Hi friends, welcome to another Friday! We made it!
It’s November, which means Thanksgiving and then Christmas will be here before we know it. This year we have a late Thanksgiving, which means Christmas will come a few weeks later. BTW, I only know this because I work in retail so we’re making lots of plans to maximize the holiday shopping season, LOL.
But this also means that I’m thinking about my own holiday shopping, both for my personal wish list and for my loved ones. Josephine is a “big girl” now so she has some awareness of Santa and presents, so we want to make it special for her. Last year we got her some great big gifts and I’m racking my brain on ideas for this year. So far on my list is a instant camera because she loves to take pictures, and maybe a bike? Is 3 too early for a bike? What else do 3 year girls like? She’ll definitely get some clothes and things as well but I want her to get some fun gifts that she can enjoy all year round.
When it comes to my Christmas list, I employ a running universal Amazon list that I share with friends and family, full of ideas of the things that I’d like. It really helps William, who’s always at a loss on what to get me. And because the list is so big, I’m still surprised because I never know what he’s going to get me for my birthday/Christmas/etc. I realized this week that I haven’t added things in a while, so I should probably spruce up my list before I give it to him, LOL.
Besides my husband and daughter, I’ll also buy for my mom, sister and MIL but they are pretty easy to delight with thoughtful gifts.
What’s on your holiday wish list, either to give as a gift, or that you’re hoping to get?
While you noodle on that, it’s time for this week’s links.
Things I Read This Week:
After the murder of Michael Brown, activists called for greater use of police body cameras, but they aren’t working the way people expected
We’ve got better plus size fashion, but do we also need more plus size mannequins?
Nigeria submitted their first Oscars entry and got denied…because it’s in English. WHAT???
Well this is sweet - the woman who was fired after flipping the bird to Tr*mp’s motorcade just won election to her county’s board of supervisors
Remember the Starbucks manager that was fired after she called the police on two Black men? She’s suing to get her job back for an interesting reason
Hey Mayor Pete, homophobia is NOT the reason why you don’t have much support from Black voters
And speaking of presidential nominees, Ayanna Pressley is backing Elizabeth Warren
The biggest barrier for US women who want to breastfeed? Pumping and the lack of accommodations
You can rent Harry Potter’s childhood home on Airbnb!
A Black doctor from Congo discovered Ebola way back in the 1970s but never got credit - until now
Prison education funding was killed thanks to Biden’s 1994 crime bill - this is how it’s impacted inmates
Kamala Harris has released a plan to help align the school day with parental work hours - I HIGHLY encourage you to read the details before you form an opinion
When I saw this viral day care list on Twitter, I immediately said “yup, I can relate”. We need to do something about the cost of childcare in America.
I saw the post about the bride who stole $30k in donations all over social media….turns out it was all a marketing stunt
The New Yorker went to Morton, MS to see how the town was impacted after the ICE raids
Eddie Murphy is back (and I’m here for it)
The Washington Post visited a village settled in Mexico 170 years ago by escaped slaves
Last week I mentioned that I really needed to start work on #BabyTau’s room - I’m happy to report that I’ve made progress! I currently have 5 bags for Goodwill sitting in the house, and will probably gather a couple more before I drop them all off. Sidebar - what is it about having more space that makes you just accumulate more stuff? I was amazed at the amount of stuff that I’ve been holding onto that we haven’t even used since we moved in.
I recently discovered Buy/Sell/Trade groups for Rothy’s on Facebook! I need to post a couple pair and I’m hoping to score a couple pairs of flats in fun colors/designs. If you’re a Rothy’s lover, what are your favorite styles/colors?
Anybody else a Feedly user? I realized this week that they are now showing “sponsored” posts in your feed, which is annoying. Apparently the only way to turn it off is to pay $7/mo for the Pro version :-( Google Reader would have never done this to me!
This weekend is going to be full of sports for me - the undefeated Golden Gophers play Penn State in football on Saturday, which is a huge game for us; then on Sunday, Liverpool FC (my team) faces off against Man City (William’s team).. I’m really hoping both my teams can pull out a win!