1. Hello, Gorgeous. It’s peanut butter yogurt (yes, you read that correctly) with mini chocolate chips and mixed nut topping. And it’s mere steps from my apartment. If you don’t have a Pinkberry in your area, you may want to move.
2. Where are they now? If you’re of a certain age (ahem) you vividly remember the Brat Pack – that group of young actors who seemed to be in every single movie made in the 80’s. Some of them stayed in the spotlight (Demi Moore, Rob Lowe) and some found their way back to Hollywood (Molly Ringwald), but many of them seemed to disappear into the ether. So it surprised me, in a good way, to learn that Andrew McCarthy is having a great time of it as a travel writer. I noticed his byline recently and thought, That Andrew McCarthy? No. But yes, it’s that Andrew McCarthy. In fact, he won the Lowell Thomas Award in 2010 for travel journalist of the year and he is editor-at-large for National Geographic Traveler. Here’s a feature article he wrote about Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula for Travel & Leisure and a lovely blurb about his favorite places in Dublin in National Geographic. How easy to put someone in a box and think that’s the whole story when really they have so much more to give.
4. May I geek out for a moment? I’m so happy that I stumbled across this clip of Mark Twain. It’s the only known footage of him. It was filmed by none other than Thomas Edison in 1909. Sure, it’s silent and wobbly and he’s really not doing much aside from sipping tea with his daughters, but IT’S MARK TWAIN. In motion.
It made me think for a moment about how much I take this for granted. I can capture a video on my phone for goodness sake. There are so many people throughout history whom we’ll never get to see in this manner: Abraham Lincoln, Queen Victoria, Henry David Thoreau. What a treat to see the great author “come to life” through the power of moving image. Who would you love to see in video if you could?
5. Need more space? Is your house busting at the seams? Tammy Strobel has an idea. Think small. She and her husband moved from a 1,200 square foot condo to a 128 square foot house. You read that correctly: 128 square feet. Your living room is likely bigger than that.
Although I’m sure that I have far more “stuff” than Strobel, I can vouch that living in a small space makes you think twice before buying anything. What is this thing going to add to my life? Can I get by without it? Do I really, really, really need it? (You have to use really 3 times.) Still, living in a space as small as Strobel’s seems like it would be so limiting. But she says it’s just the opposite. “I’m incredibly grateful because simplifying my life has given me the flexibility to make choices I hadn’t considered.”
Would you ever consider living in a tiny house? What is the smallest space you’ve lived in?
Have a great weekend everyone!