Being informed doesn’t have to be boring anymore!
Back in college I used to work for the school newspaper. I worked my way up from plebeian writer to assistant news editor to news editor and eventually managing editor. This is more to do with my sense of work ethic and the vibe of Super Responsible Person than anything else. Because the truth is that I found (and still find) news articles suuuuuper boring. So it was super fun to have to methodically read every article in the paper, checking for grammar mistakes, possible libel or other nefarious situations that might result in us getting the stink eye from administration.
Once I graduated, I pretty much never read a newspaper again – and not because newspapers are a dying art form (true). I go through trends of subscribing to local newspapers online or liking them on Facebook or saying “Today I will start reading The New York Times or listentin to NPR like grownups do!” and then one of two things happen:
- I am bored to tears because news articles are written so blandly in an effort to maintain that objective tone or to sound like grown ups or something.
- The stories are all scary and shock and awe and I have to hide under my covers because of all the murder, corruption and 10,000 ways your children might die today.
But then I feel really left in the dark because the only way I am hearing about a news story is if all 50 of my Facebook friends start talking about it or if a friend says something in passing, like, “So I was listenting to NPR today and….” And I try to pretend that NPR doesn’t put me to sleep (the voices! I swear you could prescribe listening to NPR to people who suffer from insomnia).
All of this is really helpful when Election time rolls around and I pretty much only know Donald Trump (scary) and Hillz (I’ve been alive for enough years that it’d be weird if I didn’t know her). I’m a college grad and friends with smart people so I also know who Bernie Sanders is and Jeb Bush, too. Yay me! So who am I voting for? Ummmm….. shut up.
So six weeks ago I started reading The Skimm which is basically the news source of my dreams. It’s delivered via email every weekday (unless it’s like a major holiday or something) and it’s written in a conversational kind of way that doesn’t make me want to gouge my eyeballs out but I also don’t feel like I’m being spoken down to. I am honestly really impressed with the writing which feels smart but witty at the same time.
I’ve found myself reading about all sorts of news stories that I would have ignored otherwise and suddenly I feel like I know all the things. I can talk politics or world headlines or funny sports news or whatever – at the very least, I have heard about all the stuff that my NPR friends are talking to me about and can nod along knowingly without feeling like I have narcolepsy. Win!
If you are wishing you were more informed but find news articles boring or depressing or just don’t have the TIME – I really recommend checking out The Skimm. For the first time in ten years I can tell you I have read the news almost every day for six weeks now and I’m enjoying it!
It has been a week. A stressful, complicated week of life pushing me and then pushing me harder for good measure – between expensive car troubles, a calendar filled to the brim and constantly in flux, an unexpected trip to urgent care and the knowledge that next week? Next week is going to be more complicated, more crazy and equally emotionally trying (though God willing it will include zero trips to Urgent Care and my car will drive like it’s brand freaking new).
We’re in the thick of things and although I’m trying to focus on the good and take the bad one step at a time – I mostly just want to sit on my couch in my pajamas and eat Cheetos and watch Project Runway until life calms down. But I only had one episode on my DVR and life keeps informing me that it’s moving on with or without me. So before I walk back into flames and battle another dragon, let’s talk about fun stuff on the Internet!! Yay!!
Hope your week went better than mine – but either way, have a great weekend!
Joanna @ A Cup of Joe is describing the different types of texters. What type are you? I think I’m mostly The Classicist but I’ll admit that Riffsy app sounds really cool. If they came out with an Android version, I’d be all over that.
Since I’m planning my son’s 9th birthday right now, this oldie but goodie 20 ways to fill your child’s love tank on their birthday was a much enjoyed read. Have you ever done any of these ideas?
Geek Moment: According to CNET there have been two bright lights discovered on the dwarf planet Ceres. I’m super intrigued by what this means.
Lastly, enjoy this video that all of us mom bloggers are sure to relate to:
Is anybody else kind of relieved that it’s finally the weekend? It’s been a long week here with the weather generally ruining every plan I tried to make – which means another long week inside. Silver lining is that I have more great links to share with you guys this week.
Enjoy these links while we wait impatiently for Spring:
Can I just say how grateful I am that it is finally Friday? This has been a long, trying week for me – stuck at home most of the time with a sprained foot and too much time on my hands, unable to really get much done. The upside to this is that I’ve read a lot of cool things online this week in between ice packs, pain killers and constantly trying to do too much too soon.
Here are some of the best things I’ve read this week:
Nursing home makes calendar of residents posing as iconic movie roles – this is kind of breath taking and really cool.
Stop the Mommy Wars: An empowering photo series – Do you think the “Mommy Wars” are still a thing?
Aerie gets real and stops photoshopping it’s models – Such a great, empowering first step towards giving young girls more realistic role models, though I think we still have a LONG way to go.
This interview with Harry Connick Jr. at EW is a perfect example of why I adore him so and why this season of American Idol is the best I’ve ever seen (so far). I think the simple statement that “I’ve been enjoying watching the audition shows for American idol and not deleting them immediately” really says it all.
59 Slang Phrases from the 1920’s that we should start using again – This article is just darb. I wonder what my local coffee shop would think of me if I went in and asked for some noodle juice? I’m guessing they’d think I was a pretty Dumb Dora!
The 7 Phases of Taking Kids out in the Snow – Per usual, Mommy Shorts pretty much nails this one. Funny and oh so true.
We’ve got a big road trip coming up this summer (I hope) – this printable travel game at The Art of Simple looks like a must have boredom buster!
Need more? How about 100 years of fashion in 100 seconds?
Lastly, there are no shortage of funny spoofs on Frozen, but this one found at *Very Clean* Funny Pics pretty much sums it all up perfectly: