This and That

by Wendy Copley on March 21, 2011

Things I'm Digging

  • Have you seen the trailer for Sarah Vowell’s new book Unfamiliar Fishes? Go! Right now! Check it out! Even if you’re not a big Vowell fan (like me!) it’s worth watching to see the fantastic foodscapes created by one of my all time favorite bento artists, Sakurako Kitsa.
  • What I Made — I just discovered this blog filled with cool DIY projects (via Craftypod). Scott Bedford features excellent craft projects but his blog — filled with hand drawn illustrations — is a delight in and of itself.
  • Have you heard of Pinterest? It’s my new social media addiction. I was storing my visual inspiration on Tumblr, but I’ve abandoned that site in favor of my new prettier trophy wife, Pinterest. The interface is much more intuitive to me and I find that I’m better able to organize my links and images into categories. I’ve also found that the community there is a bit of a better fit for me. Here are my pins (link/image combos). Pinterest is in beta right now and you need an invitation to join. I have a few invites at my disposal, so if you need an invitation send me your email and I’ll send one your way. You can also request an invite on the homepage of the site.
  • I’m newly addicted to the Stuff Mom Never Told You podcast! This show is produced by the How Stuff Works people and focuses on female-centric topics. I’ve been working my way through the archives for the past few weeks and this show has risen to my #2 most favorite podcast spot (after The Paperclipping Roundtable which is probably only of interest to scrapbook geeks like myself). Some of the most interesting shows I’ve listened to so far have been on topics as diverse as nuns, lady pirates, sexy Halloween costumes and female superheroes.
  • I’ve been working my way through The Essential New York Times Cookbook, reading it more like I would a novel than a cookbook. Amanda Hesser has collected 100+ years of recipes from the New York Times to create a history of American food trends. Nearly all of the 1400 recipes in the book are introduced with a paragraph or two about its place in history and this creates a fascinating read. I’ve yet to make anything from it yet, but I’ll be sure to report back when I do!
  • My friend Whitney recently introduced me to the blog Mommy Coddle and I can’t stop reading it. Molly lives on a farm in Maryland and blogs about her day to day life. Her life is very different from mine, but I also feel like I can relate to her experiences. It doesn’t hurt that she’s a fantastic writer.
  • Like practically everyone else with a smart phone, I’m completely hooked on Plants vs. Zombies. That is all.
  • The Bento4Japan fundraiser is still going strong! In addition to the bento starter set I put together, there are lots of other great items up for auction with all benefits going to Japan earthquake/tsunami relief. Some other people have also recently listed starter sets that are a great deal.

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