Happy Friday, guys! Just like that, the first week of December is gone and we're heading full-speed into the end of the year festivities. Last night, the guys voluntarily put on Christmas music, which just...never happens. I cannot even tell you the dirty looks I got when I tried to pull out the holiday albums a few weeks ago.
Most of my holiday shopping is done (praise) and I just have a few packages to mail before I can sit back and not think about wrapping anything until next December. Woo!
I'll break the links up again this week as there are quite a few! Dig in!
+ As most of you know, Nelson Mandela died yesterday. Even though the news was expected, it was sad and sobering news.
+ This timeline of Mandela's life paints a full picture of his incredible journey.
+ Last one from the NYT, "Our nation has lost its greatest son." On how Mandela's death has left South Africa without its moral center.
+ "Mandela will never, ever be your minstrel."
+ The Universe has weird timing.
+ Reading through the reactions to Mandela's death was really moving. Except for that last section because some people suck.
+ Lastly, to end this section with a bit of light, this was pretty much exactly the look I had on my face when I met Idris Elba. And then I hugged him without asking and he was nice enough to not have me arrested...
"It is a struggle for the right to live. During my lifetime I have dedicated myself to this struggle of the African people. I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die." - Nelson Mandela
+ In defense of liking books. Tackling the question, "...does liking vastly more books than you didn’t like make you a less discerning reader?"
+ Oh, I really want to read this.
+ 11 ways to up your writing.
+ Okay, on reading, writing, and eating, plum pudding from A Christmas Carol.
+ Gilmore Girls: Where are they now? Oh my god, Kelly Bishop on Coven would be the best thing to ever happen to TV! *faints*
+ This is strangely mesmerizing.
+ We saw the previews for this when we went to see Catching Fire -- which was everything -- and it looked really good! I had fun spotting people in the trailer (Jennifer Lawrence! Tyrion Lannister!) and having Ryan look at me like I was crazy because he missed them.
+ KANYE WEST SIT DOWN YOU ARE MAKING IT SO HARD FOR ME TO DEFEND YOU BECAUSE I KNOW YOU'VE BEEN THROUGH A LOT AND YOU'RE KIND OF BRILLIANT WHEN YOU'RE NOT BEING WHACKADOODLE. Don't get me started on that crazypants music video with you and Kim. That was not good. At all.
+ After the very sad news of Paul Walker's passing (Side note: I also met Walker. He shook my hand and I seriously contemplated not washing it for a month. Like Elba, he was impossibly good looking and kind in real life.), this line in a very old review of Fast Five made me chuckle: "There were blacks, Asians of all kinds, Mexicans, Michelle Rodriguez, and whatever Vin Diesel and Jordana Brewster are."
+ Love these DIY decorative letters from Cat.
+ Check out the comments on this post for some Excel tips + tricks!
+ Try out thousands of webfonts for free. This is amazing.
+ Make/Work, a new podcast from The Rumpus.
+ This bread looks so good, I think I'm going to make it next week!
+ And maybe also this!
+ DIY: Wrapping paper they won't throw away.
+ Someone help me figure out what's going on in this video. Because I can't stop watching it. Halp!
+ So damn CUTE I cannot even stand it!
+ How to vaguebook.
+ This is also super cute. Puns!
+ The 44 worst people in every restaurant.
+ I thought this was a really interesting read on a Lululemon brand ambassador ending her relationship with the company.
+ A US expat describes the best and worst things about living in England. Presented without comment.
+ The Black Feminism Syllabus via Melissa Harris-Perry, who is my pretend BFF.
+ "My concerns re: Amazon."
+ And, if you're not familiar with D.A., you should be. And since today seems to be the day where I talk about famous people I've met, D.A. is the reason that I got to dance on stage with Pharrell (in my wilder days) and for that, I will always be grateful. ;)
+ And, my favorite Instagram of the week via @mboyet. I miss Florida!
I don't know if I'll do this every week, but I tend to listen to a lot of old, very cheesy music while I work. Sometimes, I get so overwhelmed with nostalgia that I search out the music videos and watch them 10 times in a row. I figure...share the love, right? Here's my favorite this week:
Happy Friday, Happy Weekend!