weekend reading

March is shaping up to be a pretty bad month for me. This week we somewhat unexpectedly had to put our family dog down. She had cancer for a few months and only this week she took a turn for the worse. It was really sad and I find myself still walking into the house expecting to see her, even though I know she's gone. So it's been sad around here and I've been trying to cheer myself up.

One good thing that happened this week is that I went to the Dallas taping of Wait Wait Don't Tell Me. I had gone the last time they were in Dallas and it was really cool to see how they make the show. This time was just as cool and I took my dad who also loves the show but hasn't been to a taping before. I'm really interested in hearing how they managed to edit the show into one hour, because let me tell you...the special guest pretty much told the same story over and over for like 40 minutes! 

But enough about all that, let's get to the links. 

I LOVE brownies and am very, very particular about them. These chocolate peanut butter ones look like they would live up to my standards. 

I have always thought that eloping was probably the best idea for getting hitched. I think planning a wedding in 5 days is also not a terrible idea!

As you all know, I really enjoy podcasts. One of my favorites is the Modern Love podcast from The New York Times. This week's episode featured one of my all-time favorite Modern Love essays

I don't know about where you live, but in Dallas there are a lot of panhandlers. I never know what to do when I see one. This article made me feel better about giving them some money. 

Poet Derek Walcott passed away last week and is being remembered all over the internet for one of his most famous poems. I loved listening to Jon Kabat-Zinn read it

This chai tea looks really good. 

I'm not a big shopper these days. I'm really trying to wear what I own, or make what I need, and I'm avoiding shopping at "fast fashion" stores as much as possible. Just today I popped into Old Navy, tried on a bunch of stuff, and then bought nothing because my conscience got to me. That hasn't stopped me from lusting after some tops from Madewell, though. I can definitely DIY them but I may look into Madewell's practices and see if they are an ethical choice. I'm loving this top, this one, and this one

And speaking of making my own clothes, I'm loving this shorts/skirt pattern from Liesl + Co

Finally, I LOVE Jeni's gorgeous purple Drachenfels shawl

That's it for today, friends.