling them like we did.

A nuanced look into the privilege of pretty and complications of being pretty in a society that focuses so much on a specific spectrum defining”pretty”

June 29, 2017

Just a little (link) love: Winner-winner (Playbook winner) edition


Cats are barely domesticated – is this a surprise to anyone who’s met a cat?

This is a truly scary look at the climate changes in Arizona

I do enjoy a good cephalopod

Congrats to Hawaii Plan – the home they’ve been trying to sell is finally under contract!

Do you have your Legacy Binder, or something like it? Ours is still under construction. I’m making our fancy-dancy will & trust binder the home for our binder, but I need to add quite a few things to it. I don’t want to have to buy a three hole punch though, so I may just buy a stack of those 3 ring binder insert pages which makes it easier to slip pages in and out of the binder for updates anyway. I think it’s also time for us to get a fireproof safe where this binder will live.

Solo breadwinning is always a tough subject for me. I’ve done it more than half my life now but it can still get under my skin sometimes. What’s your experience with it?

How different are your parents at handling money?

What have you done that contravenes PF money wisdom? Because I bought a ridiculously expensive house in the Bay Area and am paying oh-my-gosh money to renovate it.

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