The Weekly Wrap #76
I love a good tracker. Extensive or short, complex or simple, show me how something is coming along and I'm a happy camper.
I have a tracking sheet for my newsletter so I know what I've shared. I have trackers for my blog. For work, I have good ole lists where I cross off project steps as we go along. I wear a FitBit. My bullet journal has several trackers including what TV series we're watching, habits I want to keep, tasks I want to get done through the year, monthly tasks, and a cleaning checklist.
My husband was out of town this week. I tracked his flights online. When he ran a marathon, I kept tabs on him through Find My iPhone so I knew where to meet him to cheer him on.
I love trackers so much that they don't even need to be relevant for me.
Case in point, I am addicted to checking the tracker for "The Queue" [gift link]. This is more formally known as "Her Majesty The Queen's Lying-in-State." It's an official government feed on YouTube that shows the length, wait time, and location for those who want to pay their respects to the queen. I'm not in London. I'm not going to go to Westminster. I still can't help myself from checking this feed several times a day. I want to see where things are at and read the little notes they add to let people know what's going on.
If you give me the chance to see what's going on with a "thing," I will use it.
Do you like trackers?
I’m making my way through The iPhone Photography Book by Scott Kelby. I consider myself pretty deft with phone photography but there is always more to learn. The writing is a bit sarcastic and zany on some pages. I don’t love that - but the tips are all sound advice.
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Where is content culture taking architecture? [Strelka Mag]
The world of streaming is beginning to crumble. [WaPo - gift link]
Do you suffer from toxic productivity? [The Everygirl]
In memorializing Martin Luther King, Jr., we've forgotten what he truly stood for. [Anti-Racism Daily]
"I wonder how much of what we consider 'work' is actually just laboring needlessly under suboptimal conditions. " [The Deleted Scenes]
How to create a book club that works. [The Atlantic]
The power and meaning of Serena Williams on and off the court. [The Daily]
The food of sci-fi and fantasy film. [Gastropod]
This episode on the history of "search" is like catnip for us librarians. [99% Invisible]
The real cost of higher education. [The Daily]
How we got to Sesame Street. [Throughline]
We put on The Take because it was the first thing that looked good. It has a great pair of leads, Idris Elba and Richard Madden. They are joined by a wonderful supporting cast. This is a pretty run of the mill action flick but it uses Paris as a supporting character. That bit of scene work adds something extra to the film. [Netflix]
We finally got around to watching Jurassic World: Dominion. This was much better than the second film in the reboot movies. It's also set up like it's going to be the last one. First, they brought back most of the original cast. Second, dinosaurs are a part of the broader world now. I don't know where you take the series after this. [Peacock]
Slow cooker weather is back! I had to be out around dinner time one day this week so I prepped red beans and rice. Everyone in our family likes carrots so I added some diced carrots even though they're far from traditional. Also, I decided to splash on some buffalo sauce over my serving. It actually worked really well. [A Pinch of Healthy]
While the husband was out of town, I went easy on myself and made one of the kiddo's favorite dinners - blueberry pancakes. She ate more than I did. I added a side of breakfast sausage links for myself. I love this meal because it's quick and a guaranteed eat. [Bisquick]
I subscribe to The Postman’s Knock newsletter because I love all things calligraphy. This week, she shared information on how to elevate envelopes with stamps. Everything was pretty, but this envelope really jumped out at me.
How to Professionally Say is a website that helps you - how shall I put this - phrase things politely in the workplace environment. It comes with pre-written material or you can search by keyword or phrase.
Doing several tabling events promoting voting and the library this week. I am that person who will make eye contact with you to guilt you in to talking with me.