West Village by Nicole Franzen

West Village by Nicole Franzen

What are you up to this weekend? Alex and I are going out to dinner tonight, and I’m looking forward to being together, just us. Sometimes it’s such chaos with work and kids that I feel like I barely see him during the week. I weirdly feel butterflies tonight, haha! Hope you have a good one, and here are a few fun links from around the web…

My friend Reagan was on This American Life! The episode was fascinating and gripping.

The word for unread books.

How pretty is this wrapping paper?

Michelle Obama on work, life and marriage, including couples counseling. “You go because you think the counselor is going to help you make your case against the other person. ‘Would you tell him about himself?!‘ And lo and behold, counseling wasn’t like that at all.”

Who is your celebrity Thanksgiving soulmate? Made me laugh. (I got her!)

The only way to write an email to your boss.

People are going nuts for this cleanser.

Have you seen this commercial. (I’m not crying, you’re crying.)

Old paintings made new.

What newsletters do you subscribe to? Mark Bittman’s newsletter is delightful.

Toning down Asian stereotypes in The Nutcracker. (NYT)

Plus, two reader comments:

Says Agnes on casual questions from a five-year-old: “For several weeks, my three-year-old asked me the same question every evening: ‘Where does the sun go at night?’ I gave the same scientific explanation again and again, adding drawings, orange and lemon representations of a sunset, more details, fewer details – nothing would satisfy him. One night, I just got it. I told him that the sun was tired and ready to go to sleep, and that the night was his blanket with a few holes (the stars). He never asked again. He didn’t want science, he wanted poetry.”

Says Lexie on 11 gifts for best friends: “My best friend picks out the most beautiful calendar for me each year! I look forward to her selection. It’s so nice to receive something a little more beautiful or indulgent than I would pick for myself.”

(Photo by Nicole Franzen. Mark Bittman newsletter via Of a Kind.)