Week Links [27 September]

Good morning, America! I don’t remember the last time I even introed one of these posts. I’m trying not to sink into a “the-apocalypse-is-nigh” mentality but each day is awash with fresh horrors! I’d like to extend my sincerest apologies to all of the white liberals I ragged on for constantly comparing the current moment to The Handmaid’s Tale…I’m humble enough to admit when I’m wrong! I know I’m first for the guillotine come the revolution; I think this GG screen-grab says it best:

Each day is an exercise in remaining marginally optimistic, so this is what’s helping me keep it together this week.

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  1. The blender of my dreams was on sale. We got it in pink to match, well, all of my other countertop appliances. FYI, pink appliances are what happens when a 24-year-old makes a wedding registry (no regrets!!). I’ve also been upgrading all of my kitchen tools lately, since I cook multiple times per day and use spatulas until they disintegrate. I already have an aqua motif going on with my pans, so piece by piece I’m collecting tools in “Aqua Sky.” This can opener sparked it—no exaggeration, it’s the best one I’ve ever owned. I finally replaced the vile, rusty can opener that we had that was probably slowly poisoning us to death. And one day I’ll be an adult that owns real knives; until that day, I’m rocking these.
  2. Dr. Jen Gunter is one of the best Twitter follows and a frequent Savage Lovecast guest, so I was thrilled to discover that she’d weighed in on “W.A.P.” A friend of mine also posted a really brilliant and nuanced take that challenged me to have empathy, even for people who aggressively suck, like B*n Sh*p*ro (this is a family blog, no cursing!)
  3. This book hasn’t been released yet, but I read it via NetGalley and I cannot recommend it enough. If you’ve ever fantasized about abandoning your life to move to Scotland (and who among us hasn’t?), this is the book for you.
  4. My goal in life is to never use plastic wrap or anything disposable again as long as I live (lofty!) so I’m definitely getting these. And the company is woman/inventor-owned!
  5. I’m loving Ramy on Hulu.
  6. I perpetually flip flop between being a coffee person and a tea person, so I ordered about 94,000 bags of tea for the impending winter. These are my favorite; I’m sure this is like McDonald’s-level basic to British people, but I simply do not care.
  7. It is with the deepest regrets that I inform you that Colin Jost’s book, A Very Punchable Face, is very good and very funny. I highly recommend getting the audio. I laughed like a fucking psychopath during the scene where Seth promotes Colin to head writer. I have always had an extremely chaotic attraction to Colin Jost, so I feel very vindicated by this.
  8. As I write this, I’m making popovers for the first time, so pray for me. I of course added a lil’ extra salt, course ground black pepper, thyme, and rosemary, because all I do is win. (Edit: these turned out TERRIBLE, but I redeemed them by turning them into garlic parmesan croutons).
  9. I don’t know how I found the strength, but I resisted a MAJOR outerwear sale at J.Crew this week, so I suppose for now I’ll just fantasize about owning this topcoat, this rain jacket, and this trench.
  10. Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away on Rosh Hashanah, which really put a damper on my first attempt at making challah (please forgive me for saying that but I was literally baking challah for the first time when I found out). I had and still have a lot of emotions about it, and as a leftist, I feel like it’s my duty to be critical of her legacy and her Supreme Court decisions. But as a woman, I’m so thankful for women like RBG, who were integral in establishing the rights and freedoms that I enjoy. She was a person who was deeply reflective about her own mistakes, and I think that we should strive for that in our leaders…expecting perfection is a mistake, but we should demand that our leaders be humble enough to grow. Thanks, RBG.

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