In the meantime, I have a few Friday tidbits for you:
Are you a Harry Potter fan who loves crazy gifs and smart, stream-of-consciousness commentary? There's really only one way to answer that question. So check out the Harry Potter read-along reviews over at Books I Done Read, one of my favorite blogs. Book blogger Raych is currently reviewing book 5, but I recommend starting at the beginning so you can get the full HP refresher and avoid missing out on any of her signature hilarity.
Or maybe you'd rather cry yourself to sleep every night for the next week? No? Okay. Then don't become obsessed with Ruffian, a record-breaking, dominating horse who died shortly after she was pitted against a Kentucky Derby-winning colt back in 1975. After I caught the very end of an NPR story about her, I've been obsessively searching for online articles and watching YouTube clips about the champion filly, whose final race was highly publicized as an epic "battle of the sexes." Right now I'm reading Ruffian: Burning from the Start (great subtitle, right?) and eyeing this T-shirt. And occasionally still tearing up when I think of her.
Our board game-playing, wine-drinking, pasta-cooking friends Harold and Erin are in Australia and we are missing them like crazy. But there is a silver lining. I get to vicariously experience Australia through Erin's blog without leaving the comfort of my home. Before, on a scale of one to "native Australian," my level of Australian knowledge was probably around a three. But now, thanks to Erin, I know how to talk like an Aussie and where to go for some badass street art. But really, I just love looking at pictures of gorgeous beaches and cute animals from the other side of the world.
Got a paper clip? Want a house? This guy started with a crazy idea and a single office tool and simply traded up until he had a home. It may be an old story, but it's an inspiring way to close out the week.
I'm a little embarrassed to admit that I used to be obsessed with the Sweet Valley Kids/Twins/High series (The Magic Christmas! 1BRUCE1! Magna Editions!) when I was a kid. So I was all about this NPR interview with a woman who worked as a ghostwriter for the series. BTW, Elizabeth was obviously the better twin, but this author said she preferred Jessica. Blasphemy.
This weekend I'm taking a hike, (hopefully) binging on Homeland episodes, going to a play reading, seeing an actual play at one of my favorite theaters, and working a lot. Not too shabby.