Right now: about 20 below and snowing outside, the kind of snow that sort of looks like feathers when it lands. Inside: tree lights and pyjamas and a dozing Freddy at my feet. Breakfast was a vanilla latte and bacon and eggs, because it’s Christmas holidays. Cooking shows are my go-to TV therapy, so The Holiday Baking Championship is on the teevee.
Shiny brilliance of the week:
- It is over a year old, but this Reuters Investigates series about international adoption, and what happens when those adoptions fail, is fascinating, heartbreaking, and utterly compelling. It is good for all of us to wrestle with complex ethical issues, and this is definitely one of them.
- The title is a little clickbait-y, but We’re ruining our kids with Minecraft: The case for unstructured play is an excellent summary of what unstructured play IS, why kids need it, and how re-introducing it to over-programmed kids may be a bumpy road (and ultimately worth it).
- Slate.com has identified 2014 as The Year of Outrage, and their interactive calendar of daily outrage is an informative, way to kill a few hours on a snowy afternoon. Fact is, we were angry about A LOT OF STUFF in 2014. (May 15 is my own personal hill to die on. Apparently, this makes me a “ballet truther.” I’m okay with that.)
- And, because this is my blog and I can do what I want, I’m going to ask you to read about my dear friend Lauren, taken from me too soon, and to donate to the benefit fund created in her name.
On the nightstand:
- Wild. This is my second trip up the Pacific Crest Trail with Cheryl Strayed; I’m re-reading in preparation for seeing the movie later this week. The book truly is excellent: smart, funny, emotional, brave, messy. RECOMMEND. I’m probably going to finish it today, and I am already bereft about that.
- The Soup Sisters and Broth Brothers Cookbook. I got this for Christmas, and just reading the recipes makes me feel warmer (also hungrier). It includes a very do-able recipe for Vietnamese Pho, and THAT seems like a fun project for a snowy day…
One thing you should buy:
I am no great lover of smelly candles, but I needed some white candles-in-jars, and these Glade Frosted Cookies Vanilla and Sugar were the only ones in the store, and I actually sort of love them. The smell is not-too-strong and actually really smells like cookies have been baked in my house recently. The candles burn for a LONG time, and the jar is simple enough that I will probably keep them to re-use for other things. (I don’t know why the image is all wonky. Amazon makes the code; I just copy-paste it.)
Okay, that’s what I’ve got for now, friends. I hope your holidays have been peaceful and happy and calm and bright.