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What I’m Reading 2.7.14

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My upstairs neighbor, god bless her, is on a workout kick that involves much jumping. I have no issue with this because it’s February and if you’re still hanging on to your resolution to work out this year, you should be encouraged. Plus it’s her apartment and she can do whatever she damn well pleases. I’m just saying it sounds as though the ceiling is about to cave in on me. Perhaps I’m just bitter because I skipped my workout this morning to share these links I liked this week. Just for you. You are welcome.

(I’m really just too lazy.)


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“When he called me the next day and asked me to dinner, I knew I was saying yes to more than enchiladas, beer and an embarrassing mariachi band. In a prescient moment at my kitchen table, right after I hung up the phone, I saw that I would love him, and that loving him would mean saying yes to the self I would become by loving him, and no to the other selves I would never become by not loving him.

Was I ready for that? I told myself I could still cancel the date.

I went, of course, even though my mother was partly right: I didn’t need a man. Instead, it turned out I needed one particular man. It took me a ridiculously long time to recognize the difference.”

Did Mother, Maybe, Not Know Best? (NYT) | Cards are Baron Von Fancy for Paperless Post

Go, Girl

When asked an obnoxious question, former MTV reality brat Lauren Conrad reminds the world she’s all grown up, independent, powerful, and ain’t got time for that:


Reality TV Star Lauren Conrad Gave the Best Answer When Asked “What’s Your Favorite Position? (Business Insider)

In Case of (Drinking) Emergency

Uh oh. All out of liquor? No time to run to the store? There’s an app for that. Minibar will deliver spirits to your door in less than an hour.

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This is just the world’s very best food blog from design to recipes to photography. Check it out. The whole thing.

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When it comes to most of our problems on this planet, the real issue isn’t that we don’t know what the solution is, it’s that we just. don’t. do. anything. An interesting look at contradictions between “what people say, what people do, and what people say they do” challenges research that claims people are more likely to purchase products from companies that directly support a do-good cause. In reality, this article argues, “our desire to do good and our willingness to act on it are not completely aligned. So if you are truly motivated to sell product and do good, it’s time to appeal to consumers’ self-interest. It’s time to get over the charity hangover that says giving must be pure and embrace the fact that self-interest can and must drive pro social consumer behavior.”

To Sell Products That Help the World, Convince Consumers That They’re Helping Themselves (Fast Company)

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