What a lovely Sunday to live in! I hope this finds you happy, well, and still in your embarrassing pajama bottoms. I mean… I’m still wearing my Christmas pajamas too. No shame in my game.
Mardi Gras has been swirling around me and WHOA, just whoa. I’ve lived in New Orleans for one full year and boy do I have some wide eyes and words about it. I’ll share those soon.
This week the Internet has offered us some gems. These are them:
• Bob Dylan has some really excellent and humbling words about what it means to be an artist and to live and breathe in that space. He’s wise. “These songs didn’t come out of thin air.”
• It feels like civil rights is only as pressing as our current news cycle dictates. That’s a problem. The Public Life and Private Doubts of Al Sharpton.
• The current state of public shaming. We have a problem, but then again… we’ve always had a problem. How One Stupid Tweet Blew Up Justine Sacco’s Life
• How The New York Times Works. You know… that old thing.
• I wasn’t allowed to be a picky eater as a kid. Not an option. The Tyranny of Chicken Fingers
• Worry is an important part of being a moral person. Anxiety reimagined.
Martha Stewart’s beauty routine. Saying “I don’t get clogged pores” is like saying “I don’t bloat”. Oh HUSH Martha. YES YOU DO!
• If Stanley Tucci Were Your Boyfriend, “it would always be the second week of fall. The sun would never set before 8pm, but you would never sweat again.” Isn’t that the TRUTH! (We can also stop eating Cheetos in the shower, which is mostly a relief.)
• Fired Sony Executive Amy Pascal thinks actors are “bottomless pits of need”, and also… magical.
• Stop what you’re doing: Salami of the Month Club!
• I’m reading: The Girl Who Fell From The Sky.
• Ten Things You Should Know Before Getting Into a Relationship with Someone Who Loves Food. More salt, please.
• Let’s do this blue.
• Lastly, The New Yorker reviews Fifty Shades of Grey aka “the Downton Abby of bondage”.
I love you, I do. Have a most wonderful day!
Ahhh!! I see I’m not the only one crushing on your shoes in this post. What? Where? Pleease??
I loved the read about the kids being picky eaters. I’ve really noticed this lately, not because I’m a parent but an au pair – and the funny thing is I’m in France! The kids I watch are actually picky, and have very very simple taste that shocked me as an flavor-loving American expecting their palates to be more “French” … and they also LOVE to snack (but most of the time it’s true – only late afternoon). They are not offered alternative meals, but they might skip the main course and have cereal. Honestly, it’s not any different than how I was raised in the States (but this isn’t the case for all of the US or France). Still a very interesting read and great points brought up in how we should not cater to kids tastes, and have them develop a palate with more depth.
I really can’t disagree more with that “chicken fingers” article. It really bothers me the way that not liking foods is framed as a moral failing or “juvenile.” Children are people, and are allowed to have preferences and opinions just like adults. Kids have so little control over so much of their lives that the whole “don’t give them a choice” attitude seems unnecessarily draconian. I know that’s how I ended up miserably choking down a bowl of scrambled eggs until my mother came home and rescued me. Moreover, super-tasters are a real thing, plus some parents don’t know how to cook certain foods appealingly. And that’s not even getting into autism-spectrum issues with food textures. As long as kids are getting adequate nutrition, I really feel that trying to strip them of their right to make decisions and to say “no” does more harm than good.
Cassie, I think the writer was trying to make the point that some kids say no to too many things, perhaps without even trying new foods. I think it’s a good idea for kids to at least try new foods, just like adults should, and if they don’t like it, they don’t have to finish it. The writer wasn’t implying to force kids to clean their plates even if they don’t like it, and endorsed the French approach which the author wrote: “Parents and educators don’t make a big fuss when children refuse; they just take the dish away and try again another time”. I can easily see how kids saying no to foods can escalate into saying no to everything except chicken nuggets and fries, and put up a fit about it, which I certainly can’t agree with.
girl who fell from the sky is amazing! one of my favorite books, good choice! :)
Lisa @ Strum Simmer Sip
Lovely post, you have such a positive vibe :) I can’t wait to hear about your tips for New Orleans – I’ve just booked a trip for Memorial Day will be visiting for the first time ever!
Sweet Tea Sweetie
How One Stupid Tweet Blew Up Justine Sacco’s Life was so powerful! I’ve never read anything from that angle before.
The Queen of Dreaming
Great post! ;)
Millie | Add A Little
Love these tips – I need baby oil asap!
What a great post! You have a great imagination. Seriously though, I want to ask you about your recipe for hamburger & hot dog buns. I have tried to make them twice & both times they did not rise for me & became bread crumbs. I live in Oregon & wonder if humidity had something to do with it. I followed your recipe exactly both times & was really disappointed both times. Any tips would be appreciated.
Also, I’ve made Challah, white bread & wheat bread most of which were successful, but not always.
Particularly good line-up of articles, Joy, thank you! That one on Chicken Fingers is my nieces to a T, although the little one does love salad.
Oh my god, I loved that review of 50 Shades- hilarious! Almost as hilarious as the laugh-out-loud cringeworthy lines in the movie.