March 14, 2015


My sister texted me this photo of her boyfriend’s dog, Stella, with Carter Cash.
One looks more pleased than the other about the arrangement haha #nugget

This week I was sick with what I’m deeming a death cold. I spent more than one night on the couch, both day and night on cold meds, and generally feeling like absolute crap. Luckily, this was a quiet week between travel and events. Not ideal, but the best week in the next few to be down and out. And I mean, totally out. Ugh.

While in a medicine haze, I found some good stuff to read on the old interwebs. Enjoy xo

Susannah Conway wrote about the symbolism of surgery and being in her body. And followed it up with a detailed post about learning to live in her body.

At the urging of my friend Steve, I started Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and love it. Ernest, quick-talking and colorful, it’s a wonder to have Tina Fey’s writing and characters back in my life. I’m a stranger danger ranger!
And, this Atlantic article touches on how the show deals with trauma.

Dystopian and post-apocalyptic narratives rank high on my reading list. I don’t like to witness the world ending, but how people survive after the end? I’m in. So this list of New York Times fall 2014 list of dystopian novels is book-marked for future reads. And I already wrote about how much I loved Station Eleven.

I found Kira via Instagram and I so enjoy her posts on Cultivating An Open Heart.

These pictures of the ice. Love that the photographer Dapixara said, “Cape Cod is my sacred place to be creative.” ::praising hand emoji::

Two women, a baby and 47 miles of the Teton Crest Trail? Backcountry Baby. Hell yes.

Piqued is a Saturday round-up of things that caught my attention, inspired me or are becoming a small obsession. It covers blog posts, music, books, podcasts, interviews and more, and always starts with a photo of my dog, Carter Cash. If you find something you think I’d like, add it to the comments and I’ll check it out.

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  • Reply Kira Elliott March 14, 2015 at 7:17 pm

    Justine, Thank you so much for sharing a link to my site here. I am honored to be part of a great list. We just started watching the Unbreakable Kimmie Schmidt and I am in love. Wondrous for the heart. I need the joy and laughter it brings in my life. We have a lot in common, I too am an INFJ and Pisces with a moon in Scorpio. I wonder if that astrological combo has anything to do with being an INFJ? Thanks again you site is absolutely beautiful.

    • Reply jtao21 March 17, 2015 at 6:13 pm

      Kira – wow – awesome little serendipity there! Also, I send you much empathy for that sickness I think you had over your birthday. Been sick for a while over here and it’s beyond lame.
      Thank you, thank you for the lovely comment – it means a lot to me coming since I love your site / writing and online presence in general. I think we all need the laughter shows like UKS bring us (and everything Tina Fey). Really considering one of your classes soon – just making sure with my travel schedule I’ll be able to have the time. xo

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