What are you up to this weekend? My mom is visiting! She had to bump back her trip a few times, so we are thrilled to have her in our clutches. When she arrived, Anton raced out of school into her arms and said, “I’ve been waiting so long for this.” Tonight we’re going to watch this movie. Hope you have a good one, and here are 12 links from around the web, including a Christmas wish and the funniest new HBO show…

My Christmas wish is that no one comment on my body.

Somebody Somewhere, the new HBO series about a small town singing group, looks great.

Have you been to this kind of budget business hotel? Made me laugh.

Looooove this pretty dress.

Red crinkles cookies are a holiday showstopper.

West Side Story is not for Puerto Ricans like me.” (New York Magazine)

On being a third wheel. “For those of us discovering that the traditional markers of entering adulthood — getting married, buying a home in the suburbs, becoming a parent — are less desirable, if not entirely impossible to achieve right now and within our current means, companionship outside of the traditional parameters of a romantic relationship feels like a natural by-product. Surely that can only be a good thing?”

A middle-of-the-date questionnaire, hahahaha.

I’ve loved these pajamas for years and they’re finally on sale.

A four-minute Ted Lasso animated short!

I canceled my birthday because of Omicron.” (The Atlantic.)

Famous male writers text, ‘u up?’ As J. D. Salinger: “If you really wanna hear about it, the first thing you’ll probably want to know is if I’m still living in my parents’ basement, and why I’m bothering you at this hour, and if I’ve gotten any better at sex since the last time, but I don’t feel like going into it, if you want to know the truth. Where I want to start telling is the part where I ask if you’re up.”

Plus, three reader comments:

Says KC on what’s your travel fantasy: “I’m in my mid-30s and took a solo trip once a year, before Covid. The freedom to do anything you want at any moment, without a fellow traveler’s input, is SO liberating and you learn a ton about yourself. Download a great audiobook that you’re excited about. It’s helpful to have a little ‘company’ in your ear.”

Says Michele on five reader questions: My dad lives thousands of miles away and isn’t much for talking on the phone. So, we started a book club, just the two of us. We take turns picking the book and then read it at the same time. We text each other as we’re reading and afterwards chat about it more.”

Says Erika on five reader questions: “My aunt Karen is everyone’s favorite aunt — universally, among all the cousins. I finally figured out that her secret was that the youngest person in the room got her full attention. And, during big group events, she spent quality time with us. When the grownups were talking, she would play games read books with us. Prioritize being present when you are together and those little people will never forget it.”

(Photo by Ina Garten.)

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