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Awake at the Wheel

By Jonathan Fields

Human Foie Gras — A Golden Opportunity

To kick things off, what is foie gras? It can be explained with a short missive from our friend Wikipedia: The California foie gras law, California S.B.

Best Home Equity Loan Rates for 2014

  You can borrow against your home’s value, but there’s a lot to keep in mind. Photo: David Home equity loans hold undeniable appeal for many homeowners. They’re a convenient way to unlock some cash by tapping the value built up in your home — money you otherwise won’t see unless you sell your home for a profit.

Wealthfront Review

As I explained in a previous post, I’m on a quest to find the best retirement plan to roll over my old 401(k).

Outfitted & Equipped: I’ll Be Home For Christmas

This post is brought to you by Blue Claw Co. Check out their line of timeless bags and travel accessories, all handmade in America.  Free domestic shipping on all orders. Order today and your purchase will arrive by Christmas. How does Outfitted & Equipped work? The FAQ. Many men out there will be heading home next week to celebrate Christmas with their extended family.

Nostalgia for the Opposite

Jez Butterworth on writing a play about navigating the zero-sum world of opposing choices: He described it as a kind of psychological holding place as ‘nostalgia for the opposite.’ Holding two options in one’s mind simultaneously enables an emotional state—of freedom or evasiveness, depending on one’s view—in which Butterworth’s characters tend to reside.

4 Steps To A Meaningful Career While Raising A Family

Several times in my life I’ve walked away from well-paying jobs in order to pursue a more meaningful career, one that more deeply connected with the type of person that I wanted to be. Recently in my Facebook Group, I was asked how someone could walk away from large sums of money to pursue a meaningful career.

Make me a built in bookcase she said……

Materials: 3 Billy bookcases and a Gnedby shelving unit, bits of an Akurum kitchen unit My wife wanted a built in ‘library’ bookcase in our new living room, and trusted my woodworking skills to hack IKEA units to do the job.

Breakfast Bar with Dish and Silverware Storage

Materials: Bygel Utility Cart, Ekby Stilig Bracket. OPTIONAL: White Olov table legs, Franklin bar stool, Gerton Table Top, LÄMPLIG chopping board, small Pluggis containers I have a very awkward space between my kitchen and living room with no distinct area for a table, kitchen cart or shelving unit.

Are You Spending Too Much on Groceries?

How much does the average family spend on groceries? It all depends, but here’s how you can spend less regardless. Photo: Rain0975 If there is such a thing as an average family of four, there’s nothing average about how much that family spends on groceries. According to the U.S.

Nailhead Trim Hemnes Nightstand

Supplies: • Ikea’s Hemnes nightstand in White Stain • Drawer pulls • Medium weight fabric, such as linen • Mod Podge • Large paintbrush or the Mod Podge Brush Applicator • Nailhead trim • Hammer Directions: 1. Start building the Hemnes nightstand but stop after completing Step 10.

Unitasker Wednesday: Dancing Dog Speaker

All Unitasker Wednesday posts are jokes — we don’t want you to buy these items, we want you to laugh at their ridiculousness. Enjoy! Hey, Dog! What’s up? Anything new going on in your life right now? What’s that you say, Dog? You want to dance? Of course you do!

Fighting Holiday Food Temptation? Try These 13 Tips.

I think a lot about habits, and lately I’ve been thinking a lot about habits related to holiday eating. The holidays are supposed to be a festive time, but many people feel anxiety and regret around food and drink—the holiday season is so full of temptation. I have to say, I enjoy the holidays much more, now that I’ve got a better grip on my habits, than I used to. Here are some ways to

A year ago on Unclutterer

2010 Unitasker Wednesday: Inflatable meal In this holiday season, we wanted to invite all of you to join us for a (virtual) meal. Come on in, grab a seat, sit down, and let’s enjoy a meal together. 2009 Unitasker Wednesday: Fingertip oven mitts That’s right, fingertip-only oven mitts do not look safe in the least. I’m going to go out on a limb and say that they look unsafe.

How to Find the Best Thrift Stores in Your Area

I have had a lot of success buying things at thrift stores, secondhand stores, and consignment shops. Here are just a few examples of things I’ve found. Several years ago at a secondhand clothes store in the Ames, Iowa area, I found a new – meaning it still had the tags on it – replica Chicago Cubs jersey that would fit my oldest son.

2014 Annual Review: Lessons in Entrepreneurship & Unconventional Work

And… the Annual Review continues! Today’s post builds on Monday’s, with some more specific lessons related to entrepreneurship, writing, and work. You’re welcome to share your lessons too, and—new bonus!—we’ll award a $100 Powell’s gift card to the person who leaves the best comment by the end of the week, as determined by our cats and biased judges.