Link love: Powered by forward thinking and small pleasures

I am really tired this week. And I don’t know why. Too much time spent reading and watching movies? Long intense days of work spent glued to my computer screen?


Hannah Katy is always inspiring, not least because she’s out to change the world through volunteering at the UN.

This pretty sums up my housekeeping routine. Thanks, Stupid Ugly Foreigner.

JD Roth explains why his wife does all his laundry for him – and it’s probably not why you think.

Well Heeled talks about non-traditional engagement rings. Yay! I definitely don’t want a diamond – probably a ruby. Although I don’t ever want to wear any piece with a four-figure value (preferably, in the low three figures) so maybe that’s not viable.

Tall Brunette’s ode to scent, and how it can stir up memories like nothing else can.

The Non Student realises there are some friends not worth making the effort for.

Sage advice from Stephanie Klein to anyone in a love triangle – Who are you in the When Harry Met Sally scenario?

Sandy has some tips for shopping for other people’s kids (incidentally, I bought my first-ever present for a toddler. It’s surprisingly fun looking at kids’ clothes! Can’t wait to see the niece in her new threads.)

LOVE this post by Little House on the Southern Prairie, which is basically my philosophy on expensive goods – they’re too good for me. Avoid buying stuff that makes you worry.

Money Rabbit wonders how to achieve fulfillment and balance in a busy life.

Lianko’s thoughts on being a minority and the identity struggle.


Food for thought – what else might you be doing one day and are your skills transferable? Dana gets thinking about possible backup careers.

Nicole at Rainy Day Saver writes about justifying large purchases.

On a similar note, Almost Frugal wonders when it’s time to replace, rather than repair.

A great guest post on Yes and Yes about how to love life even if you don’t love your job.


I do not know how to pronounce bouillabaisse, but it looks dang tasty and I’ve been intrigued by it ever since I first encountered the word in a book. Here, Asian Pear walks us through making it. And here, really awesome tips on maximising leftovers.

BF doesn’t have much of a tolerance for heat, poor thing, but hopefully he can handle these chicken fajitas via Closet Cooking (no fresh chillies!) I took him out for Malaysian last night and, ridiculously excited at the prospect of assam fish and roti canai, failed to consider how much of the food he would actually be able to eat. Also, mashed beans?! I am intrigued.

Something I’ve been wanting to do is make my own cereal like Lisa – but I’m super picky so it would probably involve oats, nuts, coconut and either apples or berries.

You had me at “udon”. Here’s an Asian inspired broth from Poor Girl Eats Well – light enough for my summer consumption but sufficiently comforting enough for those in the northern hemisphere.

Happy weekends…

5 thoughts on “Link love: Powered by forward thinking and small pleasures

  • Reply Lisa Fine January 15, 2011 at 16:48

    Thanks for the link love! Have a wonderful weekend. Going to check out that udon – it’s one of my favorites.

  • Reply The Asian Pear January 15, 2011 at 17:08

    awwh. Thanks for the link love. Twice! 😀

    Umm… bouillabaisse? it’s… like… Boo-l-ya-base.

  • Reply Vera January 15, 2011 at 18:27

    Awww, thank you that’s so nice of you. 🙂
    I actually wanted to write more on the subject, but then I suddenly found myself talking about something else 😛

  • Reply First Gen American January 16, 2011 at 00:05

    Isn’t it so much fun buying girl clothes? I just bought a dress for my god daughter and it’s just infinitely more fun than buying T-shirts with dinosaurs and robots on them (for my boys).

  • Reply stupiduglyforeigner January 16, 2011 at 03:45

    Drive-by thanks for the link love!

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