Link love (Powered by nasty surprises and retail therapy)

SO glad this week was over. I resorted to a half glass of wine on Friday. Yeah, you know that shiz is serious when I’m dipping into the vino (luckily there was chard available, which I can almost stomach).

On the bright side, I managed to get Foo Fighters tickets (YEAH! Now I just need the Chilis to come back and I’ll die happy), made my first designer purchase (an everything under $150 sale – was a little intimidating in there, but I got in and got out and spent $60 on a dress instead of the original $149), and yep, we splashed out and bought Guitar Hero. One pack was $149, the other a mere $29. STEAL. Not that I really need another reason to procrastinate from picking up my actual guitar, or the mostly-for-decoration ukulele we bought in Raro. (I cannot figure out the tuning; it sounds basically like the EADG guitar tuning rather than the standard uke tuning most sites throw up. What gives?)

Speaking of work-appropriate clothing, is there any such attire that DOES NOT require handwashing – or worse, drycleaning? GAH.


Opposites attract: Geek in Heels is in basically the same relationship as me! She also tackles parenting and the thorny topic of physical discipline.

“One of my biggest struggles has always been reconciling who I am with who I want to be.” Always love Clare at Never Niche.

“Here’s to resilience, to the power of choice, and to making the most of every precious moment we’re given.” Ditto Emily Jane.

Ambition is a double-edged sword, says Krystal.

Manda gets stuck into the patriarchal aspect of Chinese culture.

Give yourself permission to relax, via Nicole is Better.

And a few tips for flathunting, at Totally Money.


Great title! When the overdraft is overrated, at Minting Nickels.

Walking in Heels says sometimes it pays to focus on the big picture to enjoy small pleasures.

Financial Samurai reviews his midyear goals.


A Lotta Lettuce shares the story of how she landed her first job.

There are costs involved with almost any job – quite a lot if you’re a teacher, as Ninja’s wife writes.

Some thoughts by Nicole and Maggie on being a woman in the workforce.

Marian explains everything you’d ever need to know about using Help a Reporter Out.


Kyla Roma whips up leeks, blue cheese and bruschetta on toast.

Hungry and Frozen tackles a chocolate fudge pie.

Lastly, a raspberry coffee cake courtesy of The Joy of Caking.

5 thoughts on “Link love (Powered by nasty surprises and retail therapy)

  • Reply nicoleandmaggie July 19, 2011 at 00:52

    Thanks for the link! Hope this week is a good one!

  • Reply Emily Jane July 19, 2011 at 04:13

    Thank you so much for the link love! Looks like some good reads here, thanks as always for sharing 🙂

  • Reply Manda July 19, 2011 at 05:03

    Thanks for linking to my blog!

    I bought my first-ever suit this summer (as I’ll probably need it once I start interviewing and working post-graduation) and I’m too intimidated to wear it. The suit itself looks good, but the washing/cleaning process is veeeeery overwhelming. Especially as I wouldn’t want to ruin the suit!

  • Reply Wifey of a Roadie July 19, 2011 at 06:54

    Nice to read that you’re going to concerts and playing Guitar Hero and yes, please do pick up your real guitar every once in a while 🙂 Sorry you had a bad week but still nice to read your posts!

    Wifey of a Roadie – Out!

  • Reply Clare - Never Niche July 19, 2011 at 09:23

    Thank you for the linking. <3

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