It’s another cold, snowy Sunday in Michigan. It’s snowing big fluffy flakes that slowly spin as they gently make their way to the ground – the kind of snow that looks so perfect it almost seems fake. I’m supposed to fly back to NYC tomorrow, and am watching the approaching East Coast winter storm with curiosity on whether or not my flight is going to get cancelled or severely delayed. Brrrr!
This week I posted a delicious recipe for Dark Chocolate Spelt Brownies, and started a new quote of the week feature called Words to Live By, this week featuring George Plimpton. Last week I also introduced my first Weekly Recap post, so if you missed the story of why my end of the week recap is called ‘Sunday Night Lunch,’ you can catch up there.
This week I checked out a lot of books from Kalamazoo Public Library, where my Mom works. I’m trying to finish a few of them before I have to head back to Brooklyn. I just finished Popular: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek by Maya Van Wagenen, and now I’m reading I Saw You… Comics Inspired by Real-Life Missed Connections edited by the awesome Julia Wertz.
Last night my brother and I watched Stardust for the first time. I read the book two years ago, and had been meaning to watch the film. I’m so glad I finally did, because I fell hard for it. One of the rare examples of a film it’s possible to love just as much as the book. I’m also watching Season 3 of GIRLS, trying to catch up since Season 4 has already started.
I was so extremely thrilled to see that Dear Sugar (the online advice column that became one of my favorite books read in 2014, Tiny Beautiful Things) has returned as a podcast. And also a little bit apprehensive – would an on-the-fly recorded reply it be as good as the brilliant and meditative written columns? This week I listened to the first two episodes and am very happy to report that the podcast is wonderful. It’s impossible to live up to the magnificence of the book, but having Steve Almond and Cheryl Strayed talking to each other about the stories and concerns listeners share is brilliant. It’s a great podcast, and fills the gap in your heart you feel when finishing Tiny Beautiful Things.
I’m also listening to the audiobook of Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted – a behind the scenes look at the Mary Tyler Moore Show. I’ll share more thoughts once I’m finished, but it’s a great listen for fellow Superfans of the show.
- 31 rolls of film from an unknown WWII solider found and developed: Seeing these photos finally getting developed and showing a small, intimate perspective into the war is really cool.
- This Professional Grade Blanket Fort is super boss.
- Let’s Send Kids to Harvard. This filled my heart this week. I love how quickly we funded it, and how far we’re knocking the goal out of the park.
- Ella Frances Sanders, the author and artist who created the lovely Lost in Translation book that I so love, just put up a shop with prints of every single word / illustration from the book. I’m trying to decide which of these beautiful words I want to buy and hang in my home – it’s so hard to choose!
- Another wonderful post from ZenHabits: The Contentment Habit.