I always feel this uncontainable optimism in the fall. There is SO MUCH to look forward to at the end of the year and this is the first year that Milo really gets birthdays and holidays. It's so fun to watch everything click for him. My trip to Chicago is getting closer (a huge shout out to the lovely Alicia of Jaybird for sending me an amazing e-mail with some insider tips to make it a true grown up vacation) and I'm doing all the classic autumn tourist-in-my-town things with my family. I've been trying to focus on reading and writing in my free time and I've saved up some good browsing for you.
This is an article about not "liking" things on Facebook and how it changes your experience using the site. The author saw changes psychologically (commenting and engaging more) and also mechanically (the algorithm that determines your newsfeed relies heavily on your likes) and now I may try the experiment.
I died at "the walking, talking essence of the Northern Hemisphere's annual tilt away from the sun." I would date Mr. Autumn Man.
My friend Emilee is farmer and shared this real-talk article about modern farming. I've always been interested, but this reaffirmed that I probably don't have the work ethic. Support your local farms!
Pioneer Girl, the autobiography that was reworked into the Little House on the Prarie series, it being published for the first time. Is this the darker side of Laura Ingalls Wilder? I'd like to reread the series soon, and this might be just the thing to kick it off. I love Laura as much as any childhood friend, and I can get behind a badass mother turned author any day of the week.
I'm never, ever getting out of Amy Poehler's face. This Buzzfeed article commemorates ten years since the first time two women anchored Weekend Update on SNL. I loved the recapping of the jokes. Ben Affleck made me laugh. I'll love Amy Poehler until I die.
Here is a simply pretty article about self care and reconnecting with the messages your body is sending you. I find listening to my body very boring, because my body is finally smart enough to realize the health does not blossom from a gallon of coffee and seasonal granola bars, but this article frames taking care of yourself in a very lovely, desirable way.
This is not a link, but I feel that it's my responsibility to remind you that Parks and Recreation Season 6 is now available on Netflix. I hadn't seen all the episodes and devoured the season in under a week. I don't know how I feel about the flash forward. I'm not yet accepting that this is the last season.
Now that you're on a roll, here are some past posts you might like: hey suburbia, we're in love with you, Channeling Leslie Knope to Kick Ass at Work, and A Love Letter to My Body. My be your own lady Pinterest board has some more assorted eye candy- check out the article on moon gatherings! Full moon on Wednesday!
Don't forget to share your best friend tips and brag on your wonderful lady friends in the comments here! I'm putting together the next article in my series on adult friendships!
Are you reading anything good? Living out any caricatures of first world people enjoying our current season? HAVE YOU FOUND THE PERFECT PLAID SHIRT DRESS I'M SEARCHING FOR? I'd love to hear from you! Stay cozy, lovelies!
(image credit, text added by me)