Parairae Ki a Koe! (Happy Friday in Maori! Thanks, Lou!). This is an especially happy Friday because it’s the first day of a four-day “staycation” that Mike and I are taking. We thought about going out of town after a summer of tough times, but due to lack of planning, and a desire to save money for a bigger trip in the future, we opted instead to stick around the Twin Cities. But we’re treating the weekend like an actual vacation, and we’re doing all the things around town that we always seem too busy to do!
On the list? Kayaking, mini-golf, comedy club, new restaurant, picnic at a waterfall, bike riding, and more! I’m looking forward to this very much! But obvs, I wouldn’t leave without giving you five internet-tastic things for your weekend. <3
1. Raw macaroon sandwiches
2. Inactivity as a Pandemic
This article from NPR discusses how some members of the medical community want to start framing physically sedentary lifestyles as a mainstream medical diagnosis. Studies report that 1 in 10 deaths are caused from inactivity. Physiologist Michael Joyner argues, “Physicians need to interact with patients about being active, and they need to write prescriptions for exercise.” Read more here.
3. Peach, Avocado, and Macadamia Nut Salad
This summery salad sounds rich, indulgent, and delicious. There are very few ingredients—just the three listed in the title, plus lime, cilantro, and coriander—but that combo seems like a total winner. I have a few more summer gatherings this month, so I think I’ll have to make this to share! Also, this came from the CLEAN blog, and you all know how much I love Dr. J & Co.!
What a cute idea from natalme! Cake stand for your kitchen sink stuff! I love this, especially since my sponge and soap bottles always get knocked around and in the way!
5. “With a fist, not a smile”
This week, I read two really wonderful articles about body image. I highly recommend reading them both—-“Naked If I Want To: A Crack at Body Pride” at In Our Words, and Jessica Valenti’s “The Upside of Ugly” at The Nation. But in case you don’t, here’s the short version in the authors’ own words:
“Shaming ourselves, either because we aren’t (insert adjective here) enough or, conversely, because we don’t love ourselves enough, is a lost cause. Exhibiting righteous disapproval of a world which often forces such a hand now seems a far more worthwhile endeavor.” -Rosie
“This is a fucked-up country to grow up in, especially as a girl. And we all want to give young women the tools necessary to succeed. So let’s teach girls to survive a misogynist culture with a fist, not a smile.” -Jessica Valenti
And, a picture that says all that and more:
Have you ever taken a “staycation”? Do you think “inactivity” should be a medical diagnosis? What do you think about the idea of shifting away from “self-esteem” and more towards getting women pissed off at the system?
Have a great weekend! xoxoxo