The thing that stands out to me most about being back home is not the rain, the familiar accents, or the cars.
It’s the air.
About an hour before we landed, I started sneezing like mad, and have barely stopped since. A day later, it’s pretty obvious that it’s a lot more effort for me simply to breathe here than anywhere else we’ve been in the past six months. (It’s almost summer here, and while our summers are very mild by global standards, it’s definitely not super cold.) My chest feels constricted and in a quiet room, I’m THAT person huffing and sniffling nonstop. Might be time to seek out a doctor.
Continuing on in a slightly depressing vein, we’ve also come home to the news of the death of a guy I went to school with, and this Roastbusters stuff, which is already making headlines round the world.
But happily, there are lots of good things I’ve read recently too! Here’s my picks for this week.
Here’s Cordelia on 15 surefire ways to guarantee a dead end life
Figuring Money Out on 20 daily habits of the wealthy
An intriguing discussion on career sponsorship vs mentorship at Publishing Trendsetter
Afford Anything on how to escape the ordinary, step by step
Get Rich Slowly on learning to bargain
Save Spend Splurge has put together a nice list of wardrobe essentials (male AND female)
Donna reminds us that time is something we can’t do over
Caroline joins me in hating the traveller vs tourist argument
Sydney shares five of her favourite inspirational travel destinations
Michelle ponders the American dream
Finally, APW on what feminism means and why feminism matters. For me, this used to mean shunning pink, and dresses, and pop music, and cooking. Now I’ve come to realise it’s really about doing whatever the hell I want; I can wear lipstick but shun heels, like Mariah Carey AND Metallica, and realise that sucking in the kitchen isn’t actually cute or something to be proud of.