Plus, holiday gift guides, a parenting realization, and how to take a break when everyone drives you nuts.
Longtime COJ fan and proud mama here. I am the parent of Ellie Black who is the New Yorker cartoonist behind the mulled vs mulling wine cartoon!
Ok it never occurred to me I could leave my own house for a break. Mind blown, doing this for my introverted heart. Thank you for the tip!
Laughing about “ please bring a table”. I went to visit my sister and her then husband in Rotterdam. They decided to throw their friends an engagement party for twelve. We had to buy more dishes, napkins and flatware. I distinctly remember people having to bring chairs( everyone was minimalist aka young and poor). We made risotto ( my sister learned in Florence and makes the best) , bruschetta and salad. They had a tiny fridge and only a two burner hot plate. We had wine, cheese and chocolate they had purchased in Normandy the weekend before. Her French friend insisted that you cannot serve cheese and chocolate together ( guess who ate the most? ) It was a great party!
Grateful to be reading big salad in silence on my couch as I slowly wake up. Haha. Heartbroken to not have my toddler daughter for every holiday, but finding the silver linings!
Grateful for this wonderful newsletter, Joanna! And my gorgeous corgi Winston 🦊🤍 who may or may not know his mum is browsing some sort of semi-cute semi-demonic festive outfit/accessory that he will almost certainly rip off...
The Peter Pan part of the 'Fiasco' episode of TAL makes me laugh til I cry, no matter how many times I've heard it: https://www.thisamericanlife.org/699/fiasco
I'm loving Big Salad so much, thank you for it! I'm grateful for my beautiful family, early morning walks with the sun just rising, and time off from work/school. Really so much
This American Life ep 203, act 1- unsavory language, but one of my favorites! Happy Thanksgiving to all who celebrate tomorrow.
Happy Thanksgiving and enjoy your guilt-free breaks! 😉 I'm thankful for the people in my life, mostly my 2 teens (who now advocate for their own breaks from the holiday family action!), and my patient, kind, handsome, hard-working, husband who welcomed me into his family of equally wonderful people. ❤️
Jo- I have no doubt that your Thanksgiving will be perfect! Everyone is so lucky that will be at your table :-).
My son & I are going to my Mother’s- I bought the food & she is preparing. Perfect trade off!
Looking forward to a long hot bath tonight to prepare for the chaos of tomorrow & undoubtedly, a 5-year-old little boy meltdown (or 2!).
Big hugs! XO.
One of my personal favorite segments of This American Life is this one : https://www.thisamericanlife.org/293/a-little-bit-of-knowledge/act-one-0
They talk about children who get a mistaken idea in their heads about how something works or what something means, and then don't figure out until well into adulthood that they were wrong. It's funny and sweet.
Every time host a big party, which tends to be once in December, people don’t leave until like 4am! I get into my jammies around midnight and then just go to bed at 1:30 or so. The rest of the night owls, including my husband, hang around the piano in the living room singing and chatting. It’s crazy but fun but also holds me back from wanting to throw big parties!
Grateful for a beautiful life for this Midwestern/PNW girl in Aotearoa NZ, and I'm grateful to have spent the weekend hiking around mountains with a friend of 20 years.
grateful for fall weather, a home filled with kids, my family, and health, and all the people who create and write and inspire me everyday