Five for Friday

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…

  1. What David Sedaris can’t travel without. Also, BONUS: His amazing “stop talking” cards are available here.
  2. A Victorian psycho-sexual ghost story? BRING IT.
  3. Because I am all about handy charts.
  4. Terrifying car seat concepts. Whoa, you guys.
  5. Ladies (and some gents), this Instagram account is one of my new faves.

Enjoy, and have a great long weekend!

Five for Friday

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!

  1. What the world needs now.
  2. 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!)
  3. Now it all (kinda) makes sense.
  4. “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…

 

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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).

 

Five for Friday

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:

  1. If you’re looking for ways to help Orlando, I’m reposting this.
  2. 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!
  3. Go, Dog, Go has been on the kiddo’s reading list these days, so I’m getting a good chuckle from this.
  4. Lo! A baby koala emerges.
  5. 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

Five for Friday

  1. 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.
  2. I HAVE to see this movie. Why is it not playing ANYWHERE in Rhode Island?
  3. 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.)
  4. 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?
  5. “Bravery resides in every heart, and yours is fierce and clear.” Oh, Joe.

So, what are you loving these days?

 

 

 

Five for Friday

  1. I actually had the windows open yesterday. Halle-freaking-lujah, Mother Nature. Now, can you please keep it coming?
  2. Lady Mary as a con artist? I am here for it.
  3. 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.
  4. 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!
  5. David Bowie on authenticity, and the thrill of being out of one’s creative depth.

So, what are you loving these days?

 

 

Five for Friday

  1. #obituarygoals
  2. 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.
  3. 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.)
  4. 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.
  5. 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?

 

Five for Friday

  1. I don’t know about you, but this Prince tribute is all I need.. (Have tissues handy.)
  2. 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!
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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?