Monday Musings ~ November 30

Welcome back! Here are a few musings to start the last Monday of November.

1. How was your Thanksgiving? We had such a great, low-key (perfect, IMO) Thanksgiving break. It involved relaxing at home, eating good food, reading, watching television, spending time together as family. We lit a fire most nights in our fire place, which was especially nice considering it’s typically not cold enough for that until the week before Christmas. We ended up going to three independent and used bookstores on Small Business Saturday, and did not partake in Black Friday. It’s just way too chaotic for us. And Bryan and I are at a point where we really don’t buy gifts for each other or other people (other than Sophie). So it’s really not worth the chaos and crazy.

2. I spent Sunday cleaning up the house, doing laundry, prepping for work and school this week, and taking down all the Thanksgiving decor. I have not yet put up the Hanukkah or Christmas decorations yet. I feel like I need some time between the holidays and I’m hoping to get my house professionally cleaned before getting out my boxes of holiday decor. Have you decorated yet?

3. I loved this quiz on Babble about guessing the classic children’s book from its first line. I got 9 out of 12. How many did you answer correctly?

4. Fantastic article from Wired about why it’s so hard to catch your own typos. I can catch other people’s typos like it’s nobody’s business. But when it comes to my own writing, I have to read and re-read (and read aloud) in order to catch my mistakes.

5. This post! “My Kids Love Nothing Like They Love Band-Aids” — why is this true?!

6. Really powerful post from BlogHer about when it became “cool” to make our kids cry on purpose in the name of entertainment. This is something that has always bothered me. I hate practical jokes that have the intent to scare kids or make them cry. Or the photos of kids screaming on Santa’s lap (and the bloggers who post them because they think it’s the funniest thing ever). Life is hard enough (especially for kids). Why is it cool to mess with their emotions and blast it on the Internet for all to see?

7. Finally, I’ve been watching some excellent television shows lately. Homeland continues to be amazing each week and is back to its season one standard of excellence. I’ll be so sad when the season ends in a few weeks. I highly recommend tuning in to Blindspot on NBC if you’re not already watching. This show is one of the best new series I’ve seen in a while. It started out a bit predictable, but really upped its game the last several episodes. So good! Finally, we started binge-watching The Americans over Thanksgiving break, which is also really compelling. Keri Russell  sheds her Felicity ingenue with this show! I’m glad we have three seasons to keep us busy. What have you been watching lately? Any recommendations?

What’s going on in your life? How was your Thanksgiving? Tell me what you’re musing about this week!

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