Weekend Reading: 12.17.2017

December 17, 2017

As I type this, I’m looking outside, where it’s 75 degrees and sunny and Rambo is sunbathing on our lanai, and trying to reconcile that with the fact that Christmas is only a week away, and on Thursday we’re heading to New York, where it’s currently 35 degrees.

This holiday season has been weird. I haven’t felt particularly festive, and this weekend—when I’d normally be baking cookies and insisting that we watch holiday movies—I’ve been getting over a cold and a painful pulled muscle in my back. (Luckily, Rambo and Rob are excellent nurses.) Anyone else feeling the same? If you are, know you’re not alone—and be kind to yourself, something I’m trying hard to remember to do, especially during the rush-rush-rush of this time of year.

Oh, and if you’re planning on taking it easy, laying on the couch, drinking tea and maybe doing a little reading today, here are some great links from around the web.

Words That Matter: a series of essays by Hillary Clinton, John McCain, Roxane Gay, Margaret Atwood, Deepak Chopra and more…I can’t wait to read these.

I loved this story about the few manual elevators left in New York City (and the people who operate them).

How sweet is this “commuter clutch”?

New York Times executive editor Dean Baquet interviewed Jay Z, and it is 100 percent worth the watch.

Jenna Lyons’ New York apartment is just amazing.

What an awesome initiative from Sesame Street.

An interesting piece about shopping habits.

These cookies are AMAZING. Being sick and our upcoming travel this week has put me way behind on my Christmas cookie game, but I can’t wait to try them out at some point. (New Year’s cookies can be a thing, right?)

Wellness trends for 2018.

I plowed through this book this weekend and really enjoyed it.

Looking forward to trying out this green mascara (Sarah’s recommendations are always on point).

Gingerbread Dutch baby: yes, please.

A story of a big dream and a small, single step.

Photo by Simo Tolvanen

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