When we last rounded up our staff’s Weekly Upgrades, our editors were ramping up our workout routines, recovering from injuries, using leave time (somewhat) productively, and tweaking our technique in the kitchen.
This week, we’re finally putting our own hacks to good use, filling gaps in our political knowledge, buying the outdoor equipment of our dreams, and making jet lag work in our favour.
What upgrades did you make this week? Let us know in the comments.
Make a DIY alternative for ice packs
I had to pack up some ingredients for a food shoot, and used the Monet X Change hack of freezing wet sponges in a resealable plastic bag as an ice pack. It works great! Super easy and super cold.
Joel Kahn, Senior Video Producer
Use podcasts to brush up on your history
I'm a baby leftist, former liberal, so I appreciated this podcast's crash course on the history of how liberalism pushed out socialism in America (and how socialism is coming back). Skip to 11:58, everything before it is man-cave banter full of in-jokes.
Nick Douglas, Staff Writer
Just get yourself a kayak already
I have always wanted my own kayak. I finally bought one!
Beth Skwarecki, Health Editor
Set your mood with classic music videos
I've been watching the video for Solange's "Losing You" over and over again the past few weeks. The song is fun, the video is visually stunning and, most importantly, the outfits are incredible - basically, this is my current mood board. If anyone knows where to get that orange suit, let me know.
Alicia Adamczyk, Staff Writer
Invest in better eyeliner
I had been using a cheap drugstore liner and it kept skipping, so I finally went out and bought the Smashbox Always On liner. It goes one very smoothly and consistently, which is good because my eyelid skin is oddly loose. It also is very hard to get off, which is a plus, in my book.
Claire Lower, Food & Beverage Editor
Get out of your Spotify rut
I heard a killer show on the local radio station when I was upstate the other weekend, and ever since, have been slowly been working my way through the host's Soundcloud archives of back episodes. It's called Lost and Found Oldies, which is exactly what it sounds like, and I can't get enough.
Virginia K. Smith, Managing Editor
Uncover the hidden benefits of jet lag
I've capitalised on my jet leg and now wake up earlier. I'm not sure this schedule will stick, but for the past two weeks, I've been passing out at 9PM (or earlier) and waking up at 4:45AM (or earlier), and have just been going with it! I'm digging the morning productivity. So that's my hack. If you're jetlagged, maybe don't fight it. It may improve your life.
Michelle Woo, Parenting Editor