oh hey, oscar

I will tell you what already won: The nomination design package.

Here we are, finally. Happy nomination day! Although I have not seen any of the nominations in movie theatres this year, I have seen a handful at home and I am excited to watch some more (especially Minari / Promising Young Woman / Judas, The Black Messiah / Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom / Nomandland).

I am thrilled to see two women nominated in the “Best Director” category and Ms. Viola Davis who continues to be on fire with a fourth nomination. Yes.

Tell me what you want to see. Tell me what I need to watch! As with everything over the past year, I will do my best to watch them all but likely my best will be very mediocre.


Already watched:

  • BORAT SUBSEQUENT MOVIEFILM: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan
  • HILLBILLY ELEGY
  • MY OCTOPUS TEACHER
  • ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI
  • PIECES OF A WOMAN
  • SOUL
  • THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7
  • THE WHITE TIGER

Here’s the list of nominations to download.

Happy watching.

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meanwhile, elsewhere

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


  • Oprah’s Tell-All Interviews With Other Princesses (McSweeney’s)
  • This Kitchen Sink Compost Tea Helps Your Plants Grow Big and Strong (brightly.eco)
  • How cute, but we all know it’s not California or New York when it comes to bagels (NYT)
  • The Temper explores life through the lens of sobriety, addiction, and recovery
  • For anyone who’s said goodbye to their pet (ohtruth)
  • Winter Swimming and The Power of Ritua – It’s my connection to nature, fitness, self-care, resilience training, and happy place all rolled up into one. (AGEIST)
  • There’s a Better Way to Parent: Less Yelling, Less Praise – When Michaeleen Doucleff met parents from around the world, she encountered millennia-old methods of raising good kids that made American parenting seem bizarre and ineffective. (The Atlantic)
  • Corey Wheeler Forrest is a wicked-tough fishermom – great film (xtratuf)
  • ‘I get better sleep’: the people who quit social media (The Guardian)
  • 1,200 new German terms coined during COVID pandemic (DW via Jenna)
  • The history of IWD – these past twelve months will go down in history as the “one big step back” period. (Vox)
  • Tell Your Boss the Four-Day Week Is Coming Soon (Bloomberg)
  • (More Julia! – I have been a big fan of her since she married Grace from Design*Sponge): How Writing a Cookbook Helped Me Break Free From Diet Culture (healthyish)
  • This is absolutely what I’m looking for in a bathing suit review (Amy on Twitter)
  • To Start a New Habit, Make It Easy (NYT)
  • We NEED MORE INFORMATION about perimenopause (Design Mom)
  • Important stuff happened on Twitter (via Amanda):

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meanwhile, elsewhere

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


  • Martha Stewart Is the Original Influencer (Harper’s Bazaar)
  • Recipeasly Criticized Upon Launch for Stripping Authorship From Recipe Bloggers – Following a heated debate on Twitter, the site has been replaced with an apology (Eater) – This Is What Happens When Tech Bros Attempt to ‘Fix’ Online Recipes
  • Are the Tokyo Olympics really going to happen? (ESPN)
  • Would You Start a Movie Club? Heck, yes! (A Cup Of Jo)
  • The Hamilton Education Program sounds like an awesome thing for aspiring theatre students!
  • Curious about meatless meatloaf (Shutterbean)
  • And for dessert, Chocolate Baked Donuts (A Beautiful Mess)
  • With an order of a pint (or 4 pints) of Tatamagouche Ice Creamery!
  • If you are spoiled with time, here is a beautiful short story by Ann Patchett who had thought this was a story about Tom Hanks, the friendly actor-writer who had recorded my book but was mistaken. – These Precious Days (I am only halfway through)
    There is nothing more interesting than time: the days that are endless, the days that get away. There are days of the distant past that remain so vivid to me that I could walk back into them and pick up the conversation mid-sentence, while there are other days (weeks, months, people, places) I couldn’t recall to save my life. 

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meanwhile, elsewhere

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


  • This is very good news for me! (Teen Vogue)
  • The Lies Hollywood Tells About Little Girls—Our culture builds these girls up just to destroy them. (NYT)
    Hollywood has resolved to tackle harassment in the industry, but I was never sexually harassed on a film set. My sexual harassment always came at the hands of the media and the public.
  • Zendaya’s my current celebrity crush who I don’t think I’ve seen any of her movies. She did however win me over with Lip Sync Battle. (People)
  • Earlier this month, Reply All kicked off an ambitious miniseries, “The Test Kitchen,” which sought to take on one of the bigger stories about the media’s reckoning with toxic workplace dynamics that took place last summer: the implosion of Bon Appétit due to scandal. But shortly after the release of its second episode, Reply All seems to be going through a reckoning of its own. (Vulture)
  • Why the Name ‘Kaffir Lime’ Is Wildly Offensive to Many (read the comments too) (The Modern Farmer)
  • Glennon Doyle’s Honesty Gospel (The New Yorker)
  • The Canadian Butter Crisis, Explained—Happy birthday mom, the ruler of butter – don’t ever forget to refill her butter dish if you’re visiting (Food52)
  • A Quite Possibly Wonderful Summer—Families will gather. Restaurants will reopen. People will travel. The pandemic may feel like it’s behind us—even if it’s not. (The Atlantic)
  • I’m a short afternoon walk and you’re putting way too much pressure on me (McSweeney’s)
    I’m the singular effort you make to maintain your sanity, and your sole means of experiencing joy, hope, and happiness. It feels as if I’m your lover, friend, and therapist all wrapped into one and, frankly, it’s making me uncomfortable.
  • Saying Goodbye With Beans (NYT)

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meanwhile, elsewhere

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


  • And the best-written obituary goes to… This one is getting around (The Daily Mail UK)
    ‘She excelled at giving the finger and taking no sh**’: Son pens hilarious obituary to his ‘penny-pincher mom’ who is survived by three ‘ungrateful sons’, granddaughters ‘who could do no wrong’ and a brother who owes her $600–We love you, mom, a bushel and a peck. A bushel and a peck and a hug around the neck.
  • Travel and the Art of Anticipation – “being a world traveler — or just feeling like one — may undermine our proclivity to savor visits to enjoyable but unextraordinary destinations.” So, in a sense, our current travel deficit may end up replenishing our wonder of exploring. (NYT)
  • And booking marking this sweet spot in Maine for when the border opens. Erin, want to meet halfway?
  • If I had a few extra thousand dollars, I’d get a Vestaboard.
  • Britney Was A New Mom And No One Tried To Help Her – I’ve never met a mother who did not, at some point, but more often lots of points, think of and then itemize ad infinitum all the ways that she might be a bad mother. I’ve never met a woman who did not at some point, in those first early weeks of motherhood, break down. (Romper)
  • Emptying the Dishwasher Can Enrich Kids’ Mental Health. (NYT) But, yelling at them over and over to actually do it could crush my mental health.
  • People Are Hilariously Roasting ‘Target’ Fashion Designers By Taking These Pics Wearing Their Dresses (Bored Panda)

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