Friday Favorites

We had a few days of gorgeous, spring-like weather this week, and I tried hard to take advantage while I could. I snuck outside for a coffee break between meetings, and I even got to bring back patio reading for a bit! Every year when this happens, I’m reminded how much happier I am when it’s sunny and warm out, and how much more focused and productive I feel. After being cooped up for so long, it really is such a nice feeling. I know we’re not really in spring yet, but it has me feeling hopeful that it’s around the corner.

On to this week’s favorites!


For any of you who, like me, are still playing the NYT games like Wordle and Connection daily, I have some exciting news for you! There’s a new game to add to your daily rotation called Strands (it’s currently still in beta). It’s basically like a themed word search where, by the end, all the letters are used up. It’s so much fun!

Xochitl Gonzalez’s New Book

I was such a fan of Olga Dies Dreaming, and I’m really excited to dig into Xochitl Gonzalez’s new book, Anita De Monte Laughs Last. This interview is a great piece about how the book came to be, a little bit about her own life and her past, and about what’s next, too.

Summer Fridays Lip Butter Balm

I bought this tinted balm months ago – honestly, I think it was at the end of last summer – and rediscovered it earlier this week. It’s such a great tinted balm; I’ve really been missing out! It has just the right amount of tint and shine, can be applied without a mirror, and makes my lips feel nice and moisturized.

America’s False Virus Equivalence

I know that most people are tired of hearing about COVID and have moved on, but that’s not really an option for me. I thought this was a great, straightforward Q & A about why treating COVID as the flu isn’t quite right, and what we could’ve done, long term, to change the way our society treats viruses like COVID. I also learned we completely eradicated a strain of the flu – how cool is that?!

Culture Study Goes Full ACOTAR

Hitha shared this substack on her Instagram yesterday, and I’m not sure I’ve ever clicked a link so quickly. I still have to listen to the full podcast, but the newsletter deep, deep dive into all things ACOTAR was just perfect. I loved the discussion of the defensive way we often talk about these books (and books like these), and fully agreed with the pregnancy comments within the spoiler-filled part of the newsletter. If you’re an ACOTAR fan like me, definitely read this!

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  1. Heather

    Thanks for sharing Strands! Took a minute to understand how it works but I’m in to it

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