Y’all, I read some great stuff this week, so my Friday Five is all about some of these great reads.
ONE: PLASTIC BAGS
Sweets and I have tried to slash our use of plastic bags. We bring reusable bags to the grocery store and request paper bags when we forget. I often forgo bags at checkout when I’m at the pharmacy (preferring to place purchased items straight into my purse). And, I cringe when Target sends me home with too many plastic bags (really, I should cringe at myself when I forget to bring reusable bags with me). So, imagine my delight when I learned that the Chicago City Council voted to ban plastic bags. The deadline for big box stores and chains is 2015 with smaller chain stores following one year later. Small businesses are exempt, for now. Baby steps, right?! Do you bring your own reusable bags to the store or do you rely on whatever bags they provide?
TWO: DREAM JOB
Does your dream job exist? It’s a good question to ponder. Amber writes openly about her belief dream jobs don’t exist. I echo her thoughts and would add that if the dream job means turning our passions into a career, then there’s the very real possibility that the chase will dull our passions. If we don’t like the business side of our passion or don’t like pursuing our passion on other people’s terms (as, say, a photographer might have to in order to please a client), then our dream job might not turn out to be the dream we thought it might be. Interesting stuff. Does your dream job exist? Are you working it right now?
What would you do if some extra money came your way? Say, $100 or $1,000 or $100,000 or $1,000,000? Feisty Harriet provides a fun post considering how she’d spend that extra money. Me?
- $100: Buy running clothes, I need ‘em
- $1,000: Plan a domestic vacation getaway for my family
- $100,000: Pay off debts, buy a new car (our 17-year old truck is hanging in there, but wishes to retire soon), plan an international vacation for my family
- $1,000,000: Buy a home; buy an RV; take a few months off from work (Sweets, too) to go on an international excursion
What would you do if $100, $1,000, $100,000 and $1,000,000 fell into your lap?
I recently saw the best little Mother’s Day tradition, which I might have already informed Sweets that he needs to start. It involves a journal and annual entries from Sweets and Gavin. And it’s housed in the same place, so that 20 years from now, I can look back at all the wonderful ways my boys decided to celebrate the mama in their life. Do you enjoy DIY/handmade gifts? Do you prefer tangible or intangible gifts (say, beautiful stationary vs. tickets to the theater)?
FIVE: STORY TELLING
Sometime last year, a girlfriend told me about a Chicago street photographer, name Vivian Maier. Then, last week, we went to see a new documentary about her called Finding Vivian Maier. She was an unknown photographer (and most people in her life knew very little about Vivian Maier the person) until sometime after her death, when a young man uncovered some of her negatives at an auction. One thing led to another and he began uncovering her life through her photographs. We often think of photographers as story tellers: their work tells the stories of their subjects. What was amazing about Vivian Maier’s story is that her photographs actually had a compelling story to tell about her as well. Also, she took selfies before the term even existed! Have any documentaries had a profound effect on your life (or do you have any favorites you’d like to recommend)?
BONUS 1: MAHWIED
In case you’ve been hiding under a rock for the past week, forever-a-bachelor George Clooney got engaged to be married! Not only is he engaged, but his fiancée is a super accomplished British attorney (who also happens to be gorgeous). This is a big win for the smart-is-sexy crowd (!) and there’s a great letter to Ms. Alamuddin in the NY Post on this very topic.
BONUS 2: PHOTO BOMBS
I’ve seen a lot of Facebook posts this past week sharing Jimmy Fallon’s Lip Sync Battle with Emma Stone. I watched it. Thought it was cute. But, I’m not totally buying the hype that it was THAT worthy of so many re-posts. (Attention Target shoppers, there is a lost sense of humor in search of her mom. Nilsa, if you are in the store, please report to customer service.) But, never fear. I think Jimmy Fallon’s series of photo bombing segments are hilarious. Last month, Fallon joined forces with Jon Hamm. This month, Cameron Diaz. Everyone wins!
What articles or posts or websites would you recommend today?
Happy Friday and have a great weekend!