When we last rounded up our staff's Weekly Upgrades, our editors were clearing out embarrassing digital relics, changing up our morning routines, and checking stressful things off of our to-do lists.
This week, we're sprucing up our backyards, revisiting old gaming habits, and worshipping at the altar of Dolly Parton.
What upgrades did you make this week? Let us know in the comments.
Start a new podcast to get you through the commute
Lately on every morning commute, I listen to Off Book, the improvised musical comedy podcast. Because half the jokes happen inside a rhyme scheme, they land extra hard, and I've been stifling my guffaws on the train. It puts me in a great mood for the start of my workday.
Nick Douglas, Staff Writer
Spruce up your outdoor space
I hung some nice LED string lights above our back patio so it looks kind of like a hip restaurant back there. It was a more complicated job than I was expecting, but it sure was rewarding. It looks great!
Patrick Allan, Staff Writer
Be careful before you delete beloved apps
Even though I'm all about deleting apps when you no longer need them - especially deleting them from any social networks you used to log into them - I started replaying the Disney Emoji Blitz game on iOS this week, and I'm sad that I nuked my progress years ago. Goodbye, hard-earned levels. Goodbye, hatbox ghost emoji. It's been fun to try and chug my way through the game as a little time-waster, even though I swear the game's drops and emoji treasure chests are 100 per cent rigged.
David Murphy, Sr. Tech Editor
Clear some extra closet space
I was running out of hangers and space in my closet to hang my T-shirts, so I bought a cheap plastic bin and now I file them instead. It takes up much less space and I didn't have to deal with hangers, which I hate.
Claire Lower, Staff Writer
Soothe yourself with Dolly Parton
For my upgrade, could I just recommend this Dolly Parton song? I think it's musical Prozac.
Alex Bedder, Social Editor
Do your own damn laundry
This is incredibly mundane, but my neighbourhood wash and fold has been a little hard on some of my clothes lately, so I finally got myself a drying rack. I'm more inclined to hand wash clothes when I have some place to dry them besides flinging them over the shower curtain rod to drip down onto the bathroom floor.
Virginia K. Smith, Managing Editor