It was a big week! One week ago today we did not have a cat. We’ve very quickly become the sorts of people who text each other pictures of their cat. I can’t help myself! I promise I did some things other than my pet my cat this week, though! We’re just back from a backpacking trip on the Pine Mountain Trail, our favorite nearby camping destination. We placed second in our weekly pub trivia bout. I did some good work projects and balanced it out with some time at home. All around a good week.

Now for the links!

Millennials, like each generation that was young before them, tend to attract all kinds of ire from their elders for being superficial, self-obsessed, anti-intellectuals. But a study out today from the Pew Research Center offers some vindication for the younger set. Millennials are reading more books than the over-30 crowd, Pew found in a survey of more than 6,000 Americans.

My book club and I are certainly helping out those numbers! (Although, my mom–not a Millennial–reads a lot, too.)

Catbook is a community of over one million cat lovers on Facebook and the iPhone, so if you fancy hooking up online with fellow feline fanciers for some meows and more, then this free download will likely prove more addictive than cat nip.

I seriously can’t tell if this Mashable article of the 9 essential iPhone apps for your cat is tongue in cheek or not…

If you lack a compelling reason to ask your donors for help – don’t mail. If you keep that in mind, you never have to worry about fatiguing them.

I’m not in the non-profit world anymore, but I still thought this blurb made a good point. If you focus on sending targeted communications, with actionable points, then people won’t get tired of hearing from you!

It’s important to remember that when you’re first starting out (SNAP or no SNAP), that building a kitchen takes time. You don’t have to buy everything at once. You’ll have a narrow range of recipes to choose from in the beginning, but as you build your kitchen you’ll have more options.

One of the food bloggers I follow is doing the SNAP Challenge, where she lives on the amount of money per week she would have if she were on food stamps. This awareness campaign has been done by several others, including the CEO of Panera. I love seeing what Budget Bytes comes up with, as her main modus operandi for her blog even on usual weeks is inexpensive and healthy. Plus I so respect what she stands for by taking on this challenge!

  • How amazing are these bookshelf prints?! I love the idea of doing a custom book club print. I may just need at least one of these…I see a perfect spot for it on my wall…

  • Chocolate cobbler. Yes please.

What are you reading or cooking this week? Any window-shopping finds worth sharing?

Laura Lindeman

Laura Lindeman