Hello, Friends. How are you? How was your week? I’m writing today from Austin, Texas. I’m here for the Mom 2.0 conference. This afternoon I’m speaking on a panel about growing your team, and tonight is the Iris Awards ceremony — Design Mom is nominated for Most Engaging Content.

Austin is such a cool town. I love being here and can’t believe how many tacos — and how much queso — I’ve eaten. : ) It’s such a treat to see so many people I know and love at this event.

In the mood for some weekend reading? Here are a few things I’ve wanted to share:

-Remember the discussion we had about the son who sued his parents for giving birth to him? A related article was published this week — “I wish there was a nicer way to say this, but I don’t always want to be alive.”

We’re detecting quakes on Mars now. Marsquakes!

-If current trends continue, half the world’s species may disappear by the end of this century.

-An essay on the strange relationship you probably had with Payless Shoe Source if you grew up broke. (Raising my hand.)

-I was interviewed on the Creative Queso podcast this week. Such a fun conversation.

-Mueller documented a serious crime against all Americans. Here’s how to respond. (WP)

-Hah! Have you considered becoming a hobbyhorse enthusiast? (NYT)

-The black feminists who saw the Alt-Right threat coming.

-Have you seen Brené Brown’s new Netflix special? It’s so good! Brené was interviewed by Laura Mayes yesterday at the conference I’m attending. I always feel lucky to get to hear her speak.

-Woah. This story of company-wide misogyny at Sterling Jewelers (they own all the mall jewelry stores like Kay and Jared) is enraging. (NYT)

-When’s the last time you chose a new perfume?

An investigation into the rehab industry. America’s only publicly traded addiction treatment chain makes millions off patients.

-I just heard about Foodie Dice and think they’re pretty darn cute! You roll the dice and it gives you dinner suggestions. You could plan your menu for the whole week in a snap.

-Melinda Gates on women and unpaid work.

I hope you have a terrific weekend. I’ll meet you back here on Monday. I miss you already.

kisses,
Gabrielle