Five Good Things for 11/30/2015

Five things I encountered today that were interesting, educational, beautiful, edifying or that I otherwise found to be…well, good. None of these are promotions and I do not receive any benefit from sharing them. I just like them.

Oh, the cruelty of the Monday after a four day weekend! Although I shouldn’t complain, as many people (particularly those in retail) did not get a four day weekend or even a weekend at all. And mine was delightful and relaxing, although that does make coming back to work all the more jarring. If you’re feeling the same, here are some pleasant diversions to ease you back into the routine.

1 & 2) This weekend I was introduced to two amazing webcomics I just have to share, both by trans artists/writers. The first, The Satrians, is about a family of telepathic aliens who adopts a human child. Humans aren’t telepathic, so in their world the child is disabled. Super cute and using all gender-neutral pronouns (Satrians have no concept of gender) it’s both entertaining and a real interesting perspective on gender and disability. Star Trip is an adventure comic about a girl traveling the galaxy with a shapeshifting companion, which is gender and race inclusive as well as just plain fun.

MV5BMTg2NjI2MTMzNV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwMTcwODIwNjE@._V1._CR80,50,1280,1800_SY317_CR5,0,214,317_AL_3) Jemaine Clement (of Flight of the Conchords and What We Do in the Shadows fame) has a new movie, available on Netflix, called People, Places, Things. I watched it last week and really enjoyed it. It’s a small indie romantic comedy about love, family, and divorce, with a very sweet heart. Funny and cute, but not saccharine, it’s a great pick if you’re in the mood for something lighter but not devoid of meaning.

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Honesty is Next to Thankfulness

anigif_enhanced-buzz-14562-1385488927-8.gifMy best friend goes to Thanksgiving dinner at her in-laws’ each year, and this year they decided that dinner conversation needed to be more even more awkward than normal. So they sent out discussion topics ahead of time that everyone would “get” to share with the group. My best friend has an acerbic wit behind an angel’s face, so she passed them on to me, along with the answer she would like to give her in-laws. These included such gems as “How is your life different than it was last year?” (“I have a lot less sex”) and “Tell us about a vacation you went on this year.” (“We’re just trying to make rent but I can’t wait to hear about your six week trip to Spain”).

Bless her heart, she’ll make up something suitable to tell them on the actual day. I’m not sure I’d have the patience. I can just about deal with the inevitable “What are you thankful for this year?” question that has to be recited. Just about.

Brooklyn99Insider-Rosa-Beatriz-Trainwreck Thanks 1.gifBut really, it’s not like you can actually be honest with that one either. You have to be thankful for the right things. Acceptable subjects of gratitude include family, significant other, friends, health, basic necessities, and a job. Full stop. Try mentioning at dinner that you’re thankful for your vibrator and see how quickly conversation grinds to a halt.

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Five Good Things – Thanksgiving Food Edition

Five things I encountered today that were interesting, educational, beautiful, edifying or that I otherwise found to be…well, good. None of these are promotions and I do not receive any benefit from sharing them. I just like them.

Thanksgiving draws nigh, so I thought instead of my usual round-up of links from the dark corners of the net, I’d share some of my best Turkey Day recipes instead. If you’re in need of inspiration, look no further!

20121108-spatchcock-turkey-food-lab-121) Spatchcocked turkey. To be fair, I’m only trying this for the first time this year but I’m excited and Alton Brown has never steered me wrong once. The final product may look funny and the name may make you giggle, but I have on good authority that a dry-brined, spatchcocked turkey is the best way to go. Serious Eats has a great instructional video if you’re unclear on how this works.

IMG_0606-560x8402) These rolls are my favorite part of Thanksgiving. I would just eat them forever. They are flakey and buttery and miles beyond store bought, or even any other crescent rolls I’ve made before. Yes, they’re a bit of work but you can do the cold dough a day in advance and then shape and let rise on Thanksgiving itself. Definitely worth it.

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Five Good Things for 11/23/2015

Five things I encountered today that were interesting, educational, beautiful, edifying or that I otherwise found to be…well, good. None of these are promotions and I do not receive any benefit from sharing them. I just like them.

I’m a little late getting this up, but I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. I had a very relaxing one myself – saw friends, went to the farm market, binged watched all of Jessica Jones… Of course all my relaxation was erased by waking up at 3 am this morning after sleeping perfectly well Friday and Saturday nights. But that’s just how I roll. Here’s some goodness to ease you into your (abbreviated) week!

31) Horseback riding and fishing may not seem like related activities, except maybe if you ride a horse to your favorite fishing spot. But these fishing horses of Belgium do much more than just provide transport – they help trawl and haul in the catch. What cool and strong animals!

download (2)2) Arrested Development might be the funniest sitcom ever made and is certainly queen of the running gag. The gags are so on-going and complex, in fact, that you might despair of ever catching all of them. NPR has a solution for this – they’ve developed an interactive chart of all the repeating gags and how they relate to each other over the course of all four seasons. Impressive. I think my favorite running joke, though, is that Tobias is actually a Black man.

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Five Good Things for 11/20/2015

Five things I encountered today that were interesting, educational, beautiful, edifying or that I otherwise found to be…well, good. None of these are promotions and I do not receive any benefit from sharing them. I just like them.

monica-doing-turkey-dance-o.gifWell, we made it to the end of another work week. And next week is Thanksgiving, believe it or not. I happen to love Thanksgiving, mostly because I like to cook big meals, have people give me compliments, and then live off leftovers for a week. And also because I never have to travel for it. I’ve got my turkey ordered and have planned way too much food considering there will probably only be four of us. Saturday is our winter farm market, so I’ll be heading there to get my local ingredients and then off to see Mockingjay, Part 2. What are your weekend plans?

1) Weird Al’s parodies are hilarious on their own, but I love it when someone takes them to the next level. Here’s a montage of people in movies eating, to the soundtrack of Weird Al’s “Beat It” parody, “Eat It”.  Also now eating seems weird.

2) Thanksgiving can be fun, but it can also be super stressful, and the source of tension and fights for years to come. If you think everyone at your table just needs to chill the fuck out, here’s a video that shows you how to marinate a turkey in marijuana. Actually, it’s perfect if you think about it – when everyone gets the munchies, there will already be tons of food around.

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Five Good Things for 11/17/2015

Five things I encountered today that were interesting, educational, beautiful, edifying or that I otherwise found to be…well, good. None of these are promotions and I do not receive any benefit from sharing them. I just like them.

giphyI was a bit of a nervous wreck last night, as my husband was driving back from California through central Utah, in the middle of a blizzard, with a broken phone. So I had no way to communicate with him. I became a little anxious, to put it mildly, once he was over two hours late (although watching The Rescuers helped), but he made it back and only spun off the road once (!!). All is well and we still had some evening left to enjoy. Here are your very relieved Good Things for today.

78701) One of my favorite comfort foods is curry puffs from our local Thai restaurant. I may have indulged while I was home alone this weekend, although I’ve always wanted to make them at home. The sweet cucumber dipping sauce goes incredibly well with the rich puff pastry and curried potato filling. So satisfying!

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