Wander Weekly #12: Mother Nature

Mini announcement! Wander Weekly will be going on hiatus starting next week so I can focus more on longer writing.

Yes, this last Wander Weekly for a while is on a Saturday, which goes to show you how little time I’ve been able to dedicate to writing things up recently.

By taking a break from this section, I’m planning to put that energy towards some longer essays in the coming weeks. Next up, I’m excited to share some of my thoughts and photos from the roads of Canada and Montana that we explored a few weeks back.

With that…

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Wander Weekly #7: Roll On, Roller Coaster

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

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 –

Reading:

“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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Wander Weekly #5: Forces of Nature

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

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.

I am –

Watching:

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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Wander Weekly #2: Weekend Warriors

There aren’t always going to be this many W’s, I promise. Don’t hate me.

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

This week: a dedication to weekend adventures.

I am –

Subscribed to:

  • Abigail Wise’s “Sticks & stones” Newsletter

The sign-up form tells you what you need know about this newsletter: “A weekly newsletter about the outdoors for women, by women.” The collection of outdoorsy articles that Abigail compiles is an awesome bonus in my inbox every week.

You can sign uphere.

Listening to:

  • “Kids (acoustic)” by frenship

The best ship is Frenship. This song is definitely melancholy in its acoustic version, but still upbeat enough that I find my head bobbing along.

Reading:

  • This article about hiking with a hangover by the folks at Kelty

In college, I fell more in love with the outdoors and became, as they say, a bit crunchy. Eventually, I learned to prioritize getting up early to spend time outside (I am not a morning person, mind you.) But also, college. This read has some nice expert tips on balancing your love for the outdoors with your self-loathing on Saturday mornings.

Watching:

  • “For people who feel behind in life🏃🏿” from evelyn on the internets

This video was one of my “Recommended” on YouTube, and I’m so glad I clicked on it. Am I way behind the times and the #coolkids for not knowing Evelyn on the Internets? Don’t answer that. Anyways, the slow-mo/deep life advice interwoven with hilarious commentary is amazing.

Bonus Pro Tip:

Honey is a browser extension that finds coupons for you when you’re online shopping. Seriously, it does all the work. Just download it already.

 

Interested in more recommendations? Find the first Wander Weeklyhere.

 

Wander Weekly #1: Wonder Women

Welcome to Wander Weekly, a.k.a. what I’m consuming at the moment. That was a lot of W’s, and I’m sorry. Not that sorry, though.

In honor of the recent release of Wonder Woman, this first round-up is heavy on wonderful women.

Enjoy the first edition!

Subscribed to:

  • The Girl’s Night In (GNI) Newsletter

GNI sends out a witty, topical newsletter every Friday morning (so if you sign up today, you can get your first one tomorrow.) It typically includes a range of lighthearted and thought-provoking topics, from things to do during a night in to interviews with awesome bo$$ ladies. Also, the founder is based in Washington, D.C., so they sometimes host IRL events here if you’re in the area.

Subscribe here.

Girl's Night In

Listening to:

  • “Line of sight” by ODESZA feat. Wynne + mansionair

ODESZA has been playing on repeat in my life lately (it’s very hard to avoid dancing at work when the beat drops in this song, but I try to limit myself to vigorous head nodding.)

Also, a fun game is trying to sing along to the chorus.

Reading:

This book is a compilation of interviews with entrepreneurial women, from product designers to filmmakers. My favorites so far have been with Thao Nguyen, lead singer of Thao & The Get Down Stay Down, and writer/actor/filmmaker/director Desiree Akhavan, who I previously had not heard of but now want to be my best friend.

Some good quotes:

More risk taking, less ego.

– Desiree Akhavan

I learn more about my process when something that makes me cringe emerges. If I’m not making mistakes or changing, I’m stagnating.

– artist/designer Christine Schmidt

Watching:

  • “Where the Wild Things play”

Great song, great footage, badass ladies. Thisinterview with filmmaker Krystle Wright is pretty great, too:

…a friend told me, ‘Krystle, if your mum has heard of the song then there is no way you can afford it.’ I ignored the advice and went after it and did not want to take no for an answer.

Bonus Pro Tip:

  • Use Amazon Smileto #buyallthethings instead of regular Amazon

Every time you buy something, Amazon donates a portion of the purchase price to charity, and you can choose from over 1 million charities to support. I was lazy in college and somehow never made the switch until a few months ago, but now every purchase I make kicks back a bit to the World Wildlife Fund.

 

No idea what’s going on? Me neither. Check out the first Wandering Adult article here.