Hello, and Happy Friday! Got any big plans for this lovely 4th of July weekend? As I mentioned earlier this week, I’ll be celebrating my grandmother’s 95th birthday. Also, my family and I will be heading for the beach. But before I get to enjoy my fun in the sun, I have to finish revising my new chapter book. (I am 85% there. Just a few more hours of work, I think/hope.)
Of course, just because I’m working doesn’t mean YOU can’t procrastinate — so here are a few links for your end-of-the-week enjoyment…
- What David Sedaris can’t travel without. Also, BONUS: His amazing “stop talking” cards are available here.
- A Victorian psycho-sexual ghost story? BRING IT.
- Because I am all about handy charts.
- Terrifying car seat concepts. Whoa, you guys.
- Ladies (and some gents), this Instagram account is one of my new faves.
Enjoy, and have a great long weekend!
Hello, friends, and Happy (?) Friday. Of course, I question our collective happiness on this day of unrest in Great Britain, in Europe, and in the world — but, as ever, I send my love and support to you all. To distract us from the chaos (momentarily — because we need to be as vigilant and determined as ever in our battle against hate and ignorance), here are four links for you…and a surprise!
- What the world needs now.
- The perfect “Game of Thrones” character for each state. (Rhode Island is Lyanna Mormont: “SO SMALL. SO FIERY. Only has 62 men.” Sounds about right!)
- Now it all (kinda) makes sense.
- “The Devil Wears Prada” turns ten, and Variety interviews Meryl, Anne, Emily, and Stanley. I have to admit, I only like the middle of the movie, when Andy has hit her stride and is discovering she has a talent AND a passion for her fashion job — right before her “friends” and boyfriend shame her for it. But I LOVE Meryl-as-Miranda Priestly. And if you need to ask why, all I can say is, “Please bore someone else with your…questions.”
And speaking of all things fabulous, I just got a surprise in the mail yesterday. It’s…
…wait for it…
a finished book! Time to celebrate. (10am isn’t too early for bubbly, right?)
Have a great weekend!
P.S. Are you at or enroute to ALA? Don’t forget to pick up galleys of my upcoming books: The Infamous Ratsos (Candlewick Press booth 1459) and The Unintentional Adventures of the Bland Sisters: The Jolly Regina (Abrams booth 1226).
Hello, all and Happy Friday. My son just finished his first year of preschool this week — hooray! And he starts five-days-a-week summer camp on Monday — double hooray! In the meantime, I offer the following linky-links:
- If you’re looking for ways to help Orlando, I’m reposting this.
- In the evenings, at the recommendation of many, many others, I’ve been binging on “The Good Wife” (oh, how I love a good, soapy legal drama), and my husband and I just started binging on “Mr. Robot” (since I also love a good edgy, techie conspiracy). During the day, my son and I have been binging on “Shaun the Sheep” (because above all, I love good British stop-motion animation featuring close-eyed barnyard animals). All available via Amazon Prime, folks!
- Go, Dog, Go has been on the kiddo’s reading list these days, so I’m getting a good chuckle from this.
- Lo! A baby koala emerges.
- Tig, I am here for you, and your new book. (No, seriously. Call me. We should totally hang out and talk about surviving cancer and being awesome.)
Have a great weekend, everyone — and Happy Father’s Day to those of you who celebrate it! xo
- It’s been two weeks with Blue Apron, and so far, we’re really liking it. I like that I get to cook without having to worry about shopping and meal planning, and my husband likes the variety. We’re going to do it for a month before we decide to continue; if anything, I’ll have a few new recipes to add to my repertoire.
- I HAVE to see this movie. Why is it not playing ANYWHERE in Rhode Island?
- Our son is turning THREE (!!!) on Monday. Over the next few days, we will be eating a lot of pizza, his favorite food. Thank goodness we found a place near us that makes (and delivers!) top-notch NY-style pizza — which is really the only pizza I recognize. After pizza, we will be washing down our birthday cake with hot cocoa, as a tribute to his current favorite read, BLIZZARD by John Rocco. (We’ve had this book for more than a year, but these days “the hot cocoa book,” as he calls it, all he wants to hear.)
- NETFLIX Binge Alert: Can’t wait for the new seasons of Peaky Blinders (5/26), Bloodline (5/27), and Chef’s Table (5/27), and for the debut of genius comedian Maria Bamford’s new series, Lady Dynamite (premiering tonight!). It’s not as if I need to sleep, right?
- “Bravery resides in every heart, and yours is fierce and clear.” Oh, Joe.
So, what are you loving these days?
- I actually had the windows open yesterday. Halle-freaking-lujah, Mother Nature. Now, can you please keep it coming?
- Lady Mary as a con artist? I am here for it.
- Speaking of all things genteel…for some reason, my son now calls me “my lady.” (Example: ME: Did you wash your hands? HIM: Yes, my lady.) Probably picked up from Frozen and Tangled, both of which he has watched one too many times, but no matter. I never want it to stop.
- I can’t get enough of all the posts from #BEA16 these days. It’s such a vicarious thrill, and it’s so much fun to see galleys of The Unintentional Adventures of the Bland Sisters: The Jolly Regina and The Infamous Ratsos out in the wild!
- David Bowie on authenticity, and the thrill of being out of one’s creative depth.
So, what are you loving these days?
- Lately, I’ve been working my way through S2 of Transparent (hilarious and heartbreaking, as ever), and S3 of Rectify (gorgeous, languid storytelling). If you haven’t already, I suggest you binge on both of these at your earliest convenience.
- I haven’t had time for much reading lately, unless you count this. (If you’re in the same boat, it really does work. Trust.)
- Are you celebrating Mother’s Day? Personally, I don’t have a big wish list; I’d just like some time to myself, and maybe even a pedicure…in case anyone is listening, ahem.
- Sometimes, I just CAN’T EVEN with my hair. So I’ve assembled quite a collection of hats, and most of them are handmade by an amazing Etsy shop called Hats with a Past. The owner, Bonnie, makes berets (my fave), cloches, sun hats, and other snazzy headwear, all based from vintage patterns. The best part — you can pick the fabric, If you end up ordering anything for yourself, be sure to tell Bonnie I sent you.
So, what are you loving these days?
- I don’t know about you, but this Prince tribute is all I need.. (Have tissues handy.)
- I just ordered new business cards, and I could not be more thrilled with how they came out. If you’re interested, I had them done by MOO — which happens to be a Rhode Island-based company. I’m always ready to shop local!
- I am super-excited for this. I LOVE the movie — actually, it was one of the things that allowed me to laugh my way through chemo.
- One of my latest favorite reads has been BIG MAGIC by Elizabeth Gilbert; in it, she name-checks Brené Brown, so I decided to check her out. Holy moly. Have you seen her Ted talks on vulnerability and shame? It’s as if she’s speaking right to me. I went out and bought several of her books (DARING GREATLY, I Thought it Was Just Me (But It Isn’t), and The Gifts of Imperfection) and I can’t recommend them highly enough, especially if you are a recovering perfectionist like me.
- A Princeton professor has posted his “cv of failures,” and it is amazing. I like to think I’ve been pretty open about my failures, at least, lately — but I still think I’d like to write up a failure cv of my own. Look out for it — maybe even next week.
So…What are you loving lately?