Hello friends! Happy Sunday, indeed!
This week I went to my sorta monthly acupuncture appointment where my kind acupuncture lady asked me all sorts of questions about my mood and sleep and digestion and cycle (all while making steady unwavering eye contact). I mention this and that. I tried to meet her steady gaze. I mentioned that I was… tired. She stopped me, scrolling back on her computer. She responded with something to the effect of: you know you always mention being tired. What can you do to help yourself with that?
Oh. Wow. Is this an attack?
Really it’s quite the opposite. She was offering me a view of my very own patterns and my very own bullshit.
We talked about it and she gave me some tools. Things that I’ve known or should have known. Tools include, stopping work (imagine), reading for 15 minutes every morning instead of getting sucked into a book late at night, and making efforts to give myself more time to rest. Super simple, really – I just needed an outsider to illuminate my patterns for me and invite me to make solutions for myself.
Are we ok? You bet we are.
I hope this finds you well with some time to rest today. I’m glad you’re here. Let’s ready our hearts for this holiday season. The offering this week is below. Take what you need and write me a mean email about the rest if you need to. I can take it.
• Someone was paying attention. It was Marion Stokes. How one woman captured 30 years’ worth of broadcast news. (Little White Lies)
• Gosh. We all just want the same things. Please take a few minutes with this photo-driven piece. 114,000 Students in NYC Are Homeless. These Two Let Us Into Their Lives. (The New York Times)
• False prophets, y’all: Inside The Fall of WeWork. (Vanity Fair)
• This week’s longread. Burning Out: Search and rescue teams train for the worst conditions. But the worst conditions are getting worse. Are they ready for the next big disaster? (Longreads)
• My very talented friend Amy Estes brings us the truth of the wretched Trader Joe’s parking lot: I Am A Trader Joes Parking Lot And I Am Here To Destroy You. (McSweeneys)
• This week I’m listening to Call Your Girlfriend’s episode about True Crime. (Call Your Girlfriend)
• I’m newly in love with this album from Valerie June: The Order Of Time. (Spotify)
• Mmmkay what are we doing? The $50 strawberries NYC high-end chef’s are fawning over. (Eater)
• I make these no fewer than three times each fall: Pumpkin Pecan Scones with brown butter glaze. You, too? (Joy the Baker)
• Can I humble suggest this side dishe for your Thanksgiving table? Creamy Smoked Gouda Brussels Sprouts (they’re as close to heaven a brussels get). (Joy the Baker)
• My favorite use of cranberry sauce: Cranberry Brie Grilled Cheese. (Joy the Baker)
• Pick this lotion up on your next Target or Ulta run. I’ve been using it and legit got two compliments on how soft my skin is? I’ll take it. Hydro-Boost Gel Cream. (Ulta)
• I’m seriously daydreaming about splurging on these fresh bay leaf garland and wreath moments this holiday season.
Have a lovely Sunday. Take is easy.
My love to you.