10 Thing Friday

1. I can’t hear DMX’s version of “Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer” without smiling. It’s so oddly cheerful. Bless him for this. Mariah Carey better watch out, her Christmas Crown is in DANGER.

He should put out a Reindeer Ryder’s Anthem.

2. The 2017 Hater’s Guide to the Williams-Sonoma Catalog is out!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 Price: $16.95

Copy: “Vibrant mix of cherry, pomegranate, and citrus.”

Drew says: Excuse me, I was told NO COUNTRY SHIT in my catalog. This is strictly WASP territory, Trisha. You’re out of your element. Go peddle your Christmas in cup back in Arkansas or whatever. Vibrant mix, my ass. A real hillbilly Christmas in a cup is just a roasted squirrel, a packet of raw grits, and a copy of the Duck Dynasty Christmas album (which really exists and is literally titled Duck The Halls) all whizzed up in a blender.

3. Reading Salma Hayek’s article in The New York Times, “Harvey Weinstein is My Monster Too” made me ill. What a nightmare he is.

4. In that same vein: “This Moment Isn’t (Just) About Sex. It’s Really About Work.”

5. Brunch recipes to feed a large crowd of inconvenient relatives!

6. I ordered this wool coat in “Darkest Forest” and it is SO PRETTY. I’m really surprised by the quality of it since J.Crew Factory can be really hit and miss (J.Crew period is really hit and miss with quality these days). I’ve been looking for a new professional looking coat to wear to work for a few years, and I am so pleased with the fit and shape of this one. It also has a comfortable amount of room in the shoulders and upper arms which I don’t always find with J. Crew coats and jackets. Additionally, it’s lined which is hugely important to me as wool tends to make me itchy. I got it at 60% off which puts it under $100. If you’re looking for a gorgeous green coat, then watch for the next sale and get yours while you can!

7. Go Fug Yourself FINALLY has their recaps of The Crown posted. Bless.

From the recap of episode 3: “Is there anything more terrifying than a Lascelles smile? It’s almost worse than his frown. And I love it. He’s wrong-headed and condescending, but there is something so HOT! RHETORICAL! FIREWORKS! about watching him dismember someone. He might be my soulmate.”

My future aesthetic is 100% T.L. and his unamused hounds.

8. The New YorkerCat Person” story is something else. I truly thought it would end with murder. The fear was palpable. Also, as a 33 year old, I cannot even imagine being romantically interested in someone who is 20. No thank you. I can’t even count the number of nasty names I’ve been called by men who I politely told that I was no longer interested in seeing them. I’m not a bitch because I don’t want to spend my precious free time on you and your complaints about your ex-wife. I CAN SEE WHY SHE LEFT.

9. Additionally interesting is how nine men have reacted to “seeing themselves” in that story.

There was this moment of absolute sickness when I felt how Margot had essentially withdrawn her consent to move forward in her mind, but went ahead anyways, because of this pressure she felt from Robert and the concern for what he would think if she stopped short. It was illuminating and absolutely sickening to me. I hate Robert and deeply hope that I’m not him, but I think we — men — all are. —
Zachary, 30, product manager


10. Finally, a Happy Hanukkah [Chanukah] to those of you celebrating. I wish you peace, joy, and delicious foods fried in oil.

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10 Thing Friday

1. “Meghan Markle Is Everything Ivanka Trump Wishes She Could Be.” AMEN.

2. I finished Godless last week and HOLY SHIT that ending. I need to watch the entire thing again. MARY AGNES FOREVER. I relate so much to her character and the general ability to make things far more difficult than they ever need to be.

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3. Yes!am super perturbed that Taylor Swift is on the cover. She should absolutely be a part of the story because she publicly held a man accountable for grabbing her without consent, but she should not be honored on the cover (why not Tarana Burke who established the #MeToo movement????). A month ago Taylor’s attorneys demanded a blogger take an article down discussing how much the white supremacists’s like Taylor’s music and what her image represents to them. Instead of denouncing white supremacy, Taylor’s team went after the blogger. I understand why celebrities don’t want to get tangled in the vicious and complicated web of political statements, but Taylor has not been vocal at all regarding social justice, women’s rights, or in speaking out against our Groper in Chief. Instead, she uses her time and voice to continue complaining about Kanye West. GET OVER IT.

4. I am so happy that Russia is FINALLY receiving sanctions for their shady Olympic dealings. Of course Russian athletes can still compete which kind of defeats the point, but at least it’s something. “How the Kremlin Tried to Rig the Olympics, and Failed.

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5. This got lost in the engagement excitement last week, but Amber Tamblyn’s “I’m not Ready for the Redemption of Men” is an important read.

We’re in the midst of a reckoning. It’s what toxic masculinity’s own medicine tastes like. And people should allow the consequences to unfold, regardless of how it affects those they consider to be friends. The only way to enforce seismic, cultural change in the way men relate to women is to draw a line deep in the sand and say: This is what we will no longer tolerate. You’re either with our bodies or against our bodies. The punishment for harassment is you disappear. The punishment for rape is you disappear. The punishment for masturbation in front of us is you disappear. The punishment for coercion is you disappear.

6. While You Were Sleeping is a Christmas movie. The end. I can’t believe how many of you disagreed on Instagram!!

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Remember how there used to be charming and lovely romantic comedies in theaters instead of 14 superhero movies? Me too. The Big Sick was the best thing that has happened in a LONG TIME. I just want to watch two really beautiful “regular” people fall in love by some twinkly lights.

7. Southern California is again being ravaged by fast-moving wildfires. What an unbelievable horror.


If you know of any good local organizations to donate to, please let me know.

8. I love all three of these actresses, and I cannot wait for this show!! Down with the patriarchy!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Retta shouting for them to just listen to her for just one damn minute is me at work. LET ME SPEAK FOR 30 UNINTERRUPTED SECONDS FOR THE LOVE OF FRESH GOAT CHEESE.

9. Continuing with my love of Khalid, I recommend “Silence” by Marhsmello featuring Khalid. I totally missed the opportunity to have Marshmello be my musical artist name.

10. SEASON TWO OF THE CROWN IS TODAY!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have to go to a holiday party tonight, then I am going to be eating scones and watching the show all day Saturday (j/k I have to work, but other than that, DRAMA WITH JEWELS ALL DAY).

Image result for the crown season 2 gifI am not excited for an increased focus on Philip (UGH), but I am thrilled to watch Margaret’s Snowden era unfold (and Jackie Kennedy makes an appearance!!!). Merry Christmas to me.

10 Thing Friday

1. If you watched my Instagram story earlier this week and wondered from where I got those awesome sheets that I gave my sister for her b-day, then here they are! Pottery Barn Teen has an entire Harry Potter collection with some really neat stuff.

HARRY POTTER™ Enchanted Night Sky Sheet Set

They’re very soft and super pretty. There’s also a duvet that matches the sheets and this other gorgeous duvet available!

2. I think this article about Meghan Markle is super crap. Just because someone had their picture taken in front of Buckingham Palace or was interested in royalty (as many people are at some point in their lives) doesn’t mean she’s been plotting to nab Harry for 20 years. Even if she did plot to marry Harry for two decades, then SO WHAT. They are clearly crazy about each other and happy. I tend to think that Harry probably has a pretty good radar for phonies and social climbers by now. And if he doesn’t, then he’s a grown man and that’s his problem.

Her “childhood best friend” who hasn’t seen her since high school probably is not the best expert on Meghan Markle. Also, I would consider myself to have a significantly above average interest in the royal family, and I don’t really know much about Prince Harry either. I know he’s cute, his work with veterans is outstanding, he plays polo, and that one time he made the terrible decision to wear a Nazi costume. You can’t actually “know” famous people. LEAVE MEGHAN ALONE.

3. I watched Mudbound on Netflixlast week and what a heart-wrenching movie. It’s excellent and timely (despite taking place in the 1940s).

4. Sarah shared this recipe for Slow Cooker Butter Chicken a couple of months ago and I have made it several times since (and really enjoyed it). It’s super easy to make and freezes well.

Paleo Slow Cooker Butter Chicken! This paleo recipe is a perfect HEALTHY slow cooker dinner!

5. I watched Lady Bird on Wednesday and it was delightful! I related to much of it (it takes place in 2003 and I graduated in 2002), including just being a selfish and ridiculous teenage person. Also, it was filmed here in Sacramento and it is a lovely tribute to this beautiful city. It’s hilarious and I highly encourage you to watch it.

I too wanted to go to New York for school (I watched Loser too many times) and dreamed of big city “culture.” Turns out, life in New York was out of my price range and I quickly realized that I would be just fine in Lubbock. So, big fancy city never happened, but I have no complaints about how things have turned out.

6. Oh Angela Lansbury, noooooooo: “There are two sides to this coin. We have to own up to the fact that women, since time immemorial, have gone out of their way to make themselves attractive. And unfortunately it has backfired on us — and this is where we are today.”Image result for nope gif

Nope. Nope. NOPE. It’s like blaming a murder victim for getting murdered. Well, she did leave the house that day, sooooo…. Whose fault is that? NOPE.

7. “Females’ Eggs May Actively Select Certain Sperm.

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8. I’ve been battling a medium-level cold this week and I started Godless on Netflix whilst I laid about after work. I still have two episodes left, but I have really enjoyed it so far. It stars Lady Mary as a badass Western gal and Merritt Wever who is just plain AWESOME. I think the trailer leans too heavily on the hardcore western gal aspect because the women aren’t the main characters (in my opinion – it’s Roy and Griffen), but it’s still does a good job showing the very limited options women had in that time. And when the women are on screen they KILL IT.

9. “The long five minutes: Abortion doulas bring comfort during a complicated time.” As I’ve stated before, I don’t want anyone to have to get an abortion and I don’t think anyone grows up daydreaming and hoping for an unplanned pregnancy or abortion. And while I have taken several friends to get one and I know they made the right decision for their circumstances, it was not an easy decision or experience for them. I’m glad that there is a safe and supportive environment for women who need to make this often complicated choice.

10. To end on a very happy note: Michael B. Jordan’s 73 Questions for Vogue. He could not be more handsome/funny/cute/charming/every positive adjective that exists.

His parents are the cutest! Also, I love apple juice and Death Becomes Her, AND I am looking for someone to take over my ironing. We have so much in common, so let’s get married, Michael. I’m free this Saturday and you’re all invited!

12 Thing Friday

1. “Column: After latest shooting, let’s talk about mental health instead of you-know-what.”

2. Next August is LeakyCon (a Harry Potter convention) in Dallas and we got tickets for the entire weekend!!!!!!

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3. In a comment earlier this week, Ali shared the link to Bearfoot Theory and I have been reading it nonstop ever since. The founder, Kristen, has TONS of information and resources for outdoor adventures! She’s a total badass! Thanks, Ali!

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4. All of the stories coming out of USA gymnastics right now are so completely terrible. These young athletes are such a vulnerable population, and people and organizations must be held accountable for not reporting abuse and harassment.

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5. I started watching Riverdale this week. It makes me feel old as hell since the teen hotties I remember are now the parents. UGH. At least I now know what the kids are talking about these days.

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6. “Historian McCullough to Republicans in Congress: ‘Stand up’ to President Trump.

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7. This tax reform plan is making me sick. Glad those rich donors are going to get what they paid for. Hope you Republicans really get it for screwing over your supporting base.

8. “Facebook Has Finally Opened The Door To Admitting Russia Meddled In Brexit.”

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9. I recently posted about the Knixwear bra that I purchased and loved. Shortly after that, I also bought the padded version since I have some very thin silk shirts that I would prefer to have a little more coverage for. I also love it! The padding is unnoticeable when wearing it and the bra is equally as comfortable (no wires!) as the other version. I highly recommend both! I wear them anywhere between 14-18 hours a day and I never have that overwhelming feeling of “GET THIS BRA OFF ME RIGHT NOW OR I WILL BURN THIS PLACE DOWN.” A well-endowed friend has also starting wearing these recently and she agreed that they are also great for the ladies with “much bust.”

10. I am super excited about the potential for the new show Encore: a “…TV special which will reunite the cast of a high-school musical 20 years later.” While I would rather go the rest of my life without Reese’s over having to perform on stage (not that anyone would want me up there considering my total lack of talent), I can’t wait!!! SUCH DRAMA. You can submit an application for your high school musical here.

11. The new trailer for WACO looks incredible. Even though I was only eight at the time, I remember it so well because the most consistent news channel my parents get on their antenna is out of Waco. It was nonstop coverage. It was on at school, it was on at home, and it was all everyone talked about. I couldn’t understand what was actually happening and why, but it felt like it was an ordeal that lasted FOREVER.

12. My friend, Heather, shared this article earlier in the week and it is the best: “I’ve Been on the Ruth Bader Ginsberg Fitness Journey.”

“So, I was looking for a workout that would help me feel better physically while also not telling me to stop eating a box of Girl Scout cookies. I was delighted to find that Bryant Johnson does not mention Girl Scout cookies once in the book, so this seemed like the plan for me.”

10 Thing Friday

1. It’s Veteran’s Day! Get out there and thank a veteran for their service and take some time to remember the sacrifices that those who have served, their families, and their pets make when a soldier is enlisted and after they come home.

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Deals and freebies for veterans.

2. A new trailer for The Crown!!! I don’t know how I forgot that Mathew Goode is playing Lord Snowdon!!! SQUEALLLLLLLLLL. Also, Philip whines on.

3. This is one of my favorite winter meals. It is beyond easy and I like to make it for the sole purpose of dipping thick slices of a nice crusty french loaf in it.

simple, totally uncompromised sauce

4. I saw Thor this past weekend and I LOVED IT SO MUCH. I did not care for the first two Thor movies at all, but this one was everything I hoped for. Taika Waititi delivered and Thor is finally an exciting super hero. Everyone seemed like they were having a great time and it was all so colorful. Tessa Thompson needs her own spinoff because she really was the MVP of the whole thing. THAT FACE.

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5. “When Will the ‘Harvey Effect’ Reach Academia?” Not soon enough.

6. I finished Alias Grace this week and it was excellent. I could hardly remember what happened in the story since I have not read it since 1998, but the story was well-paced and tense. You can read an interesting interview with the writer (of the script, not the novel obviously) and producer, Sarah Polley, here. I highly recommend watching it!

7. Nutella changed its recipe and it is the END OF TIMES. You don’t mess with perfection!

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8. We also watched Wind River this weekend and it was absolutely haunting to the point that I am still thinking about it daily. It is not haunting in a scary movie kind of way, but in a no one is keeping track of missing indigenous women kind of way. I wish the movie was less focused on Jeremy Renner, but it is still worth your time to watch.

9. It’s plaid footwear season!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

10. I’m in Yosemite for the long weekend, so check out my Instagram (Cely524) stories for beautiful views and hiking struggles reported from the front line!

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