Happy Friday, everyone. We’re catching up on two weeks’ worth of news stories today, so let’s get started, and you can get a nice, shiny sense of somewhat informed accomplishment.
Yeah, I’m busy on Facebook liking every single positive mention of marriage equality in my state. My whole timeline is one big victory lap from everyone I know who has hoped for this moment.
It’s back! So much has been going on lately over on this side of the Atlantic, it would be irresponsible to keep you all in the dark. Most of it is pretty scary/annoying stuff, but there might be some mild comic relief waiting right at the end. So let’s get on with it. Read More News in Europe: Blame Switzerland!
This summer, Mr. Dormouse and I decided that we needed to cut our expenses as much as we could so that we would be able to adjust our budget and pay off our student loans faster. For a couple of weeks, we fiddled with our budget spreadsheet, and I suggested that we get rid of one of our two cars. It made sense at the time, since we were working (and commuting) together, and that way we would cut down even more on gas, maintenance, and car insurance. “It will be an easy adjustment!” I said, smiling brightly. It was…and it wasn’t. Read More [Mis]Adventures in Public Transportation
Whatever they say about stereotypes, I have found this one to be true: The weather in England sucks. Nobody comes to England for the weather. Lots of people stay despite the weather, and are quietly resigned to it. Me, I am quietly raging. Read More A Short Guide to the English Weather
Hurricane season started on June 1st in the North Atlantic, and by June 5th we had our first named storm, Tropical Storm Andrea. Many experts have predicted that this year’s season could be worse than average, so let’s take a look at what we need to know to prepare for the upcoming months. Read More What You Need to Know About Hurricanes
It’s tornado season in the United States once more. Since tornadoes are largely unpredictable and can be incredibly dangerous, it’s important to know as much as possible about them so that you can be prepared when bad weather strikes. It’s important to remember that, while tornadoes are most common in the center of the U.S. and throughout the South, they have been reported in every state (and on every continent except Antarctica) and that most states have had deadly tornadoes. Slate has a cool but somewhat sobering interactive map of every deadly tornado in the U.S. from 1950 through the Moore, Oklahoma tornado on May 20, 2013. However, even if you live right in the heart of Tornado Alley, the odds are overwhelmingly in your favor that you’ll never actually be hit by one. Read More What You Need to Know About Tornadoes