Wander Weekly #9: Total Eclipse of the Heart

Wander Weekly is a weekly post on what I’m consuming at the moment.

Recently, I had a conversation with friends about how every time an exciting space event is coming up, it always seems to be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Apparently, something of that caliber happens every 3 months – or at least, that’s what it feels like.

In honor of the total solar eclipse on Monday that the internet can’t get enough of, here’s my favorite joke of late to kick off this eclipse-themed Wander Weekly:

So I’ve got a new GPS that can download other people’s voices, and they direct you around while you’re driving.

The voice I’ve downloaded is Bonnie Tyler, and it’s great and everything, but it keeps telling me to turn around.

And every now and then it falls apart.

(Thanks to The Dinner Party Download)

Now let’s kick it. And please don’t forget to wear eclipse goggles!

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  • Prepare for the eclipse…with karaoke

Looking for inspiration for your eclipse-themed karaoke night? Atlas Obscura has the guide for you.


Just in case seeing an eclipse in totality isn’t cool enough for you.

(Via the REI Co-op Journal)


Apparently, people living along the path of totality have been renting out their homes for “astronomical prices” for months now. I see what you did there, Atlantic.

(Via The Atlantic)


  • “How to Plan a Last-Minute Eclipse Trip”

For all my procrastinators out there…if you’re not deterred by those prices, The New York Times has you covered.


I’ll leave you with this. ‘Nough said.


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Washington National Parks + the San Juan Islands [Part 2]

Welcome to Part 2 of our trip to the Washington national parks & San Juan Islands! We’ve reached the national parks portion of our tour. If you’re looking for the Game of Thrones on-location tour, that bus left an hour ago, and also you’re in the wrong country. Looks like you’re stuck here, so feel free to come along as you examine your life and your choices.

Missed Part 1? Check it out here. Otherwise, onwards!

Day 6:

Olympic National Park

Throughout these days of long drives, hours of podcasts helped the time whirl by. Soon enough, on day six we were walking down the sandy path to Ruby Beach in Olympic National Park, peering through the trees to get a good look at the Pacific Ocean.

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Wander Weekly #8: Time to Step Outside

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We’re hitting the dog days of summer, and I’m all about taking full advantage of these daylight hours while I still can. (Although I caught of whiff of fall in the air the other day, and I have to admit I’m excited.)

In between blasting “Perfect Places” in my car all week and getting excited for friends coming to town, this is what I’ve been enjoying.

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A compilation of outdoor tips, from how to keep calm in an emergency to decluttering your life with Marie Kondo.

(Via Outside)


“Being rad is not a story. Being rad and doing sick shit with your rad bros is not a story. You have to seek out extraordinary places and new ways of exploring them.”

(Via The Clymb)


Giant horses in the hillsides! Could you get more precious, England?!

(Via Atlas Obscura)


I haven’t actually seen Dunkirk yet, but I’m looking forward to the soundtrack already.

(Via Vox)


Highly recommend this movie – I laughed, I cried. It’s based on the true story of Kumail Nanjiani and his girlfriend who becomes ill and has to enter a medically-induced coma.


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Wander Weekly #7: Roll On, Roller Coaster

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Are you a roller coaster person, or not a roller coaster person? There’s no in-between.

I rode my first loop roller coaster when I was 8 because I’mhardcore. Also, I was a tall child. But really, I love roller coasters, and I’m pumped to be heading to the Roller Coaster Capital of the World tomorrow: Cedar Point.

Alrighty, then. Let’s roll out. (Sorry.)

This week, I am –


“The square inch of silence is one of only 12 “quiet zones” remaining in the U.S., and its claim of being the country’s quietest place has been supported by the readings of decibel meters.”

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Washington National Parks + the San Juan Islands [Part 1]

Back at the end of May into June, my boyfriend and I headed up to the Pacific Northwest to visit friends and hang out in nature. (Spoiler alert: I fell in love with Washington.)

The trip was amazing, and I’m already thinking about how to go back as soon as possible. I’m hoping to return for a deeper dive into all the area has to offer, but we hit several of the outdoor highlights that are well worth the visit.

If you’re planning a trip to this part of the country, here’s an outline of our itinerary to offer some suggestions (and hopefully some travel inspiration – just do it. #Nike.)

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Wander Weekly #6: Workin’ for the Weekend

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Happy Friday, party people! I’m wandering up north this weekend, but first, a roundup of people gettin’ the job done.

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Even if you’re not a web developer, I think it’s important to be mindful in the workplace. Just because self-care is a thing now doesn’t mean we’re not all stressing ourselves out way more than we should be (good job, America.)

Take care of yourselves out there – and find the tips that work best for you.


“It takes a unique kind of person, I think, to handle all of the no’s, and people telling you’re stupid, and people telling you it’s not gonna work, just again and again and again and again till suddenly it works and everyone thinks you’re a genius.”

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Do the Thing Solo Or, Stop Telling Yourself You Can't Do Stuff Unless Someone Goes With You

Today is the day I admit the extent of my loserdom: I once went to a concert by myself.

It was a small-ish concert at the Black Cat in D.C., headlined by a band that I still love. (Magic Man haters not welcome.) The problem was that I didn’t know very many people in D.C. at the time, and of the people I knew, I was pretty sure none of them had heard of this band that I listened to all the time.

I’m just too hipster and obscure, obviously.

So I worried about it, and felt like a loser, and considered asking a roommate to go with me, and then I bought the damn ticket.

Because when I thought about it, why wouldn’t I want to go to a concert with the only person I knew who loved this band like I did – myself?

That’s super cheesy, but I enjoyed not having to worry about what other people thought of the music, or whether we could stay after to meet the band (which I did), or if the person I would have dragged along was having fun. I was there. I was having fun.

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Wander Weekly #5: Forces of Nature

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Did you see that giant iceberg that broke off of Antarctica? And the new images of Jupiter’s Great Red Spot / enormous storm that’s casually been swirling for 350 years?

And if you’re wondering just how large that iceberg is…

Nature is crazy.

Happy Friday – it’s scorching hot, but I hope you enjoy the great outdoors this weekend, anyway.

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A few days ago, this film’s tour made a stop in D.C. The first two showings were sold out, but I snagged a ticket at 10:30pm the night before for the additional late showing, and I’m so glad I did.

Under an Arctic Sky is about a group of surfers, Chris included, who set out to find epic waves to surf off the northern coast of Iceland during the dead of winter. Daylight was scarce, and the country saw its worst storm in 25 years while they were there. I got cold just watching the film, but the incredible cinematography was worth it.

Also, did I mention it’s really frickin’ hot in D.C.? I was down to watch a film featuring lots of snow.

Even if you don’t know who Chris Burkard is, you’ve probably seen his amazing nature and adventure photos before. He’s also awesome in person and gave a Q&A / slideshow presentation after the film. I highly recommend checking it out if you’re in any of the tour’supcoming cities.

Can’t make it to the tour? The music in the film is pretty great, too:

Listening to:

  • “Young Blood” by Noah Kahan

    The second verse of this song starts out, “So when you’re mad for no reason /
    At everything at once,” so yeah, I find it relatable.

The acoustic version is also killer.

Laughing at:

Also, as someone who uses “hehe” as a frequent text response, this article made me feel like a loser. Doesn’t mean I’ll stop, though.

(Thanks to GNI for these.)

Excited by:

And it comes inpistachio-macaroon and crème brûlée flavors. Genius.

Bonus Pro Tip:

And get 2 months of Premium for free. I’ve watched tons of photography and other creative how-to series on here, and it’s super helpful. Come on, all the kids are doing it.


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Who Says You Can’t Go Home?

This past 4th of July, I found out that my boyfriend had no idea that it is required to play “Born in the U.S.A.” by Bruce Springsteen on Independence Day. What do you mean, you didn’t grow up with Bruce Springsteen and Bon Jovi playing every other song on the radio all summer long? What do you mean, YOU DON’T KNOW WHO BON JOVI IS???

I played him several Bon Jovi songs in a row. I still don’t think he was impressed.

“Born in the U.S.A.” is a mandatory staple on any 4th of July fireworks playlist. Everyone in New Jersey, the state where I spent most of my time growing up, knows this. (My boyfriend also didn’t grow up listening to a playlist a local radio station curated for the fireworks show. I’m starting to think Missouri is anti-American.)

Of course, we’re ignoring the fact that “Born in the U.S.A.” is itself critical of America. That’s not important – you either play it on July 4th, or you get the hell out of this state.

This was my childhood. Heading out on our family’s motorboat to watch the fireworks over the river on the 4th. Picking up porkrolleggandcheese – all one word – to take to the beach. Late-night diners and taking pride in not pumping your own gas. Dealing with jughandles because you don’t have any other choice (you can still complain about them, though.)

Then I graduated from high school, and my family moved away.

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Wander Weekly #4: Are We There Yet?

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You may have noticed that this roundup doesn’t always feature items related to the week’s theme.

But I’m heading up to the good ol’ Dirty Jerz this weekend (also known as the Jersey Shore, Jersey, my home state, or what I had to defend the most in college.)

So, this week, we’re road trippin’. Whether you like it or not.

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ICYMI, a photo was found recently that experts say shows Amelia Earhart and her pilot, Fred Noonan, safe and sound on the Marshall Islands after her disappearance in 1937.

I have no idea how anyone could identify someone from this grainy, black-and-white photo, but I’ll go ahead and trust the experts and get excited about it anyway. And I would totally watch a movie about this updated version of Earhart’s story (one that hopefully does better than this one.)

A bit freaked out by:

This website is meant to be pretty ominous, but it does get you thinking on how all the data being collected out there can impact the way we act.

Related: on my way home from work the other day, I listened to a podcast that talked about this New York Times Magazine story from a few years back. It’s about how Target hired a statistician to help predict customer shopping behavior – to the point where they could tell when someone was pregnant before that person had even told anyone. Here’s a take on it from Forbes if you’re looking for a summary.

Also, Target did REALLY WELL from this uber-“target”-ing strategy (sorry, couldn’t resist.)

Apparently companies know us better than we know ourselves. I work in marketing, so this really shouldn’t be news, but still. Thoughts? Arguments? Concerns? I have some.

From the NYT:

As Pole’s computers crawled through the data, he was able to identify about 25 products that, when analyzed together, allowed him to assign each shopper a “pregnancy prediction” score. More important, he could also estimate her due date to within a small window, so Target could send coupons timed to very specific stages of her pregnancy.

Kind of makes you want to pull a Ron Swanson.


Vutheara was one of the first people I ever followed on Instagram and is now one of my favorite photographers. He’s based in Paris, where I studied abroad, and I took a lot of inspiration from his photos to find hidden gems of the city.

He also travels a decent bit and takes stunning pictures everywhere he goes. Definitely follow if you’re a Francophile or just looking for some wanderlust inspiration.

Notre-Dame de Paris 🐦

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Come Fly With Me 🎶

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Listening to:

  • “Dancing in the dark” by Bruce Springsteen

Had to throw some Jersey pride in here (this one is on-theme!)

Bonus Pro Tip:

Katie Bonos not only has the best first name (duh), she’s a fellow alum from my alma mater and just set a new Denali ascent speed record. Oh, and she trained while also studying for the MCAT.

If motivation-by-stickers worked for her, I see no reason not to try it.


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