Friday Links March 6

I am starting to feel optimistic about the arrival of spring. I wasn't a week ago. I wasn't earlier this week when I was walking through snow in Toronto. As I look at my weather app and see forecasts above freezing for next week, I begin to have hope. Maybe, just maybe, today will be the last day we see -20something Celcius this season. 

"Strong Women Need Help Too," from I'm Not the Nanny. I know a lot of women who have a hard time asking for help, including myself. But if any of us saw a friend struggling, we'd offer help. Sometimes we need to work on being as kind to ourselves as we would be to our friends. 

"Marie Kondo and the Cult of Tidying Up," from WSJ. I'm not sure why I find articles and blog posts about this book so interesting when I haven't read the book and have no immediate plans to read it. 

"How Karen Kain revitalized the National Ballet," from Toronto Life.  I am all kinds of conflicted about this feature. I adore Karen Kain and have since she first appeared on my television via Adrienne Clarkson Presents on CBC. That was my introduction to ballet. But parts of this article make me cringe. Would we say a male ballet director has naked ambition? Would we say a man "resembles a lovely alien"? Sigh. 

"Starve a Landfill," from The New York Times. Our city has a compost program. It is not mandatory (there are certainly people on my street that don't do it) but I really like it. Toronto had one when I lived there as well. Between compost and recycling, we don't generate a lot of actual garbage. But food waste is something we're conscious of. It happens. It happens more than we like. We're working on it. 

"8 Popular Whites for Kitchen Cabinets," from Hatfield Court. We cannot afford a full kitchen renovation anytime soon. (Bathroom is top priority like whoa.) Painting our kitchen cabinets has been on our to do list for ages. Last year we even went out and bought new handles for all of them. (We've put on exactly one, because the original handle broke.) Choosing colours for the cabinets has me a bit stumped right now because after we do that, I know I'm going to want to have someone in to paint the kitchen. And we'll need someone to paint it because the kitchen flows into the hallway, which flows into the rest of the house and we have one wall that beyond our ability to paint. (No ladders on stairs!) Which means I need to decide what colour the rest of the house should be. And then do we paint the living room at that point? And if we're going to do that, I need to depopcorn the ceiling. DECISIONS ARE HARD. 

"Grilled Cheese and Onion Jam," from Leite's Culinaria. I need that onion jam.