Links: 90s TV, Strikes, & More

Workspace with computer, journal, books, coffee, and glasses.Welcome back to Wednesday Links!

I’m currently on a social interaction hiatus and wow, does it feel great not to make plans for a while. I’m also not as motivated to leave my home when it’s above 85 degrees. No, thank you!

In monumental news, our shy Toast (the cat we adopted in May who was rescued from a hoarding situation) walked up to my hand and gave it a sniff. It’s the first time he’s willingly come close to a human when food isn’t involved. And yes, I immediately burst into tears. He’s come such a long way in a few months. Do any of you have pet victories you want to share?

It’s no secret that we’re in support of unions. If you’ve been following the WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes, here are a couple ways to help those writers and actors. And, if your own work as been affected by the strike, there are resources for you as well. If anyone has additional suggestions, drop them in the comments!

Lara is on TikTok, discussing books and reading challenges! You can find her at lara.loves.readin. If any of you are on TikTok, feel free to give her a follow.

This has pretty much filled my and my partner’s free time the last few days. You can browse channels from particular decades and revisit old cartoons, commercials, and more. The 90s cartoons and informercials really tap into some core memories.

Need a feel good story? For her father’s 100th birthday, a woman put out a call. Her dad just wanted to sit outside and pet some dogs. Well…over 200 dogs showed up to celebrate.

Don’t forget to share what cool or interesting things you’ve seen, read, or listened to this week! And if you have anything you think we’d like to post on a future Wednesday Links, send it my way!

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  1. DiscoDollyDeb says:

    Interesting article about why many readers/viewers enjoy “love triangles” with a specific focus on The Summer I Turned Pretty:

  2. Vasha says:

    Every year on July 26, the anniversary of the wedding of Marie Sklodowska and Pierre Curie, the Nobel Prize FB page posts their wedding photo.

    Just a couple of the interesting things about it… 1) When Pierre offered to buy Marie a new dress for the wedding, she asked for it to be a dark-colored one that she could afterwards wear for work. 2) In this photo they’ve reversed the gender-customary position for linking arms, with his hand resting on her outstretched arm.

  3. Gail says:

    Jennifer Crusie (with writing partner Bob Mayer) put out her first new book in 14 years and I feel old that I’m still following her but I loved it and can’t wait for books 2 and 3 (which come out this month and next month!)

  4. Cristie says:

    The dog parade article made me cry in the best way. Thanks for sharing it.

  5. Jazzlet says:

    We rescued a six month old German Shepherd who had been kept in a shed all of her life, when we first got her she was frightened of grass. There was a lot of work for all of us, the humans to show her we would protect her, and her to trust us enough to try new things, learning that we wouldn’t push her outside of her comfort zone. I could tell you so many stories about her, but for me personally it was when we were sort of between houses, renting one during the week from a dog loving friend; unbeknownst to me Thorn decided she needed to prune one of the roses in the garden and got a peice of rose stem stuck across the roof of her mouth. She came inside, sat down next to me, put her head on my lap, and rubbed her cheek on my thigh, which was odd as she wasn’t at that time an affectionate dog. I couldn’t see anything on her facee so I looked in her mouth, saw the stem and hoicked it out. Luckily as it was fresh there were no splinters, she gave the tiniest of licks and wandered off to continue demolishing roses (dog loving friend was fine with this – no really absolutely fine with it). Thorn came to me to fix her problem!! And I am so grateful that she never had any reason to lose that trust in me. I still miss her more than I can say.

  6. Jiobal says:

    Congratulation Amanda and Toast! I adopted a senior Siam in february and I felt the same when he first hopped unto my bed asking for a cuddle, shying at every shadow. He adores my little fluffy terror, which helped a lot during our recent trip – he bravely endured the carrier and even greeted my young nephews right away (lots of treats were in involved). Now we practise “picking up without panicking”, since we’ll see the Vet next week. I hope Linus gets along well with Toast!

  7. SaraGale says:

    Pet victory!! Yea Toast!!
    Our rescue pup, Moxley, also came from a hoarding situation. We’ve had him for 4 years. He’s had two recent victories – he was able to hang with some other younger pups, and tolerate a lot of sniffing for an evening hang out with friends. He was quite the elder statespup! And he was able to sit outside our local cafe, without a single bark or anxious twitch, while I ran in for our order. He used to bark anytime we left his area when we were out of the house. We’re consider attempting having him camp with us. It was a mess when we attempted earlier on…again the barking. But he might just have mellowed out enough.

  8. chacha1 says:

    Love the dog parade story. 🙂

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