Interweb Finds: Cohabitation cautions, things to stop doing & more


This photo has nothing to do with the rest of this post, and everything to do with me having fun with my new camera (and glowy, bendy things). In a couple of days, I’ll officially kick off my guest post series filled with some stunningly talented writers and photographers. Right now, enjoy my favorite web finds from the past couple of weeks.

I was recently struck by the salmon walls mixed with graphic black & white accents and traditional/modern flair in this gorgeous Chicago house tour on Apartment Therapy. And by chance or fate, the design-savvy hostess is an upcoming guest writer for WTH.

Many couples live together for the sake of convenience. Studies show that’s not the healthiest motivational factor. Here’s an interesting article on the downside of cohabitating before marriage.

[It’s] what researchers call “sliding, not deciding.” Moving from dating to sleeping over to sleeping over a lot to cohabitation can be a gradual slope, one not marked by rings or ceremonies or sometimes even a conversation. Couples bypass talking about why they want to live together and what it will mean.

More and more people are opting out of the 9-to-5 workday in favor of pursuing their own ventures. A growing number of those entrepreneurs are in their 20s and 30s.

Awhile back, I discussed five bad social habits to ditch. Amanda Genther wrote a post on that very topic as a kick-off to 2013, and I love it. My revised list would include not staying up late, not surfing the web in lieu of a book before bed, and not imagining worst-case scenarios all the time. Hello, reverse resolutions!

You love music. You love food. Why not give yourself the gift of music AND food (records & recipes, to be exact) and have them delivered to your door for a fun night with a friend/family member/lover?

Want to be a great writer? Don’t hold back on messy life truths. An essay on writing and brutal honesty.

This brings me to my one caveat: while readers will applaud your brave, tumultuous disclosures, your relatives won’t. The first piece you write that your family hates means you found your voice, I warn my classes. If you want to be popular with your parents and siblings, try cookbooks.

This is the most incredible, miraculous thing you’ll see all week (or year). A robotic arm controlled by thought. Be amazed and watch the video:


BONUS WEB FIND! Second most amazing you’ll see all week (or year): Your pet in miniature. You’re welcome.

Hope you guys had a post-holiday stress-free weekend!

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  1. Love that piece on humiliation and brutally honest writing. Good stuff!

  2. I enjoyed the piece about writing with honesty, however I often feel that the problem in my writing (outside of the blogsophere) is that my imagination is hindered by my honesty. Sometimes there is such a thing as being ‘too honest’, especially in what is essentially fiction.

    • I know what you mean. I’ve written some fiction over the years, and it’s hard to keep the characters from sounding just like me. That’s why I’ve experimented writing from the male perspective… it forces me to get out my head!

  3. Linking to NPR = my nerd heart explodes. Love iiiiiit.

  4. That link to brutally honest writing is an excellent read and a great find too. The pets in miniature link I’ve just forwarded onto my other significant half, awaiting for the large abundance of “aww’ “oohh” “cute” responses followed by, “honey, I just ordered two of these one for each of our two cats” …

  5. Cassie! Thanks for the house tour shout-out! It’s fate, by the way, definitely fate.

    Loving the combo of the NPR article, the stop-doing list, and “the humiliation essay.” It’s like an internet triumverate of what’s going on in my life right now.

    • Sure thang! It was on my saved links list before we even chatted. Really, this is just bizarre in the best way.

  6. I saw that apartment therapy tour and saved literally every image hahaha. that was an amazing tour, and now I’m super excited knowing that she’s gonna be a guest poster here!

  7. Yay for that piece on writing! And HOLY SHIT miniature pets! Mini things are my favorite!!!! That is so awesome.

  8. love all of this! and that house tour – to die for!

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