The Week: Dec. 2, 2011

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Dec 2, 2011

Phew. This week has been a bit of a whirlwind (as is evidenced by the fact that this round up is getting posted at 3:30 in the afternoon. When NO ONE will have the chance to read it. Sigh. Sorry folks). While I try to regain my bearings and try to figure out why I have a pear in my purse (that’s not a euphemism. There is actually a pear in my purse.), you enjoy these links.

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My husband recently sent me this photo essay of pictures from Bhutan. In the words of Liz Lemon, “I want to go to there.”

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As tough as it was to imagine, it looks like Daniel Day Lewis is going to make a great Abraham Lincoln – though he’ll probably not be wearing jeans in the movie.

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Absolutely digging the large-scale portraiture work of Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada. He’s like Chuck Close with a smidge of Banksy (and no, I’m NOT trying to be quaintly esoteric when I say that).

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Check out what this young man does while doing the dishes and listening to Michael Jackson’s “Smooth Criminal”. The children really are the future, and this gives me faith.

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Unused for more than 50 years, Nevada’s Goldfield High School is haunting and beautiful.

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Life Magazine takes a fascinating look at the “Shoes of the Very Famous”. From the Dalai Lama’s humble sandals to Elton John’s silver platform boots, it’s the most fun you can have looking at footwear without actually buying any.

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Can’t decide if these melted snowman cookies are morbid or hilarious. They’re probably a bit of both.

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A pregnant Florida teen is detained by the TSA for, well, having an ugly purse. I mean, it also had the design of a gun on it, but I’m pretty sure the agents were more upset about her crimes against fashion than her threat to national security. Right?

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Geeking out over this “Build Your Own Muppet” feature from F.A.O. Schwartz (you can also purchase your creation, but there’s no way I’m spending a hundred bucks on something that would inevitably give me nightmares if it were sitting in the corner of my room). Via the effervescent @emcgillivray.

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The grammatical geek in me is DELIGHTED to read that someone else was bothered by Starbucks’ nonsensical “Let’s Merry” slogan. Every time I pass one of those coffee shops, my brain begins to hurt.

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The New York Times list of the ten best books of the year has once again overlooked my fictional tale of a former Police Academy star and his love of the inventor of the movable type. Perhaps, in part, because I have yet to write it. But one day, believe me, Guttenberg and Gutenberg WILL BE ON THAT LIST.

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The Everywhereist was listed on Crazy Egg’s 10 Most Unique Blogs of 2011. I’m completely honored, humbled, and maybe a little confused as to what I’m doing alongside all those legitimate sites.

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Alright, kids -that’s it for me this week. I’ll catch you all on Monday, when I will still, rather miraculously, be at home. Weird.

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