February 16, 2017

Just a little (link) love: Puppy and owl friends edition



Femme Frugality and other ladies in personal finance are doing a Charity: Money campaign. Give if you can!

Please weigh in! I’m currently categorized under “Family” at the new Rockstar Finance directory but I’m not positive that’s me.

It looks like I can be primarily categorized as Budgeting, Debt, Early Retirement, Family, Frugality, General Finance, Investing, Lifestyle, Making Money, Millennial, Minimalism, Real Estate, Traditional Retirement

What do you think is the best description of this blog? Let me know in the comments!

Mad Fientist traveled around the world for just under $1000 (travel costs, not all in, I don’t think!)

I’m glad Ms Montana decided to hit publish on this flash point post.


This is entertaining: West Australian dolphins may be using blowfish – or ‘blowies’ – to get high, scientists have found.

Ten year olds at St Johns are better humans than many adults: they won’t abandon their teammates


The collection of refugee stories I wish I’d written.

How to keep up with what’s happening, daily.

The state of Idaho was so focused on not looking like they were cooperating with Obamacare that they’ve let their constituents die of completely treatable diseases.

The foster dad for terminal kids. This is both heartwarming and heartbreaking.

The idea that Border Patrol had so many agents willing to uphold an Executive Order in flagrant disregard of their sworn duty to uphold the Constitution, not the President, and causing obvious harm and distress to others in the doing, should be very worrying.

Oy, a flight departing SFO for Lihue spends 4 hours flying in circles because it has a mechanical issue and needs to land, but can’t land with all that fuel. And they can’t dump the fuel either! What a pain.

Puppy and owl friends

February 9, 2017

Just a little (link) love: Lion Dance Lunar New Year edition



Reminder that you can use my referral link to sign up for Achievemint and get 250 points to start!

Des and I are LIKETHIS when it comes to our pets: “So if you spent $3382.23 on your dog, literally six times more than the average Canadian spends on pets, but you know you’ve made that one of your weird-spending priorities? You go, fellow crazy dog lady.”

Chatty coworkers make me crazy. I had one of your Park your Pants chatters who’d try and literally physically cozy up to me in actual meetings, even whispering in my ear!, or inpromptu chatfests she initiated. Obnoxious! I thank everything I don’t have to share airspace with any of them now.

I usually think of myself as a reasonable person but I’m not sure I wouldn’t have a knee jerk “Fire Her” reaction if a coworker chose to disregard office policy and not take sick leave and caused a norovirus outbreak as a result, sending immunocompromised people to the hospital. People, if you have sick leave, stay the heck HOME when you have viruses, or if your kid is sent home from daycare after exposure to them. At the very least, get some info on what they might have been exposed to. This is the sort of thing that could very well hospitalize me or at the very least take months to recover from.

The BITAs’ January savings is stunning.


Cassie shared some drool-inspiring breakfasts that she had while on Whole 30


From the mouth of a former DHS immigration officer: the travel ban is inhumane, useless for improving national security, and thoroughly ignorant. I knew that our immigration screening process was brutal, thoroughly invasive and scary, but I didn’t know that the onerous process is triply so for Syrians and Iraqis. Their process can take several years.

Sherry H writes about the weird behavior of people who don’t know how to interact with blind people, or how to treat them like they’re right there in the room.

How media manipulation, and the fairly normal reactions of decent people, play into the hands of the disgusting.

ACLU lawyer of Pakistani descent was held and interrogated by Customs and Border Patrol solely because she has the “wrong” passport to be truly working for America. 🙄🙄🙄

Prosperity in the new year

I cannot say how much I love watching the magical melding of people doing the lion dance, and that moment they become the lion. And the athleticism! Whew! I know what it takes to do that – because I cannot – and it’s masterful.

February 2, 2017

Just a little (link) love: playful puppy edition



Thank librarians for taking care of you and your privacy.

A toast to Our Next Life for their 2nd birthday!

Are money bloggers real? I should think so. Just because we don’t share everything about our lives doesn’t make us NOT real, it makes us human. It’s not as if you know everything about anyone else’s life just because you know them in person, right?

MSD hasn’t raised the rent for her tenant in 22 years. Pretty amazing.


Beekeeping hive shares are really cool! If my allowance for 2017 wasn’t mostly spoken for, I’d nab myself a whole hive.


Girls start to associate brilliance with boys instead of girls as early as age 6. I HATE THIS.

Maggie saw the same study.

This response to the “homeless spikes” in Manchester is rather brilliant.

If you’re going out and resisting, make sure you observe at least this much operational security so that you can stay safe.


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January 26, 2017

Just a little (link) love: Mary Poppins edition



Can you imagine being the only person who looks like or thinks like you in your field? I’ve been the only Asian woman in most of my jobs over 17 years and it’s not nearly as bad for me as it has been for black women. A look into the issues today that Hidden Figures (which I really want to see) highlights: I don’t know if I have words to describe what it’s like to have people make you invisible because you are already so invisible. And for them to say, “You’re already non-existent, so let’s not talk about how non-existent you are.” It doesn’t even make sense, but it’s also extremely psychologically painful.

Taylor discovers that it can be complicated to nurture a habit of giving when you’ve been on the edge too long

This scary rabbit hole of marketers is why I don’t have a public social media profile, don’t share my real cell phone number for discounts, and limit my real information out there as much as I can.


Mikki Kendall on owls

Good Omens has finally been adapted for TV and I’m torn between anticipation and grouchiness that an estranged friend borrowed the book and never returned it.

A hotel room with no walls (or roof)? An adventure for some. Sounds like a nightmare to me.


With our interest in The Crown, and my intense interest in planning, naturally I had to read about what happens when Queen Elizabeth passes. It’s amazing that she’s been Sovereign for over 60 years. Also can you imagine training your whole life for a job you still can’t do at age 68? What a weird life Prince Charles must have.

Vaginal jade eggs???? Never ever ever EVER take advice on medicine or biology from Gwyneth Paltrow, y’all. Never.

On the subject of health, a new superbug is freaking me out: The researchers found that this class of bacteria, CREs — that’s short for carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae — has more ways to evade antibiotics than have been currently identified, and that these bugs share their tricks readily across the families of bacteria that make up this grouping.

Roots of home economics: At the turn of the century, home economics wasn’t the province of high-school girls or 1950s housewives. Rather, it was a budding discipline that embodied the Progressive ideals of some of the first women to become professional academics.

The new administration is even scaring children at a fundamental level: The third-graders in Alicia Permenter’s class are mostly 8 years old and have known only one president.

Like many children their age, they have heard his name slip off their parents’ lips their entire lives. But unlike their peers, they have studied his polices in-depth as part of a class research project, so words such as “preexisting condition” roll with ease out of their young mouths.

Hackathons hosted to archive scientific and environmental data that’s going to be scrubbed by the incoming administration

A spoonful of sugar

This animation holds up surprisingly well.

January 19, 2017

Just a little (link) love: tiny octopus edition



What do you think of this? “…80 percent of women and 70 percent of men say that they want a relationship with “flexible gender boundaries” and prefer sharing over specialization.”

We specialize more than share but we also do a better job of dividing the thinking and non-thinking things as well. Except the money stuff. That’s MINE.

I expected this to fall under another category but Constance Wu on acting turned into a lesson on knowing yourself and having meaning in your life that isn’t about material things.



What many million American families are having to consider under the incoming administration

An experiment with gendered clothing

SOS Children’s Villages in Illinois sound like an amazing concept

Gerry Conway on money, American myths, and the myth of personal exceptionalism:

“Unfortunately, when history demanded that the benefits of the American social compact be extended to embrace everyone in America and not just white people, America decided it was time to break the compact and establish a new order:

The Myth of the Individual Hero.

Once African Americans demanded to participate fully in the social compact, white Americans decided the compact didn’t exist. Rather than share the benefits, white Americans insisted there was no social compact and never had been, for anyone – that Individualism was the Real American Way. Ignoring the realities of their own lives, middle class and blue collar Americans turned against the vision of the American Dream as a shared destiny.”

Octopus, in living colors!

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