Happy Friday, friends!
It's grey, drab and drizzly here, but I'm snuggled up in the window seat of my favourite cafe with a rug on my knees and a soy cappuccino at my elbow. Later I'll wander across the block to collect from my Friday afternoon fruit and veg co-op, and my husband is coming home tonight after a few days away. I love today!
First, good news for the climate: This week Coles signed long-term contracts to power its stores using renewable energy, following a series of Australian businesses to do the same.
And the Brisbane City Council lost its court bid to stop people protesting about...the right to protest?
Related and funny: Some sinister tactics those brave protesters could have used but also didn't. ("Sneakily hitching a police person's belt to a hot air balloon and then laughing unkindly as they floated away." ) (I feel like the only way to cope with what's happening in QLD local politics right now is to laugh.)
Fun and free: How to stop buying sh*t you don't need. A resource produced by Yes and Yes, one of my favourite blogs and definitely an awesome thing to sign up for. Download it and do it this weekend.
Also from Sarah at Yes and Yes: FYI, buying second-hand makes you feel cooler and richer.
I really enjoyed this sweet piece about a tiny New York house that's always open for a party. (New York Times.)
Bittersweet, but I love this poem about happiness.
And I will never not laugh at these silly, dark Harry Potter comics.
It's deep citrus season where we are. In an effort to use the entire fruit, Mick has been making batches of delicious marmalade, loosely following this recipe.
Book recs: This week I read The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver. It was so good I tore through it in a weekend and immediately reserved its sequel (Pigs in Heaven) at the library. I've also been reading Becoming by Michelle Obama. So easy to read and interesting. (Did you know POTUS travels around with a HAZMAT RESPONSE TRUCK in his motorcade? And A STORE OF BLOOD IN HIS TYPE?)
Related life hack (related to reading books, not the presidential motorcade): Whenever I hear of a book I'd like to read, I quickly email myself the name of the book from my phone so I'll see it next time I'm on the computer. Then at my earliest opportunity, I look it up in the catalogue of my city library. Nine times out of ten the library has the book I'm searching for, and I request to have it held for me at my local library branch. So I get a steady stream of texts from the library letting me know that a book I reserved is ready to pick up, often weeks later when I've forgotten about it, translating into a steady stream of surprise, high-quality reading material curated for me, by me. High five, past Kamina!
I hope the week has treated you well. And whatever your troubles, you have more chance of winning if you bring your best self to the game. So switch off your worries and your cares and look after you this weekend.