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Sorry for the low output of posts these last few days. Rand and I have been in Philadelphia for the week, and it’s been a whirlwind (far more for him than for me, of course. My “whirlwinds” tend to consist of museum visits, cupcakes, and the acquisition of accessories).

Fortunately, it’s been pouring rain for most of our trip, so we’ve felt right at home. I’m going to go eat a cookie bar and stare at the rain for a bit. You enjoy these links.

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Dana Reinhardt writes a touching piece about the time Robert Downey Jr. came to her grandmother’s rescue.

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You know those random thoughts that occur when you are taking a shower? They are now available online.

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I woke up in the middle of the night last night and tried to figure out where I was. After I’d finally concluded it wasn’t a hotel I recognized, I realized, somewhat alarmed, that I was home.

I didn’t recognize my own bedroom. Oy.

Needless to say, we’ve been traveling a lot lately, and it’s scrambled my brain a bit. I’m finally home for a week or two, and the mundane routine of the everyday – the one that eludes me when I’m on the road – now feels foreign and exciting and wonderful. I’m doing laundry and paying bills and tending to my neglected plants.

Let me tell you: having piles of fresh clothes and fridge full of groceries is positively delightful. While I go get a snack and change my socks (again! Even though the ones I’m wearing are clean! BECAUSE I CAN.) you enjoy these links.

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Jimmy Fallon engaged in a lip-sync contest with Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Stephen Merchant. If you don’t already have a crush on one of those three men, you will after watching their performances.

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I am geeking out over the revelation that we are very likely not alone: New Scientist has created an interactive infographic which illustrates how many Earth-like planets are in the universe.

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I feel like the March Hare, running around in a frenzy – no time to say hello, goodbye! I’m late, I’m late, I’m late!

The thing is, I’m not actually late to anything. I just feel like it, because I’m sitting here at my computer nine floors up, and all around me the city of New York is rushing about, bright and alive and busy. Every minute I spend in this hotel room is one less minute I spend exploring the city – so you can understand my rush. Why I feel like I’m late, that I’m missing out on something important.

I’ve got to go. No time to say goodbye, hello! Here are this week’s links.

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Because why can’t Captain America wear a turban?

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Les Carpenter’s take on the Seahawks/49ers rivalry is downright poetic.

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You guys. YOU GUYS. It’s September. Do you know what that means?

It means my birthday is going to happen ANY DAY NOW. And also my anniversary. And then there’s my brother’s birthday, and my little cousins’ birthdays …. The whole month is basically an excuse for me to eat cake.

Rand and I are off to spend some quality time together, so I won’t be blogging next week – though I do have four years of archives ready for your perusal.

Have a wonderful week, everyone, and enjoy these links.

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Watch this video because it will make your day (it features Todd Hiddleston, Cookie Monster, and a lesson in delayed gratification. I am swooning, people.)

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TINY OCELOT. (Psst, Rand: I know you already got me my birthday present, so … maybe I can have one of these for Christmas?)

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I woke up early, and my day has been full of sunshine and fantastic things (like breakfast with one my oldest friends, and lunch with my sweetie, and recipes for pork carnitas that I am so making this weekend).

Oh, and Rand is working from home today. It’s basically the most magical thing ever, because every couple hours I get to barge into his office and make out with him.

Which reminds me, it’s been about two hours since our last snog. While I go do that, you enjoy these links.

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Tara Isabella Burton writes about what it’s like to be a woman traveler – and how she once regarded her gender as something that held her back in her travels (instead of paying attention to world she was privy to because of it).

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10 fascinating facts from Slimed! An Oral History of Nickelodeon’s Golden Age. As someone who grew up idolizing Clarissa (and her clothing), I might have to pick up the book when it comes out this September.

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I’ve been having trouble sleeping these past few nights – I think my body’s trying to stay awake in some weird attempt to make the summer feel longer. But the grey skies are already moving in, and fall is, as much as I’d like to pretend otherwise, on its way.

I’m accepting the end of sunshine and t-shirt weather the way any mature adult would: I’m gonna eat an entire pan of s’mores. While I enjoy the spoils of my bad judgment, you enjoy these links.

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A YouTube user slows down one of my favorite songs -Dolly Parton’s “Jolene” – by 25%. The result is sultry, sad, and entirely beautiful.

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And a little more Dolly love for your Friday: Texas musician Josh Weathers covers “I Will Always Love You” and totally nails it.

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It’s Friday! I’m in Vancouver for the weekend, visiting friends and eating way, waaay too much (too much sushi, too much Malaysian food, too much dessert). It’s downright lovely, as long as we don’t think too hard about the brutal exchange rate.

While we celebrate Canada’s strong economy (and whimper about the decline of the American dollar), you enjoy these links.

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What happens when male authors are asked the questions usually given to their female counterparts? Whack Magazine takes a look, and the results are hilarious.

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You’ve probably seen this by now (I’ve been holding on to it since last week, since I didn’t post a round-up then), but in case you haven’t: a hilarious take on what happens when an American football coach coaches soccer.

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Journal of a cold, Day 8: 

I am still sick. The illness that has taken root in my sinuses shows no sign of dissipating. The deluge from my nostrils continues. Yesterday, I ventured out, for the first time in many days. I squinted painfully at the sunlight above. I am greatly changed, I know.

I let out a hacking cough, and watched as passers-by crossed the street to avoid me. 

“Soon, you will be like me,” I rasped. They didn’t hear me, or pretended not to. 

I am destined to be alone, except for this cold. It is my sole companion, and will never leave me.

Blerg. While I go drink some tea, you enjoy these links.

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The title of this Tumblr blog says it all: Rappers and Cereals. That’s why I love Luda Crisp!

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The Awkward Years Project is a great reminder that middle school was painful for everyone (good thing beauty is on the inside, right?)

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