Link love (powered by sand, sundresses and the first burn of summer)

Oh GST, how I hate you so.

Since the increase (12.5 to 15 per cent) I have most definitely noticed prices creeping up. 1kg cheese – $11 on special (instead of $10). A can of tomatoes – $1.49 on special (instead of $1.29 or even 99c). Cornflakes are now $2.99 instead of $2.79. 2 litres of milk – $3.53 instead of $3.45.  They really are taking every opportunity to milk us, figuratively!

And even though it’s practically November and hence, officially summer, capsicums are still $2.50 EACH. Cucumbers $2.99 EACH. Tomatoes, $6.99/kg. Ridiculous; we really must buy a plant of our own asap.

So that’s my bitch and moan out of the way. If we have to increase our budget to maintain our eating decently, so be it.


Here’s a survival guide for freelance journos. A realistic take – I love that it’s not all sunshine and roses about crazy earning potential and no more working for the man. Really, whether you work for a media corp or yourself, you won’t get rich either way.

Do librarians have a future, and what will it look like? Thoughts from an insider.

A great guest post at Design Sponge on how to brand your business on a budget.

J Money interviews Clare of Never Niche on her side hustle, waitressing.

Red writes about the perks of her job (many and varied) and her reluctance to give it up.

Is your weight affecting how much you make? Fabulously Broke looks at the research and shares a rundown of businesses she’s run in the past.

Paying Myself blogs about the fallacy that all lawyers are loaded.

Neurotic Workaholic offers some advice on surviving grad school (lord knows I wouldn’t; I was itching to finish my three-year degree like you wouldn’t believe).

At You Have More Than You Think, a discussion on whether poor people should have emergency funds.

Small Steps for Big Change is in a new relationship, but can’t help thinking she wants him for his paycheck (not as gold-digging as that might sound, promise).

First Gen American explains why gorillas don’t have retirement funds.

At Bundle, Kate Ashford asks if you can afford a second child – and whether it actually matters.

Stacking Pennies on carelessness, procrastination and how it can cost you.


I made my first carrot cake not too long ago, and while it was awesome it was also a tad wet. I might try Jules’ recipe next.

At Dinner, A Love Story, a simple baked sausage recipe for those days you want to keep the stovetop clean.

Being Ruth shares her Indian chicken and potato recipe.

Poor Girl makes a quinoa, apple and cranberry cake. Maybe I’ll hunt down quinoa at a bulk foods store, or try adapting it to a wholly flour version. (Don’t suppose couscous is an acceptable substitute?)

Kevin of Closet Cooking whips up a luxurious grilled mushroom in porcini sauce.

I was also intrigued by this salmon and cauliflower casserole, via Not Eating Out in NY.

And Asian Pear pens a lament on foods she craves that ain’t no good for her.

Finally, Iowa Girl Eats shares the kitchen tools she can’t live without


Geek in Heels has a guest blog on TV boyfriends. Gotta say Booth is my number one, no contest!

Suburban Sweetheart on hilarious misheard song lyrics.

StacFace blogs about marriage, respect and boundaries.

The Backpacking Journalist on the five unusual essential items for travellers.

At Yes and Yes, Sarah writes about the mundane and miserable side of travel.

Karen of Living Well on Less on the things you should never say to pregnant women.

Ashley at Writing to Reach You ponders why and how her blog has changed over the years.

Revanche wonders what kind of policy to adopt on drop-in visitors – who don’t always arrive at convenient times.

12 thoughts on “Link love (powered by sand, sundresses and the first burn of summer)

  • Reply Jenn @ Paying Myself October 30, 2010 at 16:44

    Thanks so much for the link love and the article you shared – it really added to the post!

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  • Reply Fig October 30, 2010 at 18:22

    I hear ya on GST and food prices. Blah.

  • Reply andhari October 30, 2010 at 19:09

    Thank you for your comment. I’m really outraged since we can’t stop natural disasters but the government here should do something to prevent the damages before they happen and how to minimize them after they happen, like you said. We race with time so they have to do something really fast because we can’t afford to waste minutes.

    ps. great post by the way, sharing articles you like.:)

  • Reply First Gen American October 31, 2010 at 04:52

    Okay, I have to admit that I had to google capsicum to see what the american version of that word was.

    Thanks for the linkity link. Do you kiwis celebrate halloween?

    • Reply eemusings November 1, 2010 at 15:14

      I don’t personally, but yeah, Halloween is celebrated here. Not quite the way the yanks do though!

  • Reply SP October 31, 2010 at 05:15

    Thanks for the link, even though I’m horribly embarrassed I lost $200!

    Also, thanks again for all the other links

  • Reply J$ October 31, 2010 at 08:20

    Thx for the shout out my friend! Happy Halloween!!!

  • Reply The Asian Pear October 31, 2010 at 14:39

    Thanks for the link love.

    (hehe. You always link love me when I lament about food. 🙂

    On a side note, yes. Fish & chips were popular in Canada once. The love has died down a bit in central Canada though. But there’s still a great love for it in the east and west coast provinces. Central Canada’s love has died down since the 80s when Canada became sovereign and the trend for healthy eatinging increased. Makes it harder to get a really good fish & chips in Toronto. 🙁

  • Reply FB @ FabulouslyBroke.com November 2, 2010 at 04:09

    Thank you thank you! You are too kind 🙂

  • Reply Shawanda November 2, 2010 at 14:32

    Thanks for the link! (And sharing the article from Backpacking Journalist.)

  • Reply Clare November 18, 2010 at 04:26

    I just saw this link love .Thank you for the shout out!

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