Christmas Tree on a foggy morning

Photo and text by Gabrielle. I snapped this on a foggy morning earlier this week.

Hello, Friends! How are you doing? How was your week? Are you making your way through December in one piece? I feel like ours has been pretty darn decent so far. A nice mix of traditions at home, like baking and decorating the tree, plus holiday events, like attending the Nutcracker last Friday and a Holiday Craft Fair at Pixar last Tuesday.

The big thing is that I have yet to really tackle my Christmas shopping, which is very unusual for me, but I hope to do a bunch of it this weekend. Most of it if possible. In fact, that’s pretty much the only thing on my schedule for the next couple of days! How about you? Anything fun happening this weekend?

Not joking about the shopping and about to get right to it, but before I go, here are a few things I’ve wanted to share with you:

– The best list to read when the world is hard.

– Hah! How to be a ladyperson at the holidays.

– Raising two transgender kids.

– An electric bike that can power your home.

– Tips on talking to your daughter about her body in healthy ways.

– Related, people react to being called beautiful.

– All combat roles now open to women. I loved the NPR interview about this. Emily Miller talked about how when she was on duty in Afghanistan, she could gather intelligence that the men in her troop couldn’t, because she could talk to the local women, and the men weren’t allowed to. The men in her troop understood what she brought to the table and valued having her on the team.

– It’s not foot in mouth disease.

– Woman Facts. From the article: Once women who lived unconventional lives were seized as witches and burned. Now people just say to them, “You look tired.”

– No one covered this Muslim Anti-Isis march.

Hour of coding for kids using MineCraft.

– Have you been following the Holtzclaw trial? A much deserved guilty verdict was handed down yesterday.

– One last silly one: Do you have an instagram husband?

I hope you have a wonderful weekend. I’ll meet you back here on Monday. I miss you already.