Happy weekend, readers. It’s been an unusual week for me, but today the Christmas festivities begin. Wishing you and yours a happy holiday, and a wonderful weekend.
My favorite finds from around the web:
• The lost Christmas recipes of Gourmet—and how we found them. “When Gourmet magazine shuttered in 2009, a never-released December issue went with it. Nine years later, some of those pages are being published on Epicurious.”
• Making the most of your trip. I read this evergreen post after I returned from Scotland, because I was looking for one Rick Steves’ specific travel rules to live by: “always assume you’ll come back.” But I appreciated this after the fact; it’s great advice for travel and life.
• The bigger, badder book tracking spreadsheet. “In an attempt to give myself more stats about the diversity of the books and authors I was reading than what Goodreads could provide, I created a Google Sheets tracker two years ago.” (This sheet is epic and you can save a copy for your own use!)
• When everything seems difficult. “In my teens I climbed Mount Kilimanjaro and stopped one base camp away from the summit because I just wasn’t enjoying it anymore.”
In Scotland we climbed a 500-year old tower. This is the view from the top. It was incredible, even though/because we did NOT accidentally fall through a portal into the 16th century, PHEW. (Follow me on Instagram @annebogel.)
On the blog:
Two years ago: The best Christmas scenes in English literature. “For your holiday enjoyment, I present to you the (highly subjective) best Christmas scenes in English literature. (As you will see, I’m using the word “literature” loosely, because it’s more fun that way.)”
Three years ago: My favorite Jane Austen film adaptions. “It’s true: these Jane Austen movies have nothing to do with Christmas… except that Christmas vacation is a great time to watch one (or all) of them.”
Four years ago: Last minute gifts for girls. “Will and I reviewed our list last night, and I think we’re done—except for one more gift we’re picking up at Trader Joe’s. (Seriously.)”
Five years ago: The fancy-pants term introverts must keep in mind to keep from coming unglued this holiday week. “…it describes what you experience any time that you’re faking an emotion or an attitude that you don’t truly feel.”
On the podcast:
One year ago: Episode 111: A lifetime mother-daughter book club.
Two years ago: Episode 58: “You’ve hit your hold limit” and other disasters.
Have a great weekend!