Friday, April 13, 2012

10 Things I Like: Weekend Edition, Volume II

Well, folks, we did it again. We made it through another week. Isn't it the best feeling knowing you've got a bit of a respite before it's back to the grind? I love my Saturdays and Sundays: it means two days of gathering material rather than writing it up, of being untethered from the internet, of seeing friends, and of catching up on articles I may have missed over the course of the week. Speaking of articles, check out Longreads; it's a curated collection of long-form journalism plucked from the best magazines and newspapers.

Maybe I'm just a huge nerd, but one of my favorite parts of the weekend is Sunday morning when the paper comes. I can curl up on the couch with the New York Times Magazine, Sunday Styles, Week in Review, and just enjoy not having to be anywhere. Do you have any rituals that you look forward to each week? They can be as small as that moment I take for myself or as big as a Sunday brunch you always go to with friends. I'd love to hear about them in the comments.

And now, here's a collection of things I like for the weekend. May they entertain you, feed your soul (and body), and, if nothing else, give you something to read while you wait for the work day to end (after the jump):

1. Wind Map of the United States:

This is one of the coolest sites I've seen in a while; it shows you the wind speed and direction over the whole country. My friend sent it to me on Tuesday, and since then I've been checking to see where the winds are a'blowin' strongest. It's also simply a beautiful visual.

This is an easy recipe that would make a great gift to bring to a dinner party instead of the standard bottle of wine (though you should probably bring that too). I love candied anything, and I love almonds and hazelnuts, so I think I'll have to try this myself this weekend!

3. Q+A with John Slattery of Mad Men, via AMC:

To gear up for Sunday's episode, read this interview with John Slattery. Roger is by far one of the best character's on Mad Men, and John Slattery turns out to be just as awesome. And silvery.

4. This article via the NYTimes on a couple with separate houses...right next to each other.

Not only do I love the decor of the his and hers houses, but I kind of like the idea. It's a bit bizarre, but hey, if you both have different spacial needs and design senses, why not just build two smaller houses right next to each other instead of one bigger one? Seems like a good solution to the age-old "can't live with 'em, can't live without 'em"conundrum.

5. The late blues legend Freddie King.

NPR ran an article this week on Freddie King, the blues legend who died in '76 at the age of 42, who's being inducted into the Rock n' Roll hall of fame tomorrow. He played a mean guitar, give the above song a listen.

6. This look from J.Crew:

Because I'd like to look this good and this carefree when I dress for a weekend outing. Something about the baseball hat gets me. And the white pants. And sneakers. Okay, fine, it's all perfect.

7. "California Stars," by Wilco and Billy Bragg:

When I can't fall asleep at night I listen to this song. It's one of my favorites that has nothing to do with this weekend, but I love it, so I thought I'd share it with you.

8. Going for a run, preferably in these:

The Boston Marathon is on Monday! I love the minimalism of the Nike Free running shoe above. If you're going to be in Boston for the run (and are not running), check out Boston Magazine's guide to the race day festivities. 

9. This book:

I posted about Catherine the Great the other day, and as I continue reading it just gets better and better. If you're looking to start a book this weekend, make this the one.

10. This Bourbon Bloody Ceasar:

From the blog Five O'Clock Cocktail, this looks like an interesting take-off on the Bloody Mary, my favorite weekend drink. Might have to try it...


  1. #10 literally made my mouth water.

    1. join the club, Annonymous. is 11:06 to early to make one?

  2. Me too!! That drink is looking mighty good right about now. I love the wind map too - so cool - it reminds me of wood grain in a way.


    1. What a good point, Cortnie! It totally does!


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