The Weekly 7: August 17

by Jackie D on August 17, 2014

Thanks to my job and this blog I spend a lot of time on the Internet every week. The Weekly 7 is a list of some of the things I’m currently loving, articles I’ve read, awesome things I’ve found on Pinterest, etc, during the week. Sometimes I’ll throw in a photo or two of things I did during the 5 seconds I wasn’t actually on the Internet. Sometimes.

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Another week, another NYC stoop I want to steal.

1. I’m growing out my pixie haircut and I have a mullet and it’s driving me nuts. Thank God for headscarf tutorials.
2. My roommate and I are moving to Brooklyn in September and oh God, the hours I am spending looking at Pinterest bedrooms.
3. Blogging friends! Caroline (of Caroline in the City) is in town and so she, Katka (of Matador Network), and I got to hang out & devour the most massive plates of fish and chips any of us has ever seen. My love affair with fried food has got to stop (don’t even get me started on the fried Oreos that are sold on my apartment stoop, don’t.)
4. I spend a lot of time on iStock looking for photos for my job, and sometimes I come across certain photos that look like they are from nightmares. Here’s a nice compilation someone else made but that summarizes my experiences pretty nicely.
5. Pretty sure I’m late to the party on this one, but I just re-discovered Reid Wiseman’s Twitter feed with images and commentary from space. Um? It’s the greatest — and by greatest I mean most beautiful, technologically baffling, and absolutely humbling — thing I’ve ever seen.
6. Apparently beach libraries are a thing. Thank you, Earth.
7. Finished reading The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert and it really got me into plants. Need more plants. (Book itself is OK — a bit too long in my opinion, and there are some parts that get super erotic all of a sudden, especially when people sit down next to you on the train and are probably reading over your shoulder)

Now my roommate and I are about to embark on week 2 of no WiFi in our apartment because, Time Warner. We don’t want to talk about it.

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In Focus: The Dingle Peninsula

by Jackie D on August 13, 2014

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Green. When you think of Ireland you think of green, and that’s exactly what the Dingle Peninsula is. Located on the lower west coast of Ireland, the tiny town of Dingle is actually the westernmost town in Europe. This marks the second time I’ve been to one of the “end points” of Europe — the first being the few days I spent in Gibraltar — and it definitely felt like it might be the end of the world. But in a pretty way.

Dingle is a tiny, quiet, colorful, quaint little town whose major attraction is a dolphin named Fungie (pronounced Fun-guy). The locals literally say that they chose this name for the dolphin because he is such a “fun guy.” This is probably the best thing I have ever heard.

The peninsula where Dingle is located is considered by many (National Geographic included) to be one of the most beautiful places on earth, and were lucky in that the day we spent driving around was one of the handful of perfectly sunny days that the peninsula experiences each year. We got photos of absolutely everything you want to see when you’re driving along a rural coastline — cliffs, beaches, green pastures, epic clouds, sleeping cows, a few sheep, little run down farmhouses, and ancient (like, Neolithic status) ruins.

It was just green green green everywhere. Such a change from the cities I’ve grown up in, where I so love the architecture that I hardly even notice the green is even missing. On the Dingle Peninsula, I realized that this must be where all the green is being stored — Ireland is holding onto it tight, just as we in New York* are holding onto our concrete, our brick buildings, and our dozens of subway cars.

I think I will always want to live in a big city — I would miss the noise and the brick buildings too much if I didn’t — but I will also always have the urge to visit these vast green landscapes where everything looks like it was just left the way it was: ancient ruins are still just sitting there, growing more ancient by the day. Cows and sheep are as numerous as people. The roads are bumpy and clearly not a priority for anyone, but the car traffic isn’t so much that it really matters, anyway.

Can we discuss the name “Dingle” for a second, though? I’ve said it so many times now that it pretty much sounds normal to me, but then really, when I think about it for a second  – Dingle. Dingle. Dingle. Kind of feels like I’m saying something naughty.

More photos of this beautiful little place (courtesy of my former boss, who led this photography tour through Ireland)
This is the most mouth-watering flavor list (SEA SALT, PEOPLE) of the best ice cream shop ever (Murphys, located in Dingle)
Read more about Fungie the Dingle Dolphin

*still weird to me that I am now part of the “we” in New York

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The Weekly 7: August 10

by Jackie D on August 10, 2014

Thanks to my job and this blog I spend a lot of time on the Internet every week. The Weekly 7 is a list of some of the things I’m currently loving, articles I’ve read, awesome things I’ve found on Pinterest, etc, during the week. Sometimes I’ll throw in a photo or two of things I did during the 5 seconds I wasn’t actually on the Internet. Sometimes.

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1. One of my tweets made it into a Buzzfeed article! I was hanging out on Twitter on Friday afternoon and saw that people were posting puns of book titles mixed with conspiracy theories and tagging them #conspiracybooks, so naturally I wanted to participate. I threw in 2 puns, one of them being MiddleseX-Files (AMIRITE) and that one got picked to be in the resulting article on the site later that afternoon. FAME.
2. My sister is still updating her blog even though she has been evacuated from Guinea due to the Ebola outbreak. I’m just glad she’s safe!
3. My trip to Colorado Springs is coming up and in the midst of my research about the Garden of the Gods I found out that there is a hot air balloon festival taking place that weekend as well. Guys, I may never come back.
4. Took myself out to the Benefit eyebrow bar on Friday night. Girl-tastic.
5. Finished reading the new Robert Galbraith (aka JK Rowling) mystery novel, The Silkworm. Detective novels are my guilty pleasure (I took a class on them in college).
6. Really want to start investing in some art. Currently obsessed with these beachy (and entirely sold out) paintings by artist Teil Duncan and these beachy (see a theme here?) photographs by Gray Malin.
7. One of my blog posts was featured on The Culture-ist last week! It’s about Girl Scout founder Juliette Gordon Low and the Girl Scouts retweeted it which basically made my life.

Here’s hoping this next week is a good one despite the thunderstorm warnings and the fact that our apartment’s WiFi has been on and off the past three days (currently using up all the WiFi and air conditioning that Starbucks will give me).

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