Sunday Summary #2: What’s on the Internet

My Internet browsing opportunities have been scarce while roadtripping, but I did manage to come across a couple wonderful Internet gems.  Enjoy!

Articles

1|  Felines of New York

It’s like Humans of New York, but with cats and a lot of sass.  Obviously, Felines of New York is the culmination of all the Internet has to offer the world.

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2| Ant-Man Sequel

After watching Ant-Man, all I wanted in the Marvel universe was a chance to see Evangeline Lilly as the Wasp (and, okay, a Loki cameo in every movie for no particular reason).  It looks like my wish is coming true!  The Mary Sue says we’ll be getting Ant-Man and the Wasp in July 2018!

3| Kitten + Owl 4eva!

My aunt linked me to this Facebook post of four photos of a baby owl and kitten curling up together to sleep, and it is the cutest thing in the entire world.  Look at it!!

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4| Letting Go of What’s Not Coming Back

Although I often side-eye women ministries, I really enjoyed the Beth Moore studies in which I’ve participated.  This article is a little flowery to begin, but then it gets SO POWERFUL.  Very good read if you’re grieving the loss of something, regretting something you’ve done, dreading something that’s coming, or wishing you had something that you don’t.

“We’re here too brief a time on this finicky soil to spend days on end grieving what could have been. We’ll talk to Jesus about that when we get Home. We’ll have forever then. For now…
Let it go.
So something new can grow.
Water it with your tears if you must but release your fears that nothing but nothingness is ahead for you. Is God your God? As sure as He is, new life is coming.
All the deadness did not manage to kill you. You are stronger than you thought. Stretch out your arms like mighty branches even if, for now, they’re as thin as sticks. It is to your Father’s glory that you bear much fruit.”

Videos

After eating as much Asian food as possible with Elizabeth in and around the DC area, this BuzzFeed video felt very timely.  I can’t say the black bean soup is something I want to try, but everything else looks potentially delicious!

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StumbleUpon Sunday (13)

StumbleUpon is a great way to lose hours of your life.  Luckily, I braved the Internet vortex so you don’t have to.  This week I found these especially interesting websites:

  1. 53 Books You Won’t Be Able to Put Down
    I cheered at the names of titles I loved and put several unknowns in my library queue.
  2. Young Girl Who’s Best Friends with African Wildlife
    I’m hyperventilating with how much I wish I had her life.
  3. Untranslatable Words Turned into Charming Illustrations
    I like those “if only English used this word” lists, but the addition of illustrations makes this so much better!
  4. Photograph
    I don’t normally link to a single photograph, but the simple whimsy of this outdoor space is so cute!
  5. Important Things from History Everyone Pictures Incorrectly
    The Egyptian pyramids were white, Greek statues were brightly painted, etc–time changes things!
  6. The Quest for Every Beard Type
    This is a man after my own heart – I’ve always thought there’s no point in being able to grow facial hair if you don’t experiment with it.
  7. Hope You Had a Better Day Than These Guys
    Sometimes all you need to feel better is a collection of pictures and GIFs showing you people who have it so much (hilariously) worse.
  8. The 50 Cutest Things That Ever Happened
    This title is no lie.  *squee*
  9. 23 People Posted the Wisest Words They’ve Ever Heard
    From “The single raindrop never feels responsible for the flood” to “By living, there’s a risk of dying.”
  10. Create Face Online
    What a weirdly addictive webpage.  My only complaint is that there don’t really seem to be options to create a female face.pimptheface-com

Book Pages: UPDATE

For those who haven’t explored my site thoroughly (shame on you, what are you doing with your life?), you may not know that when you let your mouse hover over the “Books” page at the top of the site, four more options appear.

The first two, “Title Archive” and “Author Archive,” are self-explanatory and remain unchanged.

The third, “Illinois Awards,” is a great place to go if you want recommendations on Middle Grade or Young Adult books.  Each year, librarians and teachers in Illinois compile a list of around twenty books for middle and high school students to vote on to determine the states’ favorite.  I just added the Lincoln Award list (for 9th-12th graders), and it has several of my favorite books on it!  I added links to my reviews, and I hope to add more as I make my way through the lists.

The fourth, “Recommended,” is my one-stop-shop for your book-related needs.  Rather than creating lists based upon genre or age level, I decided to sort my recommendations by type of Reading Need.  For instance, my “Give Me a Series So Engrossing I’ll Start Thinking It’s Real Life” is perfect for the summer, when you have a lot of time on your hands and you want to trick your brain into believing that elves live just beyond your vacation cabin in the woods.  I’ve just updated this page to include the books I’ve read most recently.  Check it out, and let me know if you agree or find something intriguing!