Stuff We Like :: 1.22.16

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We’re back with Stuff We Like after a much enjoyed holiday break. (Did you have a wonderful break? We sure did!)

around the web

I can totally get behind a television series about non-Caucasian Nancy Drew, but why would they make her thirtysomethibng?

I thought this piece from Fast Company about working and homeschooling got a lot right. (It also made me feel really lucky to have the life I have.)

The idea of a new planet is awesome, but I still really want Pluto back./

Not to get all serious, but this essay about casual racism really hit home for me. I try to be aware of my privilege, but I really struggle with how to deal with situations where someone who’s really a nice person is being racist in a way that seems genuinely unintentional. I feel like I would want someone to call me out—kindly—in that situation, but would I really? Anyway, no answers here but good questions are always the place to start.


at home/school/life

in the magazine: Our winter issue is out! But be warned: Your reading list might explode.

on the blog: Tracy’s post on rhythms and routines feels like just what I need as we ease back into our regular schedule.

on pinterest: I’m really tempted to try to Ikea hack a version of this awesome worktable—I love the picture book/workbook/curriculum shelf.


reading list

We’re finally taking Suzanne’s great advice and reading The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making. Delightful!

I loved Ruth Reichl’s novel Delicious!, and I am so glad I saved it for a time when I could just curl up with a book from start to finish.

I’m brushing up on Einstein for a piece in the spring issue, so I’m working my way through Walter Issaacon’s Einstein biography.


at home

True confession: I am a little obsessed with the game Tetrobot and Co. (Seriously, if you like computer puzzle games, do your life a favor and do not start playing this because you will never catch up on your laundry.)

I loved The Abominable Bride so much that I watched the New Year’s Sherlock special twice in row. I came to Sherlock as a fan of the Conan Doyle stories, so I loved the way this episode played with some of the ways the series deviates from the books. Plus: Victorian wardrobes!

I’m watching Wolf Hall (free on Amazon Prime!) because is someone made an infomercial about the Tudors, I probably would watch it twice.

Now that all my holiday knitting is done, I’ve cast on a White Russian for myself (but I think with longer sleeves). (Thea Coleman, babycocktails, may be the nicest designer on Ravelry, so if you are thinking of knitting a first sweater for yourself, consider her patterns — she gives awesome support. I knit a Cassis last year and love it.)