Giving Thanks

Giving Thanks

cranberry aspic

‘Tis the season to not only be gobbling up hearty meals and desserts, but to also gobble up all those moments and people in your life and express gratitude, and truly thank them and the lucky stars above for the bounty, or even smallest gesture that has come your way in the past year. 

I find it quite humorous that in the mad rush of the day-before-the-holiday, you can see and witness many incidents of not-so-quite-holiday spirit, especially on the subway and in transit. In NYC, it’s such extremities of pure kindness and absolute disgust all caught up in its city whirlwind. But not one to wait until New Year’s, I’m already thinking back on the last year and thinking about what I’m giving thanks for: my not-so-new-anymore job where I work with really smart and kind people and I feel like I’m using all of my kryptonite ( a mix that is rare!), exploring the richness of Peru’s culture and its glorious Machu Picchu, watching so many friends give birth to healthy children, and having a supportive family and boyfriend who continue to champion and stand by me. It amazes me that the holiday has been turned up on its head to promote sales, purchasing, materials and all around “stuff” when it’s the farthest point from the roots and intention of Thanksgiving. How did we let it get to be so? But despite all the hate and negativity across the world and in the US, there’s still some “glitter to be found in the dark” and you can “put yourself in the way of beauty” as Cheryl Strayed says. So put yourself in the way of those who also create beauty around you as you spend the holiday and enjoy the extra time off to reflect (we’re going to do so on Friday, see you back here on Monday).

1–In the name of tolerance and how to find middle ground, here’s an interesting, somewhat older article on the Muppets and if the same original intentions of the show can work in Palestine?

2–There’s a new blog on the block, called Girls At Library, and wouldn’t you know, they interviewed my good friend, Vanessa (scroll halfway down on the link to see her story). It’s a blog that creates conversation around books and the relationships we, who identify as females, have with these wonderful treasures in life.

3–We definitely have on our agenda to see the last Hunger Games installment this weekend, but again, I’m excited to see Eddie Redmayne this season in The Danish Girl. He just keeps pulling out all the stops that dandy endearing freckle-faced ginger.

4–I love, love a well tailored coat, and I find myself pinning more and more away as the season unfolds. The problem is, one, I don’t really have the room for more than a handful of coats in my no-closets-to-be-found-apartment, and two, you really only wear one or two anyway. But good golly, I love them so. As of late, this J.Crew one caught my eye, and I loved reading this blog post on Garance’s mutual love.

5–Besides doing some much needed laundry on Sunday to finish up the weekend, I’m going to make my tried and trusted lasagna, which hasn’t failed me yet with The Pioneer Woman’s preferred recipe. 

That would be Cranberry Aspic pictured above, and for once, I’m intrigued by cranberry jello in this style. The recipe seems simply delish!

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