Friday, July 19, 2013

friday link love

So preppy it hurts. #jcrewthrewuponme #latergram

Happy Friday, folks! I just got back from a dynamic but exhausting three-day work trip to San Francisco area and back. As in I took a 7am flight to SFO on Tuesday and returned on a 7am flight back to JFK yesterday. If you happen to fly to San Francisco from New York, I can’t recommend Virgin America enough: nice, spacious seats, plugs for your computer (for each seat!), individual tv’s, wireless that actually works (I can’t tell you just how many airplane trips I’ve taken when wireless was down), and also the Virgin terminal at SFO is amazing: plenty of tables with with outlets, free wireless, an organic cafe with a juice press… I could go on. Oh, and that picture above? That’s me going to a business dinner Tuesday night. With literally ten minutes to change, I think I did okay. Minus the hair. The hair, definitely, needs a trim.

Outside of frenetic travel, I’ve been (quietly) working on some projects which have been keeping me busy – I hope I can share some of them soon.

Not too many links this week, due to a hectic travel schedule and inability to read much, but I managed to collect some – I hope you enjoy them. Wishing you a restful weekend. I, for one, need it badly!


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Think what you want about Bush Sr., but will you take a look at those socks? Stylin’!

I was a huge fan of Jack Handey’s “Deep Thoughts”. Now, he’s got a novel coming out. This quote, in particular, on Al Franken (former SNL cast member and current Senator) that made me chuckle.

“I’m sure he’s a fine senator,” Handey said finally. “But he’s such a great comedy writer, it’s almost like . . . Mark Twain deciding to be a florist.”

Make your own eco-friendly (and nice smelling) anti-moth sachets.

Health insurance rebate checks are in the mail – further evidence that the Affordable Care Act is helping Americans save money.

A new moon for Neptune discovered – cool!

Oh, Ken Cucinelli, I have no words!!

The brilliant Frank Rich on the controversial Rolling Stone cover. Spot on, as usual.

Liz Cheney (yeah, as in Dick Cheney’s daughter) is running for Senate and challenging a popular Republican, Mike Enzi, (this is important and I explain why below) incumbent who doesn’t plan on retiring. Could this be the Lugar/Mourdoch (remember that guy: pregnancy from rape is a blessing?) line up where a well-liked, popular, reasonable Republican loses to a crazy one in the primary? This could be good news for Dems in the Senate, but this could also mean another Cheney on Capitol Hill. Either way, a within-party challenge to an incumbent who plans to run again is a problem.

A disturbing report about New England seeing a rise in heroin use.

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5 Comments

  • 1
    Sarah said:

    Your links are all very interesting, but mostly I think that picture of you is super cute :) (I would feel superficial saying this except I think I’ve told you before that I appreciate your always-thoughtful link roundups). It’s nice to see your face. Hope to see it in person some day! Get some rest, jetsetter. —S

    July 19, 2013 7:57 am
  • 2
    olga said:

    Sarah – thank you so much! Glad you like them and thanks for the kind words on the pic :) Your pictures from Indonesia were stunning – such a gorgeous place! I hope you got to enjoy it somewhat and eat some delicious stuff! Have a relaxing weekend! Oh, and I really hope we meet in person soon!

    July 19, 2013 8:53 am
  • 3
    Lena said:

    Great links per usual.

    The most disheartening thing about Cheney (besides, you know, being Cheney). Is her whole platform is “I am going to oppose everything this administration does.” She made a speech with her announcement essentially saying the job of a Republican Senator is to oppose everything the President supports and not ever make any deals. My mistake, I thought the job of the Congress was to enact legislature and represent the interests of the nation. So insane!

    July 19, 2013 10:39 am
  • 4
    olga said:

    Lena – everything you wrote, AND the fact that Enzi is friends with Dick Cheney, AND that he’s already plenty conservative – it’ll be really interesting to see what she can use against him… I mean, wow. Just wow.

    July 19, 2013 11:29 am
  • 5

    A Jack Handey novel! A JACK HANDEY NOVEL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Whatever, I’m not excited or anything.

    July 19, 2013 12:27 pm

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