It’s been A Week, hasn’t it? I’ve been so distraught by our government, Kenny’s been forcing me to think of one positive geopolitical thing every day.
So far my answers have been “Cory Booker,” “Al Franken,” and “The fact that Obama was a two-term president.” “…(silent screaming followed by whispered expletives) …”
So now I’m self-medicating by visiting my parents and seeing my BFF of 20+ years. She’s home for a week and it’s a pretty rare that we’re both in Aitkin at the same time. We’re celebrating by doing all our favorite things: eating at the diner, sitting in her mom’s hot tub, shopping at the local thrift store.
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Ohhhh, it feels good to be back, friends! I had all sorts of high minded, impressive ideas about how I was going to spend my three weeks off and you know what I did instead?
I made lefse with my mom. I poked around in the woods and fell down a lot. I went to lots of parties and hosted a few. I finally hung that mirror in the living room. I accomplished nothing AND IT WAS GLORIOUS. I hope your holidays were glorious, too.
What’d you get up to this week, guys? Kenny had to get his tonsils out (!!!) so it’s been Gatorade popsicles and broth all day, every day over here. Other than that, I’m following my own Hygge advice with lots of new soup recipes, switching to the super cozy Jazz radio station, and burning approximately one million candles.
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Meghan’s art is beautiful and insanely affordable – it’d make a great holiday gift for anyone with excellent taste! I’ve got my eye on this print for the bedroom and this one for the kitchen. $17?!! How can you go wrong?
How was your week, friends? We Thanksgiving-ed with my sister and her family and then pulled out our lone shoe box of holiday decorations and put them up. The weather is unnervingly warm and un-November-y, which is 15% awesome and 85% creepy. :/
How was your week, friends? I spent it setting up monthly payments to organizations that do good work and hosting 20 friends for an event I called “Sad Feminists Eat Their Feelings.’ As you read this, Kenny and I are celebrating a huge project he just completed. We’re commemorating it in our very favorite way: dinner at a Wisconsin supper club, diner breakfasts, weird motel.
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It’s officially Dark Liquor Season. It’s time for Old Fashioneds sipped fireside. Did you know you can make your own bitters? I love BitterBlisses’s bitters kits – you can make two bottles of bitters from each kit. One for you and one for a friend!
Grown up summer camp? For foodies? $600 for 3 days, lodging, drinks, and food included? Sounds amazing, right?!
I loved Gala’s take on ‘finding your purpose‘ There is no such thing. Our purpose is whatever we say it is. The meaning of life is whatever we bring to it. It’s that simple. So many people are waiting to find out their purpose. That is just fear, dressed as perfectionism, manifesting as procrastination. None of us have one true reason for being on the planet.
The Times asked 15 families from across the country to show us the holiday dishes they make that speak most eloquently about their heritage and traditions. The stories of these home cooks help tell the story of the nation, the story of who we are. So beautiful. On their farm in Junction City, Wis., they rub the turkey with lemongrass and kaffir lime leaves, and stuff it with bean-thread vermicelli and shredded carrots, cabbage and cilantro doused with fish sauce, as if it were an egg roll. They were teenagers when Saigon fell. Because many Hmong had helped the Americans during the war, there was fear of reprisals, and they fled on foot from their villages on the Xieng Khouang Plateau, heading “where the sun sets,” as Ms. Yang, their oldest daughter, recalls her parents saying. In the Ban Vinai refugee camp in northeast Thailand, they fell in love and married.
Each year on my birthday, I make a list of new things I want to try. Then I try them.
1. Take an adult ballet class
2. Try a sensory deprivation tank
3. Drive a jet ski
4. Go storm chasing
5. Take an overnight bike trip
6. Take a sailing class
7. Stay overnight on a houseboat
8. Make kombucha from scratch
9. Try paddleboarding
10. Take a curling lesson
11. Go Geocaching
12. Attempt to play Dungeons & Dragons
13. Bird watch
14. Take an aerial yoga class
15. Make lefse from scratch
16. Read Benjamin Franklin's biography
17. See 'All About Eve'
18. Make a frame-worthy watercolor
19. See the Bayfield ice caves
20. Eat Baked Alaska
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