As I write this, it’s not even Halloween, but all I’m thinking about is Thanksgiving. I’m scouring the grocery store aisles for Nov. issues of Bon Appetit and Food & Wine, but they’re not out yet. I want to see tablescapes, read recipes and make lists! I want to plan! Is anyone else feeling like this this year? Is it boredom? Stress? TBD.
While I continue making a list of questions for my therapist to answer, here are some links and recommendations to get you through your first cup of coffee this morning. Thanks for reading and I’ll see you next month.
Yours in gravy,
• I was so sad to read that Julie Powell died. You may remember her as the author of Julie & Julia, which of course was famously turned into a movie in 2009 by Nora Ephron. When I read Julie’s obituary, I was surprised that I teared up and then I realized that she was the blueprint for so many Gen X-ers, myself included, who started blogs in the early ‘00s. (Bookshop.org, The New York Times)
• Has anyone else listened to the new NYT podcast, We Were Three? It’s the story of a woman who loses her immediate family to Covid and then goes through their phones afterwards and reads their texts from the last few weeks. It’s heartbreaking, but it’s also great insight into families with people who fall prey to misinformation and conspiracy theories. If you’re a reader, listen to the credits. Kiese Laymon was a consultant on the show.
• I don’t know how many of you are interested in writing classes, but let me turn you on to Sheree Greer. I just finished a 4-week memoir writing class with her and I was blown away. I’ve been taking writing classes for 5-6 years and I’ve never had a teacher like Sheree. She’s teaching a 6-month Build Your Novel class and a 6-week personal essay class. Get in where you fit in! (Instagram)
• ICYMI: Margo Price wrote a memoir and it just came out. I bought a copy to get into an event and then I bought the audiobook too because she said that she sings in it. If you would also like to buy 2 different versions of Margo’s book, here is the hardcover and here is the audiobook. (Bookshop.org, Libro.fm)
• Any Crazy Ex-Girlfriend fans in the house? Man, I loved that show. Rachel Bloom is in a new show on Hulu called Reboot and it’s great. I also dress just like her character on the show, which lol me. (Hulu)
• One of my favorite things is Roxane Gay’s advice column for the New York Times called Work Friend. I especially love this one from Sept. about who gets to work from home and who doesn’t.
• I took my first Julia Turshen cooking class and I loved it so much. Turns out, I’m not adding enough fun into my life, so I’m going to work on that (by doing more Julia Turshen cooking classes). The class is on Zoom, so I just propped my iPad up on my NutriBullet and cooked alongside Julia and 50+ people for 90 minutes. I had the freaking time of my life. Learn more and sign up here.
• Speaking of classes and fun, Joy is teaching a free class (!!) on how to make apple pie with pecan praline on Wednesday. If you miss it live you can always run it back anytime on this new platform called Kittch. Learn more and sign up here.
• I’ve talked about my barre instructor Lauren Leavell before and I’m talking about her again because she has a new podcast called Rest Days. Lauren’s co-host is her best friend Maria Terry, a Registered Dietitian. They dive into diet and wellness culture, black-and-white thinking and so much more. Take a listen. (Lauren Leavell Fitness, Apple Podcasts)
• This is a rec for anyone who needs a hair mask, or for anyone who just likes a really good smelling, thick conditioner. For years, I’ve been using this $30 Amika mask and the last time I ran out I was like, let me just see what else is out there. Friends, this $15 dupe from Ulta is what’s out there. I bought it and I love it.
• An argument for biology. (TikTok)
I wanted to read the article about Julie Powell – I loved the movie, Julie and Julia. Sadly, the NYT article is behind a paywall. Too bad they don’t allow 1-2 free reads per month, but they don’t and linking to them is frustrating to readers … Otherwise I enjoy the Sunday recommendations. Thanks!
Kim, I’m curious for you to describe what barre class is like for you. I always thought it was based on ballet exercises, but a barre class I’ve been to a handful of times seems to be very random body weight strength exercises. Meanwhile anyone out there who wants a virtual challenge to keep moving this winter, consider Race Across Alaska Winter Challenge at http://www.raawc.com as you select a mileage goal from 60 to 2000 miles representing different distances between towns in Alaska and do your best traversing those miles by walking, running, swimming, cycling, paddling, cycling, or however else works for you. You can use discount code Carrie5 to get $5 off registration. I’m a longtime JoyTheBaker reader who has never met Joy, but her words on here are one of the many inspirations that got me started running and keep me going.
I really wanted to like “We Were Three”, especially since it came from the Serial group, but it just ended up leaving me feeling icky.
It was a little icky, wasn’t it? Overall, I got something out it, but it’s definitely a ‘mileage may vary’ experience.
I’m so curious about what y’all found icky…was it the sharing of the texts? I loved the show and found it to be really enlightening and mostly just really sad. I’m interested to hear others’ opinions.
I was so so sad regarding Julia Powell, I am rereading her wonderful book now.
I love Amika too but am down to try a dupe!
Amika has been my go-to for YEARS, but $30 is a lot for a tub of conditioner. I’m a few weeks into the $15 dupe and I’ve got to say, I love it. If you buy it, report back.
Yes, I second the recommendation on Reboot. It was so good. Those Julia Turshen classes look very compelling. I want to take them all!
I’m so glad you’re also watching Reboot! No one I know IRL is watching it yet. Okay, so since I wrote this, I signed up for 2 more Julia Turshen cooking classes. I suggest just picking one and signing up for it. They’re a blast.