weekend links, no. 12

party without cake

week in review
We had some fun snow this week! There were predictions for 8-10 inches on Wednesday night, so naturally everyone planned for a snow day and cleaned the stores out of their bread and milk (this is the South, y’all). Except for me—I was buying avocados, red peppers, tomatoes, and spinach because #Whole30probs. We ended up only getting about 3 inches at our house, complete with an dramatic power outage that conveniently happened just as I finished cooking dinner. It only lasted a few hours, but we had fun breaking out the candles and building a nice fire. And then the power came back on and we were free to resume Netflixing and consuming our iPhone batteries with abandon.

Also, my husband was a passenger in a car that was rear-ended in a hit and run. Minor accident—he and his coworker were not injured, but since then we have received THIRTEEN pieces of mail from doctors, chiropractors and lawyers who specialize in accident injuries. HOW DO THEY KNOW? I’m assuming police reports aren’t just handed out, right? Is trolling Instagram for accident photos (even if they don’t use hashtags or location) the new ambulance-chasing? Is the NSA listening to our phone calls (I mean, I knew that already) and then passing this info along? If anyone could enlighten me on this subject I’d really appreciate it.

around the web
The Score of Our Lives. “Isn’t this what you’ve been seeking? For your life to have the meaning, significance, pleasure and power it ought to have? This is the music: the love of God for you. This is what “redirects” our worship. The Gospel. Because in the Gospel we see a God who pursues us to the very point of death, and by that death purchases for us the treasures — the infinite riches — of forgiveness, redemption, righteousness and an eternal inheritance.”

How to Make Friends as an Adult. “Quality friendships are ridiculously valuable and they require real effort.”

16 Shades of Sweet: a Guide to Sweet Potatoes. You guys. There are sixteen different kinds of sweet potatoes. (I bought Garnets this week, in case you were wondering.)

The Case for Treating Sugar Like a Dangerous Drug. I found this article interesting, especially in light of our Whole30. Sugar tax, anyone?

what I’m reading
Daring Greatly. This book has been so thought-provoking for me. I’m having to read it more slowly than I would prefer, but I just don’t want to miss anything.
Dark Places. Gillian Flynn novels tend to be pretty polarizing, but I’m on the side that enjoys them once in a while. Creative (but disturbing and graphic, so fair warning if you’re weak-stomached) plot and characters, and definitely un-put-down-able.
What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast. Fascinating, especially if you’re into how habits and routines contribute to success. I’m working on changing up some of my routines to reflect some of the things I learned in this book.

in other news
Have you seen The Hundred Foot Journey yet? Or Chef? Both fantastic movies that we thoroughly enjoyed. (Chef does have some coarse language and humor, FYI.) Both all about food, though—maybe Netflix knows we’re doing a Whole and is trying to a) help us live vicariously or b) taunt us with all the food we can’t eat by sending us all the food-related movies in our DVD queue. Whatevs. We’re gonna win this one, Netflix. It did crack us up to watch modern-day Jon Favreau right after we’d finished the Friends episodes where he guest stars. 

ICYMI on the blog
I wrote about desires and grace and the difficulty of keeping open hands when you’re waiting.
And recapped our second week of whole 30.

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