best of {take 4}

I’m quite excited about this “best of” post for two reasons.  Well, more reasons than that, but I’m only going to post two of them.

First: It’s “take 4” — i.e., this blog has been going for a month — and I’m really excited about how things are shaping up!   I spent several hours today tweaking my format, so if you don’t see a script font in the menu, press option+refresh and check out the updates!

Second: I waited until the very end of the day to do my “best of post” today.   On its face, that doesn’t sound all that exciting.  But what if you knew that two of the four blog entries (and the bonus entry) would not have been on the list if I had written this post this morning.  You would have been in for a very short round-up.  And you would have been missing out on some serious awesomeness.  Because really, what are the chances of me remembering these two posts next week?  I’m good, but I’m not that good.

So, without further ado, my favourite posts from blogland this week!

Jenny’s post from this afternoon is awesome2.  The amazing thrifting deal is awesome.  The subsequent update is so clever, and so very awesome.  And we all know that awesome x awesome = awesome2.  So head on over to frecklewonder and check out the awesome2.  Stat.


I skimmed over Amy’s post for chocolate chip cookies earlier this week.  The pictures made them look amazing, but I wasn’t in the mood for cookies, so I just let it pass me by.  Tonight, I was about to make another batch of my delicious peanut butter coconut cookies when the hubs gave me puppy dog eyes and said “I don’t know if you know, but my favourite cookies are chocolate chip”.  At which point I remembered the mouth-watering images in this post and I tracked it down using the un-surprisingly (because it is google) but somehow still surprisingly good search function in google reader.  These cookies are delicious, and extra delicious today because the hubs helped me bake!  Bonus points!


This picture took my breath away.  It made me pretty sure that we are going to stay in Montmartre when we go to Paris this summer.  Then maybe I can be that pretty girl in red.  (You’ll have to click through to the post to see who I’m talking about!)


I appreciate the irony of featuring a “why top ten lists suck” post in my weekly round up of “best ofs” but hey, it is my blog, so here I go anyway!  Don’t worry, Michael’s post goes into more detail in an awesomely tongue-in-cheek manner of why my kind of list is ok, but a top ten list is just horribly wrong.

[Begin rant] I really really really hate when I come across top ten lists in the travel blogosphere. They are such a cop out. I’m pretty sure that you don’t know the top ten beaches in the world, the top ten western toilets in China, or even the top ten restaurants in Toronto.  And even if you really truly actually think you do, it’s only your opinion!   Top ten lists imply some sort of objectivity when they are inherently subjective.  It just bugs my lawyerly senses.   So kudos to Michael and his very best top ten list ever. [End rant]

Bonus Post!

And finally, a bonus post!  Sally posted another amazing post over at her site unbrave girl.  I know, I know, I’ve featured her before (in my very first “best of” ever).  And I know, I’ve only been blogging (on this blog at least) for a month.  But she is just so funny.  And she is in love with China.  And I’m in love with China.  So if you are looking for some good reading, head on over and check it out! And P.S. I’m probably going to feature her again.

4 Replies to “best of {take 4}”

  1. Awww, thank you so much for including me on your lovely round-up. And, if you need a home for those peanut butter coconut cookies you were going to make, I’d be happy to send my address! They sound divine! :)

  2. Oh I am very flattered! Thank you so much for including my photo on this list. If I was to go back to Paris, I would def. stay in Montmartre. It’s a beautiful and quirky section of town. :)

    1. I’m super pumped to go back this year, Paris is one of my faves and my husband has never been! I once stayed in student housing for 6 weeks in Aubervilliers (just north of the 18e/19e) that was certainly a little gritty, but boy could you get some good deals!

      PS – I really really love your blog a lot!

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