Weekly Coffee Date

Work Hard and Be Nice by Mary Costa Photography, A Blog Named Scout

Hi friends! This weekend Daniel and I did our first real homeowner shift of yard work. My stepdad PJ (of meatball fame :) was kind enough to come over with his yard tools and show us the ropes (aka do all the work while we ferried the yard waste to the compost pile). It was a tough day but it felt really good to work out in the yard. Pulling weeds is a lot more satisfying exercise than the gym for me, that’s for sure. Hopefully we’ll be able to keep up with it. Tomorrow we’re heading to my niece’s third birthday which should be adorable and fun, and then in three weeks, it’s the wedding!

Here are some links I came across this week that might be interesting:

It has been really tough seeing the devastation from the hurricane down in Texas. The one positive thing from such a terrible tragedy has been seeing how a community really comes together to help. Here is a heartwarming story of an employee of the Harris County precinct 2 constable’s office who rescued a baby and was able to reunite the child with her mother.

A new large scale study has bolstered the argument for the low-carb crowd. “The new research suggests that it’s not the fat in your diet that’s raising your risk of premature death, it’s too many carbohydrates—especially the refined, processed kinds of carbs—that may be the real killer.”

Here’s an interesting article from the publishing world about a scandal involving a new young adult novel that debuted at the top of the New York Times Bestseller List but was later removed after allegations of sales manipulations. It is a pretty interesting look at how those kinds of lists work.

If bubbles are clinging to the side of your beer glass, it’s a sign that the glass isn’t clean. Here’s a guide on what to look for with glass wear.

I usually take a multi vitamin even though I’m unsure if it does anything. Here’s an interesting Q & A with a woman who wrote a book about vitamins.



5 thoughts on “Weekly Coffee Date

  1. Aly ~ Cooking In Stilettos

    That article re: the NYT Best Seller for YA – it’s been happening in the music biz for years. She was formerly a music manager so I’m not surprised that she (or her team) gamed the system. As a recovering publicist, I had a couple clients who had managers who often tried this tactic at radio or would release the single that would be marketed as “Adult Hot Contemporary” rather than deal with the Hot 100. To see it in the book world made me cringe – oy vey. So glad you highlighted this article Andie!

  2. nancyabc

    About the book is it a good read or not?
    There is so much attention now on it will that in itself cause large number of sales.
    I would like to see this story updated to see if large number of books are sold at these conventions.

  3. Courtney

    Just wanted to chime in and say I love these weekly blogs :) So excited for the wedding! I speak for many I’m sure when I say we hope there are many pictures shared. :) (not a weird stalker, I promise:))

  4. Leslie boor

    On Kauai: The Beach House at sunset for dinner is best. Reserve a table by a window or on the patio and take your camera

    Koloa deli in Koloa town for FRESH sandwiches for a day trip to a beach.

    Kauai Coffee Company – buy some beans for home (make sure they are 100% Kauai beans)

    Skip the tourist gift shops and buy postcards and candy/cheap souvenirs at Walmart

    Be sure to check origin of any gifts/souvenirs–many are made in places other than Kauai but labeled to look like native-made items

    Always always always lock your car and do not leave valuables visible–bad people are always looking to score big from Unwitting tourists.

    Visit the Kilauea Lighthouse–spectacular views

    And of course Waimea Canyon

    We are from a Chicago suburbs and have been visiting Kauai annually. It is very laid back and relaxing. Enjoy.


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