the ‘In need of a holiday’ link roundup

Today’s planned post is half done. It’s not that I haven’t been working on it, but that my to-do list has just about reached critical mass and writers block is resting heavily on my brain.

I could do with a holiday.

I would really like to go on a mountain escape at the moment. A small cabin somewhere remote, where I can relax for a while (as much as any mum can relax).

But that’s not going to happen anytime soon, so I’m taking a break for today and linking to some other interesting reads from around the internet.

1. The Introvert’s Bill of Rights

Seven links later, I came across the Introvert’s Bill of Rights on the Shrinking Violet Promotions blog. If you’re an introvert like me, then you’ll get this (and I hope find some amusement from it). I came across the Bill of Rights from the Sister Wisdom blog (don’t ask me how I landed there) in a post regarding stealing solitude when you’re a parent. Here’s a great definition of an introvert:

"I am an introvert. By that, I don’t mean that I find conversations painful, I hate parties, or I dislike people – all common myths about introverts. For the most part I like conversations, I adore parties, and I find people, if not always likeable, at least amusing. So there. However, people drain the energy right out o’ me." Sister Wisdom

2. Toddler activity set

Living so Abundantly has a great idea for a toddler activity set, to keep your toddler amused during a luncheon. The lovely thing about this idea is that it isn’t the mother who wrote this, but the mother’s lunch date.

3. Zero waste home – tips for working towards zero waste

These tips on reducing waste in the home come from the Zero Waste Home blog. Their motto: Refuse, refuse, refuse. Then reduce, reuse and recycle.

4. Looking to the dietary gods – eating well according to the Ancients

A little secret of mine: one of my ‘minors’ at uni was philosophy, particularly ancient philosophy. The words diet, ancient philosophy and ‘4-Hour body’ were enough to pique my interest. This article is a guest post on the Tim Ferriss blog, the famed author of The 4-Hour Work Week and The 4-Hour body (I wish). I love this quote:

“An Athenian statesman once attended a dinner party put on by Plato. When he met his host again, he is reported to have said ‘Plato, your dinners are enjoyable not only when one is eating them, but on the morning after as well.’”

In other words, a good meal doesn’t leave you feeling full (and full of regret) the next day.

5. Balls! Balls for dinner. Balls for dessert.

Strange I came across two recipes for food in the shape of balls in one hour, but there you go. Planning with kids (one of my favourite Aussie parenting blogs) has a recipe for chicken balls, and what better way to finish off that meal than with cake balls from Smithfield.

6. Once a month…cleaning!

This is my type of cleaning schedule. Jamie of Simple Home School shares her once a month cleaning schedule and in her other blog, Steady Mom, shares her once a month decluttering schedule. (PS: I found these links via Childhood101 – another favourite Aussie blog).

7. What you should worry about

Finally, Seth Godin, the internet guru of lizard brain fame, tells you what you should worry about.