Things That Are Awesome, Vol. 147

The weekly roundup of awesome internet time wasters:

  1. Let us hope this is true: Arrested Development Season 5 Will Reportedly Premiere on Netflix in Mid-2016.
  2. The World’s 50 Best Restaurants. I have plans to tackle #5 later this summer. And it still haunts me that I couldn’t get into Noma when I was in Copenhagen.
  3. This shouldn’t work but it does: Miley Cyrus and Ariana Grande Cover “Don’t Dream It’s Over” in Unicorn Onesies.
  4. Yep: Feminist Lisa Frank.
  5. Insanely good: This A Cappella Cover of “Chandelier” Is Unreal.
  6. Oh, good, another dirge! Women Dropping Polite Hints in Western Art History.
  7. Spot on: A Day in the Life of Pinterest.
  8. Hah: Play AOL’s Old “You’ve Got Mail” Sound When Receiving a Gmail Message.
  9. #13, man: 13 of Your Favorite Books If Their Titles Were Honest.
  10. CUCUMBER MELON: Bath & Body Works Is Bringing Back Your Favorite ’90s Scents.

(Image via Buzzfeed)

Things That Are Awesome, Vol. 134

The weekly roundup of internet awesome:

  1. What a fun project: An Artist Replicated Photos of Seven Generations of Women in Her Family.
  2. Dying: A Corgi Went to Disney and Had the Best Day Ever.
  3. Some new reading ideas here: What’s the Best Book, New or Old, You Read This Year?
  4. Adorable interview: Jimmy Fallon Blew a Chance to Date Nicole Kidman.
  5. A great article regardless, but the presence of RBG of course elevates it: What Ruth Bader Ginsburg Taught Me About Being a Stay-at-Home Dad.
  6. Gorgeous vocals: Blank Space Mash-Up.
  7. Great ideas for when I visit home: The Michigan Bucket List.
  8. I don’t even particularly like these foods, yet I feel defensive for my state regardless: Californians Try Michigan Foods.
  9. About what I would’ve expected: What Happened When I Lived According to the Pinterest Popular Page.
  10. The parody of gluten-free eating you didn’t even know you needed: One Grain More.

(Image via)

Things That Are Awesome, Vol. 125

The weekly roundup of internet awesome:

  1. Hah: How You Eat on Instagram Vs. How You Eat in Real Life.
  2. For sure: Real Life Disney Princes Would Be Horrible People.
  3. Well done: Kate Davis Covers “All About That Bass” with an Actual Bass.
  4. 73 Questions with Anna Wintour. This is great – and all the other entries in the Vogue interview series are delightful too (see: Sarah Jessica Parker, Olivia Munn, Blake Lively, and Daniel Radcliffe).
  5. “Williams is underloved because, at times, she has been unlovable and, in the end, mostly unrepentant about it—something that might be admired as iconoclastic in a male athlete, but rarely endears women to a wide audience.” This is an interesting read: Serena Williams Is America’s Greatest Athlete.
  6. Love her: J.K. Rowling Had the Perfect Response to a Homophobic Troll on Twitter.
  7. Some inspiration for when it comes time to name the Wi-Fi network at my next place: 50 Funny Wi-Fi Names That Will Make Your Neighbors Smile.
  8. Some clever marketing right here: Amy Dunne of “Gone Girl” Has a Creepy Pinterest Account.
  9. Awww: Little Boy Gives Unknown Girl Foul Ball During Red Sox Game.
  10. I want to plan a trip to the UK and just visit all of these: 21 Absolutely Charming Tea Rooms You Have to Visit Before You Die.

(Image via)

Things That Are Awesome, Vol. 74

The weekly roundup of awesome ways to waste your time on the interwebs:

  1. 20 Hilarious Pinterest Fails. Nailed it.
  2. ONE WEEK, people! Arrested Development Season 4 Trailer. Also, make sure to take a deep dive into Vulture’s analysis of the trailer.
  3. We all know show Robb is way better than book Robb, so this is appropriate: Crush of the Week: Game of Thrones’ Richard Madden.
  4. Incredibly detailed and oddly fascinating chart: American English Dialects.
  5. This post is a fascinating read from a man who gave up the internet for a year. I love that it goes someplace completely different than expected, and that it totally avoids the predictable “the internet is ruining us” conclusion. Very thought-provoking.
  6. 43 Things That Will Make You Feel Old. Whoever wrote this was spot-on about #1 – it is very traumatic.
  7. The Office had its ups and downs over the years, but I was still sad to see it end this week. I love this behind the scenes look at the set via Ellie Kemper.
  8. Really interesting: Inequality and New York’s Subway.
  9. I wish I had quit my last job with a resignation cake.
  10. I could not love Jon Hamm any more than I do at this moment: Jon Hamm on Sesame Street.

(Image via Vulture, perfectly summing up the brilliance of this season of Mad Men)

Pinterest Projects: Spinach Feta Quesadillas

Pinterest Projects is an ongoing series wherein I attempt to justify hours wasted spent on Pinterest by making projects from some of the inspiration I find there.

When I was in college, I never cooked. Like, ever. The extent of my culinary prowess was boiling water for pasta, which I would then top with canned tomato sauce or pesto. My roommate didn’t cook that much either, but she did used to make quesadillas all the time. It was a bit of a running joke: she would make them, and then my other roommate and I would constantly bother her to give us some. Anything for a home cooked meal, you know?

Flash forward to today, a few years later: now I cook for myself all the time, and making quesadillas doesn’t seem quite so impressive. In fact, they’ve become a go-to dish for me, usually when I’m not sure what else to make: all you have to do is throw together whatever vegetables, cheese, and meat you find in your refrigerator.

Of course, sometimes I go with more gourmet, non-improvised versions of quesadillas, like these spinach feta ones. I found the recipe on Pinterest (pin here; original recipe from Closet Cooking) and followed it with just a few small variations – I used a bit less mozzarella cheese (about 3/4 cup) and didn’t add the herbs (because I didn’t have them on hand and was too cheap to buy them). Sometimes I’ll also add a bit of shredded chicken. Whichever variation you choose, you really can’t go wrong with spinach and feta (am I right or am I right?). Here’s my process:

Pretty simple, right? What’s your go-to dish when cooking?

Pinterest Projects: Yarn-Wrapped Vases

Pinterest Projects is an ongoing series wherein I attempt to justify hours wasted spent on Pinterest by making projects from some of the inspiration I find there.

I moved into a new apartment this summer and promptly got the decorating bug. Sadly, however, living on a graduate student budget does not allow me to buy all the pieces I covet at Pottery Barn and West Elm. As such, I wanted to DIY up a few fun decor pieces on my own.

When I saw these vases (pin here; original idea from Penelope & Pip), I knew I had to try them. As with everything I have ever found on Pinterest, I found constructing these vases harder than it initially appeared. It was tricky to get the yarn to stick, particularly when I first applied a piece. My vases required an insane amount of Mod Podge and a huge dose of patience. But, I’m proud of the result. Here’s how I put these together:

I started by gathering my supplies – Mod Podge, a paintbrush, four colors of yarn, and three “vases.” Two of my vases were reused objects – a wine bottle and a juice bottle. I couldn’t find a third vessel I liked at home, so I ended up buying a super cheap ($5, I think) vase from Michael’s for the third.

I decided to go with a green and blue color palette. This is way too much yarn for three vases, so I now have plenty of leftover yarn. What should I make with it?

The basic idea behind these vases is simple enough: apply mod podge to vase, stick yarn on top of it. My tip: apply your Mod Podge liberally and in very small sections at a time (it dries pretty quickly). And be prepared to get your hands covered in Mod Podge. Embrace it.

Again, though these took a bit longer than expected, I like the finished project a lot. Grad student cheap-but-cool at its finest.

Have you ever been inspired to create anything you found on Pinterest? Did the results turn out as expected?

Things That Are Awesome, Vol. 42

The weekly roundup of internet finds:

  1. I know it’s his job and I know plenty of other people do this everyday without recognition, but I must admit that this story about Prince William makes me swoon just a wee bit.
  2. Much like hating Twilight, hating Fifty Shades of Grey just does not get old. This Goodreads review is hilarious. Nailed it.
  3. Puppies struggling to stay awake. Awwww!
  4. This is oddly fascinating: Pinreach, a measure of how influential you are on Pinterest. Where do you score?
  5. This makes me so happy: Julia Child Remixed. Have I mentioned that Julia Child is one of my favorite people?
  6. The Fierce Five appeared on the Colbert Report last week and, as you can imagine, it was fabulous.
  7. My new favorite mashup ever: Aaliyah and Goyte, Are You That Somebody That I Used to Know. Brilliant.
  8. How British is Andy Murray today? Check out the AndyMurrayometer to find out.
  9. This is very true: 10 Things Most Americans Don’t Know About America.
  10. Boys, a parody trailer of Girls. Starring Craig Craig!

Looking for past Awesome List compilations? Head to the Things That Are Awesome archives

(Image via Huffington Post)