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Thanksgiving was wonderful, as always. It remains my favorite holiday of the year, with its focus on food, family, and gratitude. What's not to love? The day after, the mood shifted and the Christmas holiday season began. Our tree is decorated, the stockings are up, and the carols are playing nonstop on the radio. I haven't begun any shopping yet, and yet somehow I'm not stressed about it. More motivation to keep it simple.
While I attempt to work off the tremendous amount of awesome food I ate last week, I thought I'd share a few things I've come across recently...
One highlight from this year's Thanksgiving feast was this recipe: Roasted Butternut Squash and Pears. Yum.
Bill Simmons Interview with President Obama. I appreciated this interview, because Bill asks a lot of the questions I imagine a lot of us would ask if we got a chance to sit down with the President.
I think I'd like this clutch. Sometimes I hate having to bring my whole big purse somewhere. It'd be nice to have a little clutch to carry the essentials.
The Secret to Enjoying a Long Winter. During this darkest time of the year, it's hard to imagine a place that's even darker. What's cool is that the people there have embraced it.
Think Better. I fully admit that I struggle with this. I work in an office setting, where it has become commonplace to be sitting in a meeting, writing an email, and getting an instant message simultaneously. It's crazy. I don't like it, and I'm trying to figure out how to influence the environment to the extent that I can. One person can't change culture, though, so I'm mostly interested in how to change my own approach to working (and living) wherever I can.
Where Syrian Children Sleep. These pictures, and the stories that accompany them, will make you cry. They will make you feel frustrated and powerless. But it's still important to look and acknowledge them.
Carrie Brownstein Doesn't Want to be Famous. Carrie Brownstein has led an interesting and creative life, and I find her fascinating. Her book is on my wish-list too.
Sweden Introduces Six Hour Work Days. Love it!
Jennifer Lawrence, Cate Blanchett and Six More Top Actresses on Pay Gap, Sex Scenes and the Price of Speaking Frankly: "There Is Always a Backlash". I loved this conversation with eight fabulous actresses.
And to wrap up this round-up: Parenting Comics That Are Almost Too Real. The comic below is just one of many excellent examples. So spot on they are awesome.