Animal Style

Oh my god, this video of wheelchair-bound rescue dogs getting to play fetch kills me:

Also competing for the title of cutest animals on the internet this week is this hedgehog and his birthday party. Of course the hamsters go bonkers for cake (RIP Hazel the Hamster!).

Ok, happy Saturday! Carry on.

These Days – Vol. 3

These days, I am…

-Watching Orange is the New Black (finally!). We’re only a few episodes in, but I’m already hooked. I love cleverly written television.

-Popping vitamins so that I can fight these sniffles that are plaguing me. Mr. Cook has us both on food-based vitamins, after he did some research on the subject.

-Painting my fingernails for the first time in months. Currently obsessed with this color. And impressed by this new nail polish bottle design.

-Reading Official Book Club Selection by Kathy Griffin and enjoying her early 90s exposé of the Hollywood comedy and acting scene.

-Craving fried chicken and wishing I could get my hands on some of the good stuff from here.

-Planning ahead for our South Africa trip this winter. (Did you  know they have safaris in SA?? I did not know that, but now that I do I am even more excited!)

-Organizing my home office (read: craft space) and getting it into usable shape, as has been the plan for almost two years now. Yay for finally making headway!

-Thrilled for a recent engagement, a just-announced bundle of joy, and other good news from afar. :)

What are you up to these days?

The Wednesday Web

I’ve a gravy boat load of foodie links to share this week:

First, here’s a peek at how people eat dinner in New York City and Tokyo. Most of the diners in the photo series are all alone, which makes these pictures seem very personal and a little bit sad. How do you dine when you’re alone?

Next, what’s more important – how your food photographs or how it tastes? As diners snap more and more photos of their food (which apparently slows down service), restaurants are attempting to meet the demand for picture perfect plates.

No one’s going to claim that the Food Network is trying to turn home cooks into professional chefs, but just how watered down (or whitewashed) is their programming in the name of ratings? This article asks, What happened to all the cooks of color on TV?

Finally, in a related vein, why does the public assume that “ethnic” food should be cheap? This article makes a case for why we should be paying more than we are for food from non-European-American cultures (i.e., what message do we send when we think a delicious bowl of ramen or pho or menudo should only cost a fraction of a bowl of clam chowder?).

Ah, betcha didn’t think that food could be so controversial!

Music on Monday

Time for more friend music sharing!! It’s good, I promise!

Welcome to We Became Owls, a San Francisco Bay Area-based band that makes music that is melodic and beautiful and folk-y and a little bit haunting:

You can hear more music and learn their story here:

And you can buy their brand new EP (released on Friday!) here.

Don’t you just love gorgeous music?

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The Mockingjay Lives

Okay, who’s as excited about this as I am???

BTW, here’s the first Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 teaser, in case you missed it:

Now we just have to wait until November to watch the rest of it!

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