meanwhile, elsewhere

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



  • Sardoodledom (swissmiss)
  • No! Instagram, I come for the photos – fuck Reels. (PetaPixel)
  • Broccoli melts for dinner? Sign me up. Must learn to make focaccia bread. (Dinner A Love Story)
  • Folks, let’s declare it Risotto Season (Food52)
  • 30 Lazy Genious questions for the start of a new year
  • Which wallpaper would you choose? (A Cup Of Jo)
  • And small entry organization hacks (Emily Henderson)
  • Reviewing TikTok’s Unhinged Food Trends (Bon Appétit)
  • Where you will find me in April: (CBC via Amanda)
  • A note of reassurance from your school district regarding our updated omicron policies (McSweeney’s)
  • And I will leave you with this… Things that might not be obvious if you don’t have young kids in your life right now: when kids don’t go to school, they don’t sleep. They have too much energy that hasn’t been used, and a deep, under-the-surface sort of surly sadness that comes of being isolated. They act out, they become different people. The spark goes out of normally sunny kids, their eyes like windows with the shades drawn, or volcanoes of fiery frustration well up within them. This awfulness has gone on so long that when our kids have trouble, my friends and I can no longer tell what’s just them, what’s a normal developmental stage, what’s pandemic damage or what we might be able to blame ourselves for because of the kind of parents we have been forced to become. (MacLean’s via Jenna)

More and less in 2022

+ More dates (with David, Mike and friends)
Less Amazon
+ More yoga
Less scrolling
+ More fruit and veggies
Less spoonfuls of nutella
+ More self-confidence
Less comparison
+ More listening
Less assumptions
+ More cheering
Less buying
+ More swimming

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meanwhile, elsewhere

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



  • Who’s doing the free 30 Day Yoga Journey With Adriene? Let’s MOVE! (YouTube)
  • Why You Should Slack Off to Get Some Work Done. One cautionary point: Pro-leisure science does not give permission to trance out on Twitter or graze Netflix endlessly. (Wired)
  • A killer house – check out the knitting room! (AD)
  • Kids were already drifting away from traditional sports before the pandemic, with ramifications for the entire sports industry. The trend has accelerated in the pandemic – THE E-SPORTS GENERATION (NYT)
  • The Definitive ‘Fast & Furious’ Movie Rankings – I will say for me, my interest faded big time after Paul Walker’s death (The Ringer)
  • What’s the Nicest Thing Anyone’s Ever Said to You? (A Cup Of Jo) *My high school Communication Technology teacher told me I have an excellent perception of measurement, which still means a lot.*
  • I am pretty pleased with my year in books! (Good Reads)
  • You’re not uncool. Making friends as an adult is just hard (wbur)
  • People Got Sick at a Conspiracy Conference. They’re Sure It’s Anthrax. (Vice)
  • What went right in 2021: the top 26 good news stories of the year
  • Also, I think TV got it right in 2021. So many good shows! Top favourites for me are Only Murders In The Building, Station Eleven, Yellowjackets, Mare of Eastown, The White Lotus, Hacks, Love Life S2, Maid, Feel Good S2, Drive To Survive S3 and Sex Education S3! Here are NPR‘s picks.

HAPPY NEW YEAR! Watch TV and go to bed responsibly, please.

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meanwhile, elsewhere

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



  • How Would You Describe Yourself in Five Words? (A Cup Of Jo): mom + partner + mover + planner + dreamer
  • “It’s almost like cilantro: People either love them or hate them,” – Porcelain Christmas trees (Lindsay Jones, The Globe And Mail) *Mine is from my Grandmother, so the love for it is strong.
  • A good pitch for a year-long advent calendar: As we stare down the barrel of 2022 and the two-year anniversary of the pandemic, I think we can all agree that desperate times call for desperate measures. The Advent calendar being one of the few remaining sources of joy on this Earth, it’s time to unshackle ourselves from silly societal mores that dictate that we should only get these daily treats one measly month a year. (Slate)
  • The 2022 Book Tracking Log (Love Reading)
  • Joan Didion Wrote About Grief Like No One Else Could (Time)
  • Critic’s Picks: The Best (and Worst) of the Major ‘Little Women’ Adaptations (THR)
  • “All the evolutionary psychologists talk about the need to affiliate with others, that we evolved with this need to be around others. And that’s 100% true. I also think there is a need for solitude, which has been less well defined and less well discussed.” – How solitude can help you regulate your mood (NPR)
  • I think I love museum gift shops more than museums (New Yorker)
  • The sun-filled home to brighten your day (The Design Files)
  • And finally, here’s David’s class project with his friend, Archie. Merry Christmas to all and to all a good day! Stay safe, please. (YouTube)

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meanwhile, elsewhere

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



  • A Woman’s Body Is Her Own – What does it take to make my body truly my own? What proof do they need? (Cup of Jo)
  • A family-favourite – We love Ina’s Pasta alla Vecchia Bettola (Food52)
  • The Godfather of Fermentation Loves Your Pandemic Sourdough… and hopes you stick with it! (Modern Farmer)
  • I am a vacation mom (Culture Study)
  • And this: “The secret to a good parenting partnership is for parents to play to their strengths. For instance, my wife is organized, diligent, loving, and caring. She’s great at staying on top of all the responsibilities that come with raising children. She schedules their activities, orders their sports equipment, keeps in touch with their teachers, and makes sure they have clothes that fit. And while she’s doing those things, I keep our two sons entertained in the other room with a good, old-fashioned wrestling match.” (McSweeney’s)
  • The ‘Jennifer Lawrence Pipeline’ & The Impossible Standards For Women In Hollywood (Refinery29)
  • The magazine’s staff and many of our contributors in the Bloomberg newsroom have compiled our annual yearend Jealousy List. Congratulations to those on this year’s list, we hate/love you. —The Editors
  • I’m uneasy about how momfluencers’ content is structured by the logic of the marketplace, and about the influence this might have on regular peoples’ feelings about their own families. (Mothers Under The Influence)
  • White Christmas – HCMs (Hallmark Christmas Movies) not only indulge a willful ignorance of past injustice and political inequality, but actively cater to it, positioning themselves as “apolitical” to appease a dominant culture built on the suffering and oppression of other people. (Bitch Media)
  • And here’s a guide for female protagonists in a Hallmark movie (McSweeney’s)
  • Hey parents, no need to stress about the escalating days of missed schooling – YouTube is here to educate us! First up, How To Use A Comma (swissmiss)
  • And How to Use ‘Affect’ Versus ‘Effect’ (lifehacker)

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meanwhile, elsewhere

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



  • I do not need more cookbooks; she says to herself as she reads this list (Food52)
  • And Could Joy the Baker be the next Culinary Superstar? – I’m cool with that (Foodsided)
  • 12 Ways to Beat the Winter Blues (A Cup Of Jo)
  • Well this is not good; I haven’t seen ANY of this list’s best movies of 2021 (New Yorker)
  • I am trying to avoid Amazon, but she sure makes this hoodie tempting (Kendi Everyday)
  • Want to watch: The Worst Person In The World
  • My aunt’s chocolate cheesecake was my favourite Christmas dessert (Gather & Feast)
  • #TeamRivs – Cancer Nearly Took His Life. But the New York Marathon Awaited (NYT)
  • Well deserved but shocked a ball/puck sport athlete didn’t steal the win (CBC)
  • Poll: More Americans are losing interest in having kids. Opinion: It’s fucking hard, expensive, lonely, exhausting and at times terrifying – especially these past two years.
  • I am very into Pantone Color of the Year 2022 (design\milk)
  • Yum
  • Make your own Die Hard Christmas tree ornament (Unlikely Words) and pretty-up your holiday charcuterie board with decorative rose-shaped salami (laughing squid)
  • As we posed for our 2020 pictures, maskless, wearing clothes that weren’t pajamas or workout gear, I realized the absurdity of the holiday card tradition showing families perfectly primped in tree forests, standing on historic bridges, or in front of rustic barns, contrary to their messy lives. But there we stood, guilty of creating a fairy-tale holiday card in the middle of a crisis – Holiday cards only tell half the story, but I still send them anyway (Motherwell)
  • Are you watching Yellowjackets? (NYT) I’m deep into it and am happy to see it’s not just me who wondered if this was at all inspired by the true story of the rugby players in the Andes mountain and the Lord of the Flies. Have I mentioned my family’s mild obsession with the movie Alive?

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