Interweb Finds: An abandoned Paris apartment, finding fulfilling work & more

first barbecue of the year

How was everyone’s weekend? I spent mine allergic and snotty, but I did enjoy spending time with the little girls I used to nanny, catching up with an old friend at happy hour, and savoring the first barbecue of the year with John (above: drool). I also just got back from a run, which wasn’t as painful as I thought it’d be (though the potato salad I’d just eaten still hadn’t properly been digested… TMI?). Tomorrow’s weather isn’t looking so hot, but the rest of the week should stay consistently in the 60s, which I’m cool with. More spring weather, please!

Now for this week’s link round-up:

In case you didn’t catch my Twitter or Facebook updates about it, I did a podcast with Peter DeWolf for his Petecast blogger series. If you want to listen to us chat about writing, useless talents, and social awkwardness, listen here! Also, my latest Pooping Rainbows post is total stream of consciousness for your mild entertainment.

This is fascinating: A photographer took pictures of thousands of women from different countries and mixed their faces together to come up with one image of each country’s average woman.

Here’s one hell of a time capsule. This Paris apartment was abandoned for 70 years, and there are some pretty spectacular relics that were found inside.

A moving essay by a writer who prevented a man from committing suicide while contemplated his own:

“On the day I convinced Chris not to jump off the bridge, I thought maybe I turned a corner, maybe I could embrace positivity again, maybe I could hear the words I had said to him: ‘I’m sure that no one wants you to die.'”

For your WTF find of the day, couples posed together in compromising positions—and vacuum-wrapped like meat.

As usual, another fascinating read from Brain Pickings on how to find fulfilling work:

“The lack of any clear positive relationship between rising income and rising happiness has become one of the most powerful findings in the modern social sciences. Once our income reaches an amount that covers our basic needs, further increases add little, if anything, to our levels of life satisfaction.”

For every girl or woman who has EVER felt the need to change or play down her best qualities to make other people happy: read this declaration.

And on that excellent note, I’m going to go shove some more tissues up my nose and think about daunting projects like cleaning out my closet (without actually doing them). Happy Sunday!

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  1. That Paris apartment is magical! I would love to dig through all those treasures (though I’d probably stay away from the stuffed ostrich . . . so creepy).

  2. Holy moly, that apartment! So many treasures.

    That blog post about changing yourself or being “too intimidating” was just spot on. What a perfect read for today.

    • Yep, that one struck a chord with me as well. Accepting yourself (and telling those who don’t to fuck off) is a beautiful part of growing up that I’m loving right now.

  3. I’m so, so, so, so curious about why she left that apartment! It’s killing me.

  4. Managed to distract myself for about five minutes hungrily drooling over that picture….

    My weekend was fairly panicky, but mostly uneventful, sorry to hear you were suffering from allergies, I know how ‘fun’ that can be.

    Those pictures of average women explain why people think I am French.

    Wonderful post!

    • I feel like I’m a total weird mix of the first three lines of faces. Strangers in the past have tried to guess at my background and, usually, they’re right! Because they guessed one of the eight things I am!

  5. Thank you so much for sharing my post! Also…your site is beautifully. Nicely done lady. Love your style.

    Sally Hope

    • You are so welcome! Thanks for writing it. Clearly, it resonated with a lot of women. I’m loving the self-love circulating in the blog world right now.

      Thanks for stopping by (and for your sweet comment!). 🙂

  6. Excellent links, m’dear! That is a SUPER cool photo series, and that picture you posted makes me want to grill out SO BAD. First I’ll have to buy a grill, though…=]

    • It’s almost 2 a.m. here at the moment, and reading your comment and looking at that picture again makes me want steak… like right now.

  7. what a wonderful list, cassie. the paris apartment is stunning. oh, and i’m also very allergy-y. sort of a bummer, but the nicer weather makes up for it 🙂

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