Friday Links

“No weekend, all weakened.”
― Toba Beta, Master of Stupidity

A few misadventures this week (including a ticketing office splitting up tickets over two separate dates, which annoyed and vexed me greatly), but also goofing off with Katie and Adam, and Ruth and Terri. Also this has been significantly less frantic than last week, which can only be a good thing! A few freelancing projects to get through today, lots of housework (blech), job apps, and a run to the dry cleaners is all that lurks on my Must Do list. Here are your links, tell me what you’re up to this weekend.

A fortifying treat with friends last evening.
A fortifying treat with friends last evening.

Hide yo’ hedges, hide yo’ shrubberies! Actually, this is one of the more puzzling and intriguing mysteries I’ve seen in a while. Perhaps my next mystery will be of the horticultural variety.

Freelancers, assemble! New York Time journalist and author Caitlin Kelly’s webinars for success in freelancing or  for boosting your blog or site traffic are available for sign up now, and so are her individual coaching sessions which I wholeheartedly recommend!

History nerd find of the week! A blog exploring the clothing collection of Charles Paget Wade, who lived from the 1880 through the 1950s. (People with that kind of lifespan intrigue me!) Apparently he was one of those magnificent, British eccentric collectors, whose archives are now maintained by the National Trust. His passion was Georgian, Regency and early Victorian clothing, and the collection looks incredible.

I want – nay, need this table. Though I fear to obtain it might require obtaining the boat it’s attached to…

A brief article of the mostly forgotten sister of Benjamin Franklin. The differences between the siblings’ circumstances are quite stark. Considered one of the Great Men of his age, a self-educated wit who made a profession and legacy of words – and a woman who only read “as much as she dared.”

Loved this article in the Atlantic about the importance of telling stories (h/t Mel). There are massive gaps in my understanding of my family history. Partly because my immediate family’s relationship with extended family has not always been smooth and so a lot of lore simply hasn’t had the opportunity to pass itself along, and partly because my immediate family has been busy for most of my life creating our own story all over the world. But as I get older I think about my family stories more and more, and try to think of ways to learn and preserve them. I never knew until this past summer that my great-grandfather on my Dad’s side supported his siblings and made his own way through Harvard (in the 1920s when it was still a place of privilege that he had not been born into). Or that my Scottish great-great-grandfather (I think) on my mother’s side followed his brother to the Western frontier with Mormon pioneers to stay close to him even though he wasn’t part of that faith himself. What else have I missed!

Current resident favorite Tom Hiddleston has a Jaguar deal, his commercial for which is basically a homicidal riff on his Loki character (which I’m sure will have some clever twist come Superbowl time). I had a moment’s pause thinking that for such a talented actor it might be frustrating to be defined by a single role… And then I remembered he’s already won an Olivier Award and is probably laughing it all the way to the bank, and got on with more important pop culture ponderings.

If ever I design a home, you can bet it’s going to have a secret passage or room.

Another map. Everyone’s good at something! (h/t Matt)

This made me laugh (h/t Heidi who is living in Denmark). What are the dressing stereotypes where you live? At some point I should knock together a Brit style post, but frankly I’m still trying to figure some of it out.

Complicated issue, blah blah blah, lots of feeling on either side, etc. I’m unabashedly pro-vaccine and I’m a bit alarmed at how many people give credence to the anti movement especially given how many of their concerns have been utterly debunked. (h/t Savvy).

This happened yesterday and London responded Britishly.

5 thoughts on “Friday Links”

  1. Thank you for the links and recommendations!

    LOVE how to look like a Dane. Paris style is quite easy to define, maybe UK’s less so? A NY style would include a lot of black, perfectly manicured nails and toes, a rockin’ haircut and very good color and some Big Name Designer bag flung about like a bag of groceries…a $4k Prada or $15K Hermes. Also…size 00. Anything over a size 6 and you’re fat, baby.

    Love the secret rooms and passageways.

      1. That’s what I love about it! Americans fuss endlessly about being in style or having Designer Names…tedious and slavish. I love the confidence that British women have in being dotty or eccentric in dress and style. No doubt, you’ll soon appreciate the treasures in jumble and boot sales, regional auctions. If I were living in London, I’d be off at Christie’s South Kensington for their every vintage clothing sale…

        I grew up with this in my blood in Canada, and love to see it…

        Polished is fine, but smart and interesting are more appealing to me. Not everyone values them equally…?

      2. I value polish pretty highly (probably because I find it difficult to personally achieve). Though I agree without 100% about the designer names and slavish devotion ridiculousness. I suppose I want the line of individual, but well presented. I do love the eccentricity for other people, but for myself I tend to stick with what the fashion editors wear, rather than the fasionistas 😉 Although I am building a truly heroic collection of 1920s rhinestone accessories from the markets!

  2. Ooo, I’d love to see more of these dressing stereotype posts. I’m not exactly sure what they’d be for DC. Suits for men, for sure, but contrary to popular belief, not all of us women dress in pant suits – it is a very young city, after all.

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