Inspiration: December 15

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Inspiration December 15 >> Life In Limbo

If you are a fan of Stranger Things the way I am, this will be 6 minutes of pure joy – I was smiling my head off. Start at minute 3:18 for the best part, which I have now watched three times. It led me to revisit this other clip from last year that I also find extremely funny.

As you may know, I am obsessed with The Wirecutter for all kinds of recommendations, so I was excited to discover a similar site called The Sweet Setup, which is for app recommendations.

On a related note, this past week I switched to listening to my podcasts on Overcast, which was no small undertaking! But it was 100% worth it, considering how buggy the native iPhone podcast application can be, and how annoying it was to navigate after the last update. Plus I love Overcast’s “Smart Speed” feature which trims long pauses automagically. More on this from Slate.

Almost every woman I know was talking about this short story either publically or in private chats this week, because there are so many pieces and themes within it that are relatable and resonate with us. I also particularly liked the interview with the author, where she unpacks the story a bit further. I did not particularly like the Twitter account devoted to men’s responses to the story, but it was, in a word, interesting.

Sharing here in case you, like me, hadn’t heard: Ridley Scott re-shot significant chunks of an almost-finished movie in two weeks (sticking to the original release date) in order to replace Kevin Spacey with Christopher Plummer! Because, in his words: “You can’t tolerate any kind of behavior like that. We cannot let one person’s action affect the good work of all these other people. It’s that simple.” Thank you, Ridley Scott, for understanding that it matters. It matters. I love how he’s also just like, it’s no big deal. Amazing.

My friend Laura sent me a 70-page document on emotional labour compiled from the comment threads on Meta Filter. I am working my way through it slowly, slowly, because a) it’s a lot to handle emotionally, and b) it’s long, yo! I think emotional labour is one of the next big feminist battles we have to fight and it feels good to be informing myself.

I finished The Wisdom of Sundays this week – also a gift from Laura! It was a beautiful book both in terms of content and presentation, and a real treat to read cozied up on my couch. It affirmed for me that I am on the right path. It reminded me of what matters to me.

Homegoing was one of the best books I’ve read this year, so it was fun to read this piece by Yaa Gyasi about her writing routine.

Finally a normal week back in my normal routine! I really cherish these days where I get back to my rhythms and to the freedom to structure my time the way that I want to. It’s been really cold this week but I’m doing my best not to complain or be negative about it (per my winter resolutions!) and bundle up instead. Just one week left until the holidays! Lots of work and lots of fun planned between now and then. I hope you have a wonderful weekend too. xo.

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