meanwhile, elsewhere

Monday’s online finds: Cozy up and dig in.



  • Holiday aunt (Cup of Jo)
  • True for me however I didn’t know it was a “thing” because no one talks about it. Regardless, I will take this over dying and/or harming others: The COVID vaccine side effects Nova Scotia doesn’t acknowledge–Most Nova Scotians are susceptible, but “god forbid they talk about periods.” (The Coast)
  • Make a Nordic Snowflake (Poppytalk)
  • The Friends You Make Online
  • Our Biggest Challenge as Parents
  • Latkes for Dinner (Dinner: A Love Story)
  • Post-dinner interview after a promtion to the big table (McSweeney’s)
  • Jimmy O. Yang As A Lead Love Interest Is Everything I Needed As A Teen (Refinery29)
  • And so far, from worst to best, here are the Christmas Netflix movies I’ve watched this year: Christmas in the Heartland, A California Christmas, Holidate, Single All the Way and Love Hard (and not on Netflix, and not worth your time, the worst is: Home Sweet Home Alone)

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meanwhile, elsewhere

Friday’s online finds: Cozy up and dig in.



  • Adopt a Lyle
  • Caramel Crunch–Chocolate Chunklet Cookies (Bon Appetit)
  • I loved season 3 of Sex Education and now excited for S4 (RadioTimes)
  • And speaking of some of the best tv out there right now: How Only Murders in the Building Grapples With the Thorny Ethics of True-Crime Podcasting (Time Magazine)
  • Couldn’t he just go to space, like a normal billionaire? – 20 Things I Don’t Want To See In The Metaverse (Bustle)
  • Mark Robar has a goal to raise $30M to remove 30M pounds from oceans by 2022! Every $1 you donate is one less pound of trash in the ocean! (TeamSeas.org)
  • Which heart emoji do you use and why? (Dirt) – “Oh man, this is something I’ve always wrestled with. I have evolved my heart emoji usage quite a bit. The heart emoji is such an indirect, but cordial response. I’ve gone from classic to red, then second guessed myself, ‘Surely I’m a bit more cultured than classic red? But can I do black? Am I cool enough? Would someone think I’m a tortured soul?’ After hours of agony I arrived on blue. 💙 It never says more than you need. But is always a bit more joy…followed by a cowboy hat if I’m feeling happier.” – Jeremy
  • Sharpie Activism: In 2015, Alex Gino published George, a children’s novel about a trans girl named Melissa — George was the character’s former name. Since its publication, many of the book’s fans have grown to dislike the title, saying that it elevated the deadname of the character instead of her actual name. Earlier this year, Gino and their publishing company announced that the title of the book is officially changing to Melissa. (Kottke)
  • And here’s an explanation of the book’s history and a special note from the author: “Just a reminder that you officially have my permission to correct your copy of Melissa’s Story. Yes, the cover is beautiful. Part of trans justice is to accept that your sense of “beauty” doesn’t matter if someone need to change their appearance to be themself. #SharpieActivism” (Alex Gino)

And, if you missed it – I am taking orders for the Twenty Twenty-Two Desktop Calendars – $5 from the purchase of every calendar is going to the Elizabeth Fry Society. If you haven’t listened to the CBC podcast Carrie Low VS., I highly recommend it, and you will learn about just one thing they’re doing to help women in vulnerable situations. The story is shocking.

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meanwhile, elsewhere

Friday’s online finds: Cozy up and dig in.



  • It takes courage to accept where you are now, to resist trying to force yourself back to what you once were. The Pandemic Taught Us to Stop Racing Against Ourselves (NYT)
  • Let’s debrief: Clinton and Penny are personal friends—a friendship that was sparked by Clinton’s admiration for Penny’s Chief Inspector Gamache mystery series. State of Terror is a political thriller, a familiar pantsuited figure saves democracy (NPR)
  • I really enjoyed this episode of Ologies: Dolorology – PAIN. What is it? Where does it come from? And how can we hurt less?
  • 40 Percent of American Children Think Hot Dogs Are Vegetables. Digest that. (Futurism via Jenna)
  • Extravagant eye bags: how extreme exhaustion became this year’s hottest look. Celebrities at the Met Gala bejewelled their fake dark circles—but a heavy work schedule and horribly late nights will do the business for the rest of us. (The Guardian)
  • Lazy pizza dough (Smitten Kitchen) and Chaffles (Gimme Delicious)
  • Guys, my mind is blown. SAME SKY POSTCARDS. What’s even real anymore?

  • Garden goals (House & Garden)
  • Hanging Out With Joan Didion: What I Learned About Writing From an American Master (LitHub)
  • Researchers Just Compiled the Ultimate Playlist of Songs That Will Give You Chills – This massive playlist will give you all the feels – and even help you focus better on your work. (Inc.)
  • 3 brain hacks to control your Amazon addiction (from a neuroscientist). Your emotional brain is being manipulated to shop more, but there are ways to resist. *Note, he mentions physical activity as one way to control shopping but ironically, I spend all of my money on running shoes and gear
  • Oh hey, J.Crew, hey. I am looking at you again now that you’ve invited Pacey back to the party.

And, if you missed it – I am taking orders for the Twenty Twenty-Two Desktop Calendars – $5 from the purchase of every calendar is going to the Elizabeth Fry Society. If you haven’t listened to the CBC podcast Carrie Low VS., I highly recommend it, and you will learn about just one thing they’re doing to help women in vulnerable situations. The story is shocking.

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meanwhile, elsewhere

Friday’s online finds: Cozy up and dig in.



  • Libby DeLana is my future-self’s hero. Her Instagram is one of my favourites.
  • The Solo Stove is the perfect complementary gift for everyone on your list who has an Ooni Pizza Oven. Sadly, I have neither.
  • The perfect gift for aging people who run too much and are always sore and cold (me) (Etsy)
  • Parenting At The End Of The World Advice for raising children through the crisis of a lifetime. (Romper)
  • Pediatricians say the mental health crisis among kids has become a national emergency (NPR)
  • Bravo for young female entrepeneurs! A discomforting yet common experience sparked the idea for Apricotton, a Toronto-based teen bra brand that helps girls across Canada and the U.S. find bras that fit and make them feel confident. We eliminate the awkwardness of going to the store to buy a girl’s first bra. Most importantly, we design bras tailored to every girl’s body type, so that they can grow as she grows.
  • You heard it here first: 2022 will be the year of the indoor rowing machine (W omen’s Health)
  • The “ghost stores” of Instagram (Vox)
  • The grand unified theory of aesthetic vlogging – While we all occasionally note the way information and images are presented, most people tend to prioritize function over aesthetic value. But not aesthetic vloggers. Viewing and evaluating the internet as chiefly an aesthetic object — how aesthetically pleasing, beautiful or cute something is displayed/presented — is what unifies them. (Tech Crunch)
  • Weathering the Weather – Mental-health professionals are trying to figure out how to talk about the climate. (The Cut)
  • Vanessa Hudgens is obsessed with everything in her house (AD)
  • And I am obsessed with anything by Stella Blackmon – The Virtual Years her latest

And, if you missed it – I am taking orders for the Twenty Twenty-Two Desktop Calendars

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meanwhile, elsewhere

Friday’s online finds: Cozy up and dig in.



  • The 37-Year-Olds Are Afraid of the 23-Year-Olds Who Work for Them (NYT)
  • What to do with a pond on your property (Rees Roberts)
  • When Reality Sets In (BuzzFeed)
  • This deconstructed lasagna looks beautiful (Williams Sonoma)
  • This would be be… ring ring… ignore (New York Post)
  • Want to read: Let’s Get Physical by Danielle Friedman
  • Is it too late to sign up for the Winter Olympics? I like the Team Canada gear (The Globe and Mail)
  • The Secret to Better Running? Try Distraction (NYT via my No.1 distration on the run, Jenna)
  • Apparently I need this (Refinery29)

And coming soon, to your phone (via Erin):

And, if you missed it – I am taking orders for the Twenty Twenty-Two Desktop Calendars

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