Beetle & Byte

Hawai’i Tropical Botanical Garden

One of my favorite things to see when traveling are botanical gardens, arboretums, or anything of the variety. They tend to be a quiet and uncrowded and filled with wonderful folia. By far, the best one I’ve been to was just recently at the Hawai’i Tropical Botanical Garden near Hilo on the Island of Hawai’i. It was nothing short of spectacular. You’re in a literal rainforest that just happens to be maintained by people. There were hundreds of plant species thriving – so many of which I struggle to keep alive potted in the far-from-tropical Seattle climate. It was humid and a steep incline but entirely worth the time. I’ll be dreaming about it for years to come.

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Paper Fauna

Artist, Tina Kraus (@faltmanufaktur), makes stunning insects and plants from intricately folding delicate crepe paper. She then embellishes them with colorful paints and pastels.

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A Week of Links

She may not be on the twenty dollar bill anytime soon, but at least more will learn Harriet Tubman’s story in film.

Intrigued by the 72-room home and study of photographer, Jay Maisel.

Cannot imagine any other ending to When Harry Met Sally.

Habits of lucky people.

Fascinating look at how hand-turned bowls are made.

I am now the proud and giddy owner of both the cat and dog matchbox sets.

How the work day of Americans has changed over the last 15 years.

A precisely quirky and delightful home.

A Japanese train filled with limbs of the Thousand-Armed Kannon.

Pinterest has introduced well-being features for users who seem stressed.

Stranger Things Dopplegangers

Mind blown! The resemblance is uncanny between the Stranger Things characters, Steve and Dustin, and the real world David Harbour and Patton Oswalt.

Stranger Things is the scariest thing I watch these days (a clear lightweight) and it’s totally worth the occasional involuntary squeak.

Difficult Day

There is no end to the delight I feel from the Strange Planet Instagram account. The illustrations often capture the all too real and equally strange experience of living in this world.

A Week of Links

Behind-the-scenes of Spike Jonze’s, Welcome Home. It really makes me appreciate how much talent, trial-and-error, and imagination go into a production this good.

I’ve been using Airtable to track all my job search efforts and it’s been a stellar companion and support system.

I’ll never look at surrealist art the same after listening to the podcast, Root of Evil.

Two very active and VERY curious kittens sometimes requires a pricey investment in distraction.

A slightly less pricey investment in distraction.

After the magnitude 4.6 earthquake in Seattle, I was reminded that I really need to get an emergency kit together.

Mind-boggling and useful sock hack.

I have happily added this urban beehive kit to my dream home wish list.

How trees communicate.

An eccentric and charming upstate home with loads of character at every turn.

Defeated vs. inspiring thinking.

Ocean-Inspired Tea Time

Inspired by ocean creatures, these tea bags are truly delightful. Even the most tea-shy person would be pressed to resist such adorable creatures.

Created by Ocean Tea Bags, there are tea bags inspired by equally cute land creatures too. You can check them all out – and order – on their website.

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Rejection Rituals

Whenever Amy M. Jones, Founder of Recollect, receives a rejection she has a ritual to help her move past it quickly and avoid dwelling on the negative.

Part of her ritual includes watching Starship’s Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now from the 1980s treasure, Mannequin. This is a solid and respectable choice for a much-needed pick-me-up.

She also keeps a Google Spreadsheet listing the rejections and another listing the kind words she receives about her work. All of this is designed to help her transition from the rejection and recommit to her purpose.

We all experience rejection on a pretty regular basis, though some rejection is more notable than others. For me, I’m presently job searching which is inherently mired with disappointment. I don’t have a ritual for when rejection rolls around but I need one. It would help remind me that it’s all a part of the process and that it’s all leading toward what is meant to be.