Corners of the Internet #3

This week’s installment of Corners of the Internet comes to you from my recently fixed computer!

You know how annoying it is, the first work morning after a long holiday break when, within 15 minutes of starting work you spill an entire cup of tea all over your keyboard? That happened. Then I suffered through a week with a wonky partially-working machine, followed by ten days of a crappy loaner laptop.

As of yesterday, I’m back in action, and my brand new keyboard is beautiful and free from worn out keys, stains and most importantly, tea. And my file full of fun links for this post is also back, because it was saved on this computer. Ah, kismet.

Let’s dive right in!

The lovely Sarah from Yes and Yes recently wrote about her practice of taking herself on a personal writing retreat. I feel a little English inn calling my name.

I always try to make financial decisions based on my values. This is why my savings account is called ‘Big Trip.’

The last thing I wanted to know about Dry January is that it actually decreases drinking throughout the year.

I am a Weekender!

Do you remember Deep Thoughts by Jack Handey from old SNL? I was obsessed, although I wasn’t allowed to watch SNL and have no idea how I even heard of the segment. Get your daily deep thought here.

‘Whenever you read a good book, it’s like the author is right there, in the room, talking to you, which is why I don’t like to read good books’

Speaking of books, a reader asked if I would mind giving some of my favorite book recommendations. Lucky for her, I keep track of all my reading in Excel. My favorite books last year, according to my official 10-point rating scheme, were: the Elena Ferrante Neapolitan series, Station Eleven, The Book Thief, Any Human Heart, The Nightingale, and A Little Life.

I’ve been told I need to be careful when recommending A Little Life because it is very disturbing and deals with issues that aren’t appropriate for all readers. Do a little background research on that one before you dive in.

Side note: I have been keeping track of my reading since 2009. That year, my favourite books were: The Brief  Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series, Olive Kitteridge, The Art of Racing in the Rain and The Secret History. Still love all those too!

Did you hear that we were named one of Expedia’s best bloggers of 2015? I love getting new reading material from these lists.

In particular:

Matt’s 40 Before 40 Challenge

Sharon’s Perspective on being a Digital Nomad for a year

Charles and Revati’s Introduction to Safaris in India

Nicole’s Literary City Guides (especially the one on London which is quite thorough!)

Fiona’s meal at Alain Ducasse at the Dorcester, London – can we be best friends please?

Also a few fun things from us that you may have missed: Our Travel Plans for 2016 (so many!), How to Navigate all Five London Airports, and the best meal we’ve had all year (ok, it’s only been 15 days but seriously amazing)!

Oh, AND, I’m taking an Instagram course because I’m a course junkie and I learn so much. Hopefully you’ll see some improvements over there.

Have a fab weekend everyone!