Oct 18

Links for the weekend

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My plane leaves in 6 hours. I’ll arrive in New York City at 5:45am local time and I’ll be spending the next 3 days with a favourite person. Despite this being the first time I’ve been away from Mika and Ivan at the same time, and the fact that I won’t actually be going to sleep (unless I luck out on the plane) until probably late Friday night, I’m feeling pretty chill about the whole thing. Ivan keeps asking me if I’m excited and OF COURSE I’M EXCITED but it’s still weird.

Some links to things I’ve been lovin lately:

10 ways to not look like a tourist in NYC

A great article about women (and men) and family/work balance

A free movie (until Nov 6) about GMO. I’d never paid enough attention to this, but now I can’t believe I haven’t.

A 7 year old’s guide to living life. Amazing.

Ivan’s shirts came in the mail the other day and we are in love. They’re perfect. Now I want that sweater….

The most hilarious app. (via Cup of Jo)

I think this would be awesome on our fridge.


Some pictures of late (namely, the glorious long wonderful fall weather):



waiting for freshly baked goods

And this is me attempting to update my very sparse wardrobe. On my ‘day off’ on Saturday, Ivan’s phone inbox was filled with these pictures (this one?! how bout this one?! whattdya think of this?!) . Probably the most tiring day of my life…give me child-minding over serious shopping any day. But how awesome is that green jacket?! (and yeah, we had a good laugh at my ‘self photo’ poses).

  • Christy

    So interesting that you liked that article about women and work/family balance. I read it the other day and found myself really disagreeing with it. Although the title is “Why women still can’t have it all” she seemed to be saying that actually, women (or maybe more accurately, parents) CAN have it all, and was explaining all the things that need to happen to make that possible.
    I really think it’s the wrong approach, at least for the more senior exec positions. It reminds me of this article I saw recently: http://www.guardian.co.uk/money/2012/oct/05/women-work-life-balance-twitter In the pay bracket that they are talking about, there is just no such thing as a 40 hour week. A flexible boss might mean you can do different bits at different times of the day which might help with being home for dinner or whatever, but you’re still going to be doing crazy long hours.
    Surely, what a mum or a dad needs in those early years is just time. Time available here, time available there. I really don’t think I would have that time if I was working the way those articles suggest. The law firm I work for is actually really good at this stuff, and I still think it wouldn’t work. In trying to have both a successful career and a good family life, I think I’d end up with neither of those things.
    I don’t think that’s a bad thing either. Sacrifice is actually ok. Either take time off my job to have time with my kids and accept that when I get back to work, I will be far behind my old colleagues in terms of seniority and with far less money. Or, don’t have kids and kick butt in my career. I see those as my choices.
    Anyway, sorry long comment. Bit of a hot topic at the moment! Me and the girls at work have been talking about this a bit recently. Interesting to hear the different ideas.
    PS I must add the caveat that I am neither a top exec nor a mother, so it’s all wildly theoretical.