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The Edition: No. 50

Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end. — Seneca (or Semisonic, depending on your age)

Cheers. How much alcohol is too much?

MASH. Ivory Sweater + Asymmetric Skirt + Slouchy Boot = Awesome.

The Office. 13 women discuss the best career advice they ignored.

Golden Girls. This dramatic Baublebar cuff bracelet adds punch to any outfit.

The Wire. Are these the best budgeting tools and apps?

Northern Exposure. Soia & Kyo have me rethinking my opinion on puffer coats.

Parenthood. Kids don’t damage careers, men do.

House of Cards. The most professional stationery/thank you cards on Etsy.

Homeland. This made me cry. I suppose I’ll have to learn the words to O Canada.

Yellowstone. This LL Bean is the best jean jacket for fall.  Love the buffalo plaid.

Mad Men. If the most interesting man in the world was a woman.

Last week, we talked about lunch-storage solutions for working women.  This week, let’s talk about some #notsaddesklunch recipes that are not salad.  These Detox Rainbow Rollups are good if you have some vegetables that are about to spoil.  But if you’re like me, and you prefer a hot lunch, check out these recipes for sheet pan chicken and other meals.

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  1. MOnica T says:

    Having a partner when you have kids is invaluable in more ways than one. We both have careers and we both are in a line of work that sometimes requires nights and weekends and sometimes requires travel. I like to think we have a pretty good give and take dynamic, and if sometimes we resent having to do more dishes or more laundry than the other we try to keep it mostly to ourselves and get over it. When I hear about women who work, then have a partner who doesn’t lift a finger for domestic duties – not kids, not cooking, not dishes, not laundry – I just wonder why. Why would anyone sign up for that?

    Also, I know it sounds silly, but I love my lunch salad. It’s not just sad lettuce, people walk by and comment on it “wow that’s a big salad” and it’s full of hard boiled eggs and roast chicken and bacon and all the good things. I have seen plenty a sad bowl of iceberg and romaine, but salad can be interesting and tasty. But as summer wanes (around here sometime in December) the greens and veggies aren’t as abundant I switch it up too.

    September 24, 2018/Reply
  2. Jessica says:

    “I don’t always drink beer,” she says. “But when I do, I have to belch silently so that no one thinks I’m a trashy bar rat. Stay hydrated, my friends.”

    That’s the greatest and so true.

    September 24, 2018/Reply
  3. N says:

    I appreciate that article but don’t think it reflects motherhood. I for one know that I find joy in changing diapers and cutting tiny toenails. And it is indeed fulfilling to raise a child. I think by painting motherhood in such a mundane and negative light, it took away the main points of the article for me and I imagine will rub others the wrong way as well.

    September 24, 2018/Reply
    • Belle says:

      For me, the takeaway from the article wasn’t that motherhood is mundane. It was that the labor of parenting isn’t shared equally, but the joy is. And that the labor being shifted in majority to one side is making it harder for women to have careers as opposed to jobs.

      September 25, 2018/Reply
    • Denise says:

      There are many articles written about the ‘mental’ work of parenting that only mothers do. Much of it is mundane (buying socks, arranging presents for endless birthday parties, etc) and while it sounds silly, it can be exhausting. Men simply don’t do this stuff and somehow, that is ok…and that is crap. I don’t mind trimming toenails…I sing by boys songs while doing it…but when I come home from a business trip and their nails are so long their holes have socks it is infuriating. OMG just cut their nails!!

      September 26, 2018/Reply
      • MOnica T says:

        This made me LOL @Denise. It is so true, when I come home that rare night where I go out to a play or a business event and my daughter is still awake for some reason or has fallen asleep fully clothed I’m just flabbergasted…the routine exists, just EXECUTE IT.

        September 27, 2018/Reply
  4. Jess says:

    The alcohol article was interesting, and while I think that because alcohol can impair us so quickly (think car accidents) what I really think the health world needs to be focused on is sugar. I still think when looking at societies like France and Italy, we see a major shift in diets and alcohol doesn’t seem to have as much as an impact. People who quit drinking for whatever reason, probably are still eating an unhealthy amount of sugar and fried foods. The other thing, and this may sound a little shallow, is the statistic about adding a year to your life if you cut back on your alcohol. I am not a lush by any means, but I do enjoy my drinks, and I am not sure I’d cut back on them for one extra year of my life.

    September 24, 2018/Reply
    • Monica T says:

      I was thinking the same thing, the headlines all act like we’re going to die young if we consume 7-14 drinks a week. But really, we’re talking months in some cases and up to a few years in others. I drink socially, but with a kid that means I drink once a month max and usually just some wine with dinner. So maybe we take this new research study with a little bit of salt (and lime!) just like every other study before it that told us something was good / bad / indifferent to us.

      September 24, 2018/Reply
  5. Ckb says:

    Just a note – there is no apostrophe in the title of Canada’s national anthem. It’s just O Canada.

    September 25, 2018/Reply
    • Belle says:

      Interesting. Good to know.

      September 25, 2018/Reply
  6. M says:

    I recently started using YNAB and it has been a game changer for my budgeting. It really makes me think of trade offs when spending so I can spend on things I value and avoid spending on things I don’t — less guilt overall. It’s also really easy to set goals, which I appreciate. Highly recommend a trial.

    September 26, 2018/Reply