Currently is an every-so-often series of posts that highlights all the things I’m into right now.
Welcome to my third installment of “Currently…”
It’s Thanksgiving week! I’m sure you’re well aware. I hope you have some really fun plans, and if you’re hosting, well, best of luck to you my friend. My advice? Don’t stress out. I know it’s easier said than done, but remember this day is about being together and sharing in the bounty of life. If you’re stressed out, all of your guests will feel uncomfortable. Who cares if you burn the turkey, just pour another drink and let the good times roll.
Here’s what I’m currently into this month:
Currently Thinking About…
- Someone created a secret shrine to Danny Devito in a school bathroom, and it’s the best thing on the internet right now: We Found the Teen Behind that Secret, Viral Shrine to Danny Devito.
- Don’t drink the Kool-Aid. Last Sunday marked 40 years since The Jonestown Massacre, when cult leader Jim Jones convinced over 900 people to commit mass suicide (ummm, they were totally murdered) by drinking cyanide laced fruit punch at his compound in Guyana. I’ll never stop being fascinated by this story and every other one like it: 40 Years Later, What We Learned From Jonestown on NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross.
- True confession: I borrowed… okay, I stole… a book from an Airbnb in Italy. In my defense, after meeting the home owner and listening to his broken English, it was very clear this was not his book, but one left behind by another guest. Fair game, right? It’s a coming-of-age tale about a girl who moves to NYC and starts working at a high-profile restaurant. The pages are mostly filled with debauchery, but that’s what I liked about it. It was a light read, but beautifully written, and although the plot/characters left a lot to be desired, I particularly enjoyed the author’s descriptions of food, wine, and restaurant culture. Apparently it’s already been turned into a series on Starz, but I have yet to check it out: Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler.
- Thanksgiving is a time of reflection. I, for one, think this is as good a time as ever to acknowledge where our food comes from, and to open our eyes a bit more to the scary realities that exist in our modern world. Not to be a Debbie Downer, but our food system is very broken, and it won’t get any better until more of us acknowledge that fact: The State of the Food Industry is Rotten.
- Because I bummed you out with that last one, here’s a link you should definitely click: Dogs Jumping into Leaf Piles (thank me later).
- A reminder of how little effort it takes to be kind. Let’s all make a little extra effort and do it just a little bit more often: 103 Random Acts of Kindness.
Currently Listening To…
- A catchy song that’s guaranteed to get stuck in your head: Loving is Easy by Rex Orange County featuring Benny Sings.
- I have to admit, I get sick of Christmas songs before Thanksgiving is even over. Am I the only one? Still, I like to listen to music that’s outside of my usual repertoire and gives me warm holiday feels: Billie Holiday and any kind of Bossa Nova always seems to do the trick.
- I was on the edge of my seat, and found Jessica Biel’s performance to be surprisingly moving. Cannot wait for season 2: The Sinner on Netflix.
- Even after being on a reality TV show myself, I’m still one of those weirdos who never misses a season of Survivor. Every time I think the show has jumped the shark, a few more episodes in and I’m hooked. This season I’m rooting for Alison. Do you watch, too?!
- I’ll be making my Cranberry Meyer Lemon Pie with Gingersnap Crust today live on my Instagram story. Tune in to watch me make it step-by-step!
- I’m also making this Fennel + Onion Gratin to bring to my Aunt Coleen’s tomorrow. It’s easy, can be made entirely in advance, and is seriously dreamy.
- I actually think I might skip it this year, but my Brussels Sprout + Kale Salad with Bacon, Aged Cheddar and Pecans is always a huge hit.
- Are you hosting? My sweet friend Jessie created an insanely detailed Thanksgiving Day blueprint that breaks down everything to be really easy: Thanksgiving HQ.
- I’m thinking about making Tieghan’s Vanilla Chai Tea White Russians as an after dinner drink, or maybe even a breakfast drink. It’s a holiday after all!
I’m beyond grateful for the privilege to write this blog and even more grateful that you come here to read it.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!