Hi everyone! Welcome to the 12th weekly roundup, a curation of links for your weekend reading. I hope you had a fulfilling week, and are getting ready to enjoy the Easter weekend.
- First up from Al Jazeera, Sandra Aguebor; Lady Mechanic.
I like this. There’s absolutely no reason why a woman cannot be a mechanic, and I’m glad to know that the Lady Mechanic Initiative is happening.
- Over at The Naked Convos, I wrote an article on Ese Oruru’s abduction, and what it means for Nigeria and our society. TNC is an online community for young Africans, the next generation, and I was stoked to have my article accepted on their site.
- Marc and Angel give us 29 signs you’re doing just fine. It’s easy to look at yourself and be down in the dumps because you think your life isn’t moving along nicely. Sometimes it’s helpful to have a checklist and realize that you’re actually pretty lucky.
- From Slate, the reason why I love advice columns so much, and have a special place in my heart for Dear Prudence. An advice seeker writes in:
I have been having the same problem with my husband for years. He sets his alarm incredibly early in the morning and mine goes off about two hours later. He gets up with his alarm about two-thirds of the time. Even then, he’s never the first to respond to it. Every single morning for 10 years, I’ve had to shake him awake to shut off his alarm, and sometimes I have to repeat it every 20 minutes until he gets up. I do not fall asleep so readily, so I am often awake in between snoozes. In addition, he is a great sleeper through the night, whereas I toss and turn and wake up for every sound the kids make. When he actually does get up on time, he works very hard on stuff, so I don’t want to insist he “can’t” set his alarm early. Is this just something I have to deal with? He’s a nice guy and a good husband. I just wish our sleeping patterns matched up better.
Every single morning. For 10 years. The horror.
Prudie responds with the wisdom of Solomon:
I am willing to take a stand here. Those who cannot respond to their own alarm without disturbing their sleep partner have forfeited the right to an early-morning wake-up call. Your husband is using you as an alarm clock. Resign from the job. If he’s not getting up when his alarm goes off, turn it off yourself and go back to sleep. He can get himself out of bed without you. Quit shaking him. If he gets up, he gets up. If he sleeps in, he sleeps in. Frankly, I’m impressed you haven’t murdered him, as I would have long ago.
I can freely admit that I would have murdered that man in a sleep-deprived haze.
Read the whole Dear Prudence column.
- This week, I published two posts on the blog: one bemoaning the rise of antibacterial everything, and the other emphasizing that we should all be feminists (and plugging Chimamanda Adichie’s essay of the same name).
- I’d like to thank Nwike and Nedoux for informing me that my comment box was broken. I’m happy to live in a world where WPBeginner exists, so I can just type in “403 error”, follow the excellent instructions and fix the problem.
That’s it for this week, go forth and enjoy your weekend. Happy Easter!
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