Friday Favorites

I’m really looking forward to February… because I’m looking forward to January being over! Not because it’s been awful, but because it has felt SO long. I’m excited for a new month, for a metaphorical turning of the page. Winter is definitely not my favorite, and the end of January feels like one step closer to it being over.

I’m currently writing this while finishing the last episode (ever!) of The Good Place. Before I dive in to the rest of the favorites, I have to say, if you haven’t started watching this show yet, you should absolutely start! Okay, now that I’ve gotten that off my chest – on to the “real” weekly favorites.

ONE – Isabel Allende Interview
Isabel Allende is my absolute favorite author – she writes magical realism (different than Harry Potter type magic), and she is just such a gifted storyteller. She just released a new book, which I’m currently in the middle of, but if you’re not familiar with her, this interview is a great intro.

TWO – Crip Camp at Sundance
I already talked about how I’m excited to watch the Taylor Swift documentary that premiered at Sundance, but I’m also very excited about this documentary. It’s about a camp for people with disabilities that existed years ago – a place where, at a time when disability was still very stigmatized, people felt like they were truly accepted. It’s actually executively produced by the Obamas, and I love that they’re putting their “power” behind highlighting stories of people with disabilities.

THREE – Tara and Johnny
I love this video of Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir re-watching her Olympic-winning routine! It’s such a fun, nostalgic look back, and it’s fascinating to hear Tara talk about the behind-the-scenes of what it’s like to win the Olympics at fifteen (!!) years old.

FOUR – More Inclusive Barbies
I’m just so happy that Barbie is coming out with so many new inclusive versions of the iconic doll. I was such a Barbie fan growing up, and was so obsessed with the dolls and the shoes and the clothes and everything. Even more, the inclusive Barbies are part of the “Fashionista” line – so they’re not “different” or “other.” It’s just so cool and so important for kids – both for the people who are now represented, and for the people who have always been represented but now will be introduced to more diversity.

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