Around the Net – Links of Interest

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I’ve been reading and reading and then did some more reading and I still feel like I haven’t really finished anything.

As always, the end of the year and the start of a new year, there are always lists and more lists of things that you should be doing, need to do or should have done.  This one is no exception.

Do you sometimes have such a hard day at the office or in life in general that all you want to do is come home and sit down with a book or the remote control and a glass of wine?  Do you have trouble figuring out what wines you like or get tired of the same old same old? This service is great to get rid of the monotony of the same old same old…. when it comes to wines, that is.

New Year’s Resolutions?  Did you make any this year?  I don’t make resolutions.  I do set goals but more on that later.  This article about resolutions was very interesting.

I work from home.  Seriously…. not just as a blogger but seriously work from home.  Sometimes it can be a great thing but sometimes it can be a pain.  One of the things that gets a bit complicated to manage when you work from home is your time….. when are you really in the office?  Should you take that one hour lunch that everyone seems to be taking?  This article speaks to me and I’m sure it will speak to a lot of you who work from home as well.

Work, work and more work….. sometimes it feels like there is enough to keep an entire world busy and it all seems to be on our shoulders.  Have you ever found yourself busy doing something when all of a sudden as if by divine intervention you are reminded that something needs to be replenished at home?  This article was both funny and sad.

Sometimes, in order to get more reading done I listen to books on my phone.  I have never been able to read in moving vehicles (I can on the train for some reason) so if I’m commuting by train I listen to books instead of reading them.  I thought this was so funny about listening to books at the gym.

 

Around the Net – Links of Interest

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Now that the craziness of the New Year is wearing off, I have had a little bit more time to waste on the internet and do some random reading.  How lucky are you to be the beneficiary of those travels……..

First and foremost…. wine.  We have all been surprised by that one neighbor, friend or family member who pop up just to say hello and being the awesome hostesses we are we want to serve something yummy without breaking the bank….. Here is a list of 50 best wines under $50.00.  I’ll be sending the husband to the store to pick up some of these.

I love my technology…. I’m the first one to go get that new phone, new computer (I really need a new computer), new gadget… but I have also become very nostalgic of things of the past.  Calendars are one of those things that I cannot give up.  I love the look, the feel and writing the appointments in pen.

As I am sure you’ve noticed I have been blogging about books a lot.  It’s not on purpose but most of the stuff I have opinions about…. ok, stuff I feel comfortable enough to share my opinions…. are books.  My life is not as interesting as I wish it would be.  In the midst of some research to try to make this blog  better for you I came across this article about what a Book Blogger Does.  I thought it was interesting.

Ok, so as a book blogger I could not let this post go without inserting something about the  New York Times best books of 2016.  I have not read all of them and honestly I have no desire to read some of them.  That’s the beauty of reading…… you only have to read the books that interest you.

Around the Net – Links Of Interest

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Merry Christmas – From our House to Yours.  Whatever holiday you celebrate I want to wish you all a happy and healthy one and I hope you find peace in the midst of all the chaos.

I used to be really big on Christmas.   Actually, it’s not like  don’t like it.  I just don’t like what we have turned it into.  As an introvert I am always baffled how things seem to escalate from year to year.    I found this article about the trials and tribulations of the introvert at Christmas and I couldn’t agree more.  I’ll be just fine on December 28th.

Another thing that seems to be prevalent at this time of year are lists:  There are the best best of (whatever it is that you want), the 10, 5 or 3 whatever it is you should wear, listen, eat or read….. so here you go….. here are some of the lists I’ve been reading this week.

7 Ted Talks that Will Make You Happier (and Smarter)

5 Types of Shoes to Wear with Leggings

5 Things a Go-Getter Would Never Do

5 Books to Read in December 2016

19 Things to do Before You Start Your Day

41 New Year’s Resolutions to Make for 2017 (I can make my own, thank you)

And there you have it.  There are plenty of lists and I’m sure if we look close enough we can find even more.  I’m going back to my little corner of the world where I keep a nice cup of tea and a few good books and wait until the chaos is over.  I will be back after Christmas.

Until then…….. Have an awesome Whatever it is you celebrate.

XoXo

Ana

Around the Net – Links I’ve Enjoyed This Week

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This is so true.  I am still learning and I will be learning for a very, very long time……. at least I hope to be.

This week, there were a few things on the inter webs that are worth mentioning (as if I were the expert of all things worth mentioning ha!)

Surveillance laws passed in England and it appears that British citizens are not happy about the government snooping in their business.  Without getting too political (and only because I happen to think we have had enough) I am a bit torn about these laws.  I see their point but I see how they are intrusive as well.  Anywhoooooo!!! good article.

Staying in the same vein did you see this article about the burning of the flag and what President Elect Trump announced?  Again….. I’m torn (I’d make a horrible politician) I can see how it’s annoying and an insult to all those people who have fought so hard and lost so much for our country, but ….. the ability to freely express oneself is very dear to all of us and so much engrained in the fabric of our country.  I am not sure there’s anything we can do about it without embarking on a slippery slope.

Ok so another controversial article …. Buzzfeed had an article just recently about how men deal with powerful women.  Did you guys see the Netflix show “The Crown?” if you didn’t you must stop reading right now and go watch it…. promise you’ll come back for the rest of this post though.  Anyway, It was obvious that Prince Phillip had an issue with his wife, Queen Elizabeth, being the Queen and having more power than him.  In all the episodes you were a witness to how much that bothered him….. I even mentioned on my twitter account, or maybe I thought it out loud, that I didn’t even realize that’s how he felt because that’s not how it appears in public.  I wonder when it changed?  So, Buzzfeed apparently thinks that this jealousy that Prince Phillip felt is still prevalent in today’s society?  Do you agree?

From serious subjects to subjects that warm your heart... .Not only because Matthew McConaughey is OMG super handsome but also because his heart is in the right place.

In business related issues, I found this two great articles.  The first is a list of the five best business books.  Two of my favorite subjects, lists and books…… Ok, wait, let me absorb the awesomeness of those two words.  And the second, because it’s the end of the year and we are all scrambling to get a better promotion at work……. What do the best performers ask when taking on a new job?  

Lastly, how about cookies and booze?  Two other words that should always be used in the same sentence.  I am going to leave you with these recipes that are going to make your Holidays ohhhh so HoHoHo!!!!!!

Around the Net – Interesting Articles

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This here is one of my favorite quotes of all time.  It doesn’t matter that I just found it this month ……. I think it says it all.

I am still not sure if I will ever speak about politics on this blog — although I will warn you right now that I am a ver political person.  Politics runs in my blood and having, at one point, identifying mostly with one side of the isle and now identifying mostly with the other, I think I can see the argument on both sides and therefore (hahahah a scientific conclusion) I feel equipped to discuss political issues.   The one thing I want to say….. from the bottom of my heart is that we need to stop the craziness that is going on.  I am sure most Americans will agree with me.  Both sides.  I’m not speaking to one or the other.  Let’s just find some common ground and start from there.

Anyway, this being my Links of Interest post, there are a few things (not political related) that I was able to dig up this past week.

Building your career is hard work.  I am not 100% sure I agree with all the pundits who claim that we can work smarter, not harder.  However, there are always some good nuggets of information that can be taken from articles like that, and here is one such article.

Business etiquette — Need I say more?

Time management.…. isn’t this the one thing we are all looking to improve?  Gosh more than work like balance, I think time management is the magic potion .  To that end, I am always looking for articles that will help me.  Ivanka Trump’s website had a great one and I wanted to share it.

With the holidays approaching and most of us having to attend the occasional event here are some tips of what to do when that one person takes the conversation to some awkward “location.”

Lastly, are you as excited for the Gilmore Girls Netflix Revival…. hmmm not a revival….. as I am?  I am so pumped for it.  I think that half of my family is going to leave the Thanksgiving dinner early so that they can all get ready to sit in front of the television with Rory and Lorelai.  If you follow my blog you have probably already seen my Gilmore Girl’s Challenge.  That’s how excited I am….. but really 339 books?  Am I nuts?

Happy to say that I am not the only one who is nutty for these two women whom we grew up with.  I found this great article on the Modern Mrs. Darcy blog.  I will admit that it was the inspiration for my 339 book challenge but with a very interesting twist.

Lastly, I don’t think I can consider this blog post complete without leaving you with the show’s trailer and Rory’s graduation speech.  I am so sorry, I should have warned you to get your tissues first.

Well, another week has gone.  To those of you who are going to celebrate Thanksgiving, I wish you a great celebration and I hope it adds to more things for you to be thankful.  To those of you who do not have a specific day of thanks 🙂 no worries….. Thanks is something we can say every day.

Happy Thanksgiving 🙂 and I will see you on my next post.

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Ana

 

 

Around the Net – Interesting Links

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This week’s Around the Net is a little short… yes I know…. and I totally skipped last week… yeah I know that too.  I’m not apologizing because I was living life.  It’s been busy at work and at home and I took a little time to myself.  Didn’t mean I didn’t read…. heck I think I did the most reading but totally forgot to save the links.  I know you’ll forgive me.  I’ve been inspired to make some changes which I think you will like. Remember to check back often.

As always I’m fascinated by articles and information about introverts so when my sister-in-law sent me this link you can bet I was all over it.  I think all this things apply to me. Then there was this one about what is going on in an introvert’s head!!!!! hmmm really?

At work we are now going through goal setting and drafting exercises.  There have been quite a few articles on the subject — or perhaps I’m just noticing them more because this is what I’m focused on right now.  I found this one from Career Girl to be really awesome.  Rewarding and Motivating employees — we all have someone who can’t figure out how to motivate and we certainly often fall short when it comes to rewarding that one employee who goes above and beyond.

What about having an awesome career at the age of 23?  This article from Cosmo was a real eye opener for me.  Find something I really like to do and then just do it…. design a career around it and call it a job.  Is it possible?  It was for Ashley.  What do you think?

As you know this year I am challenging myself to read 50 books and have joined a 12-12-12 book challenge, see this post and this post for more information.  If that challenge does not interest you, I found one on line and may give it a shot next year.

With Spring and Summer fast approaching I’m always looking for things to decorate outside and enjoy a quiet evening with a book and glass of wine.  I thought this was awesome for a nice romantic dinner.

Short and sweet 🙂

XoXo

Ana

Around The Net

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Yeah, another photo that has absolutely nothing to do with what I’m reading on the internet…. or does it?  I saw it on the internet right?  So we can consider it a part of what I’m reading on the internet 🙂

I have been saying this for a while now.  I am all for breaking that glass ceiling and if you’re a woman trying to break through because you want to I hope you succeed and I am behind you 100%.  However, there are women out there who do not wan to break the ceiling.  They want to be home, take care of their families and just be left alone but respected just the same.  I think the feminist movement has forgotten that freedom to do what we want to do is exactly that…. whatever I want to do.  I may not wan too be the next CEO.  This article from a new blog I found “My So Called Perfect Marriage” really hits the nail on the head.

I don’t have children, but if I had them I would like them to enjoy reading.  I have always enjoyed it.  However, my brother, hates reading.  He has no patience.  Although I firmly believe that certain things can be learned, there is also something to be said for nature.  There are ways you can help your child love books and this article is a great start for a young reader.

I’m starting to think that I don’t dislike Man Repeller as much as I think I do.  The writing is good and most articles are funny.  I’m not a fan of every article but the ones I like, I really like them.  This one about stuff that we tend to “save” had me thinking that I need to clean out my closet…. I am becoming a hoarder…. I don’t think it’s well prepared at all.

I’ve heard so many jokes about women not shaving in the winter.  I have honestly started keeping track of when I shave and honestly…. Yeah I know a bit too much sharing … I don’t shave as much as I do in the Summer.  My skin is so dry and I think shaving makes it worse and honestly, I hate shaving.  Then I read this article from Into The Gloss and they make it sound like a spa day….. I may have to stop this post so I can go shave.

I think last week I mentioned a new blog I found The Modern Mrs. Darcy... it’s about books and reading and … well, nerdy life in general. I love it and can’t stop reading it.  This particular post was amazing.  Sometimes you feel like everyone else is one step ahead or things just aren’t working out…. maybe you’re acting in the wrong movie.  What a concept.  Now everything seems to make sense doesn’t it?

And now… let’s talk about talking.  It appears that as New Yorkers, we are the most talkative state in the US.  I guess if you take public transportation you probably don’t find this very surprising.

Emailing has become such a necessary evil.  There are times when I receive emails and wonder if the person who sent it even has any idea why I’m on the email list.  I thought this article about what email you should and should not send your boss was right on point.

It appears I am not the only one who wants to go totally gray.  As a woman of a certain age, I’m totally tired of having to color my hair.  I color it because I have a few grays coming through and ….. well, we all know how society feels about women going gray…. Turns out, men are doing it also.

Organizing and purging and being a minimalist is all great if you’re ready for it.  I think we all feel forced at times to be as we are told to be in accordance to the latest book.  I will tell you that if you are not ready to do, then don’t.  I still have not been able to delete my father’s cell phone number from my phone book and my dad passed away over five years ago.  Maybe I will never delete it does that make me messy?  No, it just means I’m not ready.