Mighty Life List
Aug 11 2016



If you’d like to learn another language in your (limited) downtime, the Duolingo app is incredible. It has quick, simple practice sessions that let you accumulate the basics fast. You can set it to how many minutes a day you want to practice, and it tells your percentage of fluency at the end of each practice session. It front loads the commonly used words and phrases, so I’m at 14 percent after only two weeks. So motivational and gamelike, try it!

(Thanks, Swissmiss!)

Aug 10 2016

Best Parts of The Thin Place by Kathryn Davis


We got married a couple weeks ago, and on our honeymoon I read The Thin Place. If you decide to read it too, make a character key for yourself as you go along. Mine clocked in at thirty-seven characters before I started to remember who was who.

Memorable parts:

“It was hard being married to a man who treated the least impropriety like the end of the world, like freezing rain and a tractor trailer jackknifing right in front of him and everything going so fast it might as well not be moving, the immense tire and the windshield racing toward each other yet frozen in time. It was hard being married to a romantic.”

“Every single thing that happens in a life is like Chekhov’s Gun, trustfully casting before it the shadow of its own final shape, if only we knew how to see it clearly.”

And a saying I didn’t know existed:

“any fool could see George was gay as a box of birds.”


Waxing gibbous The word crescent refers to the phases where the moon is less than half illuminated. The word gibbous refers to phases where the moon is more than half illuminated. Waxing essentially means “growing” or expanding in illumination, and waning means “shrinking” or decreasing in illumination.

1. of a dull grayish-green or blue color.
2. covered with a powdery bloom like that on grapes.

meritricious apparently attractive but having in reality no value or integrity.

tippet a scarf-like narrow piece of clothing, worn over the shoulders.

Candent glowing with heat; being at a white heat

esker a long ridge of gravel and other sediment, typically having a winding course, deposited by meltwater from a retreating glacier or ice sheet.

presbiopic farsightedness caused by loss of elasticity of the lens of the eye, occurring typically in middle and old age.

sumpy characteristic of a pit or pool at the bottom of a shaft or mine, in which water collects and from which it is pumped

humus the organic component of soil, formed by the decomposition of leaves and other plant material by soil microorganisms.

anchoress in Christianity, a woman who chooses to withdraw from the world to live a solitary life of prayer and mortification

Jun 27 2016

An incomplete list of games Hank played at recess last year

Banana Tag
Baby Apocalypse
Zombie Baby Tag
Explosive Slender Creepy
Four Square

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Jun 24 2016

Speaking His Language


Ozzy is out of reach, crying in his car seat.

“Say something nice to your brother, Hank.”

Hank leans in to gaze at Ozzy, caresses his cheek.

“Farty poop,” Hank coos. “Faaaarty poop.”

And Ozzy laughs.

Apr 29 2016

Fridaaay! Links


Mother’s Day is next weekend, so arrange for some sweetness. Above photo is from Heather Evan’s “Smith’s Seen Not Heard” project I have a weakness for artist mothers who include their kids in their work.

This tweet made me bark-laugh.

Better Aging Through Practice, Practice, Practice “Find something — something new, something difficult — to immerse yourself in and improve at.”

This Airbnb rental comes with a bookstore that you can help run.

Speaking of books, Shaheryar Malik leaves artistic stacks of books around New York for people to take with them.

Look at this beautiful tropical table centerpiece made of green bananas, green coconuts, and open watermelon. Genius.

I’ve been wondering how this $20 H&M dress would look on a not-model, and it looks cute.

I’m making 100 paper crowns for the 100 Day Project.

Apr 11 2016

Do you guys want some candy?


This mural at the Beach Chalet has me fully creeped. Do you think it was the artist’s way of saying, “Don’t trust that rich guy who hangs by the pier, kids. And do not reach into his popcorn bag when he offers to share.”

That said, those tiny little cowboy hats are jaunty as all-all.

Apr 8 2016

Fridaaay! Links


Fun Things

Jihan Zencirli made this crazy, fish-egg balloon display outside her studio. Because she is magic, and she never denies you the caviar.

Life goals.

This fringe bracelet is shoosha-shoosha. And this romper is cute too. It’s also $400? And only comes in a size 2-6? Speaking of which…

Having babies takes me up to a size 14 for a couple years after I give birth. The clothing options are 10 percent of what I have when I’m a size 8, and everything is black. It’s such bullshit. GAH. Anyway, qcut jeans will come in 400 sizes, and may cash rain down upon them. (Thanks for the heads up, Asha!)

Crystal crowns are all the rage for brides right now, and I wasn’t into it until I saw this upside down one. You can get married in it, or do some Dungeons and Dragons LARPing. Versatile.

Get crafteh.


I like this so much. People dressed like their surroundings. via Swiss Miss

Important Thing

I’d never heard about this Civil Rights Swim-In where black people swam in a “white-only” pool, and the owner of the motel poured acid in the pool. Historically, this was like 5 minutes ago.


On Instagram, we went to Disneyland! Next time, I sneak in rum for my Dole Whip. Regrets.

On Twitter, I was charmed by all the kids at Disneyland, and I shared my dieting secret.

On Pinterest, I am not pinning as much wedding stuff as much as the algorithm wants me to. I am quite the disappointment to Pinterest in this regard. Pink iceberg!

On Snapchat, I am stealthmaggie. It’s essentially an all-baby channel, so be forewarned.

Cool Stuff My Friends are Doing

Tia Lambert opened Make Studio, her new creative arts workshop in Marin, California! She’s exuberant, guys, just a delight. So if you live nearby, get the updates on Twitter.

Helena Price’s Techies Project is getting coverage everywhere. Nice!

Asha Dornfest’s Parent Hacks book came out, as you know, and her book tour is coming to the East Coast.

Luvvie Ajayi’s book I’m Judging You: The Do-Better Manual, is available for presale. It promises to make you laugh.

People are making stuff like they don’t need to sleep. Good work, awesome people. Go have a nap.