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November 2, 2018

It’s funny how the pleasure of a holiday changes as you get older. Earlier this year, I bought a pinata for a friend’s birthday party and learned that all this time, grownups have had to buy the candy and fill the pinata themselves. The feeling of dumping candy into a pinata came back to me on Wednesday, handing out treats to our neighborhood kids. The holiday is less about the thrill of free candy and homemade costumes and suddenly more about the crisp weather and porch conversations (and of course, leftover candy). As an adult with no children, it was really fun to watch kids practice being polite with fake blood all over their chins. What a fun, funny holiday.

Plus, my best friend had her baby this week! Welcome to the world, FJH!

  1. If Your Chair Hurts Your Back, Blame Technology, Then Try These Hacks, NPR. This is very informative! I want to practice better posture, especially sitting in a desk at work. I’m going to try some of these tips.
  2. How to Stay Focused. This blogger shares some of her tips for staying focused – playing classical or instrumental music has helped me at work too! So has the realization that I should write in the morning, and do email and other less intense things in the afternoons. What are your strategies for staying focused? There are some more good tips here at Buzzfeed.

  3. 9 Gift Giving Crafts to Start This Fall, Joy the Baker. Joy rounds up a few crafts that make good gifts here. I have my eye on this weekend as a crafting/sewing retreat!

  4. Awful Library Books. This is a blog detailing books that are withdrawn from all kinds of libraries (this process is called “weeding”). Each post explains a little bit of why the book was weeded, and most of the examples are just horrifyingly out of date or unappealing to readers these days. A funny, interesting look at a library process that not many know about! Here are a few of my recent favorites: The Art of Salad Making, How to Break Into Modeling, Toasts! The Complete Book of the Best Toasts, Sentiments, Blessings, Curses, and Graces.

  5. 26 Iconic Foods from Disney Movies You Can Actually Make, Buzzfeed. NOTHING looks better than animated food. If I had magic powers I would want to become a cartoon and eat a glossy, animated birthday cake and some pork dumplings. This roundup of Disney-inspired recipes is the closest I can come until the technology for making me a cartoon gets here.

Have a great weekend!

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