Right, um, I know I said I wouldn't be around, but I have some things to share:
1. Want to know more about life as an expat? Check out my post, Top 5 Hidden Advantages of Being an Expat, over at ExpatInterviews.com.
2. Looking for a quick end-of-the-summer getaway in which there will be flying fruit? Put on your best Gallagher plastic and read my post, The World's Biggest Tomato Fight: Bunol's La Tomatina at TomatoCasual.com.
3. Hankering for a bag o' books and bath goodies? Head on over to Welcome to My World of Dreams where you could win such a bag (if you're a US or Canada resident) or a $30 Amazon gift certificate if you're international like me--I didn't read too closely the first time around, but Judy Thomas was lovely enough to come over here and point out that we're *all* invited to the party celebrating the launch of Long and Short Reviews no matter where we live! Woohoo!
4. Missing What's Cooking Wednesday? Here are two food-related sites that I found recently and have fallen in love with: Chowhound.com and The Traveler's Lunch Box. Seriously. LOVE.
5. And finally, have you reached the end of the Internet? Don't know what else to read? Here are five posts/blogs I recommend:
- 5 Powerful Reasons to Eat Slower at Zen Habits. This kind of builds on our discussion about obesity and weight loss from a little while ago but comes from a different angle. If you haven't seen this site and are remotely interested in becoming a more peaceful, productive, happier, oh just better person, this is a great place to start.
- Introversion at Crazy Dust in My Coffee. Being quite an introvert myself, I love how Ally Bean broke this down so that even the most extroverted of extroverts can understand--or at least I hope they can because I don't think it can be explained much better.
- The Seven Virtues: Charity at The Verge. I could link to any one of former-Italy-expat Jennifer's posts and sing its praises, but since I love this particular one so much, here you go. I've never seen another blogger who incorporates fine art so seamlessly into her posts. It's too beautiful for words, really.
- Mysteries of Life at Burnett's Urban Etiquette. This post is from a while ago, but I adore it as I do all of this Miami Herald contributor's stuff. James Burnett has a knack for pinpointing exactly what I want to say about a given topic *or* giving me a new perspective that I hadn't considered. I think that's cool, so you should read him.
- Also, my naval is pretty at The Moon Topples. These are Maht's (grudgingly given) answers to a meme about what he likes about himself. I just heart the way Maht expresses himself through his various creative mediums, and I think a lot of you will too. If his answers to a meme made my recommended list, you know he's good.
OK, now I'm really vacationing from the blog. If I ever have children, you think separation anxiety might be a wee bit of a problem?
Still wishing you were here!