Hello, Friends. How are you? How’s December going for you? I was positive this week would feel more laid back at our house, since Scrooge performances ended on Saturday, but it was crazier than expected. I suppose that’s just how December goes. : )

Our weekend plans? Get the Christmas tree. I didn’t make it happen last weekend, and I really want it make to happen today after school. Also, I haven’t actually bought any gifts! I’ve done a ton of research (check out my gift guides), but haven’t actually clicked purchase on anything. Not even pajamas! I’m weirdly behind on things this year. Oh well. Hopefully this weekend I can make some good progress. And Saturday, we’re headed to a friend’s party. It’s the kind of party the guests perform something so Ben Blair and I are brainstorming. Oh. And Betty has two choir concerts. Should be a fun, happy weekend.

How about you? Is your town feeling snowy and festive? Do you have any holiday parties this weekend? If you need some weekend reading, here are a few things I’ve been wanting to share:

– I Served in Congress Longer Than Anyone. Here’s How to Fix It.

How Facebook is destroying the news media — a complex tale (and an interesting one) in which Facebook is neither the only villain nor only a villain.

Easiest lasagna recipe ever — made with ravioli!

– All across the world there’s a super pervasive myth that family courts are biased towards women. But studies show that family courts don’t favor women. Instead, some show that men are very much favored.

– Advances in DNA technology mean previously unidentified US sailors and Marines killed at Pearl Harbor are finally being laid to rest in their hometowns.

– Corporate tax subsidies are costing American public schools big money.

– Our family photo shoot is scheduled for Thursday. I ordered this dress for June to wear (the champagne color).

Moving responses to the NYT’s opinion essay “America Is Blaming Pregnant Women for Their Own Deaths. (NYT) Did you read the essay?

– Poetry Twitter erupts over a plagiarist in their midst.

– The most revealing celebrity interviews of 2018, from Gwyneth Paltrow to Quincy Jones. (WP)

– New findings in the neuroscience of time underscore how little we know about time more broadly.

– Rookie Mag is folding, and Tavi Gevinson’s final letter from the editor is worth reading.

– Hah! Why Violet Beauregarde should have won Wonka’s chocolate factory.

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

kisses,
Gabrielle

P.S. — Last night, Ben Blair and I had a fun date to SFMOMA for an event. I pulled out the red velvet Gucci tux. I haven’t worn it since election day 2016. : (