Mighty Life List
Mar 21 2016

Legion of Honor Visit

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We visited the Legion of Honor this weekend with our museum buddy Michelle. It’s one of the most lovely museums in San Francisco, stunning views of the Golden Gate bridge, but it’s way out on the edge of town. I’ve only been maybe twice in 15 years. Some of my favorite pieces:

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Love a good side-eye statue.

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They had a Pierre Bonnard exhibition going on, and I found The Bath, one of my favorite paintings. I had a postcard of this pinned to the wall of my room through college.

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Ozzy wants to walk very much, but is concerned about falling. So he yells to be set down, stands for a minute, then crawls back to you and yells until you pick him up again. We had a good time.

Mar 17 2016

A Perfect Thing

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Brad and I are getting married in July, and the wedding dress hunt is a bust so far, possibly because my brain is skipping on the cotton-candy-ripple-cha-cha pictured above.

Christian Siriano is the designer, remember him from Project Runway? I saw this image of it in Darcy Miller‘s Instagram feed and barely refrained from licking my phone screen.

It is impressively, and justifiably, out of my price range. But! The per-wearing cost would bring it well into budget. I could drape myself over a fainting couch every morning and eat breakfast bonbons in my own personal joy cloud.

Mar 16 2016

Balanced App

Hi, this isn’t an ad.

Have you heard of Balanced App? If you’re trying to form a habit, or achieve a goal that requires repetition, try it. It’s simple, and lovely, and I want to kiss its little digital face.

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Selling points:

• It does not pressure me to seek Facebook validation every time I floss my teeth.
• It’s easy to input daily, weekly, monthly, and annual habits.
• It does not suggest I meditate whenever I open it.
• It offers simple metrics for each habit, and the overall list.
• It does not auto-Tweet when I lose weight.
• The text does not remind me of someone on cocaine.

But perhaps most importantly, the interface does not make me recoil. Balanced is beautiful, straightforward, and intuitive. You will like it.

Mar 15 2016

Today I Found Out

Do you read Today I Found Out?

I came across it when I was wondering why people can live in Hiroshima and Nagasaki after the bombings there.

So much interesting stuff there. Like:

How astronauts used to secure “life insurance” before their missions.

The story of the Japanese soldier who fought WW-II for 29 years after Japan had surrendered, because he didn’t know.

The oldest bit of intact human feces is on display in England.

Having a nine-year-old boy in the family has intensified my enthusiasm for a good poop story.

Feb 26 2016

Fridaaay! Links

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I got this naked lady phone cover, by Leah Goren, and it pleases me.

Daaaamn Daniel, and the inevitable EDM remix.

Now that’s a classy monkey lamp.

North Korea is showering cigarette butts on South Korea. So points for novelty.

Spotted this incredible bundt pan on my friend Jason’s Instagram feed. Turns out it’s a Nordicware Commercial Heritage Bundt Pan. The bundt pan will be mine.

Ameego is Uber, but for renting friends! Yaaaaaaaaaay.

Quintessential San Francisco on Twitter.

Brad is allergic to eggs, so I’m trying flax seed as an egg substitute. Is this real, or some crazy hippy bullshit? Will keep you posted.

Exactly what I thought it would be like to be a mom on Instagram.

Cool Stuff My Friends are Doing

Camp Mighty speaker Lisa Congdon’s lovely book about swimming is available for pre-order, The Joy of Swimming, A celebration of our love for getting in the water. I have an advance copy, and it’s beautiful.

Mighty Summit attendee Asha Dornfest compiled all of the Parent Hacks best parenting tips into Parent Hacks: 134 Genius Shortcuts for Life with Kids. It’s also available for pre-order.

Guerneville is one of my favorite places, and Jessica Hische recently designed the amazing signage for The Guerneville Bank Club there. Talent!

Feb 22 2016

Oscars Gift Bags

Here’s a complete list of everything in the 2016 Oscars Gift Bags.

I didn’t realize the gift bags aren’t actually affiliated with the Oscars. They’re distributed by a company called Distinctive Assets, and the Academy is suing them.

According to Vanity Fair, “The complaint said that media coverage of the 2016 gift bags has focused on ‘the less-than-wholesome nature of some of the products contained in the bags,’ citing a $5,500 certificate for plastic surgery, a $1,900 “vampire breast lift,” a $250 sex toy and a $250 marijuana vaporizer.”

The bags also contain a 10,000-meal donation made in the nominee’s name to an animal shelter or rescue of their choice ($6,300), a private walking tour of Japan for up to 15 days ($54,000), and a chapstick ($6).

Feb 18 2016

What You Enjoy

These bits of Jocelyn K. Glei’s interview of Sebastian Thrun had me nodding:

“…imagine that you are already successful. You’ve looked into the future, and you’ve succeeded. What would you enjoy doing today given that knowledge?”

“The data shows that people who are rich aren’t any happier, so you might as well derive your happiness from what you are doing today.”