Workday Reading

The Edition: No. 62

The whole point of getting things done is knowing what to leave undone. — Oswald Chambers

Delivering. How to improve your e-mails by knowing others pet peeves.

Traveling. Coziest “plane sweater” ever, just $75.

Desiring. The stories so good other journalists are jealous.

Gifting. <$20 Beauty Gifts: OPI Infinite Shine Duo, a Beautyblender, coffee body scrub.

Defeating. The (real) highest glass ceiling in politics isn’t the Presidency.

Basking. Sunglasses from TheRealReal; all designer, barely worn for much less.

Detouring. Visiting overlooked cities instead of overbooked ones. Going to Montana? Livingston > Bozeman. Columbia Falls > Whitefish.

Partying. A pretty cocktail dress in lilac, a sophisticated one in black. Both under-$150.

Devouring. The Lost Christmas Recipes of Gourmet.

Kicking. Shoe Musts: leopard flats, black ankle boots, casual sneaker.

Deferring. The “woke” men who still want housewives.

Accessorizing. This $98 tortoise clutch is a great piece for any season.

Delaying. Why people wait 10 days to do a task that will take 10-minutes.

We know about straws, but to cut back on excess plastic consumption, you need to address many other areas.  One of those is how you transport and store food.

These biodegradable food wraps help preserve food without the plastic waste.  You can also find this entire grocery store kit to replace all those plastic bags.  And because Starbucks cups are coated in plastic, try this grande-size classic white/green tumbler (6 for $23).

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  1. Jessica says:

    I couldn’t read the alternative destination article without a Washington Post membership 🙁

    December 17, 2018/Reply
    • Crystal says:

      If you are not inclined to pay, try resetting your browser’s cache — you should be able to read 10 more WaPo articles per month.

      December 17, 2018/Reply
      • Chelsea says:

        Or just open the tab in an incognito window; clearing the cache will log you out of everything.

        December 17, 2018/Reply
  2. MOnica T says:

    Oh man, those progressive men make me want to scream. Even a partner who does their fair share 50% of the time can be infuriating because the fact that it is somehow OPTIONAL for them and not for you. And I am not the best housekeeper so I am perfectly happy to try the old not doing it for them trick, and then eventually, because it’s gross, I have to do it anyway. It’s this small thing, the fact that for them it’s “helping out” when they do it and get gold starts and mad props and stuff, and for us it’s expected. My mom raves about how much he “helps out”, but that minimizes how much work I STILL do. Should I give him a trophy for being better than a complete oaf who sits on the couch while I slave away? Oy.

    December 17, 2018/Reply
    • Belle says:

      Yes! Like they’re doing you a favor by doing half the work because the patriarchy still tells them housekeeping is YOUR job because you have OVARIES.

      December 17, 2018/Reply
      • Beth says:

        Exactly! And female friends tell me they get similar reactions from others to (male) partners that take on childcare duties. “It’s so nice he’s helping mom out,” etc. etc. A male friend—thankfully not one of the type described in this article—once told an older relative that he wasn’t “babysitting” or “helping,” he was “taking care of his own child” the way his wife also did.

        December 17, 2018/Reply
    • anna says:

      Ugh, this is why we can never have gender equality if we don’t redefine gender roles. Women are struggling to “do it all” in a way men never even aspire. We can’t take on both the traditionally male and female responsibilities while men’s roles never change. Sorry fellas, we no longer live in a world where men are uniquely capable of doing outside work (both because we now have equal levels of education and the work itself generally doesn’t require as much physical strength), while women are best able to maintain the home. If we’re capable of the same outside the home, we’re capable of the same inside the home. That means work should be split 50/50, and gender shouldn’t determine which parent becomes a stay-at-home parent. And when I mean work, I don’t mean just tasks, but also the management of the home. Don’t get me started on how even when the work is 50/50, it’s still usually the mom who organizes and manages the family.

      December 18, 2018/Reply
  3. Anne says:

    Essex>Columbia Falls

    December 17, 2018/Reply
    • Belle says:

      You know, I don’t think I’ve ever been to Essex. Polebridge and the High-Line are kind of my off the trail spots.

      December 17, 2018/Reply
      • Anne says:

        Great hiking and fishing in the summer in both Glacier and the Bob Marshall Wilderness and cross country skiing and snowshoeing in the winter (lighted trails at night).

        December 18, 2018/Reply
        • Belle says:

          I know the Bob is beautiful, but I’ve always been terrified of it.

          December 18, 2018/Reply