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38 – Don’t Let Them Use You

I feel like I say this every year: it was an incredibly challenging year for me.

One of the best signs of that being the case was how often I heard the phrase, “Don’t let them use you.” At work and with my daughter, it continued to be brought up by different people. The one common thread was that I was too nice, gave in too easily, and allowed people to walk over me.

Great Conversations as Podcasts

Hearing someone laugh at something you said is a wonderful feeling, and being able to laugh at something they said is even better. That’s where podcasts came into my life. They filled that void of good conversations with the added bonus of laughter.

Media Diet – Summer 2017

Jason Kottke has this series he publishes now and then giving short reviews and recommendations of media he has consumed recently. He calls it his media diet. I think it’s a great idea— keep a rough record of things I have previously watched or read to refer to later on. There are a lot of things that I have watched/read this summer that I’d like to write more about, so consider this a jumping-off point for future idea posts. Read More

Mussolini’s Arctic Airship by Eva Holland

In the Arctic summer, the sun shines even at midnight. So it was bright as the airship Italia approached the geographic North Pole, motoring at 3,000 feet above the endless pack ice. Below the ship, a thick bank of fog obscured the frozen Arctic Ocean, but up here the sky was blue, cloudless. A pair of officers used a sextant and the sun to measure the Italia’s position as they covered the final miles, and when they’d reached 90 degrees north, where the planet’s longitude lines converge at the pole, the helmsman began a slow, lazy circle around their goal. General Umberto Nobile, the airship’s commander, gave the order to dive under the fog, and soon the airmen could see the blank ice, fewer than 500 feet below them. They had made it. Read More

Love and Letting Go

Letting go of someone is always a challenge after experiencing a breakup. There is no easy solution to forget about how someone hurt you and forget all the memories you had created together. But it is something that is important to do in order to give a new person the opportunity to connect with you. Read More

Amazon Prime Day Deals – Canada

I bit the bullet this year and signed up for Amazon Prime to take advantage of the free shipping through the year, plus the lower prices on some items. I had toyed with it since it became available in Canada and wasn’t sure if it would actually be worthwhile for me or not. After adding up how much I spent on shipping alone the past year, it turns out I should have gotten on board long ago. Read More

The Prodigy’s ‘Fat of the Land’ Turns 20

I believe everyone goes through their teenage years exploring the multiple facets of life until they have that one experience that makes them say, “This.”

“This” can mean many different things to people, but one of the more common ones is with music. They have their Beatles moment, their Doors moment, their Rolling Stones moment, that steers them in one direction of musical exploration. At least, until they have the next musical “This” moment to push them in a different way. Read More

IKEA Products on Amazon Canada and USA

Best news of the day for me comes via Jason Kottke: IKEA products are now available on and directly from Amazon. This means that some things are also available for Amazon Prime shipping to get your things within two days.

I thought maybe it would be the smaller household items, but there are some furniture items available too. Including my coffee table, and my daughter’s arm chair. You can also buy these fun kids’ plates there too. If you’re in the States, you can even buy the Swedish meatball sauce they use in the store. This is likely the equivalent of the McDonald’s sauces being available in Canada. Read More