55 great christmas gifts

We Are Never Meeting In Real Life

Do yourself a favor and read We are Never Meeting in Real Life by Samantha Irby. Her work belongs in your life. She knows of what she speaks. You can open this book to any page, begin reading and instantly want to find the beginning of her thread. Most books aren’t like that. I can open them to any page, read a bit, feel happy or irritated then close the book and get on with my life. Not so with Irby. She pulls me in and keeps me right where she wants  me. Read more

YNAB

YNAB

I bet YNAB (You Need a Budget) is a great app and system. And if I ever get around to using it I bet it will change my life. They just came out with a paper version of the app. That sounds good, too. Read more

Tina Fey

Older son once wrote on his Instagram profile, “I’m not real sure what goes here but Tina Fey, if you are reading this, I love you.” And I couldn’t have agreed with him more. Read more

Turkey Noodle Thing

I’m going back to booze and cakes. These last 3 recipes have been a bit of a bust. The ground turkey noodle thing is really a homemade hamburger helper. It’s good and I will include the recipe but I’m out. Read more

A Year of F#ck No

A Year of F#ck No

I don’t know what happened. I was living my life, volunteering here and there, signing up for stuff, being where I said I was going to be, doing what I said I was going to do and then last week… Read more

The Argument Podcast

The other side is dangerously wrong. They think you are too. But for democracy to work, we need to hear each other out. Each week New York Times Opinion columnists David Leonhardt, Michelle Goldberg and Ross Douthat explain the arguments from across the political spectrum. Their candid debates help you form your own opinion of the latest news, and learn how the other half thinks. Find the best ways to persuade in the modern search for common ground.

(text from The Argument’s webpage)

The Supremes' Greatest Hits

The Supremes’ Greatest Hits

I bought a copy of The Supremes’ Greatest Hits at the Supreme Court gift shop last summer. Yes, there is a gift shop and yes, it is as delightfully dorky as it sounds. I sat in the actual Courtroom, where the long, high bench resides, along with the 9 tall chairs sitting behind it. I honestly couldn’t believe they just let people line up then walk in there, sit down and listen to a little history lesson given by a very nice man in a very funny jacket. But they did. You can’t get near The White House and yet, possibly the most important building in these entire United States, sits open all day long, welcoming anyone who wants to have a look around. I love America. We make inaccessible places that don’t really matter and leave open places any lunatic would happily burn to the ground. Read more

Facebook

Facebook

I am old enough to remember when Facebook was new. I am also old enough to remember when you didn’t have to carefully curate your feed because everyone hadn’t yet been poisoned by the dumpster fire that was the 2016 election. Read more

RBG

Please God, let this woman live forever.

Amen.

Meatballs

I made meatballs, mashed potatoes and cooked carrots. It was a very adult meal, served on a plate and all in their own little piles. This made me realize that most of what I eat is all mashed up in a bowl together. See Bowl of Goodness or all of the pasta dishes I make. Read more