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Hey hey happy Friday! Two weeks from today we will be waking up on baby Abe's very first Christmas morning. I might be too excited to sleep for the next two weeks. Some of my favorite ladies came over to decorate Christmas cookies last night, so I ate cookies for breakfast. And tonight I get to go see The Nutcracker with one of my sisters! It's going to be a late night. I hope I don't fall asleep. I also hope you get to really rest this weekend, and that sometime in the next two weeks you have cookies for breakfast too. Here are some of my favorite things from The Internet lately - just for you. Enjoy!

Just because I think this is more important than that CNN video of all the Trump supporters (eyeroll emoji).

My baby brother sent me this and it made me cry.

And then I sent him this because he recently borrowed my copy of Tenth of December and made me the proudest big sister on Earth. 

And then my baby sister showed me this and I laughed and laughed.

"But when it was my turn to move something so divisive, and so important to me, out in front of voters, I did whatever I could to keep people from talking about it instead. I hid from it." Dang, somebody needs to introduce this Texan woman to Brené Brown.

This week I'm thankful for this and an introduction to that poem.

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Good morning! Happy Friday! Look at how happy that little guy was to get his first glimpse of our Christmas tree. I think he's got his mama's appreciation for the holiday spirit. We've been busy making plans for baking cookies and throwing a party and having what will likely be the most fun Christmas yet. I can't wait. I'm also giving away a copy of the soundtrack to A Charlie Brown Christmas, so be sure to let me know if you want one! You have until December 10. Here are some of the best things I've found on The Internet lately - just for you. Enjoy!  

I did not know about this until this morning. Star Wars shmar wars. 

This is super cool.

This is so so good.

I don't think anyone's ever gone to Casa Bonita because they were craving Mexican food.

"Before that, books about cooking largely admitted what every homemaker knew to be true: that feeding people was backbreaking work, and then you died." This is so true.

This is fantastic.

This is heartbreaking and infuriating and incredibly well reported.

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Hey there! Happy Friday. It's 3 pm and I'm currently getting caught up on last night's Grey's Anatomy which features a SLEEPING AT LAST COVER OF 'AS LONG AS YOU LOVE ME' BY THE BACKSTREET BOYS. Come onnnnn. Also, these stamps showed up in the mail this week, so I'm ready to get to work on my Christmas cards now. Only one more week until it's socially acceptable to start sending them, right? Right. Here are some of my favorite things from The Internet lately - just for you. Enjoy!  

This is insane.

This looks like the perfect thing to pair with the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

"We tell ourselves, in the back of our minds and sometimes in the front of our mouths, 'there must be something a little wrong with those poor people.'" This is so good.

This is fun! And free!

This is basically the ultimate perfect Christmas gift for a person like me.

We watched the first episode of this last night and, oh my, it was funny.

Some Favorite Podcasts

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Since I currently get to stay home with baby Abe and he's not supposed to have screen time in the same room until he's two years old, we do a lot of listening during the day. Lots of music (this is a particular favorite at the moment), but also lots of podcasts. Do you have any idea how many podcast options there are these days? Truly there's something for everyone!

I'm still listening to This American Life and Nerdist regularly, but the other pods pictured above are some newer discoveries. Rachel tipped me off about The Writer's Almanac, which I love. Each episode is only about five minutes long, so it's not too much of a commitment even though it's intended for daily listening. I downloaded this episode of On Being based on Molly Wizenberg's recommendation, and I found at least ten others I'm excited to listen to as I scrolled through the archives. I think Chelsea Peretti's pod is the only one I've heard every episode of, and I'm not ashamed to tell you I've tried calling in a handful of times. She's hilarious and insightful and just fantastically entertaining.

I started listening to The Longest Shortest Time while I was pregnant, and it continues to be a source of encouragement and solidarity in the day-to-day newness of motherhood. The Nerdist Writer's Panel is interesting because of all the insider information it allows the listener to glean, and OMG, if you listen to no other podcast for the rest of 2015, please God give Another Round a chance. I promise you won't be disappointed.

What about you? Got any favorite podcasts?