Reading Material: Productivity and Changing Your Script

by Roo on August 7, 2014

in reading material

Each week, I compile a small collection of stuff I wrote, read, tried, watched, and ate (pizza while sitting on my countertop, like an animal).

Reading Material || SEMIPROPER

Reading Material || Semiproper

Probably going to get a Pulitzer for this expose. (Joke.) Why Did These $68 Shorts From Stitch Fix Show Up With a $24.97 Price Tag From Nordstrom Rack? Make sure to check out Kat‘s video, too. As an aside, a lot of my friends on the www LOVE Stitch Fix, and although I tend to buck a trend, I actually placed an order last month, just to try it out. So, I don’t know if they hate this article or not, but they have my money, and will let you know – honestly – how it works out. In regards to trend-bucking, a lot of people have canceled their subscriptions, but not necessarily because of this article. (You can lurk on their FB page for some reviews.) So maybe I’m bucking the trend again? IDK.

This (also over at Adweek) is incredibly cute —> Here’s the Most Adorable Use of Those Personalized Coke Cans and Bottles Yet

In June, I went to SE Asia to write about human trafficking and the sex trade. I’ve written a few posts so far, and I’m pleased to say that I’ve met my personal goals (I set them for myself; no one set them for me) –> 50 of you have pledged to support the Exodus Road’s Delta Team monthly, and we’ve raised $2800, more than enough to buy their team a couple of computers. Thank you so much for following along, reading, and supporting. Here are a couple of posts, if you haven’t read them and you’re interested —> Delicate/Brutal || Bright Lights and Brothels || Write About Her

Reading Material || SemiproperTips for Flying with Food Allergies by Tiffany Self over on Scratch or Sniff, my site for parents of kids with allergies, asthma, and eczema.

Your comments on a very, very serious, late-night snack injustice. (I’m impressed.)

I like this post over on Laura Vandkerkam’s site about changing your script. Over the past couple of years, I’ve found that as I learn more and try more and age more, I’m holding on to “my script” with a looser grasp (remember when I homeschooled for a semester??), willing to change things as I go. I want to be teachable and not so bent in my ways that I’m missing out on flourishing and growing and bettering and all sort of other things that end in ing. (The comments are good, too.)

Disconnect Completely During Quiet Hours to Boost Your Productivity by Mark Wilson over at Lifehacker. I’m having a hard time with this one, absolutely. I’ve been taking baby steps, though. I don’t work after 9p, and I try to at least be in my bed by 9:30p. (Jack goes to bed later than I do.) Lately I’ve been playing music and flipping through catalogs or reading or something similar. But sometimes I’m messing around on my phone. Scrolling through Instagram, looking for examples of a home decor thing I want to try on Pinterest, texting friends, writing to-do lists. Part of me thought it would be very bold and relaxing to make my entire bedroom a no-tech zone, but I don’t know if that’s too… too bold. Thoughts?

Reading Material || Neon FreshI’ll get crunk off tea any day with you. Nice work by Devin at Stitch Culture. (Perfect gifts for your BFF. “Best friend isn’t a person; it’s a tier.” – Mindy Kaling)

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Reading Material || Neon Fresh

We suddenly have HBO, although I think this is fleeting (we’re not big TV watchers, so it seems weird to pay for it), and I zoomed through both seasons of The Newsroom. I know people hate it, but I actually really reeeeaaaally like that show. I found some Newsroom GIFs and I wish I had GIF to explain exactly how I felt…

Catch you tomorrow for TIHIF!

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Jessica August 7, 2014 at 3:58 pm

I LOVE newsroom! Most people don’t but it is so awesome to me. So glad to find someone else who loves it too!


Katie @ Domestiphobia August 7, 2014 at 4:04 pm

Love newsroom. People don’t like it? It’s one of the smartest shows out there, and one of the first to call today’s media out on its B.S.


Jen August 7, 2014 at 4:44 pm

ZOMG I’m on the Newsroom loving bandwagon too. So good. I was just thinking today about how a new season of it must be coming soon-ish.


Delia August 7, 2014 at 8:49 pm

I love Newsroom! And I highly recommend Silicon Valley & Veep. Lots of lots of LOLs.


Jennifer August 8, 2014 at 2:26 am

Can you share the link to the Coke Reddit nativity scene? That sounds priceless.


Alicia August 8, 2014 at 11:33 am

I recently got an alarm clock instead of using my phone; now I charge my phone in the kitchen. I was staying up too late looking at pointless things on my phone, and lingering in bed too long in the morning doing the same thing. Now I wake up to NPR and get a bit of news to start my day. It’s definitely been helpful so far.


abby August 12, 2014 at 9:10 am

The Newsroom is my JAM. i’m obsessed and can’t wait for the 3rd (and final…womp womp) season this fall!


J.Mill August 13, 2014 at 10:45 am

I love the writing and plot of the newsroom, but hate it’s portrayal of women. Whatever, I’ll never stop watching. I love it too much. That’s Aaron Sorkin for ya!


Roo August 14, 2014 at 1:22 pm

Oh really? Please explain. I’d love to hear your thoughts.


J.Mill August 14, 2014 at 1:33 pm

If you’re asking about the sexist plot lines, I’m talking about how Mackenzie is flighty and emotional even though she is a high-powered producer. Or Sloan is incredibly smart and even-tempered but loses her confidence when she has a crush. Or how Maggie has ambition and talent but is reduced to a shaking mad women when she witnesses violence. Meanwhile, everyone loves the mean, grumpy, alcoholic lead anchor with a heart of gold and the best intentions. Women are quirky cute set dressing; men are reasonable leaders who move the plot forward.

If you’re asking about Sorkin, read here:

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