Sunday Sundries | Vol. 9


There is no more beautiful bond than the love between man and kitty.

THESE NEXT FEW WEEKS are going to be busy. I’m coming up to my last month at my law firm job before taking the whole summer off to road trip and write across North America. I also won a spot at BlogHouse taking place this June in Milwaukee that I think will help push my writing further along; I’m also registered for both the coding and computer-aided journalism course at King’s Data School the week before and after BlogHouse, and then there’s the whole list of articles I want to write and website improvements to make before any of that happens.

Imagine a scroll the size of a cartoon Santa’s naughty or nice list, or maybe depictions of the scrolls at the library of Alexandria, and you’ll have some idea of what my to-do list looks like right now.

Last night was a friend’s 29th birthday party, which reminded me:

a) how delicious pulled pork sliders are;

b) how dangerous bourbon whipped cream is; and,

c) why I don’t drink like I’m in university anymore.

I’m going to decompress now with painting teapots and drinking lattés at the Clay Café. I’ll let you know if that goes well. Also: I finished It’s What I Do by Lynsey Addario and am on to The Teahouse Fire by Ellis Avery, which puts me on track for my 41 Books/41 Weeks goal. Woo!

Here are some good links filled with insight, awesomeness, an alpaca farm, and FYI:

Δ You’re not obsessed with photographing your food, you’re driving the economy.

Δ Find out how to create your own vintage travel poster. Her blog seems pretty cool too!

Δ Travel as often as possible for as cheap as possible – sounds good to me!

Δ Fun ways to display your postcards. Also, please send me more postcards. This reminds me of my friend’s cousin’s kitchen where we stayed in Berlin.

Δ Seth’s Five Steps to Digital Hygiene. Extremely important.

Δ These portraits of skateboarding Afghan girls are awesome on so many levels.

Δ Compare these anime backgrounds to real locations in Japan – awesome!

Δ I hope this rumour that Volkswagen might be bringing back VW Campers (but electric) is true!

Δ Remembering to exercise while travelling can be hard. Check out these Tips for Staying Fit While Backpacking.

Δ I think you need to check out South Korea’s badass old mermaid women.

Δ For photographers, these videos give a nice overview of some of the new, fun stuff in Lightroom CC!

Δ Postmodern Jukebox’s cover of Radiohead’s Creep makes me want to drink cocktails on the set of Bladerunner and then disappear mysteriously into the night. Also, I would pay them to do a whole album of Radiohead covers like this. Their vocalist (Haley Reinhart) is SO GOOD.

Δ Women used to be prohibited from running the Boston Marathon. Some women said, “Fuck that.” and snuck into the race anyway. Check out these photos of those rebels.

Δ If you haven’t been following the coverage of the earthquake in Nepal, here’s BBC latest update.

Δ To overcome an irrational fear…

Δ The President of Japan Tourism talks about presenting Japan to the world in preparation for the Olympics in 2020.

Δ 12 reasons people are shooting film over digital.

Δ Cooking tip: apparently, storing your bacon in the freezer is the way to go.

Δ  Hovelstay is an awesome, cheap alternative to AirBnb with all sorts of cool and off-the-beaten-path accommodations, including a freaking Alpaca Farm in Israel. That’s where I want to go!

Δ The earliest home page. I wonder what the smorgasbord option was.

Δ The best gold spray paint, vetted. Good to know.

Δ A photo of a QUADRUPLE RAINBOW from this past week!

Δ Before I Go is a powerful essay on time, life and love by neurosurgeon Paul Kalanithi who was diagnosed with metastatic lung cancer and passed away at age 37. Watch the video.  I cried.

Also, Postmodern Jukebox’s cover of Creep IS so good, that I’m just going to post it here, because I’m concerned you might not have clicked the link above.


Author: Mel Hattie

Hi, I’m Mel, blogger and tea sommelier at Mel Had Tea. I love to explore, learn, and meet new people. Nothing inspires me more than reading, traveling the world, talking to strangers, and drinking tea.

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