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10. October 2014 by Ana
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The Wednesday Web

I’m feeling a little scattered this week. Is it just me? Is it the full moon? Is it the fact that a million things are due at work in the next couple of weeks? D) All of the above?

I decided not to fight it. If the world is a little scattered, so are my links this week. Nothing like some interesting distractions when everything is topsy turvy!

First, as a snap-happy camera phone addict, I thought this comparison of iPhone cameras across the generations was kinda neat. Do you carry a separate camera anymore, or are you like me and use your phone for most of your snapshots? I am already looking forward to the improved camera on the 6 when I am due for my next upgrade.

How far can you get down this list of pictures that prove the world isn’t all bad without tearing up? (I got to #9.)

Before you hit the pumpkin patch, you might want to check out this guide to the different kinds of pumpkins you can choose from. I picked up a good ol’ fashioned “Aladdin” for our front door, but I’ve always been partial to the Fairytale pumpkins (I’ve also heard them referred to as Cinderella pumpkins).

There’s a lot going on in the world. Here’s what you should *not* be worrying about.

I suffer from this. Big time. ARG.

Are you feeling smart today? Here’s a fun IQ test to gauge your smahts. (See there, why did I slip into a Boston accent? Scattered, I tell you.)

And, finally, continuing the super random theme, I was intrigued by this article on how your name affects your lot in life. There are clearly instances where racism/ethnocentrism via evaluating someone’s name come into play, but what about the other scenarios? Is a rose by any other name as sweet?

What’s on your radar this week? Reading anything good?

08. October 2014 by Ana
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Music on Monday

This about sums it up:

I’m going into overdrive for the next couple of weeks with work and other obligations. Time to put those early mornings to good use. Feeling a little manic with all I have to accomplish!

06. October 2014 by Ana
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The Wednesday Web

A) I cannot believe it is October 1st today. Cheeseballs! Where did the year go? I bought a pumpkin at the grocery store this weekend. 2014 practically has a target over its head at this point.

B) You know how sometimes I post all these intense, long reads and serious articles about politics and stuff? Not today, folks! Today, I’m sharing some good old fashioned fluffy lightness. Did you know I used to be a celebrity gossip columnist? Funny, huh. Old habits die hard, though, so here is some entertainment-based entertainment for your reading pleasure.

First, Andy Samberg and Joanna Newsom have a crazy ornate estate. (Hey, that rhymes!) Check out how the other half lives…like Moroccan sheikhs or something. Fancy!

I’m sure you’ve seen these creepily delightful photos by now. Malkovich, Malkovich, Malkovich!

These celebs’ stories about the weirdest things fans have ever said to them are pretty amusing. Then there’s this short film about modern fan encounters, too. Have you ever had a celebrity sighting? What did you do? I ran into Madonna once in a tiny Italian town but was too shy to say anything to her (but that didn’t stop me from following her into the teensy-tinsiest stationary store…awkward!).

Diane Keaton is on Pinterest, and she’s got a very specific sense of style.

Finally, these people aren’t famous, but I just love what they’ve done.

What are you reading this week?

01. October 2014 by Ana
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Good Morning!

Hi everyone! You won’t realize this when you’re reading this post, but I am up ridiculously early this morning.

You see, I’m trying out a new plan this week where I get up at an ungodly hour of the morning (a.k.a., when Mr. Cook gets up), in order to be productive and crafty before work. This is a big experiment for me since I am NOT a morning person and I loooove my sleep. The counterbalance to this new plan is to go to bed ridiculously early, too. Last night Mr. Cook insisted that he wouldn’t be able to fall asleep so early (9:45), but then as he was cuddling me to sleep, he zonked right out, too. Win!

I am up even before the sun this morning. Which I suppose isn’t all that impressive seeing as we’re getting towards the cold, dark months of the year, and lots of people get up waaaaay earlier than I do regularly. There’s a reason I live only a ten minute drive from my office, though, and it’s so I can sleep as late as possible every morning.

To be honest, I didn’t even get up at Mr. Cook’s normal wake-up time this morning. We negotiated it to a half an hour later than normal so we both could get up at the same time. Ideally, if I get used to this plan, I will get up at Mr. Cook’s regular time and start incorporating morning workouts in, as well. For now, though, I’m okay with sitting in my bathrobe with a cup of tea while I catch up on my blogs.

Hmm, I’m all cozy now. Perhaps a nap is in order?

30. September 2014 by Ana
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Monday Monday

Monday Panda

I didn’t post a Music on Monday song today. Did you miss it? Do you like getting music recommendations (or flashbacks)? Let me know! I’ve had all sorts of fun ones rolling around in my brain lately.

This weekend was good. So good and productive that I didn’t get to blogging and I don’t even feel guilty about it. I hung out with my husband (a rare treat these days), got to have lunch with my brother and SIL, went shopping, FINALLY found a round punch that will cut through photo paper (this is a big win in my world!), picked up some unplanned but needed items for myself and for the household, enjoyed prosecco by a fireplace, worked on Project Life (fake PL, because I actually use a Bo Bunny 8″x6″ album for my photo scrapbooking), binge-watched some tube, hung pictures around the house, did a little cooking, celebrated a friend’s birthday, made something both necessary and neat with the help of Mr. Cook (I’ll share later this week hopefully, the teaser is up on my Instagram), and hit up the botanical garden’s semi-annual plant sale for some new greenery. Phew!

Did you have a good weekend? Would Music on Monday have made it better? Let me know in the comments!

 

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29. September 2014 by Ana
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