May 25, 2017

Just a little (link) love: drunk and Thor’s hammer edition


When we find our new home, we’re moving to a place to live, not to show off.

We were originally on track to pay off our first home in about 14 years. This is me getting ambitious about working the numbers, can we pay the second one off in 10? Maybe. We’ll still take a 30 year loan but there’s no way I’m settling down to take 30 years to pay it off.

Exactly how quickly we’ll do that, though, is something I’m still mulling over constantly. No answer is quite right yet. Need2Save did a great roundup on the two sides of the mortgage payoff loan here, and left me still feeling conflicted about what I want to set as my top priority.

THIS IS THE CUTEST: First Annual ‘Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards

I like this discussion of how we define financial freedom for ourselves. I’m working on our version of financial freedom which, now, means the ability to make major life changes without serious negative consequences.

This NYTimes article on relying on “daughter care” made me cross.

I love LMM and I also love his mother’s work: “Maternal health and mental healthcare are essential for mom AND baby.”

Elon Musk’s SpaceX fined for underpaying workers. Elon Musk is how wealthy? Pretty wealthy. But his company can’t comply with standard CA labor laws, instead designing shifts that deny workers their breaks?

Way to go MalwareTech

We don’t live in FEAR of earthquakes but now that we’re taking on an even bigger financial stake in property in CA where we’re due for the Big One in the next 20-30 years, I’m definitely all about emergency planning. Because natural disasters happen with regularity.

Are you worthy?

May 18, 2017

Just a little (link) love: baby octopus swimming edition

LinkLoveNegotiating according to a former hostage negotiator

I love Ms. Montana’s ideas for picking the right tenants and then treating her renters right.

This is J.D. Roth’s Board of Directors. I have a small board of my own, at least one of them is a former PF blogger. Who’s on your Board?

Mrs BITA’s asking the important question: What will you leave behind?

Mimic octopi can impersonate at least 15 other species

This is too much cuteness. Just too much. Can we borrow that cat for babysitting?

So THAT’s how kids make friends!

Human trafficking. This is beyond sobering.

An American watching America from Germany

Anthony Bourdain eats his way through San Sebastian and I’d like to come along please. But some of these prices are just too steep.

Bloop bloop bloop

May 11, 2017

Just a little (link) love: love music must dance edition


What is the most interesting thing going on in the world right now?

My focus has always been on growing my career and I’m proud of the results thus far.

Nuns are selling weed and that’s great? So why are we also jailing many people of color for using or selling much smaller amounts? #confused 

This is an old post but I still love the simple living mantra

Knitted jumpers! For elephants!! 

Thanks to SaverSpender for this link to the X plan for our kids’ safety

5 Ways to Teach Kids About Consent: We already do all of these things. I especially can’t bear watching parents run the guilt trip on their kid for not wanting to hug or kiss. I know how it feels to be rejected by your kid but it’s temporary. Let them have bodily autonomy, geez. And teach them to respect “no”.  

Can “13 Reasons Why” Really Trigger Suicides?

Drones better stay away from the airspace over my property, I’ll tell you that much.

Gotta dance

May 5, 2017

Just a little (link) love: hedgie v dino edition



This situation really sucks.

I wonder if this reason explains why I always get some percentage of totally unsuitable mystery candidates applying for the jobs I post with no explanation for why a stenographer would apply for a farmhand job (for example).

How do you define work?


Prairie dogs have complex communication and are warning each other about us


Do people ask you for help?

Consistent bedtimes, family mealtimes, and limited screen time at an early age appear to be linked to prevention of obesity later in childhood 

This story about two young people and radicalization, and the paths that could have been taken, makes me sad.

How casinos manipulate people

Hedgie ruler

April 27, 2017

Just a little (link) love: hunting orcas edition



Women need to be talking more about money and the Lola Retreat is the perfect place to do it! Too many pieces have to come together for me (travel, budget, childcare, Seamus care, scheduling) so I doubt I can make it this year but I hope many of you do!

I want to road trip across the States, and also across Europe, someday. Not ’til we have way more of the new mortgage paid off and we can take a loooonnnng vacation, though. Justin at Root of Good’s doing a 9 week Europe trip and his itinerary covers a bit more territory than I’d like to in a short period, though. It’s helpful to see the time constraints if we wanted to see as many as 8 countries in 2 months.

I hate cable companies too. How do you deal with negotiating better internet rates?


While I’m furious with Marvel Editorial and Publishing for their adoption of Hydra/Nazis, the upcoming Black Panther looks to be AMAZING. I am quite torn.

THIS DOG! He must have missed his owner so much.


The Upright Citizens Brigade

Who knew that foreign accent syndrome was a real thing?

Columbine was just about around my time of teen years / young adulthood. I had no idea it spawned an obsession with martyrdom for Christian teens.

Residents of Kentucky, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Washington will have to use alternate ID forms (passport, military ID, or permanent resident card) to pass TSA security checkpoints—even for domestic travel.

Orcas are beautiful

but getting caught in the middle of a hunting pod would be terrifying. No wonder that sea lion made its way to the boats!

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